Stanley Jay Aldridge

Stanley Jay Aldridge, longtime Monte Vista resident, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. He was born on March 19, 1957, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Preston and Irma (Cox) Aldridge.... more

Debbie Garcia

Center resident Debbie Garcia, 62, passed away on Nov. 25, 2021. She was born on Nov. 22, 1959 in Monte Vista, Colo., to Agapito Sierra and Mary (Francis) Montano.... more

Henry ‘Kiki’ Gilbert Naranjo

Nov. 19, 2021, on a cold winter night in Monte Vista, Colo., Henry “Kiki” Gilbert Naranjo, 79, was called home.... more

Robert Lauren Bryning

Monte Vista native and longtime resident Robert Lauren Bryning, 78, passed away on November 16, 2021. He was born on March 31, 1943 in Del Norte, Colo., to Kyle Bryning and Thelma (Correll) Bryning.... more

Glen A. Hinshaw

Glen Alan Hinshaw passed away November 12, 2021, at his home in Montrose, Colo. He was 80. Born Aug. 11, 1941, to Leslie and Birdean Leggett Hinshaw, he graduated from Denver’s North High School in 1959 and Colorado State University in 1963.... more


Phyllis Shown

Phyllis Shown 102, Cañon City, Colo., passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 13, 2021. She was born Aug. 7, 1919, to Christian Carl Staley and Maria Elsworth. She later married Robert Shown.... more

Richard Ernest ‘Rick’ Black

Richard Ernest “Rick” Black, born in Del Norte, Colo., on Feb. 9, 1947, passed away on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Loveland, Colo., at the age of 74, due to complications from COVID-19. In recent years, Rick had battled serious medical issues related to his military service in the Vietnam War, but despite this discomfort, Rick met those challenges with his self-deprecating humor, quick wit, and a smile.... more

Frances (Fran) Elaine Henson

Frances (Fran) Elaine Henson, 73, died Nov. 10, 2021. She was born in Mena, Ark., on July 15, 1948, to Grady and Gladys (Pitchford) Cook. She was the oldest of three children. Fran grew up in Arkansas and Texas, and moved with her family to the Center, Colo., around 1963. She had moved back to Arkansas and lived in Tennessee for a few years, before returning to Colorado.... more

Alva W. Hibbs, P.E.

Alva William Hibbs was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on Aug. 10, 1942. He affirmed until the day he died that he remembered the day, with the bright lights and awkward discomfort. He had a prodigious mind that simply amazed all those with whom he shared his encyclopedic memory, wit, and wisdom.... more

Jane F. David

Long-time resident of Monte Vista, Jane F. David, 97, passed away Nov. 5, 2021, at her home in Monte Vista, following a lengthy illness.... more

Madeline LaVene Otts

Madeline LaVene Otts passed away on Oct. 24, 2021. Madeline was born May 7, 1934, in Friars Point, Miss., to Josephine (Sorce) and Dominick LaVene.... more

George Eugene (Gene) Morgan

George Eugene (Gene) Morgan, 96, passed away on Sept. 18, 2021, at HomeLake Veterans Center in Monte Vista, Colo. He was born on Feb. 17, 1925, in Salina, Kan. to George W. and Margaret D. (Braddock) Morgan.... more

Allen J. Hosselkus

Allen J. Hosselkus (AJ) was born Jan. 5, 1929, to the parents of Allen J. Hosselkus and Margaret M. Hosselkus in Creede, Colo. AJ passed away on Oct. 13, 2021, at the Homelake Veterans Center.... more

Greg Allen Peterson

Greg Allen Peterson was born Feb. 3, 1963, and died Oct. 2, 2021, from complications with COVID-19 Pneumonia. Greg was a farmer North of Monte Vista, Colo. He grew up in the Sargent area and graduated in the Sargent High class of 1981.... more

Lorraine Alvina Ross

Lorraine Alvina Ross, after living a full and prosperous life, peacefully passed away at the age of 98 on Oct. 1, 2021. Lorraine (Rieke) was born in Burlington, Iowa, on July 30, 1923, to Anna and Art Rieke, owners of Rieke Hatchery. Her parents taught Lorraine the poultry business and the love of fowl.... more

Wilamae Arlene Dutton

Longtime Monte Vista and Del Norte resident Wilamae Arlene Dutton, 90, died Sept. 22, 2021, at the River Valley Inn in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Lawrence (L.D.) Wallace

Lawrence (L.D.) Wallace, 77 of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away in May 2021 at his home after a lengthy battle with Inclusion Body Myositis.... more

Mary Virginia Sessums

Mary Virginia Sessums, 87 of Thornton, Colo., passed away Aug. 30, 2021. She was born May 7, 1934, to Robert and Ray Sproul of Eldorado, Texas. ... more

David Samuel Nickerson

David Samuel “Sam” Nickerson, 94, a 30-year resident of South Fork, Colo., passed away Aug. 21, 2021, in Manchaca, Texas.... more

Ken G. ‘Bunky’ Arnett

Longtime Monte Vista resident Ken G. “Bunky” Arnett, 81, died July 17, 2021, at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa.... more

Janet ‘Skippy’ Lee Morrison

Alamosa resident Janet “Skippy” Lee Morrison, 74, died Aug. 8, 2021, of natural causes at the Pikes Peak Hospice at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by her loving family.... more

Jose "Lupe" Guadalupe Luna Sr.

Longtime Monte Vista resident Jose "Lupe" Guadalupe Luna Sr., passed away Aug. 4, 2021. Lupe was born on Nov. 9, 1947, in Center, Colo., to Alfred and Eulalia (Arellano)Luna.... more

Marvin Goad

Life-long San Luis Valley resident, Marvin Goad, went home to be with the Lord, with his loving family by his side, on Aug. 4, 2021. He was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on July 17, 1956, to Donald “Donnie” Goad and Ruth Kell Goad. He was raised in Monte Vista, Colo., and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1974... more

Gordon Lee Off

Gordon Lee Off passed peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. Gordon was born during the Great Depression, which might help explain his frugality, tendency to hold on to things, gather lots of stuff, and frequent thrift stores.... more

Ethel Louise Dixon

Del Norte resident Ethel Louise Dixon, 75, passed away on July 31, 2021. She was born on April 9, 1946, in Alamosa, Colo., to Donald D. and Adelaide (Baldwin) Knapp.... more

Mary Edith (Thorp) Morfitt

Mary was born to Grace Marie (Pease) and Herschel Edward Thorp in Sutherland, Neb.... more

John Richard Ireland 

John Richard Ireland was born on June 25, 1951, in Hereford, Texas, and passed away on July 30, 2021. As a child, he moved to Moriarty, N.M. In Moriarty, he met his wife of 51 years, Judy. ... more

Darrel Eugene Asay

Darrel Eugene Asay, 92, passed away in his sleep on July 14, 2021. A life-long resident of the San Luis Valley, Darrel recently relocated to Caddo Mills, Texas to be with family. Darrel was born on April 9, 1929 in Alamosa, Colorado to Otis and Elsie (Miller) Asay.... more

Alexander MacGreggor Colville Jr.

Lifetime Del Norte resident Alexander MacGreggor Colville, Jr., 89, passed away on July 31, 2021. He was born on June 30, 1932, in Del Norte, Colorado to Alexander MacGreggor and Ruth Marie (Samuels) Colville.... more

Jose Vivian Lujan

Jose Vivian Lujan, 73, a 51-year resident of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away July 19, 2021. He was born in 1947 in Lobatos, Colo., to Juan Lujan and Eurcinia Lujan. He married his Antonito, Colo., sweetheart Lena Lujan, 50 years ago in Las Vegas, Nev. ... more

Clayton Wirt ‘Kelly’ Mackey III

Clayton Wirt "Kelly" Mackey III, 73, went to his eternal home on Saturday, July 24, 2021. He was born on July 23, 1948, in Steyr, Austria, to Clayton Wirt Mackey, Jr. and Erika Steffe Mackey.... more

Rebekah Maye King Atencio

Our beloved Rebekah was taken from us suddenly and tragically on June 10, 2021 in Del Norte, Colo. Rebekah was born on Oct. 15, 1984, in Durango, Colo., to Kenneth King and Rosalie Hood. Although the family moved many times, from Washington, DC to various Colorado towns, it was the San Luis Valley that Rebekah considered home.... more

JoAnne Lewis

JoAnne Lewis (Maiden Name: Gott) will be remembered as a luminary storyteller of her time, sharing her presence, love, and never-ending series of tales with those who knew her from 1936-2021. JoAnne lived to be 86 years old, and is legend — she will be dearly missed by the tapestry of family and friends she wove together during her lifetime of adventures.... more

Nelson ‘Red’ Wayne Mickelsen

Nelson Wayne Mickelsen entered this earthly life on Oct. 10, 1938, in Alamosa, Colo. He was the first born of Nelson Cornum Mickelsen and Thelma (Jepperson) Mickelsen. After a life full of adventure and hard work, he passed away on July 21, 2021.... more

Gene Smith

Monte Vista resident Maurice E. “Gene” Smith, 88, died Dec. 9, 2020, at the Rio Grande Inn Nursing Home in La Jara.... more

Crystal Rae Sanderson

Crystal was born in Center, Colo., to Charles and Grayce Sheets and she attended school in Saguache. Crystal was a sensitive child and often helped her mother with the daily chores. Growing up in rural Colorado, there were always things to do, and she played with her brothers and sister.... more

Ken G. ‘Bunky’ Arnett

Longtime Monte Vista resident Ken G. “Bunky” Arnett, 81, died July 17, 2021 at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa.... more

Alice Medina

Alice Medina was laid to rest July 9, 2021. She was born in Guadalupita, N.M.,June 26, 1935, to Presciliano and Elisa Bernal.... more

Marvin Gates

Lifelong Del Norte resident Marvin Gates, 66, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2021. Born on March 10, 1955, in Del Norte, Colo., the son of Martin Gates and Lucille Hines Gates.... more

Eutimio “Tim” Atencio

Eutimio “Tim” Atencio, 72, beloved husband, father, and grandpa, passed away peacefully on Feb. 19, 2021, in Richland, Wash., with his loving family by his side.... more

Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini

Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini, 90, Monte Vista, passed away July 5, 2021 at Conejos County Hospital in La Jara, Colo.... more

Hercules and our Planets

The new moon is on July 10, so this is a great time for sky viewing. The only problem is that the days are still long, so you either must stay up late or get up early. You can always just get up during the night when you wake up. There are a few things that do happen when the sky is still relatively light.... more

Thomas S. Magness

Thomas S. Magness, 89, Monte Vista, Colo., passed away at home June 22, 2021. Tom was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Rapid City, S.D., to Cedric St. Clair and Martha Haaser Magness. His family settled in Monte Vista in the late 30’s.... more

Mary Alire

Mary Alire, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed peacefully with family members at her side on June 21, 2021, in Albuquerque, N.M.... more

Jack Eldon Seneff

Jack Eldon Seneff was born in Monte Vista, to Chester and Lucille (Hicks) Seneff. The second of three children, Jack loved treasure hunting and later became a prospector. Jack maintained his love of treasure hunting as an adult, and searched diligently for Montezuma’s legendary lost treasure, on Wolf Creek Pass.... more

Mary C. Gallegos

Monte Vista resident Mary C. Gallegos, 87, passed away peacefully June 25, 2021, with her loving family by her side. Mary was born on June 2, 1934, in Manassa, Colo., the daughter of Alfredo LeFebre and Ana Padia LeFebre.... more

Thelma (Tudy) Worker

Thelma Diane Borud Worker passed away and joined her beloved, Raymond Worker in Heaven, on June 16, 2021.... more

Charles Franklin Lewis

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Charles Franklin Lewis, "Chuck," 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 26, 2021.... more

Night Sky: Planets and the Summer Triangle

The Summer Triangle is a group of three bright stars in the summer sky. Each is the brightest star of the constellation they are in, and there are three constellations. Although they start in the summer, they last until the end of the year.... more

Peggy Atha Cummings

Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, Peggy Atha Cummings went home to with be her Lord Jesus. She was born on Jan. 1, 1942, to Harold and Wilma Atha in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Michael Gallegos

Michael Gallegos passed away on Nov. 13, 2020. Michael was born on Aug.1, 1983. He grew up in Martinez, Calif. Michael moved to the San Luis Valley with his family in 1993.... more

Clarence Gordon (Butch) Hammel

Clarence Gordon (Butch) Hammel, 78, of Saguache, Colo., passed away on May 23, 2021, at his home, surrounded by family. Butch was born on Dec. 16, 1942, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Clarence B. and Nellie Hammel.... more

Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols

Mr. Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols, of Creede, Colo., passed away suddenly on Jan. 6, 2021, at the age of 91.... more

Ida Pomeroy

Ida Pomeroy, 89, of Aurora, Colo., born Ida Bernard in Saguache, Colo., passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family members. Ida was a proud, supportive and loving mother.... more

Robert Myers

Life-long Valley resident, Robert William “Bob” Myers, died March 14, 2020. He was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on June 24, 1926, to Willie Jennings Myers and Edith “Betty” Gibson Myers. ... more

Tillie Gonzales Velasquez

Tillie Gonzales Velasquez was born June 15, 1925, in Los Valdeses, Colo. She passed away on May 24, 2021, in Walla Walla, Wash., three weeks shy of her 96th birthday. She was the daughter of Anita E. and Jose Benigno Gonzales of Los Valdeses, Colo.... more

Lee Eugene Wilkinson

Lee Eugene Wilkinson, 94, passed on June 4, 2021, in Vernon, Texas.... more

Rose Mary (Lepp) Wolcott

Rose Mary (Lepp) Wolcott was born in Bismarck, N.D., to Arthur and Anna M. Lepp during the Great Depression with an older sister, Ann, ready to welcome her. Their mother died when Rose was 2 years old and their father placed them in a Catholic orphanage with nuns that Rose remembered all her life as loving and kind-hearted.... more

Fay Williams Jr.

Fay “Willy” Williams Jr., of Buena Vista, passed away peacefully on May 17 at Centre Avenue Health and Rehab Facility in Fort Collins.... more

Kevin Andrew Sanderson

On April 9, 2021, Kevin Andrew Sanderson’s spirit left his body following a heart attack. Kevin was born on Aug. 25, 1978, in Alamosa, Colo., to Tom and Margaret Sanderson, while his 2-year-old sister, Ginger, (only sibling) waited excitedly at home with her Grandmother Sanderson.... more

Craig ‘Panda’ Leroy Jones

San Luis Valley native and longtime resident Craig “Panda” Leroy Jones, 66, died April 20, 2021, at Penrose-St Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by friends and family.... more

Larry D Shaw 

Larry D Shaw, 82, lived in Monte Vista Colorado. He was born to Alice Brown and Tony Shaw in may of 1938.... more

Connie J. Hill

Long-time Del Norte resident, Connie J. Hill, 83, passed from this earth peacefully, but unexpectantly, of natural causes on April 16, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born in Del Norte on July 1,1937, her daddy’s “little firecracker.”... more

Billie Jean Gaultney Walker

Billie Walker, 96, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021, at Montage Creek Senior Living in Montrose, Colo.... more

Billy J. Marques

Lifetime Center resident Billy “Balls” J. Marques, 64, died April 4, 2021 at the River Valley Inn nursing home in Del Norte.... more

Gerald Karl Haynie

Having lived a full and prosperous life, Gerald Karl Haynie departed this life on April 1, 2021, in Lehi, Utah. Jerry was born on June 15, 1929 in Manassa, Colo., to Harran Hall and Mary Manning Haynie. He was the third of seven children. He had a happy childhood and grew up with a large extended family unit. He remained close with his siblings throughout his life. ... more

John D. Baker

John Baker completed this final chapter of his earthly life early Monday morning, March 22, 2021, of complications of Parkinson’s Disease at Aspyre Rock Creek in Fort Collins where he had been a resident since mid-November. It is a blessing that he no longer is suffering from the symptoms of Parkinsons. We believe he is at peace and has transitioned to a room in God’s heavenly mansion.... more

Marty D. Heimsoth

Longtime San Luis Valley resident Marty D. Heimsoth, 75, died March 24, 2021, at the Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo.... more

Elsie Maxine Ward

Elsie Maxine (Zanetell) Ward, 90, a long-time Monte Vista resident, passed away peacefully at the River Valley Inn, on Feb. 17, 2021, three weeks after a debilitating stroke. Born to Henry and Elsie Zanetell, in Aguilar, Colo., Maxine was the fourth of five children.... more

Franklin Bruce Bassett

Franklin Bruce Bassett, 85, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on Dec. 17, 1935 in Tampa, Fla., to Franklin Oak Bassett and Alliene Tuggle Bassett.... more

Chester Van Kimberling

Chester Van Kimberling, 80, of Monte Vista, Colorado passed away on March 10, 2021 at the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte, Colorado. He and his twin brother were born in Kilgore, Texas on April 6, 1940 to Chester and Rosabella Kirch Kimberling.... more

Robert Forrest Crow

Robert Forrest Crow, Communications Pioneer in San Luis Valley, Colorado was born February 20, 1934 in Del Norte, Colorado and passed away February 28, 2021 at the age of 87 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.... more

Berdena Elaine Clark

Berdena Elaine Clark was born on October 16, 1928 in Grinnell, Iowa to Edward and Minnie Lincoln.... more

Larry Kent Benns

LOWRY — A quiet and unassuming man with countless talents and abilities, who only recently moved to South Dakota, left this life March 1 and will be sorely missed and cherished always by his loving wife and four children.... more

Ryan Mark Stuebs

Beloved Son, Father, Brother, Spouse, Uncle, and friend, Ryan Mark Stuebs, “Nibbs," age 44, died by his own hand tragically, early the morning of March 1, 2021.... more

Rebecca Kay Aultman

San Luis Valley resident Rebecca Kay Aultman, 66, died March 6, 2021 at the Conejos County Hospital in La Jara.... more

Donna Marie Stoeber

Lifelong San Luis Valley resident Donna Marie Stoeber, 86, died Feb. 15, 2021, at the River Valley Inn Nursing Home in Del Norte.... more

Dorothy Ann Cochran

Dorothy Ann Cochran, 87, formerly of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away on Feb. 3, 2021, in Colorado Springs of natural causes after a three-year degenerative illness.... more

Michael J. Fuchs

Michael Joseph Fuchs, the fourth son of Hugh and Margaret Fuchs, passed away Jan. 30, 2021, at Rio Grande Hospital.... more

Sherrill E. Mix, 82

Sherrill left this world due to complications of Parkinson’s Lewy Body Dementia on Jan. 7, 2021 at the Rio Grande Hospital.... more

Gary Lee Patterson, 69 Oct. 1, 1951 – Dec. 7, 2020

Oct. 1, 1951, Lorin and Jahaza Patterson welcomed their third child Gary Lee Patterson into their growing family. He enjoyed a blissful childhood being raised in the L.D.S church with his brothers and sisters. ... more


Elizabeth Medina Martines, 80

Elizabeth passed away in her home she loved dearly on November 26, 2020. ... more

John Caroll Patterson, 88

Lifetime San Luis Valley resident John Caroll Patterson, 88, died Dec. 19, 2018 at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake in Monte Vista.... more

Gary C. Mason, 71

Longtime Monte Vista resident Gary C. Mason, 71, died Nov. 30, 2018 at his home in Monte Vista, surrounded by his family and under hospice care.... more