Deaths and funerals (12/31/11)


Alvina Mae Chavez
Alvina Mae Chavez, age 53, a resident of Los Lunas, was born Nov. 1, 1958, and passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Cremation will take place and private services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700. Please visit Alvina’s online guest register at

Arthur “Peanuts” J. Chavez Jr.
Arthur “Peanuts” J. Chavez Jr., age 45, a resident of Belen, was called to heaven on Monday, Dec. 26.
He was born in Albuquerque in 1966, and was raised in Los Lunas. God led Peanuts into Mary Aragon’s life and the two became high school sweethearts. The two were married Nov. 24, 1984, and were married 27 years. They started a family in Los Chavez, where he lived the remainder of his life.
Peanuts was a juvenile detention officer at CYFD. Peanuts was loved and known by so many. He gave so much and never expected anything in return. His kind, gentle and loving soul will live on in the many people who were so blessed to have known him.
Peanuts enjoyed many activities and had lots of interests that he took part in. He was always hunting or fishing, building new projects, collecting new tools and guns. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, preferably Harleys, gambling, serving his community, animals and especially enjoyed children and babies.
One of his most favorite activities was target practice with his family, especially with his grandson, Dominic. Peanuts was never away from his family, every available moment was spent with every family member whenever possible.
He was immensely proud of his son, Joshua; he couldn’t have chosen a better career than the United States Marine Corps to make Peanuts happier. He wore his USMC attire with pride.
Peanuts and his grandson, Dominic, were best buddies. If they weren’t spending time together, they were having “secret” conversations on the telephone.
He is joined in heaven with his mother, Corinne Gloria Chavez; maternal grandparents, Jose and Cruz Gabaldon; and paternal grandparents, Fedelina and Pedro Chavez.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Chavez; daughter, Nicole Gurule, her husband, Matthew, and their son, Dominic Aiden; son, Joshua Chavez; father, Arthur Chavez Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth; brothers, Ruben Chavez and wife, Virginia, and their children, Alexis and Isaac; Gary Chavez and wife, Toni, and their children, Shaylene and Lucas; sister, Sonya Pacheco and husband, Les, and their daughter, Tanya. Peanuts was Godfather to Alexis Chavez and Nicolas J. Aragon. He is also survived by many dear aunts, uncles, cousins, community members, neighbors and friends.
Pallbearers will be Joshua and Ruben Chavez, Johnny Pino, Ray Aragon, Guillermo Gallegos and Oscar Alvarado. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Chavez and Nicolas J. Aragon.
All services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church, including a viewing and Rosary on Friday, Dec. 30. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Los Lentes Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Peanut’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Richard H. “Polly” Marmon
Richard H. “Polly” Marmon, a resident of Los Chavez since 1984, was born in Albuquerque May 15, 1924, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 22. He was raised in Laguna by his parents Henry C. and Lilly Ann.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Betty Jo; children, Polly Ann Canive and husband, Jose, Richard H. Marmon II and wife, Linda, James R. Marmon and Marguerite Sweeney and husband, Edward; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Lee Marmon of Laguna, and Kenneth Marmon of Mesa, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, the mother of his children in 1973; and his second wife, Shirley, in 1998.
After he graduated from high school in 1942, he attended tech schools in New Mexico and Texas and completed his training at Philco Airborne Radio School in Philadelphia, Pa., under the U.S. Signal Corps Reserve in 1943.
Dick was called into service in 1943. He served in the U.S. Air Force 390th Bomb Groups, Squadron 570th, at Station 153 Parham, England. Flying over Germany, he was wounded on his 15th mission and returned to the United States in January 1945. Mr. Marmon was awarded the Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Purple Heart.
After the war, Dick attended the University in Albuquerque and worked for Sandia National Labs, retiring after 32 years in 1980. After traveling to many parts of the world, including seeing the Great Wall of China with Shirley, they settled down in Los Chavez and did volunteer work for the Talking Book Library for the Blind and Handicapped for 22 years by repairing the tape machines and head sets.
He was a life member of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society in Pooler, Ga., a life member of the 390th Foundation of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz., and a life member of the New Mexico Chapter of the 8th Air Force in Albuquerque.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 6, at French – University Chapel. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87108.
Please visit our online guestbook for Dick at French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

Timothy Frances Robinson
Timothy Frances Robinson, age 90, a resident of Bosque Farms since 1960, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Ralph W. Robinson; five sisters and one brother. Timothy is survived by her daughter, Launa Ann Eastman; son, John W. Robinson and wife, Paula; son, Kelly D. Robinson and wife, Georgette; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 1, with a funeral service to be held at 4 p.m. Interment will be held at 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 2, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Noah Franzoy, Chad Dutton, Deric Dutton, Darrell Davis, Bruce Duerksen and Al Casey. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Demers and Keith Dixon.
Sign Timothy’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Herman C. Trujillo
Herman C. Trujillo, age 84, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Amarante Zamora
Amarante Zamora, age 75, a resident of La Costancia, passed away on Monday, Dec. 26.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Tomé, where he was an usher for 52 years at the 8 o’clock Mass.
Amarante enjoyed gardening every summer and had great pride in his garden quote, “Nothing but the best, for the best, by the best.”
His hobbies were woodworking and making wooden toys for his grandkids. He took great pride in those toys. He also enjoyed farming and was a volunteer fire chief for Tomé in the 1970s. He worked for Tabet Lumber in Belen for 27 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Castulo and Reina Zamora of Tomé; two sisters, Auggie Zamora and Concha Chavez; four brothers, Bartolo, Gillie, Ray and Olivero Zamora.
Amarante is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Margaret Zamora of La Costancia; three sons, Marty Zamora and wife, Bernadette, Patrick Zamora and wife, Karen, and James Zamora and wife, Diane; four daughters, Susan Gonzales and husband, Edward, Anna Zamora-Torres, Debbie Henson and husband, Mike, and Tina Rodriguez and husband, Steve. He is also survived by two sisters, Cande Gonzales and Berna Lucero; two brothers, Julian Zamora and Rupert Zamora; 24 grandkids and 15 great-grandkids.
All services were held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, including a viewing and Rosary on Wednesday, Dec. 28, and a Funeral Mass on Thursday, Dec. 29. Interment followed at the Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Amarante’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.