Deaths and funerals (01/14/12)
Drew Dean Markel
Drew Dean Markel passed away suddenly on the morning of Jan. 7. He was 53 years old.
Drew was born in Montevideo, Minn., and was a life-long fan of the Minnesota Vikings. An extremely gifted chef, Drew attended Mitchell Area Vocational Technical School and graduated with a degree in culinary arts in 1978.
He owned and operated numerous restaurants throughout the United States, including Moe’s New York Style Pizzeria, The Bull & Bush and others. His last project was to open the Black Diamond Grill in Red River with Lane and Jessica Cross.
Drew was preceded in death by his father, Howard Dean Markel; his mother, Mary Jo Nelson; and his brother, Hugh Markel. He is survived by his niece, Courtney De La Rosa, of Vermillion, S.D.; his nephew, Corey Markel of San Diego, Calif.; his stepson, Michael Evans and his wife, Natalie, and their unborn son of Indiana; his stepdaughter, Mandy of Los Chavez; the two loves of his life, Dovel Mc Dole and Annette Otero; as well as his good friend, Jim Pawelski; and his Labrador Daisy.
So many people were touched by this man. He was witty, gruff and passionate about the restaurant business; always there to lend a hand or teach someone how to prepare a dish.
Drew prided himself on perfection and literally worked himself to the grave, making his last act on earth a five-course seafood dinner for his good friend, Rob.
Drew’s wishes were to be cremated and his ashes spread to join those of his brother Hugh.
His achievements and his love for all of us in his life will be celebrated at noon, Saturday Jan. 21, at a private residence in Peralta. Further inquiries regarding the memorial can be made to Shannon at 459-9916. We will all miss you chef! The world will never be the same now that you are gone.
Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW, Albuquerque, www.salazarandsonsmortuary.com.
Mary Fuentes Owen
Mary Fuentes Owen, age 69, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, in Belen, after a lengthy illness.
Mary was born March 12, 1942, in Apache Creek, N.M., to Raymond and Mary Fuentes. She was raised in Luna, N.M., moving to the Orona Cow Springs Ranch in 1958, when she married Greg Orona. They had three sons, Gregory, Sam and Randy. The family moved to Springerville in 1968, where Robert was born.
In 1978, Bill Owen and Mary began their life together living throughout New Mexico, working construction jobs.
They retired in 1993 to San Antonio, N.M. Due to Mary’s health issues, she lived with her son, Gregory and Patty, in Springerville for awhile, and was able to spend a lot of quality time with her family, especially Sam, who was the light of her life.
Her family will be forever grateful for the close time they had those few years.
Mary enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping, spending time with her family and friends and her dogs, Sadie and Honey.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Mary Fuentes; her brothers, Raymond, Carl and Joe Fuentes; beloved twin sister, Myrtle Laney; and stillborn son, Jack.
Mary is survived by the love of her life, Bill Owen; her sons, Gregory and Patty Orona, Sam Orona, Randy and Pam Orona, and Robert and Kim Orona; six grandchildren, Jenny, Christopher, Missy, Shane, Kammie and Carson; three great-grandchildren, Keila, Kendrie and Kelci; five stepchildren, Wes and Debbie Owen, Corey Owen, Peggy Owen, Shannon and Jody Owen and Brandy Owen; 12 step-grandchildren; and 10 step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen and J.W. Peters, Velma Russell, Lillie and Sonny Snyder, Shirley Snyder and her brother, Eddie and Josie Fuentes.
A memorial service for Mary Owen will be at the Luna LDS Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14. Interment will be at Luna Cemetery and Snow Lake.
The family would like to thank everyone for all your thoughts, prayers and friendship for Mary and her family throughout the years. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.