Deaths and funerals (10/13/12)


Jake James Baca Jr.
Jake James Baca Jr., age 43, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Roy L. Clark
Died 2012
Roy L. Clark, 75, pastor of Grace Chapel of Carbondale, Kan., for the past 32 years, and formerly of Belen, passed away Sept. 24 in Topeka, Kan.
Pastor Clark graduated from Grace and Glory Bible College, Kansas City, Mo., and was ordained to the ministry in 1957. During his years in the ministry, he also pastored in Belen, Tucumcari, and started a new church in Arkansas City, Kan.
He is survived by his wife, Anita; his son, David, of New Mexico; his daughter, Annette Daniel of Douglas, Kan.; two brothers, Richard Clark of Belen, and William Earl Clark of Carbondale, Kan.; and four sisters, Louis Banister of Eudora, Kan., Grace Allen of Los Lunas, Ruth Clock of Admire, Kan., and Lorene Clopp of Emporia, Kan.

William Bruce Foushee
William Bruce Foushee, 59, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6.
He was born on Nov. 29, 1952 in Sanford, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Clara Foushee; and his brother, Richard Foushee.
Bruce is survived by his daughter, Brigitte Nikay Foushee; and his son, Billy Foushee, both of North Carolina; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, all of North Carolina; his sister, Carolyn Byrd and her husband, Vic, of Raleigh, N.C.; his brother, Roger Lewis Foushee of Albuquerque; two nephews, Todd and Brent Byrd, of North Carolina; and his wife, Barbara, of Los Lunas.
Cremation has taken place and there are no services scheduled at this time.
Please visit Bruce’s online guest register at  Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.

Norma Ruth Holloman
Norma Ruth Holloman, age 76, a resident of Belen, passed from this world to eternal peace on Wednesday, Oct. 10, surrounded by her family, where she joined her husband, Bill, who preceded her in death in 2003.
She fought a brave and valiant battle with COPD for the past 15 years.
Norma was born near Sudan, Texas, on Jan. 25, 1936, to James R. and Dora Shearer, and grew up in the Arch and Portales communities.
Bill and Norma were married on March 17, 1954, and made their home in Clovis, and later in Belen. Norma retired from the Belen Schools in 1987.
They enjoyed their retirement, traveling across the United States, but especially loved spending their summers at Field Track in Pecos, where they made wonderful friends.
She loved her family and always placed them ahead of her own needs. To those who knew her, she was a true and loyal friend, and will be dearly missed.
She was a devoted and loving mother to her daughter, Janice and husband, Tim Canales, of Albuquerque; her son, Clint Holloman, of Clovis; his two children, Chris Holloman, of Indianapolis, Ind., Amanda Holloman, also of Clovis, and her two children, Maddox and Arela, who affectionately called her “MeeMaw”; two sisters and their families, Ethel Hitt, of Lubbock, Texas, and Linda Gregory, of Garland, Texas, who were by her side until the end; brother-in-law, Sam Holloman and his wife, Barbara, of Portales; many nieces and nephews, and lifelong friend, Lela Jo Townley, of Capitan.
A special thanks to her baby sister, Linda; the nurses of Lovelace Medical Center ICU and Vistacare Hospice.
Her earthly body will be laid to rest beside her husband of 49 years at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, at the Portales Cemetery. Wesley McAfee, Interim Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Portales will officiate.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Micheal Cody Hobbs
On Monday, Oct. 8, God’s angels came and put angel wings on my son way too early. Our sweet boy was born Nov. 16, 1989, in Albuquerque.
He loved deeply, laughed strongly and gave anger rarely. He was always quick to smile. He had a passion for family, and for riding his motorcycle, “Alice.”
Give Micheal any reason to get on his bike and go for a ride and he would be ready. He was polite, sweet, caring, well mannered, funny and always smiling, even as a child. He loved being a “big brother,” even to his older sister, and he was a great uncle to his nephews.
He always came in the door, asking “Where is baby Joseph, Zayden?” and then, “What’s up little man?” as soon as he laid eyes on them. Micheal was very loved by all those who knew him.
He was preceded in death most recently by “Gma” and grandma Opal.
He is survived by most immediate family, mom, Laura; and step-dad, Donnie Cater; brothers, Tristin and Justin; sisters, Reva and partner, Anthony, Ashley and partner, Jake, Kendra and partner, Eric (niece/nephew on the way); father, Ron Hobbs and partner, Nyanna; and a huge list of aunts, uncles and cousins.
A viewing and gathering to celebrate his life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please contribute to Micheal Cody Hobbs fund at Rio Grande Credit Union.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Ramon Mireles
Ramon Mireles, age 80, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Oct. 8.
Ramon had faith, but in the last 12 years of his life, he studied at The Jehovah Kingdom Hall in Los Lunas. Ramon proudly served his country in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Celsa Olguin Mireles; and brother, Arturo Mireles. Ramon is survived by his children, Joe Mireles and family, Merlinda Mireles Allen and family, Michael Mireles and family, Johnny Ray Mireles and family; mother of his children, Albita Otero Mireles; several brother and sisters, his caregiver, Dorothy Dominguez and family; grandchildren, Samantha and Sarah, who always made sure their papa had decorations.
Cremation has taken place. Services will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date.
Dorothy Dominguez would like to thank Belen Meadows and their staff, Mary Lou, Leo, Patricia, Cindy and Peter for the wonderful care and attention given to Ramon, the Veterans Hospital, Dr. Sanchez, Hospice of the Sandia’s and Romero Funeral Home.
Sign Ramon’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Luis Padilla
Luis Padilla, age 74, a resident of Tomé, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
He was born in Los Lunas on June 19, 1938.
Luis is survived by his children, Linda Miller, Louie Padilla Jr., Yolanda Gurrero, Rosemary Padilla, Michael Padilla and Carol Padilla; 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services are pending.
Please contact Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas 565-1700 for service information. Please visit Luis’s online guest register at