Deaths and funerals (08/15/13)


Leo P. Candelaria
Leo P. Candelaria, age 74, a resident of Belen, born in Valencia on May 20, 1939, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 13, surrounded by loved ones at his home in Belen.
He was a loving and generous father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. His passions in life were his family, dogs, outdoors and farming.
In 1962, he moved his family to Colorado’s San Luis Valley, where he spent 38 years before returning to New Mexico in 2000 to be closer to family.
He will be remembered for his work ethic, generosity and willingness to help others as well as his devotion to his many pets throughout his life.
Leo was preceded in death by his father, Gregorio; mother, Rosalia; and brothers, Manuel and Herman.
He is survived by his children, Corina and husband, Abel Romero, Cecilia and fiancé, Steve, Rebecca and fiancé, Lucas, and Victor and wife, Kim; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; brother, Rafael and wife, Beatrice; sisters, Audelia and Lucy and husband, Ramon; and many loving nephews and nieces.
For service information, please call the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Larry Stephen Durkin
Larry Stephen Durkin, age 61, of Lemitar, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Armed with ibuprofen and antacids, he had unknowingly been battling cancer for at least a couple of years. On June 12, with intolerable pain winning over a stubborn determination to wait it out, CT scans revealed end-stage bone cancer.
Unshaken, he informed the family that if it was God’s will, He could heal this as easily as a stubbed toe. If not, “I get to see the Lord and either way I win!”
Larry was born in Las Cruces on Sept. 14, 1951, to John E. and Alice (Bonar) Durkin. After growing up in Hatch, this farm boy spent two years in the Air Force before he was honorably discharged due to the loss of his father.
Shortly after, in 1974, he met Laura and following a “prolonged” eight-week courtship, they married. His illustrious three-month college career ended with the humble decision he was not going to learn what he needed to know. Larry went on to become a successful mechanic, pilot, flight instructor, farmer and ultimately the full owner, half the brains and most of the brawn of El Air Ag Services.
Larry was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, and he was loved in every single one of those roles. But more than these, he was a man who loved the Lord with all his heart and lived his life with the ever increasing desire to know Jesus more. He left a legacy of faith that will encourage, convict and inspire those who knew him for years to come.
Holding down the fort in his absence and waiting to see him again are his wife, Laura; oldest daughter, Annette and her husband, Danny, and their son, Jared; “middle toot” Dawn and her husband, Blake, and their son, Levi; son, Brian and his wife, Mandy, and their daughter, Payton, and baby, Durkin (still baking); brother, Jack and his wife, Cherie, and their two sons, Shane and Cale, and their families; his sisters, Bonnie and Karen and her husband, Blaine, and their children.
Memorial services will be held in Kelly Hall at the Socorro County Fairgrounds, off Hwy. 1, south of Socorro, at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 16. Light refreshments will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Challenge at
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death, if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11).
To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Larry’s care has been entrusted to
Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.

Arthur “Corky” Harrison
Arthur “Corky” Loyd Harrison, born on Nov. 4, 1929, passed away on Aug. 11 at the age of 83.
Corky owned and operated Corky’s Tractor Parts and Service in Albuquerque for more than 30 years. He was known locally as a farmer and rancher in Belen.
He was an avid hunter and recreational boater, enjoyed square-dancing with his wife and loved spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.P. and Lola Harrison; seven brothers and five sisters.
Corky is survived by his wife of 65 years, Geneva; three children and their spouses, Leona and Mike Henderson (Lubbock, Texas), Roger and LaNell Harrison (Tomé), and Troy and Diane Harrison (Aztec); nine grandchildren, Karen, Lori, Josh, Clay Henderson, Chris (Colynn), Bradley (Lisa) Harrison, Kelli (Phillip) Cox, Trevor (Karina) and Jerrod Harrison; 10 great-grandchildren, Cobee and Cambree Harrison, Casey and Tyler Harrison, Caleb, Sagan, Samantha and Cassi Cox and Bode and Kahri Harrison; and two sisters, Nellie Matthews and Nora Maxwell.
All services will be held at First Baptist Church of Los Chavez on Thursday, Aug. 15, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque at noon.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at

Keith C. Miller Sr.
Keith C. Miller Sr. was born on Dec. 17, 1966, in Albuquerque, and was called home on Thursday, Aug. 8.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and mechanics. Keith was a very compassionate and loving father to his children, Chantell, Shawn, Keith Jr. and Rose. He was a proud grandpa to to Angelina, Curtis, Bryan and Erin.
He was the son of Mary Ann Williams, and the brother of Robert, Guy, Timmy and Jamie. Keith had a special and unique relationship with his nieces and nephews. He loved his entire family deeply.
His smile will be missed by many, his memories never forgotten, and in our hearts, he will remain forever.

Betty E. Sedillo
Betty E. Sedillo, age 66, a resident of Sabinal, peacefully passed away due to a severe stoke on Sunday, Aug. 11, at UNM Hospital, with her family by her side.
Betty was born on Feb. 27, 1947, in Long Beach, Calif., to Alex and Jenny Carrillo Cordova. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved spending time with friends and family. She enjoyed music, dancing and the drives in the country with her son.
Betty was known for her contagious laughter and was an inspiration to everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Jenny Carrillo Cordova; her husband of 17 years, Antonio Sedillo; sister, Ruth Cordova-Torres; maternal grandparents, Maximilliano and Adela G. Carrillo; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Anastacio Cordova; uncles, Santiago Carrillo and Celso Carrillo; aunt, Trini Carrillo, first cousins, Gene Carrillo, Jimmy Carrillo and Arnold Carrillo as well as several second cousins.
Betty is survived by her son, Anthony Sedillo, of the family home; sister, Annie Hofmeister and husband, Paul, of Wildomar, Calif.; aunts, Mary Peters and husband, Manual, of Sabinal, Fillie Baca and husband, Robert, of Belen, Neph Carrillo, of Sabinal; uncles, Barney Carrillo and wife, Frances, of Belen, Max Carrillo and companion, Grace Chavira, of Tomé. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A final viewing and Funeral Mass were held at San Antonio Catholic Church on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Interment followed at Sabinal Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Carrillo, Carlos Valenzuela, Richard Carrillo, Leroy Chavez, Ricky Luna and Louie Baca.
Sign Betty’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Sesario A. Trujillo
Sesario A. Trujillo, age 81, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, Aug. 9.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Sersario proudly served his country in the United States Marines from 1952 to 1954.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose  and Rumalda Gurule Trujillo; grandson, Robert Trujillo; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Trujillo; brothers, Alfredo, Eloy, Arsenio, Rosendo and Horacio.
Sesario is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Angelina Abeyta Trujillo; sons, Joseph and wife, Tina, David, John and Michael and wife, Katherine; daughters, Gloria Esquibel and husband, Jerry, and Liza Bales and husband, Daniel; brothers, Joe, Pat and Dan; sisters, Angelina Garcia and husband, Benjamin and Lydia Cortez; grandchildren, Elizabeth Evans, Jerilyn Bickford, Andrea Trujillo, Christopher Trujillo, James Esquibel, Raquel Sullivan, Destiny Trujillo, Shannon Bales and Juliet Trujillo; and great-grandchildren, Michael Evans and Nora Evans.
All services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Interment followed at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Sesario’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.