Deaths and funerals (03/13/14)


Peter I. Baca
Peter I. Baca, age 71, a resident of Belen, passed away at 3:50 p.m., Friday, March 7.
He was a member of the Teamsters Union, the Union Protectiva and the Knights of Columbus. He also volunteered, often socially, and gave generously of himself to all whom he met.
He was born March 8, 1943, to Felipe and Frances Baca. He is a native of Santa Fe. He approached everything in life with a zest, a passion and enthusiasm that captivated all who met him. He worked hard all his life and had a strong heart.
Peter loved the arts, literature, painting, music and the outdoors.
“If fear should stop us in the middle of the road, we would hear ridicule, from the voices of the night, but if we reach the mountain peak bravely, we shall join the heavenly spirits in songs of triumph and joy.”
Peter was preceded in death by his brothers, Felipe and Eppimeno; sister, Mary; and granddaughter, Briana.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Vicky; five children, Pedro, Laura, Joaquin, Raquel and Antonio; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson; sisters, Cathy, Dorothy and JoJo; and brother, Leonard, all of whom he loved dearly.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning on Thursday, March 13, with a visitation at 6 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at noon on Friday, March 14.
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

Dale Grant
Dale Grant, age 60, of Deming and Los Lunas, passed away March 4 at his home in Los Lunas after a short, but hard-fought battle with melanoma.
He was born Jan. 29, 1954, in Socorro to Roberta and Ed Grant. Dale graduated from Deming High School in 1972. A true New Mexican, he made his life all over the state as an avid horseman, business owner and in construction. He was a member of the New Mexico Businessman’s Team Roping Association, the U.S. Team Roping Championships, the Deming Cowboy Polo and Saddle Club and the Hispano Chamber of Valencia County.
Dale spent the majority of his time working on various construction projects around New Mexico, but he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, taking in the state’s beauty, skiing, horse riding, team roping and supporting various athletic organizations, including the AllStar Dance Academy (Bosque Farms), Deming High School sports, Los Lunas High School sports and Crossroads City Derby (Las Cruces).
He was an exceedingly hard worker and a dedicated employee to Advanced Environmental Solutions (Belen), GAW Construction (Deming, Los Lunas), James Hamilton Construction Company (Silver City), Carl E. Larson Construction, Inc. (Arizona), Grants Backhoe Service (Deming) and at the Baker Egg Mine for Paul Colburn and Loren Seing (Deming).
He was preceded in death by his mother, Roberta Adcock; and fathers-in-law, Charles Shirley and Jeffrey Hertz.
He is survived by his father, Ed Grant; and wife, Sue, of Los Lunas; sister, Kay Dennison and husband, Lester, of Florida; brothers, Robin Lovelace, Darrel Lovelace and Scott Lovelace and wife, Kimberly, of Los Lunas; children, Robbie Dale Grant and his wife, Laura, of Las Cruces, Kirby Romero and her husband, Manuel, of Los Lunas; and their mother, Kim Shirley Grant, of Deming, Daniel Grant and his wife, Brianne, Heather Grant, Paul Grant and fiancé, Martha, and Kyla Grant and their mother, Donna Jo Grant, all of Los Lunas; nieces and nephews, Laura Lancaster and husband, Scott, of Albuquerque, Bo Rinehart and wife, Melanie, of Deming, Kay Dawn Wildey and husband, Robert, of Albuquerque, Mandi Rivera and son, Gavin Way, of Los Lunas; grandchildren Chantelle, Shaunia, Ethan, Aleigha, Kristal, Anthony and Baby Romero.
A celebration of Dale’s life will be held at the Valencia County Sheriff Posse Rodeo Arena in Belen at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 15. Friends and family are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of E. Dale Grant to Cowboys for Cancer Research.

Herman Madrid
Herman Madrid, age 57, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, March 8.
Herman enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He worked for the city of Belen for 15 years of outstanding service. Herman loved making people laugh and was a suburb craftsman. Herman was a unique man, and will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ursula Madrid; father, Joe Rivera; brothers, Gerald and Stephen Madrid; and granddaughter, Amanda Armijo.
Herman is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Deborah Madrid; daughter, Colette Armijo; son-in-law, James Saiz; daughter, Sonya and husband, Tony; daughter, Marisa Madrid; son-in-law, Armando Ayala; son, Herman Madrid Jr. and wife, Amber; son, Patrick Madrid; daughter-in-law, Melanie Duran; grandchildren, Nicole Armijo, Jenee, Tonya and Joshua Madrid and Lyanna Duran; brother, Anthony Romero and wife, Marilyn; sisters, Tina Romero and Harold Martinez, Patsy Montaño and husband, Eloy, Jean Brandt and Angela Tafoya and husband, Joe; and brother-in-law, Charles Heine. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel. A viewing was held Wednesday; and a final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 13, with a funeral service to be held at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque.
Pallbearers will be Herman Jr. and Patrick Madrid, Armando Ayala, Tony, James Saiz, Michael Mondragon, Danny Garcia and Nick Lomas. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Armijo, Eloy Montaño, Harold Martinez, Joe Valario, Charles Wardard, Robert Lucero, Ron Chavez, Steve Petitt, Linda Gonzales, Gabriel Chavez, Raul Duran, Joe Tafoya and Gilbert Duran.
Sign Herman’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Douglas Scott Neal
Douglas Scott Neal, age 64, a resident of Rio Communities, passed away on Friday, March 7.
He was a member of La Merced Moose Lodge and a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Vietnam Conflict.
He was preceded in death by his father, William L. Neal; mother, Lois J. Schultz; brother, Richard W. Neal; sister, Marie Bisenius; nephew, W. Scott Bisenius and his children, Adesha, Amanda, and Abreeanna, of Texas; nephew, Jesse J. Bisenius, and his children, Anna and Jayden, of Wisconsin; treasured friends, Dennis and Shirley Schmock; his special friend, Knucklehead; and many other friends.
Services are pending. For information, please call the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Hector Reyes
Hector Reyes, age 81, a resident of Rio Communities, passed away on Friday, March 7.
He was born July 14, 1932, in Tunja, Colombia, to Esther and Francisco Reyes. Hector was married for 49 years — he was a devoted husband and a wonderful father.
He was an avid gardener and a vibrant man who loved to laugh, dance, travel and celebrate life. Hector was dearly loved and will be very deeply missed.
He is survived by his loving wife, Connie Reyes; and four adoring children, Esther, Sandra, Ann Mary and Andrew. He also leaves behind three grandchildren; sister, Stella; brother, Alvaro; and several nephews and nieces.
A memorial mass will be held in his honor at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15, at Immaculate Conception Church, 7 Church Loop, Tomé, (505) 865-7497.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Immaculate Conception Church in Hector’s honor.
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