Deaths and funerals (05/08/14)

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Arthur Baca
1950-2014
Arthur Baca, 63, of Los Lunas, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Sunday, May 4.
Born in Belen on Oct. 12, 1950, he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He was a retired auto body technician and a semi-retired driver from the Rio Metro transportation department. He was also an ordained pastor.
His parents are Tonnie T. Trapp and the late Aurelio Baca Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Roselyn Baca, the daughter of Joe B. Griego and the late Anita Griego. Arthur has three daughters, Annette and son-in-law, Joseph Torres, Karen and son-in-law, Orlando Aragon, and Stefanie Baca. He cherished his seven grandchildren, Joshua Baca Torres, Joseph Jason Torres, Jordan Torres, Marcus Duran, Lucas Duran, Nathaniel Aragon and Eliana Baca.
A viewing will be held at Calvary New Harvest in Los Lunas at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 9. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m., and there will be reception to follow at New Harvest. The burial will be held at 9:45 a.m., Monday, May 12, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary New Harvest, 701 Main St., Suite A, Los Lunas, NM, 87031.
Please visit the online guest register for Arthur at www.riversidefunerals.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.

Arthur “Mike” D. Clark Jr.
Died 2014
Arthur “Mike” D. Clark Jr., 87, a resident of Los Lunas since 2008, formerly of Las Cruces, died April 25.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Charlotte “Sunnie,” of Los Lunas; Cynthia Griffin (Mike), Michael Clark (GayLynn), Deborah Hasse (William) and Timothy (Sharon); brother, Warren Clark (Sandy), of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; and sister, Sue McKereghan (Chuck), of Ashland, Ore.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 8, at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas. He will then be buried at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 11:15 a.m., Friday, May 9.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in his honor.

Richard “Dick” M. Cole
1945-2014
Richard “Dick” M. Cole, age 69, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, April 30.
He was born on April 17, 1945, to Vern and Evelyn Cole in St. Cloud, Minn. At an early age, his family moved to Ft. Meade, S.D., where his dad was an EEG technician. During his school years in Sturgis, he learned as much as he could about rebuilding motors and fixing cars. He also learned to cut meat as a job after school.
He joined the United States Navy in 1966 and became a cook on the U.S.S. Enterprise, serving about 5,600 sailors. Sometimes he forgot that there were only three people in the house to cook supper for. He served in the Vietnam War.
He was a skilled meat cutter by trade and worked many years in the field, including owning his own meat shop. He did not like the snow, so in 1979 he said he was going to put a snow shovel on the front of his vehicle and travel south until people didn’t know what it was. Then he would be far enough away from the snow.
In Belen, he worked many jobs doing construction and meat cutting. He also owned a spray on bed liner business. He and his wife, Diana, have owned the Donut King and Rocky Mountain Casuals for many years. He was a jack of all trades. He could do almost anything that came his way. He was the most organized man you could ever meet. If you ever needed a tool or a part for something, you didn’t need to go to Home Depot or Sears. He probably had it and he could tell you what drawer, bucket or shelf to find it in his garage.
If you were a friend of his, you were a friend for life. He always had a comment about everything, which made you wonder if he was serious or just joking. Any race, especially NASCAR, was an every-weekend occurrence. The only thing that stopped him from watching a race was his two grandchildren, Snicklefritz (Shylyn) and Bubba (Taysen).
He loved all the talks that they had about guns, hunting, mechanics, school and many other things. They asked their Papa for advice many times and he loved giving it to them.
He was a member of Belen Moose Lodge No. 1680 since 1980. He was an NRA member, a NASCAR Club member and a lifetime member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Evelyn Martinsen Cole.
Dick is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 43 years, Diana Eveleth Cole; one daughter, LaRee and husband, (who he considered the son he never had) Ricky Baca; two grandchildren, Shylyn and Taysen, who were his pride and joy; his sidekick, King, his German shepherd; two sisters, Kay Davis and JoAnn Schmidt and husband, John; and two sisters-in-law, Pam Cowen and husband, Jim, and Bev Patterson and husband, Gary. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and many great and special friends.
A visitation and memorial service was held at the Belen Moose Lodge No. 1680 on Monday, May 5. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Dick’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Gregorita Esquivel
1936-2014
Gregorita Esquivel, age 78, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Saturday, May 3.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1936, in the town of Abeytas. Gregorita one of nine children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Santiago and Andrea Sanchez Abeyta; sister, Isabel Baca; and brothers, Arthur and Ruben Abeyta.
Gregorita is survived by her daughters, Barbara Rahner and husband, Mark, Andria Schmitt and husband, Tom, Kathy Smiley and husband, Steve, and Tara Katz and husband, Glenn; grandchildren, Victor, Zachary, Christopher, Kristina, Kaitlyn, Alexis and Dylan.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Friday, May 9, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. with Father Stephen Schultz presiding. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Gregorita’s daughters would like to thank our family, Good Sheppard Brothers, Cuesta Manor Staff and Innovation NM PACE for the care, love and support they provided to our mother and us over the years.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Gregorita’s memory to InnovAge Greater New Mexico PACE, 904 Las Lomas Road, NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87102.
Sign Gregorita’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Ruth Marie Flores
Died 2014
Ruth Marie Flores, age 59, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on May 1.
Baptized in the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, located in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, our mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, niece and friend has left this earth to be with our Lord and Savior.
In her 59 years, Ruth touched the hearts and lives of many. Ruth’s good spirits uplifted all whom she came in contact with. Ruth, a lady of small size, had a heart of enormous proportions. Helping  anyone she could, Ruth was a caring and compassionate soul.
Ruth was preceded in death by her mother, Mable Sanchez; and father, Rudolfo Rivera; brother, Conrado Sanchez; and daughter, Priscilla Flores.
She is survived by her husband of more than 30 years, Ralph Flores; her five children, Rudy, Randy, Reina and husband, Jacob, Renee and Rachel; five grandchildren, Marcus, Gabriel, Athena, Mathew and Emilio. She is also survived by many loved and loving nieces, nephews; and her brother, Milly Sanchez and his wife, Chris.
Services will be held at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. A Rosary was held Wednesday, May 7. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 8.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Quintana, Danny Lucero, Alfred Gomez, Adam Flores, Lazarus Rowe and Anthony Sanchez.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Nancy Helen Mankins (Dunn)
1956-2014
Nancy Helen Mankins (Dunn), age 73, a resident of Bosque Farms since 1977, passed away after a long illness. She fought bravely to the end.
She was a member of the Mission Valley Church in Los Lunas.
Nancy was born to Agnes Bessie Watson and William Forrest Dunn, and was their only daughter. Nancy was born on Aug. 13, 1940, in Dallas, Texas.
She was married to Stephen David Mankins on June 29, 1956. They were married for 39 years, sharing their life together. She was a military wife and moved to many different Air Force bases across the United States. Nancy and Stephen had four children together, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Nancy was also an aunt and great aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was devoted to her family until the day she went to be with her Lord, at 12:30 p.m. on April 25.
Nancy loved to stay busy while working as a U.S. Post Office rural letter carrier and after retirement. She was a member of the Bosque Farms Bowling League for many years. As a member of the Pilot Club, she was always willing to take on projects for them. She was active in Eastern Star and Blue Star Mothers.
When the balloon festival was in Albuquerque, she was a chase crew member. Once she retired from the post office, she continued to be the editor for the postal newspaper for many more years.  She loved to go to the postal conventions each year and would always take several grandchildren with her. She showed them sights that they never would have had the opportunity to see from Maine to Florida and from Washington, D.C., to Atlantic City and Denver, just to name a few.
She was active with the Community Watch in Bosque Farms. As her children grew up, she always got involved with everything they joined. She was a Girl Scout leader for her daughter, and involved in Cub Scouts for her sons.
Some of her hobbies were crocheting baby blankets for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid reader, loved to travel; she never missed a football game when her sons were in high school. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play in any sporting event.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen David Mankins; her parents, Agnes Watson and William Forrest Dunn; one of her brothers, Donald Dunn; nephews, David Allen Dunn and Tony Dunn; Stephen’s parents, Stephen Sydney Mankins and Verda Oleta Mankins; her sister-in-law, Norma Sue Ingram; and brother-in-law, Glen Ingram; son-in-law, Steven Ziegler; as well as, her sister-in-law, Kay Dunn.
She is survived by her brother, Dick, and sister-in-law, Gloria Dunn; sister-in-law, Barbara Dunn; daughter, Stephanie and her husband, Clayton Nickle; son, Richard and his wife, Teri Mankins; son, Mark and his wife, Patti Mankins; daughter, Nan Ziegler;  grandchildren, David and his wife, Samantha Mankins, Jennifer Chavez, Joshua Ziegler, Rebecca Coe, Leah Ziegler, Jillian Strough, Ann Mankins, Clint and Neal Mankins; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Shawn Mankins, Sarah and Derek Chavez, Jayton Coe and Isabella Rose Ziegler; nephew, Doug Ingram; niece, Robbie MacLauchlan; nephews, Richard Neal Dunn, Bobby Dunn and Kevin Dunn.
Nancy will be remembered always by all who knew her.
Our family would like to give special thanks to the Medical Center at Fiesta Plaza, Hospice de la Luz and Daniel’s Family Funeral Services.
Memorial services and a life celebration will be held at her son, Mark Mankins’s home in Bosque Farms from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 11.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either the American Cancer Society and/or to the National Diabetes Association, in honor of Nancy.

David W. McCarty
Died 2014
David W. McCarty, age 79, of Los Lunas, left us to join his many friends on Tuesday, May 6.
He is survived by Ruth Des Jardins of the home; son, Jeff McCarty and wife Pat, of Portales; daughter, Michelle Lofton, of Mansfield, Texas. He was a grandfather to Joshua McCarty and wife, Rae, of Portales, Shari Morris and husband, Zack, of Portales, Danette Jimenez and husband, Beto, of Mansfield, Texas, and Melissa Lofton, of Ft. Worth, Texas; great-grandfather to Joshua, Cooper and Michael. He also leaves behind nieces, nephews, other family members and good friends.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper W. and Alene McCarty; his sister, Luana Hopkins; his twin brother, Jasper Newton McCarty; and his son, Dudley Wells McCarty.
He was born and raised in Clovis, and in 1949 his family moved to Portales and started Mac’s Drive-In. The family sold the restaurant in 1957, and he moved to Albuquerque and started Mac’s Drive-In on Lomas, which became a hangout for local high school kids.
Later, Mr. McCarty proudly owned and operated five Mac’s Steak in the Rough Drive-In’s. He was also awarded Restaurateur of the Year for the state of New Mexico.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation at French – University from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 9. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10, at French – University. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.
Please visit the online guestbook for David at www.FrenchFunerals.com. French – University, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

Robert Eugene McGuire II
1991-2014
Robert Eugene McGuire II, age 22, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, May 3.
He was a young man who loved his family and friends. He was always willing to help in any way he could and never expected anything in return. His love was felt by all and will live with all who knew him forever. He was our sunshine and will now shine down on us from heaven.
He is survived by his mother and father, Joann and Lyle McGuire; sister, Jennifer McGuire and partner, Ron Vigil; nephew, Ronald Eugene McGuire-Vigil; grandmother and grandfather, Trudy and Ron Wallace; Aunty, Julia McGuire; aunt and uncle, Karen and Jimmy Rodriguez; great uncle, Leroy Thomas; and cousins, Promise and Will McGuire-Smith, Arianna, Brooke, Love, Harmony and Jimmy (III) Rodriguez.
Services will be held at Abundant Life Church, 105 Avenida Del Fuego, Rio Communities, on Friday, May 9, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m. A reception will be held at Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Posse, 10308 Second St. NW, Albuquerque.
Robert’s memorial fund has been set up at Bank of the West, Robert E. McGuire II memorial fund, account No. 034940411.
Pallbearers will be David Meza, Mickey Meza, Will McGuire-Smith, Promise McGuire-Smith, Terell Mackey and Ron Vigil. Honorary pallbearers will be Leroy Thomas, Jonathan Gallegos, Marcus Smith, Ron Wallace and Jimmy Rodriguez.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Odelio Jose Otero
1932-2014
Odelio Jose Otero, age 81, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away of natural causes, peacefully, on May 1, surrounded by family and friends.
Odelio was born on July 1, 1932, in El Cerro. Odelio was a graduate of Los Lunas High School, Class of 1950. He attended the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, where he made the dean’s list.
He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 99, the VFW and the DAV. Before moving to Albuquerque in the 1990s, he resided in El Cerro for most of his life, in the home he built. There, he coached numerous Little League teams, taught catechism for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, raised his family and started his business, Southwest Bingo Supplies, Inc.
Odelio lived his life providing for his family, stalwartly independent and motivated. He was a man of many talents, varied interests, charm and humor. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Odelio was preceded in death by his father, Santiago Otero; his mother, Adelicia Chavez Otero; brothers, Estanislado and Donicio; sisters, Feladelfia, Antonia and Eloisa Otero; and his wife of 36 years, Cecilia B. Otero.
He is survived by his brothers, Jimmy Otero, Conrado Otero (spouse Senida); sisters, Perla O. Sedillo Martinez (spouse, Eddie P. Martinez) and Petrita Kramer; children, Dolores Otero Padilla, Filadelfia O. Harris, (spouse, Guy W. Harris), Jose Santos Otero (spouse, Pricilla Chavez Otero), Donljo Otero (spouse, Marcella Otero); grandchildren, Phillip Gabaldon, Shawn Marcos Bunton, Michael Christopher Padilla, Adelicia Gunn, Linda Otero, Alexander Chester, Andrew Chester, Ezekiel Otero, Crystal Otero; and his great-grandchildren, Amanda, Mateo and Gabriel Gabaldon and Katie Gunn.
We, the posterity of Odelio, wish to express our gratitude for the many calls, messages and acts of condolence at this time of loss.
Services were held at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Wednesday, May 7.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

John Charles Plog
1963-2014
John Charles Plog, age 50, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, May 2.
He was a member of ACTRA Team Roping Association, and has won many awards and cash prizes in both associations. He loved horses and enjoyed roping with all his friends.
John practiced the art of being a farrier and took pride in shoeing his own horses. He also had a small shoeing business. He had a special love for animals and was a natural at everything he did or tried to do.
He loved his children most in this world. They were his everything. He was a man of all trades and his artistic side was amazing and a treat to us all. He loved too much. He left this life happy and at peace. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of being in his world!
John was preceded in death by his grandfather and grandmother, Williams; and his mother, Carolyn.
He is survived by his grandparents, John and Wilma Plog; father, Larry Plog; wife, Norma Pineda Plog; sister, Kristi Plog; two beautiful children, Sarah Ann and Andrew Noah Plog; two beautiful grandchildren, Rachel Carolyn and Christopher Michael; one niece, Montana Miller; and one step son, Nick Romero.
Services were held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel on Wednesday, May 7.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Frank A. Torres
1943-2014
Frank A. Torres, age 71, a resident of Los Chavez, passed away on Tuesday, May 6.
For more than 30 years, Frank was a car man for the Santa Fe Railroad as well as a welder and carpenter. He loved to be outdoors and to hunt and fish.
Frank had a deep love for his tractors as well as his family and friends. He loved to tell jokes and stories, but his best and most beloved stories were the funny ones, and he had plenty for any situation. Frank enjoyed farming and roping. He was always there to help someone in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pablo and Stella Lucero Torres; sons, Daniel and Ivan; grandson, Jared; brother-in-law, Daniel Mendoza; and father and mother-in-law, Prudencio and Lucinda Hurbina.
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Rosie Hurbina Torres; son, Mark; daughter, Francine Cordingley and husband, Casey; grandchildren, Jason and Layliah Torres, Mark and Heather Torres, Paul Torres, David Sanchez, Tristin Cordingley, Justin Torres and Steven Baca Torres; great-grandchildren, Adrianna, Rory, Charli, Ben and Alex Torres; sisters, Magdalena Mendoza and Henrietta Torres; and brothers, Joe, Paul and Richard Torres.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Monday, May 12, beginning with a viewing at 8:30 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. with Father Stephen Schultz presiding. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Casey Cordingley, David Sanchez, Jason Torres, Tom Kurkowski, Felix Baca and Jerry Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Torres, Mark Torres and Willie Chavez.
The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers support and love in our time of sorrow.
Sign Frank’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.