Justin Ray Arellano


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Justin Ray Arellano

Justin Ray Arellano passed away on Sept. 22, 2018.

Justin was born on March 12, 1990. His parents are Caytano (Guy) and Annette Arellano. Justin attend Bosque Farms Elementary, Los Lunas Middle School, Los Lunas High School and graduated from Belen High School in 2009.

Justin loved to wrestle for the schools; he was a Belen High School wrestling champion in 2008. He graduated from Universal Technical Institute with two associate degrees, one in automotive/diesel mechanic and one in power generator.

Justin went to Iraq as a civilian contractor at Base Anaconda right out of school in 2011. When he came back, he wanted to go to the Navy; he joined in December 2012. He became a corpsman and served until he passed away. Justin received awards for many things while in the Navy.

Justin is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Felino Arellano and Frieda Heyd; maternal grandparents, Herman and Terry Sanchez, and Trinidad and Adella Torrez.

Justin is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Arellano; children, Tenaya (9), Tahlya (3) and Talen (4 months); his father, Caytano (Guy); mother, Annette Arellano; sisters, Karin Arellano (Antonio) and Francis Jimenez (Dominic); brothers, Valentino (Shannon) and Johnny (Tina); nieces, Serenity, Madelyn and Stephanie; nephews, Alex, Billy, Nick, Donovan, Gage, Elijah and Alias; and godparents, Ray and Kelly Sanchez; many aunts, uncles, cousins; and grandparents, Alfredo and Barbara Chavez.

Services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, at San Clemente Catholic Church, 244 Luna Ave. in Los Lunas, beginning with a viewing at 6:30 p.m., and a Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the funeral services at 10 a.m.

A reception follows at Calvary Chapel. If you would like to bring any items, contact Kristy Vasquez, Lorraine Perea or the family home.

The burial will be held at 9:45 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Arsenio J. Baca

Died 2018

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Arsenio J. Baca

Arsenio J. Baca, age 78, born in Jarales, and resident of Belen, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Baca is survived by his beloved wife, Rosemarie; daughters, Denise Carrillo and husband, Moises, and Rebecca Baethge and husband, Greg; five grandchildren; brother, Albino Baca; sisters, Marina Griego and husband, Moises, and Helen Chavez; brother-in-law, Kenny Perea and wife, Kim.

Mr. Baca is preceded in death by his parents, Macedonio and Bessie Baca; parents-in-law, Dennis and Logie Perea; sisters, Margaret “Maggie” Josephs, Lole Silva, Lucy Garcia; and brother, Manuel “Manny” Baca.

Arsenio was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving two tours in the 25th infantry as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam conflict.

Arsenio came back to his native home in Belen, where in 1965 he married his sweetheart, Rosemarie Perea. They had two daughters, Denise and Rebecca, and they continued to live in love for 52 years.

Arsenio was always a hard-working man and always took pride in anything and everything he did. He was also a college graduate and a skilled architect, an electrical engineer for PNM.

Arsenio took great pride in his five grandchildren, Mathew and Ashlee Carrillo, Justin, Caitlin and Kelly Borunda; as well as his great-grandson, Aidin Carrillo. He also loved his many nieces and nephews.

Arsenio was an amazing person inside and out, and he will be forever missed by so many.

A visitation will be held from 6:30-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at San Francisco Xavier Mission Catholic Church in Jarales, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A final visitation will be held from 9:30-10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at San Francisco Xavier Mission Catholic Church in Jarales, with Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow services at Casa Colorada Cemetery in Jarales.

Urn bearers will be Aidin Carrillo, Mathew Carrillo and Ashlee Carrillo.

Please visit gabaldonmortuary.net to sign the guest book. Arrangements by Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW, 243-7861.

Joe Lynn Chilton

Died 2018

Joe Lynn Chilton, 80, passed away on Sept. 24 in Franklin, Tenn., after a long illness.

The former Mountainair resident leaves his wife, Judy Chilton; two daughters, Suzanne Bothell (Erick) and Donna Barnitz (Dick); five grandchildren, David Bothell, Julie Bothell and Brian Bothell, Richard Barnitz and Katie Barnitz, and Allen Gaunce and Craig Gaunce.

He graduated from Mountainair High School and New Mexico State University. Lynn spent four years in the U.S. Army. After his honorable discharge, he returned to ranch in the Mountainair area.

He married Carol Craven in 1961, and they had two daughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Nora Bells Chilton; his older brother, Vyrle Chilton; and his first wife, Carol.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mountainair, the soil conservation, where he served in many capacities and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. He was an active participant in Mountainair schools.

Gaylen Heyborne



Gaylen Heyborne

It hurts to say goodbye to someone you love. We, the family of Gaylen D. Heyborne, are sad at the passing of our dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, son and brother. On Sept. 27, 2018, Gaylen went to the open arms of our heavenly father.

He was born Aug. 31, 1949, to Florence and Walter Dean Heyborne in Cedar City, Utah. As a child growing up in Cedar City, he was an MVP in Little League baseball, loved riding his uncle Hal’s horses, and doing yard work for his grandma Heyborne.

As he grew up, he enjoyed hunting with his dad, snowmobiling, and hanging out with his good friends, Kenneth Imley, cousin, Dennis Smith, Danny Leigh and so many more.

In 1968, Gaylen married Sherri Henrie and together they had four children. That same year, he enlisted in the Army, where he served his country as a drill instructor, stationed at Fort Knox, Ken. After his discharge, he moved his family to the Valencia County area, where he remained until his passing. Gaylen was known for his quick wit and his dry sense of humor, and always worked as hard as he could for his family and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the High Desert Hospice for their dedication and support to Gaylen during his decline.

Gaylen is preceded in death by his father, Dean Heyborne; sister, Debbie Heyborne, and partner, Ella Lederer.

Gaylen is survived by his mother, Florence Brooks (Irv); brother, Bill Heyborne; sister, Evelyn Bennett; daughter, Stacy (Shane); son, Gaylen Kurt Heyborne (Genna); son, Jeff Heyborne (Melanie); son, Dantan Heyborne; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at The Loyal Order of Moose, located in Belen, at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4.

You were our rock ... You will be missed beyond belief and forever be loved.

Internment will be held on Cedar Mountain at a later date.

Irene Sais

Died 2018

Irene Sais, age 62, died Sept. 20, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Irene is survived by her husband, Edward Sais; her daughter, Michelle Sais; her son, Eddie Sais; grandchildren, Manuel, Myiesha, Sammy, Shay, Elias, Esiah, Ezra and Nathaniel; sisters, Dora Gonzales, Geneva (George) Rael, Judy (Chris) Marquez; brothers, Manuel (Prajedes), Cele (Lydia) Marquez, Richard (Betty) Marquez, Melvin (Connie) Marquez, Rudy Sais and Henry Sais.

Irene Sais was born and raised in Los Lunas. She and her family later moved to Colorado.

Irene is predeceased by her beloved son, Ramoncito Sais; her parents, Anastacio and Sofia Marquez; her bother, Libby Marquez; father-in-law, Florenio Sais; brother-in-law, Paul Gonzales; and sister-in-law, Mary Frances Marquez.

Pallbearers were Manuel, Cele, Richard, Melvin and Chris Marquez, and Rudy Sais.

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Mary Anthony Trujillo

Mary Anthony Trujillo


Mary Anthony Trujillo, age 78, a former resident of Belen, peacefully passed away on Sept. 9, 2018.

All services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. To read the complete obituary, visit romerofuneralhome.com.

Please sign Mary Anthony Trujillo’s online tribute at romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Manuel Armando Velasquez Jr.


Manuel Armando Velasquez Jr., age 82, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

He was born in El Valle, N.M., and went to school in El Valle and Penasco. In 1953-55, Manuel went to Menaul High School. After high school, he worked at Grants – Kerr McGee. Then he went to NMSU for three years.

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Manuel Armando Velasquez Jr.

Manuel then decided to marry his high school classmate, Mabel Sabinita Velasquez, in 1962, and they were happily married for 56 years. He worked for the highway department for three years.

In 1965, Manuel worked with the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Department. In 1973, he and Mabel were transferred to Denver Federal Center, where he worked in the engineering department as an inspector. In 1978, after three years in Denver, Manuel was transferred back to Albuquerque to work with the U.S. Forest Service, where he retired after 33 years with that job.

In 1995, Mabel and Manuel started a preschool at the Daniel Fernandez Recreational Center, teaching preschool for 19 years at The ABC Learning Center. He was a great story reader. In 2004, Manuel was again the assistant in the program – The Reading Challenge PLUS.

He was a kind-hearted, loving and patient father, husband and grandfather.

Manuel was preceded in death by parents, I. Juan Amadeo and Maria Ernestina Velasquez; sisters, Emelecia and Saidie Quintana; and nephew, Anthony Velasquez.

He is survived by wife, Mabel Velasquez; sons, Manuel Velasquez and Dominick Vorv; grandchildren, Matthew Velasquez, Meaghan, Bradley, Jordan, Harrison, Kiersten and Hailey Vorv; brother, Octaviano Velasquez; sisters, Adonelia Maestas and Cecilia Rael; nephews and nieces, Lorrie Sedillo, Arlene, Roger Rael, Carlos Quintana, Eileen and Peggy.

All services will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta, beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m., a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. and Interment to follow at Valencia Cemetery.

Please sign Manuel’s online tribute at romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

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