Obituary for David R. Bunt

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David Bunt passed away on October 8, in Lahaina, Maui, after a two year battle with cancer. He was born in Pensauken, New Jersey, where he married and had his four children, David, Jeannie, Deborah, and Dean. He moved to Albuquerque to be with his brother Joe, and became a union plumber and pipefitter for 30 years. He and his wife Linda filled their lives with work, family, and fun. Dave was an avid golfer, pool player, animal lover, and a totally irreverent jokester.

He is preceded in death by his father and his son, David, and is now enjoying highballs and 500 rummy in heaven with his mom Edie.

He adored his beloved wife Linda, and is also survived by his devoted brother Joe; brother Jim; son Dean; his daughters Jeannie and Debbie; son-in-law Richard; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; his good friend Max; and countless cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He always put the sparkle on the water in the family, and will be dearly missed until we see him again.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 18, 2015
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Obituary for Manuel “Mannie” Martinez Jr.

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Manuel Martinez JrManuel “Mannie” Martinez, Jr. of Espanola, NM passed away unexpectedly in Santa Fe, NM on September 13th, 2015 at the age of 75.

Manuel is survived by his daughter Liz Martinez of Espanola, NM; granddaughter Kyanna Martinez of Espanola, NM; grandson Travis Martinez and his wife Britney Martinez of Espanola, NM; & close family friend Linda Collier of Los Alamos, NM. He is preceded in death by his wife Pauline C. Martinez of Espanola, NM; mother Louisa Martinez of La Villita, NM; his sister Melina Trujillo of Chamita, NM; & brother Dennis Martinez of La Villita, NM.

Manuel was born on November 8, 1939 in La Villita, NM to parents Manuel & Luisa Martinez. He graduated from Espanola High School in 1958 and joined the Pipe Fitters Union Local 412 of New Mexico. He married Pauline Vigil, his high school sweetheart in 1959.

A wake is scheduled for Wednesday September 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM at DeVargas Funeral Home in Espanola. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday September 17th, 2015 at 10:00AM at Sacred Heart Church in Espanola, with a reception to follow. The family would like to thank Christus St. Vincent Hospital, DeVargas Funeral Home, Sacred Heart Church, & all family & friends for their compassionate care, prayers, & support. The family of Manuel “Mannie” Martinez Jr. has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Gilbert Velarde

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GILBERT VELARDE GILBERT VELARDE, life long resident of Santa Fe, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 5, 2015. He was born in Santa Fe the son of Guadalupe and Vicente Velarde. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Eloy Velarde and Joe Muller. Gilbert is survived by his sister, Connie Duran (Tony); nieces, Josephine Casados (Alex), and Maria Robinson; nephews, Daniel Velarde (Cathy), Larry Velarde; all of Santa Fe; nephews Leon Duran (Sherry) of Aurora CO. and John Muller (Shirley) of Santa Fe., and many other relatives and friends; his godsons, Chris Gomez and Ian Zoltai, and very special friend, Rose Armijo. Gilbert was a member of Pipefitters Local 412, a life time member of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, a member of the Santa Fe Rodeo Association, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Santa Fe Lodge #460, and served as a volunteer for many organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis Club. He served as a member of the New Mexico National Guard, and worked on the Alaskan Pipeline, as well as owner of Velarde Mechanical & Construction, INC. He was a loving and caring person who lit up a room with his smile, sense of humor, and laughter. He loved life and he lived it to the fullest. He has many friends and he will be dearly missed. A Rosary will be recited Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Rosario Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am Monday, October 12, 2015 at St. Anne Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Rosario Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Alex Bustamante, Phil Sena, John Murphy, Pat Chavez, John Muller Marty Espinoza, and Daniel Velarde. Honorary Pallbearers will include all the members of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, Jack Chavez, Benji Anaya, Joe Mier, all the members of the Caballeros de Vargas, David Ortiz, Ben Tapia, Ray Aranda, Tony Lopez, Gregorio Ross, Nathan Lopez, and Larry Velarde. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435

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Obituary for Arthur J. Garcia Sr.

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Arthur J. Garcia Sr., long time member of Local 412, passed away on August 19, 2015. He was born June 23, 1947. He is survived by his wife Diane.

Obituary for Jose R. Puga

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Jose R. Puga

Jose R. Puga, 100, born on August 28, 1914 passed away on July 7, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Elena Molina Puga and son LeRoy Puga. He is survived by sons, Jose F. Puga, Edmundo Puga, and David Puga; daughters, Rose Mary Alvarado and Mary E. Concha; 27 Grandchildren, 47 Great Grandchildren, and 14 Great-Great Grandchildren. We Thank God for sharing you with us for these hundred years; for only God can make a Dad with such loving heart, who cares about his children enough to guide them from the start, believing in them always, and so proud of what we do. Thank God there are Dads as wonderful as you. Visitation will be Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Funeraria del Angel Martin Central. Funeral Service will be Friday, July 10, 2015 at 9 a.m. at Funeraria del Angel Martin Central. Rite of Committal will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Published in El Paso Times from July 9 to July 16, 2015
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Obituary for Ruben Beavers Jr.

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Ruben Beavers Jr., age 81, a resident of Hernandez, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2015. Ruben was born on March 10, 1934 in Jerusalem, Arkansas. Ruben was preceded in death by his parents, Ruben and Florence Beavers; and 10 brothers and sisters. Ruben was a member of the Pipefitters UA local 412 for 55 years. Ruben enjoyed hunting, fishing, and carpentry. He volunteered for various projects at the San Jose Catholic Church in Hernandez. Mr. Beavers is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Johanna Beavers and their son, David Maez, Ruben is also survived by his sons, Rick, and Danny Beavers; Ruben also raised, Marty, Yvette and Genette Herrera, as if there were his own, he also helped raise a grandson, Brandon Bartnick; sister, Marie Beavers; special granddaughters, Shirley Beavers of Ventura, California and Shayla Beavers of La Mesilla; special niece Carolynn White and special nephew Larry Bevins of Morrilton, Arkansas and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Public visitation will begin on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Jose Cemetery Gazebo, with a memorial to follow at 11:00 a.m. also at the San Jose Cemetery Gazebo in Hernandez with the following serving as pallbearers, Brandon Bartnik, David Maez, Paul Chavez, Cody Beavers, Cid Ramires, and Eddie Trevino. Honorary pallbearers will be, Lafie Lopez, Priscilla Perea, Jeremy Maestas, Jill Herrera, Deondra Rodriguez, Margaret Montoya, Elaine Rice and Miguel Pacheco. The family of Ruben Beavers Jr. has entrusted theirRuben Beavers loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-747-7477 –

Obituary for Richard Patrick Rotunno

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R. Rotunno
Richard Patrick Rotunno born on June 10, 1937 (78) of Santa Fe was called to God on Friday, July 17, 2015 and passed peacefully surrounded by his family. Patrick was born to Angelo and Flossie Rotunno in the Agua Fria Village of Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1944, his immediate family moved to Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 17, he joined the Armed Forces of the United States. Patrick was a self-employed jeweler, a certified code welder plumber-pipefitter with the Local 412, Johnson Control in Los Alamos, NM for 22 years, and did welding on the side. He was retired for 16½years and enjoyed every minute of it with Nena. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rolanda Sosa, Father and Mother, Angelo and Flossie Rotunno, Brothers Roland and Ronald Rotunno (surviving spouse, Judy). He is survived by Mary (Nena) Gonzales, his fiancee, Brothers, Robert (Elsey), Rudy (Hope) and Randy, Sisters Marian (deceased husband, William Dodge) and Cathy (Jules), ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and all other close relatives. A Rosary will be held on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 10:00 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:15 am at the (Little), San Isidro Church. Interment will follow at the Cementerio de la Agua F – See more at:

Obituary for David D. Chavez

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David Chavez

 1955 – 2015

David Chavez, the Los Lunas Chile Farmer, went to be with his Boss, Jesus Christ, in the early morning of Wednesday, April 29, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. David was a hardworking man with a passion for farming and ranching. He took great joy in growing his tasty green chile and raising his cattle. David gave all credit to the Lord for his beautiful gardens. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delfino and Viola Torres Chavez. 

David is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 38 years, Teresa Chavez; and his four loving and caring children, Christina Vallejos (Alex), Matthew (Leandra), Greg, and Liz Autry (Kyle); his pride and joy were his grandchildren, Joseph, Charissa, Sophia, Mateo, Uriah, and Baby Kameron. 

All services will be held at Calvary Chapel New Harvest Christian Fellowship in Los Lunas on Saturday, May 2nd beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Service to be held at 10:00 a.m. His final resting place will be near his ranch in Golden, NM. – See more at:

Obituary for Phillip A. Valverde Jr.

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Phillip ValverdePhillip A. Valverde, Jr., age 37, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and uncle, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014. He was born in Albuquerque, NM on December 15, 1976, and was a lifelong resident of Bernalillo, NM. Phillip’s hobbies included attending classic car shows and showing his 1960 El Camino, playing video games, listening to music and watching movies. He worked for Carrier Commercial Services as an HVAC Service Technician for eight years and was in the industry for 18 years where he made numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Reynaldo “Cacho” Lucero. Phillip is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 16 years, Goretti Valverde; his precious daughter, Gabriella (Geeg as her daddy called her) Valverde; his loving parents, Linda and Phillip Valverde, Sr.; his sister, Lynette Andrade and husband Luis; his nieces, Raylyn and Elysia Andrade. Also surviving are his maternal grandmother, Molly Lucero; paternal grandparents, Fela and Manuel Sena; his mother and father-in-law, Goretti and Ramon Aragon; brothers-in-law, Paul Aragon, Raymond Aragon and wife Raquel; special auntie, Sandra Lucero; and other numerous relatives and friends. Phillip will be greatly missed by his loving family and by those whose hearts he touched. 

Obituary for Arthur Hammel

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1920 – 2015

Arthur J. Hammel, Sr., 94 years old, passed away peacefully in El Paso, TX on February 1, 2015. He was born in New Orleans, LA, September 28, 1920. He is a WWII veteran. He is also a member the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and the local American Legion. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary and son, Arthur, Jr. He is survived by his son Terry, and his daughters Gayle (Richard) Sandenaw, Debbie (Tom) Sandenaw, Janet Alvarado and Linda Rangel; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Grandchildren Jason Norman, Neal Alvarado, Eric Rangel, Jeffrey Alvarado, Brian Brandon and God-son Dalton Caldwell will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be Thursday, February 5, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:15 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Central. Graveside Service will be at 11:00 am Fort Bliss National Cemetery with interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of El Paso in his name. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home Central, 3839 Montana Ave. El Paso, TX 79903.