Obituaries – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:00:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fernando Trujillo Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:55 +0000 Fernando Trujillo, 86, passed away on Oct. 30 in Apache Junction, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Dixie, several stepchildren and step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his son, Mike, of Oregon; John, retired U.S. Army; and daughter Petra Moser, retired U.S. Navy; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brother Armando (Alice); sisters Nea Branson, Mary Bradley (Ron), Priscilla Gallegos, Lucilla Hoover and Becky Everage (Jim); and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Tobias and Rosa, brothers Fanio and Carlos, and four half-brothers.
He lived in Pagosa until the age of 19 and worked for various local sawmills. After a previous marriage, he worked as a ranch hand in Oregon and Wyoming. Later in life, he worked as a cook on an offshore drilling rig.
After retirement, he moved back to Pagosa, where he made contact after 57 years with the love of his life, Dixie. They married in Pagosa and move to Arizona, where he resided until his death.
Services will be celebrated at a later date at Hilltop Cemetery.

Peg Sebanc Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:42 +0000 Margaret (Peg) A. Sebanc passed away peacefully on Nov. 4 surrounded by family and friends at home outside of Pagosa Springs. Peg was born Nov. 7, 1949, in Morris, Ill., to parents Josephine and Allen Button. Her journey led her to nursing management and specializing in psychiatry, general medicine and nephrology.
Peg married the love of her life, Tom Sebanc, in 2004 and lived in Sonoma County, Calif. They later moved to southern Colorado and built their dream home, Casa Dorada, in the mountains of the San Juan National Forest.
With a passion for living life to the fullest, she was an artist, food and wine aficionado, and avid decorator. She had a knack for entertaining and making people feel welcome. Traveling abroad to Italy and cruising through the Mediterranean and other fun-filled adventures were a favorite pastime. Peg was also a longtime board member of the ranch association.
Peg’s family and circle of dear friends will forever miss her positive energy, generosity, compassion and willingness to help others. She will also be missed by her furry pride and joy, Grace the bulldog.
Peg is survived by her husband, Tom; sons Mark Lamkins, of Madison, Wis., and Scott Lamkins (Mary), of Moab, Utah; step-daughter Anne Sebanc (Andy), of Whittier, Calif., and step-son Mike Sebanc (Alexa), of Oakland, Calif. Other family include sister Mary Mulvihill (Leon), of Las Cruces, N.M., and brother Jim Button, of Sitka, Alaska; and grandchildren Noah, Abby, Tai, Neko and Ripley.
The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.

In Memoriam Darin Rome Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:18 +0000 In loving memory of Darin Rome.
July 3, 1965-Nov. 13, 2011
Darin, we miss you every day, your mischievous sense of humor, your love, your concern for others and helping a friend or neighbor, your passion for music, your rockin music and talented voice.
The Rome family created the Darin Rome Memorial music scholarship to encourage and help students at any Pagosa Springs High School further their passion for music in college. If you are reading this, please encourage any student with a musical inclination you know to apply through Mark Thompson at the high school.
With much love,
Rome Family

Patricia Anne Krebs Irvin Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:42 +0000 Patricia Anne Krebs, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., passed away Oct. 28. She was born in Dallas on Nov. 29, 1933, to Elna Christianson and Leo J. Krebs. She graduated as valedictorian, class of 1950, from Woodrow Wilson High School and from Southern Methodist University with a degree in chemistry and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She married Hollie F. Irvin on June 12, 1954. Patricia taught high school chemistry at Lake Highlands, Highland Park and Plano. She is survived by Hollie, son Logan and daughter-in-law Lisa, daughter Laura, five grandchildren, one great-grandson and a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Cully Culwell. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Frederick (Freddy) Gallegos Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:34 +0000 Frederick (Freddy) Gallegos, 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Grand Junction on Nov. 2. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Pagosa Springs, Colo., to Della and Felix Gallegos.
He spent his childhood playing sports and especially loved basketball and watching the New York Yankees. Following high school, Fred attended Mesa State College, where he met and later married the love of his life, Pauline.
Fred joined the Colorado State Patrol in 1973. In addition to patrolling the roads, he was on the security detail team for Govs. Lamm and Romer. He retired in 2005 in Grand Junction with many honors and awards.
An outdoor enthusiast, Fred spent most of his retirement playing tennis, hiking and traveling. He loved tennis so much that he shoveled snow off the city courts so he could play. A proud husband, father and grandfather, his family brought him much joy. He appreciated a good joke and was a movie, music and trivia buff.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline, of Grand Junction; son Freddy Gallegos (Iliana), of Commerce City; daughter Nicole Alley (Terrence), of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughter Allyssa Gallegos, of Denver; sisters Cleda Vandenberg, of Durango, and Marianne Evans (Don), of Albuquerque, N.M. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, father and sister Ginger Powell.
A memorial gathering was held in Grand Junction at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. A rosary service took place at 7 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m.

Betty M. O’Cana Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:00:23 +0000 Betty M. O’Cana, 93, died of natural causes on Oct. 12 in Louisville, Ky. She was born in Pagosa Springs, Colo., on April 30, 1926, the daughter of Marcelino and Circlia (Martinez) O’Cana.
Betty graduated from Pagosa Springs High School, the class of 1944. After graduation, she remained in Pagosa Springs and worked at Jackisch Drug and Staner’s Market until she moved to Dayton, Ohio, as a caregiver to Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin Turner. After their death, she moved to Louisville, Ky., where she became a caregiver to Sister Jovita and other nuns while living in Louisville.
Betty was a devout Catholic and this was obvious by her compassion to take care of her parents and to also assist others who needed her help. Her desire was for her to return to Pagosa Springs and for her remains to be buried near her parents.
Betty was proceeded in death by her parents, Marcelino and Circlia; her brothers, Julian, Connell, Sylvian, Frank, Joe and John; and her sisters, Juanita O’Cana, Aurora Archuleta, Virginia La Varta, Ruth Lovato and Margurite Collins.
Betty was known as Aunt or Tia Betty to her many nephews and nieces.
Betty was feisty, liked roses, loved to jitter-bug, and fried green tomatoes, but will always be remembered for her kindness, her dedication to her religion, her copper 1958 Chevy BelAire, her laughter and as a great daughter, sister and aunt.
A memorial mass will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m.

David Smiley Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:50 +0000 David Smiley, 75, passed on Oct. 13, after a longtime with Alzheimer’s disease. His spirit is now set free. He shared his time in Tennessee and Pagosa Springs. He impacted everyone he met with his kindness and his camera. He played football and majored in chemistry at MTSU, worked at Oakridge National Laboratory and other laboratories around the country. His camera took him on travels from Alaska to Mexico. He also taught school and worked for the Forest Service. Always finding the beauty in nature specializing in wildflowers, ice and moving water.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bryant and Margaret Cruze Smiley. He is survived by children Angela Asel, Jessica Hedrick, Forest Smiley and step-children Paul Waltruåp and Trish Sanchez, grandchildren Justin and Emily Hedrick, Alex and Avery Asel, and Roland Sanchez and wife Ginny Smiley.
The beauty of his spirit will live on through his photography.

Bud Read (Federico T. Read) Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:00:11 +0000 Bud Read (Federico T. Read) was born on Feb. 5, 1956, and passed away peacefully on Oct. 19 in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He was the son of Tom and Rose (Martinez) Read and was the youngest of 10 children. He spent most of his life working and living here in Pagosa. He is survived by his three awesome children: Jennifer, Joseph and Bobby; along with four grandchildren: Dylan, Jude, Ella and Logan. He is also survived by his many friends and family members from a lifetime in this small mountain town. He enjoyed hanging out at the Bear Creek and at the lake with his friends, and later in his life with his grandchildren. There will be no service. He did not want one and all we ask is if he bought you a drink or told you one of his lame jokes — pay it forward. He loved all of you. He was laid to rest on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Trujillo in a private ceremony. He will be forever in our hearts.

Electra Churchill Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:00:46 +0000 Electra Churchill was born on March 22, 1974, and passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 11, 2019.
Electra resided in Pittsburgh, Penn., until she was 15, when she moved to Shreveport, La., to care for her grandmother, whom she loved very much. Electra was a warm, kind, loving individual with a passion for life and bringing joy to others. Everyone who knew Electra was charmed by her warmth and sincerity. Her positive energy and infectiously cheerful spirit could light up a room. Electra was never seen without a smile on her face. She lived life to the fullest and never took a moment for granted. To know her was to love her, and she blessed the lives of so many people.
Electra met the love of her life, Fred Phillips, while skydiving and they remained a couple for 25 years. Electra loved adventure; she and Fred recently took a trip around the world. She loved anything outdoors: biking, hiking and spending time at their home in Colorado. She had a love for animals including her sweet Lowla, Dewey, Leonard and family of raccoons at the lake. Electra proudly embraced the role of “EJ” to all of her grandchildren, who loved her so very much. She took pride in picking out the coolest Christmas gifts and making Thanksgiving perfect for all of the kids. Electra will be missed by friends and family.
Electra is survived by her loving partner, Fred Phillips; father Tom Churchill and wife Diane; sisters Emerald Churchill, Ellisha Harrison, Johanna Snyder and Melynda Cordera; cousins Lou Marks Roth, Scotty Roth and JR Roth; and her extended family: Chris Phillips, Cassidy and Carin Phillips, Collin Phillips, Sue and Marcus Grisham, Alexa Phillips, and Sandi and Jeffrey Kallenberg, along with their children, Gregory and Heidi Kallenberg, Kimberly and Brad Schlosser, and Randolph and Tina Kallenberg. She will be remembered as “EJ” by all of her grandchildren including, Pierson, Betty and Anderson Phillips, Sklar and Pace Phillips, and Phillips and Preston Grisham. She was preceded in death by her loving “Granny,” Eleanor Jane Churchill, and her brother, Peter Snyder.
An extended thank you to the brave bystanders and first responders who tried to save Electra’s life following the tragic accident. We can never extend enough thanks for their compassion and bravery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pagosa Fire Protection District or the Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center, to honor her passion for the deaf community she shared with Fred.
Electra touched the lives of so many during her life and will be greatly missed. A memorial service to honor Electra will be held at a later date.

In Memoriam Vitalia Arsenia Carrillo Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:00:15 +0000 Oct. 6, 1941-Oct. 18, 2016
She was preceded in death by her youngest sister, Juanita Martinez.
She is also survived by her brother, Bud, Pagosa Springs; Virginia Schmidt; Cathy Liles, Farmington, N.M.; Lea Vigil; Nancy Jones, Salt Lake City, Utah; Mary Martinez, Aztec, N.M.; and Patty Read, Colorado Springs.