Obituaries

Janet Louise Aldridge

Janet Louise Aldridge, 87, went peacefully to her heavenly home on Feb. 11, 2024, after her struggle with Alzheimer’s. She is survived by daughters Linda (James) Watkins, Laura (Mike) Haynes, daughter-in-law Holly Aldridge; grandchildren Resha (Jeremy) Still, Rachel Watkins, Jennifer (Kyle) Sauder, Jacob (Devon Adair) Haynes, Mary Haynes, Spencer Aldridge, Leah Aldridge, Macie Aldridge; great-grandchildren Wesley and Zaden Still, and Amelia and Kenzy Sauder; sisters Ramsey (Joe) Beckstead and Jean (Joe) Wilson; brother Luke Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Steve Urban Chavez Jr.

Steve Urban Chavez, 45, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 3, 2024, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Steve is survived by: his mother, Connie Chavez; his beautiful daughters, Abby (Terry) Chavez-O’Conner, Mirah Howard and Jennifer Hamelmann; his grandson, Aycen O’Conner; his sisters, Veronica (Ryan) Chavez, Kimberly (Robert) Carabajal and Stephanie (Vincent) Taijeron; and many of his nieces and nephews who he adored as well: Trina and Patrick Mestas; Isaiah (Alyssa) Rivas; Avilah Rivas; Trevon Jackson; Zachary, Isabella, and Delani Carabajal; Olivia and Rain Carabajal; Andres and Adrian Newell; Eliana O’Kash; along with extended family. 

Bryant William Lemon Sr.

Heaven opened wide on Jan. 6, 2024, as our Lord welcomed Bryant William Lemon Sr. with a hearty hello and a job well done. His beloved Peggy wrapped her arms around him, and they were once again complete. Bryant was larger than life. A brilliant star that lit up every room with his exuberance, his humor and his wit. He was truly one of a kind. If you met him, you couldn’t forget him. He was interesting. He was interested. He made you think. He made you laugh. He kept you on your toes. He made this world a brighter place, and he will be deeply missed by all that were fortunate enough to have known him. 

James Daniel Avery

James Daniel Avery, from Tuscaloosa, Ala., went home to his Savior on Jan. 13, 2024. He was born in Memphis, Tenn., and grew up in Tuscaloosa, where he was a 1986 graduate of West End Christian …

Walter Lynn Embry

Walter Lynn Embry, a cherished husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2024, at the age of 71, in Alamosa, Colo. Born on June 25, 1952, in Bakersfield, Calif., …

Kathi Lou Creech

Kathi Lou Creech passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, in Pagosa Springs, Colo. She was 69 years old. Kathi was born April 28, 1954, to Frank and Melba Salerno at the Alameda Naval Air Force base in California.

Michael Kukuk

Michael was born Aug. 26, 1995, at Gunnison Valley Hospital to Robert and Janelle Kukuk. 

Mary Maxine Lattin

Mary Maxine Lattin passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, at home, surrounded by family. She was 91 years old. A rosary will be recited Saturday, Feb. 3, at 9 a.m. and the eulogy will be read at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. all at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church on South Pagosa Boulevard in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Herb Stipe

Herb Stipe, 77, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., passed away peacefully on Jan. 15, 2024, surrounded by family. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., and grew up loving the outdoors, learning to hunt and fish in the Snowy Range.

Steve Chavez Jr.

It is of great sadness that the family of Steve Chavez Jr. announces his passing amongst family on Feb. 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Services and viewing will be Feb. 12th at 4 p.m. in Colorado Springs, CO at the Angelus Chapel, 1104 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80910.

Lois Carolyn (Wilton) Brinton

Lois Carolyn (Wilton) Brinton, of Pagosa Springs, died on Feb. 7, 2024, at her home, surrounded by family. She was 92.

Lila C. Rivas

Lila C. Rivas, aka Lollipop, was born Candelaria Cruz Chavez in Lone Tree, Colo., on April 17, 1938, to Joe Bernabè Chavez and Juanita Martinez Chavez. She had one sister, Precilla, and six brothers: Bernie, Ray, Doro (Jean), Ted (Bonnie), David and Jerry.

David Jeremy Smith

David Smith passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 13, 2024, in the home that he shared with his family.  David was a devoted husband and father who worked hard to provide for his family.

William “Bill” James Lucero, a native of Colorado, passed away suddenly on Jan. 9, 2024, at his home in Pagosa Springs. Bill was born on May 9, 1964, at Monte Vista Hospital to Joe and …

Justin Clay Dermody

Justin Clay Dermody passed away on Jan. 10, 2024, after a sudden fight with cancer, diagnosed just in December. Those who knew him admired his knowledge, integrity and strength and appreciated his …

Kathryn ‘Katie’ Lee Demchak

Born: Sept. 27, 1996. Died: Jan. 3, 2024.   Katie was born in Englewood, Colo., to the parents of Michael and Stacie Demchak. She was raised in the Denver area and as a child enjoyed …

Servelia Jesusita Trujillo

A celebration of Servelia Jesusita Trujillo’s beautiful life will be held on Jan. 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Farmington, N.M. The rosary will commence at 10:30 a.m., followed by …

David Bell

In remembrance of David Bell, who passed in January 2023. David served our country with the Navy during the Korean War. Dad, You were the guiding light in my life and today I am reminded …

James Daniel Avery

James Daniel Avery, from Tuscaloosa, Ala., went home to his Savior on Jan. 13, 2024. He was born in Memphis, Tenn., and grew up in Tuscaloosa, where he was a 1986 graduate of West End Christian …

David Jeremy Smith

David Smith passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 13, 2024, in the home that he shared with his family.   David was a devoted husband and father who worked hard to provide for his family. He met …

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