Remembering those who left us in 2012

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By The Staff

A look back at 2012 would be incomplete without pausing for a moment to reflect on those who left us during the year. Below is a list of some of the area residents and those with local ties who died this year.

Lena T. Salazar, 90, who served in the Women’s Army Auxilary during World War II, died Jan. 13. Salazar was an Army corporal and later worked for many years for Las Vegas City Schools as a nutrition specialist.

J.D. Vasquez, a Chacon native and former superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools, died in January. He was active in many community organizations, including Chapman Lodge, where he served as Master of the Lodge, secretary and treasurer.

Kim Allen Kirkpatrick, 74, a retired Highlands University professor of physics and computer science who spent decades mentoring students before retiring, died Jan. 12 at an Albuquerque hospital after suffering a heart attack. After retiring, Kirkpatrick devoted his time to various community causes and volunteered at the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center.

Eloisa Montoya, 94, who taught fourth grade for 34 years at the Wagon Mound Public School district died Jan. 27. The Wagon Mound school district honored Montoya and her husband of 73 years, Zack, in September by naming its administration building after them.

Juan Baca Jr, 83, who taught at the West Las Vegas School District for more than 35 years, died Jan. 29. Baca also taught in the communities of Trujillo, Los Vigiles and Tecolote.

Adam L. Armijo, 28, a life-long resident of Las Vegas known for carting his mother through city streets — initially in a shopping cart and later pushing her wheelchair around town — died Feb. 3. He sustained massive head trauma after he and his mother were struck by a motorist on Williams Drive.

Jillian Therese Alderete, 31, an inspirational woman who maintained her faith in God and an upbeat attitude despite battling illness, died Feb. 22. Alderete was an author, having published a book of inspirational poetry titled “Footprints of Faith” and a cookbook containing traditional northern New Mexico recipes titled “Taste & See the Goodness of the Lord.” She also recorded a CD entitled “Cristo Rey Mi Amigo” with the Cristo Rey Choir.

Mary Tuttle, 66, died Feb. 21 after being struck by a delivery truck driven by a state employee. Tuttle was a potter, and her one-of-a-kind designs and earthy hand-mixed glazes drew wide acclaim.

Clara E. Garduño, 64, a longtime nurse at the State Hospital — since renamed the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute — died March 2. Garduño had advanced to the position of director of nursing at the time of her retirement from the State Hospital after 25 years of service.

Edwina M. Sena, 82, the 1942 winner of the state spelling bee, died March 2. She worked as a locksmith, bookeeper and secretary in the family business, Gil’s Lock and Key Shop. She also taught religious education for 47 years, and she and her husband, Gil, had served as mayordomos at Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

Fortunato G. ‘Forgee’ Gallegos, 95, a resident of Villanueva, died March 6. Gallegos served in World War II in the African and European Theater and was the owner of Tito’s Bar, a rancher and the first state park superintendent for Villanueva State Park.

Nancy Childs, 79, a former Las Vegas resident who was active in the American Association of University Women and served as a community sponsor for United World College students while in Las Vegas, died March 23 at her home in Arvada, Colo.

Billy “Larry” Rey Hill, 64, a local activist who championed civil rights causes, died March 27. Hill formed the Las Vegas Committee for Civil Rights and resurrected the American GI Forum in Las Vegas.

Julia “Judy” Baros Dominguez, 85, who, along with her husband, owned and operated El Alto Supper Club, died April 2. She was a businesswoman and entrepreneur in Las Vegas for more than 65 years.

Amadeo Tenorio Jr, 73, a businessman and avid horseman, died April 20. Tenorio had served as a Guadalupe County Commissioner, Luna Community College board member, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative board member and on the First National Bank of Las Vegas Board of Directors.

Anisa Maria Esperanza Montoya, 18, a former resident of Las Vegas and Mora who moved to Alamosa Colo., with her family, was one of three teens killed by a suspected drunk driver in Alamosa April 28.

Lila F. Candelario, 71, a resident of Holman whotaught at the Mora Independent Schools for 32 years, died May. 27.

Tibor K. Remenyik, 83, who fled his native Hungary in 1944 as the Russian Army moved in and who became a naturalized American citizen in 1964, died May 27 from cancer. Remenyik briefly taught geology at Highlands and volunteered at the Rough Rider Museum for 24 years, at the library at Fort Union for 10 years and at the Santa Fe Trail Association for 20 years.

Natividad S. Roybal, 91, a longtime resident of El Porvenir and teacher for more than 25 years, died June 8. She taught in El Porvenir, Albuquerque Public Schools and at the Mora Elementary School.

Arthur “Castro” Vigil, 69, a former city councilor who battled cancer and other health issues over the last few years, died June 18. Vigil served on the Las Vegas City Council for 12 years, though not consecutively.

Audelia M. DeTevis, 95, a music teacher in Wagon Mound for 36 years, died June 24. She also taught catechism for 22 years and had more than 50 god-children.

David Quinton Archuleta, 39, a Las Vegas Little League coach, died Aug. 15 in a single-vehicle on Interstate 25 near Watrous. Archuleta also coached children in the Young American Basketball League.

Annette Leger, 52, a Las Vegas native who spent the last years of her life trying to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research, died on Aug. 29. Leger, a registered dietician and sister of County Commissioner Nicolas Leger, developed lung cancer even though she was a nonsmoker.

Leroy J. Roy, 72, a lifetime resident of Wagon Mound who owned and operated Leroy’s Grocery Store with his wife for 46 years, died Sept. 2. He also worked for the state as a juvenile corrections officer and retired after 18 years.

William A “Bill” Ware, 93, who served as pastor at first Baptist Church in Las Vegas for more than 27 years, died Sept. 4. Ware retired from the ministry in 1992.

Charles Paul McDonald Jr. 86, a former pastor at First United Methodist Church in Las Vegas and a minister for six decades, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Fox Ridge Senior Living Center in North Little Rock, Ark.

Alani Tuineau, 51, a member of the Vatos Rugby team, died Sept. 15 in an Interstate 25 rollover while returning back to Las Vegas from a rugby match.

Josh Garcia, 35, West Las Vegas Middle School’s football coach, died Sept. 30 in a single-vehicle accident in Las Vegas. Garcia, who worked at TeamBuilders, devoted his life to coaching kids, both on and off the field. Over the summer he coached a youth girls softball team, and this would have been his fourth year as the Mora softball coach.

Palemon H. Chavez, 89, a resident of Guadalupita and former Mora County sheriff, died Sept. 30. He served in the Army in the South Paific during World War II and later spent more than 20 years in law enforcement.

Reynaldo “Ray” Crespin, 84, a former administrator of the New Mexico State Hospital and Meadows Hospital, died Oct. 15 in Hobbs. Crespin, who served during the Korean conflict, retired from the State Hospital in 1985 after 30 years of service.

Anthony “Tone” Otero, 29, a student at Luna Community College, died in car accident Nov. 4.

Carol L. Fontes, 64, an advocate for children, the elderly and the mentally challenged, died Nov. 6. Fontes volunteered at CASA and Help New Mexico.

Anthony J. Jarmaillo, 63, a decorated Vietnam veteran, died Nov. 25. Jaramillo was in the Army and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal with V Device, the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster Marksman and Civil Actions Medal.

Sonia Baca, 46, a lifelong resident of Las Vegas died in a mobile home fire on Nov. 28 after helping her daughter escape the blaze.

Eva Montoya, 101, a native of Coyote who lived in Las Vegas for the last few years died Nov. 27. She was a housewife and mother who was an avid reader and enjoyed praying a daily rosary.

Roberto Pineda, 69, a former Las Vegas city manager, died Dec. 1 from respiratory problems after a lengthy illness. Pineda was brought in as city manager by former mayor Tony Martinez Jr. in the early 2000s and also served in that post for the first several months of former Mayor Henry O. Sanchez’s tenure.

Phillip “Phil” R. Hayden, 69, who served in the New Mexico National Guard and spent years working in the grocery and retail sales business, died Dec. 13.