History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Welcome to the DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory web site; we are proud servants of our community. Many of our staff were born and raised in Española and attended the same schools as our clients, graduated together, and lived in the same community. We also extend our service throughout all surrounding communities and beyond if requested as well. Johnny C. DeVargas, founder, began his career in his early teens.  Johnny has a passion for the work he does and recognized at a tender age that he wanted to devote his life in service to families during the most vulnerable time in a person’s life.  At the age of 13, he began his apprenticeship and mentoring at the skilled guidance of a local funeral home owner.

Johnny was soon identified as having the desire, empathy, people skills, and artistic talents necessary to succeed in this very specialized field. Johnny’s career experience spans over 40 years, primarily in the Española Valley and in Santa Fe. In humble beginnings, he founded DeVargas Funeral Home in March of 1999 in a very small structure, formerly the Forestry Service Building on the Los Alamos Highway in Española.  Not long after, Johnny was blessed with realizing his dream of today’s more modern, larger and state-of-the-art facility. We are conveniently located in the heart of the Espanola Valley, we have 3 beautiful chapels to accommodate multiple services at the same time, an entire fleet of stately new vehicles, ample parking, and beautiful serene surroundings. DeVargas Funeral Home is proud to offer the Española Valley's newest crematory facility designed for comfort when witnessing is requested. 

Place your trust in the DeVargas Funeral Home. Our staff that intimately knows the customs and traditions that are so familiar and important to us all. When you trust your loved ones to the care of DeVargas Funeral Home, you rest assured that we take that trust most seriously. We are proud members of the National Funeral Directors Association and the New Mexico Funeral Service Association, but more than that, we are proud native members of this community.  We offer competitive and affordable prices, and no one is ever turned away.  Most importantly, we make the promise to never sacrifice quality when accommodating your needs. 


Our Valued Staff

Johnny C.  DeVargas

Johnny C. DeVargas, Funeral Service Practitioner

Johnny C. DeVargas, founder of DeVargas Funeral Home, began his career in his early teens. Johnny has a passion for the work he does and recognized at a tender age that he wanted to devote his life in service to families during the most vulnerable time in a person’s life. At the age of 13, he began his apprenticeship and mentoring at the skilled guidance of a local funeral home owner. Johnny was soon identified as having the desire, empathy, people skills, and artistic talents necessary to succeed in this very specialized field. Johnny’s career experience spans over 40 years, primarily in the Española Valley and in Santa Fe. In humble beginnings, he founded DeVargas Funeral Home in March of 1999 in a very small structure, formerly the Forestry Service Building on the Los Alamos Highway in Española. Not long after, Johnny was blessed with realizing his dream of today’s more modern, larger and state-of-the-art facility. Johnny has passed the New Mexico State Board of Thanatopractice and the National Conference of Examining Boards and is certified with both.


James Martinez

James Martinez, General Manager


Justin J.  Salazar-Torrez

Justin J. Salazar-Torrez, Assistant Manager


Isaiah Garcia-Herrera

Isaiah Garcia-Herrera, Funeral Service Intern


Nina Kniffin

Nina Kniffin, Care Center Supervisor


Stephanie  Martinez

Stephanie Martinez, Funeral Service Intern


Mark  Vigil

Mark Vigil, Funeral Service Intern


Lorraine  Vigil

Lorraine Vigil, Funeral Service Intern

Lorraine Vigil was born and raised in the Espanola Valley. She has been a resident of Velarde, NM for 31 years, along with her husband Fidel Vigil, and their 3 children. She takes great pride in working for and with her brother Johnny DeVargas, along with other DeVargas family members, and friends. Prior to leaving her employment with Los Alamos National Laboratory after 30 years, she began as an evening service Attendant in 2002, and continued in this position for 4 years. Needless to say, she became passionate and compassionate about the position, and chose to pursue it further by becoming a Licensed Funeral Service Intern, a position she has held for approximately 6 years. She continues to maintain her license by continuing education. Lorraine feels truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to minister to our grieving families and friends in our surrounding communities, and is here to serve.


Janel  Ortiz

Janel Ortiz, Office Manager

janel.ortiz@devargasfuneral.com


Janel  Garcia

Janel Garcia, Administration


Jessica  DeVargas

Jessica DeVargas, Pre-Need Counselor/Funeral Service Intern

Jessica is a native from Northern New Mexico, she was raised in Youngsville and has lived most of her life in Espanola. She is a New Mexico Licensed Life Insurance Agent and has been providing services to families in Northern New Mexico since 2010 with DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory as their Pre-Need Counselor. She loves meeting with families and helping families and individuals take care of prearranging for future needs.
Should you have any questions on prearranging or would like to schedule an appointment with her, please do not hesitate to contact the funeral home and she will be glad to assist you with any questions you may have.


Robert Bustos

Robert Bustos, Cemetery Crew


Elipio  Garcia

Elipio Garcia, Funeral Ambassador


Florina  Garcia

Florina Garcia, Funeral Ambassador


Austin Martinez

Austin Martinez, Funeral Ambassador


Carlos  Padilla

Carlos Padilla, Funeral Ambassador


Mark  Villalobos

Mark Villalobos, Cemetery Crew