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July 10, 2019
Aaron Griego, 88, a lifelong resident of Dixon, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 surrounded by his devoted family. Aaron was born on February 20, 1931 to Bersabe and Flaudio Griego. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Isaac, and sisters, Concha Trujillo and Elsie McBride, mother and father-in-law, Mabel and Nelson Gonzales, and sister-in-law, Nellie Willis. Aaron positively influenced generations of students during his long career as a teacher, coach and mentor. His interest in guiding young people often made a lasting impression as reflected by the many adults who fondly remember him as a person who made a significant impact on their lives. Aaron’s interactions with youth extended beyond the classroom; over the years he shared his love of the outdoors by taking groups of kids hiking, camping, and fishing. His involvement in sports included participation as both player and coach in men’s basketball and baseball teams. He also coached a women’s softball team, little league baseball teams and, in his later years, enjoyed co-coaching the Penasco High School girls’ basketball team with his brother Romolo. Aaron was devoted to the Dixon community. He served as the mayordomo and treasurer of the Acequia de la Plaza for over 50 years, was one of the founding members of the Dixon Volunteer Fire Department and a lifelong member of the Embudo Presbyterian Church. He was a veteran, proudly serving his country in the Marine Corps and was deeply dedicated to his family and friends. He was a kind man, blessed with a long life filled with love, health, happiness, and the respect and admiration of others. All those who knew him will miss his wide smile and good-natured teasing. Aaron is survived by Virginia, his wife of 64 years, daughters and spouses, Karen Griego-Kraig and David Kraig, Janet Griego and Jared Dreicer, son, Vicente Aaron Griego, grandchildren, Zachary and Talia Dreicer, siblings and spouses, Romolo and Virginia Griego, Bibi and Joe Sanchez, Estevan and Diana Griego, and Gloria and George Sena, brothers-in-law and spouses, Charlie and Lucille Gonzales, Nelson and Esperanza Gonzales, Francisco and Priscilla Gonzales, sister-in-law, Lorraine Semino, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Embudo Presbyterian Church in Dixon. Burial to follow at the Presbyterian Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Dixon Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 247, Dixon NM 87527. The family of Aaron Griego has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.