Sofio A. Ortiz was born on October 27, 1948 to the late Frank and Alberta Ortiz. He married his beloved Theresa in June 1967. Sofio worked for many years with the Carson National Forest in El Rito until his retirement in 2010. He loved being outdoors and cruising around listening to his loud music in the car. He also loved to play poker and always was up for good card game. Sofio is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert, Reyes, Frank Jr and Ross Ortiz and by his sister Griselda Trujillo; mother in law Isabel Madrid and brother in law Teofilo Madrid. Surviving him are his wife Theresa of 50 years; his daughter Loretta who also lived with him and took care of all his needs; daughter Arlene Lucero and husband Ron of Espanola; grandsons, Bryan Lucero and Nathan Lucero and wife Shanea all of Phoenix, AZ; great granddaughters Ajaya and Jerikah and his soon to be born great grandson Mateo Lucas. He also survived by his sister Mary Kulnane and husband John; brother Orlando and wife Cecilia; sisters in law Elizabeth Ortiz, Rosina Ortiz, Donna Ortiz and Anna Madrid; brothers in law Ponciano Madrid and wife Bennie, Ruben Madrid and Eloy Trujillo; very special friends Joe and Judy Martinez and Juanito and Ruby Sisneros and a God daughter he considered like his own Cindy Martinez and husband Orlando and of course his beloved dogs Nikko and Buster plus numerous nieces, nephews, Godchildren, family and friends. A rosary will be recited on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at San Juan Nepomuceno Catholic Church in El Rito. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. also at San Juan Nepomuceno Catholic Church in El Rito. The family of Sofio A. Ortiz has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.
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