With great sorrow and bittersweet gratitude, the Jaramillo family announces the passing of our kind, brave, caring, and unimaginably generous son, brother, uncle, and friend, Alfonso Jaramillo.
Alfonso passed away peacefully in his mother’s home in White Rock, New Mexico on Saturday, October 7, 2023. He is preceded in death by his father, Leocadio “Lucky”; niece, Kimberly Cordova; and close family members.
Alfonso is survived by his mother, Clara; siblings, Loretta Martinez (Dennis), Denise Jaramillo (Gus Garcia), and Senator Leo Jaramillo; close Uncle Martin Roybal; niece, Leian Romero (Andrew); nephews, Fabian Atencio (Melissa), Chris Atencio, and Tony Cordova; great nieces Madysen and Paetyn Romero, and Kayliani Garcia; great nephews Ethan Montoya and Royce Atencio. Close family friends who are more like siblings Melanie McDuffie (Scott) and Mike Valerio.
Alfonso was born on August 17, 1967, in Denver, Colorado to Leocadio “Lucky” Jaramillo and Clara Jaramillo Chapman. He grew up alongside his three siblings, Loretta, Denise, and Leo in Middle San Pedro and was a graduate of Espanola Valley High School (EVHS), Class of 1985. Over the course of his life, he worked in various areas of business management, including human resources, benefits, and project management. He was involved in many activities during his high school days including student council, Boys State, and was a proud member of the EVHS marching band. He proudly represented his family and the Espanola Valley in the 1984 Rose Bowl Parade and numerous marching band competitions.
As a huge fan of the University of New Mexico Lobos, Alfonso rarely missed a home basketball game at the Pit. He was also a huge fan of family gatherings which are always filled with lots of love and laughter. He was an incredible advocate and supporter of the Hemophilia Community and served as a camp counselor for children with Hemophilia throughout the country. He was even invited to speak nationally to share his story and help educate children, parents and families about Hemophilia.
Alfonso was the definition of a fine gentleman—everyone who knew him felt his big heart and giving nature. Everyone who met him, loved him. We honestly feel that he was one of the finest humans that ever graced this earth, and we couldn’t have wished for a better son, brother, uncle, or friend. He will be truly missed.
Our family can never deny the pain that we carry, but we would like everyone to remember him as a blessing and a true light in this world. Rest in eternal peace dear, Alfonso, you will live on forever in our hearts.
A public visitation is scheduled on Friday, October 20, 2023, at 5:00 pm, in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home and a rosary will follow at 6:00 pm. A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled on Saturday, October 21st at 9:30 am at Holy Cross Church and the Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Reception to follow burial at the Beatrice Martinez Senior Center in Espanola.
Serving as Pallbearers are Gus Garcia, Tony Cordova, Fabian and Chris Atencio, Andrew Romero, Martin Roybal, Felix Garcia, and Steven Calderon.
Serving as Honorary Pallbearers are Dennis Martinez, Mike Valerio, Melanie McDuffie, Inez Salazar and Sharon Jiron.