July 16, 1940 — September 18, 2021
Bonifacio E. Lopez
of Las Trampas was born on July 16, 1940 to Tranquilino and Filia Lopez from Las Trampas and he went with the Lord to his final home on September 18, 2021 at the age of 81. Bonifacio, better known as Boné is preceded in death by his wife, Carol Lopez, his parents, Tranquilino and Filia Lopez, and his parent’s in-law, Elizardo and Alicia Velarde.
Bonifacio is survived by his long-time companion, Mickey Pacheco, his children, Carl (Brenda) Lopez from Mary Esther, Florida, Frank (Josie) Lopez of Las Trampas, Robert (Carolyn) Lopez from San Antonio, Tx, Alice Gallegos of Las Trampas and partner Dave Tainter, and Catherine Flores of San Antonio, TX, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren
He is also survived by his brothers, Tranquilino (Emily) Lopez, Leo (Toni) Lopez, Eddie (Lorraine) Lopez, all from Utah, Alex (Ruby) Lopez of Las Trampas, Juan (Louella) Lopez of Espanola; and sisters; Genevieve (Victor) Trujillo of Denver, Dorthy Lopez, and Priscilla (Doug) North, both of Las Trampas, and many nephews and nieces, relatives and friends.
Bonifacio worked for the Santa Fe National Forest as a Forest Surveyor, a job that he loved, had a passion for and took to heart, taking much pride in his job, often assisting others with surveying jobs. He was an expert at locating boundary markers for the government land, often performing surveys in different parts of the state. He retired from the Santa Fe National Forest in 1995, with several letters and notes of appreciation and commendation from his supervisors and co-workers.
After retirement, he remained in Las Trampas, managing his land, and being involved in the community as Acequia commissioner, cemetery committee member, performing work with the water association and other community groups, as well as always being a faithful volunteer with church projects. In addition to surveying, his other passions in life were history and fishing. His history interests were Lewis and Clark exploration and mapping of the American Northwest, and history pertaining to the local area, especially the Spanish land grants. He also took particular interest in the cultural and human experience changes over time. Finally, he took special enjoyment in being outdoors and trout fishing the local streams.
A rosary will be held on Saturday October 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.at San Jose de Gracia Catholic Church in Trampas, with a mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. also at the San Jose de Gracia Catholic Church in Trampas, burial will be held immediately follow services at Las Trampas community cemetery.
The Family of Bonifacio Lopez has entrusted their care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. (505) 747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com