Donald Tomás Archuleta, a life-long resident of Espanola Valley passed away peacefully at home on April 8, 2023, he was 53. He was preceded in death by his parents Donaldo and Martha Archuleta. Tomás is survived by his children Denese and Donald Archuleta who were the absolute loves of his life; sisters, Victoria A. Jones, and Karyne L. Archuleta, nieces Nicole (Carnel) Randolph, Monique Jones, Beatriz and Victoria Naranjo, great-nieces and nephews Javien, Cynia, Neriya and Carnel Jr. Randolph, special friend Rachel Vigil and her daughter Maria, in addition to numerous relatives and friends.
Tomas graduated from Espanola Valley High School in 1988, he went on to attend college at NM State University, where he received his Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering. After receiving his degree, he worked for his father in the family business for a short time, then branched out to follow his heart and opened his own motorcycle and boat repair shop, Riverside Choppers. This was his calling, he loved fixing and working on motorcycles, and he especially loved building and modifying custom motorcycles.
If you knew Tomás you knew that he led a colorful life and he believed life was meant to be lived full throttle, and that’s exactly what he did. Along his journey he met and made many friends from all walks of life. Tomás always believed in leaving something to be remembered by when he walked away, good bad or indifferent, you remembered him. He had an infectious laugh that often made you forget anything else but having a good time.
In lieu of flowers, Tomás would rather you show kindness to a stranger and make someone smile.
A rosary will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 10:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz, NM, with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at 10:30 am. Burial with follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery in El Llano, NM.
The family of Donald Archuleta has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the beautiful Espanola Valley. www.devargasfuneral.com 505-747-7477