Joe R. (Jay) Maestas, 73 was welcomed into the arms of Our Lord on Saturday July 23, 2022. Jay was preceded in death by his Mother and Father Lourdes and Isidro J. Maestas. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Mary A. Maestas; his children Aaron (Donna) Maestas, Justin (April) Maestas, Jaylene DeAguero (companion Agustin Camargo) and Nathan Maestas; grandsons Dionicio, Alejandro and Diego Maestas; sisters and brother Mary (Ignacio) Lucero, Marie (Tim) Miller, Cindy (Michael) Quintana, Joseph (Pamela) Maestas, Nadine (David) Chavez, Gloria (Alex) Clayton and many nieces, nephews, godchildren, close friends, cousins and others he would consider family.
Jay was a proud Marine and a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He gladly served our country and was awarded a Purple Heart and honors during that conflict. He was always the one person you could count on to help no matter the situation. He was a skilled welder, fabricator, mechanic, builder and most of all a cattle rancher. Jay loved the outdoors, especially the family ranch and seemed to never stop working on one thing or another. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A rosary will be recited on August 4, 2022 beginning at 9:30 AM. Immediately following will be the mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Espanola. Interment service will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 PM. Serving the family as pallbearers; grandsons Dionicio, Alejandro and Diego Maestas; godsons Adrian Maestas, Jeremy Lujan, Nicholas Manges; honorary pallbearers Gloria Clayton; Yvette Garcia, Megan Manzanares and HeavenLee Camargo. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to your favorite charity.
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