Johnny Quintana Velarde, age 32, was called home to be with our Heavenly Father on Friday, February 18, 2022. He was born January 28, 1990, in Santa Fe, NM and was a lifelong resident of Cuarteles, NM.
He was preceded in death by his father Raymond Velarde, who adored Johnny; paternal grandfather Epifanio Velarde; maternal grandparents Juan and Rosina Quintana; uncles Michael Quintana, Leonard Martinez, and Jamie Velarde; and aunt Romaine Velarde.
Johnny is survived by his loving mother Bernadette and stepfather Godfrey Enjady; sisters Lisa Lujan (Serafin JR Vigil) and Vanessa Quintana; grandmother Teresina Velarde; stepbrothers Jason and Jerime Enjady; stepsisters Mariah Enjady-Olvera and Alaitia Enjady-Fox; niece Jasmine Vigil (Chris Diaz); nephew and godson Jacob Vigil; nephew Jace Vigil; aunt Diana Quintana; uncles Daniel, Michael and Marvin (Florence ) Velarde; close cousins Veronica (Joseph Sanchez), Angel, and Isaac Quintana; godparents Johnny and Patty Wheeler and godbrother Kenneth Wheeler; best friend who he loved like a sister Vanessa Garcia (Cruz) and son Nando; many cousins as well as numerous other relatives and friends; and current and former MATI friends and co-workers.
Johnny was born on Super Bowl XXIV Sunday, when the Denver Broncos played the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Denver lost the game that day but they gained a new fan for life. Eventually, things came full circle, and Johnny attended a Broncos game in that very same stadium, now known as the Mercedes Benz Superdome, where the Broncos beat the Saints. That was a favorite, lasting memory for Johnny.
Johnny will be remembered for his smile and larger-than-life personality. Throughout his life, he touched many lives with his heart of gold and would do anything to help someone in need. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Johnny had a bond with his mom like no other. His mom was his best friend and whole world, as he was hers, and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for her. He loved to travel and visited many cities and states across the US. Through his travels he became a food enthusiast and often shared his many culinary experiences on social media. Johnny lived life with no boundaries and was always looking forward to a new adventure. He loved going to concerts and everything having to do with the outdoors, from golfing and skiing to hunting and fishing. He was very loved and will be missed by many, most deeply by his mom who will forever feel a gap in her heart for her beloved Johnny.
Serving as pallbearers are Jacob Vigil, Serafin JR Vigil, Isaac Quintana, Chris Diaz, Ryan Martinez, Kenneth Wheeler, Art Salazar, and Jesse War. Honorary pallbearers are Anthony and Morgan Coriz, Coco Evans, Jerime Enjady, Jason Enjady, Rodney Casados, and James Esquibel Jr.
The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, visits, monetary gifts, words of comfort, and food during this difficult time.
Public Visitation will begin on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home, with a Rosary to follow at 4:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 10:00a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz with burial to follow at 2:00p.m. at the Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe.