It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to a pillar of our community, Richard Lucero, a lifelong resident of Española, who passed away on January 22, 2024, at the age of 88. Richard's legacy is woven into the fabric of Española, as he devoted an incredible 22 years of his life to serving as the esteemed Mayor of our beloved city.
Born on March 16, 1935, Richard Lucero emerged as a distinguished public servant since high school when served as class president for the Espanola Hornets in 1953, dedicating his life to the betterment of Española and its residents. His tenure as mayor was marked by an unwavering commitment to the welfare of the community and a relentless pursuit of progress. Under his leadership, Española flourished, and Richard's vision for a thriving city became a reality.
Beyond his civic duties, Richard was a loving father, grandfather, and friend to many. His warmth, compassion, and genuine concern for others endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Richard's family was his anchor, and his devotion to them mirrored the dedication he poured into his public service. To those that knew him, Richard was a ray of sunshine and embraced all that life had to offer, even in the most challenging of times. His warm heart, glowing smile, contagious laugh and keen sense of humor brought joy to all those around him. He was a free spirit who lived life on his terms and was often the life of the party. His passion for life, and the courage and dignity by which he lived it, has been such an inspiration to us and will be forever engraved in our hearts.
Richard Lucero was a businessman and the proud owner of Country Farm Supply. His entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to the local business community added to the vibrancy of Española. Richard understood the importance of fostering economic growth and community development, leaving an extraordinary mark on the city he served. His legacy will endure through the countless lives he touched, the projects he championed, and the spirit of community he instilled in Española.
As we mourn the loss of a beloved leader, cherished friend, and accomplished businessman, let us also celebrate the remarkable life of Richard Lucero. May his memory serve as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us all of the power of selfless service, dedication, and love for one's community. May he rest in peace, and may his legacy continue to shine brightly in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to share in his journey.
Richard Lucero is preceded in death by his father, Jose Lucero, mother, Antonia “Toñita” (Vigil) Lucero, brother, Joseph “Choco” Lucero, and sister, Eileen Vandervossen.
Richard is survived by his son, Jorge Lucero (spouse Savannah Romero), and grandchildren, Calob and Aryanna, niece, nephew, their children, and Godchildren. Richard also leaves behind many close friends who were like family to him.
A public visitation will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 2:00 pm followed by a rosary at 3:00 pm at the Santa Cruz De La Cañada Catholic Church, A Mass will be officiated by a close friend Father Francisco, Friday February 2, 2024, at 1:30 pm at Santa Cruz De La Cañada Catholic Church, followed by the funeral at Sacred Heart Cemetery where he will be put to rest with his beloved mother, father, brother and sister.
Celebration of Life Service, to take place at the Mision y Convento of the Plaza de Espanola.
Honorary Pallbearers: Lou Baker, Leonard Padilla, Estevan Gomez, John Ramon Vigil, John & James Lenssen, Hipolito Orozco, Chris Cortez, Ivan Gutierrez, Rodolfo (Rudy the Angel) Chavez, Dolores (Dodo) Vigil, and Frank Naranjo.
The family of Richard Lucero has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the beautiful Espanola Valley. www.devargasfuneral.com 505-747-7477