Siby M. Lucero, age 92 of Ojo Caliente, NM, peacefully passed away Monday night, January 18, 2021 after battling Covid-19. Siby was born in Ojo Caliente on August 6, 1928, and was the youngest of four children. Siby was preceded in death by his parents, namely, Jose Elfido Lucero, his mother Maria Genara Valdez, his brothers Rosendo and Jose de la Cruz, his sister Lilia and the love of his life, Esmiria DeVargas whom he married in 1954. Siby is survived by his son Selby, his daughter Annette, their spouses Cyndy and Corey, grandchildren Stephanie Nieto, Adrianne Lucero, Selby Lucero II, Alyssa Smyth and Chase Smyth and great-grandchildren Angelo Lucero-Leon, Kaia Nieto and Aiden Nieto.
Siby moved away to work in Pueblo, Colorado at the steel mills and ordinance depot. While living in Pueblo, he was drafted into the United States Army where he achieved the rank of Private First Class.
After being honorably discharged, Siby attended and graduated from New Mexico Highlands University and began his long career as an Educator becoming Superintendent of Rio Arriba Public Schools. Later, he fulfilled a dream and completed his Master’s Degree in Public School Administration. Siby held many positions during his educational career including Teacher, basketball Coach, Principal and other positions until the end of his career from the now named Mesa Vista School District. Siby continued working then retired from the State of New Mexico as the Assistant Commissioner of Public Lands. After retirement, he served in the Knights of Columbus becoming a Fourth Degree Knight and also holding the office of State Advocate.
To the very end, Siby provided his entire family with his unending love, support and guidance. His life was filled with many adventures, journeys and accomplishments. His stories were many, his path was long and colorful. Siby and Esmiria truly loved to travel and enjoyed their many adventures in their motorhome.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, final arrangements will be delayed and his internment will be performed later by his family. He will be laid to rest next to his wife at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico with full military honors.
The family asks all that were touched by Siby to hold him in your memories. His family knows many people were touched by his smile and encouragement over the many years of his service to Northern New Mexico. The family of Siby M. Lucero has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477-www.devargasfuneral.com