Thomas J. Ortega Sr., age 90, of Penasco, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2021.
Thomas is preceded in death by his parents William B. and Rios Ortega; brothers Ted, Tony, Robert, John, Orlando, and Jose Ortega; sisters Kate Lovato and Jane Pacheco; sons John and Kenneth Ortega.
He was married to the love of his life Juanita on November 5th, 1955. Thomas was also enlisted in the United States Army. He then worked in California as a firefighter, as well as a miner in Grants and in Questa, New Mexico.
Thomas is survived by his son Thomas J Ortega of Penasco, NM; daughters Marilyn Ortega of Penasco, NM, Betty Ortega of Penasco, NM, and Adeline Ortega of Albuquerque, NM; daughter-in-law Emily Ortega; grandson Lorenzo Lopez; granddaughters Valerie Rodriguez; Victoria Ortega, and Veronica Ortega, as well as many nephews, nieces and numerous friends and family.
Services will be private.
The family of Thomas J. Ortega has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com