Obituaries

LA JARA — Distinguished and longtime La Jara resident Mr. Clinton “C.G.” Betenbough, 101, passed away on Nov. 3, 2023. in La Jara.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved man, Jerry Claude Beeson. Born in Clinton, Okla., on July 24, 1945, he left an indelible mark on the world around him. A true son of the Sooner State, he embodied the spirit of excellence from an early age, shining as an all-star athlete in his youth.

Glenn Burnham of Lewiston, Utah, formerly of Monte Vista, Colorado, and a Native of the San Luis Valley, died on Sunday, October 22, 2023, in Logan, Utah.

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and friend to many. Cipriano “Sepe” Jose Pacheco, 85, passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 24, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

Steven Gregory Martinez was born Feb. 9, 1970, in Monte Vista, Colo, and passed away into the Lord’s care, at the age of 53, surrounded by his family and friends who he loved so much on the morning of Oct. 24 just after 1 a.m.

Alfred Theodore Schaak, Sr., passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 19, 2023, at the age of 95. He was surrounded by love from his family.

Longtime resident Marvin Lee Davis, 89, passed away on Oct. 19, 2023, at the Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, Colo.

Don Wagnon, loving son, brother and spouse, fought a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, passing away at the age of 75. Born in Texas, Don was the son of Manford and Mary Louise Wagnon and brother of Susan Clagett.

Longtime Del Norte resident Virginia M. Starr, 96, passed away Sept. 20, 2023, at the River Valley Rehabilitation Nursing Home in Del Norte.

Everett Santistevan, 62, died recently in Del Norte. Everett was born Feb. 17, 1961. A constant presence on the streets of Del Norte, Everett was beloved by the entire community.

Everett Santistevan, 62, died recently in Del Norte. Everett was born Feb. 17, 1961. A constant presence on the streets of Del Norte, Everett was beloved by the entire community. He was easily recognized by his tall stature, but it was the glittery nails, expressive makeup, handmade jewelry, and purple bicycle that made him who he was.

Neva Kathleen Ross, born May 5, 1926, passed away Sept. 7, 2023, at the age of 97. She is survived by her son-in-Law Doug Davie, three grandchildren, Tandy (Nicole) McDaniel, Lucas (Kat) Millhouse, and Meara (Terry) McDaniel, and five great-grandchildren (Aiden, Quinlann, Mackenzie, Aubrianna, and Kathryn).

The Creede community has lost a true local icon with the passing of Merolyn Kay Wyley. She passed away at her home in Creede on Sept. 1, 2023. She was born in Monte Vista on Jan. 26, 1945, to W W “Bibs” and Nell Wyley.

Mary Frances Benavides of Del Norte, Colo., returned to our Lord on Sept. 2, 2023. She was born on April 18, 1948, in La Garita, Colo. Frances grew up in La Garita and worked as a teacher aide for the Del Norte School District, as the church secretary for several years at Holy Name of Mary in Del Norte, then returned to the Del Norte School District to be a bus driver before retiring.

Longtime Center resident Galen DeGani, 75, passed away peacefully at his home in Center on Sept. 4, 2023.

Ruth (Ruthie) Ann McClure was born in Elgin, Ill., to Les and Ruth Villars and she and her family moved to Monte Vista, Colo., when she was young.

Center resident Maria J. Viera Cendejas, 72, died Aug. 31, 2023, at the San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center in Alamosa.

Karen Sue Cochran Tempfel, 80, of Columbia, Mo., passed away Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, at The Villa Blue Ridge.

1926-2023 With the deepest gratitude and hearts warmed by cherished memories, the family of Lila Eloisa Maestas Espinoza announces that she peacefully and gracefully passed away at her home in Monte Vista, Colo., with loved ones at her side. She was 97.

Ellen Rozelle Walker — Rose — Scanlon, born May 22, 1921, slipped the mortal coil on Aug. 25 at 10:05 p.m. She enjoyed 102 years of this beautiful thing we humans call life.

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