Armando passed away March 17, 2014 at home surrounded by his family after a 3-month battle with complications from surgeries. He was born in Cerro, NM to Gaspar Blea and Vendicta Jaramillo Blea, living in Del Norte, CO until after high school when he accepted a job with the US Forest Service and then was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served during the Vietnam War. After the war, he moved to Colorado Springs and accepted a job with the US Air Force Academy in the Forestry Division.
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From Forestry, he moved into a position with Grounds Contracting where he worked for 35 years then retired. After 5 years of retirement and being a "stay-at-home-grandpa" he returned to work as a Security Guard for GSI and Pinkerton Government Services where he worked until December 23, 2013.
Armando loved his family very much, he adored his grandchildren. He loved to joke and make people laugh and he was excellent at it. He will be missed dearly.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Eva Blea, step-daughter Becky Shafferman of Pueblo, children Denise (David) Pitch of Colorado Springs, Beverly Blea of Colorado Springs, five beloved grandchildren: Michael Adam Shafferman, Briana Schmidt, Jade & Aniya DePaul, Aaron Pitch, a great-grandchild on the way, aunt Reynalda Braceros of Sacramento, CA and several nieces and nephews.
Armando was preceded in death by his parents, sister Elsie, brothers Emilio and Salomon.
He is survived by his sister Francis, and brothers Honorio and Claudio.
A viewing will be held on March 22, 2014 at 11:00AM with a mass and celebration of Armando's life which will immediately follow at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9 El Pomar Road, Colo Spgs, CO 80906. Burial of his ashes will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Armando Blea Memorial Fund at any Ent Federal Credit Union location. Funds will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in his name.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 21, 2014