A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in Tularosa in honor of Daniel Davalos Ortega.
Dan was born on April 30, 1918, in Canyon del Nogal to Catarina Davalos Ortega and Donaciano Ortega. Dan passed away at the age of 95 in Amarillo, Texas, on Feb. 26, 2014. Dan and his family attended St. Francis de Paula, the church that their great-grandfather Luciano Davalos helped establish as a part of the original pioneer group in 1862.
Dan lived in Otero County his entire life with the exception of the time served in the army during World War II and for the last seven years which he spent in Amarillo.
Dan attended Tularosa schools, played football and basketball. He graduated in 1939. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941, was a member of the military police. He was also with an engineering battalion in the southwest Pacific, serving in New Caledonia, New Hebrides, and the Philippines. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to the family business, Ortega's Café, in Alamogordo. Prior to his military service, Dan worked with his parents and family at Ortega's Café and Dance Hall in Tularosa. The business moved to Alamogordo, in 1942 where it was known as Ortega's Café what was then Pennsylvania Avenue. He founded Ortega's Furniture Store in Alamogordo in 1945 and operated it for over 45 years, serving customers from a wide area of Tularosa Basin. The was highly respected by his friends and his customers. Dan, along with his sister Ethel Olson, was one of the founders of Otero Savings and Loan Association in Alamogordo and served on its board of directors.
Dan was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Sanchez, his second wife, Lucy Provencio and bothers, Eloy Inez and Frank.
Dan is survived by five siblings: Albert D. Ortega of Rio Rico, Ariz.; Ethel Olson of Lakewood, Colo.; David D. Ortega of Indio, Calif.; Cecilia Harding of Oakhurst, Calif.; and Katherine D. Ortega of Santa Fe; in addition to many, many nieces and nephews.
A reception will be held immediately following the services at St. Francis De Paula Church Hall. The family welcomes all to the celebration beloved brother's kind and loving life.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 16 to Aug. 15, 2014