Jose Plutarco Quintana, known most often as "Joe" died on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Joe was born in Pecos, Dec. 9, 1946. His parents were Juan and Agripina Quintana.
Joe's formative years were spent at the Tres Lagunas Guest Ranch, honing his horsemanship, wood-cutting skills, and developing a love for the Santa Fe National Forest. As a sophomore at Pecos High School Joe was part of the very first basketball team to represent Pecos in the state tournament. While in high school Joe started working leather, a skill which he developed to a professional level.
Joe served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965-1970. Joe attended Colorado State University, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in 1973 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1977.
Upon graduation from Veterinary School Joe journeyed to Farmington, and began his life as veterinarian at Animal Haven Clinic. Joe and his wife, Susan Moreland D.V.M., spent countless hours taking care of many four-legged creatures in the surrounding 30 mile area. In 1982, Joe took a course at CSU so that colic surgery could be offered at Animal Haven Clinic, a service exclusive to the Four Corners area. Through Joe's efforts, Animal Haven Clinic was one of the few places that could offer hospitalization for long term care for horses and farm animals. Joe was a devoted veterinarian especially to the horse but extending quality care to all species. Joe often remarked that the influence of his grandmother, Valentina Quintana, a renowned healer in Pecos sensitized his veterinary skills. Joe credited his father, Juan with being the premier horseman sharing his wisdom and ways with his son.
Joe is preceded in death by his father, Juan; sisters, Luciana and Socorro; and brother, John.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Moreland; his mother, Agripina Quintana; his brothers, Lorenzo (Pam) Quintana, Leonard (Betty) Quintana; his sister, Valentina (Ray) Chavez and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place.
A rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2100 E. 20th St. in Farmington.
A memorial Mass will follow at 11 a.m.
A reception will follow the Mass and Words of Remembrance in the Parish Hall.
The staff of Animal Haven Clinic will be honorary pallbearers.
Interment will be at a later date in the family cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Kona Fund, In Care of: Animal Haven Clinic, 822 E. Main St Farmington, NM 87401, or to the Riley Industrial Men's Health Fund P.O. Box 110, Farmington, NM 87499.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Nov. 2 to Nov. 15, 2013