Fidel Lee Gutierrez of Santa Fe, passed away peacefully on his birthday, Nov. 3, 2013, in his home after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. He was a beloved son; husband, brother, uncle, friend, banker and leader in the community.
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Fidel was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico on November 3, 1962. He graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1980. After attending UNM and UCLA, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University in 1985.
Fidel is survived by his wife, Gina Imprescia and step-daughters: Melissa Mendoza (Julio), Mandy Vigil, Gabrielle Vigil, and Licia Vigil; his mother, Grace J. Gutierrez; his siblings: Pablo Gutierrez (Mary), Joaquin Gutierrez (Melinda), Benjamin Gutierrez (Alice), Sylvianna Gutierrez and Leah Gutierrez-Wier (Patrick); his former wife Carolann; his nephews and nieces: Leandro Lane (Emily), Javier Lane, Olina Pino (Jonathan), Brandon Gutierrez, Ashley Gutierrez, Josh Gutierrez, Marcus Gutierrez, Deanna Gutierrez and James Gutierrez.
Fidel was preceded in death by grandparents: Alberto and Mary Jaramillo and Felimon and Luisa Gutierrez; father, Elie S. Gutierrez; brother, Simon; and nephew, Jorge Lane.
Fidel held numerous positions in his 26 years with Los Alamos National Bank, the last several years as Senior Vice President. He was very active within the Santa Fe community and served as a member and officer of several boards and committees, including: Girls, Inc., Santa Fe Children's Museum, First Tee of New Mexico, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Life Center Foundation, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, City of Santa Fe Economic Development Review Committee, Tierra Contenta Corporation, and numerous others.
A Rosary and Memorial Service will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at McGee Memorial Chapel, 1320 Luisa Street, with visitation beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Rosary beginning at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Basilica at 10 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fidel Gutierrez Memorial Fund at any Los Alamos National Bank location, to be donated to various non-profit foundations that Fidel supported.
Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Nov. 6, 2013