On Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, as a result of a recent illness, our beloved father, Donald (Adonias) Ortega, 87, passed from this world into the open arms of the Lord.
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Donald Ortega was a former resident of Los Alamos and resided in Idaho Falls with his daughter, Suzanna and son-in-law, Andrew Phillips since July 2011.
Donald was born on March 13, 1926 in Las Vegas to Maggie Ortega Trosper. As a young teenager, his first job was working for the railroad in Southern New Mexico. When he was sixteen, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the World War II and the Pacific Fleet, as well as the Korean War. After serving, Donald worked for Timm's Electric and JS Torres in Las Vegas before owning his own appliance repair business known as Ortega Appliance Repair in Los Alamos. Donald loved to work in his shop, tinkering on all types of projects and loved collecting tools. In his later years, he loved going to the casino and eating out. Donald was well known across the community and a generous man with a big heart (lots of cookies and candy for the kids). He enjoyed talking to everybody every place he went, especially the grocery store where he knew many a client whose stoves or refrigerators he had to fix. He shared what he had with his family and friends. Donald was a true patriotic American who loved the red, white and blue. He will be greatly missed.
Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Sylvia Garduno-Ortega; parents Henry T. Trosper, Sr. and Maggie Trosper; brother Henry T. Trosper, Jr.; son-in-law Pete F. Garcia and brother-in-law Bill Howes.
Donald is survived by his daughters Diana Taylor and husband Steve of White Rock, Joanne Garcia of Espanola, Rozanna Beichler and husband Rick of Albuquerque, Suzanna Phillips and husband Andrew of Idaho Falls, Idaho; son Andrew Ortega and wife Heather of White Rock; sister Nellie Howes of Socorro; grandchildren Kristy Phares and husband Mike, Amanda Roberts, Johnny Roberts, Lawrence Garcia, Matthew Waldschmidt and wife Amanda, Drew Phillips, Corey Ortega, Taylor Rose Ortega, Brandyn Ortega, Savannah Ortega and Isaac Ortega; great-grandchildren Jason Woods, Mackenzie Woods, Logan Phares, Chelsea Phares, Hannah Waldschmidt and numerous nieces, nephews and friends of whom he thought of often. Public visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. on June 6, 2013 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial is pending at this time. Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on June 7, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Mark Howes, Lawrence Garcia, Johnny Roberts, Matthew Waldschmidt, Drew Phillips and Frank Jaure. Honorary pallbearers will be all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warriors Project or the National Autism Foundation. The family of Donald (Adonias) Ortega has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espa?ola Valley. 505-747-7477, devargasfuneral.com
DeVargas Funeral Home
623 N. Railroad Ave.
Espanola, NM 87532
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from June 5 to June 6, 2013