John O. Branch, 72, a lifetime resident of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas.
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He was born on January 12, 1940, in Cleveland to the late Eloy Branch and Fidencia Trujillo-Branch.
John was a Park Ranger for 22 years for New Mexico State Parks. He really enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, hunting, making jewelry and watching wrestling.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Eloy and Fidencia Branch; maternal grandfather: Pablo Trujillo.
He is survived by his companion of 55 years: Eledina Pacheco of Mora; his daughters: Cristella Garcia and her husband Anthony of Denver, Colo., Agnes Padilla of Mora, Erma Jean Pacheco of Denver; grandchildren: Americk Padilla, Morella Padilla, Victoria Shockley, Katherine Roybal, Krista Garcia, Gail Manila and Jeanie Vigil all of Denver; special great-grandsons: Zaryen Griego, Asante Padilla; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters: Lucille Trujillo of Denver, Sandra Perea and her husband Eloy of Cleveland; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Rosary services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Mora with funeral services to follow with Father
James Sanchez as celebrant. Interment will follow at the San Antonio Cemetery in Cleveland.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary Las Vegas, 1-800-479-3511 or 425-3511.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Dec. 5, 2012