Robert Louis Lucero passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014, at his home in Las Vegas. He began his life journey on April 21, 1950, in Las Vegas.
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He was the only child of Roberto and Genoveva Lucero. Upon graduation from Robertson High School in 1968, he moved to Santa Fe to attend X-ray Technician School at St. Vincent's Hospital. While working as an X-ray tech at St. Vincent's Hospital and at St. Anthony's Hospital in Las Vegas, he attended classes at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University.
He received his bachelor of arts and master of arts in music education from NMHU where he was instrumental in establishing mariachi as an accredited course – the first in the nation.
He was united in marriage in Santa Cruz on Sept. 5, 1970, to Margie Quintana.
After completing his degree, Robert taught music for 27 years at Taos High School, Robertson High School, Española Public Schools, and at West Las Vegas Schools where he was also the principal at Valley Elementary and Middle School. Robert took his students to music festivals in Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States. He also taught mariachi courses at NMHU. While at these schools, he taught many musicians who have become favorite Northern New Mexico artists.
Beyond teaching and constantly encouraging people to continue their education in the field of their passion, Robert also gave back to the community as a volunteer fireman for the Las Vegas Company 1 Fire Department for 25 years. He was a scout master for Boy Scout Troop 102. He later formed New Mexico's first all-female mariachi group, Mariachi Santa Cecilia, comprising young women from throughout Northern New Mexico.
Robert was a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the New Mexico Music Educators Association, and a lifetime member of Elks Lodge #408. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Robert will be dearly missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lucero and Genevieve Osnita Vigil Lucero; mother and father-in-law, Adela and Feliciano Quintana; brother-in-law, Arsenio Martinez.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Lucero of the family home; son, Robert L. Lucero Jr. of Albuquerque; daughter, Melissa A. Lucero-Nguyen and husband Anthony of Fremont, Calif.; grandson, Diego Anthony Nguyen of Fremont, Calif.; special nephew, Aaron Jorgenson of the family home; sisters-in-law, Judy Martinez of La Puebla, Tillie Perez and husband, Art of La Puebla, Marie Castañeda and husband, David of La Puebla, Clarissa Romero and husband, John of Amarillo, Texas, Grace Martinez and husband, Orlando of La Puebla; brother-in-law, Felix Quintana, Jr., and wife, Martha of La Puebla; special family friends, Tamarah Lucero and Maria Quintana; aunt, Rosalia Crespin and husband, Frank of Las Vegas; close cousins, Mary and Pete Martinez of Santa Fe, Theresa Lucero of Las Vegas, Ramon Trujillo and wife, Frances of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Frank Crespin, Jr., and wife, Niccie of Las Cruces, Paul Lucero and wife, Mary of Los Alamitos, Dan Lucero and wife, Peggy of Las Vegas; numerous nieces, nephews, God children, other relatives and many friends.
Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Immaculate Conception Church in Las Vegas. Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday also at Immaculate Conception Church with Father George V. Salazar as celebrant. Serving as casket bearers: Aaron Jorgenson, Albert Lucero, Arsenio Martinez Jr., Chris Garcia, Paul Crespin, Joe Venturi, Felix Quintana, Pete Martinez III. Honorary bearers are: Eddie Rimbert, Jimmy Leger, David Escudero, George Asi, Louis Clayton, George Leger, Bobby Benavidez and Pete F. Martinez, Jr. Cremation will follow services and burial of cremains will be held at a later date in a private ceremony at The Lucero Family Cemetery in Cañoncito.
In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations for a memorial scholarship, which will assist NMHU music students in pursuing their education. Please direct donations to Robert L. Lucero Jr., P.O. Box 27022, Albuquerque, N.M. 87125.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary; 600 Reynolds Ave., Las Vegas, 1-800-479-3511 or 425-3511.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Mar. 17, 2014