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Born Feb. 19,1921, in La Mesa de Cuervo, N.M., Frank Maestas moved to Anton Chico at the age of one month with his parents, Julian and Ramoncita Maestas and older brother, Antonio and sister Bella. His formal education was limited to third grade as he was pulled out of school at a young age to care for sheep. He used a wooden covered Bible to teach himself to read. That Bible is still kept by his daughter Anita. He worked alongside his father as a ranch hand and sheepherder for Holbrook and Company in Cuervo for about 15 years until he was called to service in the Army in 1942.
After the Army, he did different kinds of work such as construction, laying railroad tracks, and worked harvest in California, Utah and Idaho. He also stockpiled military supplies in the Utah desert, and did mercantile work at the Marquez and the Abercrombie stores in Anton Chico. He also drove the school bus from Anton Chico to Santa Rosa for many years.
He married Agneda Sisneros in 1950 and together they raised four children and ranched successfully side-by-side during their 62 years of marriage. He loved his family and his faith and held a strong passion for farming and ranching. During the time he was working for the Marquezes, he began growing a small herd of cattle in Anton Chico on a small parcel of irrigation land. He also leased land from the Anton Chico Land Grant, purchased his father-in-law's ranch and the Cirhuelita ranch in Dahlia.
He is survived by his wife: Agneda Sisneros Maestas, his children and their spouses, Margaret (John Paul Armijo), Nick (Rosemarie Trujillo), Ramoncita (Roy Davis), Anita (Chris Hadorn); his sister, Bella Pino; grandchildren include: Monica Armijo Lopez, Jessica Armijo, Sabrina Maestas, Miriam Maestas, Andreas Maestas Davis and Maria Maestas Davis; great- grandchildren include: Eva Lucia and Lorena Sofia Lopez.
His many nephews and nieces include: Tony, Freddy, Rosalie, Mary, Johnny, Lorenzo, Gilbert, Julian, Geraldine, Donald, Roberto, Raymond Julian, Pearl, Priscilla, Ernest (deceased), Joseph, Michael, Reina, Mary Jean, Dolores, Ovaldo Jr. (deceased), Kathy, Mary (Pinky), Jeanette, Isa, Ida, Noe, Joey, Patrick, Kathy, Frances, Ricky, Diana, Rick, Barbara, Maryann (deceased), Tessie, Estella, Alfred, Flora, Linda Sue, Andrew, Patsy, Mary Jo, Mark, James Daniel (deceased), Sandra, Robin, Antonio, and Eddie. He loved his many cousins including his very special second cousins, David and Louie Cordova.
His parents: Julian and Ramoncita Maestas; his brothers: Antonio, Ventura and Reymundo Maestas and his angel granddaughter: Jewel Yvonne Maestas preceded him in death.
A devout Catholic, Frank prayed the rosary every day of his life.
Funeral services will be held at the San Jose Catholic Church in Anton Chico as follows: rosary services were held Tuesday evening; funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 28. Burial services will follow the mass with full military honors at the San Jose Cemetery.
Pallbearers are: Andreas Maestas Davis, Lawrence Pino, Raymond Julian Maestas, Florencio Baca, Freddie Maestas, Don Seuntjens, Andrew Herrera, and Joseph Maestas.
Honorary pallbearers are: Donald Pino, Tony Maestas, Michael Gonzales, Johnny Pino, Gilbert Pino, David Cordova, Louie Cordova, Julian Pino and Michael Maestas.
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Maestas have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, 801 Douglas Avenue, Las Vegas; 425-6551
Visit www.nelsonfuneralhomelv.com for online condolences.
Nelson Funeral Home
801 Douglas Avenue
Las Vegas , NM 87701
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Nov. 26, 2012