Mike Ortiz

Mike H. Ortiz, 64, of Albuquerque and formerly of Las Cruces, entered enteral life Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albuquerque surrounded by his loving family. Mike was born Oct. 16, 1949, in Guzman Leon, Durango, Mexico, to Magdaleno and Elvira Hernandez Ortiz. He served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, receiving National Defense and Vietnam Service medals, Air medal, two oversea bars, and Marksman Rifle M-14 and M-16. He retired as postmaster from the U.S. Postal Service, where he was known as "Mad Dog Mike." Mike was a member of the Golden Gloves Association All Army Boxing and of the Roman Catholic Church. Those left to mourn his passing include his loving wife of 42 years, Socorro Bustillos Ortiz, of the family home; a son, Jonathan Edward Ortiz; two daughters, Deborah "Debbie" Ortiz, all of Albuquerque; and Rachel Ramirez and husband, Jesus, of El Paso, Texas; one brother, Delbert Ortiz and wife, Annette, of Las Cruces; five sisters, Jenny Petty and companion, Jose Amaya, Elvira Ortiz, Yolanda Ortiz, Madgie Ogas and husband, Eddie, and Bertha Garcia and husband, Jimmy, all of Las Cruces. Other survivors include nine grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, son, David Ortiz, sister, Lupe Ortiz and a brother, Arturo Ortiz. Visitation for Mr. Ortiz will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 S. Espina St., where the prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Family and friends will join together to celebrate the holy Mass of resurrection at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the same church. The rite of committal and interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, 100 N. Espina St., where he will be laid to rest in the family plot. Military honors will be accorded by a New Mexico Army National Guard Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League - EL Perro Diablo Detachment. Serving as casket bearers will be Eddie Ogas, Tim Ortiz, Pat Demchok, Memo Garcia, Julian Bustillos and Johnny Nuñez. The Ortiz Family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences log on to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com

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Baca's Funeral Chapels
300 East Boutz Las Cruces, NM 88004
575-527-2222

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on July 24, 2014