Colastico Tais Jr., 87, entered eternal rest peacefully at his home in Silver City surrounded by his family on March 6, 2014. The holy rosary will be recited Friday, June 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Baca's Funeral Chapels. Funeral service will follow, with Deacon Bill officiating. Concluding services and inurnment will follow at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery, with full military honors accorded by local veterans group. He was born June 15, 1926, in Kelly, New Mexico, to Colastico and Rufina (Armijo) Tais. He was raised in Socorro, New Mexico, and lived there until he joined the United States Navy on March 24, 1944. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific and American Area during WWII. His family had temporarily relocated to Hurley, New Mexico, where he met the love of his life Elisa "Alice" Jaurequi at the Hurley Sweet Shop. She moved to California and he followed her there. They were married in Santa Ana, California, on June 14, 1949, and were married for 62 years. They had five children: Rachel, Gloria, Ronald James, David and Michael. He worked for the United States Post Office as a mailman for almost 30 years and retired in May 1988. He always took the time to speak with the children in his route and would buy lemonade from their stands. He believed in helping his fellow man and every year would choose a needy family at Christmas and buy gifts for the children. He was a man of his word and was trusted with just a handshake in his dealings. He had an adventurous spirit and obtained his pilot license after World War II. He is survived by his children, Rachel Tais, Gloria T. Grinie (Gilbert), David and Michael Tais; grandchildren Melissa (Anthony Booher), Ronnie Grinie (Oscar Luna), Sonya Grinie (Johanne Bouchereau); great-grandchildren Brianna (Randy Bretado), Daylen and Caitlin Booher; sisters Betty Gonzalez, Clara Nevarez, Rosie Salas (Ramon) Elsie Borrell (Ted), MaryEllen Arizaga (David), Virginia Gonzalez (Tommy), and sisters-in-law Gloria Thais and Helen Jaurequi. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elisa "Alice" Tais; son, Ronald James Tais; his parents, Colastico and Rufina Tais; parents-in-laws, Gavino and Avelina Jaurequi; sisters, Marion Vallejos, Erlinda Thais and brother Ernie Thais; and several in laws. He is now in heaven with the love of his life, and little boy Ronald James, who passed away when he was 8 years old. It is now his turn to share in their lives as the rest of us did here on earth. Dad, Mom and Ronnie, you are in our future and one day we will be reunited again and together celebrate with our Lord and Savior in the Throne Room of God. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels.Exclusive provider for "Veterans &Family Memorial Care". To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website atwww.bacasfuneralchapels.com. Hwy 180 East on Delk Dr., Silver City, NM 88062 – 575-388-2334
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 11, 2014