Eustacio J. Ortiz Jr.

EUSTACIO J. ORTIZ, JR. (E.J. "TACHO) Eustacio J. Ortiz Jr. (E.J./"Tacho"), 91, a lifelong resident of Pecos, New Mexico, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on November 9, 2012. He was born on June 3, 1921. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eustacio R. Ortiz, Anastacia Gonzales Ortiz; brother, Faustino Ortiz, and sister Ernestine O. Martinez. Brothers-in-law: Abrán Valencia (Alice), Remigio Valencia, Tony Valencia, Frank Segura, Seferino Valencia, Alex Martinez; sisters-in-law: Eufemia Mares (Agustine), Eliza Griego; and close friend Anthony "Tony" Ruiz Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Cleo Valencia Ortiz; daughter, Loretta O. Luján (Abe); son, Armando Ortiz (Cindy); grandchildren: Mark Luján, Roxanne Luján, Adrianna Luján, Michelle Herrera, and Amanda Ortiz; great granddaughter, Paulina Luján; Dominic and Michael Villarreal, who he considered grandchildren; sister, Mary Archuleta (Joe); niece, Alicia Sclafani; nephews: Vincent Martinez, Tommy Archuleta; sisters-in-law: Ramona Maez, Margie Segura, Carlota Valencia, Martha Valencia; brothers-in-law: Max Valencia, Joe M. Valencia (Celia). E.J. was raised in the active mining town of Terrero, NM and graduated from Pecos High School. He was later employed by the Valley Ranch and Brush Ranch. He proudly served in the U.S. Army (World War II, Europe) where he was awarded various medals, including three bronze stars. Upon honorable discharge, he returned and married Cleo on August 26, 1946 settling in the community of Pecos, where he was a devout member of St. Anthony's Parish, the Knights of Columbus and La Unión Protectiva. A self-employed businessman for over 18 years as the operator of the Santa Fe Trail Store & Bar, he was well known throughout the community and served as a clerk, councilman, fire chief and Mayor Pro-Tem for the Village of Pecos. During his semi-retirement, he served as Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate in the New Mexico State Legislature for over 33 years. In addition, he proudly served as a member and past commander of the American Legion, Post #70 for over 60 years. He was a gentle soul and always had a word of encouragement and direction for his children and grandchildren. He was always willing to lend a helping hand or give of himself without hesitation. He loved dancing, hunting, fishing, and visiting friends that were homebound or ill. He loved making his red chili and sharing it with his family at the ranch in Valencia. He was very generous, honest and fair, always with a big smile, a funny joke and a story to tell. He will be greatly missed by all. Serving as Pallbearers will be: Mark Lujan, Abe Lujan, Vincent Martinez, Joe Archuleta, Lawrence Ortiz, Dominic Villarreal and Michael Villarreal. Services: Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 with Rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony's Church, Pecos, NM. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church, Pecos, NM, burial to follow at the Pecos cemetery. A reception will be held immediately following at Canela's Restaurant in Pecos. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at:

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