Raymond Lucero

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Lucero, Raymond (Ray)

Raymond (Ray) Lucero, 69, passed away on December 31, 2016 with family by his side in his home in Rio Rancho, NM. Ray was born on December 27, 1947 in San Felipe Pueblo, NM to Barney and Lupe Valencia Lucero.

He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), Santa Fe, NM, in 1967. He served in the United States Air Force and served his country honorably in Vietnam and the Philippines from 1967 to 1971. He attended the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines; Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, AZ with major in Law Enforcement; U. S. Indian Police Academy, Brigham City, UT; National College, Albuquerque, NM & Technical Vocational Institute, Albuquerque, NM with completion of information technology coursework.

He worked as a Diesel Mechanic at Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company, Inspiration, AZ; Police Officer with Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southern Pueblos Agency, Albuquerque, NM; and Computer Programmer Analyst, with Indian Health Service, Albuquerque, NM until his retirement. After retirement, he was on the San Felipe Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors as Secretary-

Treasurer with San Felipe Casino Hollywood, San Felipe Pueblo, NM; Transportation Supervisor with the Sandia Casino; and as a School Bus Driver with the Rio Rancho Public Schools and Bernalillo Public Schools.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Lupe Valencia Lucero, his brother, Reynaldo Lucero and his sister, Florence Pacheco.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, LaVerne; his two daughters and one son: Carla Lucero of Reno, NV, Kyonia Hale (Jay) of New Town, ND; and Terrance Lucero (Rosita) of Alb, NM; 10 grandchildren: Devanee, Cheyanna, Scotty, Davia, Chacee Boy, Jaiven, KK, Tori Blu, Kaleo and Kenan; his sister, Dorothy Lucero and his brother, Joseph M. Lucero as well as many nieces and nephews.

Ray was laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM on January 4, 2017.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 20, 2017
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