Wilfred Gutierrez

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Gutierrez, Wilfred



Wilfred Gutierrez was born to Eufrosina Gutierrez on September 15, 1934, in Velarde, NM. At age 82, he died peacefully at his home in Velarde on March 10, 2017. A 1953 graduate of Espanola High School, he later served in the US Army for three years where he was honorably discharged and returned home to a 35-year career at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 1960, he married Cleo Herrera of El Rancho and together, they raised five children. Beyond his love of God and for his family, Wilfred's passions were his apple orchard and working tirelessly to protect the acequias and water rights of the communities at large. He was well known for his visionary leadership and his ability to deliver on those innovative ideas with impeccable principles, integrity and a sense of humor.

He is preceded in death by his mother, his sister Isabelle Gutierrez Salazar and husband Manuel Salazar, Jr., his sister Deliria Gutierrez, his father and mother-in-law Procopio and Adelicia Herrera, sister-in-law Edwina Herrera, brother-in-law Michael Herrera, niece Angela Salazar Riley and nephews Gilbert Pena, Adam Ortiz and Brian Pena.

He is survived by the love of his life Cleo, his children, Joe, Lisa, Lawrence and wife Anna, Carmella and Ron.

Public visitation will begin on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz by Bishop Arthur N. Tafoya. Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. For his full obituary, visit DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory @

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 14, 2017