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A. Paul Ortega


1937 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
A. Paul Ortega Obituary
In honor and loving memory of my late Husband, Brother, Son, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Uncle, Mescalero medicine man, Musician, Tribal council as Vice President & President in 98 & 99, Elder, Mentor, and Friend, A. Paul Ortega, who went to the "Happy Hunting Grounds" (which Paul always referred to) on May 17, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.

He was born August 26, 1937 in Mescalero, NM. His parents were Toney Ortega and Ruth Marden. He is survived by a wife, Kay Ortega, sister, Delores Ortega Perez, children including Mike Ortega, Christopher Ortega, Sandra Ortega, Sara White Eagle, Katrina Ortega, Gabe Ortega, Tobin Ortega, 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Paul attended the University of Chicago, where he received a certificate for architecture engineering and was known around the world as a musician who paved the way for many Native American Performing Artists. A pioneer in the Native American music industry, A. Paul Ortega recorded two solo albums, "Two Worlds" and "Three Worlds." He also recorded an album, "Loving Ways," with Native American recording artist, Joanne Shenandoah. He was an Ambassador for the Inn of the Mountain Gods also worked with and later served as an advisor with Indian Health Services in the Traditional Cultural Advocacy Program.

Paul led an amazing life always making a mark and touching lives. Paul was truly loved by many people and touched many lives in many ways throughout the U.S. and worldwide and will be extremely missed.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 26 to June 25, 2017
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