Matthew "Matty" John Quintana, 58, a lifelong resident of Las Vegas and Sapello, N.M., passed away at the family home in Sapello on April 15, 2021.
Matty was born in Santa Fe, N.M. on February 1, 1963. A lifelong Catholic, he was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church and enjoyed going to mass when his health permitted.
Although Matty was born with the genetic disorder of Down Syndrome, he lived a full life and was embraced by the Las Vegas, N.M. community.
He attended Las Vegas City Schools as a child and graduated from Robertson High School on June 2, 1984. While a student at RHS, he was well known for his participation as a team manager for football and basketball under the direction of the late Coach Michael Marr and Memorial Middle School Coach John Paul Armijo.
After graduation from RHS, Matty moved on to team manager for the New Mexico Highlands University Men's Basketball program with Coach Henry O. Sanchez taking Matty under his wing. The late Coach Sanchez often referred to Matty as his "Alma Santa-Holy Innocent" and kept Matty at his side during all home games.
Matty was also an active figure on the NMHU football sidelines under the direction of Head Coach Daniel Shonka, and was recruited by Dr. Leo Martinez to attend a NMHU drafting class. Matty enjoyed his college days at NMHU and was awarded a certificate of achievement as a "Special Ambassador of New Mexico Highlands University" by New Mexico Secretary of State, Mary Herrera, on November 7, 2007, for his "Cowboy Spirit". He also received an NMHU Athletic Hall of Honor Award from Ted Maestas, President of the H-Club, for his "Extraordinary Spirit" and contributions to NMHU as an "outstanding cowboy" on September 20, 2007.
Matty was a loving son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He was greatly loved and will be missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Nazario and Elicia Quintana; and his maternal grandparents, Curtis and Lois Revell.
He is survived by his parents, Ernie and Bunny Quintana of the family home in Sapello; brothers and sister-in-laws, Lawrence Quintana and Yvette Arellanes of Sapello, Jay and LeeEtte Quintana of Sapello, and Keith and Kathy Quintana of Fairport, N.Y.; nieces, Jenny Smith and husband Michael of Las Vegas, Nev., J'Ette Quintana and Terence Horner of Sapello, Jeana Ayres and husband Jeff of Southern Pines, N.C., Jayme Quintana of Albuquerque, Joedy Quintana of Las Vegas, Kristin Mora and husband Antonio of Santa Fe, Ashley Arellanes and Chip Ortiz of Las Vegas, and Shelby Parmentier of Agusta, Ga.; nephews, Kurtis Quintana of Santa Fe, Kody Quintana of Boulder, Colo., Austin Quintana of New York, N.Y., Lee Martinez and wife Melissa of San Marcos, Tex., and PJ Arellanes of Austin, Tex.; Uncle Lee Revell of Clinton, Mo.; numerous great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
The Quintana family would like to thank everyone for the sympathy cards, phone calls, and other messages sent in condolence for our beloved Matty Quintana. We appreciate your kind thoughts, words and prayers.
A rosary for Matty will be given at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 7 p.m. Please join us as we pray for Matty and remember his inspirational life.
A Memorial Funeral Service will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021 with Father Rob Yaksich as celebrant.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the church capacity is limited to 130 people; therefore, the service will be live streamed on the OLOS Facebook and web page for those who can't attend in person. A private family Interment of cremains will follow in Sapello with Matty's angel-Jayme Quintana serving as urn bearer.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials are offered to the NMHU Matthew John Quintana Endowment fund, which serves to provide financial assistance for NMHU students with disabled children. Donations can be mailed to: Matthew John Quintana Endowment, NMHU Foundation, Box 9000, Las Vegas, N.M. 87701, or online at www.nmhufoundation.org
Published by Las Vegas Optic from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2021.