Carlos Ortiz of Tucumcari, New Mexico passed away September 29,2021, in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 62. Carlos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 17,1959 to Jose Ortiz and May (Allemand) Ortiz of Trementina, New Mexico. He attended grade school in Trementina and was a 1977 graduate of Robertson High School in Las Vegas, New Mexico. After graduation,Carlos became a certified welder after completing the Camp Luna Welding Program. In 1980 he married Netta Johnson of Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Together they raised a son, Joe Dan and later they welcomed in a daughter, Johnna and raised her in their home. Carlos spent his lifetime working on area ranches including the Clabber Hill, Chappell Spade, Worley, and Klett Ranches, as well as raising his own cattle and day working on area ranches in New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. In 2017 Carlos married Missie Romero of Tucumcari. During their time together they loved raising cattle and spending time with their combined families, grand children and many many friends. Carlos loved ranching and being a cowboy. Many times he said "I am the luckiest man alive, I get to wake up every morning and do what I love". He was passionate about good horses and team roping. He was very competitive and loved the comradery. He loved to mentor any one who wanted to learn. Carlos is survived by his wife, Missie of the home; Son, Joe Dan Ortiz and wife Valerie of Ruidoso, New Mexico; Daughter, Johnna Voss and husband Mark of Throckmorton, Texas; Grandsons, Jaxon Ortiz of Fate, Texas and Bonner Voss of Throckmorton, Texas; Granddaughters, Jordan Ortiz of Fate, Texas and Kaitlin (Voss) Guin and husband Brewster of Guthrie, Texas; Great-granddaughter, Briar Tel Guin of Guthrie, Texas; Two sisters, Imelda Rodriguez of Las Vegas, New Mexico and Lucy Romero of Dalhart, Texas; Brother, Ernest Ortiz and wife Eva of Bernalillo, New Mexico. Many nieces and nephews. Carlos is proceeded in death by his parents, Jose Ortiz and May (Allemand) Ortiz; Sisters, Celina Lujan and Daisy Huseman; Brother, Ben Ortiz.
Services to be announced at a later date.
Published by Quay County Sun from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10, 2021.
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Carlos was certainly a favorite cowboy for me to watch and photograph during a Tucumcari round-ups. He was quite puzzled by my life, working in a hi-rise building in downtown Chicago. He asked me later in the day, "Why do you do that?" I recognized him as a very skilled cowboy, doing what he loved. He will be missed by many on the Tucumcari ranches. So sorry for your loss Missie.
November 9, 2021
Joe Dan and Family I'm so sorry for your loss Carlos was such an amazing man I loved listening to his stories every morning when he came into Stuckey's for coffee he will be greatly Missed
November 2, 2021
You will be missed my friend. Rest In Peace.
October 21, 2021
Our sincere condolences.
Carlos was a good man!
May he rest in peace and may God Bless his family.
October 13, 2021
Missie, we are so sorry to hear of Carlos passing. He was a great cowboy. He helped us when we needed a roping horse one time by showing us a mare Willie White was selling. Our family roped on Vanna for several years. Thank you Carlos for watching after Missie. We will see you on the other side.
LeRoy and Linda Nairn
October 12, 2021
Sending condolences and much love.
James & Mary Ann Russ
October 12, 2021
Carlos was the best of the best. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Casey and Christy Yaste
October 11, 2021
So many wonderful memories of Carlos. He stopped by one day and we had just adopted what we thought was a really cute dog. Carlos snapped "I'm sorry Christina, but that dog was hit by the ugly stick, multiple times". Another time he came by to help load a rogue colt for a "friend". It ended up being a two hour ordeal, and despite liquid peace offerings once the horse was in the trailer, he had some choice names for that horse that we will never forget!
He was the real deal; lived his life with the values we hold dear and truly walked-the-talk. He will be missed and we all need to pick up where he left off mentoring and modeling the way a life looks when it is well-lived. Goodbye friend!