Former Los Pinos, New Mexico, resident Joseph Lawrence Romero, Sr., took his last breath on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was surrounded by his loving family and under hospice care.
He was born on Oct. 21, 1940.
He was a rancher but also worked road construction and for a few years at the Perlite Mine until his retirement.
In his younger days he enjoyed hunting. He like watching football and was a Denver Broncos fan. He also enjoyed listening to country music and oldies but goodies, as he called them. He was also a gambler and maybe enjoyed that a little too much. At first it was the dog track, and when they closed those down, the casinos opened. Poker took the place of the track, either New Mexico, Cripple Creek or Central City.
He also served his country and served a tour in the U.S. Navy. He was a Vietnam veteran and was honorably discharged.
He is survived by his wife Sandra Romero of 17 years; his mother Eleanor Romero; children including Theresa (Joseph) Casias, Susan (Terry) Smith, Joseph L. Romero, Jr., Nancy Duran, Joyce Romero; two step-children Audrey (Arthur) Vasquez, Robert (Patricia) Ray; 12 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several aunts and uncles and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Gilbert Romero, one premature-born son, and both sets of grandparents.
Cremation was chosen and a Memorial Mass will be held at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2650 Parish View, Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at 1 p.m., with a Rosary said before the Mass. Inurnment will be held at a later date.