ALAMOSA — Lifelong Alamosa resident Norris Maestas, 89, passed away peacefully March 16, 2020, at the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Norris was welcomed into the world on December 22, 1930, in Monte Vista, Colorado, the son of Esperanza Maestas and was raised by his cousin Carmelita Valdez after his mother’s death.
Norris met his wife Vita in grade school as childhood friends. They were united in marriage for 70 years.
Norris worked for the Colorado State Highway Department as a heavy equipment mechanic and retired in 1987. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Norris was an exceptional and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend who enjoyed attending family and community functions, spending time with his family and friends.
An irreplaceable part of our family is no longer with us, but we will all keep the memories he left with us close to our hearts. He will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his children Kathryn (Leonard) Romero of Alamosa, CO; Grace (Toby) Jacquez of Arvada, CO; sons Michael (Dolly) Maestas of Alamosa, CO; Ken (Mary) Maestas of Centennial, CO; Tom (Donna) Maestas of Alamosa, CO; grandchildren DeeAnn (Louis) Gomez, Kristie (Robert) Bonino, Trishia Romero, Alisha(Anthony)Valdez, Jared (Krystle)Valdez, Justin (Gabriella) Valdez, Michael (Jennifer) Maestas, Brian Maestas, Heather (Travis) Young, Ashley Maestas, Jennifer McMichael(James), Nichole (Robbie) Hopper, Brittany Maestas, Tommy (Sheridan) Maestas, great-grandchildren
Vanessa (Shawn) Archuleta, Brandon (Miranda) Chavez, Michael (Adrienne) Gomez, Zachary Gomez, Christopher Lucero, Isaac Lucero, Taylor Maestas, Ethan Maestas, Landen Young, Skylar Young, Cameron Young, Peyton Young, Liam Young, Elena Jo Valdez, Kylee McMichael, Braiden Hopper, Tinlee Hopper, great-great-grandchildren Dominic Sanchez-Archuleta, DaMarcus Sanchez-Archuleta, JaeLynn Archuleta; sister Jenny Gorman. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Norris was preceded in death by his parents, wife Vita Maestas, brother Manuel “Buddy” Sanchez Jr.,
Due to the current closures of the catholic churches, A private family graveside service was held. A Memorial Mass will be held in the near future for all of Norris’s friends and family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alamosa Food Bank or the Parkinson’s Foundation. To leave online condolences please visit romerofuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Romero Funeral Home of Alamosa.