Obituary: Calvin D Tafoya Of Santa Clara

by Staff Reporter / Sep 09, 2015 / comments

Obituary: Calvin D Tafoya Of Santa Clara

Calvin D. Tafoya 67, a resident of Santa Clara Pueblo, passed away on Friday Sept. 4, 2015 of a short illness. He was preceded in death by his mother; Victoria Dasheno, Father; Teofilo Dasheno, grandfather; Domacio Tafoya and grandmother; Patricia Tafoya. Mr. Tafoya was a veteran of the United States Army. He graduated from the school of banking at the University of Colorado and was Vice-president of Sunwest Bank. He was the first Native American Tourism Director for the State of New Mexico, appointed by Governor Bruce King. Mr. Tafoya was past Governor of the Santa Clara Pueblo and CEO-President of the Santa Clara Development Corporation. He was also currently Chairman of the Board for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years; Barbara Tafoya. Children; Tanya Sapcutt and husband Craig, Denise Tafoya and Chris Tafoya. Grandchildren include; Summer Sapcutt, Janaya, Coasta, Asia, Amanda and Dominic Tafoya, Autumn, Elgin and Camron Gutierrez. Brothers and Sisters; Stanley Tafoya and wife Michelle, Gail Yepa and husband Wally, Karen and Cynthia Dasheno all of Santa Clara Pueblo, JoAnn Montoya and husband Georgeof Santa Ana Pueblo, Walter Dasheno and wife Judy, Marie Dasheno and companion Michael Browning, Merle Dasheno and special niece; Fauna Gutierrez all of Santa Clara Pueblo. Many nieces and nephews, countless friends and loving relatives.

Recitation of the rosary was held on Sunday evening Sept. 6, 2015 at the family home in Santa Clara Pueblo. Mass of Christian Burial took place on Monday Sept. 7, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Santa Clara Pueblo Catholic Church with burial at the Pueblo Cemetery.

DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. of the Espanola Valley 747-7477 or toll free 1-877-747-3600