DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley provides obituaries for Phillip Joseph Martinez, Prescilla L. Herrera, and Arturo Ortega. Read on for full obituaries.

Phillip Joseph Martinez of Medanales
Phillip Joseph Martinez, 52, a resident of Medanales passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by long-time companion Janice Rivera; mother, Erminia Martinez;

maternal grandparents, Antonia and Frank Herrera, paternal grandparents, Jose V. and Sinforosa Martinez; uncles, Robert Herrera, Lino M. Herrera, Dennis Herrera, uncle and aunt Tonie Martinez, Orlando Martinez, and Mary Ortiz.

Phillip was a roofer and mechanic and enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and riding his Harley.

He is survived by his father, Manuel A. Martinez (Julia Garcia); sister, Ida Martinez, brothers, Rudy Martinez, Daniel Martinez (Renee) all of Medanales; nephews, Leon Martinez of Espanola, Larry Martinez, Ryan Gallegos (Donna); nieces, Michelle Abeyta (Ralph Sauceda), Autumn Martinez and Kylie Martinez all of Medanales.

Public visitation will begin on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace at DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at San Antonio Catholic Church in Medanales with a burial to follow at the San Antonio Cemetery.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be, Leon Martinez, Ryan Gallegos, Ralph Sauceda, Joseph Bustos, Carlos Coronado and Jessie Willburn.

The family of Phillip Martinez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 

Prescilla L. Herrera of Santa Cruz
Prescilla L. Herrera, 80, a resident of Santa Cruz, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ramon M. Herrera; son, Sammy Herrera; parents, Pedro J. Lucero and Nieves Fernandez and grandson, Orlando Coriz, Jr.


Mrs. Herrera is survived by her children, Bernice Coriz (Orlando) of La Mesilla, Lorraine Johnson (Howard) of Virginia, Chris B. Herrera and Raymond M. Herrera both of Santa Cruz, Antoinette Herrera of Tesuque and Matthew J. Herrera (Kim) of Morrison, CO; siblings, Rose Lucero of Pojoaque, Dorothy Guinn (Ruben) and Elmer Lucero (Alice) all of Española; 6 God-children; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A rosary will be recited on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada, with a Memorial mass to follow at 1:00 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UNM Cancer Center in Albuquerque.

The family of Prescilla L. Herrera has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.

Arturo Ortega of Chimayo
Arturo Ortega, 82, a resident of Chimayo, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Mr. Ortega was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Clara Ortega; son, Michael Ortega; parents, Anastacio and Gabrielita Ortega; brother, Roger Ortega; granddaughter, Sarah Faith Sandoval; parents-in-law, Jose Ramon and Sarita C. Medina; brother-in-law, Richard Medina and sister-in-law, Susana Duran.

Arturo was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a hardworking, caring and giving person. He was always there to lend a helping hand and always had a great sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Ortega is survived by his daughters, Jennie Vigil and husband Billy of Albuquerque, Peggy Sue Vargas and husband Alfonso and Debbie Ortega all of Chimayo; grandchildren, Diane Ortega, Loretta Ortega, Rhonda Bridgen, Amanda Salas (Jose), Dominic Vigil (Vanessa) all of Albuquerque, Nathaniel and Daniel Vargas of Chimayo, Tara and Maria Sandoval both of Chimayo; 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; brothers, Merejildo Ortega and wife Elma, Leo Ortega and companion Betty all of Chimayo, Tom Ortega and wife Helen and Harold Ortega and wife Linda of Albuquerque; sister, Grace Trujillo and husband Eddie of Española; brother-in-law, Dan Medina and wife Mickie; sisters-in-law, Connie Medina and companion Bill, Gloria Romero and Marshal all of Chimayo and numerous other family, relatives and friends.

Public Visitation will begin on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory, with a rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Parish in Chimayo, with a burial to follow at El Potrero Cemetery.

Serving the family as pallbearers, Nathaniel and Daniel Rey Vargas, Ricky Ortega, Gilbert Rivera, Bobby Vigil, Andrew Medina, Amanda Salas and Maria Sandoval. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

The family of Arturo Ortega has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.