Obituaries: Destiny M. Valdez – Nathaniel A. Montoya

The DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley reports the recent deaths of Destiny M. Valdez of Peñasco and Nathaniel A. Montoya of Truchas.

Destiny M. Valdez Of Peñasco
DESTINY M. VALDEZ, 23, a resident of Peñasco, was called to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Frank Rodarte Sr., great grandfather, Amarante Romero, great grandmother, Anita Romero, her paternal grandmother, Elvia Valdez; uncles, Edwin and Darwin Valdez and her sweet cousin Ciara Barela.

Beautiful Destiny was a loving mother, daughter and friend. She was always smiling, she had a great sense of humor, her laugh was so distinguished, oh those silly expressions she made, her big beautiful eyes held so much love and showed so much strength. A beautiful soul left us too quickly; Destiny will live on in so many ways, more than just our precious memories. It is heartbreaking and unfair to lose her in such a way, yet heartwarming to know that her brave choice will save so many other families from suffering. She is our hero and a true survivor.

We love you forever, we cherish the time we had with you and the memories you left us with. Be with God Baby Girl. XOXO She is survived by her son Jeremiah White, her mother Guadalupita Rodarte, father Joey Valdez, brothers Dylan and Dakota Valdez, sister in law Starla Trujillo, nephew Nehemiah Valdez, grandmother Lillian Lopez, grandfather Ross Cordova, grandfather Octaviano Valdez, Godparents Michelle Rodarte and Derek Valdez, also many aunts, uncles, cousins and all her friends who loved her.

Public visitation will begin on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church in Peñasco, with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christin burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. also at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, with a burial to follow at the Rodarte Cemetery.

Serving the family as pallbearers, Dylan Valdez, Dokota Valdez, Rocky Lopez, Celestino Lopez, Austyn Romero, and Freddy Gallegos, honorary pallbearers, Jeremiah White, Jacob White Shenel Morris, Starla Trujillo and Sharon White. Reception will take place at the Peñasco Community Center following the burial. The family of Destiny M. Valdez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 

Nathaniel A. Montoya of Truchas
Nathaniel A. Montoya, 26, a resident of Truchas, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. He was preceded in death by his infant uncle, Adam Montoya; great-grandparents, Desiderio and Elena Romero, Nabor and Delmiria Montoya, grandparents, Donald and Hope Lopez.

Nathaniel enjoyed the mountains, he loved riding his dirt bikes and ATVS. He loved the smell of wood, Nathaniel was a very friendly person who could make friends and start a conversation with someone he just met. He was a very caring, loving and respectful person with a big heart. He loved and cared for his family deeply. Nathaniel will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his mother, Lisa Montoya; sisters, Stephanie and Autumn Martinez; grandparents,  Elizardo and Martina Montoya; aunts, Karen, Jennifer, and Kimberly Montoya all of Truchas; close cousins, Jacque, Anthony, Angel, Monica, Chris, Jaiedyn, Caleb and Kacen; father, Leonard Lopez; uncle, Donnie Lopez, aunt, Sandra Abeyta-Lopez and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Nathaniel’s family would like to thank Louie Sandoval for his efforts in directing Nathaniel onto a better path.

Public visitation will begin Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory with a Rosary to be recited at 11:30 a.m. a Devotional Service will follow at 12:00 p.m. Burial to follow at Los Llanitos Cemetery in Truchas.  Serving the family as pallbearers, Anthony Montoya, Steve Martinez, Phillip Montoya, Jesse Romero, Rayben Sandoval Jr., Steven Trujillo, Julian Martinez and Miguel Escarcega, honorary pallbearers, his sisters, Stephanie and Autumn Martinez, cousin, Jacque Montoya, and Rocky Trujillo. 

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