by Staff Reporter / Mar 19, 2018 / 0 comments


The obituaries for Juan Jose Dennis (JJ) Serrano and John Michael Francis Guillen Sr. (Mike Guillen) have been provided by family and funeral homes. Please read on for full details.

Juan Jose Dennis (JJ) Serrano

Juan Jose Dennis (JJ) Serrano, 36, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away on March 11, 2018. He was born on May 6, 1981 in Espanola. Juan Jose (JJ) was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Arsenio and Geraldine Josephine Serrano.

He was raised in the Coyote and Hernandez area. Juan Jose (JJ) had a passion for the road. He began driving semis shortly after graduating from Española High School in 1999. He enjoyed experiencing new places through-out his travels. Juan Jose (JJ) loved football especially the Denver Broncos. He also enjoyed other sporting events. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Juan Jose (JJ) was survived by his siblings, Dora (Chad) Guenther, Nora (Larry) Baca, Diego Serrano; nieces and nephews, Audrey Carrillo, Audra Wiley, Wayne Jr., AJ, Brian and Renee Velasquez, Robert and Alex Baca, Jacob and Tessa Serrano and many other great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church in Coyote. The family of Juan Jose (JJ) Serrano has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.


John Michael Francis Guillen Sr. (Mike Guillen) 

John Michael Francis Guillen Sr. (Mike Guillen) 61, resident of Chamita was born March 12, 1957 in Torrance, CA.  He passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Aranda; father, Tranquilino Guillen; brothers, David (USMC-PFC) and Carl Guillen. After leaving high school, Mike enrolled in the United States Army where he served at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico and Fort Greely, Alaska as a chef.

Mike loved being an outdoorsman, cruising, working, fishing, listening to music and cooking, but most of all, he loved his family and friends. Mike was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and friend, but most of all he loved his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his sons, John Guillen (Karlah Herrera) and Angelo Salazar (Savina Martinez); sister, Patricia Martinez (Glenn); brothers, Frank Guillen (Nancy), Henry Guillen (Roberta); step-father, Victor Aranda, grandchildren, Mikiaela Guillen, Cruz and Mia Salazar and Anastancia Atencio; special niece Lynette Guillen; close friends, Philip Bustos and Romanita Salazar; close cousins, Alan and Bobby Lucero, Sue Rabener (Lee) and many other beloved relatives, friends and family.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Enrique Guillen, Jeremy Martinez, Dustin Guillen, Anita Guillen, Nicole Guillen, Melanie Guillen, Billie Jo Martinez, Dillon Montoya, David Guillen, O'Ryan Guillen and Jeff Rabener. 

Dad, your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. We love you. 

Public visitation took place on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory.

A Memorial service will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Dixon Community Senior Center.

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