Obituary notices.

Jerry Hanson Mantell, 78, a resident of Deming, NM entered eternal rest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Sierra Health Care in Truth or Consequences, NM.

Arrangement are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-546-0070.

alize simpson rsAlize Howlingcrane Simpson, 16, a resident of Bayard, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, July 1, 2017 at her residence.

She was born May 1, 2001 in Albuquerque, NM to Albert and Dora E. Simpson.

Alize was a student at Cobre High School. She was a beautiful, smart sweet sixteen Navajo and Pueblo Native American. She liked listening to music, camping, hanging out with her aunt Delia, playing with her brothers, eating hot Cheetos and Starbursts, and going to family gatherings.

She is survived by her Grandpa (Dad), Albert "Chief" and Grandma (Mom) Dora Simpson of the family home; three brothers, Alvin and Symon Simpson of the home in Bayard; Ezkiel from Albuquerque; Aunt Delia Esparza and her son David Ray of Santa Clara; Uncle Armando Simpson and wife Brandy and their children A.J. and Isabel of Bayard; Uncle Sammy Simpson and his companion Princess of Santa Clara; great grandparents, Richard and Elizabeth Esparza and Great-Great Grandma Polly Esparza of Santa Clara; Grandma Rose Yepa of Jemez Pueblo; Aunt and Uncle Liz and Nick Flores, Steven Escobar and wife Alyson and their family, cousins, Angelo Flores, Izzy, Alyanna, Sonny, and Daisy of Santa Clara; cousin, Angelo Flores; Santana Escobar of Richland, WA; uncles and aunt Albert "Bad Boy" Esparza and wife Yvonne and cousin Leandra of Santa Clara; Shawn Esparza and family of Bayard; lots of friends, uncles, aunts, and cousins from Farmington and Albuquerque; extended family Chavela Macias and Lita Martinez of Bayard; Norma and Kristy Arambula and family of Silver City; birthparents, Nicole Howlingcrane and Albert Simpson Jr. of Albuquerque.

Alize was greeted in Heaven by her great-great grandparents, Thomas and Jane Simpson; her aunt, Kimberly Simpson; her uncle Richard Paul Esparza.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 8 from 9 - 10 a.m. at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with the holy rosary to begin at 10 a.m. with Deacon Art Gutierrez reciting. The funeral mass follows at 11 a.m. at Santa Clara Catholic Church with Father Robert Becerra officiating.

Pallbearers will be Armando and Sammy Simpson, Steven and Santana Escobar, Leandra, and Albert Esparza. Honorary pallbearers will be Nick Flores, Frank C. Lucero, Shawn Esparza, Alvin, and Symon Simpson.

Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory.

Arrangement are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777.

To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

Dr. Craig R. Lundahl, 74, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was born June 19, 1943 in Logan, UT to Raymond Eugene and Geraldine Lundahl. Craig received his higher education degrees from Bringham Young University, Utah State University where he received his doctorate degree and post doctorate from Harvard. He was a professor of Sociology and Business at Western New Mexico University. He earned the status of Professor Emeritus upon retirement. Craig also did extensive research in the areas of Sociology, Social Theory, and Near Death Experiences. He authored books on near death experience. Craig was a man of strong faith who was well respected for his vast knowledge of many subjects. He will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, enjoyment of nature and his good kind disposition.

He is survived by his wife Rafaela of the family home; one brother, Kirk Lundahl of Denver, CO and one sister Cynthia Lundahl of Vancouver, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be Friday, July 7 from 9-10am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3rd Ward, 3755 N. Swan St., Silver City, NM 88061 with Funeral Service to commence at 10am with Bishop Randall Roth officiating. Graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Las Cruces, NM at 2:30pm. Pallbearers will be Kirk Lundahl, Manuel, Miguel, Frank, Roberto, and Julio Dominguez. Honorary pallbearer will be Timothy Rolfe.

Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

Don Hill, 83, passed away Sunday July 2, 2017.

Arrangements are pending.

Baca Funeral Home is in charge.

Tina Hernandez rsErnestina "Tina" L. Hernandez, 89, of Bayard passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Tina was born on December 14, 1927 to Porfirio Luna and Lilia Acosta Luna in Solomon, Arizona and was raised by Horacio D. Guerra and Victoriana L. Guerra. She lived in Bayard since 1952, was a homemaker and raised her four children. Tina was an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and became a Guadalupana in 1969. She taught catechism and often volunteered in the kitchen during Our Lady of Fatima bazaars, bingos and many other fiestas. One of Tina's great accomplishments was that she received her GED in May of 1976. She was also active member in community serving as co-chairperson in the Breath of Life Campaign that was part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Tina is survived by her children, Eva Chavira Maestas and Albert L. Chavira of Santa Fe, Edna M. Chavira (Mando) of Bayard and Eugene F. Hernandez (Kathy) of Las Cruces; ten grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; three half sisters, Blanche L. De La Cruz of Safford, AZ, Jessie L. Primm of Oxnard, CA and Sylvia L. Peru of Oracle, AZ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus R. Hernandez.

The Prayer Vigil and Rosary will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at six thirty in the evening at Baca's Funeral Chapels. Officiating will be Deacon Art Gutierrez. The Funeral Liturgy will take place on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at ten o'clock in the morning at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Bayard. Concluding services and burial will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery in Silver City. Officiating will be Father Abraham Soliz. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Gilbert M. Garcia, David D. Garcia, Chris J. Garcia, Antonio Hernandez, Erik D. Chavira and Hideki Nakazono. Honorary Pallbearers will be Stephanie Chavira, Andrew Hernandez, Jacob Hernandez, Angelica Hernandez and Chevo Chavira.

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John Andrew Hamilton, Sr., 85, passed away on July 2, 2017 in Albuquerque after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, retired State Representative Dianne Hamilton, his four children, Drew, Jared, Lynn and Merritt and their spouses, and two granddaughters, Blythe and Joan Marie. He is also survived by his nephews, G.C., Andy, Scott and Ben Matson.

John was born in 1931 in in the mining town of Grand Junction, Colorado, and spent most of his childhood in Kansas City, MO, where he got his first job at age nine. He graduated from East High School in Kansas City in 1948 and was awarded one of the first Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps college scholarships. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps upon his college graduation, and served for 20 years, retiring in July of 1973 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After completing the Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, he deployed to Japan where he served in a 75mm pack howitzer battalion. Selected for flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, he was rated as a Naval Aviator and assigned to Marine Fighter Squadron 214 (the Black Sheep Squadron under the command of WWII ace Colonel Jack Bolt) at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe.

Returning to the artillery, then Capt. Hamilton completed four assignments as an artillery battery commander.   As commanding officer of Mortar Battery, 11th Marines he led the battery to Guantanamo, Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After duty as an instructor at the Nuclear Weapons Training Center in Dam Neck, Virginia, then Major Hamilton was assigned as executive officer of the 1st Battalion, 11th Marines and deployed for combat duty in the Republic of Vietnam.  

Assuming command of 1/11 Marines at Khe Sanh in July of 1968, he oversaw the final evacuation of the Fire Base. While at Khe Sanh, he received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Being confirmed in command with a battlefield promotion to lieutenant colonel, he played a major role in OPERATION MEADE RIVER a highly successful cordon and destroy operation conducted against the communist forces.   For his actions in the Republic of Vietnam he was awarded the US Legion of Merit with V (valor) device. In his 13 months in Vietnam, not one Marine under his command lost his life. Upon his return to the United States, he commanded the 1st Field Artillery Group and the 4th Battalion, 11th Marines.

John and his family came to New Mexico in 1971 when the Marine Corps assigned him as Director of Operations (J3) Defense Nuclear Agency at Sandia Base. He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico in December of 1973. He moved his family to Silver City, N.M. in 1974, when he accepted a position at Chino Mines, then owned by Kennecott Copper Corporation. He retired from Chino in 1998, after nearly 58 continuous years in the workforce. John was an active member of St. Francis Newman Center Parish, where he was baptized in 1987.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Hamilton Military Museum in Truth or Consequences, NM. (http://torcveteransmemorial.com/hamilton-military-museum-truth-or-consequences/)

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Newman Center in Silver City this Wednesday, July 5, at 2 p.m. with Father Jarek officiating. Arrangement are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels “Trusted care for the ones you love” ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

Alize Simpson, 16, a resident of Bayard, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, July 1, 2017 at her residence.

Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Antonio Ortiz rsAntonio M. Ortiz, 98, longtime Deming resident passed away Wednesday June 28, 2017 at Mimbres Memorial Hospital.

Antonio was born November 21, 1918 to Celia Madrid and Luz Ortiz in Newman, New Mexico. His favorite stories were reminiscing of his cowboy days that began around the age of 10. He worked for the local ranches and also in the mining industry in Colorado. Antonio was later employed with Luna County as a heavy equipment operator and retired from there in 1980. His favorite pastimes were watching western movies, Family Feud and maintaining his yard. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

He is survived by his children; Tony Ortiz, (Rebecca) of Las Cruces, their children, Kirsten Gutierrez and Evangelina Ortiz, Raul Ortiz (Gloriana) of Las Cruces, their children, Daniel and Gabriel Ortiz, Ruben Ortiz (Dolores) of Las Cruces, their children, Vanessa Mejias, Monica Gutierrez, and Ruben Ortiz Jr., Luz "Chamino" Ortiz of Deming, his children, Esteban Gonzales, Tiffany Gonzales, and Orlando Ortiz, Sonya Almanza of Deming, her daughter Brianna Martincigh, Patricia Cobos of Deming, her daughter Breann Cobos; great grandchildren are Logan and Malea Ortiz, Julyan and Janelle Gutierrez, Ariyanni Ortiz, Azriel Ortiz, Mariah Gonzales, Alexis, A.J. and Xavier Mejias, and Emy Gonzales; Antonio siblings are Socorro Carbajal of Deming, Manuela Parra, Raquel Ortiz and Olaya Ortiz of Mexico and he has numerous nieces and nephews.

Antonio was preceded in death by his parents, Luz and Celia Ortiz and wife, Ema Ortiz.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Ortiz, Gabriel Ortiz, Ruben Ortiz Jr., Orlando Ortiz, Esteban Gonzales, and Federico Martincigh.

Visitation will be Wednesday morning, July 5, 2017 at 9 o'clock at Saint Ann's Catholic Church where a prayer vigil will follow at 10 o'clock led by Christine Milo. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 o'clock with Fr. Ron Machado officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery.

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