LaRee Diane Baca


LaRee Diane Baca

LaRee Diane Baca, age 51, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

Services will take place on Monday, June 26, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, beginning with a visitation at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Moose Lodge on  N.M. 314. Her final resting place will be with her father at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D., at a later date.

LaRee was co-owner of the Donut King, along with her mother, Diana Cole, and other family businesses. She was active with her family doing rodeo, karate, soccer, archery tournaments and hunting. LaRee was the assistant coordinator for the Valencia County Rodeo Queen Competition and on the committee for the New Mexico Rodeo Queen Competition.

She is survived by her loving husband of 26 years, Ricky Baca; son, Taysen Baca, and daughter-in-law, Gretchen Baca; daughter, Shylyn Baca; grandchildren, Wade and Roxanne Newell; mother, Diana Cole; dog, Roper; and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

LaRee is preceded in death by her father, Richard Cole; paternal grandparents, Vern and Evelyn Cole; and maternal grandparents, Bernard and Helen Eveleth.

Please sign LaRee’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

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