Leo C. Chavez


Leo C. Chavez

Leo C. Chavez, age 85, born in Los Lunas, peacefully passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.

He retired from Sandia National Labs with 40 years of service. Leo was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend to so many throughout the Belen, Los Lunas, Los Chavez and Albuquerque area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Blas and Sophia Castillo Chavez; three brothers and three sisters and their spouses.

Leo is survived by his children, Leanna and Matt, Mat and Amy, Joe and Michelle, and Chris and Frances; his 13 grandchildren, Gabby, Danica, Aiden, Drew, Becca, Nick, Savanna, Zach, Liz, John, Baylee, Danielle and Beniah; four great-grandchildren, Liam, Noah, Owen and Barrett; and his sisters, Ernestine Chavez and Sophie Gutierrez.

Leo taught us that a grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart; his hook shot could never be blocked and would always go in; green chile is good on everything and if you want great green chile at a restaurant, bring your own; it should be a crime to raise a child without a dog; the only way to read the newspaper is from front to back; everything you eat can truly be, “the best thing you have ever eaten,” and family always comes first.

No services are planned at this time.

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

Mabel Lamas


Mabel Lamas

Mabel Lamas, age 92, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.

She was a member of San Clemente Church. She raised four kids on her own. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and auntie. She loved her family.

She worked at Transport Clearing and Day and Night Auto for many years. Mabel was a devoted Catholic. She was a Denver Broncos fan and loved watching them play; she was an avid sports fan. She loved her fur babies.

She was a great provider, and always helped everyone before herself. She will be greatly missed by so many.

Mabel is preceded in death by her daughters, Laura, Christina and Yolanda; twin sons, Ruben and Rudy; mother, Stella; father, Horacio Duran; and sisters, Stella and Sarah.

Mabel is survived by her husband, Nicolas F. Lamas, of 50 years; daughter, Gloria and husband, Leander Lopez; son, Ruben and wife, Esther Padilla; a brother-in-law, five sisters-in-law and numerous brothers, sisters, grandkids, great-grandkids and great-great grandkids.

Services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church on Friday, Oct. 23, beginning with a Rosary at 9:30 a.m., with a Mass following at 10 a.m. Interment to follow Mass at Los Lentes Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992.

Martin R. Martinez


Martin R. Martinez

Martin R. Martinez, age of 41, went to be with his Lord peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at Lovelace Medical Center Downtown in Albuquerque.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Martinez; grandfather, Raymundo Martinez; infant brother, James; and infant nephew, Devon.

Martin is survived by his son, Isaac; mother, Bobbie Sue Martinez; brothers, Jerome and wife, Savannah, and Patrick; nephews, James, Anthony and Andrew; niece, Rebecca; and grandmothers, Aurora Martinez and Susie McClellan. He is also survived by many family and friends.

As a child, Martin was always outdoors on his bike or playing sports. His Little League team were district champions and state runners-up. Martin continued baseball in high school as a pitcher for the Belen Eagles. He graduated in 1998.

After high school, Martin worked for Chavez and Chavez as a cement finisher. Martin obtained his CDL license and was employed with Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. His present employment was with Duke City RediMix.

Martin loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with his family and friends. Martin also liked to host barbecues and get-togethers at his house. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. His family and close friends knew that they could always count on him for anything. A very grateful thank you to Debra Gallegos.

Visit noblin.com for services. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at noblin.com.

Rogelio R. Olguin


Rogelio R. Olguin

Rogelio R. Olguin, age 77, a lifelong resident of Jarales, passed away peacefully in his home on Oct. 14, 2020.

He was born on May 17, 1943, in Albuquerque. Rogelio retired twice, once from Belen Consolidated Schools and once from Isleta Casino. Rogelio also served in the Army National Guard for 21 years.

His work ethic is one of his well-known traits, and he worked hard to make sure his family was well taken care of. Rogelio made sure to pass on this work ethic to his children and grandchildren.

He was known for his welcoming nature and his love of humor. These traits made Rogelio loved by those who met and knew him. At home, he was most often found working outside keeping his yard pristine. If you ask his wife, she will say he spoiled her and made sure her roses were always looking beautiful.

Rogelio was preceded in death by three children, Randy Olguin, Leo Olguin and Anthony Olguin.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Rosella Olguin; his siblings, Avilio Olguin, Viola Olguin-Montoya, Ferlian Olguin, Augustine Olguin, David Olguin, Mary Piaz and Larry Olguin; and his children, Ramon Olguin, Christian Olguin and Cynthia Gutierrez; his grandchildren, Carlos Maestas-Olguin, Jennifer Jones, Nathaniel Olguin, Jacob Sanchez and April Sanchez; as well as many more loving family and friends.

The Olguin family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Presbyterian Hospice care staff for their efforts in keeping Rogelio comfortable in his final days.

A memorial event in his honor is planned for a later date. There are no services planned at this time.

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

Ryan Pemble


Long-time Belen High School teacher, Ryan Pemble, passed away suddenly of unexplained causes on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

Ryan just celebrated his 50th birthday with his family.

Ryan was born Aug. 31, 1970, in Grants, where he grew up with his younger brother and cousins.

A 1988 graduate of Grants High School, Ryan went on to UNM to earn a bachelor’s in biology and a master’s in special education.

In 1996, Ryan moved to Belen, where he began his teaching career at Belen High School. He started as a special education teacher. Later, he taught math and served as department chairman. Ryan recently began his 24th year of teaching.

Ryan wasn’t just known for teaching a couple generations of students, he was known as a talented musician, playing his guitar and singing in a band or at a solo gig. He could be found hosting and taking part in open mic nights throughout the community and the high school.

Ryan is survived by his son, Josiah Pemble; parents, Ernie and Cheryl Pemble; brother, Brandon Pemble and wife, Rosa Armijo-Pemble; nephew, Korbyn; and niece, Jastin Armijo-Pemble.

Ryan was preceded in death by nephew, Devin Armijo-Pemble; maternal grandparents, Bob and Peggy Parsons; and parental grandparents Kenneth and Betty Pemble.

Due to the current situation, services are limited to family and very close friends. A celebration of life will be held at the Valencia County Fair Grounds from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1.

This is a community event, so everyone who knew Ryan can find comfort in being with his family. Bring a lawn chair and picnic dinner. Listen to music and share your stories.

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