d. September 26, 2023
Lawrence S. Jaramillo, resident of Questa (El Rito), age 75, passed away at his home on September 26. He is preceded in death by son Brad Jaramillo; his father Hernando Jaramillo; in-laws Rufino and Cordelia Garcia; three nieces Bernadine Smith, Naomi Garcia Beall and Brenda Garcia; nephews Cruz Chavez II, Tony Montgomery, and great-nephew Andres Chavez, as well as in-laws Juan Garcia, Isaac Garcia, sisters-in-law Mary Montgomery, Dorothy Garcia, Grace Valdez (Benito) and Esther Garcia; and Marshall Bailon, a close family friend.
He is survived by his mother, Mercedes Jaramillo; his wife Evangeline Jaramillo; son Brent Jaramillo, daughters Emily Jaramillo and Lenora Jaramillo; grandchildren James Silversmith and Andrew Jaramillo; siblings Marilyn Jaramillo, Sandra (Ben Bowles) Jaramillo, Elma (Cruz) Chavez, Bob (Martha) Jaramillo, Bernie (Geri) Jaramillo, Edwin (Arla) Jaramillo and Vince Jaramillo; brother-in-law Eugene Garcia and sister-in-law Virginia Garcia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lawrence was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and a member of Charles Cisneros Post VFW 9516. He was a faithful servant to the Knights of Columbus for 27 years. He was a founding member of the Santiago Assembly, Grand Knight, and he also served as district deputy of the Northern Central Region.
When Lawrence was raising his children, he was involved in youth sports; he was always engaged in the community and played a vital role in any organization. Most importantly, he had a very strong work ethic that rubbed off on his family. After retirement from Chevron Mine where he worked for more than 35 years, Lawrence went to UNM-Taos and transitioned to the UNM main campus, receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2020. He then b
egan a second career as a substance abuse counselor at Rio Grande Alcohol Treatment Program.
His passions were fishing, farming, yard work and being a grandfather. He enjoyed teasing his nieces and nephews. He had a strong faith in God that he shared at St. Anthony’s and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Cerro.
A rosary was recited on Friday, October 6, 2023 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Questa. The Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, October 7, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Questa, and burial followed at the Cerro Cemetery.