Virgil Wayne Gomez, age 73, of Questa, NM, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2022, at Loveless Heart Hospital in Albuquerque, NM surrounded by his son, daughter, and son-in-law. Virgil is preceded in death by his father Virgilio Gomez, son Paul (Geno) Aguilar, sister Jenny Gomez, his beloved infant grandson Jonathan Montoya, nephew Gerald Gallegos, brothers-in-law David Maes, Senator Carlos Cisneros, and best friend Rudy Romero.
Virgil is survived by his precious mother Isabel Gomez, son Loren Gomez (Shamra), daughter Roberta Gomez-Romero (Delbert), siblings Diane Barela, Elaine Gomez (Javier), Glenda Gallegos (Gonzalo), Patsy Cisneros, Marlene Gomez, Richard Gomez aka Dickey, Ronnie Gomez (Cecil). He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren Kayla Archuleta-Walter, Audrianna Gomez, Raquel Gomez, Joshua Garcia, Forrest Aguilar, Graciela Aguilar, Aaron Montoya, Sophia Aguilar, Emiliano Gomez, Leigha Romero, Riley Hanna, and Josiah Romero. Virgil is also survived by his daughter-in-law Monica Rael-Aguilar, special friends Christine Vargas, Betty Romero, and numerous nephews, nieces, family members and friends.
Virgil graduated from Questa High in 1968. After graduation he enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country as an airborne ranger in the 182nd Airborne Division. He ended his career as Sergeant First Class. During his career in the Army, he lived in Germany and Panama. He later re-enlisted in the Army National Guard and then lived in El Paso, TX, and White Sands, NM. Then he moved back to Taos and worked at Vargas Co. in sales and tile setting. He also worked at Molycorp and was a squad boss during his time as a firefighter for the Carson National Forest.
He looked forward to working every year at the Legislative Session where he touched the hearts of many as well. Virgil loved riding his Harley and spending time with his family and friends. His heart and soul was in Questa, NM where he was and always will be loved by so many. Virgil will forever be known for his happy, kind, and generous ways. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Memorial service was held on Saturday February 5, 2022 in the Evergreen Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos, with burial following at the El Pueblito Cemetery in Questa. The family of Virgil Wayne Gomes has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos.