Western Slope Obituaries 4-12-10
Jose Dan Velasquez, 91, of Ignacio, Colo., passed away April 3, 2010 after a short illness in Aztec, N.M.
Known as Dan, he was born to Jose and Maria Velasquez on Jan.17, 1919 at their home. At an early age, he discovered his love for horses, which added to his enjoyment of hunting and fishing. He spent countless hours in the saddle, trying his luck at roping and other rodeo events, and going on numerous pack trips with his family and friends.
After graduating from Ignacio High School, he worked with the family businesses. His father owned a livery stable and billiards parlor, and the family also hauled mail. He served as a gunner’s mate on merchant ships while in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945 during World War II. He told many stories about the places he had seen in Africa.
Upon his discharge, he returned home and began working for the La Plata County Road and Bridge Department, primarily as a heavy-equipment operator, retiring after 38 years with the county.
On April 23, 1951, he married Della Alires in Ignacio, Colo.
“Dan and Della instilled in their children the importance of family and friends and that they were one and the same,” His family wrote. “His daughter Cecelia Robbins recalls all the tailgate picnics, camping and fishing trips, and other countless outings in the surrounding mountains.”
Dan also served the Ignacio community in a number of civic and volunteer ways.
His name is on the appreciation marker at Nighthorse Park, and he was also recognized by the Western Heritage Days.
He is survived by his sons Arnold Velasquez of Oxford, Colo., Mike Velasquez of Spring Creek, Colo., Joe Velasquez of Farmington, N.M., Jim Velasquez of Santa Fe, N.M. and Lupton, Mich., and Tony Velasquez of Layton, Utah; daughters Cecilia Robbins of Ignacio, Colo., and Vida Brown of Bloomfield, N.M.; 21 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Della Velasquez and infant granddaughter Teresa Velasquez.
Services were held April 8, 2010 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ignacio, Colo.
Burial was in Ignacio West Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Guardian Angel Home Health, 4801 N. Butler Ave., No. 2000, Farmington, N.M. 87401.
Online condolences may be sent at http://www.DanielsFuneralHome.com.
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