Luis O. Delgado, 94, of Bayard, NM passed away, August 3rd, 2023, at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City surrounded by his loving family and siblings.
Luis was born May 2, 1929, in Santa Rita, NM to Luis L. and Martha Ogas Delgado. He served his country honorably in the United States Army. After serving his terms in the US Army, Luis and his family resided in California for a few years, where he worked for General Cable. Luis moved his family to Santa Rita, New Mexico, where he came to work for the family business, “Delgado’s Propane”. With the experience in truck driving, Luis and his brother, Moises, helped hundreds of families relocate their homes from Santa Rita to the surrounding cities in Grant County. Luis then worked for Kennecott Copper Company as a Production Haul Truck Driver and dispatch Supervisor for many years. Becoming a business owner was a dream Luis made a reality. Using the knowledge that he gained over the years; he established his own excavating/dump truck business. Luis also took pride in being a member of the Knight of Columbus at Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
When Luis wasn’t working, he enjoyed the outdoors. A few of his favorite things to do were picking pinions, cutting wood, and going on scouting trips. He had a passion for deer, elk hunting and he always looked forward to the annual Delgado Family Reunion camping trip. Being out in the wilderness was God’s blessing to him. When it came to dancing, Luis was a Fred Astaire. He loved dancing the jitterbug to “In the Mood’ with the love of his life, wife Mary, and with his daughters it was to “Las Hijas de Don Simon”. Luis was a loving, fun, kindhearted father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He loved being with his family, grilling his finger licking savory ribs, and fulfilling his grandchildren’s breakfast favorites by making his famous papitas, waffles, and pancakes. Gardening was also a hobby Luis enjoyed. Growing and nurturing beautiful rose bushes, red cherry tomatoes, and a plush well-groomed yard. He could grow just about anything, he had quite the “green thumb”. Luis loved watching his favorite baseball and football team, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Dallas Cowboys. Luis will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. We will all miss his favorite saying when asked how he was doing, “still looking good and sucking air!”
Luis is survived by his sons, Gilbert (Francine) Delgado of Albuquerque; Steve (Tina) Delgado of Arenas Valley; daughters, Cecilia Acosta of El Paso, TX, Belinda Delgado (Joe) of Silver City, and Jocelyn Delgado of Albuquerque. Also surviving Luis are nine grandchildren, Lorissa Dickson (Coby), Gilbert Delgado, Jr., April Rogers (Kevin), Danielle Lehman (Sean), Nick Delgado (Natasha), Jose Luis Delgado, Ayla Quintana, Kiana and Noemi Alvarez; 16 great grandchildren; sisters, Carol Montes, Teresa Galindo, and Nora Sedillos; brother, David (Barbara) Delgado; sisters-in-law, Lucille and Rachel Delgado; brother-in-law, Gilbert Ramos Sr. Special people that survive Luis are his caregivers, Scotty Barela, Kristy Woods, Ashley Juarez, and the staff who cared for him at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Rojas Delgado; granddaughter, Amy Delgado; brothers, Richard, Joe, Moises Delgado; sisters Genevieve Ramos and Lily Duran; brothers-in-law, Neil Sedillos, Benny Montes, Mike Galindo, Alex Duran, Frank and Oscar Rojas; sisters-in-law, Nancy “Nacha” Gomez and Consuelo” Connie” Rojas; nephews, Raymond Rojas and Raymond Delgado.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 pm on Thursday, August 17, 2023, at Baca’s Funeral Chapels, where the recitation of the Holy Rosary will follow at 6 pm led by Deacon Art Gutierrez. The Funeral Liturgy will be at 11:30 am on Friday, August 18, 2023, at Santa Clara Catholic Church with Father Casmir Anozie officiating. Concluding service, burial will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest next to his wife Mary. Serving as pall bearers are Nick Delgado, Jose Luis Delgado, Gilbert Delgado, Jr., Chevy Dickson, Kevin Rogers, Bill Rojas, Johnny Ray Sedillos and Ronnie Delgado, Jr. Honorary pall bearers will be his children; Gilbert, Cecilia, Steve, Belinda, and Jocelyn, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.