Clifford E. Lucero was born on Aug. 1, 1930, in Trujillo, Colorado, to Victor and Mary Lucero. He is survived by his beloved wife, Eliza Lucero, of 58 wonderful years. He leaves behind seven children, 24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren to carry on his legacy.
He is survived by his daughter, Alberta, and her husband, Steve Nickerson; granddaughter Gidget and Gus Marzella; great grandsons Sergio and Adrian. Granddaughter Antoinette and Daniel Rivas; great grandchildren Caitlin and Daniel; grandson Makana Rothwell.
Son Bernie and wife Christine; grandson Bernie, great-granddaughter Cameron; grandchildren Abbey and Corey.
Son Gussie and wife Cindy; grandson Joshua and wife April, great-grandchildren Justin, Jared and Alayna; grandchildren Isaiah, Jacob and Lyndsey.
Daughter Madeline and husband Sam; grandson Lorenzo and wife Angelica; great-grandchildren Marcos, Alesandro, Olivia and Jacob; grandson Jimmy and Meredith, great-grandchildren Carlos and Maya; grandson Esteban and Petra, great-grandson Damion; grandson Don.
Son Clifford Jr. and wife Gina; grandson Dominique and Natasha; great-granddaughter Diandra; granddaughter Tricia and Michael, great-grandson Aiden; grandchildren Zachary, Kain and Anissa.
Son Jimmy and his wife, Elvia.
Daughter Lucille and husband Myron; grandchildren Shelby, Sienna, Nolan and Teagan.
Numerous nieces and nephews and lots of wonderful friends.
Clifford called it like it was and enjoyed life. He worked in the construction industry most of his life and owned one of the first backhoes in Archuleta County. He ran his own business for many years and could operate all types of equipment in his sleep. He was a tough man with a rough exterior, but a gentle man as well with a kind and generous heart.
Clifford is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Mary Lucero; his brother Victor Lucero; his brother-in-law Santiago Lobato; and granddaughter Samantha Ames. He is survived by his brother, Jesus Lucero.
A Rosary was held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pagosa Springs, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 17. Funeral Services took place at the same location at 10 a.m. on Wednesday Feb. 18. Dinner followed at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall.
The family is so grateful to Dr. Pruitt, Dr. Dan, Nurse Peggy (the two loved to rattle each other), Nurse Kim for coming to the house and checking on our husband/dad. Debbie and Marcella Sarnow from American Home Patient, Father Carlos, Carl Macht, EMTs, the Sheriff Department, and the Guadalupanas.
To everyone — for their thoughts, prayers, visits, food and the love you showed our husband/dad — we will never forget your kindness, God bless you all.
Cremation will take place and family memorial services are planned for a later date.