Jose Eugenio Cordova


Jose Eugenio Cordova passed away Monday, Oct. 9, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver. He was 85 years old.
A rosary was recited at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Oct. 13 and a Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Oct. 14, also at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Burial followed the Mass at Hilltop Cemetery.
Jose was born Oct. 13, 1941, to Mariano M. and Francisquita G. (Gomez) Cordova in Dulce, N.M. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1950-1953; he was an expert M1 carbine marksman. On Aug. 3,1953, he married the love of his life, Faye, in Winchester, Va. They started their life together in his hometown, Pagosa Springs, Colo., where they raised their nine children.
First and foremost, he was a rancher, and had various jobs throughout the years, such as Hersch’s Department store, a local hardware store, and business owner of Pine Grove Inn. He was a carpenter and plumber’s assistant. Joe ended his career in hotel maintenance. He then retired and spent the remainder of his life doing what he loved: being outside on his swing with his wife, family and friends.
Enjoying family was a big part of his life. He and Faye enjoyed going to the casino with their friends. Joe loved dancing, music, family BBQs, being outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sitting outside on the swing with his wife.
He is survived by his wife, Faye Cordova; and seven of his children: Sharon (Joe) Quintana, Jane (John) Snarr, Frances (Gilbert) Martinez, Theresa (Manuel) Trujillo, Rita (David) Prokop, Joey (Renee) Cordova and Anthony (Becki) Cordova; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Henrietta Todaro and Juanita (Benny) Quintana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mariano and Fransisquita Cordova; his brother, Orlando Cordova; his two sons, Robert and Michael; and his granddaughter, Joela.
In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation in honor of their beloved son, Michael Cordova.