Sharon Sullivan

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June 14, 2012
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Fathers passing on a good name

Family comes first for the four Robert Oteros.

Grandfather, father and son will all tell you the same thing (baby Robert does not yet talk). Creating close family relationships is what's most important.

The eldest, Robert Phil Otero, a great-grandfather at 62, said he learned family values from his father, who acquired the same from his dad.

"You take care of your family, teach them well and discipline," Robert Phil Otero said.

His son, Robert Ben Otero, 42, said his dad taught him to respect others and work hard.

"We're a tight-knit family," Robert Ben said.

"We don't believe in divorce. My mom (Mollie Otero) and dad have been married for 42 years. My wife and I were married 24 years until she passed away last year."

Robert Ben's son, Robert Ernest Otero is 24, married to Kellie, with a 1-month old son named Robert Levi.

The senior Robert said he's grateful to be alive to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"I'm thrilled they each wanted to name their child after their grandpa; their dad," he said.

The name Robert Otero means a lot to the family, Robert Ben Otero said.

"The Otero family is huge in Grand Junction," he said. "There's an attorney in the family, my uncle owns a jewelry store. The name has always meant something in Grand Junction. Our roots are strong."

Robert Ben Otero was in Denver this week training his dad's horses hoping to enter them in a horse race at Denver Arapahoe Park Sunday. It's somewhat of a family tradition for all the Oteros to travel for Father's Day to Denver, or Farmington to watch the horse races.

"It's quite fun, a family thing," Robert Phil Otero said. "All the kids participate. Win or lose, we enjoy the day.

"Spending time with my whole family makes me happy."

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