Andrew (Andy) Orona, 72, of Fruita, passed away Friday, July 6, 2007, at his residence.Andy was born Nov. 30, 1934, in Grand Junction, to Silverado Orona and Lucy (Labato) Martinez. Andy was raised and attended school in Ogden, Utah. After school, Andy joined the U.S. Army and after serving his committed duty, he moved to Parachute, where he met and married Helen Lee Ingram. Andy and Helen lived in Parachute for 34 years while raising a family, until Helen passed away in 1998. While in Parachute, Andy worked on local ranches, and soon found a career in oil shale mining. Andy volunteered for the local fire department for 20 years. Andy will always be remembered as a hard-working man, regardless of which task or job he encountered.After his wife passed away, Andy moved to Fruita and took care of his mother and she took care of him. During the last few years, Andy was blessed to have relatives nearby. Andy’s nephew, Tony, visited Andy almost every day, and at the time of Andy’s death, his sister Tina was at his side.During his life, Andy always thought of himself last. Whether family or strangers, he would always think of other people. Enemies were rare for Andy. Anyone who knew or crossed his path will miss him dearly.Andy is survived by son Howard (Sarah) Orona of Parachute; daughter Lori Orona of Grand Junction; brothers Ray Vialpando of Black Foot, Idaho, Joe Vigil of Tampa, Fla., and Paul Medina of Chimayo, N.M.; sisters Mary Martinez of Ogden, Christina Minton of Fruita, Lucy Cordova of Fort Garland, and Edith Truijillo of Chimayo; grandchildren, Jefferi, Cordero and Delcia; and great-grandchildren Andrew and Nicholas. Andy was preceded in death by his stepbrother James Vigil.Funeral services were held in Parachute on Wednesday, July 11, at the United Methodist Church with pastor David Armie and directed by Snell McLean Funeral Home.Memorial Contributions can be made to the Grand Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 363, Parachute, CO 81635.
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