Donald Lechuga, of Pueblo, passed away on Sept. 8, 2005, in Pueblo. He was 76.
He was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Deadwood, S.D., to John Lechuga and Priscilla (Gonzales) Lechuga. When Donald was a boy, the family moved to Trinidad , where he attended school.
He began working in the baking industry at an early age. In September 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he earned the World War II Victory Medal and the Army Occupation Medal while in Kyushu, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and returned to Trinidad.
He met Margaret Sandoval in Trinidad, and they were married Dec. 4, 1954. They moved to Carbondale in 1956, where he was a miner for many years. He later worked for the city of Glenwood Springs until his retirement in 1991.
In 1995 he moved to Pueblo, where he remained until his death.
He is survived by sons Phillip (Martha) of Thornton and Donald W. (Kathy), of Carbondale; daughters Elaine Bohman (Paul), of Appleton, Wis., and Veronica Smith, of Carbondale; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother Adam Lechuga, of Denver; sisters Esther Zamora, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rose Garcia, of Denver; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret, to whom he was devoted for 39 years; brothers George, Abel and John; and sisters, Eva and Matilda.
Services will at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Chapel, 405 W. Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs, with interment to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale.
The family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
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