Jose "Joe" G. Leyba |

Jose "Joe" G. Leyba

Jose “Joe” Guadelupe Leyba of Glenwood Springs, Colo., died Sunday, April 28, 2002, in Palisade, Colo., of an incurable illness. He was 59.

Mr. Leyba was born Feb. 15, 1943, in Canjilion, N.M., to Tobias and Mary Leyba, the third of 16 children.

He grew up on the family ranch. At 16, he took a sheepherder’s job in Meeker, Colo. He also lived in Gilman, Colo., and Leadville, Colo., before moving to Glenwood Springs in 1965.

In Glenwood Springs, he worked for the Mid-Continent Resources coal mine at Redstone, Colo., worked as a truck driver for Morrison-Knudsen hauling Mid-Continent coal, and continued to drive for Savage Coal Co. until 1985. He then worked as a pipe layer until his retirement in 1991.

After retirement, he took pride in his yard, his home and his many friendships. He was very proud of his two grandchildren.

Mr. Leyba was a man of tremendous strength, determination and desire.

He was preceded in death by: father Tobias, in 1977; and brothers Polito, in 1969, Polito II, in 1986, and Richard in 1998.

Mr. Leyba is survived by: mother Mary Leyba, of Canjilion; son and daughter-in-law Carlos and Tina Leyba, of Rifle, Colo.; sisters Rebecca Martinez, Elfa Martinez and Teresa Beavers, all of Canjilion, and Pricilla Leyba, Lillian Leyba, Diana Leyba and Ruth Serrano, all of Espanola, N.M.; brothers Andy Leyba, of Rifle, Rudy Leyba, Toby Leyba, Tino Leyba and Alex Leyba, all of Canjilion; and grandchildren Ty and Shantel Leyba, of Rifle.

A rosary will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, also at St. Stephen’s Church. A reception will follow the service at the 1st Choice Inn in West Glenwood.

Burial will take place at the family ranch at Canjilion.

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