Thomas Valdez |

Thomas Valdez

Thomas Valdez, 86, of Delta, died Nov. 9, 2007, at Kindred Hospital in Denver.Mr. Valdez was born March 19,1921, in Lumberton, N.M., to Jesus and Francesiga (Montoya) Valdez.He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.He married Flora Cruz July 15, 1940, in Lumberton.Mr. Valdez was a miner for 20 years in the Columbia Mine in East Carbon, Utah. He moved to Paonia in 1966, where he worked for U.S. Steel for 18 years as a mechanic.He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bingo and welding.Mr. Valdez was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Delta Elks Lodge #1235, American Legion Post #97 in Paonia, and United Mine Workers of America.Mr. Valdez is survived by his wife; sons Larry (Joy) Valdez of Salt Lake City, and Leonard (Teresa) Valdez of Hotchkiss; daughters Frances (Leo) Meraz of Glenwood Springs, and Bertha (Alvara) Marquez of Carbondale; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by brothers Salvador and Felix Valdez; sisters Manuelita Montoya and Charlotte Cruz; and son-in-law Leobando Meraz.A rosary was held Nov. 14, and a funeral service was held Nov. 15 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta. Interment followed at Mesa View Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to the United Mine Workers of America, c/o Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, 682 1725 Road, Delta, CO 81416.Sign the memory tribute and view the obituary online at

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