April 4, 2004
Services: Have been held.
Mr. Charlie Lucero, 81, of Portales, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
He was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Trementina, to Juliana and Gaspar Lucero.
He married Julia Urioste on Nov. 28, 1946, in Clovis. They moved to Portales in 1951. He worked as a body repairman at Benny Aday’s body shop in Portales and later as a mechanic at Riding Motor Co. Family members said he enjoyed gardening, playing the guitar and the harmonica, liked to dance and loved music. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church and the Los Abuelitos. He was also active in the Portales Senior Citizens, and participated in the Senior Olympics.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ignacio Lucero and Bennie Lucero; a sister, Gabrielita Gomez; a great-granddaughter, Celena Lucero; two infant daughters, Evelina and Teresita Joan Lucero; and by his wife.
Survivors include five sons, Jake Lucero (and wife, Mary Lou) of Las Vegas, N.M., Benny Lucero (Beatrice) of Albuquerque, Jimmy Lucero (Mary) of Albuquerque, Henry Lucero (Elvia) of Portales, Charles Franklin Lucero (Chrissy) of Springfield, Ohio; three daughters, Frances Gonzales (John), Betty Salaz (Gino), all of Portales and Sadie Perea (Leroy) of Hobbs; a step-daughter, Margaret Segovia of Portales; 29 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are Jake Jr., Mark, Chris, Henry Jr. and J.R. Lucero, Johnny Gonzales Jr., Gene John Salaz and Daniel Perea.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.