Archie Verdell Farnsworth Jr.
Archie Verdell Farnsworth Jr. left this mortal life on July 28, 2021, two weeks after turning 80.
He was born July 12, 1941 in Mesa, Arizona, and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University. Before graduating, he met his beloved wife, Jacqueline, who will be his best friend and comforter in life for over 55 years.
He continued his education and earned a doctorate in fluid dynamics from Brown University, then immediately began working at Sandia National Laboratories as a scientist for 34 years until his retirement.
He and his wife have lived in Valencia County for over 40 years and raised their family in Los Chavez, where the seven children graduated from Belen High School.
Archie has been a volunteer firefighter and has held other community positions in Valencia County. He served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as bishop, clerk, teacher, and executive secretary, among other service opportunities.
He was no stranger to service. As a young man, he devoted two years of his life to serving as a full-time ecclesiastical missionary in Mississippi. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ and strove to always follow him and love others as the Savior would. Not a tall man or a tall man, his calm and generous nature had a tremendous impact on countless lives and blessed those who knew him.
He was predeceased by his younger brother, Wayne; and the parents, Archie and Thelma.
He is survived by several people who love him dearly, namely his wife Jackie; seven children, Heber, Rebecca, Nathan, Laura, Elizabeth (Lybi), Grant and Seth; their six spouses, 28 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three sisters.
Services for Archie Farnsworth will take place on Saturday August 7 at 160 James St. Church, Los Lunas. The viewing will take place from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and the funeral service will be from 2 pm to 3:30 pm He will be buried in a family lot at Mesa City Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona.
Funeral arrangements are handled by Riverside Funeral Home.
Willie D. Garley
Longtime Belen resident Willie D. Garley, 60, passed away on Saturday July 31, 2021. He arrived peacefully in Heaven and was surrounded by his predecessor family.
Willie, known to many as THE LEGEND / IRON MAN, will be missed by all who knew him. He never stopped smiling and loved spending time with his daughter, three boys and grandchildren. Willie liked to have a good time, be sarcastic, joke around and have a beer with his friends and family.
He also enjoyed going on cruises in the rain, going to the gym, arm wrestling and watching sports, as well as spending time in the mountains.
Over the years, Willie has received numerous athletic awards, including the 2012 New Mexico Arm wrestling Hall of Fame and Belen Athlete of the Year. He graduated from Belen High School and attended Eastern and Highlands University on a track and field scholarship.
Willie was predeceased by his parents, Bobby and Jenny Garley.
He is survived by his four children, Cameron, Melissa (Troy), Nick (Frances) and Daniel (Elisha); five grandchildren, Darren, Isaac, Mason, Audreyanna and Zephaniah; two godchildren, Jackie Gonzales and Gabriel Garley; and seven brothers and three sisters.
Services will be held on Monday and Tuesday August 9 and 10, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, starting Monday, with a public tour at 6.30 p.m. and a rosary to be recited at 7.30 p.m., continued on Tuesday, August 10, with a final visit at 9 a.m. and a funeral mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Please sign Willie’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Victor Manuel Gurule
Victor Manuel Gurule, 62, beloved husband, brother, uncle and grandfather passed away on Friday July 30, 2021. He has resided all his life in Albuquerque and Peralta.
Victor is predeceased by his granddaughter, Angelina Gurule; parents, Manuel and Maria Gurule; sister, Rosalinda Gurule; baby nephew, Andrew Paul Herrera; and his grandparents.
He is survived by his loving family, wife, 20-year-old Valerie Gurule; in-laws, Carol and Clovis Torrez; sister, Rose (Larry) Herrera; daughters, Gloria Gurule and Arianna Taylor; sons, Victor and Manuel Gurule and Nick Robledo; three granddaughters; nephew, Matthew Herrera; and nieces, Teresa Herrera and Jessica Torrez.
No service is planned at the moment.
Please sign Victor’s online tribute at romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Karen L. (Blaylock) Jurgensen
Longtime Belen resident Karen L. (Blaylock) Jurgensen, 70, returned home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 27, 2021.
She was born in Corona, California on August 28, 1950. She was known for her warm heart and healing hands. Everyone who knew Karen felt the love she had for them. She was strong, intelligent and independent.
Karen was a wonderful teacher and friend, with a beautiful soul and a big laugh. She was loved by so many families and friends. Karen loved her boys. She was very proud to love her grandson, Evan, for the past five years.
She was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Eva Blaylock; in-laws, Don and Bette Jurgensen; his son, Keith Jurgensen; four brothers, Don, Jimmy, Tommy and Danny Blaylock; and grandson, Brian Wiegel-Jurgensen.
She is survived by her loving husband of many years, Rick Jurgensen; sons, Donnie Jurgensen (Jasmine), of California, and Michael Jurgensen (Amber); grandson, Evan James Jurgensen, of Belen; granddaughter, Stéphanie Anderson; grandson, Tanner Myers; three great-grandsons, Shawn, Nicolas and Erik; three sisters, Catherine Moore and her husband, Bob, of Missouri, Judi Riley-Bensley and her boyfriend, Ron Wilson, of Los Lunas; and Vicki Martin and her husband, Ski, of Los Lunas; and his brother, Michael Blaylock, of Washington. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, in-laws and outlaws who will cherish the many memories created over the years with “Papa Karna”.
Arrangements are made by the caring professionals at Noblin Belen Funeral Service Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at noblin.com.
Ben Oaks Small
Ben Oaks Little, 52, a resident of Los Lunas, died in hospice care on Friday, July 16, 2021.
Ben was an avid Denver Broncos fan and owned an extensive collection of Broncos memorabilia. He enjoyed watching “Walker, Texas Ranger” and had the pleasure of meeting Chuck Norris and having his picture taken with him. Ben loved his family and his family loved him. He has a place in all of our hearts.
Ben was born on December 24, 1968 in Gillette, Wyo. He worked in a retirement home and in a restaurant and participated in the Special Olympics on several occasions. Ben and his mother, Verna Ruth, moved to New Mexico in 1992.
Ben was predeceased by his parents, Lester D. Little and Verna Ruth Little; his brother, Dearl Ray LeBlanc; and niece, Dawn Myers.
Ben is survived by his sisters, Roberta Myers and Nancy Little; brother, Danny Little; nieces, Kim LeBlanc and Alexa Little; nephews, Nathan Myers and Austin Little; aunts, Alice Kintzler, Ruby Glasscock and Anne McIntosh; uncle, Marvin Smith; and many cousins and grand-nephews.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
Alejandro “Alex” Torres
91-year-old Alejandro “Alex” Torres passed away on Sunday July 25, 2021 at his home in Belen.
Born in Punta De Agua, NM Alex was a highly respected crane operator and was a member of local 953 IUSE Operating Engineers union for many years. He was a man of faith who truly loved his family. We celebrate that he is now at peace and will talk about peace for him.
Alex is predeceased by his parents, J. Sosteno and Anna Maria C. Torres; his wife of 52 years, Felicita M. Torres; and his second wife, love and companion, Rosenda Armijo; son, Dennis A. Torres; grandson, Marcos Torres; sisters, Bernice Torres and Clorinda Gutierrez; brothers, Antonio Gonzalez, Abenicio, Ciprian, Gilbert and Arturo Torres.
He is survived by his son, David H. Torres, of Manzano; and her daughter, Marcella B. Chavez, of Belen; nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; two brothers, Conde (Ray) and Joe Torres; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at St. Alice Catholic Parish in Mountainair on Saturday August 7, starting with a rosary to be recited at 11:00 am, with interment to follow at Mountainair Cemetery. Submissions can be made to the American Cancer Association on behalf of Alex.
Please sign Alex’s online tribute at romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.