Damien E. Velasquez, age 41. A resident of Peralta, New Mexico passed away on July 8, 2019 in Denver, Colorado at the University of Colorado Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Damien was the most sociable man you could ever have met. He loved telling stories about his hunting and fishing trips. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He graduated from Los Lunas High School in 1996, where he was a star basketball player. Which took him to Belgium to play on the all-star team. He attended the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus and then transferred to San Jacinto in Houston, Texas. Damien was a corrections officer for over 20 years. He was preparing to retire. His favorite basketball team was the North Carolina Tar Heels. His favorite football team was the Minnesota Vikings. Damien was preceded in death by his grandpa, Ernest Rodriguez; grandma, Angelina Velasquez; brother, Derrick Velasquez; four uncles and two aunts. Damien is survived by the loving mother to his children, Kristi Velasquez; his children, Seth and Khloe; father, Eugene; mother, Diana; brother Shawn (Michelle); sister, Kendra (Tim); nieces, Bryce, Sidney, Ally and Katie, nephews; Skyler, Trace, Derrick Jr, and Adam and his grandmother, Millie Rodriguez. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins from the San Luis Valley. All services will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, Saturday July 27, beginning with a visitation at 10:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the funeral home’s reception room. In lieu of flowers you may make donations to the San Rafael Presbyterian Church (maintenance), c/o Margie Garcia, 33688 Hwy. 17, Antonito, Colorado 81120.
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Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992