With profound sadness we announce the passing of Ignacio “Nacho” Cortez Jr., a loving and devoted husband and father and friend to all whose lives he touched, on July 25, 2020. Nacho was born on February 19, 1940 in San Benito, Texas. He left us while sleeping peacefully at his residence in Los Lunas, New Mexico. He was in his 80th year of life.
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As a young man, Nacho learned to work hard and take on whatever job was available to ensure he could contribute to the upbringing of his younger siblings. His work ethic continued as an adult where he learned to skillfully work with his hands and was able to teach those skills to others in the construction industry, where he spent many years.
He loved music with all his heart and his passion as a young man was playing the drums, guitar, and being the lead singer for the bands Los Tiburones and Nacho Cortez y sus Reyes.
His laughter was contagious and he had the ability to find humor in any situation. He lived an abundant life as a wonderful husband and father. Most of all he loved his family and instilled in his son’s strong values that have served them well. He will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
He is preceded in death by his father, Luis Vela De La Rosa; mother, Manuela (Ms. Castillo) Cortez; sister, Alicia Ugalde; brother, Hernandez “Vito” Cortez, and his grandmother, who he was named after, Ignacia Cortez.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gloria (Ms. Quintana) L. Cortez; sons, Danny Cortez (wife Pam), Bobby Cortez (girlfriend Angela), and Marty Cortez (girlfriend Emily); brothers, Ricardo “Paco” Cortez and Robert Cortez; sister, Ermelinda Vasquez; godsons, Anthony Quintana and Marcos Ugalde; goddaughter, Vanessa Bendinskas; 8 grandchildren; one great grandson, and is remembered by his many nieces and nephews.
The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, August 7, 2020 at San Clemente Catholic Church at 244 Luna Ave. NE, Los Lunas, New Mexico. Family visitation will take place at 9:00 A.M., followed by the Rosary at 9:30 A.M. and the Remembrance Mass at 10:00 A.M. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992.