Alumni Connection – Fall 2017
Greetings Menaul School Alumni,
Homecoming is quickly approaching! Be sure to stop by our Alumni Hospitality Tent at the Homecoming game and sign in with us to receive a gift. If it is your class reunion year, remember to get your medallion and meet us at halftime to be recognized with your classmates.
This and future newsletters will now feature guest articles by Devon Hoffman, profiling some of our fellow alumni, who have done interesting things in their lives. If you know an alum who you feel should be included in these articles, please send their name and email address to AlumniConnection@nullMenaulSchool.com.
Don’t forget to send wedding and birth announcements, graduations, promotions, stories, obituaries, and any other news you have about yourself, your family, and your alumni families and friends to AlumniConnection@nullMenaulSchool.com or call me at (505) 341-7233. Also, keep us updated if you change your address, phone number, or email address.
I look forward to hearing about what is going on in your lives and seeing you around campus!
Kimberly Sanchez ‘00
Assistant Advancement Associate
Carlos Contreras ’02
The following is the first in a series of articles by guest columnist Devon Hoffman profiling Menaul Alumni. Devon Hoffman grew up in Albuquerque, got his BA in Creative Writing/Theater from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, served in the Peace Corps Philippines from 2013-2015, and then moved to the Española region in 2016 through a summer youth program coordinator position at Ghost Ranch. Now he teaches theater at Moving Arts Española and La Tierra Charter School.
He’s been writing ever since he could type, and he is dedicated to practicing this craft every day. On his website, devonjameshoffman.com, you can learn more about his self-published book of short stories, three books of poetry, and upcoming novel (due out next September). Three of his one-act plays have also been produced for audiences, and last year he did local theater reviews/features through broadwayworld.com
I meet Carlos Contreras in the back of the maze-like downtown office building where he works at ProgressNow NM. This is no mere office job. The last time I saw Contreras, he was helping run a big symposium of all the state’s Democratic political leaders—Martin Heinrich, Michelle Lujan Grisham, councilors from north and south…
His desk is piled with press releases for upcoming events and boxes full of presentation materials. His walls are decorated with local art—an ornate hotrod lowrider, a gleaming pop-art paleta popsicle. As he finishes a couple emails, I ask, “Can you describe the continuity between your current life and your education at Menaul School?”
He leans back and regards me from under his flat-rimmed black baseball cap, crossing his immaculately tattooed arms. Although we are sitting at the same height, he tilts his head in such a way that he seems to be looking down at me. This isn’t condescension; if I had a cool older brother, I think, this might be how he’d regard me.
“Do you want me to just wax poetic on that, or do you want something specific?” He asks.
“Uh, you know, how you started as a poet and then gradually became this activist and organizer, and, um, how that connects to the school.”
He grins, severe yet appealing, and says, “I really wouldn’t be doing anything that I do, whether that’s in the present day job of the office we’re sitting in, or the creative entrepreneurial world, or the artistic world, if I hadn’t gone to Menaul.”
“A question (you get) when you’re from New Mexico,” he goes on, “in the first five minutes of talking to (someone), is ‘Where’d you go to high school?’ My answer is Menaul, which lends to talking about what I do now. I found poetry in high school. Then I got introduced to the poetry community in Albuquerque. Now, we’re seventeen years removed from that and I never left that community. So Menaul, as a community, introduced me to another community.”
He pauses, though he doesn’t need to pause. I sense the writer in him has already composed this entire article in his head. He could just ‘wax poetic’ for thirty minutes and all I’d have to do is transcribe. But as a true community organizer, he’s careful not to dominate, even at his own interview. He lets silence lapse awkwardly between us, while I gather my thoughts for another question.
I think about the recent changes to Albuquerque, especially around here, downtown. In the year since I moved away from the city, this urban core has a new supermarket, lofts, and restaurants. The art scene is experiencing a modest renaissance. From my perspective, Contreras is in the core of these changes: this office, his pop-up art space at #524 Central, his events. I see him as a leader. I ask him if that’s how he sees himself.
He says that he has vision. “Any good leader has to have a vision—an idea of what you want to see. But a leader needs to also have the willingness and humility to allow for the community to embrace and/or augment that vision. (Albuquerque) is a place that takes a village. Any idea takes more than the person who originated that idea.”
“How does that tie back to Menaul?” I ask.
“Menaul exposes its students a number of things: Places, and people from different backgrounds and socio-economic levels. There was this cornucopia of experiences and opportunities that allowed me to see the world as just people.
“That community is what I try to replicate and create in my endeavors. Now when I’m in a public setting, I create situations where people from all backgrounds and walks of life and experiences and income-levels can have access no matter what. I like to surround myself with working artists who are trying to sustain while doing art. I’m trying to maximize those opportunities (for artists), but the biggest thing is having a place to exist. A place where we can feel relevant, where we can feel seen and heard, because I always felt that way on (the Menaul) campus.”
I ask him how far this ambition goes.
“I want to be brick-and-mortar, have a key and open a door most days of the week (for a business that is) focused on the creative economy. I’ve been to places in Denver and Tuscon, and so on, where people tell you, ‘There’s this really cool space where you go, and things just happen there.’ Something that’s part art gallery, part co-working space, part event space. That’s what’s next—much larger than my pop-up space right now, that will play host to the events and such that I usually put into other spaces. But I’m also finishing up a Master’s degree, so we’ll see. I’m letting my life play itself out in some ways.”
He describes these powerful plans with a mellow confidence that I find disarming. I relax, and lean back in my chair. Then he tells me how he’s realizing his plans—he’s putting eighty hours on the clock every week—and I sit up straight again.
“You see (successful entrepreneurs), and they say that if you’re working forty hours a week and you’re an entrepreneur, then you’re not working hard enough. So I’m banking on this first part of my life setting me up in a way that allows me, on the back end, to one day slow down a little bit.
“Yes, the biggest challenge in my life at this point is work/life balance. But balance is all in how you look at it. I can work eighty hours in a week, but sixty-five of those hours are spent doing stuff I love so much that it really doesn’t matter. A lot of (these hours) are not in a building; a lot is on the phone or in my car, and on different stages.”
Amazingly, he’s able to maintain a loving family life within this whirlwind.
“It helps to have a really, really understanding partner for the last fourteen years” (with whom he has a 1-year-old daughter) “and there are portions of (my work) in places and spaces where my family can be with me. (Plus,) I have to be grateful that my art has monetized—”
And now I lean forward—“So you’re really making money in art?” I ask.
“I feel like I’ve paid my dues in a way, that very few people ask me to do something for free anymore. There is that level of local support that if you hustle then you’ll be rewarded.”
I ask him if he has any advice to Menaul and it’s students.
He nods, head tilted back, a warm grin, and encourages his old school to be a part of that local hustle.
“Invite Albuquerque through the doors of Menaul. Put students on the street and through the doors of Albuquerque businesses, organizations, and institutions. The more we can investigate, and by way of that investigation, discover all the things that make us an amazing place to be in and from, the more we encourage our young people to stay here and continue to make it better.”
It is time for Homecoming! We are continuing the tradition of Coronation on Friday night. Come watch this year’s Homecoming Queen receive her crown at 6:00 p.m. in Donaldson Auditorium, then make your way to the gym parking lot for the Community BBQ and Bonfire to help the athletes and fans get fired up for the game.
On Saturday, The Menaul Historical Library of the Southwest opens their doors at 9:00 a.m. for their Open House. Swing by and peruse the pictures and documents that record Menaul School’s fascinating history.
Our cafeteria has been renovated and has a new name! Join us for the dedication of the Collie Refectory and a heavy continental breakfast at 10:30 a.m.
Wear your red and black and cheer on the Panthers for the Homecoming Football Game! The Panthers take on the Alamo Navajo Cougars at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Support our students’ fundraising efforts by purchasing refreshments available during the game. Highlights this year are the Panther Hall of Fame Award Ceremony, the Induction of Honorary Alumni, and the Recognition of the Decades Classes. For the second year in a row, we will have our Alumni Hospitality Tent available all day Saturday for Menaul School Alumni to socialize and watch the game in the shade!
We look forward to welcoming back our Alumni and sharing a weekend of fun with the Menaul School Community!
Menaul School’s cafeteria has gotten a long-awaited face-lift, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Along with the renovation, the cafeteria has a new name, the Collie Refectory, in honor of a generous donation from the Collie family.
With this renovation, Menaul School is offering you a great opportunity to get involved on the ground floor while offsetting some of the costs. It is a great way to memorialize a loved one or to show how much you, or your family, care about Menaul School. You can participate by doing the following:
- $150 donation – your name will be displayed on a plaque on a chair
- $1,500 donation – your name will be displayed on a plaque on a table
- $2,000 donation – your name will be prominently displayed on a plate on a donor wall in the cafeteria
Here is the form along with more information.
(Caption bottom picture: Tables and chairs are to be replaced in October)
Blessing and Dedication of the Collie Refectory
Please join us on Saturday, October 21st at 10:30 am for a heavy continental breakfast as we celebrate the blessing and dedication of the newly renovated Collie Refectory!
Alumni Business Directory Coming Soon!
We are beginning to work on a directory of businesses connected to Alumni and their families. If you or your family own, manage, or are connected to a business and would like it to be included in our directory for the Menaul School community, please send the business name, address, web address, email, and phone number, as well as your connection to the business to AlumniConnection@nullMenaulSchool.com. If you would like us to include the logo for the business, please include a high resolution image.
In Loving Memory
Casimiro Laumbach ’31 – Casimiro “Ike” Laumbach, 104, passed peacefully at home on July 29, 2017. He was a native of New Mexico and spent his early years punching cows as a cowboy. Ike worked on many ranches throughout New Mexico beginning on the family ranch “La Cinta”, CS Ranch, YNB Ranch and Bell Ranch. He broke one hundred horses for the U.S. Armys Cavalry while at the YNB Ranch. Ike graduated from the Menaul School and attended UNM. He worked at North American Aircraft during WWII and helped build the sixteen B-25 bombers flown by the “Doolittle Raiders”. Ike finally retired in 1978 from ICX Freightlines.
Ike was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, as well as an excellent role model. He was patient, kind and generous to a fault. Ike was loved by all who knew him, even briefly.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene, second wife, Esther; two daughters, Barbara Ann Cesaretti and Carmen Jeanette Laumbach; both his parents; and all 16 of his siblings. He is survived by two step-daughters, Donna Fossum and Cheryl Graham; six grandchildren, Juli Palladino and husband, Tony Fischer, Nicholas Palladino and fiance Audra Torres, Stephen Palladino, Laura Gray, Michael Cesaretti and wife, Donna, and Amy Desoto and husband, Lee; two great-grandchildren, Michael Palladino and Anthony Palladino.
During his last year of life he had a special relationship with his “girls” Kaitlyn, Rachel and Yvette. He went on amazing adventures to places like the zoo, aquarium, casino and museums. He also experienced many firsts â€” riding the Tram, coloring Easter eggs and watching fireworks to name a few. These “girls” were patient, kind, respectful and loving in their caretaking of him.
Roger Cisneros ’42 – Our family is filled with sorrow, grief and loss over the tragic deaths of our parents: Retired Judge Roger Cisneros who was born on January 22, 1924 and was 93 years old and his wife, Adelia (Dee) Trujillo Cisneros who was born on August 10, 1928 and was 89 years old.
They are survived by their daughters, Denise Cisneros Carter and Deborah-Andreia Alexandria-Cisneros; Denise’s daughter Kristen Carter; Kristen’s daughter Breanna Bowen; Andreia’s son Maximus T. Nevin-Li-Alexandria-Cisneros, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, first cousins, second cousins and third cousins. They were preceded in death by their son, Melvin.
On Sunday, 9/17/17, Mom and Dad had a good day. Mom was doing better with her foot pain and Dad went to the Denver Athletic Club. Both of their daughters, Andreia and Denise, spoke with each of them that day and exchanged “I love yous.”
On Monday, after Dad did not show up on time to pick up his grandson and phone calls were not answered, the family became very concerned. The first to arrive at the house was Kristy, where she found both her grandparents to be nonresponsive. When the police and fire department arrived, they found the house to be full of carbon monoxide.
Dad was very self-sufficient and as Mom became increasingly debilitated, Dad insisted he didn’t need household help or caregivers. He was devoted to his wife, stating “When you love someone, it’s not work.” The previous week had been busy with several doctor’s appointments. We believe with the fatigue from the week that Dad inadvertently left the car running in the closed garage. Both Mom and Dad were hard of hearing and did not hear the carbon monoxide detectors.
The family extends their gratitude to the thousands of individuals who have reached out to us. In particular, the family thanks Governor Hickenlooper, Mayor Hancock, Kenneth Salazar, Ralph and Lynne Torres, Jim Chavez and Jordan Chavez, who have gone above and beyond in helping our family organize and provide assistance to prepare a funeral that adequately celebrates the life and memory for both Judge Roger and Adelia Cisneros.
They will both be forever missed.
MARIA ADELIA LORAINE TRUJILLO CISNEROS
All female children were named Marie. The name Adelia was given to her by her Godparents, Lorraine because the month has a saint name to be given a child. Trujillo was the last name of her Father.
She was born in Bonanza, CO, a mining town. Adelia’s brother Joe was also born in Bonanza. She moved to Chimayo, New Mexico and has ancestral land from 1598. Her now deceased Brother Filbert were born in Chimayo. Her living Brother Eli and was born in Chimayo.
Adelia attended school at John Hysman Presbyterian School and then moved to another mining town in Leadville, Colorado. Her home was similar to a barn where another brother Sammy was born and died. Adelia’s family moved to another house nearby where her sister Priscilla was born. She was so happy about having a sister.
WWII started and many male relatives came to work at Camp Hale which bordered her home. Her job was to make many sandwiches daily. Adelia started working washing dishes at Betty’s Café after school daily, at the age of 12. She later became a waitress.
In 1940, she moved to Denver for a lower climate for her brother Joe’s heart condition. Her brother Danny was born. Adelia missed school caring for her Mother after the birth.
Later Adelia found full-time work at a telegram service. She returned to school in the second semester at Manual High School. She worked at the May Company and took the bus home. There were not any cars.
She married Roger Cisneros in 1949 and gave birth to her son Melvin in 1950; Denise in 1952 and Andreia in 1956.
Adelia joined the Parent Teacher Association and became a President at three schools: Anna Laura Force Elementary School, Kepner Jr. High School and Lincoln High School.
She attended College at Colorado University, Metro State Colorado – (University of Denver Metropolitan College), and Greeley. She attended the University of Denver for Administrative Certification beyond her Masters Degree in Bi-lingual Education.
She was active volunteer in different organizations as well as Teaching for the Denver Public School for 17 years.
A FEW OF HER ORGANIZATIONS
- Parent Teacher Association President – in 3 schools
- Southwest Community Center – President
- AARP = Local and National
- White House Counsel on Aging
- Latin Community
- Latin American Educational Foundation
OTHER AWARDS AND EDUCATION
- Retired Teacher from Denver Public Schools
- Degrees in Education: BA, MA ADM. – Bilingual
- Lobbied for Head Start, Bilingual Education in Colorado and for long Term Care for chronic illnesses in Wash. DC
- Traveled across Country with Health Security Express 1994 and was a Health Security Express rider for comprehensive healthcare reform: Adelia attended 2 rallies a day on the way to Washington, DC and a rally on the Whitehouse Lawn with President Clinton
- Co-Chair of the Outreach and Information Committee for the 1994 Governor’s Conference on Aging.
- Exhibited AARP materials for National Council La Raza in Denver IN 1996
- Get out the vote for minority community and Families of the Blind.
- Colorado Women’s Vote Project ‘96
- AARP National Minority Affairs Specialist 1993-1997
- President and Legislative Committee for the Great Denver Rainbow Chapter
- Team Leader of the Volunteer Coordination Committee for the AARP 1996 Biennial Convention in Denver
- Advisory Council: AARP – Legal Counsel for the Elderly Money Management program contract with Seniors Inc. of Denver
- AARP National Volunteer Leadership Council 1996-1998 (National Advisory Council)
- AARP National Nominating Committee from 1996-1998
- Delegate to White House Conference on Aging – May 1995 – appointed by Colorado Governor Romer
- Frequent guest of the TV program: “McNeil-Lehrer News Hour”
- Lobbied in Colorado and Washington, DC for Alzheimer’s and Hepatitis C
- Volunteer at 9 News Health Fair, Su Salud Health Fair,
- Member of Denver Managed Care Action Team for AARP – 1998
- Member and Volunteer for Colorado Vote Project ’96 for Mi Casa
- Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award from the Denver Public Library – 2014
- Adelante Mujer Conference Planning Committee 1990’S
Speech from Adelia Cisneros accepting The Lena Archuleta Award:
“I would like to thank Consuelo Cosio from the DPL and the commissioners for selecting me to receive the Lena Archuleta Community Service Award. I’m sure there many others who deserve this but you selected me and I am grateful and honored. I want to thank my family, Honorable Roger, daughters Denise & Andreia, granddaughter Kristy, grandson Maximus, great-granddaughter Breanna. and all my other relatives and friends. Congratulations to Dr. Castillo, who wrote a beautiful poem for my Mother-In-Law for her 100 birthday who lived to be 109. I heard great things about Dr. Prado. So congratulations to you.
It’s a great honor to receive the Lena Archuleta award today since she was a dear friend who very persuasive and intelligent woman. She was born and reared in New Mexico but came to Denver to be the first Hispanic hired by the Denver Public Schools as a librarian at Kepner Jr.High School where I was the Parent Teacher Association President at that time. She lived in the Southwest area where we did. We first met her at a fund-raising breakfast for the Latin American Educational Foundation and she was asking us many questions. She soon got us involved in projects either for the teachers, school, or other organizations.
When they sold their home and moved to DESI where retired teachers were living she set up a group and asked me to give a speech and made me the President of the group. I had to go across town to do that. She set me up as the Minority Affairs Spokesperson for AARP where I attended meetings and organize groups from the Black and Native American communities. Soon I was traveling all over the country. I was traveling to Washington, DC for monthly meetings. Governor Romer sent me to represent CO at the White House Conference on the Aging in 1995.”
JUDGE ROGER CISNEROS
The Honorable Roger Cisneros (Retired) and former Colorado State Senator began life as the fifth child born to parents living in the small New Mexico hamlet of Questa, New Mexico, where he attended a one room school. For this budding scholar, the one-room school was an asset rather than a liability since it provided him with the opportunity to listen and participate in third grade activities. Judge Cisneros recalls that at that time there were no electric lights, no radio and no television, no telephones. Reading was a joy to him and, as an eighth grader, he was found to have the highest IQ for his age group in the County of Taos. Educating a boy in those days was a real sacrifice for struggling farmers who could barely eke out a living from barren, lifeless land with very little irrigation, but sacrifice they did. At Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he went to High School, he earned medals both as a scholar and as a track star. Who could have known that his early struggles with the English language, herding sheep in lonely terrain, running barefoot in the sand, riding horseback for days and reading at every opportunity would prove to prepare him for his role as a distinguished attorney, able legislator, extraordinary leader and a champion of civil rights. Following is a history of his life and accomplishments:
- DOB: January 22nd 1924.
- Parents: Don Cisneros & Martina Martinez
- Married Adelia Trujillo March 19th, 1949.
- Three children, Melvin, Denise, Andreia
- World War II veteran, 1943-1946
Served in the South Pacific Theatre as a cryptographer as a Sergeant
- Final destination Okinawa, at time Atomic Bomb was dropped
- High School Graduate., Menaul School, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Graduate with BS degree from Denver University 1950
- Graduate from Westminster Law School., Denver, CO. 1957
- Received Bachelor of Laws Degree from Denver University 1957
- Received Juris Doctor from Denver University 1970
- Admitted to Law Practice by Colorado Supreme Court in 1957
- National Judicial College for Judges 1982 & 1988
- Elected as committee chairman, Democratic party
- Elected to COLORADO STATE SENATE IN 1964
- Re-elected to COLORADO STATE SENATE in 1968
- Re-elected to COLORADO STATE SENATE IN 1972
- Served as Caucus chairman last 4 years of service
BAR & LAWYER ACTIVITIES
- Member of Colorado and Denver bar since 1957. Served as 2nd Vice President 1985 & 1986
- Served for 8 years as member of the Colorado Bar Examiners.
- Served for 8 years as Chairman of Board of Continuing Legal Education.
- Served as Chairman of Waterman Fund which assists attorneys in need.
- Appointed by Supreme Court to serve on Vision 2002 committee
- Honored by Colorado Bar Association as one of Colorado Legal Legends in 2012
- Appointed by Governor Lamm as State District Judge
- Served until 1986
- Small Business Advisory Council of the Small Business Administration
- Admitted to practice in Federal Court 1957
- Inter-American Bar Association 1962
- Appointed by Judge William Doyle to Community Education Council to supervise Denver schools integration program
COLORADO AND DENVER CITY & COUNTY APPOINTMENTS
- Appointed by Governor Stephen McNichols to State Anti-Discrimination Commission 1962
- Appointed by Mayor Tom Currigan to Civilian Review Board of Police Department 1962
- Appointed by Mayor Federico Pena to Denver Civil Service Commission
- Served as Chairman of the Denver Commission of Community Relations
- Appointed by Governor Vanderhoof to the Colorado Olympic Committee.
E Appointed by Mayor Webb as one of 3 member to investigate SPY FILES
- Member of Governor Commission on Child Support.
BOARDS & COMMISSIONS SERVED.
- Elected and served as Chairman of the United Latin American Organization 1958
- Chairman and founder of the Marlee-Garfield Improvement Association 1959
- Founder of LARASA, Latin American Research & Service Agency
- President of Latin American Educational Foundation 1960
- One of the Founders and Board Officer of MALDEF Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
E One of the Founders and member of the board of the Hispanic Bar.
- Board member of the Denver YMCA
- Board member of the Denver Art Museum
- Board Member of Rose Medical Hospital
- Board Member of Girls Club, Inc.
- Board member of the West Side Action Council
- Board Member of Southwest Youth Services Board
- Member of Committee on Denver Equality Education Committee
- Member and one of the Founders of the Twenty and One dub
- Member of GI Forum
- Board member of the Denver Athletic Club
- First Recipient of the Lifetime Award of the Hispanic Bar
- First recipient of the DALE TOOLEY AWARD.
- Second recipient of the HISPANIC ANNUAL SALUTE LIFETIME AWARD. 1983
- Fourth Honoree of the HISPANIC LEAGUE’S Legislators Recognition Award 1994
- CESAR CHAVEZ Leader Hall of Fame Award
- SOL TRUJILLO LAEF National Lifetime Leadership award.
- Colorado Chicano Distinguished Award 1981
- Testimonial Dinner Award 1977
- Rose Medical Center Award 1980
- National Judicial College Certificate
- Dental Professionals Award 1967
- Adopt-a-School Award
- Hep C. Connection Education Award 2004
- Colorado Democratic Party award 1999
- Won over 40 trophies & ribbons as a runner in his age groups, usually as the oldest runner for the group
- Competed in over 5 marathons after age 55
- Ran Mount Evans and Pikes Peak races at age 60
- Squash player. Doubles Partner with Hashim K.
Emmett Cart ’48 – Memorial Service for Emmett at the Jemez Springs Community Presbyterian Church June 20, 2017 at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at Madonna Hall, where there will also be a special Legion Post Everlasting Ceremony in honor of Emmett’s service to the country. Emmett was a pillar of the Jemez mountain community and was instrumental in shaping it into the area it is today. He will be missed by many and he leaves behind his wife, Rosemary; his six children; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Theresa Roybal Luna ‘54 – Theresa Tita Luna, 82, born on August 10, 1935, in Truchas, New Mexico, passed away August 28, 2017. She resided in San Dimas, California at the time of her passing.
Stephen Martinez ’76 – Stephen Martinez passed away Sunday, September 24th in Dixon, NM. Services will be held at a later date.
Darryl Spencer Williams ‘84 – Darryl Spencer Williams, 51, of Albuquerque NM departed this life suddenly of his own volition on the morning of June 13, 2017. Darryl was born on March 20, 1966 in Tahlequah, OK to Judy Williams. At age 9, Darryl and Judy moved to Albuquerque, NM for a fresh start. He graduated from Menaul High School in 1984. On December 28th 1991, he wed the love of his life, Teri Morris, and the two quickly started a family. To his daughters, Darryl was a dedicated and protective father. To his wife, he was an amazing and unconditionally loving husband. He loved his family with great devotion. Darryl will be remembered as a man who loved to make people laugh. He had a delightfully dark and cynical sense of humor. He was helpful and giving of his time and energy to anyone in need. He was a proud member of the Seminole and Creek tribes of Oklahoma. He was a lifelong fan of the New Orleans Saints. Darryl was an avid fisherman who spent almost every weekend at his favorite fishing spots across the state, often with friends or family. Darryl is survived by his wife Teri Williams, their daughters Nicole and Tsianina Williams and their daughters’ partners Colton Dalton and Axiao Daniels, mother Judy Williams, father-in-law Tommy D. Morris, mother-in-law Barbara Morris, brother-in-law Tommy Morris and his wife Noel Dalton, sister-in-law Becki Morris, niece Angela Popejoy and many esteemed friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Emma Lewis and beloved cat Marble. Darryl left this world abruptly. He will be missed, and he will be remembered with great affection by all those who knew him. Remains have been cremated & a private memorial was held for close family and friends.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255 or text 714-714
Gabriel Saenz ’03 – Gabriel Saenz left the world after only 32 years with deep love for his son, wife, family, friends and clients. He loved hiking in the Sandia mountains and was teaching his 18-month-old son to love the outdoors as well. Gabriel met his life-partner, wife and soul mate in Perth, Australia, and she followed him to Albuquerque, where he had lived most of his life. Gabe’s love of fitness and health made him a wonderful health coach who inspired clients and friends. He had the capacity to push himself to the limits in physical endeavors, while also being a voracious reader and researcher. In all that he did, he imbued life with his childlike sense of fun. Adults and children alike were drawn to him and picked up a sense of adventure in his presence. Gabriel left this world suddenly on September 8, 2017, and his humor, intellectual keenness, affection, charm and loving nature are deeply missed.
Gabriel is survived by his wife, Kerry Greer, his son Raphael, his sisters Sonya Corley and Raquel Saenz and brother Fred Saenz, and his parents Irene Ortiz and Sigifredo Saenz.