Nov 28,1953---Oct 15,2020

JERRY E. FUENTES, 66, a resident of Truchas, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, October 15, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother Floy, his father Gilbert, and his brother Tom Fuentes.

Jerry’s favorite thing to do was go fishing, and he loved the land we live on with a fierceness that showed in his advocacy and stewardship. 

He will be missed and loved by his children Adam Fuentes, Matthew Fuentes, grandson Julias Fuentes and his partner Gloria Castillo, sisters Elena Fuentes-Ortiz, Dolores Guzman and brother Patrick Fuentes. 

His memory and talent live on in the numerous movies and films in which he was featured.  He fought a valiant battle with cancer which was much longer than any of us realized and that takes its toll on the mind and spirit. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions only immediate family members are invited to attend pending services. 


Arrangements entrusted to the caring professionals of:

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

3232 Cerrillos Road

(505) 395-9150


Renae Cruz Oct 20 ,2020

acquaintance ,Las Trampas ,New Mexico

Dear Dolores and family, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. My condolences and prayers for your family during this difficult time.

Pete and Connie Trujillo Oct 20 ,2020

To the family of Jerry, Please accept our condolences on the loss of Jerry. He was a good man and Friend. May he rest in peace. God bless you and keep you safe.

Elmer and Alice Lucero Oct 20 ,2020

Friend ,Espanola ,New Mexico

Fuentes Family, Our deepest condolences on the passing of of your loved one. Jerry was always so friendly each time we saw him. We were saddened to learn of your loss. May he rest in peace in Our Lord’s Heavenly Kingdom. Elmer and Alice Lucero

Amanda Maestas Oct 20 ,2020

Dolores Elena and families ..i am so very sorry for your loss..will keep you in my prayers...

Sandra and Michael Martinez Oct 20 ,2020

Friend ,Cordova ,New Mexico

We were so saddened to hear about the passing of your loved one, Jerry. We went to school with Jerry; he was a very smart person. May God grant you peace and comfort during this sad and difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Gloria Shuttles Oct 21 ,2020

Friend ,Espanola ,New Mexico

Dolores & Richard: I was so saddened to learn of your brother's passing. My condolences to you and your family. The cross he carried for so long was heavy, I hope he is at peace now. My prayers for are for you and your family that you may find comfort in knowing he is in a better place.

Lucille Montoya Oct 21 ,2020

Cousin ,Espanola ,New Mexico

My condolence to the family. May Jerry rest in peace.

Rena Padilla-Edmonds Oct 22 ,2020

Fuentes family, Please accept my most heartfelt condolences on the death of Jerry. May he now be at rest in the loving arms of our dear lord and savior.

Oct 23 ,2020

Janice SANCHEZ Oct 24 ,2020

Dolores, Elena and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry. May he Rest In Peace. May God's love embrace and comfort you during this difficult time and always.

Mikki Anaya Oct 26 ,2020

Friend and Industrial Hemp Associate ,Glorieta ,New Mexico

Integrity is the first word that comes to my mind when I think of Jerry. Jerry lived a life of core values learned from his grandfather and his parents. If Jerry said he would be there, he was there early; he brought his “A+” game; his vast connections could easily get an audience with a Legislator; his vast connections could get the latest “intel" on what was happening with any of the Industrial Hemp bills he was running. I refer to Jerry as “The Godfather of New Mexico Hemp”. He liked the title because of its reference, (Al Hurricane). I saw how from the early 2000’s, Jerry (with Gloria at his side), became New Mexico’s Legislative champion for Industrial Hemp. Over the years, Jerry showed up during the Interim and Regular Sessions introducing New Mexico’s lawmakers to Industrial hemp and providing education on all aspects of Industrial Hemp as an agricultural commodity and a rural economic driver. When Jerry was not working at the state level, he and Gloria were working at the national level, joining Latino and Indigenous farmers organizations in DC serving as a voice for traditional farmers. Jerry was a fighter yet Jerry was a man with such a kind and tender heart, particularly for his mother as he cared for her in her final days. Willpower is the second word that comes to mind when I think of my buddy Jerry. I know he fought hard but the poison of plutonium was just too much even for Jerry Fuentes. Deepest condolences to Gloria. Meet you at the great Del Charro in the sky, Fuentes. Until then, you will be missed. Mikki Mikki Anaya, New Mexico Industrial Hemp Coalition Communications Volunteer

Oct 26 ,2020

I would like to see a movie made for Jerry's life.......always, Dr. Ana X Gutierrez Sisneros Plutonian Ode By Allen Ginsberg What new element before us unborn in nature? Is there a new thing under the Sun? At last inquisitive Whitman a modern epic, detonative, Scientific theme First penned unmindful by Doctor Seaborg with poisonous hand, named for Death's planet through the sea beyond Uranus whose chthonic ore fathers this magma-teared Lord of Hades, Sire of avenging Furies, billionaire Hell-King worshipped once with black sheep throats cut, priests's face averted from underground mysteries in single temple at Eleusis, Spring-green Persephone nuptialed to his inevitable Shade, Demeter mother of asphodel weeping dew, her daughter stored in salty caverns under white snow, black hail, grey winter rain or Polar ice, immemor- able seasons before Fish flew in Heaven, before a Ram died by the starry bush, before the Bull stamped sky and earth or Twins inscribed their memories in clay or Crab'd flood washed memory from the skull, or Lion sniffed the lillac breeze in Eden-- Before the Great Year began turning its twelve signs, ere constellations wheeled for twenty-four thousand sunny years slowly round their axis in Sagittarius, one hundred sixty-seven thousand times returning to this night Radioactive Nemesis were you there at the beginning black dumb tongueless unsmelling blast of Disillusion? I manifest your Baptismal Word after four billion years I guess your birthday in Earthling Night, I salute your dreadful presence last majestic as the Gods, Sabaot, Jehova, Astapheus, Adonaeus, Elohim, Iao, Ialdabaoth, Aeon from Aeon born ignorant in an Abyss of Light, Sophia's reflections glittering thoughtful galaxies, whirl- pools of starspume silver-thin as hairs of Einstein! Father Whitman I celebrate a matter that renders Self oblivion! Grand Subject that annihilates inky hands & pages' prayers, old orators' inspired Immortalities, I begin your chant, openmouthed exhaling into spacious sky over silent mills at Hanford, Savannah River, Rocky Flats, Pantex, Burlington, Albuquerque I yell thru Washington, South Carolina, Colorado, Texas, Iowa, New Mexico, Where nuclear reactors creat a new Thing under the Sun, where Rockwell war-plants fabricate this death stuff trigger in nitrogen baths, Hanger-Silas Mason assembles the terrified weapon secret by ten thousands, & where Manzano Moun- tain boasts to store its dreadful decay through two hundred forty millenia while our Galaxy spirals around its nebulous core. I enter your secret places with my mind, I speak with your presence, I roar your Lion Roar with mortal mouth. One microgram inspired to one lung, ten pounds of heavy metal dust adrift slow motion over grey Alps the breadth of the planet, how long before your radiance speeds blight and death to sentient beings? Enter my body or not I carol my spirit inside you, Unnaproachable Weight, O heavy heavy Element awakened I vocalize your con- sciousness to six worlds I chant your absolute Vanity. Yeah monster of Anger birthed in fear O most Ignorant matter ever created unnatural to Earth! Delusion of metal empires! Destroyer of lying Scientists! Devourer of covetous Generals, Incinerator of Armies & Melter of Wars! Judgement of judgements, Divine Wind over vengeful nations, Molester of Presidents, Death-Scandal of Capital politics! Ah civilizations stupidly indus- trious! Canker-Hex on multitudes learned or illiterate! Manufactured Spectre of human reason! O solidified imago of practicitioner in Black Arts I dare your reality, I challenge your very being! I publish your cause and effect! I turn the wheel of Mind on your three hundred tons! Your name enters mankind's ear! I embody your ultimate powers! My oratory advances on your vaunted Mystery! This breath dispels your braggart fears! I sing your form at last behind your concrete & iron walls inside your fortress of rubber & translucent silicon shields in filtered cabinets and baths of lathe oil, My voice resounds through robot glove boxes & ignot cans and echoes in electric vaults inert of atmosphere, I enter with spirit out loud into your fuel rod drums underground on soundless thrones and beds of lead O density! This weightless anthem trumpets transcendent through hidden chambers and breaks through iron doors into the Infernal Room! Over your dreadful vibration this measured harmony floats audible, these jubilant tones are honey and milk and wine-sweet water Poured on the stone black floor, these syllables are barley groats I scatter on the Reactor's core, I call your name with hollow vowels, I psalm your Fate close by, my breath near deathless ever at your side to Spell your destiny, I set this verse prophetic on your mausoleum walls to seal you up Eternally with Diamond Truth! O doomed Plutonium. II The Bar surveys Plutonian history from midnight lit with Mercury Vapor streetlamps till in dawn's early light he contemplates a tranquil politic spaced out between Nations' thought-forms proliferating bureaucratic & horrific arm'd, Satanic industries projected sudden with Five Hundred Billion Dollar Strength around the world same time this text is set in Boulder, Colorado before front range of Rocky Mountains twelve miles north of Rocky Flats Nuclear Facility in United States of North America, Western Hemisphere of planet Earth six months and fourteen days around our Solar System in a Spiral Galaxy the local year after Dominion of the last God nineteen hundred seventy eight Completed as yellow hazed dawn clouds brighten East, Denver city white below Blue sky transparent rising empty deep & spacious to a morning star high over the balcony above some autos sat with wheels to curb downhill from Flatiron's jagged pine ridge, sunlit mountain meadows sloped to rust-red sandstone cliffs above brick townhouse roofs as sparrows waked whistling through Marine Street's summer green leafed trees. III This ode to you O Poets and Orators to come, you father Whitman as I join your side, you Congress and American people, you present meditators, spiritual friends & teachers, you O Master of the Diamond Arts, Take this wheel of syllables in hand, these vowels and consonants to breath's end take this inhalation of black poison to your heart, breath out this blessing from your breast on our creation forests cities oceans deserts rocky flats and mountains in the Ten Directions pacify with exhalation, enrich this Plutonian Ode to explode its empty thunder through earthen thought-worlds Magnetize this howl with heartless compassion, destroy this mountain of Plutonium with ordinary mind and body speech, thus empower this Mind-guard spirit gone out, gone out, gone beyond, gone beyond me, Wake space, so Ah! For Jerry, who fought a good fight. Aho!

lorey sebastian Oct 29 ,2020

friend ,truchas ,New Mexico

jerry... i am glad you came into my life...i will miss you. lorey s.

Chester and Rena Oct 29 ,2020

cuz ,Pojoaque

Dolores Elena and Patrick so sorry to hear this. Our prayers are with you, may he rest in peace.

Roberto Roibal Oct 29 ,2020

ally and friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Lo siento mucho. I was very sad to hear about Jerry's passing. I am with SouthWest Organizing Project in 'burque and Jerry was an active member back in the day. Condolences from SWOP

Gloria & Lupe Garcia Oct 29 ,2020

Friend ,Santa Cruz ,New Mexico

Sending the Fuentes family our prayers & deepest condolences for the loss of your brother/dad/grandfather. May he Rest In Peace! Gloria & Lupe Garcia

Lori Leyba-Martinez/Carol Leyba Oct 29 ,2020

Friends ,Truchas ,New Mexico

Our condolences to the family of Jerry Fuentes, may his soul rest in peace and God console your hearts.

State Rep. Javier Martinez Oct 30 ,2020

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

I’m very sorry to hear that Jerry passed away. I always enjoyed seeing him at the legislature. He was always there during session, always sporting his hat. God bless you and your family. Godspeed my friend.

Jose Villegas Oct 30 ,2020

Land Grants Advocate ,Santa Fe ,New Mexico

May the precious soul of Hermano Jerry E. Fuentes rest in peace. His legacy for the love of the sacred and blessed lands up north will remain alive and well. I wear my sacred hat like he did while conducting our business at the Roundhouse during the state legislature. Sometimes when we encountered each other around the hallways, some would say that they could not distinguish who's hat was Jerry's or Chappy Jose? Asi es.

Janice Varela Oct 30 ,2020

Friend and colleague ,Pecos ,New Mexico

I am saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. He was a champion for El Norte and he will be missed. He was my eyes and ears on the ground at the legislature always getting informed and sharing that information. QEPD

Alan Webber Oct 30 ,2020

Sending my condolences to Jerry's family. I got to know Jerry at the Roundhouse where we meet and talk about State programs we both cared about. He was always great company, full of warmth and energy, the kind of friend who makes you feel better about just about everything. His spirit was strong, and I count myself fortunate to have known him and worked with him. He was a great advocate and I'm grateful to him for all that he taught me. Thoughts and prayers from me to him and to all who loved him.

LeRoy L W Martinez Nov 01 ,2020

Friend ,Phoenix ,Arizona

Patrick and the Fuentes family. I am sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry, beloved brother, father and grandfather. I have very fond memories of Jerry and Patrick. Remember the times we spent together either in Espanola and in Truchas. Again my condolences on the lost of Jerry. May you rest in peace my friend

Eddie Trujillo Nov 02 ,2020

Friend ,New Mexico

To the Fuentes family, may God's peace be with you in this time of sorrow. R.I.P. Jerry

Elizabeth Velarde Sanchez Nov 03 ,2020

Friend ,ESPANOLA ,New Mexico

May you rest in Eternal bliss, Jerry. Our hearts hold you Ekena, Dire, and Pateick as and family. May God surround you with comfort, peace, and tranquility.