Orlando Romero

Obituary of Orlando Romero

The family of Orlando Romero is saddened to announce his
passing on April 4th, 2023 at the age of 82 at Presbyterian
Hospital in Albuquerque New Mexico. Orlando was born on
February 4th, 1941 in Vadito New Mexico, and married the
love of his life, Lydia Romero on June 10th, 1960. The two
were married for 60 plus years, and had 2 children together,
Yolanda Gutierrez (David Gutierrez– Deceased), and Edwin
Romero (Pauline Willamson). Orlando is preceded in death
by his parents, Marcelino Romero and Margarita Romero
and sister Gloria Sanchez. He is survived by his brothers and
sisters, Salome Caballos (Ruben), Doris Medina (Johnny–
Deceased), Marcy Sandoval (Dan– Deceased), Clara
MacAuley (Marvin-Deceased ), Rebecca Manuelita Brown
(Alex), and Bernie Romero (Lori), his 2 children Yolanda
Gutierrez and Edwin Romero, his 3 grandchildren Kimberly
Ortiz (Armando Medrano), Jadrien Romero, and Melissa
Willamson, as well as 4 great grandchildren, Arturo
Medrano, Oliver Medrano, Lydia Romero, and Brooklyn

Orlando was a man of courage and strong will. A hard working man, he pursued all his goals and
ambitions with unwavering determination and brought to life a beautiful family. From the coasts of
California to the mountain peaks of Northern New Mexico and everywhere in between, Orlando was
a pilar of knowledge and wisdom, and his words will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him
for many years to come. Orlando was a hero to many. He served as a wild land firefighter with the U.S.
Forest Service from October 24th, 1964 until his retirement on March 3rd, 1996. He continued to
work in conservation until his final retirement in 2014. His passion for conservation and the protection
of the forests he called home inspired countless others to answer the call of the wild just as he did.
Orlando was a mentor, a leader, an avid outdoorsman, but most importantly he was a great
grandfather, grandfather, a father, an uncle, a brother and a friend. His memory will be rooted in
our hearts the same way an Aspen is rooted onto the side of a mountain. A silent reminder of thebeautiful world we live in, and the beautiful world he left us.


Services will be held at San Isidro Chapel on May 24th, 2023

Rosary @ 9:15

Mass@ 10:00

Burial at Rosario Cemetery @11:45

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