Joe G. Maestas

Joe G. Maestas passed away in Grand Junction on May 30. He was 82 years old.

He was born Jan. 14, 1937 to Gregorio and Cornelia (Martinez) Maestas at the old St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville.

He attended Leadville schools, St. Mary’s and public schools.

Maestas married Nora Trujillo of Taos, New Mexico. They were married for 62 years.

He worked for the Climax Molybdenum Company for over 29 years until the mine closed. He then moved to Denver and worked in property management for 13 years.

The couple retired to Grand Junction in 2001.

Maestas was a sports enthusiast. He played with the Leadville Merchants fast-pitch softball team in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Boating, fishing, waterskiing with his family at Turquoise Lake was his love, aboard his yellow motorboat.

Skiing at Cooper Hill and bowling at the Labor Center and Kristi Lanes were the winter sports he enjoyed.

His lifelong and most-loved sport was golf, which he enjoyed with his brother Dickie, his wife Nora and other family and friends. Maestas was a loving, kind-hearted man who will be deeply missed by his family.

He is survived by his wife Nora of Grand Junction; daughter Yolanda (Tim) Ryan of Palisade; daughter Dede Teter of Winslow, Ariz.; granddaughters Rachel (Steven) Rust of Lincoln, Nebr., and Elaina Teter of Leadville; sisters Stella Flores of Leadville, Betty Fletcher of Leadville, Margie (Bud) Keas of Henderson, Nevada, and Geraldine (Alvin) Deniz of Los Banos, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, and sister Mary Montano, and his sons Timothy and Jay.

Services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 230 N. Third St. in Grand Junction on July 13 at 10 a.m.