Maximiano Edward Tafoya

Maximiano Edward Tafoya, 68, of Leadville passed away peacefully on August 3 in the comfort of his home. Max Tafoya, as he was known as by many, was born March 16, 1952 to Samuel Felix and Mary Emma (Cordova) Tafoya in Leadville. He was the second oldest of eight children.

Tafoya was a 1970 graduate of Lake County High School. During his high school years, Max was an avid runner on the cross country team. In 2018, Tafoya was nominated for and inducted into the Lake County Sports Hall of Fame. In his younger years, he played Little League baseball.

Another passion of Tafoya’s was his love of cars. In 1990, he became the proud owner of his longtime love, a red and white 1955 Chevy Bel Air two-door hard top. Tafoya was known to cruise Harrison Avenue during the summer months, blasting oldies music.

According to his family, Tafoya was an honest hard-working man.  His family has early memories of him working as young as seventh and eighth grade, selling salves, perfumes and cards. He was also a newspaper delivery boy. Tafoya carried his hard-working morals into adulthood with various jobs such as working at the old Fox Theater, drywalling in Englewood, selling cars at Zoller Motors and working at Climax Mine.

Tafoyaalso worked for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad for 17 years. Those years took him west of Leadville through Tennessee Pass and Glenwood Canyon, north of Leadville to the Denver area and southeast of Leadville to Cotopaxi.  While in Cotopaxi for three years, Tafoya had to live in Salida due to the long drive home. He would come home once a week and attend his daughters’ sporting events that were played near Salida and Cotopaxi.

Tafoya cherished his two girls, Corinna and Juanita, his family said. He was their coach for Little League fast pitch softball, even taking them to the All Stars in Denver. He would travel all over Colorado to support his daughters in all of their sporting events. Tafoya was a believer and had a strong Catholic faith.

Tafoya was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Felix Tafoya; his mother, Mary Emma Tafoya; and his brother Sam Tafoya Jr. He is survived by daughters Corinna Tafoya and Juanita (John); by brothers Gene Tafoya and Ray Tafoya; by sisters Josephine Montoya, Blanch Covillo, Gloria (Gary) Plewes and Laura Tafoya (Larry McIntosh). Tafoya is also survived by granddaughters Emma and Ruby McCoy and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held on August 8 at the Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville. A Catholic Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 10 a.m at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. A graveside burial will follow. After the services, the family will meet at the softball field on West 5th Street and Leiter Street for a celebration of life.

Tafoya did not have life insurance. The family is accepting cards and donation in care of Corinna Tafoya, P.O. Box 53, Leadville, CO 80461.