Michael Tito Trujillo

Michael Tito Trujillo passed away on Saturday, February 27, a week after celebrating his 68th birthday.

Trujillo was born in Talpa, New Mexico to Felipe and Fortunata Trujillo and was raised in a loving home alongside his eight siblings. Trujillo spent several years in Rodarte, New Mexico with his maternal grandparents, Luis and Refugio Duran, and his beloved aunt Faby. Time spent in Rodarte gave Trujillo the opportunity to work alongside Grandpa Luis, where he learned a good work ethic and created  many cherished memories.

Trujillo attended and graduated from Taos High School in 1973. Upon graduation he moved to Colorado to work in the mines.

While living in Red Cliff, Trujillo met a young lady who would change his life forever. Lupita Medina became his lifelong partner and the love of his life. “Mikey and Lupita were inseparable … where one was, the other one was,” his family said.

Their interests included camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobile riding, bike riding, horseback riding, traveling and anything else that came along. Trujillo was employed by the Town of Avon for 35 years. He had recently retired in August 2020 and was just beginning to enjoy his time off.

Trujillo and his wife had recently been ice fishing and were extremely proud of the fish they caught. Their fishing gear was ready for an ice fishing trip on Sunday, but God had different plans, his family said.

Trujillo was preceded in death by his parents Felipe and Fortunata Trujillo; brothers Felipe Jr. and James; nephew Luis Giron; in-laws Ricardo and Lucia Medina; brothers-in-law Abel and Dennis; and his beloved pets Samantha and Pinto Bean.

Trujillo is survived by his wife of 45 years Lupita Medina-Trujillo; goddaughter Crystal (Jimmy) Benavides; godson Kevin Gusdorf; siblings Luzita, Sara, Rebecca, Roger, Arthur (Joanne), Gerry (Kathy); godmother Tina Martinez; sister-in-law Geraldine (Louie) Atencio; brothers-in-law Richard, Larry, Rudy, Sammy and Meliquias; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, family and friends.

Trujillo’s family said that his loving, caring, generous and humorous nature will be greatly missed by all who knew him. “The memories we are left with will be cherished and will be of great comfort to us,” his family said. “We do not say goodbye, but instead, we bid you farewell until we see you in paradise. Rest easy, Michael, vaya con dios.”

Services will be held on Friday, March 5 in Leadville at St. Joseph Catholic Church. A visitation will be held at 9 a.m., a rosary 9:30 a.m. and a mass 10 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date in Talpa, New Mexico.