Alfred D. C. Ortiz y Delgado 1930-2018

Alfred Ortiz y Delgado of Rio Rancho, New Mexico passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at his home surrounded by family and abundant love. A celebration of life service was held for him on Tuesday April 10, 2018 at Daniels Family Funeral Services in Rio Rancho. It was followed by a service by Pastor Kent Bernard. All who attended were encouraged to wear colorful attire for his celebration of his colorful life! He himself loved wearing Hawaiian shirts. A reception at Grace Outreach Event Center on Rosarito Dr. in Rio Rancho  followed the service. His burial took place on April 16, 2018 at National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.

Alfred was born on September 22, 1930 in Santa Fe to Frank Valencia Ortiz and Margaret Mary Delgado de Ortiz. He graduated from Santa Fe High School and attended the College of Santa Fe. He joined the National Guard/US Army Reserve and served for 42 years with pride and love for his country. Alfred was a civil engineer with the NM State Highway Department and Zia Engineering. He was involved in many organizations, among them the Santa Fe Fiesta Caballeros, NM Fish and Game Reserve Officer, Youth football league coach, NRA instruction, Prison Fellowship Chaplain over 25 years in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, hospice volunteers, served in Minstries in Mexico building schools, Elks Club member, DAV Commander, Toastmaster and Senior Olympics (powerlifting).

His passions were working on the family ranch, hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved Notre Dame and Raiders football. He was a talented artist and an avid storyteller. He loved his pets Rex, Prince and Roxy.

He is survived by his wife Virginia G. Ortiz, daughters Suzette Meloling (Everette, Jordan and Elijah), Yvonne Ortiz (A'marie Sellers) and Alicia and John Boal (Eva). Also children from a previous marriage, Olivia and Bruce Lanphar (Jonathan, Rebekah and Jesse Netzloff), Mardell and Anthony Trujillo (Joshua, Jacob and Andell), David Ortiz (David Jr.), Arthur and Beverly Ortiz (Marissa Schenkman and Adam Ortiz), Teresa and Dennis Casados (Serena Rodriguez, Ryan Serrano, Eric Serrano, Alan and Larissa Ortiz (Jayden and Alec) and sixteen great grandchilden and three nieces and six nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Frank Jr. and sister Adelina Ortiz de Hill, his son-in-law Monte Netzloff, daughter-in-law Kathy Ortiz, great graddaughter Elie Netzloff and nephew Paul Hill.

In lieu of flowers, he wished that donations be made to the Prison Fellowship Ministries (www.prisonfellowship.org)