Thursday, January 21, 2010

Salomon Abeyta

March 18, 1925 - Jan. 13, 2010

Salomon Abeyta, Col., USANG (Ret.) passed away peacefully on January 13, 2010 in Scottsdale, Ariz., surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Abeytas on Mar. 18, 1925. Col. Abeyta served as a gunnery pilot during World War II and later used the GI bill to complete his education at the University of New Mexico, where he earned first a Bachelor of Arts in Education and later a Masters in Counseling He initially taught civics at Belen High School, later becoming a counselor in the Belen Public School system, and then retiring from the Socorro School system. He was a member of the New Mexico National Guard and served in several capacities, including assignment at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He received numerous military awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal for his work with developing a program for minorities for the Department of Defense.
Col. Abeyta is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Doris; his children and their spouses, Sharon Abeyta-Levey (Lee) and Randy Abeyta (Brenda), and his beloved grandchildren, Bree, Coree, Walker and Hawk. He is also survived by his sister, Petrita Barela.
Visitation was held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, January 18, with a rosary recited afterward. A final visitation was held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, January 19, with a Funeral Mass following. Interment was at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Salomon’s online register book can be signed at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, were in charge of arrangements.

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