Born: 1/11/1943, Coyote, New Mexico
He was born to Melesendro Lovato and Cidelia Vigil. He married the love of his life, Eralia (Erla) M. Jaramillo of 52 years. They are blessed with two daughters, Debbie (Joe Thurman) and Tami Lovato.
Victor is survived by his wife and daughters; one very special granddaughter, Kailee Thurman; a very special brother-in-law, Casey Jaramillo; and a special nephew, Leanard Garcia. He is also survived by his siblings Alfred (Rose) Lovato, Prescilla (Jesse) Lopez, Mike (Rose) Lovato, Robert (Colleen) Lovato, Mary (Cruz) Madrid, Diana Lovato; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Melesendro Lovato, mother, Cidelia Vigil, sister Olympia Martinez and granddaughter, Tashia Marie Carling.
Victor proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. army from 1967 to 1969 and bravely fought in the Vietnam War. He received an honorable discharge following his dedicated service. He worked for the Utah Department of Transportation for 35 years in La Sal and the surrounding area. He was an avid hunter, loved fishing, bowling and just about anything in the outdoors. However, his greatest love was every moment he spent with his family. His family was blessed to take many family trips together - Disneyland, Las Vegas and the NASCAR races were favorites. It didnít matter where they went as long as the family was together.
Victor was very well known for his infectious smile and as a master storyteller. His sense of humor and kindness endeared him to many, and he made everyone he was talking to feel special. He was generous with his time. Victor counted many of you as a dear friend. Victor endured many illnesses attributed to his time in the service. He was frequently in the hospital and under medical care. Yet, he never complained and was determined to keep a positive outlook on life. He shouldered this burden courageously strengthened by his faith and the support of his wife and family.
One of Victorís greatest joys was watching his granddaughter, Kailee, dance. She was his pride and joy. At the beginning of this dancing season, Kailee dedicated her solo in his honor. We have so many treasured memories of our dad, grandfather and husband and will cherish them all. These will get us through the tough times. We will miss him immensely but are at peace knowing that he is no longer in pain and suffering.
Watch over us, protect us and know that we love you.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday February 29, 2020 at 10:00 am at the St. Pius X Catholic Church. A viewing will be held on Friday February 28, 2020 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at Spanish Valley Mortuary followed by a Rosary Service at 7:00 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Burial with Military Rites will follow the services at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Donation can be made to help the family at Mountain America Credit Union account # 11881680, and In Lieu of flowers donation may be made to D.A.V. in Grand Junction or University of Utah Critical care center.
Tributes:Dear Erla, So sorry to hear about Victor. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. It sounds like you had a great life together. He was always such a nice person. Gosh how the years have flown by.... You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
- Ginger and Guy Tracy (Dalton)To a loving Father, Husband, and Friend. Thanks for all the happiness shared in this life. Your presents will be missed. Our Deepest condolences for your loss.
- The Jarrell FamilyVIC WAS ALWAYS HAPPY AND LOVED BOWLING. WALKER DRUG AND MOAB GRILL WERE FAVORITE STORES. WONDERFUL MAN THAT WAS ALWAYS THE SAME -- NEVER WAVERING FROM HIS GIFT OF MAKING FRIENDS AND ENCOURAGING OTHERS.
- Matt BaileyI just read about Victor's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. I have a lot of happy memories of La Sal and especially of spending time with your family when I was teenager. I think of you all often and I hope you all are doing well. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. I know my parents always thought very highly of Victor and I remember him as a very kind man. Take Care,
- Rachael Stewart
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