E.C. “Grandpa” Cordova passed peacefully on March 19, 2021 at the age of 87 in Buffalo, NY surrounded by his loving family. His ongoing battle with serious medical conditions in recent years showed the courage and strength he had by facing the challenges with a great attitude and smiling face that brought happiness to everyone’s lives he touched.
E.C. was born on October 7, 1933 in Model, Colorado to Maximinia Benavidez and Juan Benito Cordova. He graduated from San Luis High School, and soon after, he enlisted in the Army. After his military service, he became a police officer for the Ft. Worth Police Department. While in Ft. Worth, he met his wife, Genevia (Green) Cordova of 42 years. They moved to the mountains in Colorado, sixteen miles from where he grew up and attended high school. It was here where he started his own carpentry business, Mountain Home Construction. He became a very well-known and respected carpenter, building homes for people from all around the world wanting to vacation in the beautiful mountains they called home. In his spare time, he designed and built a unique twelve-sided home while they lived in a travel trailer on their property. After several years, it became the home they cherished and enjoyed sharing with family and friends.
E.C. enjoyed being an active member of organizations such as The Scottish Rite of Freemasons and The Al Kaly Shriners, helping children in need worldwide. This “second family” was a big part of his life. He enjoyed fishing and dreamed of catching “The Big One”, but one of his greatest passions was woodworking. He crafted customized pens, jewelry boxes, perfume atomizers, and so much more, but his real joy came from giving the many items he created. Everyone who met him loved him. He was easy to love…
E.C. is survived by his daughter, Paula (Cordova) Messiter-Tooze of Louisville, TN, daughter, Cheryl (Cordova) Speidel and (Favorite) son-in-law Glenn, granddaughter, Kelsey, grandson, Ryan (Kristina) of Buffalo, NY, son, Randy Williams and daughter-in-law, Barbie, granddaughters, Carey, Lydia (Scott), and grandsons, Brian (Amy), Billy, and Brett of Ft. Worth Texas, daughter, Debbie (Williams) Moore and son-in law, Victor, grandson Tawn (Kelley) of Saginaw, Texas, brother, Bill (Lorraine) Cordova of Ft. Garland, CO, thirteen great grandchildren, four great-great children and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevia (Green) Cordova, son, Mike Cordova, brothers, John (Cordova), Tom (Cordova), Edward “Eddie” (Sanchez), and Phillip (Sanchez), sisters, Emily (Cordova), Iola (Cordova), and Sadie (Sanchez) Labato.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will take place in Alamosa, CO later this year.