Gilbert Jose Atencio, 91

Monte Vista resident Gilbert Jose Atencio, 91, passed away February 23, 2019 at his home under hospice care, with his loving family by his side. Gilbert was born on February 6, 1928 in Durango, CO the son of Arthur Jones and Deluvina Lucero. Gilbert was united in marriage on August 24, 1946 to Solema ‘Sally’ Duran. They were married 60 joyful years.

Gilbert retired from C & L Container in Monte Vista after 28 years, he was an avid Bronco and Rockies fan. He loved western movies, but his greatest joy was spending time with his loving family.

Survivors include his children, Arnold (Genivieve) Atencio Monticello, UT, Archie (Sue) Atencio Del Norte, CO, MaryEllen (Jerry) Martinez Grand Junction, CO, Elizabeth Archuleta Grand Junction, CO, Eugene (Jeannie) Atencio Monte Vista, CO, MaryJo Atencio Monte Vista, CO, Susan Balderas Monte Vista, CO, Ernest (Loretta) Atencio Minturn, CO, Rudy (Linda) Atencio Grand Junction, CO, Virginia Atencio Colorado Springs, CO, SallyMae (Dave) Duran Eugene, OR, Fermin (Mona) Atencio Lonetree, CO, Joseph (Laura) Atencio Monte Vista, CO, Lori (Mike) McDonald Monument, CO, Kevin (Carla) Atencio Colorado Springs, CO, Laura (Carlos) Duran, Monte Vista, CO; One sister Mary Herrin Blackshear, GA, one brother Manuel Lucero Del Norte, CO, 47 grandchildren, 80 great grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Solema, Granddaughter he raised Shauna Atencio, grandson James Duran, great grandson Jacob Valdez. Brothers Alfred Lucero, Victor Archuleta, and sister Cande Lucero.

A vigil service with recitation of the rosary will be held Thursday February 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monte Vista, CO. A mass of the resurrection will be held on Friday March, 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monte Vista, CO. Interment will follow at the Monte Vista Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit The care of arrangements have been entrusted to Romero Funeral Home of Monte Vista.