Ignacio (Nick) ‘Junior’ Ortega

Ignacio (Nick) “Junior” Ortega passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2023, at the age of 84 in Wheat Ridge, Colo. He was born Feb. 6, 1939, in Capulin, Colo., to Ignacio Ortega and Porfiria (Archuleta) Ortega.

Ignacio was a proud Veteran of the US Navy where he served as a sonarman on the submarine USS Tench from 1961 to 1965. During his time in the Navy, Ignacio traveled through Europe and other countries. This fueled his love for travel and once discharged from the Navy, traveling became one of his hobbies.

Ignacio also enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, walking, swimming and being outdoors. In addition to his hobbies, Ignacio loved watching football and was a dedicated Denver Broncos fan. Later in life, Ignacio loved spending time with his beloved granddaughter, Lilliana.

Ignacio worked for Union Pacific Railroad as a switchman from the time he was discharged from the Navy until he retired in 1997.

Ignacio was united in marriage to Rose Torres on July 25, 2003, in Denver, Colo.

Uncle Junior, as he was known by all his nephews and nieces, was more than just an uncle. To some, he was a second father, to others he was more like an older brother. To all he was a great and kind man who had a profound impact.

Ignacio was preceded in death by his parents, Ignacio and Porifia Ortega.

Ignacio is survived by his wife of 20 years, Rose Ortega, his stepchildren, Mary Ellen Torres and Gilbert (Mari) Torres, granddaughter, Lilliana Torres; siblings — Jelena (William-deceased) Anderson, Arthur (Oralia-deceased) Ortega, Cecelia (Martin-deceased) Roberts, Victor (Darlene) Ortega, Helen (Johnny) Oakes, Lawrence Ortega, Jerry (Isabell) Ortega and Edwin Ortega. In addition, Ignacio leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins, God children and dear friends.

Recitation of the Rosary to be held Nov. 20, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Capulin, Colo.  A Mass of the Resurrection will be held immediately after at 10 a.m. with interment following at Capulin Cemetery.

The care of arrangements has been entrusted to Romero Funeral Home in Lakewood and Alamosa.