Johnny Duane Maes

SAN LUIS — Johnny Duane Maes, a beacon of love and kindness, whose adventurous spirit uplifted everyone he encountered, passed away peacefully in his birthplace of Alamosa, Colo., on Jan. 8, 2024. Born on May 18, 1946, into the warm embrace of the Maes family, Johnny lived a life that exemplified the power of positivity and the strength of familial bonds.

Johnny's professional life was spent among the community at the potato warehouse in Monte Vista, where his dedication and hard work were as steadfast as his ever-present smile. His colleagues became his extended family, sharing in the laughter and camaraderie that Johnny naturally fostered.

Beyond the warehouse walls, Johnny's adventurous spirit found its outlet in the simple pleasure of driving. Those who loved him knew that if Johnny was missing, he was out embracing the open road, exploring the beauty of the world around him. This love of travel was more than a hobby; it was a reflection of his desire to always move forward, to discover, and to experience the joy of life's journey.

Family was the cornerstone of Johnny's existence. He leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories with his son, James Maes of Pueblo, Colo., and his adored grandchildren, Jeremy, Shilea, Patrick, and Nathanial Maes, all of Alamosa, Colo. His sister, Darlene Burns of Blanca, Colo., and his brother, Ronald Maes, will hold dear the times shared with Johnny, as will his numerous nieces and nephews. His family was his pride, his joy, and his life's greatest accomplishment.

Johnny's life story would be incomplete without acknowledging the profound influence of his late parents, Rose and Andrew, and his siblings Elmer, "Dickie," and Maddie Barletta, who preceded him in death. The values they instilled in him became the guiding principles by which he lived every day.

In the words of Johnny, the road is not just a path from one place to another but a symbol of life's endless possibilities. Let us honor his memory by seeking the joy in every day, by cherishing our loved ones, and by making the world a kinder place, one act of love at a time. Johnny's journey continues within each of us, inspiring us to live with the same boundless enthusiasm and unwavering compassion that he shared with the world.

Per the families wishes a memorial mass of Christian burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, at Rogers Family Mortuary, 205 State Ave., Alamosa, Colo.

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