Lopez, Estevan Jose
Before passing Estevan foraged a 76 year trail of laughter, generosity, compassion and wisdom. Estevan Jose Lopez passed early Sunday, August 9, 2020, surrounded by those who loved and cherished him. Estevan was born on August 2nd, 1944, to Ramon and Ramona Lopez of San Francisco, New Mexico. Estevan had the pleasure of being a twin with his brother Antonio (Tony) Lopez; who was born just minutes after. He was the 8th child born of 12, gone on before him were his mother, Ramona, father, Ramon, brothers, Simms, Benny, Johnny Lopez and sisters, Lydia Pino and Vivian Chavez. Estevan graduated from La Joya High School in San Francisco, New Mexico in 1963. He joined the US Navy from 1964 to 1967 and served his country during the Vietnam War. After a short time in California and sharing memories with the Cano family he made Albuquerque, New Mexico his home. He became an iron worker with Local Union 495 (where he was known as Flash) and was able to work alongside his brother, Richard Lopez. Estevan met his wife Theresa Flores Lopez during one of his construction jobs; a year later he started his family. Estevan is survived by his wife of 42 years, Theresa Lopez his children, Stephanie Lopez, Samuel Lopez, Rachel Lopez and Rebecca Lopez. His eight grandchildren who he took extreme pride in are, Tiffanie, Marquise, Samuel Jr., Angel, Elijah, Neveah, Jayden and Tristan. His surviving siblings are Julia Cano, Victoria Baca, Patricia Lopez, Antonio (Tony) Lopez, Eileen Lopez, Richard Lopez, Chris Lopez and Ernie Lopez.
We lost someone very special to us, a man who loved to tell jokes and always had a smile. He was a great cook and loved to cook for a small army. He would always say "it's better to have more than not enough". He loves his auctions and finding treasures his motto "one man's junk is another mans treasure". He loved collecting so much that he and his daughter Rachel were known as "Sanford and Daughter". When he wasn't at auctions, Los Volcanes Senior Center or taking care of someone in the family he was at the casino playing slots or poker tournaments (known to some as Donkey), He would always say "it's better to be lucky than good". Estevan loved his Family and Friends which included his loyal companion Deliah. Now he rests in a better place with no pain or suffering; reunited with the ones lost before him. Estevan will be greatly missed and fondly remember. I want to end with two quotes by Winston Churchill that described Estevan and how he lived; "The Price of Greatness is Responsibility" and "You make a Living by what you ear; you make a Life by what you give". To the man who was always giving to others, sacrificed and had so much love for his family. Estevan will always be remembered and never forgotten. Rest in Peace Sunrise 08/02/1944 Sunset 08/09/2020.
Visitation will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 3:00 pm with a prayer service to follow at 4:00 pm at Garcia Mortuary ~ Chapel of Angels, 624 8th Street SW. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at the Ranch.
To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.garciamortuary.com
717 Stover Ave. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102