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Richard DeHerrera

February 26, 1952 May 18, 2024
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Richard DeHerrera, passed away, May 18, 2024 at his brother’s home, surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant battle with prostate cancer. He was born on February 26, 1952, in La Isla, Colorado to Orlando and Ida DeHerrera. He was 72 years of age.

Richard was predominantly raised by his grandparents, Frutoso and Ana DeHerrera, who instilled within him a deep-rooted sense of family and community.

An avid outdoorsman, Richard’s love for hunting and fishing showcased his deep connection

with nature. He maintained a lifelong passion for raising animals. Known for his generosity and

compelling storytelling, Richard touched the lives of many, sharing tales of travel and adventure

that resonated with all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Richard’s adventurous spirit led him on extensive travels through Central America and Mexico,

where he met his future wife, Kerry Jex-Blake. Together for 15 years, they spent most of their

time in New Zealand, raising their two boys. Richard managed a deer farm, and was the

president of the local deer farmer association.

In the mid-‘90’s, Richard returned to the United States where he undertook various roles across

the country, forming new and lasting friendships wherever he went. His warm and affable nature

made him well-liked, leading to a network of friends spanning the nation. Eventually, Richard resettled in the San Luis Valley where he enjoyed giving back to his community, particularly through his work with the San Luis Valley Mental Health Center and contributions to the local senior citizens centers and community garden in Alamosa.

Richard is survived by his sons: Kael & Rosie and Joven & Kristina; his beloved grandson, Cruz;

siblings: Ted & Janice DeHerrera, Guillermo & Jolie DeHerrera, Maria Morales, Kenneth &

Yolanda DeHerrera, Cindy & David Atencio, Teresa DeHerrera, Orlando Jr & Tish DeHerrera,

and James & Denise DeHerrera; sisters-in-law: Brenda DeHerrera, Geraldine DeHerrera, and

numerous nieces, nephews, God children, and friends. He was preceded in death by his

grandparents Frutoso and Ana, parents Orlando and Ida, siblings: Andrew, Augustine, and Joan

DeHerrera, and brother-in-law Moises Morales.

Richard’s widespread friendships and lasting impact on the community are a testament to a life

well-lived, filled with love, laughter, and an enduring commitment to the well-being of others.

A celebration of Richard’s remarkable life will be held on May 27th at 11 am in Our Lady of

Guadalupe Parish. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations by check to the Antonito

Senior Center, PO Box 296, Antonito, CO 81120, a cause Richard passionately supported. 




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Service

Monday

27

May

11:00 AM 5/27/2024 11:00:00 AM
Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church

6633 County Road 13
Conejos , CO 81129

Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church
6633 County Road 13 Conejos 81129 CO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Los Cerritos Cemetery Final Resting Place

1
Manasa, CO 81141

1 Manasa 81141 CO
United States
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