Wilfredo Velasquez, 1932-2020

Wilfredo Velasquez

Wilfredo “Willie” Velasquez, Sr., 87, longtime resident of Moab, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 26, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones.

Willie was born Dec. 5, 1932 in Youngsville, New Mexico to Celestino and Reducinda Gallegos Velasquez; he was the youngest of their six children and their last direct descendent.

Willie married the love of his life, Olga Molina, on March 13, 1954, in Price, Utah and remained by her side for 66 years, until his passing. He worked for 40 years in the mining industry between Sunnyside, Moab, Utah and Craig, Colorado, and was a proud, member of the United Mine Workers of America.

Willie was an avid reader of Louis L’amour, Zane Grey and a lover of all old western movies. On any given day the sounds of gunshots, racing horse hooves and the voices of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, or James Arness could be heard blaring from the front room.

As an accomplished musician, he loved spending time with his family, singing and playing the guitar while writing his own words to well-known songs for everyone’s entertainment.

He was a master at coming up with nicknames for everyone he became acquainted with and if you knew Willie, he probably had a nickname for you, too!

He was a member of the Assembly of God Church and had many dear friends. In their younger years, he and Olga enjoyed bowling, playing softball together and spent their evenings at the ball fields watching their children do what they loved.

Willie will forever be remembered as an outstanding family provider. He inspired those around him with his positive approach to life, carefree and colorful attitude and unwavering devotion to his family and friends.