Obituaries

Obituary: Helen Archuleta Aug. 15, 1939 – Jan. 3, 2021

HELEN ARCHULETA Aug. 15, 1939 – Jan. 3, 2021

Our beloved Helen Archuleta, 81 took her final breath on January 3, 2021, after a long battle with COVID-19. Surrounded by true heroes—the amazing health care workers and staff of Los Alamos Medical Center—who worked day in and day out risking their lives fighting to save hers.

Although it will be hard to fathom this earthly world without Helen physically here, she is now at eternal peace with God who led her spirit home to heaven and lives on in all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. 

Helen leaves behind the love of her life, Videlio “Phil” Archuleta


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Obituary: John Eric Rundberg May 13, 1986 – Jan. 8, 2021

JOHN ERIC RUNDBERG – May 13, 1986-Jan. 8, 2021

John Eric Rundberg, a resident of Socorro, New Mexico, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 8th in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 34.

He was born May 13, 1986 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the second of three children born to Bob and Ginger Rundberg. He grew up in Los Alamos, where he attended Los Alamos High School, played club rugby, and taught swimming lessons as a lifeguard at Canyon Vista Pool in White Rock.

He attended New Mexico Tech in Socorro, where he became involved with Pygmy Rugby, first as a player and later as the team’s unofficial photographer.


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OBITUARY: Joshua Miko Dec. 26, 2003 – Jan. 9, 2021

JOSHUA DAVID MIKO Dec. 26, 2003 – Jan. 9, 2021

Joshua David Miko was born on December 26, 2003 and was called back to heaven at the age of 17 on January 9, 2021.

He died doing what he loved – camping.

Josh is the son of David and Janice Miko and was born and raised in Los Alamos.

Josh was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joseph Miko; maternal grandparents, Charles and Barbara Heise; and uncle, Richard Heise.

He is survived by his parents; sister, Rebecca Miko; grandmother, Dolores Miko; and many other relatives and friends.

Josh was very active in the community, being a long-standing member


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Obituary: Loring Cox, Jr. April 24, 1919 – Dec. 29, 2020

LORING COX, JR. April 24, 1919 – Dec. 29, 2020

Loring Cox, Jr. was born on April 24, 1919 to Thomas Loring Cox and Araminta (Ninnie) Cox in Birch River, West Virginia. He grew up on a farm in rural West Virginia, back when rural meant very basic, as one of ten children.

After finishing school, he started working at a law firm, but soon had an opportunity to get a job with the federal government, which paid better and had more job security.

At the outbreak of World War II, he was stationed in Bermuda. He volunteered for the Army Air Corps, much to the displeasure of his boss. He wasn’t able to qualify as a pilot


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Obituary: Frank Ernest Chávez Feb. 13, 1935 – Dec. 28, 2020

FRANK ERNEST CHÁVEZ Feb. 13, 1935 – Dec. 28, 2020

Frank “Ernie” Chávez (Poppy), of Albuquerque and Los Alamos, passed away on December 28, 2020 at home, with his wife of sixty years by his side.

He was born on February 13, 1935 to Gertrude Zimmerly Archuletta in Socorro, NM.

Frank married Ruth Alarid on July 30, 1960 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Albuquerque, NM.  They had three children, Michael, Craig, and Janice.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother Gertrude Archuletta, his parents-in-law Jesus and Aurelia Alarid, his son Michael, and his cousin Elaine Russell, who was like a sister


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Obituary: Tomas Duran Dec. 14, 1952 – Dec. 30, 2020

TOMAS DURAN Jr Dec. 14, 1952 – Dec. 30, 2020

Tomas (Tom) Duran Jr, 68, of Farmington, NM passed away Wednesday December 30, 2020.

Tom was born December 14, 1952, in Albuquerque, NM to the late Tomas and Frances Duran of Cuba, NM. He grew up in Cuba, NM, with his six siblings.

After four years in the US Army, Tom relocated to Farmington, NM where he pursued his journeyman’s electrical license, laying the foundation for his professional career. During this time of professional development, he met and married his wife Rebecca (Becky) in 1980. The two welcomed twins Stephen and Linda in the Spring of 1982.


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Obituary: William Wesley Combs Jr. July 20, 1929 – Dec. 10, 2020

WILLIAM WESLEY COMBS July 20, 1929 – Dec. 10, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved father, William Wesley Combs, Jr., who died on December 10, 2020 from COVID-19. He was 91.

The anguish we feel about his passing is difficult to describe. He was not a young man, but he was taken from us too soon. He still had things to do and to say.

But we choose to remember his remarkable life and character. Bill Combs was born on July 20, 1929 in Northeastern Mississippi (Houston) and raised in Raymond and Inverness. He graduated as Valedictorian from Inverness High School in 1947, and


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Obituary: Sam Donaldson Dec. 27, 2020

SAM DONALDSON Dec. 27, 2020

The Sam Donaldson passed away peacefully at home in Los Alamos, NM on December 27, 2020 after a brief illness resulting from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Because Sam shared the same name as the famous ABC News journalist, people would often ask if he was “The Sam Donaldson;” to which he would reply, “I am not the ABC Sam, but yes, I am The Sam Donaldson.”

The Sam Donaldson was born in Bath, Maine to Scott and Minnie Thelma Donaldson. His father was a career Navy man which led to many moves along with his sister Nancy and brother Scott. The family eventually settled


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Obituary: James A. Baran Sept. 24, 1938 – Dec. 29, 2020

JAMES A. BARAN Sept. 24, 1938 – Dec. 29, 2020

James A. Baran, 82, a long time Los Alamos resident, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2020 in Los Alamos.

He was born September 24, 1938 in Parma, Ohio, the son of Andrew and Josephine Baran.

Jim graduated from Case Institute of Technology with a degree in Physics, then later received his Master’s of Science Degree in 1963 from Kansas State University, where he also earned his Doctorate Degree

Jim began his 30 year career at Los Alamos National Lab in 1968 and at his retirement received a certificate of appreciation.

In his early years he was heavily involved


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Obituary: R. Richard Bartsch Oct. 26, 1940 – Nov. 20, 2020

R. RICHARD BARTSCH Oct. 26, 1940 – Nov. 20, 2020

Richard Bartsch dedicated his life to peering into the building blocks of matter and energy that power the stars and savoring fresh air with friends and family beneath the open sky.

Over a decades-long career as an electrical engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nation’s premier nuclear research center, he authored or co-authored more than 90 research papers on energy and nuclear fusion and collaborated with scientists in Japan and Russia.

He died at home in Sequim, Washington Nov. 20, 2020, surrounded by family after a four-year battle


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