Esteban Estrada

Obituary of Esteban Carlos Estrada

Esteban Carlos Estrada, 66, of Monte Vista, Colorado in the San Luis Valley, passed away February 23, 2020 at the Denver Hospice.  Esteban was born on August 18, 1953 in Platteville, Colorado to Senida Estrada and Juan Camilo Samora. He was married May 17, 1975 to the late Cleopatra Marie Jaramillo of Center, CO.

Esteban was one of CU Boulder’s Educational Opportunity Program students of the 1970s, having arrived onto the Boulder campus during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.  He was an active member of UMAS (United Mexican American Students), served as a Brown Beret security member, and was an actor with Teatro de Ustedes, a theatre group that focused its content on Aztec, Chicano/a, and Mexican American history. Esteban studied Education at CU Boulder. He also served as a custodian, security, and construction laborer for several years with Boulder Valley Schools and the University of Colorado Boulder.

His two daughters, Leticia and Teresa, blessed him with four grandchildren. Esteban’s grandchildren regard their grandpo as one who was a playful, fun, attentive, and energetic soul.

Survivors include his two daughters, Leticia Roady Estrada of Westminster, CO, Teresa (Victor) Hernandez of Westminster, CO, four grandchildren Jalen (17), Nevaeh (15), Jonathan (13), and Anthony (9).

Esteban’s siblings include: Arthur Garcia - Pueblo, CO; Elise Gutierrez (Cilfredo) Gutierrez - Thornton, CO; Richard Garcia (Teresa) Garcia – Erie, CO, John William (Mary) Samora - Riverside, CA; Richard Christopher (Marcella) Samora – Monte Vista, CO, Joyce (Mark) Renshaw- Monte Vista, CO; Marlene Patty (Richard) Tafoya - Del Norte, CO; Annalee Samora - Monte Vista, CO; Deborah Valentine - Front Royal, VA; Danny (Paula) Samora - Alamosa, CO; Olga Samora - Monte Vista, CO; Lorena (Joe) Coronado - Monte Vista, CO; Duanese (Gilbert) Atencio - Taos, New Mexico; Alice Sanchez - Alamosa, CO; his brother-in-law and best friend Larry Jaramillo; aunts, uncles, several cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Esteban was preceded in death by his late wife, Cleopatra Marie (65), mother Senida Estrada (39), father Juan Camilo Samora (37), Viola Estrella Samora (72), grandmother Ester Mestas (96), grandparents Carmelita (82) and Elias Samora (79), brother David Thomas Garcia (26), aunt Helen Esperanza Gutierrez (32), brother Duane Joseph Samora (18), and Mario Carlo  Samora (46).

A mass intention was held at Saint Thomas Catholic Church with a memorial service following one of dad’s favorite places, Eben G. Fine Park, in Boulder, Colorado. 

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