Published: Sunday, November 25th, 2007
Services: At 6 p.m. Monday a rosary will be recited at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mosquero. At 11 a.m. Tuesday a mass of resurrection will be celebrated at St. Joseph's. Leo Mata, 79, died on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at his residence in Mosquero following an extended illness. Mr. Mata was born Oct. 22, 1928 in Mosquero. He was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mosquero. He served in the U.S. Army for three years during WWII and later served in the U.S. Air Force for four years during the Korean conflict. He was a true cowboy, who loved the outdoors and worked at several ranches in the Mosquero area, his family said. He also was a talented singer and guitar player. Surviving Mr. Mata are his brother, Ermenio (Corrine) Mata, his sister, Faye Walker, and nieces and nephews, Carrie (Nick) Archuleta, Della Rawdon, Evelyn Baca, Bert (Shirley) Mata, Tommy, Steve and Vicente Mata, Theresa Martinez, Louise (Tommy) Arguello, Rita (Jose) Palos, Edmund Mata, Lillian Lujan, Frances (Richard) Sedillo and Annette Mata. He is also survived by 30 great-nieces and great-nephews and 27 great-great-nieces and -nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Vicente and Carolina Mata, sisters Paublita and Mary Alice Mata. Stephen Imbarrato will be the celebrant at the mass. Pallbearers will be Vicente Mata, Bert Mata, Tommy Mata, Edmund Mata, Nick Archuleta, Joseph Trujillo Ted Baca and Raymond Trujillo. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert Cordova, Steve Vigil, Juan Pacheco, Arnold Miera, Christy Arguello, Becky Archuleta Marquez, Mary Laumbach and Petra Laumbach. Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.
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