Donald Lechuga, of Pueblo, died Sept. 8, 2005, in Pueblo. He was 76 years old.
Donald was born on Nov. 26, 1928, in Deadwood, S.D., to John Lechuga and Priscilla (Gonzales) Lechuga. The family moved to Trinidad when Donald was a boy. He began working in the baking industry at an early age. In September 1946, he enlisted in the Army, where he earned the World War II Victory Medal and the Army Occupation Medal while in Kyushu, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and returned to Trinidad, where he met and married Margaret Sandoval on Dec. 4, 1954.
Donald and Margaret moved to Carbondale in 1956, where he was a miner for many years. He later worked for the city of Glenwood Springs until his retirement in 1991. In 1995 he moved to Pueblo, where he remained until his death.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret, to whom he was devoted for 39 years. He was also preceded by three brothers, George, Abel and John, and two sisters, Eva and Matilda. He is survived by his sons, Phillip (Martha) of Thornton and Donald W. (Kathy) of Carbondale, and daughters, Elaine Bohman (Paul) of Appleton, Wis., and Veronica Smith of Carbondale. He has 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother Adam Lechuga of Denver; two sisters, Esther Zamora of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rose Garcia of Denver; and many nieces and nephews.Services will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Farnum Holt Funeral Chapel, 405 W. Seventh St., Glenwood Springs, with interment to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale. The family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
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