Martin “Marty” Eloy Lovato, 73, passed away Oct. 3. He was born on Oct. 1, 1943 to the late Felipe and Maria (Padilla) Lovato in Abó. Marty was an electrician in the U.S. Air Force and worked for Four Corners Power Company as a journeyman. Later in life he did many things which include being a heavy equipment operator, county grader operator and a propane service agent. Marty will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou Anderson. Marty is survived by his sons, Martin E. Lovato Jr. of Tampa, Fla., A.J. Lovato and Maria Elena of Rincon, and David Lovato and Irene of Evans, Colo.; daughters, Marla Lovato and Don Harvey of Mountainair, Barbara and Jeff Kitts of Las Vegas, Nev., Christine and Sam Chavez of Belen, Debra Lovato of Mountainair, Patsy and Brian Wilson of Albuquerque, and Berna Lovato of Belen; and brother, Felipe Lovato Jr. and Vickie, of Mountainair; 24 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. A Rosary was recited Oct. 8 at St. Alice Catholic Church in Mountainair; a celebration of Mass followed, with Father Bob Peccatiello officiating. Interment was at San Lorenzo Catholic Cemetery in Abó. Pallbearers were Matthew Lovato, Patrick Riley, Porter Riley, Stormy Lovato, Gerard Lopez and Martin E. Lovato III. Honorary pallbearers were Samson Chavez, Vicente Lopez, Justin Lopez, Deizel Lovato, David Lovato Jr. and DeAndre Daffin.
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