Ignacio resident Max Joseph Aragon, III, died of liver failure Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in Durango. He was 66.
Known as “Boy,” he was born to Marie (Romero) and Max Aragon II on Jan. 29, 1946, in Durango and grew up in Durango and Ignacio. Mr. Aragon graduated from Durango High School and played football for Fort Lewis College.
He worked as a heavy-equipment operator for Burnett Construction and the city of Durango, then for Imperial Valley County in Brawley, Calif., where he retired.
He married Shirley Lucero in Durango. The marriage later ended in divorce.
Mr. Aragon was involved in the Catholic Church, where he was a member of Knights of Columbus for many years in Brawley, also serving as grand knight.
He moved back to Ignacio 2½ years ago.
“His obsession with the Denver Broncos infuriated his friends in California, but he was a diehard fan until the end,” his family said. “He loved riding motorcycles with his son, Max, until he passed away three years ago. He enjoyed his friends and meeting new people. He also loved Durango, and the lakes, rivers and the mountains were his home.”
Mr. Aragon was preceded in death by his son Max “Jojo” Aragon.
He is survived by his companion, Margaret Herrera, of Ignacio; mother, Marie Romero Barfell, of Indio, Calif.; daughters Geraldine Aragon of Ignacio and Ami Aragon of Los Angeles; son Perfecto Aragon of Tucson, Ariz.; brother, Eddie D. Aragon, of Vista Center, Calif.; sister, Charlette Zomora, of Denver; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 254 East Fifth Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, also at Sacred Heart. The Rev. Joseph L. Gallegos will be the celebrant. Burial will take place at Greenwood Memorial Lawn in Phoenix.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation at www.liverfoundation.org.