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Crash victim was ‘outgoing, gregarious’

Special to the Daily Josue Valencia had passed his high school graduation equivalency test at Colorado Mountain College earlier this year, and dreamed of being a Spanish-English interpreter, one of his employers said.

GYPSUM Josue Valencia was in a great mood Saturday, showing off his prized new pickup truck to his fellow workers, said Perry Churchill, owner of Eagle Valley Glass and Mirror. It wasn’t uncommon for Valencia to be in good spirits, Churchill said.

“Josue was really outgoing, gregarious, extremely friendly,” Churchill said. “He loved to tease and kid.”Valencia, 35, of Gypsum died early Sunday morning after his truck rolled on Interstate 70 near the Gypsum exit.The Mexico native had worked for Eagle Valley Glass and Mirror for about a year until June. He was helping them with the store’s move to Gypsum on Saturday.Valencia was always on time, Churchill said, so he thought it was strange when Valencia didn’t show up for work on Sunday. A strange voice answered Valencia’s cell phone that morning – it was the assistant coroner, Churchill said.Valencia had passed his high-school-graduation equivalency test at Colorado Mountain College earlier this year, and aspired to be a Spanish-English interpreter, Churchill said. Noemi Garcia of Santa Fe, N.M., Valencia’s sister, said he loved to dance, take photos and study U.S. history.

“He was very sociable and a very happy person,” she said in Spanish.He had been living in the United States for 10 years, Garcia said. He was originally from Ciudad Delicias in the state of Chihuahua, Garcia said.Valencia had most recently worked full-time building the clubhouse at the Adam’s Rib golf course.”He would tell me he was a dancer,” said Matt Shoulders, his boss at Adam’s Rib.Garcia is survived by one son, three brothers and sisters, and his mother.

At about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Valencia’s red 2000 GMC Sierra veered off the right side of the road, the State Patrol said. Garcia overcorrected, and the truck rolled into the median, authorities said. Investigators believe Valencia may have fallen asleep at the wheel, Trooper Justin Mitchell said.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or, Colorado

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