"Pat’ Vigil, 1920 – 2002
Vigil was born and raised in Llano, N.M., on March 3, 1920, the son of Cleotilde and Eliseo Vigil. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving during World War II from Nov. 3, 1941 until Dec. 9, 1945. After receiving an honorable discharge, he moved in the 1950s to Colorado, where he was employed by the New Jersey Zinc Mine in Gilman for 23 years.
When the mine shut down operations in 1979, Vigil went to work in the construction business throughout the Vail Valley. In January 1982, he retired and moved to Denver, where he lived until his death.
Vigil is preceded in death by: his parents; his brother, Frutoso Vigil; and his adopted sister, Flora Cordova Sandoval.
He is survived by: nieces Luann (Arthur) Vigil of Leadville, Nancy (Pacomio) Sanchez of Rifle, Freida (Nick) Schommer of Plainfield, Ind., Rose (Joe) Mottillo of Gypsum and Lisa (Paul) Johnston of Vail; a nephew, Ralph (Barbara) Sandoval of Minturn; his brother-in-law, Ismael Sandoval of Rifle; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Friends and family members said he will be missed.
A visitation was held Wednesday at Bailey Funeral Home in Leadville. A Christian service will take place on today at 9 a.m. at the Salvation Army Denver Citadel, 4505 W. Alameda Ave., in Denver. Vigil will be laid to rest at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home in Leadville.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army Denver Citadel’s Senior Program, 4505 W. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO 80219.