Ufracio Medina, 83, of Red Cliff, died Friday | VailDaily.com

Ufracio Medina, 83, of Red Cliff, died Friday

Daily staff report

Ufracio Medina died Friday at the St. Vincent General Hospital in Leadville. He was 83.

Medina was born in Rodarte, N.M. on Aug. 1, 1920. His parents were the late Ciriacio and Socititto (Martinez) Medina.

On Aug. 12, 1948, Ufracio married the former Dorothy Martinez in Penasco, N.M., and together they had eight children. They moved to Colorado where Ufracio worked for the New Jersey Zinc Company in Gilman.

After 37 years of service, Medina retired to enjoy his family. Family members said he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren, and also liked to fish in the summer time. They said he marveled at flowers year round and never grew tired of their beauty.

Ufracio is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Marsha Medina; sisters, Pasquella Santos and Petrolina Sanchez and the latter’s husband, Baroline; brother, Juan Manuel Medina; and niece, Jane Sanchez.

Medina is survived by his wife Dorothy, of Red Cliff; children, Gloria (Ernest) Trujillo, Helen (William) Gallegos, Henry (Betty) Medina, Beatrice (Charles) Espinoza, all of Leadville. He is also survived by Doris (Dennis) Fresquez, Jerry (Niva) Medina, Moses (Doris) Medina, all of Red Cliff; and sisters, Loyola (Joe) Gallegos in Rodarte, N.M., and Belinda Medina in Taos, N.M.

Medina is also survived by 17 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday at the Red Cliff Gym. Elder Frank Rhoades officiated. The Rosary was recited at later that day at the Annunciation Catholic Church

Medina was buried was Tuesday morning, also at Annunciation Church. Father Ed Poehlman officiated, Jean Elliott played the organ and Fred Casaus played the guitar and sang.

Medina was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery in Red Cliff. Pallbearers were Rocky Salazar; Ray Romero; Jerome, James, Mo and Jeremy Medina; Joe Valdez; and Gary and Andrew Espinosa. A reception followed the services.

Support Local Journalism