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TRUJILLO - Joseph “JW” Trujillo Sr., 85, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. It is with great sadness that we announce his death. Trujillo, a native New Mexican from Bernalillo, served with the U.S. Army from 1940-1945. After his discharge, JW was employed as chief of Supply, Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Japanese Internment Camp in Santa Fe.
He and Roselia, his wife of 63 years, moved to Los Alamos in 1947 where he was an accountant for the Zia Company. In 1951, Trujillo joined the Atomic Energy Commission as an accountant. Two years later, he transferred to the AEC Protective Force. JW was a founding member of LULAC and was instrumental in establishing 37 councils throughout the Southwest. He served as regional governor for the Southwestern States in the 1950s and in 1957 was elected Outstanding National LULAC Man of the Year. Trujillo was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Elks, and he served as chairman of the Los Alamos Town Council in the 1950s.
JW opened a tax service and continued successfully after his retirement in 1979 from the AEC as a tax accountant and real estate investor throughout New Mexico. JW and Roselia moved to Albuquerque in 1995.
He was preceded in death by his mother Lupe Montano, a longtime Los Alamos resident. He will be greatly missed by his wife Roselia, five children and their families: Joseph W. Jr. and wife Kristen of Albuquerque; Patrick and wife Lynn of Atlanta, Ga.; John of Albuquerque; Victor of Albuquerque; and Viola and partner Stephanie of Tesuque. He is survived by three sisters, Consuelo Jaramillo of Bernalillo, Gloria Vigil of Santa Fe, and Angelina Trujillo of Los Alamos; five grandchildren, Marc and wife Linda of Sherman Oaks, California; Michelle of Albuquerque; Laura and husband Dewayne Baxley of Atlanta Georgia; Victor of Albuquerque; Gina and husband David Lewis of Dallas, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be sons Joseph W. Jr., Patrick, John, and Victor, grandson Victor, godsons Art Jaramillo, Michael Chavez, and Joe Rojas. A special thanks to Presbyterian Hospice for their loving care and concern. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, 9500 Montgomery NE #209, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or www.alz.org. His love of music, humor and kindness will always be remembered. Rosary will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Daniels Family Funeral Services, on Wyoming. Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Risen Savior on Wyoming. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109 – 505-821-0010, www.danielsfuneral.com.