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Richard L. Tafoya

October 30, 1978 ~ August 8, 2022 (age 43)


Funeral Services for Richard Lee Tafoya will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at the United Methodist Church in Las Animas, Colorado with Pastor Rod Coulter officiating.  Interment will follow in the Bent/Las Animas Cemetery. 

Richard “Smash” Tafoya was born on October 30, 1978, in Las Animas, Colorado to Ernest “Pete” Tafoya and Katie (Navarro) Tafoya.  He passed away on August 8, 2022, in Las Animas at the age of 43.

Richard is survived by his children, Christopher “Eddie” Tafoya, Mikayla “Chia” Tafoya, and Richard “Buddie” Tafoya Jr.; parents, Pete (Michele) Tafoya and Katie Tafoya; brother, Anthony “Chico” Martinez; sisters, Marie (Lorenzo) Garbiso, Michelle Tafoya, and Mackenzie (Tristen) Tafoya; girlfriend, Jennie Trujillo; stepchildren, Gilbert Garcia, Frankie Martinez, Angel Martinez, Sierra Trujillo, Alexis Trujillo, and Calista Trujillo; grandchildren, Emilio Tafoya, Niyana Tafoya, and CarlLee Tafoya; numerous nieces and nephews; many other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carly Jo (McBride) Tafoya; son, Christian James Tafoya; and nephew, Nevean Dante Tafoya.

Memorial contributions may be made to Horber Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 431, Las Animas, Colorado 81054.  

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Funeral Service
August 24, 2022

2:00 PM
United Methodist Church-Las Animas
546 6th Street
Las Animas, CO 81054

Interment following funeral service
August 24, 2022

Bent/Las Animas Cemetery, Las Animas, Colorado,
28082 County Road 10.75
Las Animas, CO 81054

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