Tomas (Red) Escamilla

Tomas (Red) Escamilla, 73, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at his home west of Portales.

He was born to Mary and Ciriaco Escamilla on Nov. 27, 1932, in Allcreek, Colo.

Mr. Escamilla grew up in the Las Cruces area. He worked as a farm laborer in the area of Maple, Texas, before joining the Army in 1955. After serving in Korea for a year, he returned to the Muleshoe area to work on local farms. He moved to Portales in the early 1970s. At first he was employed at Worley Mills, and then in 1974 he went to work for Roosevelt County in the road department. He eventually became a foreman for a road crew. He retired on June 30, 1995. Family members said “Red” enjoyed fishing and boating at the lake and restoring old cars.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ciriaco in 2000.

He is survived by his companion Anita Perez; one daughter; Marie (and husband Sal) Rivera of Dimmitt, Texas, his mother; one brother, Lorenzo Escamilla of Amarillo; six sisters, Maria Santisteven of Trinidad, Colo., Julia Escamilla of Denver, Rose Longoria of Canyon, Texas, Bea Stevens of Canyon, Texas, Donna Medina of Fresno, Calif. and Marie Escamilla Ray of Fresno, Calif.

Rudy Rivera, Ray Paiz, Manuel Ornelas, Manuel Orosco, Sam Garcia and Ramon Sanchez will serve as pallbearers.

Roosevelt County road department employees will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church. Mass will celebrated. Father James McGowan will officiate. Burial will take place at Elida Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.