Richard Samora

Richard Samora

Saturday, March 5th, 1949 - Thursday, March 19th, 2020
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Richard Christopher Samora passed away March 19, 2020 at Monte Vista Estates surrounded by his loving family. He was born at home in Monte Vista, Colorado to John C. Samora and Viola E. Samora. He married Marcella Martinez on June 3, 1966 and to this union was born Bobbie Lavonne and Christopher Augustine. His love and passions were his wife, his son and three granddaughters. His hobbies included fishing, going to the mountain, playing his guitar and singing. He had a beautiful voice and stunning smile; he will be dearly missed. He went to school in Monte Vista and in Norwalk, California at Excelsior high school where he was in gymnastics and a cadet. He attended college at CU Boulder. Richard worked as a field coordinator at the Colorado Rural Housing. He was an advocate for disadvantaged and minority families by helping them find housing. He worked at CRHDC from 1979 to 1983 until they moved the office to Alamosa. He was a leadman at Hogell’s, he worked at Staley’s, the railroad, Monte Vista Lumber and Carnegie public library.

Richard is my survived by his loving wife Marcella Somora of 53 years; his son, Christopher; three granddaughters, Zonnya Gallegos, Zadella Gallegos and Zaylee Samora, all of Monte Vista, CO; ten siblings Billy (Mary) Samora of Riverside, CA, Joyce (Mark) Renshaw of Monte Vista, CO, Marlene (Richard) Tafoya of Del Norte, CO, Anna Lee Samora of Monte Vista, CO, Deborah Valentine of Front Royal, VA, Danny (Paula) Samora of Alamosa, Olga Samora of Monte Vista, CO, Lorena (Joe) Coronado of Monte Vista, CO, Duanese (Gilbert) of Taos, NM, and Mary Alice Sanchez of Alamosa, CO.

Richard was preceded in death by his daughter Bobbie Samora; his parents John and Viola Samora; grandparents Elias and Carmelita Samora; 3 brothers Duane Samora, Mario Samora, and Esteban Estrada.

A viewing for Richard will be held from 1 to 7 pm on Wednesday March 25th, 2020 at Rogers Family Mortuary in Monte Vista, CO. Due to closures at the Catholic Church, a Private Family Service will be held, and a Memorial Mass in his Honor will be announced at a later date. Rogers Family Mortuary of Monte Vista is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences or words of strength for the family, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Rogers Family Mortuary - Monte Vista
    404 Morris Street
    Monte Vista, Colorado 81144
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  • Interment

    Monte Vista Cemetery
    4927 Cnty Road 27
    Monte Vista, Colorado 81144
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Darlene Medina

Posted at 04:22pm
Patty and Duke, Tom and are sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Richard! Brothers are very special people to us. We're sure that growing up you have so many fond memories of him. We do believe that we will see our loved ones in Heaven! May God bless you and keep in his loving care! Tom and Darlene Medina

Sandy Martinez

Posted at 02:01pm
I was so saddened to see that Mr. Samora passed away! He was always such a sweet gentleman! I will miss his smile! I will pray for comfort and sweet memories for his wife and family! May God be with you all!

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