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Fidenzio John Zertuche

January 20, 1944 — January 9, 2024

Monte Vista

Fidenzio John Zertuche


Fidenzio John Zertuche, lovingly known as John, passed away on January 9, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and a zest for life. He was born on January 20, 1944, in Monte Vista, Colorado, and his presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Cremation was selected and a graveside service will take place at a later time at the Homelake Veterans Cemetery in Monte Vista.  To express condolences, please visit

John's life was spent in Monte Vista.  He spent much of his younger years in the potato fields farming.  Later in life, John transitioned into trail maintenance and various other jobs for the US Forest Service. This career change allowed him to fully embrace his love for nature and the great outdoors. John's tireless efforts ensured that trails were well-maintained and accessible to everyone who sought solace in nature.

John was described as someone with a serious demeanor but possessed a delightful silly side that would often bring joy to those around him. He had a unique ability to lighten up any room with his infectious laughter and playful jokes. It was this combination of seriousness and silliness that endeared him to both colleagues and friends alike.

Aside from his professional achievements and lighthearted personality, John had many passions outside of work. Hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors were among his favorite pastimes. His appreciation for nature went beyond maintenance work; it ran deep within his soul. The serenity he found while engaged in these activities brought him unparalleled joy and contentment.

In addition to his remarkable professional accomplishments and hobbies, John served as a Sargent in the United States Army during Vietnam. His bravery on the battlefield was recognized when he received the Purple Heart—an honor bestowed upon those who have been wounded or killed while serving our country. John's courage during times of adversity is a testament to his strength of character.

Now, as we bid farewell to John, we must remember the lasting impact he had on those closest to him. He was a beloved husband to Julia Zertuche and a devoted father to Fidenzio, Jennifer, and John. His presence radiated love and warmth in their lives, creating cherished memories that will forever be held dear.

John's grandchildren—Lucas, Jamie, and Angelica—were treasured by him. He showered them with affection and guided them with wisdom, instilling in them the same appreciation for nature and zest for life that brought him so much joy. Collin, John's great-grandson, also held a special place in his heart.

In addition to his immediate family, John is survived by his sisters Mary Zertuche, Libby Espinosa, and Sally Ortiz. They were a source of unwavering support throughout his life journey.

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