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Abran Padilla

January 7, 1932 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Abran Padilla Obituary

Abran Padilla was born January 7, 1932  Manuelitas, New Mexico to Emiterio and Hilaria Padilla. He was one of 11 children. his family moved to Brighton, Colorado in 1946 when he was 14 to work in the fields. Abe continued to help his family until he enlisted in the Airforce during the Korean war. He left to boot camp at Travis Airforce base June 9, 1952. He served 4 years cooking for the troops in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1956.

He met Mary Ann Muniz in Brighton and they were married April 19, 1958. He began working at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. They purchased a home and had their first daughter Diana. Abe relocated his family to Brighton when he began his career at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. he had two more children, Donald and Sharon. He retired from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal at the age of 55 in January of 1987. After six months, he began working again. He started working at Kmart 1992. He worked for Kmart for 22 years.

Abran loved his family dearly. He referred to his great granddaughters as his “little girlfriends” he started attending church in 1977 where he begins serving as a deacon and member of the church board. The young people at the church fondly, gave him the nickname gangsta Abe. He was a man of order and commanded respect for the church. He was the proudest veteran and often told the same stories over and over. His favorite TV show was wheel of Fortune and had to watch it every night at 6:30pm. He was a hard worker who could never stay still. They call this the Padilla work ethic. He still helped mow the lawn and rake leaves just recently. He leaves a legacy of being a hardworking faithful man.

He is survived by his wife Mary Ann of 65 years. 3 children Diana Maes(Jimmy) Donald Padilla (Anita) and Sharon Cota (John) 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his son in law, Jimmy Maes, great granddaughter Xsasia La Ray Maes, and 2 grandsons Angelo Gonzales and Christopher Maes.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 2, 2024

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Fearless Church
965 Platte River Blvd
Brighton, CO 80601

Funeral Service
Friday
February 2, 2024

11:30 AM
Fearless Church
965 Platte River Blvd
Brighton, CO 80601

Graveside Service
Friday
February 2, 2024

2:00 PM
Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S. Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80235

Funeral Luncheon
Friday
February 2, 2024

3:00 PM
Knights of Columbus No. 3285-Brighton
1096 E. Bridge Street
Brighton, CO 80601

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