Michael Gene Gutierrez, age 72, transitioned into everlasting peace on the morning of Monday, July 5, 2021. Michael was a loving father, grandfather, uncle, brother, cousin, and friend. He will be remembered for his love of his family. His children and grandchildren were the center of his life. They were continually by his side these last two years as he was aggressively fighting cancer. Michael is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Gutierrez; his son, Michael, and wife, Marlo; his grandchildren, Tyler and Parker Torok, Kaleah and Attyana Baca, Solomon and Roman Gutierrez; his niece, Andromeda Zamora, husband Corey; great nieces and nephews, Alexander Peterson, Katalina and Randy Freeman, and Isabela and Samuel Zamora; and his sister, Margaret Zamora, and husband, Robert. He is preceded in death by his parents, Sammie and Pauline Gutierrez; his brother, Sammy Gutierrez; his daughter, Jennifer Gutierrez Baca; and his niece, Samantha Zamora Peterson. Michael was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1966 where basketball was his passion. He worked for the V.A. for over 25 years. Growing up, he was a talented trumpet and piano player; loved fishing; loved playing basketball in his parent’s backyard with friends and neighbors. Michael was an avid gardener and master of the bbq grill in all kinds of weather - heat, rain, snow. His tomatoes and squash will be missed by all who knew him. His garden was so overgrown with veggies, he shared them with all who entered his son’s home and with all the neighbors. He had techniques that he passed down to his grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Marlo. His daughters and son and their families adored him. Stephanie, Michael, and Jen-Jen were always at their dad’s side caring for him and helping him fight the good fight. He will be missed very much by them and their extended families. Michael’s life was filled with his many wonderful cousins and friends who checked up on him daily with a trail full of prayers during the past two years. A Celebration of Life will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, please donate to PHS Cancer Care https://www.phs.org/community/presbyterian-healthcare-foundation/ways-to-give/Pages/online-donation.aspx
Daniels Family Funeral Services
1100 Coal Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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