Clyde D. Gonzalez passed away peacefully on September 10, 2014 from causes incident to old age, in Albuquerque, NM at South Valley Care Center.
Clyde was born on March 28, 1928 in Monticello, UT to Jose Purdencio Gonzalez and Carolina Gonzalez. He was the fourth of eleven children.
He was raised in Monticello with the rest of the brothers and sisters, helping their parents take care of the home in Monticello and the ranch in Verdure.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1950-1952 to serve during the Korean conflict in the Army Corp. of Engineers as a heavy equipment operator.
After returning from the Army, he worked construction, driving heavy equipment and trucks.
Working in Mexican Hat, he met Orlala Baver and they were married in 1962. Later they were blessed with a baby girl on September 29, 1963 and named her Teresa Dolores Gonzalez.
Later on, he took a job working in a mine in Santiago, Chile where he met Lucy Valderama and they were married in 1968.
Later they were blessed with a baby girl on February 17, 1970 and named her Clyda Carolina Gonzalez.
When Clyde was young, he used to box and was very good at it. His boxing name was Cobra Dunn and took on all comers.
He loved horses, horse riding and was very good at braiding leather also. His real passion was deer hunting and his love for rifles.
He had a very personable side as well; no one was a stranger. Once he got them talking, they would talk for hours and parted as good friends.
He was a very good storyteller too, having you laughing till your sides hurt. And he had a thousand sayings for just about anything you would mention to him.
Clyde also worked the western movies “Blue” and “Rio Conchos” with Richard Boone, Ricardo Montalban and Carl Malden, right along side of his dad, J.P. Gonzalez.
He worked as a cowby here and there and loved that way of life. He also loved this country, especially the Blue Mountains and Indian Creek.
He moved from Monticello to Albuquerque, NM in 2000 and entered into a rest home in 2008 until his death.
He is survived by his first wife, Orlala Brill of Seattle, WA; daughters Teresa Coalman of Seattle, WA and Clyda Gonzalez of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, along with siblings Pauline, Julie, Angeline, Johnson, William, Patricia and Lenore.
He is preceded in death by his second wife, Lucy Gonzalez; parents, Jose Purdencio Gonzalez and Carolina Gonzalez; brothers, Lucian, Loretto and Ignacio (Nash) Gonzalez.
He will be buried in his hometown of Monticello, UT on Saturday, September 20, 2014 after the funeral, which will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m.