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Pablo J. Ortega | Obituary

Pablo J. Ortega, 25, of Santa Fe, NM, died March 29, 2022. He was born October 24, 1996 to Kelly A. Montoya and Leroy Ortega. He married Elena D. Ortega on November 25, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.

He is preceded in death by his aunt; Marisol Martinez, uncle Roland Montoya, grandparents; Carmen A. Ortega and Pablo F. Ortega.

He is survived by his wife; Elena D. Ortega, Jr.; David-Jeshua Ortega, daughter; Kamilah Ortega, mother; Kelly Montoya, Sr.; Leroy Ortega, brother; Angelo Ortega, sister-in-law; Erica Ortega, nephew; Angelo Jr. (AJ) Ortega, niece; Olivia Ortega, brother; Shane Montoya, sister; Felicia Archuleta, stepfather; Chris Loibl, mother-in-law; Rubina Loibl, sister-in-law; Andrea Loibl, grandparents; Louis and Helen Martinez and Maxine and Tim Bustos, plus many other special family members and friends.

Pablo graduated from Espanola Valley High School in 2015 and was proud to be a Sundevil. In March 2017, he enlisted in the United States Army. Pablo’s dream was to make a career in the army. He received basic training at Fort Benning, GA. After basic training, Pablo attended AIT in Fort Lee, Virginia, where he received an honors degree. After graduating he was posted to Fort Bliss, El Paso Texas. He completed his first enlistment as a specialist and was proud to re-enlist. At his next duty station, Fort Lewis, Washington, he accomplished many great things, such as becoming a neighborhood non-commissioned officer, and was recently promoted to staff sergeant. Pablo was an exemplary soldier and proud to serve his country with his brothers and sisters in arms.

Pablo was an exemplary soldier, but his greatest pride was his family. He built a house with the love of his life Elena where they raised their children David-Jeshua and Kamilah Elizabeth. He loved being “dada” and spent his time playing floor with Lava with David-Jeshua, and hosting princess tea parties with Kamilah, as she put fake makeup on him to make him look “pretty”. He read them books at night, after giving them their bubble baths and getting them ready for bed. Her babies were her whole world. Elena was Pablo’s only true love and best friend, and though they faced trials and tribulations, Pablo always said he knew there was nothing they could ever face. that they could not cross together. He loved being a husband and hanging out with Elena.

His guilty pleasures included watching shows on Netflix, watching anime, and playing video games until the wee hours of the morning with his friends and younger brother online. He also enjoyed having game nights with his Army family. He enjoyed a good cigar with his stepfather, long conversations and sipping on Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. He enjoyed his daily conversations with his older brother about life, fatherhood and marriage. Pablo was a prankster and liked to pick on his mother and his little brother. He would also team up with his little sister-in-law to go after Elena. When he didn’t know how to handle his stubborn wife, he would call his favorite mother-in-law for advice.

Pablo had a caring spirit, a loving heart and his smile would light up any room he was in. We really miss him.

Memorial Contributions to Project 22 and Stop Soldier Suicide.

Porters Angelo Ortega, Shane Montoya, Zackary Phillips, Moses Archuleta, Logan Mattern and Conner Jennings.

Honorary Bearers David-Jeshua Ortega, Angelo Jr. (AJ) Ortega, Juan Salazar De La Rosa, Dillon Leno, Scott Mullen, Roman Haas, Beverly Vigil and all the men and women of Echo Company 23rd BEB.

A visit will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. at 417 East Rodeo Road Santa Fe, NM 87505 Rivera Family Kiva Chapel of Light. The memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at the Rivera Family Chapel of Light. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.