Joe Eusario Trujillo
6-28-1942 ~ 5-4-2012
Joe was born on June 28th, 1942 in Walsenburg, Colorado. After a long hard battle against cancer, Joe passed away peacefully Friday, May 4th, 2012.
As a young boy, Joe dreamed of being a pilot. He was accepted to the United States Air Force Academy after graduating high school in 1960 from St. Mary’s High School in Walsenburg, Colorado.
Joe graduated from the academy in 1964 as a pilot. He had an impressive career with many awards as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal. During Joe’s career in the Air Force he also enjoyed training other pilots.
After retiring from the Air Force, Joe moved to Cuchara, Colorado and continued doing what he loved, flying his own plane inspecting pipe lines. Joe also was building his own plane, and just prior to completion, cancer prevented him from finishing and flying his plane.
Joe never gave up hope, and like the fighter pilot he was, he fought hard all the way. In the last weeks, we witnessed a strong and determined man, even as his body became weaker and frail.
Most of his life, Joe liked living the life as an Air Force officer pilot, and had many expectations for him and others. He taught us many things including respect and integrity. Thank-you Joe, for all the life lessons and allowing us to share them with you.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents Joe E. and Laura Trujillo. Joe is survived by six sisters; Lillian Clark, Louise Trujillo, Edna Barry, Lorraine Hartung, Carol Stives and Eileen McMullen, along with seven nieces and six nephews.
A private family service will be held.
Fly above the clouds forever Joe.
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