Jose Max Tafoya


Jose Max Tafoya, age 80, from Talpa, NM, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018.  Max was surrounded by his loved ones as he passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus.

Max is preceded in death by his parents, Alberto and Felicitas Tafoya, his grandson, Mark Gilbert Tafoya, Jr., his brother, Leo Tafoya, infant sister, Susanita and Godson, Robert Garcia.  He is also preceded by his parents in law, Tomas and Eligia Garcia, sisters-in-law, Esther Garcia, Connie Vargas, Margaret Montoya and Dora Garcia.  Brothers-in-law, Tomas Garcia Jr., Gilbert Garcia, Francis Garcia, Mike Garcia, and Ernie Vargas.

Max is survived by his wife, Rose and their children, Carol Montoya, Chris Tafoya, Joyce Pacheco (Adonio, Jr.), Eileen Romero (Robert), Mark Tafoya (Velma), Cheryl Casados (Andrew), and his many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends,

Max is also survived by his siblings: Manuel Tafoya (Mary), Emma Tafoya, Vangie Tafoya, Prescilla Esch (Tom), Ruby Martinez (Norman), Lucy Tafoya and Santiago Jimmy Tafoya (Ruby).  Siblings-in-law: Leroy Garcia (Esther), Gloria Garcia, Elva Tafoya, and Agustin Montoya.

Max was a U. S. Army veteran who will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, a hard worker, a kind, generous and honorable man.

Funeral Services will be held at San Francisco de Assisi Church in Ranchos de Taos with a Rosary on Wednesday, January 9th at 6:00 PM.  Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, January 10th at 10:00 AM with interment to follow at the Talpa Cemetery with full military honors as afforded by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.  To leave a memory, please visit Max’s obituary page at

Arrangements entrusted to the caring professionals of: Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe, 3232 Cerrillos Road, (505) 395-9150.


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