Eduardo "Eddie" Joe Torres

May 14th, 1927May 11th, 2019

     Eddie Joe Torres was born in Dawson, New Mexico on May 14, 1927 to Edward and Manuela (Nellie) (Gurule) Torres. He is Lafayette's last known coal miner.  His family moved to Frederick when he was five. He began working in the Columbine mine, between Lafayette and Erie in 1944 at age 17.

     In 1945, age 18, he joined the Navy and served until he was honorably discharged from the military.  Having a large family and hard times, he would send money home to help the family.  He has always loved, cared and provided for them.

     Back home he returned to mining and worked for about 38 years for several coal mines including the Columbine, Boulder Valley, Imperial and Eagle until they shut down. He also worked about five miles above Nederland where he mined gold, silver, lead and other minerals during the summer. He also spent nine years at Rocky Flats before retiring in 1992.

     He married Angie Montez and bought a home in Lafayette, CO in 1955 where he lived until his passing.  He had four children: Brenda Alexander, Eddie Torres Jr., James Torres (deceased) and Melissa Bernal (deceased). He had nine grandchildren; Michael Sandoval, Aaron Sandoval, Joe Torres, Kathy Jo Pogorzelski, Nathaniel Torres, Issac Bernal, Caleb Bernal, Felicia, and Ashley; and nine great-grandchildren, Nicholas Woolsey, Katlin Spry, Evan Spry, Kellan Gaines, Dominac Torres, Dillon Torres, Talia Bernal, Carlos Bernal and Kendall Bernal.

     He was married to Isabelle Romero on July 11, 1979 and remained with her until her passing on Oct. 2, 2005. He had four step-children; Art Romero, Loretta Avalos (deceased), Sandra Ruiz and Susan Zarate. As well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren on his wife’s side.

     Back in the day he liked to camp, fish, play horseshoes with his son and poker with friends and family.  We had many good times hosting potluck's, backyard volleyball and, of course, dancing. 

He recently enjoyed travel, site seeing and trips to Blackhawk and Cripple Creek with his companion, MaryAnn Lozoya of Fort Morgan. They met in Blackhawk 14 years ago, exchanged phone numbers and the rest is history.

     His remaining siblings are Alex Torres of Lafayette and Ernest Torres from San Francisco.

     He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, James Torres and daughter, Melissa Bernal; sisters, Josie Ortega, Minnie Romero, Cookie (Ruth) Garcia, Mary Lucero, Margie Fajardo, Priscilla Garcia, Francis Torres, Melba Lee Torres and brother, John Torres.

     He enjoyed doing yard work and working with his hands and seemed to know a little bit about everything.  He lived a good long life and has always been kind, and hardworking and is a longtime friend and resident of the Lafayette community.  He will be missed by many.




A Mass of Christian Bural will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception.

Burial will be in Lafayette Cemetery.


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