Antero Alaniz, Jr. was born December 7th, 1950 in Eagle Pass, Texas to Antero, Sr. and Beatriz (Martinez) Alaniz.
He married Catalina Lopez De Portio on March 21st, 1973 in Eagle Pass, Texas. They moved to Greeley in 1977. Antero worked at Aguilar Concrete Products for 15 years and A&W Water trucking for 4 years. He attended church for the last 9 years at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley.
Antero was a Vietnam veteran and served with the 116th Armored Calvary Division. He served 18 months in Vietnam, and once released from the Army joined the National Guard, being honorably discharged January 23rd, 1977.
Antero was a strong family man, forging deep family roots in his children and grandchildren. He was extremely proud yet very humble of his service to his country. He received various accommodations including a Presidential accommodation, and fought in the Tet Offensive. Antero was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan enjoying strong rivalries. He was a tough loving father, a loving and devoted husband, and the proudest grandfather you could have known. He was a man of great honor and integrity, holding God, family, and country above all.
Antero is survived by his father Antero Alaniz Sr. brothers: Eddie, Robert, Raul, and Oscar, as well as a sister Ernestina A. Medina. He also leaves behind a devoted, loving wife Catalina, his children: Yvette & Jorge Espinoza, parents of Yulisa, JJ, and Fabian, Enrique and Jamie Alaniz, parents of EJ and Tori, and Lucas and Heather Alaniz, parents of Alex. Heis preceded in death by his mother, Beatriz M. Alaniz, brother Jose Carlos Alaniz Sr, and sister Olga Rivas.
Visitation 3-7 p.m. Thursday with Recitation of the Rosary to follow at Stoddard Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.