William “Bill” Lovato, former Trinidad resident, educator, mayor and councilman, passed away at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Co., Aug. 1, 2012. He was 83.

He was born in Ramey April 9, 1929, the son of Esquielita (Gomez) and Demecio Lovato.
He attended area schools including TSJC and Adams State College where he received his BA Degree in Education.

Bill proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean Conflict where he honored with the Distinguished Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars.

He was an excellent educator, first as principal of St. Thomas School in Sopris then as an English teacher at Trinidad High School. Bill then moved and taught in Commerce City until his retirement.

He was a former councilman and former mayor of Trinidad.

He liked golfing, fishing, dancing and baseball. In his younger years, Bill played baseball in the Trinidad city leagues.

Preceding him in death are parents, sister Mabel Saiz and son-in-law Michael Ross.

Survivors are daughters Brenda Ross, East Moline, Ill., JoAnn (Ben) Berrera, Pueblo, Connie (Frank) Morgan, Denver, nine grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, sisters Mary Montoya, Denver, Rita (Ernie) Garduno, Pueblo, Pros Valdez, Trinidad, Sally (Ben) Trujillo, Denver, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Interment will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with graveside services conducted by Ft. Carson Honor Guard.

Honorary pallbearers are Nathan Gill and Micah Dudley. Active pallbearers are William Ross, Wayne Ross, Charles Ross, Jeff Stepina, Scott Stepina and Brian Barrera.

Bill will be greatly missed by those who knew him and loved him.

Arrangements are under the direction of Comi Funeral Home.