May 152013

Louis L. Maestas, 78, passed on to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at his home in Holbrook. A Rosary service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Holbrook, followed by the celebration of Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., with Father John Sauter officiating.
Mr. Maestas was born on Aug. 22, 1934, in Steel Bridge, Ariz., to Nestor and Juanita Maestas, the third of 13 children. He grew up on the family ranch on Highway 180 near Concho, which they still own today. He was very proud of the ranch, even up to his passing. His family moved to Holbrook when he was a young boy.
When Louis came of age, he served in the United States Army.
When he returned to Holbrook, he worked at Safeway as a butcher before becoming an entrepreneur. He opened many businesses, including three bars, making and selling jewelry, where he was known as Navajo Jo, the Pow Wow Trading Post, the Hilltop Cafe, Dan Dee Freeze and Mr. Maestas Family Restaurant, which remains in operation today.
Louis and his wife of nearly 50 years, Helen G. Maestas, made Holbrook their home and there they raised their family of three boys, Robert, Dean and Marco, and three girls, Patty, Pamela and Shea.
His loving kindness and generosity will be greatly missed by all who knew him. With perseverance, he did it his way.
Survivors include his daughters, Patricia (Albert) Lopez of Whittier, Calif., and Pamela (Fred Jr.) Hanson and Shea (James) Maestas-Barela, both of Holbrook; his son, Dean (Lisa) Maestas of Holbrook; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Torres, Joseph Lopez, Cassandra Lopez, Michael Maestas, Sonni Montijo, Brian Hanson, Dena Eisele, Justin Maestas, Brooke Maestas and Dylan Barela; 13 great-grandchildren; six brothers, Ned Maestas, Leo Maestas, Frankie Maestas, Johnny Maestas, Ernest Maestas and Andrew Maestas; and two sisters, Maida Pergeson and Fella Baldwin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen G. Maestas; two sons, Robert G. Maestas and Marco A. Maestas; his father and mother, Nestor and Juanita Maestas; his brother, Vidal Maestas; and three sisters, Martha Peralta, Genieve Griego and Gloria Keeton.Louis Maestas