Sgt. (Retired) Ned (Nestor) Lucero Maestas Jr., 78, passed peacefully on Saturday, July 12, 2014, with close family around him at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center away after a 10-month illness. Holy Rosary will be held at 7 o’clock tonight (July 18) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Holbrook. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at the church. Interment will follow at Holbrook City Cemetery. Ned was born at Steel Bridge, Concho, to Nestor (Ned) Maestas Sr. and Juanita Lucero Maestas on June 27, 1936. He was fourth in a family of 13 born on the family’s ranch near Highway 180-Concho. Survivors include his wife, former judge Judi Maestas; a daughter, Monica Lynette Maestas (Randy); a son, Terrence Olin Maestas of Holbrook; two sisters, Maida Pergeson of Holbrook and Fella Baldwin (Dan) of Phoenix; and five brothers, Frankie (Rosemary), Leo, Ernest, Johnny and Andrew Maestas, M.D., all of Holbrook. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diana Maestas; his son, Ryan Anthony Maestas; his mother, Juanita L. Maestas; his dad, Nestor Sr.; three sisters, Martha Peralta, Genevive Greigo and Gloria M. Keeton; and two brothers, Vidal and Louis Maestas. Ned’s education was comprised of secondary schooling in Holbrook, then taking 12 hours of Education Foundation summer sessions with his wife at Arizona State University in Tempe the summer of 1972, and completing junior college classes using the military’s education opportunities. After high school, Ned served in the Air Force as an Airman 2nd class, doing aircraft mechanics, servicing fighter jets and military transports. He served in the Air Force from April 27, 1955, until he was honorably discharged from active duty on Jan. 30, 1959. He served in the military for a total of 22 years, ending with the Army National Guard as an 88M20 Motor Transport operator, with the rank of sergeant. He served in Operation Desert Storm, and was hurt while on active duty on Aug. 11, 1991, in Saudi Arabia. Despite being away from home and his family, Ned was emphatic that it all turned out okay. He always told his family that serving his country was the most important thing he could have done with his life. Siblings and his own little family, whose lives were being shaped by his work ethic, service and education, survive to mourn his passing. His work ethic is one example of his legacy to his family. From 1975, for seven years he sat on Arizona State’s Unemployment Tribunal, hearing appeals. He also served time on the Northern Arizona Council of Governments Aging Services board. He ran for sheriff in Navajo County in the late 1970s. Many memories were made throughout Ned’s life. He was a fun loving, caring, one of a kind guy whom we all loved as he ran around Holbrook with his little black hat. In his youth Ned loved to dance. He enjoyed casinos and winning. The family continues to be thankful that he is now pain free. Ned reveled in the close company of his young grandchildren who survive him, including Kathlyn, Kalub, Zoe, Stephan John Brody and Peyton Trujillo. He also had older grandchildren, Krystal Munoz, Jeremy and Sally Gallegos (Joe), Levi Trujillo and Dalton Trujillo; and his first great-grandchild is on the way. He loved his son Terry. Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.
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