Jesse J. Portillo Sr.

Jesse J. Portillo Sr., 91, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

He was born December 25, 1930 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Isabel Portillo and Theresa Gutierrez Portillo.

Mr. Portillo attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1949 graduate of Rock Springs High School.

He married Emma Apodaca May 7, 1953 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She preceded him in death on January 19, 2022.

Mr. Portillo served in the United States Navy having served in the Korean War.

He worked for FMC for 40 years having retired in 1992 as a Maintenance Supervisor.

Mr. Portillo was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #151; American Legion Archie Hay Post #24 as well as a life-time member of Disabled American Veterans.

He loved spending time with his family and friends; golfing; bowling; billiards; traveling; playing poker; dancing; and woodworking projects. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan.

Mr. Portillo coached Little League All Stars Baseball.

Survivors include three sons, Jesse J. Portillo and wife Sue of Rock Springs, Wyoming; Johnny Portillo and wife Pam of Saratoga, Wyoming; Michael Portillo of Mesquite, Nevada; four grandchildren, Lana Elder of Saratoga, Wyoming; Devon Reinert and husband B.J. of Centennial, Colorado, Jesse Portillo III of Rock Springs, Wyoming; Sharif Portillo of Laramie, Wyoming; several great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; six brothers and five sisters.

Private family services will be conducted.

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