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LaDon Moten Jr.

May 5, 1998 — December 10, 2021

LaDon Moten Jr, 23, beloved son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and godfather passed away on December 10, 2021, at his home in El Paso.  LaDon was loved dearly by his family and friends.  He was born on May 5, 1998 in Albuquerque, NM to LaDon Moten Sr. and Lisa (Montoya) Moten.   His one sister, Juanita (Moten) Mendoza who is married to Angel Mendoza (godson) and one niece, Noelia Mendoza were his pride and joy.  He was extremely possessive and protective of them.  The love he shared with his family extended to his maternal grandparents, Stanley Montoya Jr and Crusita (deseased); paternal grandparents, Billie Parker and  Arthurlene (McArthur) Moten (deceased).  His aunts, Annette (Vic) Montoya Nelson, Herlean (Bill) Younce, Paris Moten, Mary Smith, Cynthia Stepherson and uncles, Estanislado (Diana) Montoya (Stanley-deceased), Jamal (Ginger) Parker, Jason Parker all loved LaDon very much as well.  His many cousins will all have fond memories of LaDon and the life he brought to any family gathering.  His larger-than-life personality was evident wherever he went.

He participated in Catholic church activities at two parishes in El Paso.  At Queen of Peace, he was a member of Lifeteen, the Lifeteen Choir, Confirmation Retreat team and served as an altar server.  At St. Luke’s he was a member of the confirmation retreat team.  He enjoyed attending the Southwest Youth Conference and Steubenville Retreats.  As an adult, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His athletic ability was evident in multiple areas.  He won multiple trophies in Karate, as well as Kung Fu, played football as a Westside Mustang, was a member of the Westside Wizards Wrestling Team and played golf with his dad.  As a dancer, he was light on his feet, graceful and an absolute joy to dance with, as attested to by many a partner. In high school, he was a member of the Franklin High School Forte Ballroom Dance Team and won “Mr. Franklin” in Dancing with the Teachers.  At NMSU, he was part of Dancers Unlimited and Dancesport where he competed against other university dance teams and many times placed very high in competition.

LaDon was very artistic.  This was evident in his sketching and photography.  His talent in photography became evident in high school when he was part of the yearbook team.  His photographs were displayed on so many pages of Franklin’s thick yearbook.  This led to his being hired to photograph special events and to his establishment of LaDon Moten Photography where he specialized in special events such as senior photos, quincesneras and weddings.

He currently worked as a call center instructor with TLC Associates.  One of his most enjoyable jobs was as a NMSU Orientation Leader.  His enjoyment of the college experience was shared with incoming freshman.

Though LaDon’s life was short, he made a great impact on many people.  He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

A rosary will be recited on Tuesday, December 21st at 9:30 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, New Mexico.  A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated following the rosary at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will take place at a later date, after cremation, at the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery.  Pallbearers are Teddy Saavedra (Godfather), Angel Mendoza (Godson), Joshua Montoya, Joe Saavedra, Tom Dobson and Eric Benn. Honorary pallbearer is Mike Hawkes.  A memorial and celebration of life will be held on December 30th at 6:00 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1551 Belvidere, El Paso, Texas.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Rosary and Mass

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

9:30 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

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Committal Service & Inurnment

Monday, January 17, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

San Miguel Catholic Cemetery

Blue Canyon Rd, Socorro, NM 87801

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