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David Louis "Smorty" Ortiz

November 18, 1953 — December 4, 2022

Obituary David “Smorty” Louis Ortiz, 69, a longtime resident of Moriarty, NM, passed away December 4, 2022 in Moriarty, NM. Smorty was born November 18, 1953 in Santa Fe, NM to Charles Louis and Beatrice Maxine (Sandy) Machuca. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Beth Chavez, sister-in-law Mona Ortiz, and nephew Markes Chavez. Smorty leaves behind his daughter, Brittany Ortiz, and her beautiful daughters, Kaylee Mendez and Payton Williams of New Braunfels, TX; one brother Mike Ortiz of Moriarty, NM; two sisters, Debbie Crespin and her husband Paul of Albuquerque, NM and Peggie Goebel and her husband Bob of Peoria, AZ; one brother-in-law Manuel Chavez of Moriarty, NM, and two grandchildren, Mikaylee and Payton. . Smorty loved his family very much and wore the biggest smile on his face when he was helping them. Smorty was a hard worker and a good provider for his family. He worked doing all types of jobs but the ones that stand out are working as a surveyor with Oden & Associates and Wilson & Company. He took a lot of pride doing this type of work with little to no education-just on the job training. He lived his days as if they were his last - no cares in the world. He was always lending a hand to those in need without asking for anything in return. In his younger years he loved to play softball having played with the infamous “Blue Crew” aka “Bobby’s Crew”. He now joins his best friends, Bobby Gonzales and Pete Encinias, in heaven to play ball and just raise a little bit of hell and drink a cold one. A memorial service will be held Friday December 9, 2022 @ 3:00 pm at the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, NM. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, NM. The family will plan a big party as Smorty requested in the summer months.
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