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Obituary: Theodore Trevino Trujillo Dec. 4, 1921-Nov. 21, 2017

on December 7, 2017 - 2:42pm

Dec. 4, 1921-Nov. 21, 2017

Theodore Trevino Trujillo passed away Nov. 21 in Los Alamos. He was born Dec. 4, 1921 in Rancho de Taos to Jose Miguel Trujillo and Maclovia Martinez.

He is survived by his son Thomas Trujillo and partner Jeanice Swain, daughter Patricia Clay and her husband, John, brother Miguel Trujillo and his wife, Gertrude, sisters Sally Dinn and Maggie McWhorter, grandchildren, Maureen (Andrew) Olsen and their children, Matthew (Kate) Clay and their children, and Devin Clay.

Theodore was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Mary Jane, and sons Teddy and Carl.

After proudly graduating from Menaul School in Albuquerque he went on to attend the University of New Mexico graduating in 1944 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry as well as from their NROTC program. He was commissioned as a U. S. Navy officer in the South Pacific during World War II.

In 1947, Theodore joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a biochemist studying the effects of radiation on animal tissue. During his 30 years as a biochemist, he was part of a team that isolated a chemical formula for the blood thinner, Coumadin.

Throughout the 1960s, Theodore was Boy Scout leader and volunteered for the Explorer Post in Los Alamos. He was a philatelist and rock collector and traveled throughout the Southwest rockhounding. He was known for being able to find beauty in any piece of gravel he picked up.

Theodore worked on the Draft Board in the 1970s.

Theodore was a New Mexico historian and had wonderful stories of people from throughout the northern part of the state. He never ran for political office but was a regular volunteer for the local Republican Party.

Following his retirement from the Lab in 1977, Theodore and Mary Jane bought a small farm in Bosque Farms where they grew vegetables and fruit and kept horses. Theodore loved camping and fishing, and he and Mary Jane liked square-dancing and playing bridge. He travelled to over 30 countries with his wife and son. The couple eventually moved to Albuquerque where they lived until Mary Jane passed away in 2015.

Theodore spent his final two years in Los Alamos so that he could be closer to his son, Thomas.

The family would like to thank the staff of Aspen Ridge Lodge, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses and Dr. Ross Bridge for their compassionate care of their father.

A family graveside service is planned for a future date at Santa Fe National Cemetery.