Jose Benerito Quintana was born November 17th, 1921 to Francisco
and Madalena (Trujillo) Quintnan in Canoncito, Nevo Mexico, the
grandson of Jose U. and Juanita (Lucero) Quintana. Dad was raised in
the village of Canoncito and it is here he started his education where
one of his teachers would be his older brother Abel Quintana. Dad was
the second youngest of ten children, his dad fathered five children from
his first wife who passed away, and those siblings were Pedro, Delfinio,
Cliotelde, Fedelinia and Dominco from Grandpa Francisco second
marriage he would father Agapito, Abel, Flora, Helen and our dad.
Sometime prior to starting high school, maybe in the 7th or 8th grade
the family moved to Las Vegas Nevo Mexico where they purchased a
house on 1216 Rosenwald Street in old town Las Vegas. Dad attended
Vegas High School and excelled both in the class room and in sports
where he would letter in football, basketball and baseball, this despite
his small frame. He would also take up the sport of boxing.
On September the 11th, 1942 dad enlisted in the Army Air Corp, which
is now known as the Air Force. He would began his military service at
Camp Carson here in Colorado, he would serve the remainder of his 3
years, 2 months and 9 days at the Portland Army Air Base in Portland
Oregon, it was here that he would meet a young girl also from Nevo
Mexico, from a small village known as Tramparoes or Agua Negra in
Mora County. Rosa Chavez was one of the many women who went to
the West Coast to work either in the Aircraft or Ship building plants, she
was a real Rosie the Riveter. Dad would marry Rosa on January the
20th, 1944 and would remain together until she went to be with the Lord
on January 14th, 2012, a few days short of 68 years of marriage.
While still in the service dad and mom would have their first child, a
beautiful daughter that they named Novella, this blessing passed away a
few short years after her birth. Dad was discharged from Fort Knox,
Kentucky November 20th, 1945 and would join his wife in New Mexico
and by now their second child was born, that being myself in 1945 and
later another daughter Christina who passed away as an infant. Dad left
active service but remained in the active reserves. Dad was awarded the
Good Conduct medal, the World War II Victory medal, the American
Theater Ribbon and a marksman carbine badge.
Dad and mom moved to Denver in 1947 where he would start a job as a
skin dropper for Armour and Company and would work for Armour for
23 years. Dad and mom would started their lives in west Denver living
in a converted chicken shack rented to them by a Mr. and Mrs. Patnoy,
later they would move into a cold water flat at 1211 West 7th Avenue
until they moved to Derby in March of 1954.
On October 27th, 1950 dad was called back into active service and
reported to Fort Lewis Washington. He was then reassigned to the 536
Engineer Maintenance Co and would be sent to Souel and later Pusun,
Korea. Dad served 1 year and 11 days during the Korean War and 10
months and 6 days in Korea. Dad was discharged on November the
30th, 1951 at Camp Carson, Colorado was a Corporal now in the United
States Army. Dad was awarded for his service in Korea the Korean
Service medal with 3 bronze service stars, the National Defense Service
medal, the Korean War Service medal and the United Nations Service
medal along with his overseas bar which he wore proudly on his
Eisenhower army jacket and a sharpshooter rifle badge.
Shortly before dad was called back into service his family grew again
with the birth of his second son Gilbert shortly before going to Korea.
After returning mom and dad would have a daughter to add to the family
our sister Inez. In March of 1954 dad would move his family to Derby
(Commerce City) where he bought a 2 bedroom frame house on the 6500
block of Poplar St. Dads family were the second family to move into this
new subdivision and dad would remain in this home until mom passed
away, the last of the original owners in the subdivision to sell his
property. Dad and mom would see the birth of their 3 son Samuel and it
was here he would raise his family.
In the early 70’s Armours and Company closed their Denver plant and
within a year dad would began a career until he retired with Safeway
working most of the time in the Aurora stores.
Dad and mom began to work almost from the first day that they moved
into Derby at Saint Catherine’s. One of their first goals along with the
other faithful was to build a school and this became their passion and did
not end until the school was built, however the school was unable to
receive either the recognition or accreditation, the building is still there
used primarily for Sunday school classes.
As dad and mom entered into the 80’s the Spirit of the Lord began to
deal first with mom and shortly later with dad. Despite their long
association with their old church they longed to establish a deeper and
personal relationship not with a religion but with their Creator.
Eventually they would attend Bible study with friends in the community
and later be invited to attend the First Spanish Assembly of God church
pastored by Elias Gonzalez in north Denver. It was at the First Spanish
Assembly they would both commit their lives to Christ and were Born
Again into the saving grace of Jesus.
Here again they would commit themselves to build a new house of
worship with the fellowship of the members of the Spanish Assembly.
Dad would join my sister Inez, myself and Carlotita Martinez in a
ministry to the children who found themselves in trouble with the
authorities and now in a juvenile detention center. Dad and mom did not
quit here again they joined in with members of the Spanish Assembly to
start a mission in Commerce City to house a Spanish speaking church
and this would lead to the establishment of the first Spanish speaking
Pentecostal church in Commerce City, Los Lillios de las Villias.
It was here they taught and trained many young pastors who started church
not only in Colorado but in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and other places.
From serving his country to serving in the Army of God, dad continued until
it was his time to receive his greatest reward, his mansion in the sky, now he
walks on streets that are paved with gold and he sings praises all the day long
to his Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.
 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck
up that which is planted;
 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to
 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to
 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to
embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to
 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.