QUES-KORNER
Home of the ORIGINAL QMAN, also known as "Q", kyuman, kueman,
cueman. though often imitate but never duplicated, I stand alone.
QUE'S (q!) BLOGG
I DEDICATE THIS PAGE TO MY DAD AND MOM

Jose Benerito Quintana was born on November 17, 1921 to Francisco and Madalena
(Trujillo) Quintana in Canoncito, Nevo Mexico, the grandson of Jose U. and Juanita
(Lucero) Quintana.  Dad was raised in his early years in 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.

Ecclesiastes 3
[1] To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
[2] A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that
which is planted;
[3] A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
[4] A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
[5] A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to
embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
[6] A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
[7] A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
[8] A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.