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Our Team


Our staff is comprised of professionals with a broad depth of funeral and cremation experience. We understand the traditions and culture of Taos and Northern New Mexico because everyone one of our staff members were born and raised in Taos.  We are dedicated to helping direct you through this stressful and difficult time. We will answer all your questions regarding your options for funeral and cremation services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.  

Johnny DeVargas

Johnny DeVargas

Founder/Funeral Service Practitioner

Johnny C. DeVargas, founder of DeVargas Funeral Home, began his career in his early teens. Johnny has a passion for the work he does and recognized at a tender age that he wanted to devote his life in service to families during the most vulnerable time in a person’s life. At the age of 13, he began his apprenticeship and mentoring at the skilled guidance of a local funeral home owner. Johnny was soon identified as having the desire, empathy, people skills, and artistic talents necessary to succeed in this very specialized field. Johnny’s career experience spans over 40 years, primarily in the Española Valley and in Santa Fe. In humble beginnings, he founded DeVargas Funeral Home in March of 1999 in a very small structure, formerly the Forestry Service Building on the Los Alamos Highway in Española. Not long after, Johnny was blessed with realizing his dream of today’s more modern, larger and state-of-the-art facility. Johnny has passed the New Mexico State Board of Thanatopractice and the National Conference of Examining Boards and is certified with both.


Joaquin D. Gonzales

Joaquin D. Gonzales

General Manager and Director

Joaquin Gonzales born and raised in Taos, knew at a very young age that his calling was to help people in need. He started working as an EMT at the age of 17 and shortly there after decided to attend Paramedic School, where he served all of Northern NM as a flight paramedic, ground paramedic and EMS Chief for Taos County for over 21 years. Joaquin was also a Deputy Medical Investigator for the State of New Mexico in the late 90's and has worked for other Funeral Homes in the area. He is licensed as an FSI by the State of New Mexico in both Arranging/Directing and also as an Embalmer.  He was also a volunteer Fire Fighter with the Taos Fire Department for several years. Joaquin also sits in the Board of Trustees for Holy Cross Medical Center.  Being a native of Taos he understands the culture, diversity, and customs of Northern New Mexico and is honored to serve his community in it's time of need. 


Denise Ortega

Denise Ortega

Administrative Assistant

Denise Ortega a born and raised native of Taos is honored to be part of the team at DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos.  Denise recently retired from the New Mexico State Police after 25 years of Public Service.  When you call DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos you know that you will have a caring voice on the other end. 


Ernestina Cordova

Ernestina Cordova

Pre-need Counselor

Ernestina Cordova, a born and raised native of Taos, is honored to be part of the DeVargas Team. Being so active in the community of Taos with her husband she knows what is important to her community. Understanding the culture and traditions of Taos she will be able to sit with her families and plan their final wishes knowing they will be caring hands.  


Isaiah Fernandez

Isaiah Fernandez

Service Ambassador

Isaiah Fernandez a born and raised native of Taos has and always takes pride on what he does. He knew at a very young age that he wanted to help people and to serve his community.  He started riding and doing job shadowing with Taos County EMS and Taos Fire Department while still in high school. He is currently employed full time with the Fire Department and helps DeVargas with transfers and services.  He has also worked with other Funeral Homes in the area. 


Bryan Garcia

Bryan Garcia

Service Ambassador

Bryan Garcia a native of Taos is honored to be part of DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos.  He assists in transfers and with services.  He knew that he always wanted to help people in their time of need. He has been employed at Taos Living Center and at Santa Fe Care Center helping the elders. In his spare time you can find Bryan keeping up with his fitness goals. 


Nadine Gonzales

Nadine Gonzales

Assistant

Nadine Gonzales, a born and raised native of Taos, is honored to be part of the team of DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos.  She has been employed with the Taos Municipal Schools for over 30 years and takes pride in all her children she attends to every year.  A caring and loving person is what is needed when assisting with a loved ones funeral.  


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