Gilbert Mascarenaz

Sep 9, 2012 Staff

Longtime Fremont County resident Gilbert Mascarenaz, of Arapahoe, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, as a result of a heart attack. He was 83 years old.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at St. Stephens Mission with Father Gaffney officiating. Burial will follow at Sacajawea Cemetery in Fort Washakie. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at St. Stephens Mission and a wake to follow at Eagle Hall.

Gilbert Mascarenaz was born Feb. 22, 1929, to Lucinda and Emelio Mascarenaz of Mora, N.M. He moved to Wyoming in 1941, where he would later meet and marry his wife of 65 years, Jean Lahoe-Mascarenaz.

Throughout his life Mr. Mascarenaz had many careers in the Fremont County area, including ranching, sheep herding and acting as a house parent at St. Michaels Mission in Ethete. He owned Dog Patch (a.k.a. El Durango) in Riverton and was the snow cone man at the Arapahoe Sundance.

His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, cowboying, playing billiards and watching sporting events. His family said he never met a stranger and always had a story to tell. They said he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Mascarenaz; children Gilbert Jr. and Angie Mascarenaz of Arapahoe, Joline Mascarenaz and Turk Forgey of Keystone, S.D., Cilia and Jose Pereda of Arapahoe, Coyia and Kirn Hatch of Casper; 26 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sisters Nellie Veldez of Mora, N.M., Jenny Ciseneros of Oakland, Calif., and Jessie Quantro of Holtville, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Lucinda and Emelio Mascarenaz; daughter Vestana Manzaneraz; sisters Eloisa Salazar and Josie Martinez; and brother Ray Mascarenaz.

The family would like to thank the staff at Riverton Memorial Hospital for all their efforts.

Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at www.HudsonsFuneral

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