Elefar C. "Al" Barela Jr. April 19, 1933 - February 6, 2009 Elefar Barela passed away at his home surrounded by his family on February 6, 2009. Elefar was born in San Luis, Colorado on April 19, 1933 to Elefar and Corrina Rael Barela. He spent his childhood in Montrose, Colorado. He was united in marriage to Crystal Warren on December 18, 1955 in Aztec, New Mexico. Elefar was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp serving from 1952 -1955. Elefar will be remembered as a loving family man with an exceptional sense of humor who loved spending time with his family more than anything. He also enjoyed fishing, golf, gambling, and enjoying a cold beer with friends. Elefar is survived by his wife of 53 years, Crystal Barela; son, Ralph (Debbie) Barela of Grand Junction, Colorado; daughters, Janet Barela of Grand Junction, Colorado; Linda (Wayne) Bunch of Naturita, Colorado and Barbara (Steve) Bercume of Grand Junction, Colorado; three brothers, four sisters and numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents and a sister. A graveside service with full military honors will take place Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at the Veterans Cemetery of Western Colorado at 10:00 a.m.
Published in The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction,CO on 2/10/2009