In Memoriam

Services for Gay Pride Taos founder today

Robert Quintana washes a car at a fund-raiser for Gay Pride Taos on Saturday, July 31.
Robert Quintana washes a car at a fund-raiser for Gay Pride Taos on Saturday, July 31.

Robert Quintana, 29, was in the midst of organizing the first official Gay Pride event in Taos, N.M., when he died on Aug. 9.

His family has invited the public to attend his memorial today at the Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home (818 Paseo del Pueblo Sur) at 1 p.m. The service will be delivered by Pastor Steve Wiard from El Pueblito United Methodist Church. Pastor Wiard knew Quintana for many years, and the two had a high mutual regard for one another, says Pride organizer Janie Corinne.

Afterward, there will be a celebration of Quintana’s life from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the El Monte Sagrado Angladas Building (317 Kit Carson).

Donations to help cover the costs of funeral are being accepted by the Robert E. Quintana Memorial Fund at Centinel Bank in Taos. Once those expenses are met, the fund becomes a scholarship for LGBT youth.