Frank Ortega, 70, of Las Vegas, passed away on Monday, June 22, and went home to be with his wife Debbie, who he loved with every breath he took.
Frank was born in Santa Barbara to Silverio Ortega Sr. and Frances Cortez. He attended Santa Barbara Junior High, and soon was drafted in the U.S. Army and preparing for Vietnam.
One thing was clear, he would marry his best friend Debbie Elisarraras at the beautiful Santa Barbara Courthouse before he was to be shipped out. Debbie wouldn’t have it and soon followed him to bootcamp, where later Frank was honorably discharged and came home to his new young wife.
Frank and Debbie moved to Las Vegas in 1978, where they set roots and worked hard. Frank started out working for Tiberti Fence Co. and became the foreman for many years. Frank accomplished his goal when he was hired on with the city of Las Vegas Waste Water Treatment Plant (CLV WWTP) where he retired after more than two decades of hard work and dedication.
During his time at the CLV WWTP, he made many friends who became family. His family looked up to him as a father, tio, godfather and hero. He loved his family and we will all miss him eternally.
Frank’s ability to make friends was easy because of his infectious laugh and big smile. Frank’s love for the outdoors was attributed to his father in-law Johnny E, who taught him all there was to know about being an outdoorsman, Son, husband and father. Frank loved fishing and hunting, and the memories made.
Frank is survived by his daughter Karen (Jean-Paul) Downs of Las Vegas; son Johnny (Denise) Ortega of Henderson; and Sonny-Boy his fur baby; grandchildren Isaac, Andrew Sr., Mariah, Marissa and Islah; great grandkids Andrew Jr., Noah and Richie, all of Las Vegas.
Frank is preceded in death by his wife Debbie of 51 years of marriage, parents, and siblings Silver, Ray and Sylvia.
Services will be private to immediate family at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, NV. The family will have a celebration of life with family and friends at a later date.
The Ortega Family wishes to thank all who have touched our lives with love and laughs.