Delbert Ray Lucero passed away on May 2, 2012 in Globe, Arizona at the age of 62. Delbert was born in San Carlos on November 24, 1949 to Edward Lucero of Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, and Dehlia Porter of Peridot, Arizona. At an early age, both his parents died. He went to live with his Aunt and Uncle, the late Sampson Pechuli and Agnes Porter Pechuli. As a young man Delbert attended Lutheran Mission School in San Carlos and he was confirmed. He attended high school at East Fort Mission School. Delbert then attended Eastern Arizona College from 1968-69. He worked various jobs as a cowboy, firefighter, and many others until he was encouraged to apply for the San Carlos Tribal Police as a Police Officer. This occupation suited him. After attending police academy in the late 70s, Delbert began his career with the U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”), Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Department. His work included major crimes investigations of high-profile cases including leading the efforts of special projects such as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, also known as D.A.R.E. He retired from the DOI, Bureau of Indian Affairs as a Law Enforcement Officer with the rank of Sergeant.
Delbert enjoyed hunting for quail and deer, was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching rodeo events. He acquired the talents of wood carving from his Taos Pueblo influences and specialized in kachinas, Apache spirits and animals.
Delbert is survived by his brother Norbert Pechuli and wife, Lillie; Daughter, Barbara C. Lucero of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Son, Nathan Lucero of Peridot, Arizona; Granddaughter Rosario L. Lucero; his cousins Elizabeth and Jake Classay, Larry and Pauline Waterman, and many many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandson Bryant Kylor Tungovia.
Delbert was laid to rest at the Six Mile Cemetery in Peridot, Arizona at the hands of a Police Honor Guard and in the presence of his loving family and friends on May 7, 2012.