Antonio (Tony) Lucero will be greatly missed. He contracted COVID-19 and transitioned to the heavenly plane on September 2, 2020. He was born September 29, 1938 to Eliseo and Adelaida Lucero in Buena Vista, New Mexico. As a young man he aspired to be a horse race jockey, however, his father wouldn’t give him permission for this. He then left home and joined the Marines but was medically discharged due to complications from rickets that he had suffered as a child. Tony was an excellent cook and used this skill to become a successful restaurant manager. He then leveraged this experience and became the owner for many years of the Burger Master Drive-In in Tonopah, Nevada, together with the love of his life and second wife, Joyce Lucero. His amazing above-average math skills stood him in good stead in this business, as he could quickly and accurately add and subtract long columns of numbers in his head. He had high standards and taught his children a great work ethic and extreme sanitation standards. We were forever cleaning and painting to ensure the highest inspection rating! This ruined our ability to fairly assess any restaurant we’ve ever eaten in since then.
He never met a small child or puppy dog he didn’t like, and he never met a stranger because he talked to everyone and once he was finished visiting they were fast friends. He had a fun sense of humor, always cutting up and making everyone laugh where ever he was. At the apartment complex everyone always talked to him and asked about him and mostly wanted to know what joke he was going to tell next. He had a gift of being able to say anything to anyone and get away with it (and he often did!).
Tony was the second of six children, all of whom grew up together on the family farm in New Mexico. He joins now with his family members who passed before; son, Rocky Lee Lucero, brother-in-law Charles Osuchowski, brother Jacob Lucero, and sister Gloria Padilla and stepson, Albert Lani. He is survived by his wife Joyce, sisters Mary Osuchowski, Sandra Saiz, and brother, Patricio Lucero, along with his son, Anthony Daniel (Danny) Lucero (Tami), stepchildren Lida Hamby (Israel), Anita Johnson (Steve) and Teresa Lani, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and 12 nieces and nephews.
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