Fred "Big Viking" Benito Lucero
Fred "Big Viking" Benito Lucero was born April 3, 1937 in Las Vegas, New Mexico and passed away on January 9, 2019 in El Paso, TX at the age of 81 after a short illness. Fred had a larger than life personality, never met a stranger, had friends all over the US and Mexico and always had a joke and a smile on hand.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro Lucero and Olympia Sena-Lucero, brothers, Victor, Leandro, Horace, Pete, Benny, Herman and sisters Mela and Connie. Fred is survived by his wife of 43 years, D'aun Lucero and children Stacy Lorenz, Freddie Lucero, Samra Hill, Paul Rush, Mary Lynnette Gonzales and Vickie Lucero, younger brother Julian Lucero, grandchildren Trevor Nuckols, Jon Paul Lorenz, Eric and Taner Hill, Sierra Dannelley, Seiko Manning, Amalie and Madeline Gonzales. son in laws Jonathan Lorenz and Michael Gonzales and ten great grandchildren.
Fred is the eighth of ten children of Basque heritage, a true western cattleman and horseman and founder of the Viking Roping Cattle Company crossing Mexican corriente steer from the ranches in Mexico's Sierra Madre across the border for use in team roping, rodeos and beef all over the US. He also raised fine quarter horses for team roping and barrel racing sired by Cee Booger Red. Fred was a champion calf roper and team roper and could drive a 40 foot trailer full of cattle for 24 hours straight through in a snow storm while he was asleep. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and taught hundreds of people to team rope in his lifetime. You can guarantee the big Viking will be heeling at that champion team roping in heaven.
We hope you will join us to say good bye:
Sunset Funeral Home
480 N Resler Dr.
El Paso, TX
Viewing Sunday January 13 from 5-9 pm
Service Monday January 14 at 2pm