Dorothy Trafton, daughter of Dulcelina Curtis and sister of Evelyn Losack, died at age 90 on February 3 due to complications from a stroke.
She grew up in Corrales working on the family farm. Widely known as a physical education teacher, she retired after teaching at Lincoln Middle School in Rio Rancho.
Trafton held master’s degrees in physical education and in counseling and student guidance. She was also an elected official and businesswoman. She served on the Village Council in the 1980s and owned and restored the old two-story, white building on Corrales Road, sometimes referred to as the “Sears House” since it was assembled from mail order components. She used the resulting retail space for a shop until she sold the property.
She was admired for her exuberance in many fields, but especially as a dancer. She was chosen to serve on the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1984.
She is survived by three sons: Curt, Mitch and Clay and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She married Clint Trafton shortly after high school where they met; they later divorced.
Later, she partnered on the dance floor and cruises with E.J. Bereza and then Bud Bolsinger.
Funeral services were held at San Ysidro Church, February 18 at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to the Solo Club of Albuquerque or the Sodality of San Ysidro Catholic Church.