Anthony L. Ortegon, M.D.

anthony ortegon, m.d.

October 13, 1950 ~ December 28, 2021

Born in: Bogota, Colombia
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Dr. Anthony Ortegon, 10/13/1950-12/28/2021, a local physician for over forty (40) years in Pueblo, died unexpectedly on December 28, 2021, while surrounded by his entire immediate family.
Despite being born in Bogota, Colombia in 1950, Dr. Ortegon made America his home. Along with his wife of forty-five (45) years, Vera Ortegon, the two of them materialized their version of the American dream. Their truly valued treasures began with their two sons, Anthony and Arthur; evolved to include their respective wives, Courtney and McKinsie. Yet, his most treasured earthly role was being the grandfather to four (4) incredible grandchildren, Bennett, Olive, Isla, and Briggs.
After graduating college in two and half years at the age of 17, he attended the University of Miami’s medical school to start his lifelong passion for medicine and his patients. Dr. Ortegon was a faithful husband, devoted father, insatiable reader, avid skier, butterfly collector, and world traveler.
There will be a private memorial held on January 7th to celebrate the incredible life of Dr. Ortegon. Donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or St. John Neumann Catholic School, 2415 E. Orman Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004, in the name of The Ortegon Family. Online condolences,


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  1. Dear Vera and family, I first met Dr. Ortegon when you brought 4 year old Tonito to the Temple Baptist Daycare and into my charge for his care. He was part of my student car pool also. What an amazing family you are and such an important part of the Pueblo Community. A few years ago I met you both in a local store and we visited briefly. So wonderful to see you once again and hear stories about the boys and their lives. I am so sorry to just learn of his passing and wanted to send my love to each of you. God bless you at this time and may He give you the love, comfort and peace only He can provide. Fond memories always…
    Cheryl (Whitehead) Sundheim

  2. Tony, along with Vera, light up this world in very special and unique ways. Tony’s light and joy for life will always be helpful and needed. His smile inspired me to smile and to think higher thoughts. Light from the soul never goes out. I will always respect and appreciate Tony. Love to Vera.

  3. Always positive, always a smile or laugh. I often reminisce on the collecting trips we had. You standing with your big white net billowing in the wind. Good memories that will always be there. My deepest sympathies to your family.

  4. Vera and family. I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Tony’s passing leaves a huge hole in the Pueblo community and, of course, in your heart. He will be terribly missed by his patients, colleagues, friends and family.

    Jack Rink

  5. Vera and Family,
    We are sorry to hear about your loss. We have fond memories of our time with you and Tony and offer our sincere condolences. Terry & Marikate Book

  6. Hey there Tony,

    Although it’s been awhile since our last butterfly trip with Brad and the crew, I’ll miss your vigor and hearty laughs on the trail. Rest in peace and know that your kindness reached people all over the world.

    Best to you and your family,

  7. So sorry for your loss vera.
    Dr. Anthony ortegon was a very great person. He took care of my parents many years ago. Our prayers 🙏 go out to you and your family.

  8. Dear Vera and family,

    Pueblo , Colorado is a better place because Tony Ortegon practiced Medicine here. He was a wonderful man and may the knowledge of his life and heart keep us strong, good and loving. May he rest in peace.

  9. Dear Vera,

    My heart goes out to you and to your children. I send my deepest condolences, it was an honor to work with him. May the lord bless you and watch over you and your family and bring you peace and comfort in a time of need!

  10. You will truly be missed by so many people 😢. You have been my doctor for almost 40 years and helped me through some very difficult times. Sending prayers for your family and your staff. May you rest in eternal peace.

  11. Dear Vera,
    Over the 36 years that Tony treated me, I came to regard him as a friend. He was such a vibrant individual
    and could always brighten my day. He will be missed.


  12. Dear Vera,
    I am very saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. Over the 36+ years that he treated me, I
    always considered him a friend. He was such a vibrant individual and will be missed…


  13. Arthur Skaer
    January 7, 2022
    Dear Vera,
    I want to say how sorry I am to hear of Tony’s passing. I regarded him as a friend for
    the 36 years that he saw me as a patient. He was such a vibrant individual and was taken from us way
    too soon. He will be missed.

  14. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

  15. Tony and I took several butterfly collecting trips together, including as roommates during a two-week trip to Peru, and I got to know him as a good friend during these times together. I will forever be indebted to him because he bandaged my lip when I cut through it in an accident in the jungles of Cameroon. I will miss him very much.

  16. Tony was probably the first physician I was introduced to upon arrival in Pueblo. He quickly earned my respect for his candor and commitment to the community. A good doctor and a good man, he will be missed by many.

  17. His obituary captured the very essence of his person. I pray all the time for peace for you and your family. Love you all.

  18. Tony was one of the first physicians I met at Parkview ICU in 1987. I quickly realized his visits to ICU was part of his morning ritual, sharing laughs and a cup of coffee. I am better for knowing him.


  20. I am so sorry for your loss.. Dr. Ortegon was one of a kind. He cared for a lot of my family members. He had a heart of gold! May he rest in peace and May God bless you all. GOD SPEED!

  21. Querida Vera,
    Acabo de saber sobre el fallecimiento de Tony. Cuánto lo siento. Por favor acepta mi más profundo pésame.
    My deepest condolences to you Toñito, Arthur and your whole family.
    Tony was a great man . I enjoyed his funny stories!
    Hugs to you, Vera
    Lydia Balizet

  22. Vera and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your unexpected and tragic loss. He was a truly amazing man. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.

    Jerry and Marisa Pacheco

  23. Dear Vera, Arthur, Anthony and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about your loss. May time soon replace your grief with warm memories.
    Kate McCaffrey

  24. Vera Ants Tony..we have u guys in our hearts..I’m sure Willowdean and Luther will take care of Anthony when he gets there u guys

  25. Dr. Anthony Ortegon was my doctor for over 20 years. I couldn’t have asked for better. He put up with a lot from me. Most of all he could make me laugh. Thank you.

  26. Vera and the family…I am so sorry for your loss. Tony was a wonderful doctor and a very special person. Too many memories to share but the most important one is of Tony always sharing pictures of your grandkids and telling of all the fun trips you all took. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Love and prayers to you all.

  27. My deepest condolences to Vera, his sons, family, and staff. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Dr. Oregon was my previous Dr as well as my grandparents Dr moons ago. I’d enjoy little chats when he’d call into Parkview. You will be missed, sir.

  28. Vera, Anthony, Arthur and family,
    I was speechless to learn of Tony’s passing today.
    Good man and friend! He made me laugh.
    He will be missed.
    God Bless!
    Always here for you all.

  29. Vera, Anthony, Arthur, and your families – My heart goes out to you. I will remember the times of coverage with Raphael, and Tony’s care of his patients, including Raphael. This is so unexpected and such a great loss. Just know my thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

  30. Not only was Tony a great physician and father, he was an amazing Uncle, godfather, and role model for his entire family. He was the funny, loving Uncle who always made us laugh. We will miss him greatly and we will remember the memories and love he shared with all of us. With all our love and prayers, Eddie, Anne, Alex, Ethan, Aiden, Evan, and Elias Amaya.

  31. We lost a dear friend and amazing physician. Our hearts are broken. Our memories stretch way back of happy days together in Pueblo. We will always remember your smile and devious laugh. You were able to light up a room and bring warmth to our hearts. You will be forever missed until we meet again. We love you.
    The Nicoletti Family

  32. Vera and family my thoughts and prayers are with you. I was saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. God Bless.

  33. Dear Vera and Family
    So sorry to hear about Tony’s passing. He. was such a good person. My prayers are with you and your Family God Bless.

  34. My heart is broken to hear, but God must have needed his loyal servant. Our prayers are with your family from our family. Cherish all the wonderful memories. Dr Kyle & Penny Schulz

  35. I LOVED listening to your childhood stories…You will be missed Dr. Ortegon and my condolences to Vera and your family.

  36. When I lived in Pueblo, Dr. Ortegon was my primary doctor. He was very friendly with me and his patients. He was the best Doctor I ever had. Rest in Piece Doctor!
    Denesio “Dennis” Gonzales

  37. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mrs. Ortegon, family & medical staff. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help during this time

    Blessings to all
    The Staff at Executive Services

  38. Vera, Anthony and Arthur

    Sorry to hear about Tony’s passing. He will be missed by all of us who knew him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  39. To Vera, Anthony and Arthur,

    I am so very sorry to hear about Dr Ortegon’s passing.
    He was such a pillar of excellence in the Pueblo medical community and will be greatly missed.
    You are all in my thoughts and daily prayers.
    God Bless!

  40. We are so sorry to hear about Tony’s passing. We were out of town and just heard of his passing. He was a good man with a good heart and he will be missed by all that knew him.
    May he rest in peace and may the peace of God surround his family.
    Memory Eternal!

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