Dan Ortega(Jessica Palmer Photo)
Dan Ortega, 60, has deep roots in Roswell and in New Mexico history. “I supposedly have family lineage that goes back to Billy the Kid.” He said that a relative showed him documentation to support that fact. He hopes as soon as he retires that he can research more on his family history to see if this is correct.
Ortega can trace his roots on his mother’s side of the family back to the Mescalero. “My great-grandmother lived in the Hondo Valley in 1850, and my grandfather was a true cowboy in Oklahoma. I respect that. It was a hard life.”
His family moved to Roswell during the Depression. His maternal grandparents came from Tinnie. His father came from Carlsbad. He grew up on the east side of town with his five brothers and two Login to read more