May 14, 2013 Updated: May 14, 2013 at 10:20 am
Adolfo and Pamela Narvarte were on their way to celebrate Pamela's 51st birthday on the evening of May 6 when a tow truck collided with their vehicle, killing the couple upon impact.
The tow-truck driver allegedly failed to stop at Meridian and Garrett roads, the Colorado State Patrol said.
The Narvartes, of Peyton, were laid to rest Saturday in Colorado Springs in a ceremony that included Adolfo Narvarte's twin brother, four brothers and two sisters, one of whom traveled from the Philippines to attend the service.
Adolfo Narvarte, 57, worked as an executive chef at the Peterson Air Force Base Club for 30 years, and Pamela Narvarte was a licensed vocational nurse who had worked at Memorial and Penrose hospitals in Colorado Springs.
A co-worker who knew Adolfo Narvarte for 25 years remembered him fondly and said everyone at the club is in shock.
"He was quiet, reliable and hard-working," she said. "He made beautiful ice sculptures for our events and was truly a good person."
Although most of Adolfo Narvarte's family resides in California, he made Peyton his home to stay close to his wife's parents, both Colorado Springs residents.
Antoinette Valdez, Pamela Narvarte's sister, said the family came together quickly to support each other, regardless of time and distance.
"My first concern was how I was going to get in touch with my brother-in-law's family, but within 45 minutes everyone was communicating and pulling together," Valdez said. "All of his brothers came from California and one of his sisters got on the first flight from the Philippines just to be here."
Adolfo and Pamela Narvarte met at a function in the Peterson club and were married Sept. 27, 1980, Valdez said. They are survived by a daughter, Brianna, 33, and a son, Adolfo Jr., 21.
"I remember them as independent and fun-loving people," said Rick Narvarte, Adolfo Narvarte's nephew. "Our family loved Auntie Pamela for loving our uncle so much. We had no doubt that they would be the couple growing old together, still holding hands."
State Patrol said the crash remains under investigation. Troopers said the driver, 24-year-old Joshua Preslar, allegedly failed to stop at the intersection and struck the Narvartes' F-150 on its left side, pushing it south on Meridian Road and causing it to spin.
Neither of the Narvartes had on a seat belt, troopers said after the crash. Several calls to Trooper Eric Zachareas, who is in charge of the investigation, were not returned by Monday afternoon.
Preslar, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, troopers said.