Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

St. Pius X High Teacher, Counselor Passes Away.(Obituary)

Byline: Paul Logan Journal Staff Writer

Primo Contreras was known as "a master teacher" and counselor who touched thousands of students' lives at St. Pius X High School.

A former Jesuit priest, Contreras married a widow and helped raise her six children. And despite dealing with cancer, he spent his final years teaching disadvantaged students.

Contreras, a longtime Albuquerque resident, died Monday of leukemia. He was 68.

A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper NW.

Contreras was a mentor and like a brother to Al Mills, a St. Pius teacher. Mills said his friend "would always see good in people. …

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