Obituaries (06/05/14)

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BROWN — Jack A. Brown Jr., 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 24, 2014. He was born in Amorita, OK on January 10, 1934 to Jack A. and Anna Mae (Dixon) Brown. Jack was drawn to Socorro to live his golden years about 8 years ago. He was a proud United States Marine Veteran after serving in 1952. He was married to Waynelyn Hunnicutt for 19 years and together they raised their children in El Paso Texas. Jack was a very decorated Jockey. His life time occupation but also his passion. After his retirement, Jack  was a proud horse owner and trainer. Horse racing was it for Jack, and even until recent, he placed his bet on the races. Jack loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and golfing on occasion. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents; his sister, Mary Martin; and his brother, Roscoe “Bud” Brown. Jack  is survived by his loving  daughter, Cherry Polvadore and husband, Bernie of Sun City, AZ; his devoted son, Justin  Brown of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; his grandchildren, Seth and Calista Polvadore; and many  nieces, nephews, and other loving family members and close friends. A Memorial Race in celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Jack’s care has been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

GOMEZ — Robert Gomez, 52, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 1, 2014. He was born in Socorro, N.M. on Nov. 29, 1961 to Pauline (Saavedra) Vergara. Robert, or “Bobby” as he was affectionately known was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army. This year, Bobby found his faith and salvation  in the Lord and found peace during his illness. Bobby was a free spirit and loved helping others. He often gave advise and shared his mistakes, life struggles and trials with others in hopes to guide and help those closest to him. Bobby was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and could make anyone laugh. He dreamed of owning a Harley Davidson and riding with his brother. He adored his mother, his rock, and loved all of his family. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents; his brothers, Flavio Apodaca; Ramon Apodaca; James Price; and James Anderson;  and his sisters, Rosemary Lopez; and Rose Price. Bobby is survived by his loving mother; his loving sister, Mary Rodriguez; his devoted brother, Ramon “Wedo” Vergara; his nephew, Jalen Vergara; and his niece, Tiara Vergara and many other loving nieces, nephews and other family members and close friends. Bobby will also be greatly missed by his son, Robert Mayer Saavedra and wife, Tomasina Topaum; and his granddaughter, Izabella Rose Mayer.To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com . Bobby’s care has been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

GRIEGO — Richard J. Griego, 37, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014 at his home in Polvadera, N.M. He was born in Albuquerque, N.M. on Dec. 28, 1976, to Richard S. and Lucy Santillanes Griego. Richard was a man with a big heart and was always willing to help out anyone in need. He was strong in his faith and loved his family. Richard enjoyed cooking and had a green thumb when it came to planting. He drove a truck across the country and even owned his own trucking company for a few years. Richard was an avid motorcycle rider and loved riding his Harley and loved his “kids” (his dogs) Dober Dog, Peppers and Rocko. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joe and Fava Griego; his maternal grandparents, Justiniano and Virgie Santillanes; and his uncle, Stephen T. Santillanes. Richard is survived by his parents Richard and Lucy Griego, his sister, Valerie M. Griego; his brother, Stephen T. Griego; his aunts and uncles, Tina Santillanes, Joey and Cheryl Griego, and Jerry and Patricia Griego; his nephews, Elijah Griego and Justyn Santillanes; and his niece, Adrianna Griego. Visitation will take place Friday, June 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro. Rosary to be recited on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place at the Lemitar Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers will be Wes Mauldin, Tony Lucero, Carlos Savedra, Joe Reichenbach, Michael Morris and Ed Grund. Honorary pallbearers are Maurice Andrew, Roy Armijo, Jerry Griego, Aron Jaquez, Gilbert Romero, Vicente Hernandez, Ken Chavez, Lawrence Romero, and Shane Durkin. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Richard’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

HARRIS — Edward Earl Harris, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2014. He was born in Bisbee, Ariz. on Nov. 1, 1925 to John Earl and Frances (Burris) Harris. He was a lifelong resident of New Mexico and resided in Socorro for the last 68 years. Ed was a proud U.S. veteran. He served in the Navy from 1944-1946. In 1996, Ed retired after 50 years of owning and operating Harris Brothers, alongside his brothers. It was a farming and land leveling business which he loved. He was very proud of his garden and enjoyed canning. Ed had a great interest and found joy in being a member of the Masonic Lodge, since 1958 and the Eastern Star, since 1965. Above all, Ed was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family and adored his grandchildren beyond measure. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Douglas Harris; and his brother in law, Joe Pete Wood. Ed is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Lillian J. (Sipes) Harris; his children, Leslie Van Winkle and husband, Rip; Keri Digbuy and husband, Shawn; Becky Cooper and husband, Kevin; Reed Allen and wife, Jeanita; Harold Hammack Jr. and wife, Sandy; Judy Bailey and husband, Ted; and Darlene Johnston; his brother, John Harris and wife, Bonnie; his sister, Ruth Wood; his sister in law, Judy Harris; and many nieces, nephews, other loving family members and close friends. Ed will also be greatly missed by his 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm at the Masonic Lodge – Socorro #9, 912 Leroy, Socorro, NM 87801. Inturnment will be held in the Socorro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or donations may be given in Ed’s honor to the Good Samaritan Society, PO Box 1279, Socorro, NM 87801 or The Masonic Lodge – Socorro No. 9, please visit www.nmmasons.org. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Ed’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

MOORE — Paul Jeffery Moore, 60, of Carlsbad, N.M., passed away on May 19, 2014, after his recent battle with Valley Fever. Paul was born in Albuquerque, N.M. on Feb. 7, 1954. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and continued on to receive a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro in 1984. Paul was married to Brenda Cassady on Feb. 7, 1976 in Socorro. They were married 38 years. Paul recently worked for Intrepid Potash for three years. He enjoyed constructing and flying RC Airplanes, as well as building hot rods, Harleys and his experimental zenith aircraft. As a mine engineer, Paul had gold fever and was an experienced gold detector, as well as the ultimate gold panner. Paul was an avid hunter and fishermen he was also actively involved in the Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Foundation, where he raised awareness for a rare genetic disorder. Paul is survived by his wife Brenda, his son Joshua Moore, daughters Jaime Falcon and Katelyn Moore, grandchildren Kasia’h, Ireland and Liv, his father Carl Franklin Moore Jr., his brother Michael Moore, sister Karla Moore, nieces and nephews and many other family and friends. Paul is preceded in death by his mother Alice Pauline Moore, January 2013. A celebration of life will be held for Paul on his birthday, Feb 7, 2015 in Socorro, where he was raised.  For more information and/or to join the celebration please e-mail pjcelebrate@gmail.com.

PARGAS — Antonio Natividad “Nate” Pargas, 82, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. He was born in San Antonio, N.M. on June 13, 1931 to Benito and Emilia Maldonado Pargas. Antonio served his country proudly in the U.S. Army and retired in 1972. He served during the Korean Conflict and in Vietnam. He was a devoted family man and a kind-hearted person. He enjoyed hunting and he loved to garden. Antonio will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hermenio Pargas, Ralph Pargas, Luis Pargas, Emilio Pargas, and Jose Pargas; sisters, Marianna Pargas and Amalia Gonzales.
Antonio is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Margarita “Maggie” Madril Pargas; daughters, Natalie Pargas and Tammy Lucero; son, Dick (Josie) Pargas; brothers, Horacio Pargas, Ernest Pargas, and Benny Pargas; grandchildren, Antonio Nate Pargas, Mikaela Pargas, Terri Rodriguez, Joe Rodriguez, and Angela Duran, great-grandchildren, Leondra Pargas-Deleon, Karma Trujillo, Brenna Baca, Sheraton Aragon, Jasenya Chavez, Kyra Pargas, Carlos Duran-Rael. Rosary to be recited on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real , Socorro. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 9 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery following service with full military honors. Pallbearers will be Antonio Pargas, Joe Rodriguez, Tonito Pargas, Ernest Pargas Jr., Horacio Pargas Jr., Samuel Vivian. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Antonio’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

SMITH — Nancy M. Smith, 65, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was born in West Newton, PA on March 19, 1949 to William M. and Jeane (Jacob) Markel. Nancy, “Hippy” as she was affectionately known, was a Socorro resident for about 12 years. She loved animals, especially dogs and horses. Pit Bulls really caught her attention. She was interested in many things, guns, classic automobiles, Harley Davidson Bikes, and also knitting and crocheting. “Hippy” was so welcoming and was always inviting others over, rather it was for a cold beer, a warm meal, or a place to stay, Nancy’s home was always open to everyone. Above anything, Nancy cherished her family. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend. Nancy was preceded in death by her beloved parents, and her husband, Dale Mark Smith in December of 2009. Nancy is survived by her children, Will Smith; and Rheinhold R. and Shiloh Schmitt; her grandchildren, Teagan; Derrick; and Lexi; her sisters and brother and many other loving family members and close friends. The Family will hold a private memorial celebration of Nancy’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions and donations may be given in Nancy ‘s honor to the Villalobos Rescue Center (Pit Bulls and Parolees) at www.vrcpitbull.com.To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Nancy’s care has been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

TAFOYA — Abenicio S. Tafoya, 106, a life-long resident of Contreras, N.M., peacefully joined his Lord and Savior while at his home on May 31, 2014. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in La Joya, N.M. Abenicio and his wife served as the Mayordomos (caretakers) of the San Jose Catholic Church in Contreras for many years. Abenicio served his country during World War II as a telephone and telegraph lineman with a signal construction battalion and was honored with the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Abenicio shared his love of the land as a horseman, a rancher and farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Tafoya in 2006; his daughter, Emilia Tafoya in 1952; and his parents, Antonio and Sofia Salas Tafoya. Abenicio is survived by his daughters Antoinette Baca and her husband, Martin of Rio Rancho, and Anna Gallegos of Contreras; grandchildren, Antonio Baca of Rio Rancho, Valerie and Roland Sanchez II of Bosque, Marie Baca and Mark Guerrero of Rio Rancho, Amelia Gallegos of Contreras, Dean Gallegos and Stephanie Padilla of Las Cruces, and Zach Gallegos of Socorro; and great-grandchildren, Lucia Sanchez of Bosque, and Joselyn and Lincoln Guerrero of Rio Rancho. A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Thursday, June 5 at 6 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A Final Viewing will be held at the San Jose Catholic Church in Contreras, on Friday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place at Contreras Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Dean Gallegos, Zach Gallegos, Antonio Baca, Roland Sanchez II, and Mark Guerrero, cousin, Robert Tafoya, friend and neighbor, Marcel Abeyta, and God daughter, Kim Schnepper. Sign Abenicio’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com.

ULIBARRI — Dolores Armijo Ulibarri was called home by the Lord on May 17, 2014. She fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dolores was born to George and Rosalia Gabaldon Armijo on March 26, 1947 in Socorro. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 48 years Santiago (Jim) Ulibarri, four daughters Nancy Donnelly and husband Jim of Modesto, CA, Rebekkah Stover and husband Christopher of Buckeye, AZ, Brenda Ulibarri Ward, of Buckeye, AZ, Tiffany Sedillo and husband Joe of Silver City, two sons Billy Ulibarri and partner Tristan Fin of Albuquerque and Michael Ulibarri and partner Rita Roper of Revere, MA. And 16 grandchildren. Two sisters Emena Gonzales and Isabel Chavez and husband Raymond both from Socorro. Dolores was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, Ariz. and former member of San Miguel Catholic Church. Dolores was devoted to her husband and family, liked going camping, casinos, sports. Her latest hobby was mosaic. While living in California she was a foster mother to about 60 children. Before moving to Arizona she worked at the Socorro Headstart. Services will be held at San Miguel Catholic Church, Socorro, NM, on June 13th, 2014. Rosary will be held at 8:30 am, Mass following at 9:00 am. Inurnment at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Arizona Myeloma Network,  20280 N. 59th Ave. Ste. 115#448, Glendale, AZ 85308.