Reyes Chavez "Chili Man" Baca

On the Morning of March 15, 2019, Reyes Chavez Baca was called to the Community of Heaven at his home in Lemitar, N.M, surrounded by family. Reyes was proceeded in death by his wife of 45 years Rosalena “Rosie” Garcia Baca of La Joya N.M.

Reyes was born on December 16, 1932, in Lemitar, was the third of 11 children born to Jose O. Baca and Francescita C. Baca.

He is survived by his loving sons, Ray Baca Jr. and wife Karen H. C. Baca of Albuquerque N.M.; Anthony L. Baca and wife Margaret I. Baca of Lemitar; Patrick D. Baca and wife Aileen M. Baca of Tome, N.M.; and Gilbert Romero of Lemitar. Reyes is also survived by his adorning grandchildren, Nicole E. Gutierrez, Anjelica M. Baca-Martinez and husband Peter Martinez, Joshua D. Baca, Monique A. Baca and great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Mondragon and Zara Pena. Reyes would spend many a long day making the grandchildren’s visits a field trip experience as they rode around visiting family and friends in Socorro County.

Reyes is survived by his siblings, David L. and Maria S. Baca of Albuquerque N.M., Juanita and Florencio Saavedra of Socorro and Miguel Baca of Los Molinos, N.M. Reyes is also survived by his beloved sisters-in-law Prescilla G. and Stewart L. Breeswine of Albuquerque N.M. and Helen Baca of Polvadera, N.M. Reyes enjoy spending time visiting and sharing with his cousins Esther Griego of Socorro, Mae Griego of Lemitar, Mary Zamora of Socorro, Ray and Lucy Chavez of Albuquerque and the late Mauelita “Mela” Chavez Herrera of Las Cruces, N.M. Reyes was a loving and devoted father and husband to his family and devoted son and brother to his parents and siblings.

Reyes helped his families throughout his life. During the Korean War, he and his best friend, Gilbert Romero, served in an Army Heavy Artillery Battery stationed in Germany and was a member of the local VFW Post. Reyes also was a respected mechanic and local small business owner who operated several service stations in his life time. After retiring, Reyes spend his remaining years working in the agricultural arena planting, growing, harvesting and selling chili products throughout the Middle Rio Grande Region. Reyes was known as “The Chili Man” to the many family, friends and customers who bought his dried red chili products. He also enjoyed visiting, talking and sharing with family, friends and acquaintances he would run into on his daily excursions around the community that he treasured and loved so much.

On April 6, 2019, a Celebration of Life Services will be held at Family Christian Center, 1016 Fowler, Socorro. Burial will immediately follow at Lemitar Cemetery, in Lemitar.

A heartfelt thank you is offered to the medical staff at VA Hospital Albuquerque, his Hospice nurse and attendant. In lieu of flowers or cards, please consider making a tribute donation in Reyes’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

Reyes’s care has been entrusted to the Daniels Family Funeral Services, Socorro Chapel, Socorro.