Tony G. Garcia passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Roswell, NM surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 4, 1928 in San Angelo, TX to Jose and Sara Gonzales.
Tony is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Aurelia E. Garcia, mother Sara G. Urquidez, and grandson Manuel R. Lara, Jr.
Tony retired from Southwest Distributing after 35 years and worked as a warehouse foreman. After his retirement, Tony was not ready stop serving the community and became a driver for Counseling Associates where he spent 15 years transporting their clients. Tony coached little league baseball, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Roswell Sertoma Club, St. John’s Men’s Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was well known and respected in the community.
Tony was a loyal man to his family. He showed his children how treat people. Tony welcomed his children, grandchildren, and all his family into his home in good times and bad showing them the true meaning of family. He always believed that the priorities in his life were God, family, and job and spent every day showing this to his family.
Cherishing Tony’s memory and proud to be called his children are sons: Tony (Vangie) Garcia Jr; Tommy P. (Deanna) Garcia; David A. (Tina) Garcia; daughters: Loretta M. (Joe G.) Sandoval and Rita A. Lara all of Roswell. Also surviving Tony are brothers: Henry (Alice) Villareal of Roswell, Joe (Lupe) De La Cruz of Sacramento, Ca. and sisters: Mary Tafoya and Minnie (Ted) Jimenez both of Sacramento, CA. Tony is blessed with 21 grandchildren including: Danny Chavez, Kathleen Jones, Greg Chavez, Naomi Sanchez, Gerald Chavez, Antoinette Yeager, Joshua Garcia, April Avitia, Greg Sandoval, Veronica Rael, Regina Sandoval, Denise Otero, Christopher Lara, Raymond Lara, Michael Garcia, Jennifer Garcia, Art Garcia, Monica Villanueva, Mike Garcia, Daniel Romero, and Sean Aguilar, as well as 40 great grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren.
A rosary is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday June 14 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Fr. Lalo Espinoza, OFM celebrant.
Serving as pallbearers are Josh Garcia, Michael Garcia, Christopher Lara, Raymond Lara, Henry Villareal Jr., Danny Chavez, Joseph Rodriguez and Sean Aguilar. Honorary pallbearers are Art Garcia, Mike Garcia, Gabriel Avitia, Jake Villareal and Arthur “Bull” Torrez.
The family wishes to offer thanks to the staff of Advanced Home Care especially Reba and Don, Dr. Pinon and staff, Martha, caregivers Juana, Annjanette and Litty as well as the students and staff of the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy.
Also, a special thanks to the Joy Center and Bull Torrez for driving Dad to his Friday Sertoma meetings.
Beyond the Sunset
We sat beside your bedside,
Our hearts were crusted and sore,
We did our best to the end,
Till we could do no more.
In tears, we watched you sinking
We watched you fade away,
And though our hearts were breaking,
We knew you could not stay.
You left some aching hearts,
That loved you most sincere;
We never shall and never will ever
Forget you, father dear.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.