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Manuel A. Leyva

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Manuel A. Leyva, 81, passed away peacefully in his sleep to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, March 23, 2018, at his family home in Dexter, NM; with his sons at his bedside. Manuel was a resident of Dexter, NM, for over forty-five years. A Funeral Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, March 29, 2018, 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. Celebrate Manuel’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Manuel Leyva was born in Avalos, Chihuahua, Mexico, on May 8, 1936, to Jose Leyva and Tomasa Avila-Leyva of Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico; whom preceded him in death. He married Rosa Morales of McNary, TX, on June 20, 1958, in Banderas, Mexico. They lived in El Porvenir, Chihuahua, Mexico, for years until they decided to make Dexter, NM, their home.
His wife, Rosa, preceded him in death. Manuel was also preceded in death by his brothers: Juan A. Leyva of Chihuahua, Mexico, and Guadalupe Gutierrez of Midland, TX.
Those surviving to cherish Manuel’s memory are his two sons: Jesus M. Leyva of Dexter, NM, Jaime M. Leyva and wife, Sylvia of Mesquite, NM; grandchildren: Brianna J. Leyva, Kristen N. Leyva of Las Cruces, NM, Brittany R. Leyva, Elizabeth M. Leyva of Mesquite, NM, and Jesus Leyva Jr. of Albuquerque, NM.
Manuel enjoyed working with his hands and everything outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Manuel could always be found fishing at his favorite spot at Lake Van in Dexter. His ultimate passion though was horses and the ranch life. In his younger years, Manuel was a skilled horseman and was often sought to break wild horses and conduct cattle roundups.
He worked at Bogle Farms for years and retired at the age of sixty-six. Manuel didn’t stop working though; he was always building something, taking it apart or fixing it. He maintained an active lifestyle until he succumbed to his illness. Manuel Leyva will be greatly missed by his family and many of his lifelong friends whom have numerous stories of their mischievous antics during their youth.
Pallbearers will be: Jaime Leyva, Jesus Leyva Jr, Juan Antonio Leyva, Mario Chavez, Manuel Flores and Francisco Tarin.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Manuel by his family.