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Multi-talented artists’ biggest achievement — Being a good father

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Eddie Macias wearing a T-shirt of his own design. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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Eddie Macias Sr. said some of his friends tell him he has spoiled his 14-year-old daughter, Aure.

Eddie Macias Sr. with his four children. From left, L.J., 12, Saryna, 17, Aure, 14 and Eddie Jr., 18. (Submitted Photo)

But Macias sees it the other way around.

“I’m spoiled with her,” he said. “For two months I couldn’t take care of her and she stayed with her mom.”

A year ago, Macias was injured in a car accident.

“Last year a guy was texting and driving and T-boned me,” Macias said. “It messed up my right shoulder, arm and back.” Not long after the wreck, he had a collapsed lung after suffering a week from pneumonia.

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Aure has lissencephaly, a rare, gene-linked brain malformation characterized by the absence of normal convolutions (folds) in the cerebral cortex and an abnormally small head (microcephaly). She is uncommunicative, wheelchair-bound and requires constant care.

Macias calls Aure his “miracle child.”

“She is going to be a freshman at RHS as part of a life-skills class,” he said. “A doctor said she would never make it past a year and now is going to start high school. I never thought I’d say that, but that is pretty awesome.”

Macias has three other children and said he is proud of all of them. His oldest son, Eddie Jr., just graduated from Roswell High School and has a scholarship to wrestle in Iowa.

His oldest daughter, Saryna, 17, is going to be a senior at RHS. She is taking duel high school/college enrollment with plans to be a pediatrician. His youngest son, L.J., will be 12 in July. He will start seventh grade at Sierra Middle School.

“I’m proud of being a dad, I am excited my children are doing better than I ever dreamed of doing,” he said.

Macias was born in El Paso, Texas, and moved to Roswell around 1980.

“My dad moved us down here working on the pipeline. Then he worked as a self-employed plumber until he retired about five years ago,” he said. “I went to Washington Avenue, Sierra Middle School, Goddard High School and University High School.”

He went to Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell for a year, but left to go back to work.

“I wanted to be a teacher and a coach,” he said. “I admire teachers. I can’t remember every kid I went to school with, but I can remember all the teachers.”

Macias was an automotive specialist for 23 years in auto parts and service. He also did plumbing. Additionally, he worked as a substitute teacher and helped coach at Valley Christian School, which closed about two years ago.

And if all of that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he coached Little League for 13 years, and has coached everything from youth baseball to football to soccer and basketball.

After the car accident, Macias could no longer do manual labor and standing up “was out of the question.”

But instead of letting himself feel beaten down, Macias pursued his dream to work full-time as an artist. If his name rings a bell, it’s because his editorial cartoons have appeared in the Roswell Daily Record.

He now is the sole proprietor of Big-E Arts & Paints. Much of his artwork can be seen downtown at businesses like Sol Juice & Supplements on North Main Street.

“The Gallery Main Street Arts asked me to paint a window and it won first place in the UFO festival,” he said. “Painting windows has opened up doors for me beyond my imagination.”

Macias now has posters, postcards and artwork in as many as 11 different stores in Roswell, Ruidoso Downs and Tularosa. And the Chisum Travel Center displays his art on its walls like a little gallery, Macias said.

Macias said he enjoys the flexibility of being self-employed, because he can attend his kids’ events. He said he feels bad for those kids whose parents don’t attend their events.

“God’s been good to me,” he said. “You can complain when bad things happen, but you have to look at the good things.”