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Paul Fajardo


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Paul Fajardo, 59, recently of the Village of Ruidoso, NM, passed away on Friday, October 9th, 2020 at Lincoln County Memorial Center after a long battle with chronic illness.

On April 17, 1961 Paul was born in Roswell, NM to Leo Sr. and Hortencia Fajardo, coming in at 7th place out of 10 siblings.

He is preceded in death by both parents, whom he loved dearly and stayed proud of until the very end, and 4 brothers: Ricky Bustamante, Leo (Linda) Fajardo Jr., Manuel Fajardo, and John Fajardo.

Paul is survived by his remaining 5 siblings: Anita (Arthur) Sandoval, Packy (SaraLei) Fajardo, Raymond Fajardo, Lewis Fajardo, and Mike Fajardo; his two children: Anthony (Heather) Fajardo and Audra R Herrera; his ex-wife Yolanda Herrera, who continued to give him care, love and support until the end; his grandchildren: Jacen Mireles, Dezmin Fajardo, Giovanni Fajardo, and Jaxon Fajardo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Most importantly Paul is survived by his favorite family member: his dog Chiple, who happens to be morbidly obese but pleasant in nature.

Paul graduated high school at Roswell High in 1979. After high school, Paul became a jack of all trades, master of many! He would master skills such as electric work, plumbing, carpentry, renovations, cooking and he was most proud of his upholstering skills he learned while growing up at Leos Upholstery shop on Albuquerque Street. What he did not master was writing down recipes correctly, as a card with his Mom’s tortilla recipe reads “72 tablespoons of Crisco”. Paul was above all a Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Son, Uncle, Cousin, neighbor, confidante, the person you could count on when you needed a friend to listen to, and he took all of these roles seriously….more so if they could be done with a cold beer in hand, and on a porch with a great view.

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Paul loved his family, big get-togethers, the Dallas Cowboys, horse races, beautiful women and ice-cold beer (and not necessarily in that order). He was a pro at picking winning horses because he loved everything about the sport and some of his fondest memories were of times at the races with his dad and his brothers. Paul was a joker and a storyteller, he always had something funny to say and could take a joke as good as he could give one, a skill that was passed down to his grandchildren, who are wildly inappropriate but thick as thieves as Fajardo men always are. Paul had a keen way of making anyone in the room feel as if they were family, like he’d known them a lifetime…which also meant you were now fair game for new jokes.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to special friend Henry Dominguez who helped care for Paul, especially in the moments leading up to his passing. We are forever grateful for your friendship and loyalty.

Paul, Pablo, Pablo Bote (because if anyone can, Pablo can), Big Guy, Chief, Pops, Pappo….whatever you called him, you are invited to join the family in celebrating his memories. The viewing is Friday, October 16, 2020 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Anderson Bethany. The memorial is on Sunday, October 18th at 10:00 am at Anderson Bethany. No burial is scheduled at this time.