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Antonio “Tony” Padilla Garcia


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Antonio Padilla Garcia, better known as “Tony”, passed away at home in Roswell, New Mexico on January 5, 2021.

I have fond memories of my uncle having grown up in our family community in the country outside of Dexter. As a four or five year old I would walk to my grandparent’s house and visit with my uncle Tony. He would always say to me “Robert E. Lee, are you hungry?” Yes. He would then get a can of sardines and crackers. We would sit down and eat the fine meal. Soon after he would get in his car and leave. He seemed happy all of the time. Later in life as a teenager I had the opportunity to work with him hauling bales of hay to the barns. Those are my happy memories that are ingrained in my mind that are cherished for all times. I wrote this time in my life with my uncle to bring out the memories in others to commemorate his life.

Antonio was born September 4, 1938 in Encinoso, New Mexico to Abran Garcia and Sarah Padilla. He attended schools in Encinoso and Richardson, New Mexico. In 1947, the family moved to Bogle Farms in Dexter, New Mexico where he attended public school and later enlisted in the U.S. Army. In 1969 he married his first wife, Martha Montoya.

Antonio was preceded in death by his praents, Abran and Sarah Garcia, two brother: Roman and Julian Garcia, and four sisters: Barbara Otero, Emma Torres, Senaida (Ida) Montoya, and Josephine Ruiz; Brothers-in-laws: Manuel Torres, Miguel Otero, Joe Garcia, Steve Montoya, Ralf Romero, and Augustine Castillo. Sister-in-law: Maria “Teve” Garcia.

He is survived by Eva, his companion of many years, three sisters: Mary Romero of Ruidoso, New Mexico, Minnie Barela of Lovington , New Mexico, Dora Castillo of Lubbock, Texas, and numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family.

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“Tony” has a quiet, shy disposition and a truly kind hear. He will be missed by those who knew him.

Memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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