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Joe B. Gomez

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September 12, 1944 – November 5, 2020

Funeral and burial services are scheduled for Joe B. Gomez who passed away on November 5, 2020. Joe grew up in Hagerman, New Mexico where he began his educational career attending Hagerman High School. He was a student leader active in FFA, sports, and selected to attend Boys State. His passion for agriculture was inspired by growing up on the Gomez farm where he raised animals, farmed crops, and competed in state and national FFA conventions where he earned awards. He was recognized for his athletic skills as he excelled in basketball. Upon graduating from high school, Joe attended New Mexico State University but returned home after a year to help his parents on the farm and at the Gomez Club. He worked at the Richard Harshey Farm while attending college. A few years later, Joe earned a College Degree in Business from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

Joe resided in Hagerman for many years where he raised his family. As a business owner, he owned a gas station, two tire shops, and a convenient store. Joe was well known as community activist and leader through his involvement in League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), little league coach and Artesia Quarterback Club. His contributions included raising scholarship funds for aspiring high school students to attend college, supporting Hagerman and Artesia athletic programs, and advocating for issues impacting Hispanics in southeastern, New Mexico. In addition, he was an active member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and continued to deepen his faith that led him to become a nontraditional healer later in his life. Joe will be remembered as one of the favorite uncles in the family and a sports fanatic as he continued to follow New Mexico high school and college sports. He was a gentle human being filled with love, compassion, and kindness. Many individuals would seek him out for advice, comfort, and prayer. He was dearly loved by many nieces and nephews who he proudly followed on Facebook and called frequently. His memory and legacy will live on in his children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents Fermin and Estella Gomez, Hilario and Teresa Brito, step mother Doña Micaela and brothers and sister-in laws Clancy and Jimmie Gomez, Robert Gomez, Minnie Gomez, Sharon Gomez, Sonny Gomez and George Reid.

Joe is survived by his wife Beatrice Vasquez of El Paso, Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico. He is also survived by his daughter Dr. Jennifer Gomez-Chavez (Lawrence) and their children Derek Chavez and Monique Chavez; and his son Little Joe Gomez all who reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His surviving Gomez and Brito siblings include Gilbert Gomez (Elsie), Edward Gomez (Maria), Daniel Gomez, David Gomez (Phyllis), Billy Gomez (Jeannie), Olivia Reid. Estella Saiz, Dora Campos, Lucilla Brito, Samuel Brito (Nancy) and Marta (Francisco), and Lupe Beltran (Jesus). He was a very blessed man to have the love of all of his brothers, sisters and a wealth of nieces and nephews.

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A celebration of Joe’s life and burial will be held on Saturday, July 24 in Artesia, New Mexico beginning with a 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Burial to follow at Twin Oaks Cemetery and a Luncheon at the Moose Lodge. He will be buried with his parents Fermin and Estella Gomez who championed his goals and dreams.