Our Dear Heavenly Father took our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law and friend home to be with Him Sunday, June 09, 2013.
Sidney was born May 3, 1947, in Mescalero to James Baca and Karis Naiche Botella (both deceased). He lived in Mescalero during his lifetime, where he enjoyed horseback-riding, hunting and camping, and later in life, with the acquired knowledge of our traditional culture, he participated in many cultural events with special attention to the Coming of Age Ceremonial for young maidens.
Sidney was blessed to serve as an honor guard for the Pope in Phoenix. He exchanged blessings with the Pope during his visit.
He also traveled to many areas of our country with his wife, Bessie, to include Amsterdam, Holland; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Nantuckett Tribe, of Connecticut; and participated in the Apache United Run to Oklahoma, to San Carlos, Ariz., and to Dulce, N.M. He had an outstanding contribution to his fellow Native American people of Mescalero.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie Morgan Baca, children Nyles Joseph and his wife, Mavis, and children, Wynette and family, Geraldine (Jackie) and family, Sydney K. and family, Yumin (Sonny) and family, and three sisters Sharon Taazah, Hazel Spottedbird and Erdine Botella (and their families).
He is preceded in death by his mother and father Karis Naiche Botella and James Baca, one brother Yumin Baca, grandparents Christian Jr. and Alta Treas Naiche and aunts and uncles.
Evening service was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Friday June 14 at the family residence, 267 San Juan Dr., Mudd Canyon, in Mescalero. Burial will follow at the Mescalero Cemetery.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 14 to June 19, 2013