George Ray Garcia
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The Rosary for George Ray Garcia, 59, of Portales, will be at 7:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 12, 2014, at St. Helen Catholic Church. Burial will follow at 10:00 AM, Thurs., Mar. 13, 2014 in the Portales Cemetery.
George Ray Garcia was born Dec. 2, 1954, in Las Vegas, NM to the home of Mary and Cruz Garcia and died Mar. 2, 2014, in Portales. The Garcia family moved to Portales in 1960 when George was seven years old. He attended the Portales Public Schools. In 1976, he moved to Gallup, NM where he worked for several years driving escorts for wide loads. In 1981, he returned to Portales. George worked as a maintenance man for several local motels and also at Eastern New Mexico University.He was also employed in the City Water Dept. George enjoyed playing his guitar and listening to music. He also liked riding his bike, and did repairs for other bike riders as well.
He is survived by a son, Victor Martinez of Portales; two daughters, Amy Martinez and Christy Baca both of Portales; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; his best friend, Neva Murphy of Clovis, her two daughters, Amanda Acuff and Kayla Sanders who were his adopted daughters, and Shauna Sanders who was like a granddaughter to him; a brother, Ernest Garcia of Roswell; and five sisters, Rita Zapata, Teresa Valencia, Mary Lucero, Rosa Garcia and Celina Garcia all of Portales. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Tony and Victor Garcia.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455,wheelermortuary.net
500 East 3rd Street Portales, NM 88130
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Mar. 9, 2014