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Valencia, Joe D. - Farmington  
Joe D. Valencia, 88, a longtime resident of Farmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, July 24, 2015. He was born on Feb. 4, 1927, in San Luis, to Felipe and Agatha Valencia. Joe was a retired El Paso Natural Gas Company employee of 30 years. He was most at home enjoying God's gifts of nature while golfing, hunting and fishing. Joe also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his wife of 67 years, Nora Valencia. Their life together was a testament to the sacrament of marriage. This unconditional love overflowed and enriched the lives of their family and friends. Joe personified generosity by always extending a warm welcome to all who entered his home and life. Joe leaves behind a legacy of faith and love. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Agatha and Felipe Valencia; brother, Luis Valencia; sisters, Lugardita Hardy, Gloria Valencia and Mary Archibeque; and great-grandson, Avery Patrick Overson. He is survived by his wife, Nora Valencia; son, Phillip (Cathy) Valencia; daughters, Beatrice (Charlie) McDonald, Kathy (Jim) Gaudin, Joann (Charlie) Proffitt and Margo Valencia (Dean Rutkowski); sister, Nancy (Richard) Neiss; grandchildren, Jacque Miller, Stephanie McDonald (Chris Overson), Chris (Rayne) Tafoya, Jennifer Wichman, Laura (Derek) Ebinger, Jeanetta (Sam) Bean, Jon (Jamie) Tafoya, Monica Gaudin (Philip Waters), Aaron Gaudin, Kristina Gaudin, Andrea (Larry) McGough, Dominic (Mandy) Austin, Rachell Austin, Sarah Austin (Justin Killebrew), Anne Sieferle Valencia, Maria Sieferle Valencia, Jacob Sieferle Valencia, Jennifer Proffitt and Larissa Proffitt; great-grandchildren, Charles Cliff, Hannah Miller, Evan Miller, Catie Miller, Audrey McDonald, Simone Overson, Scarlett Overson, Wesley Wichman, Bella Wichman, Bailey Bean, Celeste Gaudin, Talyah Tafoya, Ezra Tafoya, Cross Tafoya, Nova Tafoya, Tanner Ebinger, Emma Ebinger, Olivia Ebinger, George Tafoya, Genovieve Tafoya, Hayden McGough, Ethan McGough, Lucas McGough, Jude Killebrew, Eli Andrew Rosar, Liam Albin, Kelly Albin and Lilly Albin. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 414 N. Allen Ave. in Farmington. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, also at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Farther Frank Chacon as celebrant. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, 6917 E. Main St. in Farmington. Pallbearers are Christopher Tafoya, Jon Tafoya, Dominic Austin, Aaron Gaudin, Charles Cliff and Paul Arellano. Honorary pallbearers are Charlie McDonald, Charles Proffitt, Jim Gaudin, Dean Rutkowski, David Sullivan, Chris Overson and Sam Bean. Joe's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
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Published in Farmington Daily Times from July 29 to Aug. 4, 2015
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