Teofilo C. Sanchez, 84, of Farmington, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, peacefully surrounded by all of his family. He was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Los Chavez, to Macedonio Sanchez and Clara Castillo-Sanchez.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all.
Teofilo's youth was spent on a small farm in Los Chavez. His father and family raised him at the age of 13 after his mother passed away. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, Calif. He met his wife, Maria in the small lumber town of McNary, Ariz., while working in the local lumber mill/power plant. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and served as an M.P. at the Presidio in San Francisco, Calif. His unit participated in the nuclear testing in Camp Desert Rock, Nev. After his time of service he went back to work at Arizona Public Service Co., in McNary and then transferred to Yuma, Ariz., and finally to Farmington, and retired in 1989.
Dad enjoyed woodworking, but most of all enjoyed being involved with his family and their activities.
He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Nicole Marquez; grandsons, Toby Kirkpatrick and Brandon Ritchie as well as siblings, James, Ignacio, Euologio Sanchez, Clemmie Gonzales, Flora Peralta, Virginia Romero and Nicolasa Roel.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Elisa, of 64 years; his six children, Kathryn Sanchez-Laughlin (Richard), Nicholette Marquez (Stephen), Karol Pobrislo (Jim), Raymond Sanchez (Dawn), Martin Sanchez and Kenneth Sanchez (Lisa); two brothers, Elfigo and Tobias; one sister, Lucia McClain; 17 grandchildren, Sonya Longenbaugh (Billy), Candace Faulkenburg (Brandon), Michael Laughlin (Megan), Evie Marquez, Matthew Marquez, Josh Pobrislo (Suzanne), Jolene Meeker (Brian), Brandon Sanchez, Tyson Ritchie (Allison), Ashley Mohon (Brandon), Taylor Grant (Logan), Heighley Sanchez and Ryan Sustakaski, Heather, Kholeton, JoJo, Jessica, and James Sanchez; 11 great grandchildren, Sinjin Kirkpatrick, Siena Longenbaugh, Jackson Laughlin, Nathan and Bradley Roe, Ryan Johnson, Lyla and Joseph Pobrislo, Celeste Meeker, Andorra Ray Ritchie and Brayden Sanchez-Christian.
Services will include a rosary at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 23, at Sacred Heart Church, led by Father Anthony Dike and a Mass at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, also at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Tim Farrell as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ALS Association, NM Chapter, 2309 Renard PL, SE, Suite #202, Albuquerque, NM 87106.
Teofilo's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times from May 24 to May 30, 2014