Alvin Russell Sandoval, 54, a lifelong resident of Nageezi, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Farmington. He was born June 26, 1959, in Otis, to Russell Sandoval and Nellie Sam. He was born to Nihoobaani and born for Hashtl'shnii.
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At an early age of 17, he left to work in the railroad to the mid 1990s. He then resided in Cuba for about five years. He moved back to Nageezi and has lived there since.
He enjoyed herding sheep for his aunt Evelyn. After he lost his sight, he just resided at home. He enjoyed listening to the radio and listening to game shows. He always enjoyed having visitors and telling them about his adventures in the railroad and living in Cuba.
We will greatly miss Alvin. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity.
Alvin was preceded in death by his daughter, Alvin Sandoval; his parents; brother, Melvin Sam; and his sister, Elaine Sandoval.
He is survived by his son, Bradley Sandoval; sister, Phyllis Tso; and four grandchildren.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the family plot in Nageezi.
The reception will follow at Annie Chavez's residence.
Alvin's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel of Kirtland, 458 Road 6100, 505-598-9636. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Cope Kirtland Chapel
458 County Road 6100 Kirtland, NM 87417
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Oct. 4 to Oct. 30, 2013