Joe Salas Garcia, 58, a lifelong resident of Deming, passed away Sunday February 26, 2012 at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso.
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Visitation will be Thursday afternoon from 3 to 6 at Baca's Funeral Chapel where a prayer vigil will begin at 6 o'clock that evening with Sylvia Henriquez leading the service. Mass of the Resurrection will be Friday morning at 10 at St. Ann Catholic Church, with Fr. Enrique Lopez Escalera, Pastor officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Joe was born February 15, 1954 in Deming to Joe A. and Manuela Salas Garcia. He graduated from Deming High School and had worked as a groundskeeper at the local golf course for some time. Joe enjoyed many outdoor activities including fishing, long drives cruising in the country, barbecuing and spending time with his family. He especially loved western movies and had a special talent when it came to drawing and painting. Joe was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church.
He is survived by his mom, Manuela Avalos and her husband Johnny of Deming; sons, Joseph and his wife Charlotte of Deming, Jacob and his wife Lola of Deming, Gary of Silver City, Daniel and his wife Lizette of Deming; daughter, Melanie Jasso and her husband Danny of Deming; companion, Teresa Valenzuela of Deming; brothers, Steven of Las Cruces, Charles and his wife Mona, and David all of Deming; sisters, Rosemary Martincigh of Deming, Janet Alarcon of Las Cruces, and Teresa Gutierrez and her husband Joe of Deming; and 15 grandchildren.
He was recently preceded in death by his father, Joe A. Garcia.
Pallbearers will be Joseph, Jacob, Gary, Daniel, David and Charles Garcia. Honorary bearer is Steven Garcia.
Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels. Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care." To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com.
Baca's is located at 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: (575)546-9671.
Published in Deming Headlight on Feb. 29, 2012