"…A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things…'" Matthew 12:35 (NKJV)
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Antonio (Tony) Ray Baca unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord from his home in Bisbee, AZ Sunday, December 30, 2012.
Tony was born on March 1, 1957 in Deming, NM to Antonio P. and Dora Bravo Baca. He moved to Arizona shortly after graduating from Deming High School and started his career with the Arizona Department of Corrections in 1978 where he served at the Safford/Fort Grant, Tucson, Lewis and Douglas Complexes.
Tony worked his way through the Security Chain of Command, promoting to Warden of the Douglas Complex two years ago. When asked when he was going to retire, he would often respond, "when I quit loving what I do." The love for his job was apparent in his work ethic, professionalism and dedication.
He was a skilled tracker, wild land firefighter and prison administrator. He is loved by the many he had the honor to work alongside and he freely and humbly returned that love.
Tony and his wife Anita moved to Bisbee in 2004 and often expressed his love for his home saying he was blessed to live in a town so special that people want to visit for the welcoming, relaxing atmosphere and beauty-where they come to get away from it all. Tony enjoyed sittin' a good horse, roping, riding his bicycle, hiking in the mountains and hunting with his boys and closest friends.
He loved spending time with his three devoted dogs. He was a strong man of faith who loved his family, friends and co-workers with undying loyalty and touched the lives of everyone he met.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dora Baca, in 1975.
Survivors include his wife Anita of Bisbee; 2 sons Tony (Jennifer) Baca of Sahuarita, AZ and Raymond (Ashley) Baca of Amarillo, TX; 4 granddaughters, Raveyn, Neveah, Cadence and Taylor; 2 grandsons, Tony and Jaxon; father, Antonio P. Baca and stepmother Nora Baca of Silver City; 2 sisters, Linda Lara of Aurora, CO and Nancy Baca-Stepan (Joseph) of St. Louis, MO: 4 nephews, a niece, many cousins, in-laws, friends and co-workers.
Viewing, followed by the funeral service, were held at Calvary Chapel in Sierra Vista at 10 o'clock, Saturday, January 5, 2013, led by Pastor Anthony Garcia and appropriate honors were bestowed by the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Condolences to the family and memorials may be sent to Baca's Funeral Chapels, 811 S. Gold, Deming, NM 88030 for forwarding to the family.
"…This is my beloved, and this is my friend…'" Song of Solomon 5:16 (KJV)
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Published in Deming Headlight on Jan. 10, 2013