Rosalio Baca (1951 - 2018)

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Memorial services for Rosalio Baca of Las Animas, Colo., will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at the Bent County Community Center with Pastor Diane Hutson officiating.
Per Rosalio's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation.
Rosalio was born June 28, 1951, in Las Vegas, N.M., to Casimiro and Ofelia (Roybal) Baca. He was raised and educated in Las Vegas.
Better known as "Ros," he was a star athlete for the Robertson Cardinals. A basketball extraordinaire: Mr. Basketball, if you will!
Ros was united in marriage to Nancy Maestas on Sept. 2, 1970, in Las Vegas. To this union, four children were born.
Ros was employed by the Bent County Las Animas School District for 35 years as a custodian. He was more so the ultimate mentor and basketball coach to a multitude of students who became lifelong friends and family.
Ask anyone, and they'll tell you, "Ros helped me get through those junior high years and he believed in me!"
He was a son, brother, father, friend, mentor, coach. Our dad held numerous titles, but in the end, we were blessed with the best father the Almighty would bestow upon us, his children.
Rosalio passed away Nov. 22, 2018, at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the age of 67.
Rosalio is survived by his children, Adam Baca and Michelle Samaniego, of Las Animas, Colo.; Jonelle Baca and Maria Elena Valdez of Las Vegas,, James and Rebecca Baca of Colorado Springs, Alan Baca and Kindra Hamill of Las Animas, Colo.; former wife Nancy Maestas; siblings Judith Austin, Casey Baca and wife Tomasita, Harold Baca and Kathy Munoz, Tommy Baca and Eva Crespin, Linda Cordova, Darlene Shelton and husband Marvin, Loretta Cordova and Dan Mondragon; grandchildren Tatiana Baca, Darian Baca, Ethan Baca, Darius Baca, Damien Baca, Baby Breck Baca, Janaya Baca, and Serenity Baca; great-grandchildren Athena Miller and Avery Miller; as well as numerous nephews and nieces, other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ofelia and Casimiro Baca; and brother Secundino Baca.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name in care of The First National Bank, P.O. Box 270, Las Animas, Colo., 81054.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Nov. 29, 2018