Jose Covarrubias Sr. passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the age of 77. A rosary will be held at San Isidro Catholic Church in Garfield, N.M. on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 6 pm. led by Sister Marie Paule. Mass of Christian burial will be at San Isidro Catholic Church in Garfield on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10 a.m. with Fr. Carlos Espinosa officiating. He will be laid to rest at San Jose Cemetery in Arrey, N.M. He was born on Sept. 6, 1935 to Jesus and Maria Covarrubias in Rancho de Covarrubias in Atolinga Zacatecas, Mexico. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife Antonia Covarrubias. He is also survived by his nine children, 23 grandchildren and two great grandchildren: Armando Covarrubias (Teresa) children: Tanya (Roman) great grandson Mason Richard, Armando Jr., Maribel and Omar; Edelmira Covarrubias (Rey); Sara Day (Gary) children: Samantha (Darren), great granddaughter Brooke Marie, Sabrina and Travis; Ofelia Melendez (Marcelo Jr.) children: Victoria, Marcelo III and Veronica; Mary Chavarria ("Chon") children: Krystal and Isabel Grace Legarreta (John) children: Johnny Jr. and Andrea; Jose Antonio Covarrubias(Marisela) children: Alejandra, Jose Antonio Jr. and Brianna; Abel Covarrubias (Monica) children: Alexa, Avery and Nyla; Jose Covarrubias Jr. (Nayma) children: Myra, Vanessa and Jose III. Brother Salvador Covarrubias (Amparo), Jose Nuñez (Raquel) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Maria Covarrubias; brother Juan Covarrubias, sisters Candida Montero and Maria Luisa Covarrubias. In 1957, Jose Covarrubias, migrated into the United States under the Bracero Program, where he began his farming career. He worked under Clifford McNutt until 1969 where he ventured on his own to farm on a 3-acre parcel with the help of his boss and neighbors. Eventually, he expanded his farming business to having over 1,000 acres along with onion and chile facilities. He set the foundation of what is now: Covarrubias Farms in Arrey, Del Rey Farms in Dell City, Texas and most recently San Martin Enterprises, in Arrey. Now his legacy will continue with his sons and grandsons in pursuing the love of farming. He often said, "My success and best advisor in life is my wife, Antonia." Together with his loving wife they ventured onto the farming business, determined and striving for a better life for his nine children. He raised his family on the farm and was very proud that all his children became successful in each of their own careers. Early in their life, his wife underwent some medical illnesses and for months he never left her side and said, he would borrow whatever money (which he did) to save her life. That is the kind of love and loyalty he had towards his wife. Their 57 years of marriage was a reflection of the love they instilled in their children. His last token of love was giving her a dozen roses on this Mother's Day. Although he only obtained a third-grade education, he recognized the value of a higher education but more importantly, he supported whatever choices in life his children and grandchildren pursued. He only asked that whatever they chose, that they pour their heart and passion into it and make the most of what God had bestowed upon them. It was his belief that through hard work and perseverance all things were possible, all that mattered to him was the happiness of his family whether it be in farming or other career choices. He always encouraged and supported everyone's personal passion in life or decisions. His humor and practical jokes were known and enjoyed by people of all ages. Specifically, his loving and caring ways in which he showed his children, grandchildren and people of all generations through his contagious laughter, positive attitude and words of encouragement. He was a humble, kind, generous, and loving man who would take the shirt off his back to help those in need. He held strong beliefs and good faith that the good Lord would bless people a thousand times over when lending a helping hand. He was a mentor to anyone who was seeking a word of advice, acknowledgement or praise. In any given day you could find him making rounds around the farm early in the morning, where he would stop along the way with friends he knew to converse for hours at a time. Let's not mourn the passing of our beloved father, but celebrate his love of life, his playful mischievous humor, and his long lasting smile. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Armando Covarrubias Jr., Johnny Legarreta Jr., Marcelo Melendez III, Travis Day, Joey Covarrubias, Omar Covarrubias and Jose Covarrubias III. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels. To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com.
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