Samuel "Sam" Landeros Barba, age 84, loving husband, father, and grandfather, former Las Cruces City Councilor, and retired logistics management specialist at White Sands Missile Range, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2013, at La Posada- Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces. He was a resident of Las Cruces since 1949. He was born on August 31, 1928 in Swanee, also known as Correo, now Highland Meadows, in Western Valencia County, New Mexico. Sam was the oldest son of a Santa Fe Railroad worker father and a homemaker mother. Later, the family re-located to Belén. During his high school years he first attended Menaul High School in Albuquerque. He graduated from the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, TX. From February 8, 1946 to December 16, 1948, Sam served in the United States Army
Air Corps, being honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal at Biggs Army Air Field (BAAF), (now a part of Fort Bliss) in El Paso, TX. He moved to Las Cruces, in 1949 to attend New Mexico State University. In 1950 he continued his career as a civilian employee of the United States Defense Department, of the Army at White Sands Missile Range in the area of freight transportation logistics. Sam also performed logistics technical support to United States Department of Defense affiliated facilities in Saudi Arabia. He retired in January 1988. Sam participated in many local organizations in the Las Cruces community, including El Calvario United Methodist Church, the Dona Ana County Democratic Party, the American GI Forum, the League of United Latin American Citizens, AARP, the local Masonic Lodge, and Senior Citizen Centers. During the 1980's Sam and Felix Vega bravely advocated for justice at the local level and stood against racial and ethnic discrimination in voting rights. They were prominent participants in a successful civil rights challenge in Federal Court versus the City of Las Cruces that led to major, permanent reforms to the City of Las Cruces Home Rule Charter mandating that six City Council elected Councilors be elected by similar population size single-member districts, and none may be elected at-large. The Mayor is elected separately at-large. Subsequently, Sam was elected Councilor from District Three to the Las Cruces City Council in 1985 and served through 1989.
On August 16, 1951 he married Alma María Acevedo in El Paso, TX. Five, children were born to them, Deborah Lois, Catherine Elizabeth, Samuel Lyle, Jacob Leonard and Ana María. He was preceded in death by his parents, José Barba and Elvira Landeros Barba of Belen, brothers, Miguel Barba of Bell, CA, Raymond Barba of Washington, DC, and Elías Barb and a sister, Pearl Barba both of Albuquerque. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Alma Acevedo Barba of the family home; daughter, Deborah and husband Steven Eagan of Albuquerque, daughter Catherine Barba of Albuquerque, son Samuel Lyle Barba and his wife Susan of San Leandro, CA, son Jacob Leonard Sr. and his wife Mary Jane Barba of Santa Fe, and daughter Ana and her husband, Thomas J. Young of Las Cruces; grandchildren Brian Eagan and his partner, David Gilpin, Alexandra Barba-Potter, Sean Barba-Potter, Sarah Jane Barba, Jacob Barba Jr., Isaac Barba, all of Albuquerque; Ryan, Renae, and Bradley Barba, all of San Leandro, CA; Monique and her husband Heath Horan of Atlanta, GA; Cristiana Young and Nicolette Young, all of Las Cruces. Other survivors include brother Phillip Barba, sister Naomi Sanchez, sister Josephine Gurule and husband Raymond, sister Domie and her husband Andrew Loughlin, sister Phoebe and her husband Roman Hernandez, all of Albuquerque; brother John & his wife Judy Barba of Belén; brother Richard & his wife Karen Barba of Victorville, CA; brother Benjamin Barba of Clovis, NM; sister Lydia & her husband George Romo of Edgewood, NM; brother Joel & his wife Letitia Barba of Los Angeles, CA; and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Visitation for Mr. Barba will begin at 6 PM Friday June 28, 2013 in Baca's Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road, where the Evening Service is scheduled for 7 PM. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 AM Saturday, June 29, 2013 at El Calvario United Methodist Church, 300 N. Campo St. with Pastor Jesse Bermudez officiating. Concluding Service and Interment will follow at Masonic Cemetery, 760 S. Compress Road where he will lay to rest. Military Honors will be accorded by the New Mexico National Guard Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League El-Perro Diablo Detachment. Serving as casket bearers will be Thomas J. Young, Steven Eagan, Samuel Lyle Barba, Jacob Leonard Barba, Sr., Mario Humberto Acevedo and Vincent Lucero, Jr. Honorary bearers will be Brian Amado Eagan, Sean Jacquez, Jacbo L. Barba, Jr., Johnny Dominguez, Heath Horan, Ryan Barba, Phillip Barba, David Gilpin and Angela Vega. A reception will follow immediately at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 225 W Griggs Ave. (575) 526-6689. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Salvation Army in Sam's memory. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces, 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences login to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com