On March 4, 2013, Willy "POPO" Banegas was called home to be with the Lord. Willie worked for at Woodward Lumber for 25 years. He married the love of his life in 1957, had six kids, 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Banegas; his 3 sons, Willie "Lencho" (Patsy), Ernest "Nicho" (Barbara), Andy (Yvonne); his 3 daughters, Lisa Atencio (Sam), Jo Ann Sanchez (Larry), Debbie Ogas (Henry); 18 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents two brothers, three sisters, and two great-granddaughters. Viewing will be on Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 6 to 7 p.m. with the rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at La Paz Funeral Home Chapel, 555 W. Amador, Las Cruces, NM. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday March 21, 2013, 10 a.m. at Our Lady Of Purification, 5525 Cristo Ray, Doña Ana, NM. Interment to follow at Masonic Cemetery, 760 S. Compress Road, Las Cruces.