David Maldonado Jacquez, 67, was born in Silver City on Dec. 22, 1946, to Antonia Maldonado Jacquez Perez. His spirit was set free Jan. 22, 2014. He was living in Valley Center, Calif. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1963-69. Mr. Jacquez was a quiet man with a gentle heart who gave freely of his love. He was creative, with a sharp sense of humor. He was also a gifted artist and loved to read. Mr. Jacquez was a true outdoorsman and loved nature. Fishing, hunting, hiking, bird watching and gardening were among his favorite activities. He loved football and was a Chargers fan. He had a deep admiration for and ties to the Apache culture, incorporating it into much of his artwork. Mr. Jacquez spent many years working at Hillcrest General Hospital and later Gila Regional Medical Center as the physical plant operations manager. He is survived by his wife, Frances Jacquez, son David M. Jacquez Jr. of Las Cruces, daughter Jennifer Jacquez Mendoza of San Diego, daughter Theresa Monson of Silver City, daughter Victoria Martinez of Denver, daughter Monica Monson of South Dakota, and son Phillip Monson of Grants. He will be missed greatly by his grandchildren, Danny Jacquez, Aaron and Anthony Davila, Alonzo, Gilbert and Marie Ybarra, Analisa, Faith, Gabby and Elijah Jacquez, Sarah, Stephanie, Phillip Jr., Miguel and Chuck Monson, and Samantha, Valerie and Emmanuel Mendoza Jr. He also leaves behind 19 great-grandchildren and extended family and dear friends who will miss him. A military service with honors will be performed Monday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. His remains will be interred at Fort Bayard.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 31, 2014