Ryan Anthony Jaquez was 30 years old, born on Sept. 17, 1982 to David Jaquez and Claire (Camunez) Jaquez in Las Cruces, N.M. Ryan attended school in Las Cruces and graduated from Mayfield High School in 2001, having played football for the Trojans, and was a proud member of the 1998 State Football Championship. He was awarded First Team All District Defensive End in 2001 and was the recipient of the "Unsung Man" Award the same year, given to the player recognized for "Always There Always Giving." Ryan, an excellent cook, had numerous jobs in the food industry having worked at La Posta, Lemongrass and at Savinos where he took over as chef making excellent Italian sausage. He often wished he was Italian. Ryan later worked at Sapphire Energy for over two years as a research technician, where he was loved by the staff and developed many close friends. Ryan was an active member of the ATO Fraternity at NMSU. He graduated from NMSU in 2011 having obtained a bachelor's degree in General Studies. Ryan's leadership abilities developed while he was growing up, being one of the eldest of many cousins who adored him. During annual Ruidoso trips at Christmas with the extended family, he would organize wrestling matches between the kids, teaching his cousins self defense maneuvers, as well as the pleasures of just out of control rough-housing. Ryan was the center of "fun." Everyone loved being around Ryan. In 2013 Ryan moved to Dulce, N.M. where he obtained a position as an teaching assistant, working with special needs children at the elementary school on the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation. During Ryan's brief stint there, he touched the hearts of many students and staff. In his honor, Dulce Elementary is flying their flag at half-staff. Ryan's smile was contagious, and welcoming to all whether you knew him or not. Ryan had a beautiful heart, and honest and unselfish ways. He had a passion for the less fortunate. Ryan also had a keen ability to get his own way. He was mischievous and light hearted. He had an entrepreneurial spirit that led him on many adventures. Ryan's faith in God carried him through many difficulties. His short life impacted each and every family member and friend in a significant way. We are thankful just knowing that his loving ways have led him to a better place. The family would like to thank Joanie Breeding for always being there for Ryan especially at the end. Ryan is survived by his parents, his sister Marie Jaquez, his second loving "Mom" Ester Espinosa, and by aunts and uncles: Rosanne Camunez and Larry Lopez, Jerean and Tom Hutchinson, Gary and Andrea Camunez, Leah and Ralph Salas, all of Las Cruces; and his uncle Kirk Camunez of Sacramento, Calif. and Aunt Cheryl Tyner of Dallas, Texas; and numerous cousins: Tracey Tyner, Dalina and Vanessa Camunez-Lopez, Christopher, Brett and Elena Hutchinson, Giancarlo, Lauren, Austin and Cameron Salas, and Theresa, Arabella, Erika and Daniel Camunez. He was preceded in death by his uncle Joe Jaquez, and his grandparents G. Rudy and Bella Camunez, and Ernesto and Maria Jaquez. Honorary pallbearers are Matthew Bell, Mylan Chavez, Daniel Barras, Joanie Breeding, A.J. Tuton, and all of Ryan's cousins. Prayer vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.12, 2013 at Holy Cross. Arrangements are with La Paz Graham's Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ryan Jaquez Scholarship Fund for Special Needs Students, at Citizens Bank, P.O. Box 2108, Las Cruces, NM 88004. Log on to www.lapaz-grahams.com to sign the guest book.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 10, 2013