Our Dear Heavenly Father took our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, and friend home to be with Him on Sunday, June 09, 2013. Sidney was born on May 03, 1947 in Mescalero to James Baca and Karis Naiche Botella (both deceased). He lived in Mescalero during his lifetime, where he enjoyed horseback riding, hunting and camping, and later in life with the acquired knowledge of our traditional culture he participated in many cultural events with special attention to the Coming of Age Ceremonial for young maidens.
Sidney was blessed to serve as an honor guard for the Pope in Phoenix AZ. He exchanged blessings with the Pope during his visit.
He also traveled to many areas of our country with his wife Bessie, to include Amsterdam Holland; Santa Cruz California; Nantuckett Tribe of Connecticut; and participated in the Apache United Run to Oklahoma, to San Carlos AZ and to Dulce NM. He had an outstanding contribution to his fellow Native American people of Mescalero.
Survivors include his wife Bessie Morgan Baca, children: Nyles Joseph and his wife Mavis and children, Wynette and family, Geraldine (Jackie) and family, Sydney K. and family, Yumin (Sonny) and family, and three sisters, Sharon Taazah, Hazel Spottedbird and Erdine Botella (and their families).
He is preceded in death by his mother and father Karis Naiche Botella and James Baca; one brother Yumin Baca; grandparents Christian Jr. and Alta Treas Naiche, and aunts and uncles.
Evening service was held on Thursday, June 13 at 6:00 PM with the funeral services on Friday, June 14 at 9:00 AM at the family residence (267 San Juan Drive, Mudd Canyon) in Mescalero. Burial will follow at the Mescalero Cemetery.
Published in Ruidoso News from June 14 to July 13, 2013