Reyes Ramon Padilla

REYES RAMON PADILLA Cherished son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, died in the early morning hours of March 4, 2014, with his family at his side. He was 89. Born in Santa Fe on June 29, 1924, to Reyes and Clara Padilla, Reyes lived his entire life in the city, establishing himself as a strong family man, respected businessman and loyal friend. With Zenaida, his wife of 66 years, he lovingly raised five sons and one daughter, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was known as a kind, elegant and fun-loving man, an avid fisherman, and a proud World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. Reyes graduated from Santa Fe High School in May 1942. Two months later, he joined the Marines, serving until October 1945 as a Corporal in the 3rd Marine Division. He was assigned to the South Pacific, where he participated in campaigns at Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, on Guam, and on Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to Santa Fe, where he met and married Zenaida Lujan and launched a busy and varied professional life, including work for the U.S. Post Office, City of Santa Fe and in the insurance industry. From 1953 to 1957, he owned and operated Rey's Gulf Service, a gas station at the northeast corner of Washington Avenue and Marcy Street. In 1961, he was appointed New Mexico Motor Vehicle Commissioner by Gov. Edwin Mechem. Reyes was best known for his role in building the local real estate industry and for his extensive knowledge of residential and commercial properties and land holdings in Santa Fe and throughout New Mexico. Licensed as a Real Estate Broker in 1960, he established Reyes Padilla Realty and was active in the industry for nearly 50 years. He served in many leadership positions throughout his career, including appointments to the Santa Fe Planning Commission and New Mexico Real Estate Commission in 1967 and to the board of the National Association of Realtors in 1969. He was elected president of the Santa Fe Realtors Association in 1970, president of the Realtors Association of New Mexico in 1971, and vice president of the National Association of Realtors in 1974. In 1975, he was honored by his colleagues as New Mexico Realtor of the Year. Reyes also served on many Santa Fe civic boards, notably his more than 20 years as a member of the board of directors of Century Bank and its predecessors, Mutual Building and Loan and Century Federal. Reyes was a devoted son and brother who was preceded in his death by his parents, his brothers Abel and Rudy, and his sisters Mary and Pauline. He is survived by his wife, Zenaida; sons Steve, Ray and wife Marcia, Rick, Tommy and wife Kimberly, Carlos and wife Dale, and daughter Carmella and husband Luis Tapia. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Brittany and husband Shane Williams, Brian Padilla, Marissa Padilla, Alana Padilla, Reyes Padilla, Sarah and husband Randy Sparacio, Thomas Padilla and Mikaela Padilla, and two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Randy Sparacio. His brother Louis Padilla and wife Yolanda, sisters Gloria Salazar, Rosina Silva and daughter Carmen, Cecelia and husband Lorenzo Garcia, brother-in-law A.B. Martinez, and many other extended family members also survive him. A Visitation will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a rosary at 7 p.m., on Monday, March 10, at the Rosario Chapel at Rosario Cemetery. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, followed by internment ceremony at 2:15 p.m. at the National Cemetery and reception for family and friends to follow. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at:

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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-8600
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2014