ROBERT BOBBY GARCIA Robert Bobby Garcia died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 5:20 p.m. at home with his loved ones by his side. He was born in Las Vegas, NM on May 29, 1933 to Bonefacio and Regina Garcia. He was the third youngest of two girls and nine boys. Bobby graduated from West Las Vegas High School where he excelled in many sports. Upon completion, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served during the Korean War. When he returned to Las Vegas, he studied business and social work at New Mexico Highlands University. Bobby was employed by the State of New Mexico where he worked his way up to Assistant Secretary for the Health and Social Services Department. Throughout his life he coached youth baseball, basketball and was heavily involved in politics and the New Mexico Art Association. He opened one of the first art galleries on Canyon Road, which is now a nationally known art district in downtown Santa Fe. Bobby was preceded in death by brothers: Albert, Rodolfo, Emilio, Jesus, Alfonso, Rueben, Freddy; and sister, Francis. He is survived by the last of his siblings, Ernest Garcia (spouse Betty); and sister-in-law, Alice Garcia. Bobby has four children: Clarence (spouse Silvana), Donald (spouse Davida), Lorie and Bobby, Jr. He has 12 grandchildren: Nichole, Yamileth, Dolores, Wendi (spouse, Roland), Sarah, Gilbert, Javier, Enrique, Bobby, Anthony, Adam and Andrew. He has three great grandchildren: Santiago, Samantha and Gohan. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vista Care Hospice located at 1911 5th Street, Suite 100, Santa Fe NM 87505. A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Burial will then follow at 12:45 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on May 20, 2011