FRED ERNEST PADILLA Born March 25, 1924, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away peacefully at home on July 18, 2013. Fred was born in San Rafael, New Mexico to Reyes Mirabal and Manuel Padilla. He was the eldest of 6 siblings, (Eddie, Connie, Jennie, Dennis and Bailey.) Fred was a devoted father of 4 children, Linda Grovert-Smith (Wayne), Michelle Schainuck (Dr. Lewis), Ric Padilla (Elizabeth Schaeffer- Padilla), Mark Padilla (Sandra) and loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren, Jason, Ashley, Crystal, Ashley Michelle, Kyle, Eric, Brett, Blake, Brandon and Jacqueline, and a proud great grandfather to Keegan, Olivia, Carter and Kaden. Fred is also survived by many nephews, nieces and extended family. Fred proudly served in the United States Navy and defended his country in World War ll and the Korean War. Fred lived most of his life in Santa Fe, New Mexico and spent his 43 year career as the Chief, Lands and Minerals branch, U.S. Dept. of Interior - Bureau of Land Management. Upon retirement, Fred moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Fred had an intense love of all sports especially basketball. He loved to fish and play tennis. Most importantly, he treasured time with his family. Fred was a shining light of strength for his family. His wisdom will be dearly missed. He will be forever remembered and loved. Memorial services and a Celebration Fred's Life were held at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, Phoenix, Arizona. Fred was laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2013