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Padilla, David Anthony

David Anthony Padilla was born into this world the youngest of five children on March 5th, 1947 in Denver, CO. David soared on angel's wings into the waiting arms of our Lord on March 31st, 2016, following a blessedly short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dave and his siblings spent most of their childhood running free, as most kids did in those days, in Albuquerque, NM. He graduated class of '65 from St. Pius HS, where he and many of his fellow alums remained close friends until his passing. He graduated with a degree in Engineering in 1972 from UNM and immediately began a long, proud and distinguished career in Los Alamos where he spent more than 40 years working at LANL, DOE and ZIA. He held numerous positions there and positively influenced countless lives as a friend, co-worker, and boss.

Dave lived for many years in Chimayo, NM before spending the remainder of his days in the home he designed and built from the ground up in Pojoaque, NM, one of the many legacies he leaves behind which showcases some of his numerous talents as a woodworker. Dave was an exceptionally talented artist in every sense of the word and leaves behind a home full of his handiwork as a woodworker, which featured marble designed and cut to look like Navajo rugs on the floors and walls, hand carved vigas and more. He also leaves behind a legacy of Kachina dolls, engraved Nambe ware, leather painted shields, jewelry and countless other works of art that show his unlimited talent.

Dave began a passionate career as a ski instructor in the early 70's at Pajarito Mountain, and was teaching as recently as February of this year. He shared this passion for snow sports with countless children, his favorite students, and he will long be remembered as one of the greatest bump skiers in New Mexico. Dave was also a racing coach where the youngest racers were his favorite ski buddies. Dave's passion for skiing was almost matched by his love for golf and some of his favorite spring days were those he began on the ski slopes, and ended on the golf course. He was renowned for his gentle and giving nature, as well as being known for one of his greatest prides, his mustache.

Dave was a very spiritual, altruistic man who tirelessly and selflessly volunteered his time to many causes over the years. Among those was St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe where he could often be found giving tours during the week and working as a docent on Saturday nights. He was also honored to be chosen as one of the artists to contribute to re-painting the cathedral for the 400 year anniversary of the cathedral. Dave was also an active member of the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe catholic church in Pojoaque.

David's greatest joy was his family. He was a beloved father, grandfather, godfather, baby brother, son, husband, friend, buddy, co-worker, boss, so many things to so many people. His spirit is carried on by his wife Debi Padilla; his daughter Britt Ruiz, husband Eddie, children Gabriela and Joshua; his daughter April Blea, husband Mark, children Wyatt and Emme; his daughter Shelly Campbell, wife Kelly, children Derek, Stephanie, Dalton, and Victoria; his daughter Tara Bencomo, husband Jaime, children Santiago, Christian, and Angelo; his sister Judy Williams, and brothers Timothy and Daniel Padilla. The children David and Joy welcomed into their home as if they were their own, Facile Cherkes, Aaron Lujan and Derek Padilla as well as friends and family too numerous to list, but not forgotten.

David was welcomed at the gates of heaven by his sister Dianne, his parents Daniel and Juanita Padilla, and his beloved wife and soul mate Joy Lynn.

In lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you take the time to give to someone less fortunate than you, and you take a moment to hug someone in your life and cherish everyone in your life, and/or take a walk in nature for a moment, an hour or a day, because time is precious and waits for no one.

A rosary will be held April 5th, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Catholic Church, 9 Grazing Elk Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87506. Services will be held April 6th, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 131 Cathedral Pl., Santa Fe, NM 87501. Reception to follow immediately.

Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa St., Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2016
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