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David Leyba

1922 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
David Leyba Obituary
Leyba, David

David "Dave" Leyba, 94, was born in Guy, NM in July of 1922. He entered Heaven's Gates on November 5, 2016.

A loving son, husband, and father, David was a master carpenter for his entire career and was proud to serve as a loyal member of the Carpenters Union for 70 years. David will always be remembered by family and friends; you can look any direction in the City of Albuquerque and see David's legacy; everything from the tallest buildings to numerous homes to many baby cradles that he built for loved ones.

David was a devoted Catholic and worshiped at Los Duranes Mission for his entire married life. Throughout his life he devoted much of his time to the maintenance and renovation of the Mission.

David was a veteran of World War II and served as a turret gunner in the Navy Air Force in the Pacific Theatre, he was very proud and honored to have served his country. David was very gracious and gentle, he accepted everyone as they were, and never cast judgment upon anyone.

David is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Theresa Perez Leyba; his children, Anna Bernice, David Jr, Sandra (Patrick) Chavez, Robert (Curt), and Gregory (John); eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Samuel Leyba; and lifelong friends, Joseph Padilla and Celia Garcia.

David was preceded in death by his first son, Amado (Joey); his parents, Jose Gregorio and Sarah; his in-laws, Evaristo and Sara Perez; nine siblings, Suzie, Leonard, Adelle, Ernestine, Vivian, Tom, Esther, Irene, and Selma; and his great-granddaughter, Noelle.

A special thanks to all his friends and neighbors and to Presbyterian Hospital and Hospice care especially Jessica, Lonnie, Dr. Ligon and Dr. Carbajo for their help over the past few months.

Pallbearers will be David's grandsons: Paul Leyba, Michael Bustamante, Thomas Bustamante, Robert Leyba, Devin Brown, and Eric Scott.

Visitation will begin Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:00 pm at San Jose de los Duranes Catholic Church, 2110 Los Luceros Road N.W. Rosary will follow at 6:00 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be Friday, November 11, 2016, 9:00 a.m. at San Jose de los Duranes Church. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for David at

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2016
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