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Johnny E. Valdez

1942 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Johnny E. Valdez Obituary
Valdez, Johnny E.

Johnny E. Valdez, this otherwise happy soul, lost a very fast and dirty fight with stinking pancreatic cancer, dying at his home on July 25, 2016, in Truth or Consequences, NM. He was 73 years old. He was born to Ascencion Cardenas Valdez, in Raton, NM on August 13, 1942. His Grandmother, Manuelita Cardenas, helped raise him.

Johnny graduated from Raton High School in 1960 and immediately served in the United States Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller for 4 years. He was married to Linda Hale at Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon, NM on April 1, 2004; no fooling.

Johnny spent several years with White's Auto Stores in Albuquerque and then Raton and later opened his own shop "Johnny's Care & Lawnmower Repair" until retiring in 2004.

He was very proud to be a native New Mexican and lived most of his life in Raton. He was enjoying his retirement years in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He would go fishing with his brother, Andy, and enjoyed playing golf, especially the 19th hole. He loved entertaining his many friends on the "Redneck Patio & Cantina".

He was an inventor of many useful items; including his fan favorite, "Johnny Block". He made several Adirondack style patio chairs that many of his friends all enjoy.

Johnny was known as a verbal antagonist to his friend, Leroy, and the "Nooners" at Sierra del Rio (i.e. Coach, Butch, Bobby, Deano, Jim, Warren, Norb, Bill, and Jerry).

Johnny is survived by his spouse, Linda Hale; he was very proud of his only son, John Paul and his wife, Carmen Valdez, of Albuquerque; his daughter Annemarie & husband, Dave, of Ohio; step-daughter, Jaime and husband, Mitch Bengston, of Rio Rancho; Mother-in-law, Judy Hale Markes, of Florida; Grandchildren - Kira, Joaquin, Rome, Siena, Amelia, Adam, Micaela, Talya, Malakai and Kapriana; brothers - Andy and wife, Rosalie, of Albuquerque, Jerry (Cupie) and wife, Lucy, of Louisiana; sisters - Viola (Nena) Barela of Colorado, Loretta and Dennis Worthington of Ruidoso, and Larry and Anthony Cardenas. He also had several much younger friends he loved and called his hitos - Pasquinel and Zeb Marchiondo, Gene Garcia and Pat Lovato in Raton, and recently Ricky and Vicky Bouvet of Garfield. He loved his cat Leche! He was preceded in death by his sister, Henrietta Valdez, in 1949.

A Rosary Vigil will be held on July 31, 2016 at 7:30 PM at St. Patrick's-St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Raton, NM and Mass at 10:30 AM on Monday, August 1, 2016. He will be laid to rest in Fairmont Cemetery in Raton, NM. Honorary pallbearers are J.P. Valdez, Rome Valdez, Joaquin Valdez, Gene Garcia, Patrick Lovato, Ricky Bouvet, Leroy Bierner and Malakai Bengston.

A special thank you to the staff at the Veteran's Hospital in Albuquerque and the Roadrunners Women's Golf Association.

Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. & Sierra Crematory, LLC, 303 N. Cedar St., T. or C., NM 87901, 575/894-2574. For online condolences please visit

Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 28, 2016
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