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Roybal, Manuel "Sonny"

After a lengthy illness, Manuel "Sonny" Roybal peacefully passed away on December 26, 2015. He was born on December 31, 1944 in Los Angeles, California.

He is preceded in death by his parents Manuel and Carolyn Roybal; sister Diana Roybal; and niece LaVerne Roybal.

He is survived by his beloved wife Christina Ewers Roybal; son Frank Roybal, daughter Isabel Gowan and husband Matt and their daughters Alyssa and Delila; Danuel Roybal and daughter Kharma; goddaughter and niece Lorie Padilla, her husband Brian and sons Cameron and Kyler; and sisters Arabel Craig and husband Toby; Geraldine Gonzales; Maxine Bononcini and husband Eddie; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sonny was larger than life; he was known to many as a "man's man." He enjoyed the outdoors --hunting and fishing. He loved to race his horses, and enjoyed gambling in Vegas. Sonny was a hard worker. His professional career included working at the Nevada Test Site, the Albuquerque Railyard, Lively Big Rigs, a welding and diesel mechanic instructor at TVI, and was the co-owner of a local drywall company that later sold. He enjoyed remodeling homes. He was a man of many talents--a perfectionist, a "jack of all trades." When anyone needed something fixed they called Sonny; he was always willing to lend a helping hand and never wanted to be paid. He was a man of his word. Sonny will be greatly missed.

Honorary Pallbearers include his nephews Larry Roybal, Jesus Gonzales, Eddie Bononcini, Eric Bononcini, Eugene Carter, and Michael Velarde. Funeral services will be held on January 8, 2016, Rosary at 11:00 a.m., Mass at 11:30 a.m. at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church. Please visit Riverside Funeral Home at


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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 5, 2016
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