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Vigil, Melvin O.

Melvin Vigil, 69, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 after a brief illness and valiant fight. Mel was a Marine and an Albuquerque Fire Department Retiree and enjoyed his retirement for many years. He enjoyed monthly retiree meetings and reminiscing with friends of years past as well as attending classic car shows throughout the southwest.

Mr. Vigil was preceded in death by his loving wife Margaret Vigil a short 4 years prior, and parents Milnor and Dolores Vigil.

Melvin will forever be missed by his loving family, daughters, Wendy Candelaria and husband Shane, Audrey Vigil-Archuleta and husband Angelo; and sons Bryan Vigil and wife Alicia and Jason Duda. Mel leaves his grandchildren who loved and cherished him: Marine Lcpl Nathan Candelaria, Joaquin Archuleta, Christian Vigil, Reina Archuleta and Alexander Vigil.

Mel was the oldest brother of 9, sisters Magdelene Lucero (Seferino), Lina Castillo, Irene Archuleta (John), Jeanette Paiz(David), Darlene Espinoza (Gerard) and brothers, Russell Vigil (Laura), Andrew Vigil (Elaine) and David Vigil (Dawn).

He took his role as father, grandfather and brother very seriously always willing to share his wisdom and lend a helping hand. Mel will be dearly missed by many. Rest in peach Marine, Semper Fi...

A visitation will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at St. Gertrude's Church in Mora, NM from 4:30 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Gertrude's Church. The interment will follow in the Presbyterian Cemetery in El Carmen, NM.

The family has requested that memorials be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.wouldedwarriorproject.org/Donate. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.gonzalesfunerals.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Billy G. Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd., Las Vegas, NM 505-425-9319 or 1-800-525-9319.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 4, 2016
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