William A. Sanchez
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William (Art) A. Sanchez

William A. Sanchez (Art), age 79, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on May 7, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Clayton, New Mexico, raised in Albuquerque and a long-time resident of Santa Fe, NM, Art will be forever remembered for the love he extended to his family, his generous spirit and steadfast faith. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary of 53 years, his parents Fred and Luisa Sanchez, his siblings Victoria, Fred Jr., Luis, Josie, Archie, Conrad, Alfonso, Margaret, Teresina and Donald. Art is survived by his sons William "Bill" Sanchez and wife Melinda, Eric Sanchez and wife Teresa, daughter Addy Manriquez and husband Charlie; grandchildren Yvonne, Jennifer, Marilissa, Sophia, Michael, Monica and Raquel; great-grandson Braden; and siblings Louie, Eva and Danny. Art served four years in the Navy and thirty-six years in the New Mexico Army National Guard. After his military retirement, Art pursued his dream of becoming an artist. He took classes at the Santa Fe Community College, where he made many friends and developed his talents in various types of media. Ultimately, Art became a gifted "Santero" as he spent many hours working in his home studio in preparation for local art showings and the annual Traditional Spanish Market. Art also enjoyed camping, fishing, having coffee with his retired National Guard buddies and most especially, dancing. Art openly shared his life stories and faith journey with his children and grandchildren, while providing unwavering guidance, direction and support. His memory and legacy will continue to bless his family and friends.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial celebration with a Christian burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery is pending at this time and will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Alzheimer's Association.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal from May 10 to May 11, 2020.
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May 17, 2020
Addy, Eric and Bill,
Your father was a very special friend. When I think of Art the first thing that come to mind is what a gentleman he was. He always walked into class with a smile, positive attitude and whistling a happy tune.
He taught me so much about carving and life in general . He was so proud of all of you and your mother was the love of his life. He missed her so much after her passing. His carving of our blessed mother was always a reflection of your mother.
Carving class has never been the same, since his departure. But he will be with us in spirit forever.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family's.
Addy I would love to talk with you someday .
Jean Anaya Moya
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Jean Anaya Moya
May 14, 2020
My condolences to Art's family. We both attended christian and Bible study. Art was such a nice man.
Joanne Dorame
May 13, 2020
Every time I would see Art he'd ask me, Are you still carving? What an inspiration. Rest in peace my friend. My condolences to his family.
Tommy Baca
May 13, 2020
I worked with Art for many years at the New Mexico National Guard. He was a kind man who always had a smile on his face. My deepest condolences.
Josina Martinez
May 12, 2020
my deepest condolences to the Sanchez family. I worked with the Colonel at the NM National Guard for years. He was a good leader, and a great boss. He will be missed dearly. Rest In Peace Colonel
Sandra Ortiz
May 12, 2020
Art was an amazing artist, and a patient teacher. He was willing to share his gift with all of us in class. He loved his children and was always so proud to share stories of their accomplishments. He danced in the aisle, and his smile lit up the classroom. When he left, we all felt the shift, and always missed his declaration of, "Lunch Time!"
My deepest sympathies to those he leaves behind. He was a wonderful man.
Carol Sandoval
May 12, 2020
My condolences to the Sanchez family. I had the opportunity to work for COL Sanchez during our military career, and he was a great mentor and leader. Special thanks for all that he accomplished for God, Country and family!
Edward Rougemont
May 10, 2020
o sorry for your loss, always had fond memories of Uncle Art, sending hugs and prayers to my family, love you all. Tina and Patrick Johnston.
Tina Johnston
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