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Clifford Alfred "Sam" Sambrano


1957 - 2008 Obituary Condolences
Visitation for Clifford "Sam" Alfred Sambrano, of Tularosa, will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Ruidoso. A prayer vigil will follow visitation at 6 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at St. Jude's Catholic Church in San Patricio with burial to follow at the Salcido Family Cemetery, outside Hondo.
Clifford was born on June 11, 1957, in Ruidoso to Moises M. and Elizabeth Sambrano and died on Sept. 27, 2008, in Alamogordo at the age of 57. He was raised in Hondo and Carrizozo and graduated from Carrizozo High School. He went on to obtain an Associate Degree from New Mexico State University in agriculture mechanics. He moved to California and worked for the Union 76 Refinery and it was there that he met his wife Irene and they married on Oct. 10, 1979, in Long Beach, Calif. They returned to the area in 1989 and have resided in the Tularosa Basin area since 1995. Clifford was working as a facilities technician at the White Sands Missile Range upon his death. He was a Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion Chapter No. 8. He was a member of the Patriot Guard Rider Organization. He had been a member of the Lincoln County Sheriffs Posse and a dispatcher for the Ruidoso Police Department. He loved to fish, hunt and shoot. He was always laughing and enjoyed being with people.
His best love was riding his motorcycle with his friends and riding his horse. He even tried bull riding, just once.
Clifford was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. He is survived by his wife, Irene Sambrano; his mother, Elizabeth Sambrano; his sons, Clifford Sambrano Jr. and Salvador Sambrano; his daughter, Julia Sava; his brothers, Gilbert, Lorenzo, Moises Jr. and Alex Sambrano; his sister, Bernice Austad; and grandchildren Alyssa and Anthony Sava, and Alissa, Elliana and Angelee Sambrano.
Pallbearers will be Gilbert Sambrano, Lorenzo Sambrano, Moises Sambrano Jr., Alex Sambrano, Tyrel Gooch and Bob Ryszkowski. Honorary pallbearers will be nieces, nephews and grandchildren James Austad, Carrissa Davi, Jonathan Davis, Regina Davis, Elizabeth Gooch, Katie Jo Gooch, Alissa Sambrano, Amodo Sambrano, Angelee Sambrano, Antonio Sambrano, Cerelia Sambrano, Elliana Sambrano, Gilbert Sambrano Jr., Joseph Sambrano, Moises W. Sambrano, Tara Sambrano, Alyssa Sava and Anthony Sava.
Arrangements with LaGrone Funeral Chapel of Ruidoso. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lagronesruidoso.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15, 2008
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