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Davis Garcia Baca

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A lifelong pioneer and historian resident of Alamogordo, Davis Garcia Baca, 78, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009, in Las Cruces.
He was born Feb. 17, 1931, to Carmen and Eliza Baca. He leaves behind six children, Dennis Baca and his wife, Dina, Adeline Guzman and her husband, Jose, David Baca Jr. and his wife, Grace, Richard Baca and his wife, Lisa, Albert Baca and his wife, Margaret, and Ernestine Baca; one sister Bessie Sanchez and her husband, Ishmael Sanchez Sr.: 12 grandchildren: Jose Guzman Jr., Gina Guzman, Jennifer Baca, David Baca Jr., Annette Arnold, Carina Baca, Lorena Mary Baca, Rachael Baca, Adam Baca, Michael Casaus, Andres Baca and Isaac Baca; one great grandchild, Isabella Arnold; numerous grandnieces, nephews, cousins; and many friends.
Davis Baca will be joining our Father in Heaven alongside his parents, Carmen and Eliza Baca; three brothers, Sam Baca Sr., Carmen Baca Jr. and Bony Baca; and two sisters, Ida Arana and Alice Duquette.
Davis Baca is a native of La Luz. He united with Ernestina Luz Ortega in Feb. 20, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Alamogordo.
He was a letterman in three sports: football, track and basketball. He was a member of 1949 AHS state championship football team, where he played the halfback position. His other hobbies included photography, hunting and camping.
After his graduation in 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served for two terms. The first term was from 1949-51 and the second term was from 1951-54. He also served in the Korean War. He has two honorable discharges.
Baca had an associate's degree in photography and he had a certificate from N.Y. Institute of Photography. He worked 42 years with Dyna Corp, from 1953-95. The contract projects that he worked on included Trinity Site, Holloman High Speed Test Track Sled, Balloon Branch, Shuttle and the Stealth Fighter.
Davis Baca was also very instrumental in spearheading preservation of the Hispanic heritage in Alamogordo. He served on many historical committees for Alamogordo, as well as being the vice chairman for the committee for the recognition for the Hispanic Pioneers of the Tularosa Basin.
His passion was seeing that traditions were passed on and not lost.
A rosary service will be conducted at Alamogordo Funeral Home at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Bryant Hausfeld, O.F. M., celebrant.
Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Andres Baca, Jose Guzman Sr., Davey Baca, Jose Guzman Jr., Lorena Baca, Robert Sepulveda.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jose Raul Ortega, Curtis Monroe, Carlo Hernandez, Gene Davis, Grace White, Isaac Baca, Jennifer Baca, Adam Baca, Rachael Baca, Carina Baca, Annette Woods, Ishmael Sanchez Jr., Michael Casaus, Chris Arana, Billy Garcia, and Ernie Lee Miller.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Tularosa Basin Historical Society, in care of Zeke Castro, Hispanic Committee, 1301 White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church building fund.
The Baca family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 7 to Mar. 24, 2009
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