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Ismael Valle Sanchez

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Devoted husband and loving father
A member of the settling family of the Hondo Valley and Tularosa Basin, Ismael Valle Sanchez passed away peacefully on Monday, March 16, 2009, in Alamogordo. He was born in Glencoe on July 16, 1921, to Danois and Guadalupe Sanchez.
He leaves behind eight children, Kathleen Sanchez, Patricia Baca and her husband, Richard, Ishmael Sanchez, John Sanchez and his wife, Anna, Helen Ann Sanchez, James Edward Sanchez and his wife, Angela, Susan Grace Sanchez, and Mark Sanchez and his wife, Ramona; 21 grandchildren, Christine Sanchez, Ishmael Sanchez III, Almitra Sanchez, Phillip Baca, Anthony Chavez, Patricia Chavez, Julie Sanchez, Jennifer Sanchez, John Sanchez Jr., Johanna Sanchez, Rogelio Calderon, Maria Taylor, Elena Calderon, Danois Calderon, Monica Sanchez, Teresa Sanchez, Grace Telles, Hope Lefevre, Anna Lefevre, Justus Lefevre and Mark Sanchez Jr.; and 38 great-grandchildren.
Ismael Sanchez will be joining our Father in heaven alongside his parents, Danois and Guadalupe Sanchez; his daughter Gloria Marie Chavez; five brothers, Danois, Tony, Godfrey, Serafin and Rueben; and three sisters, Telesfora, Mable and Adelina.
Ismael Sanchez, a native of Tularosa, was valedictorian of Tularosa High School. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was a B-24 tail-gunner. He was shot down over Hamburg, Germany, and spent two years in a POW camp. He returned as a highly decorated veteran and married Bessie Garcia Baca, his loving wife of 62 years.
He received his bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico in secondary education. He was an English and Spanish teacher and a basketball coach for six years. He left teaching and was employed at Holloman Air Force Base with the civil engineer group and later at the High-Speed Test Track. After retirement he was employed by Syverdrup out of St. Louis, Mo., as an engineering consultant for the Holloman Air Force Base and China Lake High-Speed Sled Tracks.
He was recognized by NBC, Reader's Digest and the Alamogordo Daily News for his literary wit and humor. He was an avid outdoorsman and a devoted family man, and served his community as a volunteer fireman, Cub Scout leader and as a member of the La Luz Domestic Water Association. He was also an active member and a Mayordomo of Nuestra Senora de La Luz Catholic Church.
A rosary service will be recited at Nuestra Senora de La Luz Catholic Church in La Luz at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2009, by Deacon Don Dickman and Elia Medina.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Nuestra Senora de La Luz Catholic Church with Father Bruce Hausfeld, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Interment will follow in the La Luz Catholic Cemetery with military honors provided by Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard.
Pallbearers will be Ishmael Sanchez Jr., Anthony Chavez, John Sanchez Jr., Rogelio Calderon, Phillip Baca and Justus LeFevre.
Honorary pallbearers are Tony "Tacho" Cordova, Ray Cordova, Alfonso Sanchez, Godfrey Sanchez, Benjamin Duran, D.B. Sanchez, Evangeline "Tutie" Herrera, Joseph Beccetti and Julia Maturino.
The family will greet friends on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, before the rosary from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church.
The Sanchez 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. 18 to Apr. 1, 2009
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