Angel Barrio
1950 - 2018
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Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Angel Rafael Barrio, age 67, of Las Cruces left his dwelling place on earth and entered eternal life to be with his heavenly Father on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at University Medical Center in El Paso, TX. He was born October 2, 1950 in Las Cruces to Samuel and Esther Zamora Barrio. Angel served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era and was a member of the VFW Post #10124. At the time of his death, Angel was employed as a Customs Agent with Homeland Security a career he begun on June 10, 1996. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Those left to mourn his passing include his loving wife, Bertha Lopez Barrio of the family home; two sons, Angel Barrio Jr. and Javier Lopez (Henrietta); two daughters, Veronica Hernandez (Jaime), Venesa Clark (Jason) all of Las Cruces; three brothers, Alex Barrio of Surprise, AZ, Michael Barrio, Richard Barrio; three sisters, Rebecca Viramontes, Patsy Barrio and Stella Barrio all also of Las Cruces. Other survivors include nine grandchildren, Elijah, Angelo, Dante and Santiago Barrio, Jacob, Josiah, and Yasmine Hernandez, Ari Clark, and Miguel Lopez as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Samuel Barrio Jr.; a nephew, Brandon Flores and his Grandma Margarita.

Visitation will begin at 2 PM Thursday, February 15, 2018 in the Cathedral of Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1240 S. Espina where the Prayer Vigil is scheduled for 3 PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated immediately thereafter. Honors will be accorded by the US Customs and Border Protection Agents. Cremation will follow and Inurnment of Cremains will be held at a later date in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military honors accorded by a New Mexico National Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League – El Perro Diablo Detachment.

Serving as casket bearers will be Alex, Michael and Richard Barrio, Manny Sanchez, Joe Lopez and Javier Robles.

Entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 300 E. Boutz Road, 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 14, 2018.
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March 19, 2018
Very broken-hearted. I worked with Angel back in the late nineties with the U.S. Customs Service. He was such a joy to be around. He will truly be missed. My condolences to his family ❤❤
Gary Sarinana
March 18, 2018
Mr. Barrio,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice for our Country-first when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and later when you served as a Law Enforcement Officer with the U.S. Customs Service and CBP. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey
March 14, 2018
I wish I could be there to help you get through this.. I know you loved your father very much and had always felt closer to him than anyone else. Your father loved you very much. My heart goes out to you.. Your father will always be there in your heart and looking down on you. Your guardian angel...
February 28, 2018
Patsy, Stella and all the Barrio family, I am so sorry to hear of Angel's passing. May his memories help you through this difficult time. My prayers are with you all and may he rest in peace.
Sandra (Ledesma) Moreno
February 20, 2018
Our deepest condolences to the Barrio family. May Angel rest in peace. God bless you all and give you strength and comfort.
Antonio & Margarita Padilla & family
February 16, 2018
My heart and prayers go out to all the family. Thank you for being a kind brother in law. Michael Jr., Gabriel and Sarah send their condolences and love for you at the loss of your husband, father grandfather; their uncle Angel.
Socorro Marquez
February 15, 2018
My condolences to Bertha, and her family. Thank you Angel for your time of service and sacrifice. May you Rest In Peace. Prayers for the family.
Margaret Cano-Roybal
February 15, 2018
I remember that Angel and I were the only ones that always carried the M-16 A-2 on our Missions with the NMNG Counter Drug Narcotic Team. We had each others back. I will miss you Brother.
Angelo Michael Vega
Angelo Michael Vega
February 15, 2018
My deepest condolences to all of the Barrio Family. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.

John Sanchez
John Sanchez
February 15, 2018
Prayers to the Barrio family in this hour of sadness and loss. May the Lord bless and keep you all safe. Cherish the memories of Angel as the special person he was to so many.

Socorro Delgado, Las Cruces NM
February 15, 2018
Our condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
He was a great friend.

Joe Lopez III
Joe Lopez III
February 15, 2018
To all of Angel's family, we extend our sincere condolences. Angel was a kind and caring man. He was a good friend to so many. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his son, Javier and family, and to his wife, Bertha and family.
Ernie & Vicky Garcia
February 15, 2018
To the Barrio Family,

Our hearts are broken but memories of Angel are etched in our hearts. We will miss him so much until we are together again. We wish we could be there but we are there in spirit. If we can do anything from afar, let us know. We love you all so much.


Jr, Tedde, Felicia, Kyle, & Kali Avalos
February 15, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. I hope in the days to come you can remember all the good times you shared with your father and all the love he gave you throughout the years. Your father will be watching over your forever. Please extend my sympathy to your mom, brother, sister, and the rest of the family. Love you!!
Denise Mora
February 15, 2018
Michael Sainz
February 15, 2018
Dear Bertha and Family
Bertha I know there are no words that can ease your pain or be of help at such a time but Mary and I want you to know how deeply sorry we are. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
It isn't given to us to understand the why of such things. We can only trust in God's infinite mercy and in his promise that we go on to a better life where there is no pain or sorrow. Believe in that and have faith in his wisdom and healing.
Please know you have our deepest sympathy.

Michael and Mary Sainz
February 15, 2018
Our most sincere prayers go out to Angels family and or deepest condolences to all the Barrio family. We will keep you in our prayers and God's blessing to the family.
David and Isela Covarrubia
February 15, 2018
My deepest condolences to Angels family
February 14, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to you Bertha and your family. We are very sad to hear of Angels death and we pray for Gods care and blessing for you during this time. It was a privilege to work with him in Nassau.
Gary and Barbara Thornton
February 14, 2018
Bertha and Family:

We are so very sorry to hear about Angel's passing. We worked with him at Skagg's Drug Center and it was the best part time job we ever had and it had a lot to do with Angel! He was a great guy and a wonderful friend. We remember the girls and Angel was born. I am sorry we lost touch but he had a lot to do with Carl and I meeting and getting married. We always think of him fondly and will keep you in our prayers.
Love and blessings,
Carl and Eileen Gutierrez
Carl Gutierrez
February 14, 2018
My condolences to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dora Barrio Lujan
February 14, 2018
To our cousin Angel's family we send our condolences and prayers.
Patsy Garvey Guerrasio
February 14, 2018
My condolences to the Barrio family. My prayers are with you.
-Johnnie Whelan
February 14, 2018
Bertha and Angel's family
Uncle Sammie and Aunt Esther's family

We are thinking of you all at this time of loss and we pray for the healing of your broken hearts.

With love,

Uncle Alfred and Aunt Gen Barrio's family
S. Barrio-Portillo
February 14, 2018
Condolences to all The Barrio familia!! So young to loose a loved one!! RIP Angel!!
Patsy Apodaca Villarreal
February 14, 2018
To my cousins family we want to send you our deepest condolences. Rest in peace Angel and God bless your family in this time of sorrow.
Mary Helen Rubio Goodman
February 14, 2018
Please accept my condolences. I worked with Angel in Nassau and he was always professional, hardworking and pleasant. When he smiled his whole face lit up. Praying for your family.
Julia Bradshaw
February 14, 2018
We will miss our dear friend who always found a way to make us laugh. We continue to be blessed with having the memories in our hearts of our beloved friend. We will continue to pray for his loved ones left behind.

Richard & Isabel Casaus
February 14, 2018
Veronica/Jaime, Patsy and Stella,
We are so, so very sorry for the loss of your dad and brother. It's not our place to question why it happened, but he is in a better place. We pray that God will give you peace and comfort in this trying time. Your daddy is in heaven rejoicing and hopefully my mama will see him. If there is anything we can do for you, we're here.
Gilbert, Laura Lujan and family
Gilbert/Laura Lujan
February 14, 2018
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. One day many will have the opportunity to live again. May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time. John 17:3

Sincerely, F.Mitchell
February 13, 2018
Patsy, Stella, Becky, Alex, Michael and Richard, my sincere condolences to you and your families for the loss of your brother, Angel. PRAYERS for strength and comfort for you and your loved ones during this difficult time. May Angel Rest in Peace.

Patsy Lopez, Dallas, Tx
February 13, 2018
Angel, thank you for being a special person with a big heart. You will be greatly missed by friends and co-worker's at the Airport. RIP My deepest sympathy to the Barrio family
Terri Quintana
February 13, 2018
Our Angel, words can't express how much you will be missed. I'll always have fond memories working together. To the Barrio Family, my deepest sympathy.
L. Kane
Leticia Kane
February 13, 2018
Angel, you were a great co-worker. You'll be greatly missed. May God Bless you & your family. D.R. 1190
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