Adan Dominguez Baca, 80, a lifetime area resident, presently living in Faywood, passed away Sunday evening February 6, 2011 at the University of New Mexico Burn Center in Albuquerque.
Visitation will begin at 6 o'clock today, Wednesday February 9, 2011 at St. Ann's Catholic Church followed by a rosary service at 7 o'clock led by Suzanne Lundy. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated there Thursday February 10, 2011 at10 o'clock in the morning with Bishop Ricardo Ramirez as the principal celebrant. The rite of committal and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Fr. Enrique Lopez Escalera will officiate.
He was born October 17, 1930 in Swartz, NM to Elena Dominguez and Eduardo Baca. He attended Grant County Schools and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. After his return he worked for several years for Walter Hightower at the '76' Ranch and Cow Springs. He married Nellie Molina on October 9, 1955 in Deming and raised their family while working at the Luna County Cotton Gin and the U V Mines in the Grant County mining district. His last employment was with the Deming Public Schools maintenance department. During all these years his greatest joy was spending time at his farm and ranch at Faywood and helping area ranchers during their busy seasons. He was especially fond of working with Smokey Nunn and most recently helping his children Patsy and Ron work their cattle.
After the death of his wife in 2007 he moved there permanently and loved sharing his country life with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Catholic Church.
Survivors include 2 sons, Ron Baca and wife Kay of Fedor, TX and Paul Baca and companion, Gloria Marquez, Las Cruces; 3 daughters, Theresa Baca, Las Cruces, Patsy and husband, Rukin Jelks, Elgin, AZ and Lisa Hinerman, Las Cruces; 4 brothers, Ramon D. Baca, Faywood, Julian Baca and wife Martha, Fernando 'Buddy' Baca and wife Felicitas and Mayor Sam Baca all of Deming; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren as well as a special friend, Ruth Valenzuela.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a sister, Nora Baca.
Serving as pallbearers will be P.J. Garcia, Philip Baca, Henry Baca, Ray Baca, Eloy Baca and Ruben Salaiz.
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811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: (575) 546-9671.
Published by Deming Headlight on Feb. 9, 2011.