Joe L. Sanchez

Joe L. Sanchez

Joe L. Sanchez, a lifelong resident of Lyden, NM passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 13, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his parents Juan Antonio and Josefita Sanchez, brother Paul, and sisters Viola and Consuelo, dear cousins Roger and Rueben Romero. He was a proud veteran who served his country during the Korean War.  He worked for the local telephone company as a technical service advisor supporting many areas of northern New Mexico, and during his tenure mentoring many aspiring technicians.  He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, trips to the mountains, music, and most of all the invaluable time with his children, grandchildren, and great granddaughter.  He provided for his family in many ways as a husband, a dad, a grandfather, and a great-grandfather.  His greatest pride was sharing the many accomplishments of his family to others. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Florence, son Kenny, daughters Jackie, Monica, and Jessica (Ken), grandkids Evan (Joslyn), Meghan (Juan), Zac, Matias, Mario, great granddaughter Madalynn, his hermanita Isabel Salazar (Reyes), and brother Efren (Kay). A rosary was recited on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ohkay Owingeh, with a Mass of Christian burial that followed at 4:00 p.m. Burial took place on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Serving the family as pallbearers are his grandkids Evan, Zac, Matias, Mario, Meghan and husband Juan. Honorary pallbearers are special son-in-law Ken Fernandez, best friends Jimmy Gomez and Tony Guillen, brother-in-law Reyes Salazar, Godson Glenn Gomez, and neighbor Leroy Trujillo. The family of Joe L. Sanchez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.

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Our deepest condolences to Florence and family. We were sorry to hear of your loss. Joe was a good friend, and mentor to me. I always enjoyed visiting with with him, going on horseback rides and listening to his stories. He had such a great sense of humor! He will be dearly missed. Bob and Nora Martinez and family.

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