Former New Mexico resident Joe R Sanchez, 77, went to his eternal home with our heavenly Father, early in the morning of February 10th, 2021, at his home in Rio Chama, NM. Joe is preceded in death by his parents Reginaldo and Ascension Sanchez, three older brothers Maclovio, Orlando, Samuel. His Brother-in-law Louie Chacon and Sister-in-law Guadalupe Escontrias. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Bernie Sanchez, their two daughters Brenda and Maria, and his five grandchildren Mario, AnnRica, Ira, Joseph and Mariah all from Rio Chama, NM. His brother Cornelio Sanchez of Hernandez, NM, and Sister Georgia Moreno of Guadalupe, CA. Sister-in-law Louise Sanchez of Hernandez, NM. Brother-in-law Raymon and wife Valerie Chacon of El Paso, TX. Comadre Teresita Sanchez of Hernandez, NM. Compadres Paul and Angela Martinez of Santa Fe, NM. And many others relatives and good friends. Lastly his three spoiled dogs, Duffy, Cups, and Socks. Joe’s story began on January 7th 1944 in Santa Maria, CA, born the youngest of six children to Reginald and Ascension, however he grew up in Hernandez, NM. Joe had a few different jobs throughout his lifetime. He told his daughters that in his early 20s he drove for the Mayflower Transit for a while. During that time he met Berine Chacon and they got married shortly after. They lived in Questa,NM for 17 years where Joe was working for Moly Corp Mining and where he started their family. Joe got a job at Los Alamos National Lab so he moved his family to Rio Chama, NM where they have been ever since. When he retired he became his wife’s caretaker. Joe was a humble man with a heart of gold. He loved everything about the outdoors. One thing he enjoyed the most was going for his daily long walks to the nearby river and mountains with his dogs. His love for all animals was enormous, from taking in stray cats and dogs, to an injured jack rabbit no matter what kind of animal it was it became his pet. He loved all kinds of music, but mostly he was a huge Elvis Presley fan; he collected anything and everything that had to do with Elvis. Joe loved his family dearly and would do anything and everything, he took care of each one of their well being before his own. And their love for him is endless. Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and great friend will be greatly missed by all. Serving as pallbearers: Mario, Ira, Joseph, Gilbert, and Ray Sanchez, Arturo Herrera, and Ricky Martinez. Services are pending and will be announced as they become available. The Sanchez family has entrusted “Joe” to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of Espanola.
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