George A. Valdez (80) was born on July 31, 1941, to Higinia (Cordova) Valdez and Alfonso Valdez in Ensenada, NM. He passed away peacefully on July 18, 2022 surround by his wife and two children.
George was preceded in death by his parents Higinia & Alfonso Valdez, son Ronald (Tuddy) Valdez, grandson George Alex Valdez III and sister Aurora (Lula) Casados.
George was a kind man who was loved by many. He leaves behind many heart-broken family members and treasured friends.
George enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was affectionately known for telling jokes, his love of fly fishing and playing the guitar. He loved horses and watching old western movies. In fact, he played a small role in the western movie Show Down filmed here in the area in 1973. George also enjoyed taking his wife Olivia to the casino where he always ran into an old friend or made a new one.
After retiring from the D.O.T. he enjoyed driving the school bus for the Chama Valley Schools. There he was respectfully addressed as Grandpa George or Uncle George.
He will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by wife of 62 years Olivia M. Valdez, son George A. Valdez Jr. (Bernadette), daughter Angela (Tommy Godlewski), daughter in law Aniesa Trujillo (Ronald’s widow), Grandchildren: Dacia (Mark Lepich), Valerie Valdez (Alex Gonzales), Sandra (Ryan Baca), Alicia Valdez & Nicholas Valdez, Great Grandchildren: Keilee & Trevor Lepich, Aiden Valdez, Isabella, Allie & Ryder Baca. He is also survived by one sister, Sophie Valdez, brother in law Tony Casados (Aurora’s widower) and his only surviving uncle Ramon Valdez. In addition, others surviving him include several nephews, nieces, godchildren and in-laws on Olivia’s side who always treated George as their brother.
The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Ambercare and all the friends and family who were instrumental in helping us care for George. We are eternally thankful for all of you.
Funeral Services will be held on August 4, 2022, at the San Jose Church in Los Ojos, NM. Rosary will begin at 10 a.m. with the mass at 11 a.m. A private burial in Ensenada, NM will be held at another time.
In lieu of flowers George requested donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Shriners Hospital for Children.
The family of George Valdez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley
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