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Henry Valencia

February 11, 2022

HENRY VALENCIA, 79 LIFELONG RESIDENT OF ESPANOLA, PASSED PEACEFULLY ON FRIDAY FEBUARY 11, 2022, AFTER BATTLING A LENGTHLY ILLNESS.

HENRY WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS MARTIN AND MANUELITA VALENCIA, HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE CATHARINA (KITTY) OF 32 YEARS, SON HENRY VALENCIA JR. AND SON MICHAEL VALENCIA. PARENTS IN LAW JAN AND HENDRIKA HOUTMAN. SISTER-IN-LAW MARGO HOUTMAN. BROTHER-IN-LAW ALFIRIO MAESTAS.

HENRY IS SURVIVED BY HIS DAUGHTERS MARGARET VALENCIA, WIEKE VAN DER KUIJL (BOB) GRANDSONS MICHAEL NARANJO (DEEANDREA), MIKE VAN DER KUIJL AND JAIDEN ORLANDO-CASADOS - VALENCIA, GRAND-DAUGHTER’S VICTORIA PENA (THOMAS “TJ” MARTINEZ, FIANCE) AND MAUREEN VAN DER KUIJL, GREAT- GRAND CHILDERN JULIAN NARANJO AND LEILA NARANJO. SISTER SUSIE MAESTAS, SISTER LINDA BACA PAUL), BROTHER ROBERT VALENCIA (BEATRICE), BROTHER EDWARD VALENCIA (INEZ), BROTHER FRANK VALENCIA (MARIE) SISTER MABEL VALENCIA, BROTHER PATRICK VALENCIA. CAREGIVER’S DORREN LOPEZ AND ELSA GARCIA. AS WELL AS MANY COUSINS, GREAT NIECES AND GREAT NEPHEWS AND MANY AQUAINTANCES AND FRIENDS.

HENRY GRADUATED FROM ESPANOLA HIGH SHOOL (HORNETS). HE SERVED IN THE AIRFORCE TILL 1968 IN HOLLAND WHERE HE MET HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE. HE THEN BROUGHT HER HOME TO BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY.

HE OWNED AND OPERATED HENRY VALENCIA INC IN ESPANOLA AND EXPANDED HIS BUSINESS TO SANTA FE AS VALENCIA MOTORS. HE WAS WELL RESPECTED IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY. HENRY SERVED THE ESPANOLA COMMUNITY AS CITY COUNCILOR, AND AS A MEMBER OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. HE WAS VOTED AS BEST DRESSED BUSINESSMAN IN THE VALLEY OF ESPANOLA. HE CONTRIBUTED TO THE MANY ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY. HIS OUTGOING PERSONALITY, CHARM AND LOVE TOUCHED SO MANY. YOU COULD OFTEN SEE HIM RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE AND ENJOYING TIME WITH HIS “COOKIE” FRIENDS.

ASSISTING THE FAMILY AS PALLBEARERS WILL BE, CURTIS VALENCIA (NEPHEW), MICHAEL NARANJO (GRANDSON), CONRAD VALENCIA (GOD SON), STEVEN BACA (NEPHEW), JERRY VALENCIA (NEPHEW) AND ERIC VALENCIA (NEPHEW)

HONARARY PALLBEARERS ARE, RACHEL VALENCIA (GOD DAUGHTER), MICHELLE VALENCIA (NIECE), DOLORES SALAZAR (NIECE), SHARON VALENCIA (NIECE), MELISSA VALENCIA (NIECE), SHARON PACHECO (NIECE). ROSARY WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2022 AT 10:00AM AT HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH MASS TO FOLLOW 11:00A.M. DUE TO COVID THERE WILL NOT BE A CONDOLENCE LINE AT THE ROSARY OR MASS. GRAVESIDE SERVICES WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022 @ 9:00AM AT THE SANTA FE NATIONAL CEMETARY WITH MILITARY HONORS.

THE FAMILY OF HENRY VALENCIA HAS ENTRUSTED THE CARE OF THEIR LOVED ONE TO THE DEVARGAS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY OF ESPANOLA VALLEY 505-747-7477

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