Jose Roberto Garcia, 81, born and raised in Abiquiu passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 28th, 2021 after a short illness.
Roberto is preceded in death by his parents Casimiro and Manuelita Garcia of Abiquiu and baby sister Zoraida Garcia, father-in-law Carlos Naranjo, mother-in-law Carmelita Naranjo and brother-in-law Don Carlos Naranjo.
Roberto is survived by the mother of his children Sophie Garcia. Five children, Robert Garcia (LaVerne), Angela Miller (Ralph), Randy Garcia (Andrea), Victoria Garcia, Monica Vigil (Rick), his sister Dolores Garcia (Robert), grandchildren Esteban Garcia (Shelby), Nadia Garcia (Brennan), Victor Borrego (Jodean), Sophia Garcia (Matthew), Cristerna Garcia (Desean), Felicia Garcia, Emma Maestas (Roger), Ashley Hardison (Jesse), Manuel Garcia; Great grandchildren, Camila and Diego Montoya and Riley Garcia.
Roberto, affectionately known as “Big Bob'' was known for his feisty, mischievous and lively spirit but most of all for his love and pride of his family and his beautiful Abiquiu community. He had an infectious laugh and his great personality kept everyone entertained. We will cherish all the happy memories of Roberto’s outgoing nature. He loved being in the sierra whether it be with his horses and cows, going for wood, fishing, hunting and camping. He loved his family wholeheartedly, and his happiest days were the days his five children were born. Roberto would always welcome a family member or friend into his home for a good conversation. Roberto, alongside his wife of 31 years, Sophie, instilled the importance of a college education into their children. Roberto was so proud of all his five children and nine grandchildren’s achievements and careers. He wouldn’t let a chance go by to express his pride and tell people about his hitos and hitas accomplishments. Roberto adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Roberto made numerous friends throughout his life. Anyone who met him, loved the personality that is known as “Big Bob”. He leaves behind his beloved family, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, many nephews and nieces, cousins and numerous friends who will always remember his generosity, kindness, humor and his willingness to help out a family member or friend in need. Pallbearers are: Samuelito Naranjo, Chris Martinez, Antonio Vasquez, Orlando Archuleta, Leonard Velasquez and Jay Jaquez. Honorary pallbearers are all his grandchildren.
The family of Roberto Jose Garcia would like to thank the staff and nurses of Sombrillo Nursing home for their loving care as well as Ambercare, Dr. Anderson of Los Alamos Medical Center, Dr. Goss and CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center, Kitchen Angels, Dr. Graham of Las Clinicas Del Norte, the caring staff of Meals on Wheels and everyone that helped him and his family through these challenging times.
A public viewing will be on January 10th at 5:00 p.m. at Devargas Funeral Home followed by a rosary at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. on January 11th, 2022 at St.Thomas the Apostle Parish Church in Abiquiu, followed by interment at Abiquiu cemetery.
The family of Jose Roberto Garcia has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley, 505-747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com