Louie Roberto Padilla, age 77, of Upper San Pedro, passed away peacefully in his home on October 15, 2023, after a three-year battle with a rare blood disease.
Louie was born on April 27, 1946, to Ramon and Francis Padilla of Hernandez, NM.
In 1964, Louie enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Germany, where he proudly served his country for 3 years. Louie and his Army brothers continued nurturing their close bond by meeting once a year to celebrate their friendship.
After returning home, Louie continued to serve his country by working in Los Alamos National Laboratory where he retired in 1995. During his employment he received many achievement awards for his quality workmanship and ability to be a successful team player.
Louie was a dedicated and gifted baseball player. In his early baseball career, he slammed five homeruns in one game earning him the most valuable player and leading many teams to championships including in the Senior Olympics in his recent past.
Louie’s passions included hunting, fishing, and camping. He enjoyed going for wood and any work that could be done outdoors. He loved being outside in the fresh air and valued a good days hard work. But most of all, Louie was a very proud father. He adored his three daughters and grandchildren more than anything else in this world.
Louie is preceded by his parents Ramon and Francis Padilla, brother David Padilla and sisters Carmen Fernandez and Tessie Martinez.
He is survived by his three daughters Marie Johnson, Valerie Clark and Pamela McCarthy, along with his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Tony (Anita) Padilla, Roy (Josie) Padilla, Michael Padilla, Joseph (Kim) Padilla and Frankie (Kathy) Padilla, sisters Katie (David) Rodriguez, Ruby Rohrs, Georgia Haskins, Ella (John) Ortiz, Diana (Patrick) Driscoll and Kristy (Gabe) Bustos, as well as many nieces and nephews. Louie is loved and cherished by many and will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring of 2024. Details to be announced at a later date.
The family of Louie Padilla has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the beautiful Espanola Valley. www.devargasfunral.com 505-747-7477