PEDRO M. PACHECO, “PETE” with his family at his bedside passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 and is now joined in eternal love with his loving wife of sixty-four years, Alicia.
Pete was born on September 5, 1929 to Juan B. Pacheco and Soriada Pacheco (Arellano) in Chamisal, NM. He was one of six siblings, Rosita. Felix, Harriet, Johnny and Reuben.
Like his father before him, Pete was a hardworking man who was devoted to his wife, his family, his community, his country, and his faith. He met Alicia at the Catholic school at the tender age of seven and was so smitten by her that he asked the nun if he could buy her a cup of hot chocolate and an everlasting romance was born.
Pete’s love and devotion were shown by his deeds and hard work. He enlisted in the army at the young age of seventeen in 1946. He was sent to Japan on a boat and for a country boy who learned about sea sickness firsthand it was quite an experience. After his discharge Pete married Alicia and they had three children, Michael, Rebecca and Peter John. To provide for his family Pete saw his best opportunity was to move to California. So, with not much more than the clothes on their backs, they moved. Pete soon found a job and, by his hard work and personality, moved up the ladder and provided a comfortable life for his family.
Twenty-two years after raising two of his three children the call of Northern New Mexico brought him back home. He proceeded to open a business, a White’s Store, which later became a Western Auto and a convenient store. By his hard work and devotion, Pete made it a success.
Pete’s love of community can be seen in his involvement and leadership in many community functions. He helped start the Peñasco School Booster Club, getting parents involved in the success of school athletics. He served as president of St. Anthony’s Parochial School for many years and helped restore the building to safe standards. He was a founding father and commander at the American Legion for many years. He was in charge of improving and maintaining the local translator for television service and helped bring cable television to the area. As a finance committee member, Pete devoted much time and energy to improving the infrastructure of San Antonio de Padua church. Pete was especially proud of his involvement in the Peñasco Mutual Water Association. As board member and president of the association for over thirty years, he oversaw, with other concerned community members, a major overhaul of the infrastructure. New lines, new water hydrants, new meters, expanded service, new water tank and wells, financed by a grant and loan for one and a half million dollars, as Pete said he did this all with a happy heart, knowing he was improving life for the valley.
Pete was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alicia of sixty-four years; grandson, Aaron Rodarte; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jerome and Abigail Rodarte; parents, Juan and Soriada Pacheco; sister, Rosita Delgado, and brothers, Felix Pacheco and Reuben Fresquez.
Pete is survived by his children, Michael Pacheco and spouse Carole, Rebecca Chavez and Lee, Peter John Pacheco and Cristina; sister, Harriet Brandstetter; brother, Johnny Pacheco; grandchildren, Christina Pacheco, Andrea Pacheco, David Rodarte/Tanya, Jamie Rodarte, Felicia Klitch/Tony and Isabella Pacheco; great-grandchildren, Lily and Luke Sims, Lauren Pacheco, Tristin Rodarte, Karson and Karlee Klitch and many lifelong friends, primos, nieces and nephews especially Carlos Pacheco.
Till his passing he kept active and did his daily chores to include making sure his pellet stove was always clean. When he needed assistance, many people were there to help and we would like to thank them all. Pete touched so many people and his legacy will live on.
A rosary will be recited on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Peñasco. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. also at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Peñasco. Burial to follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Due to Covid restrictions, the rosary will be held outside of the church and transmitted on an FM frequency with people remaining in their vehicles. The Mass will hold 75 immediate family members inside of the church. For those in the community who wish to participate, the mass will be broadcast to vehicles in the parking lot by way of an FM frequency. We ask that everyone follow social distancing and mask mandated wearing during this time. The family of Pedro M. Pacheco “Pete” has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.