Ralph Vigil, age 57. passed away unexpectedly after open heart surgery on Thursday, June 1, 2023.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Delfino A. Vigil and Dulcinia (Candie) Gonzales Vigil. His paternal grandparents, Luciano Vigil and Doloritas Garcia Vigil; maternal grandparents, Pedro C. Gonzales and Genoveva Lujan Gonzales and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is survived by close cousins, Linda Martinez, Vickie Valdez and Pete (Dorothy) Valdez, God-sister, Melanie Garcia and several other cousins.
Ralph was a 1984 graduate from Espanola Valley High School and attended Northern New Mexico College to receive an Associate Degree in 1987. He was employed by CEP in Santa Fe as a Lab Assistant and was currently a Lab Tech at Los Alamos.
Ralph was a multi-talented artist, painting churches and flowers, doing abstract and graphic art, composing music, writing songs, playing guitar and writing short stories. He enjoyed weightlifting, working out and was a student in karate in his younger days.
Ralph spoke of his coworkers as if they were family.
Ralph will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, he leaves a big void in our hearts.
A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 11:30 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Espanola, NM, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12:00 pm. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Espanola, NM.
Pallbearers will be Miguel Vigil, Toby Suazo, Francisco “Pancho” Garcia, Will Chilen, Josh Chandler, and Jeremy Salazar.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Ron Chacon and HPAL coworkers.
The family of Ralph Vigil has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the beautiful Espanola Valley. www.devargasfuneral.com 505-747-7477