Gerald Roland Valdez 70, a resident of Ojo Caliente, passed away on November 29, 2021. He was born on September 13, 1951. Roland was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Lila Valdez; paternal grandparents Benseslaus and Maria Tonita Valdez; maternal grandparents Efren and Matilda Garcia.
Roland was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He was a hardworking man who did everything to support his large family. Roland was employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Public Schools for over 40 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, taking road trips, watching cowboy movies, eating Spanish food, attending baseball games and going to the movie theaters. He was a compassionate person with a contagious smile who would take the shirt off his back to help anyone in need. He is going to be missed tremendously.
Roland is survived by his beautiful wife of 50 years, Emily Valdez; children, Melissa Romero (Anthony), Michelle Silva (Ernest), Roxane Valdez (James), Patrick Valdez, Stephanie Valdez, Amanda Valdez (Johnny) and Jennifer Valdez; brothers, Kenneth Valdez (Christina), Clarence Valdez (Shirley), and Virgil Valdez; sisters, Evelyn Valdez, Marcia Valdez (James), Donna Contreras, and Pamela Valdez; Eleven grandchildren, Evan, Aaron, Lawrence, Logan, Kamerun, Kaydon and Damian Valdez, Joziah Soliz, Sophia Silva, Marissa and Mario Medrano. Close cousins Forest and Roy Rodriguez, and Andrew and Morris Valdez.
Serving as pallbearers are Clarence, Patrick, Evan, Aaron and Damian Valdez and Forest Rodriguez; Honorary pallbearers are Lawrence, Logan, Kamerun and Kaydon Valdez, Sophia Silva and Joziah Soliz.
Public visitation will be held on Tuesday December 7, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel at DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory in Espanola with a rosary service to follow at 7:00 p.m. A mass will be celebrated on Wednesday December 8, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Espanola. Burial will follow at the San Jose Catholic Cemetery in Hernandez, New Mexico. The family of Gerald R. Valdez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com