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Arsenio C. Sanchez

October 27, 1928 — April 24, 2014

Deacon Arsenio C. Sanchez, age 85 of Puerto De Luna, NM passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Guadalupe County Hospital following an illness.On Monday, April 28, 2014 at St. Rose of Lima Cathoiic Church, a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 6pm followed by a rosary at 7pm for the Parish and community, Father Thomas Kayammakal will officiate the Mass.At 10am, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 a rosary, eulogy and funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Santa Rosa with Father Bill Sanchez, a nephew officiating. Burial will follow on the family farm in Puerto De Luna, NM.  Serving as Pallbearers will be Ernest Tapia, Lawrence Rael, Eddie Campos, Danny Flores, Abel Mireles, Frank Madrid, Emilio Abeyta and Ken Sanchez.Deacon Arsenio was born October 27, 1928 in Puerto De Luna, NM to the home of Adolpho and Ignacita (Saiz) Sanchez. He grew up in Puerto De Luna. He attended school at Puerto De Luna and Santa Rosa graduating from Santa Rosa High School in 1948. While in high school he participated in 4-H, F.F.A., and football. Following graduation he attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.Deacon Arsenio married Dora L. Flores on November 26, 1951 in Puerto De Luna. In his early years Deacon Arsenio worked as a deputy sheriff, and later was elected Guadalupe County Sheriff, he also served as the Guadalupe County Assessor, was a past member of the Santa Rosa School Board, and was elected four terms as Magistrate Judge. During all these years he farmed, ranched, and raised Quarter Horses at his Puerto De Luna farm.Most important to Deacon Arsenio was his family and his faith. He was ordained as a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe on January 23, 1999 and served Nuestra Senora de Refugio Catholic Church in Puerto De Luna and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Santa Rosa. According to his family, he enjoyed raising horses, farming, and his life as a Deacon.Deacon Arsenio is preceded in death by his parents, two daughters Rita Marie Sanchez and Monica Joan Sanchez, grandson Jared Sanchez, two brothers Benny Sanchez, and Christobal Sanchez, and his son in law Joe Silva.He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be missed by his wife of 63 years Dora F. Sanchez of the home in Puerto De Luna, ten children, four sons David "Hossie" Sanchez and wife Pat of Los Chavez, Michael Sanchez and wife Julie of Albuquerque, Frankie Sanchez and his wife Liz of Corrales, Jimmy Sanchez and wife Jessica of Santa Rosa, six daughters Florence Silva of Santa Rosa, Gloria Sanchez of Bosque Farms, Martha Sanchez and husband Buck of Taos, Mary Tafoya and husband Andy of Colorado Springs, CO, Michelle Harrison and husband Dubs of Los Chavez, Christine Delgado and husband Richard of Sierra Vista, AZ, also surviving are two siblings his sister Amelia Sanchez and a brother Secundino Sanchez and his wife Sylvia both of Albuquerque, along with 29 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren along with a host nieces, and nephews including Father Bill Sanchez of Albuquerque and many other relatives and friends.All services for Deacon Arsenio have been entrusted to the Chavez Funeral Home, 923 South 3rd St.  Santa Rosa  575 472-3369. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book go to www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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