Leroy Alfonso Casaus, 68 of Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner, NM went into God’s hands to be with his son after a valiant fight with COVID-19, Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. He was born July 4, 1952 in Fort Sumner, NM to the home of Alfonso and Eva Casaus. He was raised in Guadalupe/De Baca County and attended Santa Rosa High School. Leroy worked at and retired from New Mexico’s Game and Fish Department, he was employed with the Rock Lake Hatchery in Santa Rosa. Leroy was a one-of-a-kind human being that this world needed more of, not less of. He was a talented artist with his drawings and a wonderful musician. He played the drums, sang and danced. You would often hear him humming or singing to himself or drumming with his hands. He was one of the greatest dancers and loved it so. He loved to listen to music especially to his favorite local bands of New Mexico namely Black Pearl and Str8ght Shot. Leroy had a larger-than-life personality and was known for his humor. He was great at lightening the mood. He could laugh at his own flaws, which inspired others to laugh at theirs. Leroy was witty and his humor and laugh was contagious. He was always joking and would bring joy to others by doing so. He devoted much of his time and energy to his family, friends and long-time companion Patricia. His life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by his presence understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, Alfonso and Eva Casaus, his son Derrick Leroy Casaus, and sister Maria “Nellie” Oldham. Survivors include his life time companion Patricia Atencio of Albuquerque, a son, Kenneth Dean Dugan of Tempe, AZ, grandchildren, Alaysia Casaus, Xavier Casaus, Brandon Varoz, of Albuquerque; sisters and brothers, Sonny Casaus and wife Bertina of Albuquerque, Jose (Bill) Casaus and wife Lucille of Santa Rosa, Geraldine Roybal of Albuquerque, Helen Martinez of Albuquerque, Gloria Landreth and husband Bryant of Seattle, Washington, Ernesto Casaus of Albuquerque, Andrew Casaus and wife Joann of Albuquerque, Theresa Rivero of Clovis, Clyde Casaus-Vanosdol and fiancé Bernadette Montano of Gallup. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Tragically, due to the pandemic, it’s affecting our ability to come together physically and pay tribute to our loved one. No service will be held at this time. Future memorial services are pending. Donations to help the Casaus family with burial costs and/or condolences may be sent to Chavez Funeral Home, Inc. in Fort Sumner, NM (575) 355-2311 www.chavezfuneralhome.com The Casaus Family asks everyone to help honor him by continuing to be diligent in the fight against COVID-19 in the memory of our loved one, Leroy Casaus.