Arthur Edward Garcia, better known as "Art", 74, passed away at home on Friday, February 7th, 2003, after battling incurable brain cancer for 4 months. Art was born to Eva (Valdez) and Louis Garcia on June 14th, 1928, at Heck Canyon, NM. His parents, sister (Viola Ramirez), infant brother (Frankie), and brother-in-law (Augustine Fernandez) preceded him in death.
Art attended St. Joseph Catholic School through 6th grade and then Springer public schools in Springer, NM He was an active player for both the Springer football and basketball teams. In 1944, he met Mary R. LeDoux, his wife-to-be. They married on June 12th, 1948 in Raton, NM. They were true soul mates and best friends for 54 years. Five children were born from their union: Arthur O., Paul and Fabian Garcia, Sr. (Bon Carbo, CO), Kathy (Mike) Lund of Eagle Nest, NM and Farah (Doug) Mitchell of Colorado City, CO. Besides his wife, he is survived by his five children and their spouses, nine grandchildren, whom he loved dearly: Erminia (Garcia) Rascon, Mark and Adam Martinez, Stevie and Christina Lund, Matthew and Breezie Marie Mitchell, Fabian John, Jr. and Dakota Garcia; four great grandchildren, five brothers; Albert (Alice) of Raton, NM, Jose E. of Avondale, CO, Louis (Annie) of Pueblo, CO, Ernesto (Garcia) Valdez of Albuquerque, NM. Two sisters, Felia Fernandez of Des Moines, NM and Josephine (Frank) Torres of Colorado Springs and one brother-in-law John (Ramsey) Ramirez of Trinidad. A number of first cousins including Betty (Jim) Sandoval of Moor Park, CA, numerous nephews, nieces and very dear friends.
Art's main interests in life were to guide and take care of his family. He enjoyed taking his family traveling. During his younger years he spent many hours motorcycle riding, hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, ice skating, sledding and camping. In his later years he enjoyed many of the same activities with his grandchildren. As a young man he operated his father's coal mine in Bon Carbo, CO. In 1950, Art moved his wife and baby to Cimarron, NM where they lived for 41 years. His occupations while in Cimarron included ranching, truck driving, gas station operator and owner, theater operator, butane gas deliveryman, and Boy's Correctional School employee. He retired from the State Highway Department after 11 years of service. After retirement he moved to Bon Carbo, CO and spent the next 11 years cattle ranching and traveling with his wife. He volunteered much of his time with the soup kitchen, TACC Youth camping program, and the Colorado Welcome Center.
Art was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Cimarron, NM for 41 years and was a member of Mr. Carmel and Holy Trinity of Trinidad for the last 11 years. He was also a member of the Guadalupe Society for a number of years.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 from 2:00 -6:00 p.m. at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home Chapel. A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the chapel.
Funeral mass to be held Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Garcia Family Plot at the Garcia Ranch.
Pallbearers will be Matt Mitchell, Al Pacheco, Adam Martinez, Fabian Garcia, Jr., Dakota Garcia and Michael Pacheco.
The Guadalupe Society members are requested to attend the services as a group.
The family would like to recognize Art's 23 godchildren: Tony Martinez, Richard Sanchez, Lorretta Garcia, Loretta Casias, Lencho Martinez, Pauline Sanchez, Natalie Jenne, Elizabeth Martinez, Michael Pacheco, Melvin Pacheco, Robert Valdez, Roberta Fernandez, Wilfred Cordova, Michael Cordova, David Cardenas, Thomas Arguello, Mark Martinez, Frujencio Espinoza, Debbie Barrett, Matthew Mitchell, Breezie Mitchell,
Patricia Alirez and Danny Brown.
Arrangements for Art Garcia are under the direction of the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home.