Sep. 15, 1948 Las Vegas San Miguel County New Mexico, USA
Nov. 13, 2012 Albuquerque Bernalillo County New Mexico, USA
Donald A. Sandoval, age 64, a resident of Ojo Caliente, and former longtime resident of Las Vegas, NM, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at the University of New Mexico Hospital with his brothers and special friend and companion at his side. Donald was born on September 15, 1948, to the late Wilfred A. and Filomena (Mena) Sandoval, in Las Vegas, NM. Donald worked for New Mexico Highlands University for many years until he began his own construction company, known as Desert Pine Construction. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Mena Sandoval and grandson, Jonathan Trujillo. Donald is survived by three children, daughters, Dawn Encinias and her husband, Michael of Rio Rancho, NM, Anita Sandoval of Las Vegas, NM, and son, Donald "Pepe" Sandoval and his wife, Karmen of Anton Chico, NM, grandchildren, Ricky, Kevin, Donovyn, Dyllan, Joshua, Mario, Leiah and Fabian, brothers, Wilfred Sandoval Jr. and his wife, Fran of Albuquerque, NM, Steve Sandoval and his wife, Laurie of Las Vegas, NM, William Sandoval and his wife, Valerie of Las Vegas, NM, special friend, Isabel Troncoso, nieces and nephews, Sarah, Christina, Skeeter, Jessica, Shannon, Steven, Jaime and Samantha, Uncle John, Aunt Alice, Aunt Soccoro, Aunt Caroline and numerous cousins. Donald worked in the construction business where he met many of his friends and acquaintances. Donald enjoyed involving himself with various forms of art work such as ceramics, jewelry making, building and collecting hot rod model cars. Donald also continued to rebuild and restore his 1941 Ford pickup and he spent numerous hours of enjoyment with his three pet dogs. Donald enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter before his health issues became a concern. Donald was a person with a heart of gold and personality to match. There was never a dull moment when in his presence and his sense of humor was second to none. A rosary will be recited at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Mass will follow at 9:00 a.m. Interment will take place following the mass at the San Jose Cemetery, Las Vegas, NM. Serving as Pallbearers will be Skeeter Sandoval, Steven Sandoval, Joseph "Salo" Gutierrez, Bob Roybal, Lawrence Sandoval and Tommy Baca.