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truchasnm (#47143330)
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Bio Photo My name is Antonio. Born in my father's hometown of El Paso, Texas. My childhood was mostly in my stepfather's hometown of Truchas, NM. Later moved back to Mom's hometown of Espaņola, NM where I eventually graduated High School and then left to the Air Force. I've done some traveling, but home is Home. I began actively researching my genealogy around 2001, although it was always an interest since childhood. I've researched other family genealogies too. I frequent cemeteries looking for data. I appreciate the connection felt from seeing the final resting places of family members and connecting others to the same experience. I've come across unidentified graves due to time and erosion. So, in addition to identifiable graves, I've tried to include damaged graves with the slightest of information. I hope anyone with additional information for these graves would please share that information and save these graves from becoming lost graves. It's my ambition to try and preserve the identities of all graves I come across. On memorials I manage, I try to research what I can to not only preserve their identity, but their legacy as well. I also attempt genealogical connections when available, particularly in my own community area.

I have lots of family and friends in the Espaņola Valley, therefore I am in a position to adequately manage and update their memorials per findagrave's "ultimate goal should be to have meaningful, accurate memorials that honor those who have passed away, regardless of who created the memorial or who maintains it." I know a few contributors are ambitious with their stats, and that's fine. Grave documentation provides a useful service and I don't see a conflict with transfer requests if it honors findagrave's ultimate goal. I hope that is considered when I make transfer requests for non-family members. Sometimes, it facilitates my ongoing research and reduces my follow up process. Some contributors are wise enough to understand this, Thank You. I enjoy the collaboration process and often share updates I come across. There is only one contributor that I have had an adverse encounter with, and that's one too many. Please work with me, so that I don't feel reluctant about working with you. I'm not a collector, I'm a researcher.

My copyright protected photos are free for viewing and private personal use, but not for dissemenating. Any competent attorney will confirm that they do not fall under "Public Domain". If there is a use for my photo, it is courteous to at least request permission before hijacking and plagerizing the photo. Depending on the project, I may be and have been accomadating. But I absolutely decline permission for paid membership sites like I don't believe in my photos being used to enhance other's profit potential. Thank you to all those who have extended me the courtesy of requesting permission.

I'm as fallable as the next person, so I do welcome any and all corrections and collaborations. I do endeavor to respect the wishes of survivors of the deceased. Basic communication generally resolves many issues. May all our lives be fulfilling before the grave finds us.
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Charles Bingham
Please re-add your photo the grave photo icon is not appearing.
Added by ShaneO on Jan 21, 2016 11:39 PM
Geraldine Gibbens Shafer 112010628
Hi. I requested photo request for this, but they reported that she is not listed at that location. Could you please double check it and get back with me?

thanks, take care, karen
Added by Mamma2 on Dec 19, 2015 8:40 AM
Michael Sandoval
RE: Reyes Padilla 126021615
Nice and green up here.....but....I sure miss the sunshine.

Have a Merry for 2015.

My father, Meliton Perea Sandoval, is buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Added by Michael Sandoval on Dec 12, 2015 11:34 AM
Michael Sandoval
RE: Reyes Padilla 126021615
Antonio - are you a Santa Fe guy? Hope you are getting a lot of snow.

I live in Oregon....lots of rain....non-stop.

Added by Michael Sandoval on Dec 11, 2015 12:27 PM
Michael Sandoval
RE: Reyes Padilla 126021615
It appears I was wrong.....not Benjamin Padilla's brother.

REYES RAMON PADILLA Cherished son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, died in the early morning hours of March 4, 2014, with his family at his side. He was 89. Born in Santa Fe on June 29, 1924, to Reyes and Clara Padilla, Reyes lived his entire life in the city, establishing himself as a strong family man, respected businessman and loyal friend. With Zenaida, his wife of 66 years, he lovingly raised five sons and one daughter, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was known as a kind, elegant and fun-loving man, an avid fisherman, and a proud World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. Reyes graduated from Santa Fe High School in May 1942. Two months later, he joined the Marines, serving until October 1945 as a Corporal in the 3rd Marine Division. He was assigned to the South Pacific, where he participated in campaigns at Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, on Guam, and on Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to Santa Fe, where he met and married Zenaida Lujan and launched a busy and varied professional life, including work for the U.S. Post Office, City of Santa Fe and in the insurance industry. From 1953 to 1957, he owned and operated Rey's Gulf Service, a gas station at the northeast corner of Washington Avenue and Marcy Street. In 1961, he was appointed New Mexico Motor Vehicle Commissioner by Gov. Edwin Mechem. Reyes was best known for his role in building the local real estate industry and for his extensive knowledge of residential and commercial properties and land holdings in Santa Fe and throughout New Mexico. Licensed as a Real Estate Broker in 1960, he established Reyes Padilla Realty and was active in the industry for nearly 50 years. He served in many leadership positions throughout his career, including appointments to the Santa Fe Planning Commission and New Mexico Real Estate Commission in 1967 and to the board of the National Association of Realtors in 1969. He was elected president of the Santa Fe Realtors Association in 1970, president of the Realtors Association of New Mexico in 1971, and vice president of the National Association of Realtors in 1974. In 1975, he was honored by his colleagues as New Mexico Realtor of the Year. Reyes also served on many Santa Fe civic boards, notably his more than 20 years as a member of the board of directors of Century Bank and its predecessors, Mutual Building and Loan and Century Federal. Reyes was a devoted son and brother who was preceded in his death by his parents, his brothers Abel and Rudy, and his sisters Mary and Pauline. He is survived by his wife, Zenaida; sons Steve, Ray and wife Marcia, Rick, Tommy and wife Kimberly, Carlos and wife Dale, and daughter Carmella and husband Luis Tapia. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Brittany and husband Shane Williams, Brian Padilla, Marissa Padilla, Alana Padilla, Reyes Padilla, Sarah and husband Randy Sparacio, Thomas Padilla and Mikaela Padilla, and two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Randy Sparacio. His brother Louis Padilla and wife Yolanda, sisters Gloria Salazar, Rosina Silva and daughter Carmen, Cecelia and husband Lorenzo Garcia, brother-in-law A.B. Martinez, and many other extended family members also survive him. A Visitation will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a rosary at 7 p.m., on Monday, March 10, at the Rosario Chapel at Rosario Cemetery. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, followed by internment ceremony at 2:15 p.m. at the National Cemetery and reception for family and friends to follow. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at:
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Added by Michael Sandoval on Dec 10, 2015 5:11 PM
Michael Sandoval
RE: Reyes Padilla 126021615
The Padillas were family friends. Bennie's son, David, dies a week ago in Santa Fe. He was a classmate at St. Michael's HS in Santa Fe.

I will get back to you on this.

Added by Michael Sandoval on Dec 10, 2015 12:03 PM
Armstrong History
Hi - I saw your note on the memorial and thought you'd like to know about the info I came across and posted about Lt Bahr while researching another Navy officer. It was such an interesting story and showed a great kindness after experiencing the difficulties of being a prisoner of war in Japan.
Added by Armstrong History on Nov 14, 2015 4:23 PM
so where you do come in, in all of this? lol

who is your dad and your grandparents?
Added by Elsa on Oct 22, 2015 3:51 PM
RE: Leonardo Beltran
Hi, I'm only related because of marriage. 2 of my aunts married 2 Beltran brothers. the Beltran father was Leonardo and the mom was Cleotilde Beltran.

Where was Victor born? I can't find his information.
Added by Elsa on Oct 21, 2015 11:14 AM
Leonardo Beltran

I was wondering if you are related to Leonardo Beltran? If you're not, I was wondering if you could give me rights to the memorial. He is part of my family tree.

memorial # 91965650

thank you,

Added by Elsa on Oct 20, 2015 3:29 PM
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