Albuquerque City Councilor, District 1, Ken Sánchez, age 63, life-long resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
Ken is survived by his daughter, Jaclyn Sánchez-Zamora and her husband, Juaquin Zamora, his son, Christian Arias Sánchez and his brother, Steven Arias, his fiancée, Cynthia Martínez and her daughter, Ashley, his sister, Linda Sánchez and her husband, John Miaris, his brother, Gilbert Sánchez Jr. and his wife, Morayma, his grandchildren, Natalie Zamora and Kenneth Zamora, his niece, Tamara Sánchez, his nephews, Jonathan Sánchez, Gilbert Sánchez III and John Michael Sánchez, his aunts, Bea García and family and Cecil Ford and family, his uncles, Orlando Sánchez and his wife, Dellie and family, Lorenzo Sánchez and family, Willie García and his wife, Tina and family; his fiancée’s parents, Matias and Connie Martínez and family, as well as many cousins and dear friends.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Frances Sánchez.
Ken was a graduate of West Mesa High School, Class of ‘74. Ken was the proud operator of Ken’s Photography and proud owner and operator of Gilbert Sánchez Income Tax and Accounting Service.
Ken began his political career as Bernalillo County Commissioner from 1996 until 2002, and has served as Albuquerque City Councilor, with the help of his Policy Analyst, Elaine Romero, from 2005-present.
A visitation will be on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna Road NW, with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. by Patricia Muñiz-Roberts. Final visitation will be Monday, January 6, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Kiva Auditorium, 401 2nd St. NW, with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Entombment will follow services at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Juaquin Zamora, Jonathan Sánchez, John Miaris, John Michael Sánchez, Steven Arias, James Blea and Mark Blea. Honorary Pallbearers will be Kenneth Zamora, Gilbert Sánchez III, Zachary Martínez, Marvin Martínez, Matt Martínez, State Rep G. Andrés Romero, Mathias Martφnez-Zamora and all of his close friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ken’s name to the New Mexico Lions Diabetes Awareness Program (Betty A. Miller) 46 Imnaha Road, Tijeras, NM 87059 (505) 321-4403 or Guardians of the Children Rio Grande Chapter (Ernest Cuaron) (505)615-0675.
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