Armando “AG” Garcia

Armando “AG” Garcia was born Jan. 12, 1946 in Albuquerque, N.M. to Prudencio “Pete” and Angelita Chavez Garcia. He passed away at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs on Feb. 1, 2014 at the age of 68. On June 27, 1979 he married Cheryl Beard in Aztec, N.M. and were blessed with two daughters, Toni and JaNell.

Armando grew up in Dolores, Colo. and graduated from Dolores High School in 1964. He went for basic training in Fort Leonardwood in Missouri, later to Fort Sill and Puerto Rico. He did 12 years with the National Guard. He was also a lifetime member of the Cortez Elks. For many years he was an active member of the American Legion, Cortez and Dolores. As a board member, commander, and Honor Guard, he was proud to wear the uniform with Ray Candelaria, Warren Waldorf, Ernie Stevens, and many others in the American Legion. He was also a Honorary member of the Honor Guard for the VFW in Mancos. Civil Air Patrol was also another way he helped the youth in the community and served God and Country.

He worked various jobs here and other states with Mesa Drillers, Nielsons, and the Bureau of Reclamation. He learned to love geology and has a collection to prove it. He later worked at Fairview Cemetery, taking care of the grounds and equipment and also Triple Six Storage for his friends.

He battled Kidney disease for 3½ years and got a new life in 2001 by a live donor Zada Leonard for an additional 12 years with family and friends.

Besides spending time with his wife and daughters, being a MCHS Band parent, he loved to go hunting with his friends, fishing and making knives. He enjoyed his life with all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl, daughter Antonia “Toni” of Denver, daughter JaNell of Durango, his brother Gabriel Garcia of Dolores, sister Julie (Charles) Quintana of Cortez, sister Mary (Gus) Montano of Canjillon, N.M., numerous nieces and nephews in New Mexico, California and Colorado, Cheryl’s family in Michigan, Washington D.C. and Indiana. His kidney sister Zada, his best friend Linley Leonard and all the friends he had made through the years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Pete and Angie, and many family and friends.

A donation account has been set up at Vectra Bank for expenses.

Cremation has taken place and a military service and celebration of life will be held on May 3. More details for this will be announced at a later date.