Amigo went to be with our Heavenly Father on April 9, 2023, Resurrection Sunday, peacefully in his home. Amigo was born in Tapacitas, New Mexico on September 29, 1933, to Bonifacio Garcia and Abedulia Valdez Garcia. Throughout his life he was best known by Amigo, Armando, Mando, Hernando, Herman and Garcia. Amigo served in the military as an Army Specialist 3rd Class. He left Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1961 from the US Army. After his time in the military, he moved back to Tierra Amarilla, NM and married Alejandrina (Rena) Flores. After their marriage they established residence and raised their family in Aztec, New Mexico, where Amigo passed away. Amigo had three sons, Stevan, Ed, and Bobby Garcia. He was an avid vaquero cowboy in his early life and loved the western lifestyle. He ran the Aztec Texaco for over thirty-six years. While running the Texaco he established many friendships and created many job opportunities for Aztec youth which progressed into permanent positions for some. After retiring from Texaco, he became a co-owner of Aztec Lube & Tube with his son Ed for twenty-four years. He was a highly respected businessman and staple of the community for over sixty-years. He was a padrino to all and had nicknames for everyone.
Amigo was preceded in death by his father Bonifacio Garcia, mother Abedulia Valdez Garcia, stepfather Desiderio Valdez, and sons Bobby and Ed Garcia.
He is survived by his wife Alejandrina “Rena” Garcia, son Stevan (Juanita) Garcia, grandchildren Pamala (Gavino) Martinez, Angela (Richie) Chavez, Bobby (Amanda) Garcia, Erika (Laramie) Hardin, Joseanjel Garcia, Alejandrina Garcia, Santos (Allecia) Garcia, and fourteen great grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Stevan Garcia, Bobby Garcia, Santos Garcia, Adrian Martinez, Gavino Martinez, Richie Chavez, and Louie Gutierrez. Honorary pallbearers are Pamala Martinez, Angela Garcia- Chavez; Erika, Laramie, Mariah, Makayla, Mason and Marissa Hardin; Joseanjel Garcia, Alejandrina Garcia, Aletris and Damaris Martinez, Dalila and Ricardo Chavez, Gabriel Garcia, Kemena and Catalena Garcia, Natalia and DJ Apodaca, Jerry Garcia, Raymond Baldonado, and Daniel Collins.
Amigo is in the care of Farmington Funeral Home. Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Aztec, New Mexico on Saturday April 22, 2023. The viewing will begin at 9:30 A.M followed by the rosary, mass at 11:00 AM, and burial at the Aztec Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alejandrina Garcia at the time of service to help pay for the funeral.
The family would like to thank Mary and all of the therapists, nurses, and staff at Guardian Home Health.
We will all miss his sense of humor.