Francisco L. Saiz, 75, a resident of Las Vegas, NM passed away on Wednesday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Teodoro and Anna Maria Saiz; sisters and brothers: Jennie and husband Secundino Gallegos, Connie and Richard Catanach, Marian Tafoya and husband Jose, Luis, Ted, and Nash Saiz, a sister Peggy Saiz, and an infant brother, Francisco Estevan Saiz, an infant sister, Alicia Saiz and an infant godson, Jose Francisco Padilla Jr.
He is survived by his son, Francisco Saiz, Jr., of Las Vegas, NM, three daughters: Franchesca , Mariana, and Savannah Saiz all of Las Vegas, NM; two sisters: Bennie Saiz of Hawaii and Claudine Sosa of El Paso, TX and a sister raised by him, Dolores Padilla; a granddaughter, Abrina Trujillo (Kevin); nephews: Joe Frank (Rosalba), William, Pete, Fermin Vallejos, Eric Padilla, and Danny Tafoya; nieces: Erica, Krystal, and Michelle Padilla and other nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Clara (Joseph) Trujillo.
He was born in Las Vegas, NM on June 9, 1944. He was honorably discharged from the
Army on May 26, 1972 in Ft. Rucker, Alabama and was a helicopter repairman with the 141st MP Company. He graduated for New Mexico Highlands University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1980. He was a life member and post commander of the DAV and VFW. He was an avid fisherman, mechanic, gardener, loved to watch boxing and enjoyed coloring and working crossword puzzles. His favorite sports team was the New England Patriots.
Cremation has already taken place and services will be held from the Immaculate Conception Church with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
The interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with the following serving as honorary urn bearers: Danny Tafoya, William Salazar, Pete Salazar, Fermin Vallejos, Brandon Padilla. The Vietnam Veterans will perform the military honors. The family prefers memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1 S Nevada Ave. Suite #205, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Wounded Warrior Project
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