Mr. Edward D. Garcia, 75, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at his residence in Portales.
He was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Littlefield, Texas, to Ramoncita and Pablo Garcia.
He grew up in Encino where he attended school and from an early age helped care for his grandparents. He was married to Katie Larranaga in August 1948 in Encino and soon went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad. He also farmed and later worked as a cement finisher until his health began to fail.
Family members said he enjoyed keeping a nice yard and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Pablita Garcia.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Paul Garcia (and wife Angelita) of Santa Maria, Calif., Jerry Garcia of Portales and Lawrence Garcia (Linda) of Albuquerque; a daughter, Connie Wilson of Portales; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a brother, Antonio Garcia of Vaughn; a half-sister, Domie Rackler of Roswell; and a son-in-law, Alfonso Gomez of Portales.
Father Tobin Hitt will officiate services.
Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.
Burial will take place in Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Alfonso Gomez, Adam Gomez, Lawrence Garcia. Anthony Garcia, Chris Garcia and Israel Garcia.
Honorary pallbearers will be family members and friends.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.