Official Obituary of

James Sanchez

December 13, 1940 ~ November 6, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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James Sanchez Obituary

Joseph James Sanchez, 82 (age), passed away on November 6, 2023 in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was born on December 13, 1940 (birth date) in San Patricio, New Mexico (birth city and state) to Samuel (father's name) and Altagracia (Montoya mother's maiden name) Sanchez who preceded him in death.

James Sánchez, veteran educator and rancher crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to the Shining Mountains in the land of Ussen, November 6, 2023. A fourth generation resident of Lincoln County, James also taught and served in varying places and positions for 27 years including New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, to Ruidoso High School, and Portales Public Schools.  He served as Vice Chairman of the New Mexico State Board of Education (appointed by two Governors) as he saw many young folks through their difficult educational years as Counselor and Educator.  Additionally, he believed in public service and served on the Lincoln Historic Review Board and the Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Committee. He was a member of the Ruidoso Hospital Board for many years, as well as the US Soil and Water Conservation Board for the Upper Hondo District, and Farm Services Administration.  The latter two saw many smaller farmers and ranchers brought into the system under his watch so they, too, would be eligible for benefits that had primarily been granted to wealthy and larger ranchers and farmers.  James finished Officer’s Training School as a first lieutenant.  He was a member of the New Mexico National Guard and, and his patriotism was unquestionable.

He cared about the history of the Hispanics of Lincoln County and served as the Chairman of a group called GOLPE for four years that developed a plan for the continued preservation of the National Historic Landmark, historic Lincoln, New Mexico. This is where he and his wife, Lynda lived for almost fifty years.

His love of the out-of-doors, and his cattle, horses and dogs was evident in everything he did.  He always stated that “Tiene que decir a tus animales “Buenos Dias” (“One always has to tell your animals good morning” meaning that one must always show your animals that you respect them and by bidding them good day that you care about their well-being.)  He hated cruelty of any kind and saved many suffering or starving animals during his life including numerous calves that would have been lost if he had not kept up with his herd of cattle and their wanderings over their ranch.

Often known for his inspiring words at family and school gatherings or memorial masses, James’ speaking ability was appreciated and admired by so many.  This special gift allowed friends and relatives to be inspired and motivated.

James also enjoyed skiing and tennis, playing golf, and roping with his compadres.  He was a devoted son, father and husband.

He is survived by numerous cousins, and other family members living throughout the USA.

In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity or the Humane Society rescue programs in your area.


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