Baca, Arturo

Arturo Baca
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Mr. Arturo Baca, 81, of Portales, died Thursday, June 16, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

He was born on June 8, 1924, in Eaton, Colo., to Petrita and Joe Baca.

He grew up in Encino. In June 1943 he entered the Army and served in northern France during World War II. Toward the end of the war he was a guard patrolman for POW camps in Utah. After being released in 1946, he returned to his home in Encino. In 1949 he moved to the Floyd community where he was employed on local farms. He married Emma Salguero on Nov. 25, 1949, in Santa Rosa. He was trained to work with sheet metal and worked on construction projects in various locations. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church.

Family members said he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping in the mountains, and going to the casino in Ruidoso. He was a member of the VFW Post in Clovis, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Sheet Metal Worker’s Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Juan Baca; two sisters, Julia Bachicha and Socorro Tapia; and a daughter, Diana Rodriguez.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Albert Baca (and wife, Jennifer) of Portales; eight daughters, Bernadette Smedley (Dan), Teri Gonzales (Ernest), Juanita Bara, and Susie, Anatahlia, Petrita, Sylvia, and Agapita Baca, all of Portales; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ike and Nino Baca, both of Portales; and two sisters, Barbara Duarte and Nina Cordova, both of Portales.

A rosary is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.

Father Glen Jarmen will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Manuel Rodriguez, Gregory Smedley, Nicholas and Salvador Bara, David Duarte and Max Baca.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.