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George Tapia

George G. Tapia

October 21st, 1942 - February 21st, 2019
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1942-2019
George (Shadow) G. Tapia, Born October 21, 1942, in Ilfeld, NM, San Miguel county, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Los Lunas, NM. George was one of a kind. His exuberance for life and living was unmatched and always evident in that brilliant smile. George joined the Army Guard in January of 1960 when he was just 17 years old and left the Army guard in January of 1965. George later joined the Air National Guard in July of 1981 until he retired in December of 1996. George was very proud to serve our Country and loved the opportunity to travel. He was able to take a trip to Europe in 2005 and often spoke of it as a “trip of a lifetime” George was a man of great faith. He never knew a stranger, all who met George came away with the feeling they had just met an old friend. He enjoyed fishing and had great patience waiting for “the big one”. After suffering from a prolonged illness for over 12 ½ years, he was called Home. George’s love and trust in our Lord never wavered. He was truly an inspiration for those who knew him. George is preceded in death by his father, Ramon Tapia and mother, Vidalia Tapia (Aragon); his son, Jessie Tapia; sister, Annie Hernandez; brothers Danny R Tapia and Johnny Tapia. He is survived by his longtime companion and Corazon, Darlene Taylor; son, Guy Tapia, and daughter, Terry Enriquez; Granddaughters, Angel Enriquez, Crystal Enriquez and Diamond Enriquez; one great granddaughter, Alexa (daughter of Crystal and Mario Torrez); sisters, Toni Lopez and Leon, of Los Lunas NM and Pauline Davis of AZ; brothers, Raymond Tapia and Maryann of Albuquerque, NM, and Lloyd Tapia and Joyce of Los Lunas, NM. Pallbearers are Leon Lopez, Leonard Lopez, Rey Encee, Raymond Tapia, Cruz Enriquez and Mario Torrez. All services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church, 244 Luna Avenue, Los Lunas, NM, on Monday, March 4, 2019. A viewing will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Internment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448.
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  • Visitation

    March 4th, 2019 | 8:30am
    When
    March 4th, 2019 8:30am
    Location
    San Clemente Catholic Church
    Address
    244 Luna Ave NE
    Los Lunas, NM 87031
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  • Service

    March 4th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    March 4th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    San Clemente Catholic Church
    Address
    244 Luna Ave NE
    Los Lunas, NM 87031
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  • Interment

    March 4th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    When
    March 4th, 2019 3:00pm
    Location
    Santa Fe National Cemetery
    Address
    501 N Guadalupe St
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
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NATALIE TAYLOR

Posted at 01:35am
In the blink of an eye, tragedy struck George, the massive stroke. Most would have never survived.. he did. He wasn't allowed to try and drink or eat for several weeks afterwards. Someone brought Holy water to him in the hospital, and the bottle was left on the stand by the bed.. when I visited him, the empty bottle fell over.. I said.. George.. what happened did you put the Holy water on you..he shook his head no.. did you spill it?.. he again shook his head no.. well George.. did you drink it.. he sheepishly nodded yes.. it was a funny moment in such a serious time..
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NATALIE TAYLOR

Posted at 01:26am
George loved football. As it turned out we both were Washington Redskin fans. Oh how we cheered for our team during the games.. me, upset when they lost.. He, just glad to be able to watch them on TV.. never giving up hope for the big score until the last second timed out.. "you never know in football, Corezon" he would say.. "they just might win".
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NATALIE TAYLOR

Posted at 01:23am
George loved serving in the Air National Guard. My first memories of him were his handsome smile in his uniform stopping by the East Gym at Kirtland AFB after drill. I remember his stories of traveling to Honduras, Panama and Jamaica. He and I traveled as well, to California, Arizona, Texas and even as far East as WV. We did manage a trip to Europe, England, France, Switzerland and Italy. We made an album of photos from that trip.. even after he had a stroke he was very proud to show anyone who came by, the pictures of a life time.
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Alan, Tammy & Sarah

Posted at 10:47pm
George brought wonderful memories to our lives. We will never forget him! May your heart & soul find peace. Love you & wish we could be there for you
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Donna Zdunek

Posted at 07:17pm
My prayers and thoughts go to my dear friend Darlene and to George's family.
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