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Luis Silva

Luis T. Silva

June 29th, 1923 - February 24th, 2019
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LUIS T. SILVA
6/29/1923 – 2/24/2019
SERVED HIS COUNTRY. SERVED HIS FAMILY. SERVED HIS GOD
Luis T. Silva drew his last difficult breath on this Earth and his first breath in Heaven in
the early morning of February 24, 2019. Our Family lost our Hero but we take comfort in
knowing that His Faith in Jesus Christ, that he demonstrated with every deed, has now
been rewarded when he heard those words;”Well Done thou good and faithful servant: You
have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: Enter into the
joy of the Lord”. (Matthew 25:21)
Luis was born in his beloved Belen, New Mexico on June 29, 1923 to Gregorio and Eutimia
Silva, who preceded him in death. He was the last surviving member of his immediate
Family of twelve siblings; Salvador, Maria, Justiniano, Julianna, Piedad, Juan, Samuel,
Graviel, Elifas, Adeline, and Henry.
He was welcomed at the Gate by the cheerful smile of his loving Daughter Louise Silva and
the memorable handshake of his Son (in law) Billy Marez who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his Wife and Life Partner of 68 years, Audelita (Billie). She cared for his
needs right up to his final moments by always making sure that he ate and that he was
always warm in his bed! His Daughter Lora Marez who has endured the heartbreak of
losing both her Husband and her Father in this most difficult week, His Son Steve Silva
and wife Angela, and His Son Scotty Silva and Wife Carrie.
The Legacy of a great Man is in his Family as he was survived by twelve Grandchildren;
Shawn (Tricia) Marez, Liana (Mike) Nasci, Jolene (Tony) Fantauzzi, Billie (Everett) Padilla,
Genelle Gallegos, Joshua (Adriana) Gallegos, Jeremiah (Marie) Gallegos, Jessica Silva,
David (Robin) Silva, Theresa (Daniel) Schmitz, Andrea Silva, and Thomas Silva.
He was also survived by 29 Great-grandchildren and 7 Great-great Grandchildren with a
few more on the way!
Luis T. Silva skipped his high school graduation at Belen High School to enter the service of
his Country and served in the European Theatre of Operation in World War II as a Combat
Engineer with the 922nd Engineers Aviation Regiment. The defining moment of his life came
in the early morning of June 6, 1944 when just 3 weeks before his 21st birthday he became
part of a landing force that would change the course of World History. This single moment
shaped his life and future as it did for each and every one of us! He was a proud US Army
Veteran and spoke with great clarity about the details of his service in World War II to
anyone that would take the time to listen. The United States has lost a true hero who loved
his country and his Flag and willingly sacrificed to serve both.
Luis loved his Family and recently stated that his biggest blessing was having the “greatest
Family in the World!” There was not a gentler person that you will ever meet and very few
who can say that they never had a single enemy. He only spoke positive things about
people and refused to engage in gossip or bashing of others. He greeted you with warmth
and listened AND remembered everything that you shared with him. At 95 years of age, he
had a vivid and active memory that most of us would love to have at our age now. He was a
devoted Husband and an example of unconditional love. His children were perfect in his
eyes and he provided us with a great sense of security and love. He sacrificed everything for
us and never asked for anything in return. His Grandchildren and even Great
Grandchildren were the truest joy of his heart and he loved sharing “War stories”, showing
them how to make adobe, putting them to work, or just spending time with them! His
Family was the only thing that ever really mattered to him and he is missed by them more
than he could have ever known.
His Faith in Christ was real and it totally changed his life. It was never expressed by his
mouth but rather it was lived in every part of his life! His faith, like everything else in his
life, was consistent and unwavering. He prayed faithfully, read his large-print Bible, and
attended church weekly. His love was the closest to the love of Christ – unconditional! If
God’s promise is true that; “the meek shall inherit the Earth” (Matthew 5:5), than Luis truly
inherited much in this life and the next!
A Memorial Service will be held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande (Belen) on Friday, March 15,
2019 at 3:00 pm. Interment will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Monday, March
18 at 2:15 pm. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at Noblin
Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 w. Reinken Ave., (505) 864-4448.
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  • Visitation

    March 15th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    When
    March 15th, 2019 3:00pm
    Location
    Calvary Chapel of the Rio Grande Valley
    Address
    19381 Highway 85
    Belen, NM 87002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    March 15th, 2019 | 3:30pm
    When
    March 15th, 2019 3:30pm
    Location
    Calvary Chapel of the Rio Grande Valley
    Address
    19381 Highway 85
    Belen, NM 87002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    March 18th, 2019 | 2:15pm
    When
    March 18th, 2019 2:15pm
    Location
    Santa Fe National Cemetery
    Address
    501 N Guadalupe St
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Maria

Posted at 05:09pm
Dear Bellie, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to contact you. I wanted to send you a card, but we don't have your address and I couldn't find it. We are so sorry for your loss of Luis. We remember him as a kind, caring and helpful person. We remember how he helped our mom and dad with so many projects. He took his time...he never rushed and made sure everything was done right. We remember him and you being very good friends with our parents. They thought the world of both of you. I'm sorry we weren't able to attend his services. David was able to attend, but Lydia, Leo and I just couldn't make it. Please extend our sincere sympathies to the rest of your family. You've all been in our hearts and prayers. Our deepest condolences to Laura for the loss of her husband as well, and to you for the loss of your son-in-law. Our family is keeping you in prayer during this very sad and most difficult time. You were a great source of comfort to our family when we lost mom and dad, and we will never forget that. May God bless you. With love and prayers, Maria & Leo and Lydia, David and family
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Posted at 12:16am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Posted at 10:15pm
Dear Silva Family, Luis was one of the sweetest nicest human beings ever. My condolences go out to all of you. God Bless You All especially my precious Lora. Peace of Christ be with you all. Love you , Frances and Davy.
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Ray and Wendy Nieto

Posted at 11:01am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Jacob, Pampa and Kyle
Pampa telling the boys war stories