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Paul Baca

Baca, Casper

December 12th, 1956 - October 5th, 2019
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Professional Stock Contractor and Local Cowboy LEGEND, CASPER BACA, unexpectedly passed away at his home, on the morning of October 5, 2019 in Peralta, NM. Casper was born on December 12, 1956 in Grants, NM to Pete and Loyola Baca. From a very humble beginning like many other Cowboys who follow the rodeo trail, Casper Baca grew up competing in Rodeos, Riding Bulls and Team Roping; Casper was 1 of 8 Bullriders from the United States invited to compete at Rodeo Royal in Calgary Canada. He was also the 1st ever stock contractor to compete at the NMRA finals in Bullriding and TeamRoping. While Casper was riding Bulls and TeamRoping he was also helping his father manage his rodeo business the Baca Brother’s Rodeo Company from 1975 to 1986. Baca Bros rodeo was vital in the creation of the New Mexico Rodeo Association, Baca Bros was the first stock contracting company and Casper became the first bullriding director of the new association, accomplishments that are for the most part unknown but cherished by Casper. In 1986 Casper felt it was time to start his own business. Since the humble beginnings the Casper Baca Rodeo Company has grown to be one of the Finest World Class Rodeo Companies. “from the sands of San Fidel to the lights of Las Vegas”. Casper Baca lived a life filled with hard work, dedication, family, artistry, chivalry, and virtue and left an impact on those around him for eternity. Heaven is truly the HOME OF THE CHAMPIONS now. Casper is preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Loyola Baca and nephew, Dustin Baca. He is survived by his 3 children, Christy Aragon and husband, Andrew, CJ Baca, Charm Edwards and husband, Tanner; their mother, Cheryl; 8 grandchildren, Malyka, Zaryah, Clay, Jayce, Brody, Esteban, Tayte, and Oudy; sister, Sarah Cordova and husband, Julian; brothers, Joey Baca and wife, Barbara, Larry Baca and wife, Angela; nieces and nephews, Joshua, Jeremy, Twila, Derrick, Desiree and numerous great nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held at the Valencia County Sheriff Posse Arena Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Sheriff Posse Café. A rosary will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Peralta. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992 where an online guest register is available at
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  • Rosary Service

    October 19th, 2019 | 10:00am
    October 19th, 2019 10:00am
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Peralta
    3674 NM-47
    Peralta, NM 87042
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  • Service

    October 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    October 20th, 2019 1:00pm
    Valencia County Sheriff Posse Arena
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Felicite Joe

Posted at 04:41am
Making that phone call this morning to our Uncle Larry Baca was the hardest thing I had to do. Yes it was confirmed, our sweet uncle Casper Baca has gone on his spiritual journey. I know my Daddy "Hardy Joe" greeted his little adopted brother at the gates of heaven with my Daddy's quirky saying he alway greeted Casper with "Hey Flicky Dang-Dang let's ride out to the big rodeo in heaven". Rest in peace Casper we love you and everytime we pass Mount Taylor we will remember your words you spoke at our Dad's eulogy, you said "Only the Good Die Young". My heart is broken and hurting as I envision the image of Hardy Joe and Casper riding off into the distance.

My dad knew Casper Baca from working at Kerr McGee Section 19. My dad was there a couple of years before Casper. Dad use to tease Casper about being green and taught him about the mines. Their friendship grew. My dad is the artist of the Casper Baca rodeo logo. My dad use to draw the rodeo posters at the beginning of the rodeo business. Hardy Joe use to travel and help out as a rodeo hand. My dad even named our youngest sister Melissa Cheryl Joe after Casper's wife, Cheryl. Losing a parent is hard but you must forge ahead for your family. Our prayers go out to his kids, grandchildren, his siblings and family. With love and respect Robert Hardy Joe Sr family in Birdsprings, Arizona .

Felicite Joe

Posted at 04:26am
I spent Oct 2 at home with my kids in order to connect with family. I haven’t dreamt of my late father in years, but a week before this anniversary I had a dream of the days immediately after his death and it was difficult to relive that pain. Memories of his funeral and etc. one memory I had was of his friends that memorialized and eulogized him on this day. It was beautiful the power of the friendships my father and mother created, most still exist in forms of extended family. They were more like family, sadly then our blood family.

They showed interest and compassion in my family, and they helped us through this difficult time. On the day of his service although we were way out on the Navajo Reservation they showed up, holding pivotal positions of esteem in his services. They embraced his mom, and no matter what kept my siblings and my mom the focus.

Throughout the years one specific person stayed in contact. he had a financial interest in Taylor’s basketball career and held a beacon of hope for my siblings to look forward to every time we passed through Grants.

sadly, yesterday day this heroic figure passed away. Leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. My father drew his iconic symbol for his business. Memories of hanging out on his ranch, catching up at rodeos, and just being near him on the day of my fathers funeral flooded our memories and came out in full tears. Then enter all the odd coincidences my fathers services were on Oct 5.

My family is sending prayers because we know all to well how painful the loss of a father can be. RIP Casper -Felicita Joe in Birdsprings Arizona

Tiffany Ward

Posted at 04:04am
Casper Baca, my family and I appreciate your generosity and are greatful for the wonderful memories you allowed us to have. I always looked forward to seeing you at the rodeos in Mescalero, NM. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, my friend! 🙏📿

Johnny Yates

Posted at 12:57pm
There's not enough room on FB to talk about all the memories I have of Cap that started at the San Fidel arena. Casper loved his bucking bulls and thanks to George Fitzgerald, I was introduced to the sport of high school rodeo.
Caspers high energy and sharp wit was synonymous in the art of covering a bucking bull for 8 seconds. Cap did everything he could but ride for me, as he did the same for all who knew him and climbed aboard one of the Baca Bros string. Once I got L6 covered I was addicted to the adrenaline. I lasted a short while in the open amature rodeo circuit but a broke leg at the first NARC show in Kingman AZ 1976. That slowed me down enough to get married and have kids.
I tried it again 14 years later and Cap entered me up in the novice section, asked where I had been and he knew what level my skills were at, helping me out again by putting me on a young one that I would have a chance to cover. This was the 100 head series in Belen. A couple of perfs later I blew a knee out and that was the last time I saw Cap close to 30 years ago.

I saw the FB post from Cap a few weeks ago about the building extravaganza scheduled for end of November in Farmington NM. Like always Cap responded and said he would like to see me there. You're a good friend and I will remember you, until we meet again. Like Joe Bob said, say hello to George, Charlie and Lamar hello for us. May the love shown you by all who know you comfort your family and friends, Amen

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