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Gilbert Anaya

Gilbert Richard Anaya Sr.

March 10th, 1951 - September 26th, 2020
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Gilbert Richard Anaya, Sr. went up to sing with the angels, passing peacefully on September 26, 2020 with his loving family by his side. Gilbert was born to Maria (Gonzales) and Felipe Anaya, Sr. on March 10, 1951. Gilbert was an all around sports buff and was a faithful fan of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Boston Cetltics and, of course, the Socorro Warriors. His main passion, however, was people. His family truly believes that he invented the concept of “never met a stranger.” He befriended anyone with whom he came into contact and would never forget them.
To most, he was known as Uncle Gilbert, to many he was coach, but to all, he was a sincere friend with a good, loving heart. A lifelong resident of Socorro, NM, Gilbert loved serving his community; whether coaching kids in basketball, refereeing basketball or volleyball games, running down the sidelines with the chain gang of the Warrior Football Stadium, dancing during halftime on the Warrior basketball court, looking to hit par on the golf course, or being the best second baseman on the diamond. You may have heard him on karaoke nights, singing to the oldies, or at family functions, always singing and dancing; he sure was the life of the party. He was always so happy and had a contagious smile and was truly one of a kind. Gilbert loved hard; most of all, he loved his family. Familia unidas para siempre is what he taught his children and grandchildren; always respect your elders, be good, kind and helpful to everyone. Gilbert was a member of the Socorro Warrior Booster Club for many years, a member of the San Miguel Church Choir; member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He retired after 27 years as an Instrumentation Photo Tech from EMRTC/NM Tech. He then went on to become a greeter at Wal-Mart, something that he loved and at which he was awesome; deciding to retire after 7 years to play golf, visit friends and spend time with his family.
Gilbert is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Priscilla Anaya; daughter, Renee Giron and husband, Omar; son, Gilbert Richard Anaya, Jr. and wife, Samantha; mother-in-law, Betty Sarate; sisters, Annie Anaya and Debbie Paul and husband, Charles; brothers, Narcy Anaya and Leroy Anaya and wife, Frances; sisters-in-law, Yvonne Anaya, Elsie Anaya, Rosalie Anaya, Bernadette Montoya and husband, Anthony and Flora Sarate; brothers-in-law, Tommy Sarate and wife, Stephanie and Carlos Vega; grandchildren, Oscar (Marina) Contreras, Andrew (Blanca) Contreras, Michael Lee (Samantha) Contreras, Daniel (Anastasia) Giron, Jason Anaya, Marcus Ruiz, Angel (Shamry) Giron, Joseph (Adriana) Giron, Jesse (Melanie) Giron and Cassandra (Damian) Castillo; 15 great-grandchildren and so many nieces and nephews, which he loved so very much.
Gilbert is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Felipe “P.T.”, Paul, Luis and Valentin Anaya; sister, Lucarla Vega and father-in-law, Stanley Sarate.
All services will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the San Miguel Catholic Church, beginning with a rosary at 9:30 AM, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 AM. Gilbert’s final resting place will be at the Familia Sagrada Cemetery in Lemitar. Pallbearers will be Oscar, Andrew and Michael Contreras, Daniel Giron, Jason Anaya and Marcus Ruiz. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Montoya, Tommy Sarate, Leroy Anaya and Joseph, Jesse and Angel Giron.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave. (505) 864-4448. An online guest register is available at

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  • Rosary Service

    October 3rd, 2020 | 9:30am
    October 3rd, 2020 9:30am
    San Miguel Catholic Church
    403 El Camino Real
    Socorro, NM 87801
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  • Service

    October 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    October 3rd, 2020 10:00am
    San Miguel Catholic Church
    403 El Camino Real
    Socorro, NM 87801
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  • Interment

    Lemitar Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Lemitar, NM 87823
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Marj and George Austin

Posted at 10:19am
Oh, Priscilla, I'm so sorry. So many back to the days at Allen's (about 1976, I figure) and up to loving to see Gilbert at WalMart! You all are i our thoughts and prayers.

Jerry and Deborah Wheeler

Posted at 01:46am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this challenging time and our condolence to Priscilla and the family for your loss! May God be with you today and the days ahead and I pray he will give strength when needed!

Ted Saavedra

Posted at 09:05pm
Gibert my friend, Heaven must of got boring so God took you to perk it up! It wasn't a party or a mantanza till you got there my friend. We will miss you!

Ted and Terri Saavedra

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Zabrina Montoya

Posted at 03:41pm
Our Deepest Condolences sent to the entire family of Gilbert May he rest in peace and my the lord comfort the family at this time.

Zabrina, Takayla & Viola Montoya

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