Celestino Sandoval, 1920-2010, former Vail Valley resident
Vail, CO Colorado
Celestino Sandoval passed away in Grants, N.M. on Tuesday surrounded by his family. Celestino was born on May 30, 1920 to Francisco and Candelaria Sandoval and raised in Truchas, N.M.
In the early years of Celestino’s life he joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3221 and was also a member of the American Legion in Truchas Post 0089.
He worked for the New Jersey Zinc Mining Company in Gilman and made his home with his family in Red Cliff, Colorado.
He later retired, moved to El Llano, N.M. for many years, and later moved to Grants. He loved fishing, hunting, cutting wood and listening to New Mexico-style music with family and friends. He enjoyed riding his four-wheeler to the Truchas Peaks, trying his luck at the casinos, going on road trips, and playing checkers with grandkids and friends.
Celestino Sandoval is survived by Elizaida Sandoval; his sons Gilbert (Joyce) and Tino (Judy), of Leadville, Jose Emiterio (Beverly), of Gallup, N.M., Richard (Jane), of Fruita, Colo., and Alex (Lindy), of Los Luceros, N.M.; daughters Lucille (Ben) Abila, of Canon City, Colo., and Lillian (George) Vigil, of Grants; 17 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.
Celestino was the last descendant and the youngest of the union of Francisco and Candelaria Sandoval, also referred to as Mi Sandoval and Mi Fernandez. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Amanda; and brothers Urban, Israel, Marcial, Jose, a nephew, Serapio, who was raised with the family as a brother, and Damian, whom he also considered a brother.
Memorial and funeral services are being held in New Mexico.