A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at St. Cather[auth] ine Catholic Church in Hagerman for Damasio M. Regalado.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at St. Catherine Catholic Church. Fr. Bryan Guerrine will officiate. Military graveside will be conducted by Local Veteran Honor Guard at Hagerman Cemetery immediately following the services.
Damasio will be lying in state in Hagerman from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Ballard Funeral Home. Damasio M. Regalado passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinsonâ€™s disease. He was surrounded by his loving family Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at his home in Hagerman. Damasio was born in Arabela, on July 23, 1927, to Jose and Francisca Marrujo Regalado.
He was raised in Arabela and moved to Dexter in his teens. He worked at Moore farms and he enlisted in the Army in 1945.
He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1947. During his lifetime, he worked on farms owned by Bill Jumper and Frank Rhodes. He retired in 1992 after 15 years providing maintenance service for the town of Hagerman. He was well respected and loved by the many who knew him.
He was a man of few words but was known by many as a person who was amicable, jovial at all times, quick to smile and loved his cake and ice cream. One of his favorites quips was â€œI love you more today than yesterday,â€ and he exited this world loved more today than yesterday. He would wake his children and grandchildren many times with the sound of his joyful harmonica. He never missed a birthday without playing that instrument loud and proud. It was then and is now, music to their ears.
He loved having family gatherings to hear the sound of happy laughter and joyful singing.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jose and Francisa Marrujo Regalado, siblings, Rosa Guevara, Lusilla Regalado, Lusillo Regalado, Sara Romero, Perecta Guevara, Tome Regalado, Julian Regalado and Oro Pajita Gonzales. He is survived by his loving and faithful wife, Eloisa Mendoza Regalado and children: Isabel Cobos, David Regalado and wife, Gail, Anita Salas and her husband, David, Damasio Regalado Jr., Archie Regalado and wife, Jean, Rebecca Onda, Arcilia Regalado, and Veronica Regalado and husband, Ernest Wannagat; and his siblings, Inez Romero, Juan Regalado and Isidro Regalado.
He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who he loved very much. Also surviving are grandchildren and great grandchildren: Loretta Easterling and husband Chuck, Floyd Cobos Jr., and wife, Melissa, Ivan Cobos and wife, Carmen, David R. Regalado Jr., and wife, Renata, Dawn Werner and Lindsay Werner, David Salas Jr., Jason Salas and wife, Claudia, Angela Sosa and husband, Felipe, Danielle Regalado and husband, Nate Palumbo, Cassandra Regalado, Crystal Regalado, Brittany Regalado, Andrea Regalado, Arturo Regalado, Jessica Woolsey and Joshua Onda, Victor Reveles, Caleb Cobos, Kirsten Cobos, Anna Marie Cobos, Alyssa Cobos, Ivan Cobos Jr., Gabriella Regalado, Andrew Regalado, Samantha Sosa, Elijah Sosa, Alaniz Salas, Austin Salas and Noah Woolsey. They will miss their Grandpa telling them to â€œkeep your cotton-picking hands out of there,â€ or â€œitâ€™s time for a man-to-man.â€ The message was always delivered with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. Never the stern disciplinarian, he was a Grandpa in every way imaginable.
He is greatly missed and will never be forgotten. His gentleness will live with us forever; he was a big Man with an even bigger heart.
The family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers, Frances, Rosa, Glenda and all the Vista Care staff. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballard funeralhome.com.