Edward Paul (Ed) Garcia, of Roswell, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2012, in Roswell. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 21, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Road, with the Rev. Sean Lee officiating. Edward will be cremated according to his wishes. His cremains will be buried at a later date in Lovington Cemetery. Edward will be lying in repose at Ballard Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, until 7 p.m., on Saturday, May 19, 2012, and Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 12 to 2 p.m.
Ed was born July 21, 1941, in Albuquerque, to Sabino and Roberta Trujillo Garcia. He was one of seven siblings and is survived by three sisters, Gloria Gamberale, Emily Gonzales and Katy Salinas, all of Albuquerque. He was predeceased by three sisters, Dola Gonzales, Deanna Jaramillo and Dora Vergo.
Ed graduated from Albuquerque High School and later attended junior college in California. In 1960, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of corporal. Ed was a sea-going Marine and traveled domestically and internationally aboard U.S. Navy ships.
Ed was proud of his service to his country and often spoke of his time in foreign ports. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, and had a son, Scott Luckey. Ed married Lucy Suarez in San Diego, and had three sons, Anthony Garcia, Edward “Teddy” Garcia and Reuben Garcia, all of California.
Ed returned to New Mexico, and in 1989 met former Secretary of State Shirley Hooper. In August 1990, they married in Hobbs. They also lived in Lovington and in Santa Fe for many years. In 2010, Ed and Shirley moved to Roswell. Ed was a member of Grace Community Church of Roswell, and was to be trained for one of their ministries.
Ed was a lifelong learner. As a young man, his father taught him to be a master painter and he used those skills throughout his life. After his Marine Corps service, for many years he worked at the Southern Pacific Telephone Co. and was a minister to young military servicemen in San Diego. After returning to New Mexico, he went into sales and worked as a representative for Mobile Medical & Safety, which later became Cintas.
In 2002, he became a master hypnotist as well as a clinical hypnotherapist. During many New Mexico Legislature sessions, he worked for the Senate Security office. After retirement, Ed became a part-time representative for ACN, putting people in touch by videophone. He thoroughly enjoyed home entertainment systems, computers, and other electronics and was especially talented at computer and other repairs, and enjoyed doing repair work for his family and friends.
Ed will be terribly missed by all. He was a loving and supporting husband who was devoted to his family. He offered assistance, inspiration and encouragement to people he met, especially the less fortunate and the young people, to always pursue their dreams. Realizing that education, love and inspiration were keys to young people’s successes, his dream was to be financially successful enough to build and operate a facility for young people to go for inspiration and fellowship. He was a kind and gentle soul whose generosity will not be forgotten.
Ed is survived by his beloved wife Shirley Hooper-Garcia, of Roswell; his sons, Scott Luckey, of Post Falls, Idaho, Anthony Garcia and his wife Karen, and their three children Anthony, Trevor and Nicholas, of Temecula, Calif., Ted Garcia, of Chula Vista, Calif., and Reuben Garcia and his wife Andrea, and their three children, Jessica, Parker and Joseph, of Canyon Country, Calif.; his stepsons, John Hooper, of Santa Fe, and Greg Hooper and his wife Jennifer, and their two children, Zachary and Taylor, of Chandler, Ariz. He also leaves numerous loving cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Road, Roswell, NM 88201, or the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.