Frank A. Jimenez Jr., 63, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.
Frank was a devoted loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son-in-law, uncle and friend to many people and he will be greatly missed. Frank’s greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his family. He loved fishing, watching golf and football, having family get-togethers, having dart tournaments, but above all spoiling his grandchildren. He was the heart and soul of his family, and the person everyone came to for guidance, comfort, support and most of all love. He was a kind and gentle man who would do anything to care for his family and make sure they were happy. Our fondest memories with our Dad are hanging out and swimming at the Pecos River, fish frys, 3-wheeling, camping, playing darts and horseshoes, fishing, and all of our family holidays spent together.
On Aug. 15, 1949, Frank was born to Frank Sr. and Prestinia Jimenez, in Roswell. He attended St. John’s Catholic School and was an altar boy for the church. On June 9, 1969, he married the love of his life Elvira, shortly before his deployment to serve his country in the Navy. They spent the next 40 years together. During this time they had four children, and in 1981 chose to call Dexter their home. Frank started his profession as a meat cutter shortly after his service in the Navy. He worked in this profession for 20-plus years. In the late 1980s he started on a new venture and became employed at Christmas by Krebs as a paint room supervisor, where he worked for 20-plus more years until his retirement in 2010.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Elvira Jimenez; and his parents Frank A. Jimenez Sr. and Prestinia Richardson Jimenez.
Frank is survived by his daughters, Nancy Colby and husband Chris, of Dexter, Monica Weusi and husband Akram, of Harker Heights, Texas, and Rebecca Ginanni and husband Clifford, of Lubbock; his son Frank A. Jimenez III and wife Champagne, of Hobbs; his grandchildren, David, Briana, Jonathon, Christopher “Spike,” Haley, Emily, Erin, Anisah, Fidencio and Angelo; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Abselin and Maria Lucero, of Roswell; sisters-in-law, Lupe Mendoza, of Roswell, and Cecilia Gomez and husband Tommy, of Dexter; his brothers, Balois Richardson, Gilbert Richardson, Bartolo Jimenez and Ernest Jimenez; sisters, JoAnn Sanchez, Cecilia Sanchez and Rosemary Smith; and many loved nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.
The family would like to thank Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, the physicians and staff, with special thanks to Dr. Asif Muhammad, and the nursing staff, Rosa, Jose and Alberto for the caring and compassion for our father during his stay.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2013, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home, with Deacon Ernesto Martinez officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Roswell Veterans Honor Guard.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online registry book at andersonbethany.com.
Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.
I Am Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I am following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I, too, will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full; I savored much.
Good friends, good times,
a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now; He set me free.