A ga[auth] thering of friends will be on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel, at 3 p.m. for Jorge Alfonso Valenzuela, 71, of Roswell, who passed away on Friday, May 10, 2013, due to a long fight with Lewy’s Body Disease. Jorge was cremated per his request. Jorge was born on Nov. 26, 1941, to Fred and Minnie Valenzuela (both deceased) of Carlsbad.
Mr. Valenzuela dedicated his life to his family, his love of education and sharing his knowledge of piano, music and entertainment, soccer coaching, playing and refereeing, mathematics, linguistics and teaching. After moving from Denver, Mr. Valenzuela took on the family-owned business, the Carlsbad Tortilla Factory of Carlsbad. Jorge was active in his hometown’s community and fervently supported many youth and adult clubs and organizations by sharing his talents and teaching abilities. He was also a co-founder of the Carlsbad Youth Soccer Association along with his wife Carol.
Jorge’s achievements included degrees, travels, licensures, certifications and being a business owner, all with a loving and supportive wife and children. After Carlsbad, Jorge moved on to continue with his education and teaching in Las Cruces and El Paso, Texas. Eventually, Jorge taught in Roswell at Goddard High School. While there, other than playing piano for community events, he was the trumpet player for the Goddard High Jazz Band, taught trumpet for S.O.Y. Mariachi and played French horn with the Roswell Community Band. After retirement, Mr. Valenzuela found another opportunity to bring happiness and joy — as a therapy dog handler.
Jorge encouraged a sense of accomplishment with his family, friends, mentors and students; always with a sense of humor. Blessed with so many gifts and talents, Jorge will probably be most remembered for the way we all felt when we spent time with him — always inspiring happiness, love, joy and laughter. He is survived by Carol, his wife of 49 years; his children, Frederick and his wife Brenda of Carlsbad, Ricardo of Roswell, Chochi and his wife Kelly of Seattle and Cassandra and her husband Frank of Huntsville, Ala.; his brothers and sisters, Ricardo, Sylvia, Frieda, Javier and Marcella (deceased) and also eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to make donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.