Baca's Funeral Chapels
300 East Boutz
Las Cruces, NM 88005


Rodolfo H. Valenzuela

May 9, 1955 - April 6, 2014

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RUDOLFO “RUDY” H. VALENZUELA, age 58 lifelong resident of Las Cruces entered eternal life Sunday, April 6, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 9, 1955 to Carmen and Guadalupe Hernandez Valenzuela. For 34 years, Rudy was the Director of Plant Operations at University Terrace Good Samaritan Village. He loved the great outdoors and everything it had to offer, such as camping, hiking and exploring his surroundings. An avid fisherman and hunter of both small and big game, he always took the time to share his knowledge with several of the younger family members of the correct and safe ways of enjoying these hobbies. Rudy was a big Dallas Cowboys fan, a jack of all trades who also loved to cook and grill for everyone to enjoy, shot a mean game of pool and was just an all-around wonderful man who did so much for so many, yet never asked or expected anything in return. He was very kind hearted, compassionate, reliable, protective, and a very hardworking, dedicated man. Rudy had a great love for music; was an accomplished bass guitar player with many local bands including Sama and Mixx Bands, to name a few.
On September 8, 1979 Rudy married Rosalie Chavez; together they raised a family and made a house into a home in their 34 years of marriage. Rudy was highly respected by all who knew him, always leaving a smile wherever he went. As an honest and sincere provider, Rudy was a great husband father, grandfather, and uncle not to mention mentor and role model to so many. Without a doubt, it will be a difficult task to fill the shoes of such a good man who was the very solid rock and foundation that held the family together when no one else could or would. He was greatly loved and will be missed but never forgotten, as he keeps a watchful eye on us all from above.
Survivors include his loving wife, Rosalie Valenzuela of the family home; three sons, Rudy Mangum of Albuquerque, Antonio Valenzuela and Javier Valenzuela; two daughters, Jessica Arellano and Valerie Chavez; three brothers, Raul Valenzuela (Vickie), Alfredo Valenzuela (Natalie), all of Las Cruces and Miguel Alba (Liz) of El Paso, Texas; two sisters, Blanca Valenzuela (Andres) and Bertha Montoya (Mike), as well as his maternal grandmother, Angelita Hernandez all also of Las Cruces. Other survivors include 17 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Genevieve Lucero, brothers, Carmen “Junie” Valenzuela and Arturo “Tudy” Valenzuela, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and nephews.
Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 10 AM Friday, April 11, 2014 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 S. Espina with the Funeral Mass scheduled to begin immediately thereafter. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W. Picacho where he will be laid to rest.
Serving as casket bearers will be Matthew Valenzuela, Michael Lucero, Sam Montoya, Jr., Michael Sedillo, Michael Rodriguez and Andres Toro.
Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Road, Las Cruces 527-2222.