Joe Sillas, 60, of Monte Vista, Carlsbad, New Mexico, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Carlsbad Medical Center.
He was born August 29, 1951 in Carlsbad to Jose V. and Leonor Gallegos Sillas.
He played Cavemen basketball from 1968 to 1970 when he graduated. Joe served his country in the US Army from 1971 to 1973.
He had a passion for playing bingo and enjoyed watching his team, the Boston Celtics.
Joe served as past commander of the American Legion Post #7.
He thoroughly loved his grandchildren and took every opportunity to spend time with them.
Survivors include his wife, Elvira “Vera” Sillas of Carlsbad; four children, Joe Sillas and wife Bianca of Artesia, New Mexico, and Barbara Sillas, Jeromy Sillas and Jessica, Jerry Sillas and wife Jeannie, all of Carlsbad; eight grandchildren, Javyn, Isabel, J.J., Abigail, Josh, Thaliya, Aubrey, Jonahas; six siblings, Yolanda Muñoz and husband Ben of Carlsbad; Jimmy Sillas and wife Marie of Carlsbad, MaryAnn Monje and husband Manuel of Greeley, Colorado, Lucy Tucker of Alpine, Betty Quiroz and husband Poncho of Presidio, Danny Uriquidez and wife Patricia of Fort Davis; also 26 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Johnny Sillas, and sisters Frances Sillas, Linda Grado and Delma Sillas.
Cremation has taken place and per Joe’s request, and there was no public service.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, and condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.
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