BOULDER — Andrew Ernest Valdez Sr., born April 8, 1936 passed away peacefully on June 27, 2019 with his family surrounding him with love. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roman and Guadalupe (Rivera) Valdez, his sons, Gregory Gerard “Wardy” and Andy. He was also preceded by his brothers Roman and Anthony Valdez and many other loved family members. He is survived by Nellie Espinoza Valdez, his loving wife of 62 years, their son, David Valdez and wife Darlene and daughter, Mavi Gina Valdez-Apodaca and husband Joseph. In addition, their grandchildren, Andy Valdez III and wife Rory, Vicente Apodaca and wife Ruby, Alejandro Apodaca, Brianna Apodaca, Adrianna Valdez and Michael Valdez. Great-grandchildren, Jonnianne Valdez, Dominique Valdez, Noemi Cortez, Vicente Apodaca Jr. and Ariela Apodaca. All who truly adored him, loving him dearly and will cherish him always.
Andrew Valdez was born in Capulin. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961. He went on to college, attending Adam State and Regis University, before becoming a teacher with the Boulder Valley School District where he taught for 30 years. He was beloved by his students both young and old. Summers, he was employed with the State Department of Employment.
Andrew had a tremendous work ethic surpassed by none. He became very successful in business and real estate. He participated as a Eucharistic minister and sang with the church choir. He also served his community as a Reserve Police Officer. He enjoyed hunting and fishing early in life. You could always spark a conversation with him about any sport at any time and he would prove to be very knowledgeable. In fact, he could speak on just about any subject. In high school he even had the nickname “Sub”.
But what he cherished most of all was spending time with his “sweetheart” wife, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a great example to us all, eager to share his philosophy of life. He would remind us, with his “dichos”, his constant smile, positive attitude, kind and patient manner that we were all unique and very special to him. After a conversation with him you would be motivated to conquer the world. Andrew touched many souls and created lasting memories with everyone he met.
On July 6, family, friends, and others whose lives Andrew touched gathered to celebrate Andrew’s life at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, CO 80301. Visitation was from 9:30-10:30a.m., Rosary 10:30-11 a.m., Memorial Mass 11 a.m. to 12 noon and the reception followed.