Andrew James Garcia Sr. "Critter"

  Antonito resident Andrew James Garcia Sr. "Critter", 58, went home to be with the Lord on December 26, 2021 after he succumbed to COVID-19. He was welcomed into the world on December 5, 1963 in Ortiz, Colorado, the son of Stanley Garcia and Lucy Lucero. After graduating from Antonito High School in 1982,  he went on to meet and marry the love of his life LeeAnn Barela. They shared a loving union for almost 36 years until his passing. Critter was a kind and outgoing person who loved going for rides in the mountains, ranching and being with his children and grandchildren.  Critter also enjoyed roping and hunting. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, San Antonio Livestock Association, and was a first responder.

Survivors include his wife LeeAnn Garcia of Antonito, CO; daughter Ashley Garcia (Domonick Casillas) of Antonito, CO; son Andrew Garcia (Jessica Chavez)of Antonito, CO; grandchildren Aubrieanna Lopez, Issabella Garcia, Elijah Garcia, Noah Chavez, Rayden Casillas, Ezekiel Casillas, Eunice Casillas, Micaela Casillas, Goddaughter Laycee Maez, best friends Gerald Salazar, Michael Archuleta, his riding partner and side kick Lexie Maez; sisters Catherine Garcia of Antonito, CO; Rosemary (Alan) Avila of Sanford, CO. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Critter was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Lucy Garcia,  grandparents Bersabe Lucero, Jose Simon Lucero, Jesus Maria Garcia and Sofia Garcia and one grandson Nicholas Garcia.

Cremation was chosen and services will be held at a later date. To leave online condolences please visit The care of arrangements has been entrusted to Romero Funeral Home of Alamosa.


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