Julian Robert Garcia, 50, passed with peace and grace Sept. 20. Julian was born Jan. 13, 1965, in Albuquerque, and was a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. Julian was preceded in death by his grandmother, Laura Sollars; grandfather, George Silva; aunt, Jenny Devore and uncle, Russell Jones. He is survived by his parents, Benny and Emma Garcia of Torreon; God-daughter, Rachel Garcia-Sanders; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Nancy Silva, Patrick and Theresa Garcia and Louie Garcia; sisters and brother-in-law, Pam Gillette and Laura and Mark Garcia as well as numerous nieces and nephews. No services are scheduled at this time.
Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at [email protected]