Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 4th at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Proto Leyva, Jr. of Artesia, New Mexico.
Mr. Leyva, 79, died Sunday April 30, 2017 at his home.
Burial will follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews Kyle Leyva, Ryan Zapata, Josh Valenzuela, Noel Rodriguez, Rodney Rodriguez, and Matthew Sedillo. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A vigil service will be cited, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace. Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Proto was born January 27, 1938 in Alpine, Texas to Proto Leyva and Manuela (Levario) Leyva.
He served his country in the United States Navy and after his service he was a long time Artesia resident.
On January 13, 1962 he was married to Cecilia Orosco in Artesia.
Proto was an Operator at Navajo Refinery for 15 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and enjoyed volunteering with the Boy's Scouts and their Pine Wood Derby. He loved all sports and played men's softball and basketball until he became disabled. He also enjoyed coaching girls softball.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Cecilia of the family home; children Deannie Hernandez and husband Art of Artesia, Kathy Valenzuela and husband Javier of Artesia, Robert Leyva and wife Esperanza of Albuquerque, N.M., and Annalisa Zapata and husband Jerry of Odessa, Texas; sister Marie Gomez of Artesia; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Proto's family in this time of sorrow. We all will miss him very much. He will be up in heaven with the angels and now the Dallas Cowboys will have an Ace in the hole to get them to the Super Bowl. We will cherish his memory and certainly know that he is in a better place now. Make room in them clouds for the greatest Cowboy fan around..........How bout Dem COWBOYS.....!!!!
Oscar SosaArtesia, NM
I had the pleasure of working with Proto at the Navajo Refinery one summer. He had the nickname of "Rubber Belly" because he was always laughing and happy. Big smiles and a jovial nature came easy for him, and it was contagious among his coworkers. Fond memories of a good man! Sincere condolences to the entire family for your loss.
Greg WatsonRidgecrest, CA
I am so sorry for your great loss. May God Bless you all and give you peace and comfort.
My prayers are with you in love!
Misti (Ironmonger) McLurgAlamogordo, NM
To all my family, I express my deepest condolences on the passing of my Tio Proto. My prayers are with you all and God Bless you during this difficult time.
Your nephew Richard Orosco Ontiveros
Richard OntiverosDallas, TX
I'm so sorry for your loss. May he soar with the angels.
Sandy BakerBig Spring, TX
My thoughts and prayers going up for the family. He was an amazing Man.
Patty Loyd TalleyHouston, TX
Praying for God to embrace you with His love, peace and comfort.
Tommie DoportyArtesia, NM
To my Tio,
I am so sorry that we can't be there but we will be there in spirit. You have always held a special place in my heart and there is not one memory of my childhood in Artesia that does not have you in it. Thank you so much for teaching me how important the value of sports can play in a person's life. You taught me the game of chess which I still play to this day and always try to beat my opponents with your surgical 3 move play but it never works out quite as well as you did it. Thank you for being such a loving and caring Tio to me and all my family. I know you are smiling down on all of us right this moment waiting for you next chess match!!
I love you Tio,
Gabe and Amy RodriguezHoover, AL
My deepest condolences for your loss! I'm keeping you in my prayers, may the Lord hold you all in the coming days and months. God bless you all!!
Norma MirandaArtesia, NM