Memorial Services are scheduled for Saturday, August 19, at 11:30 a.m. at West Main Baptist Church for Gavin Soto of Artesia.
Mr. Soto, 20, passed away on August 13, 2017 in Artesia, N.M.
Keith Kilpatrick will officiate at the service. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Gavin was born on October 6, 1996 in Carlsbad, N.M.; the son of Jason J.Tavera and Monica J. Soto. He was raised by his sweet and loving grandparents Roberta C. Soto and Isreal Soto. He was loved by all his brothers, sisters, family and friends. Gavin had a big heart and loved unconditionally. He had an amazing smile that could brighten anyone's day.
Gavin loved skateboarding, art, music and making people laugh and smile. He was ONE OF A KIND.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Frances Tavera and an uncle Raul Soto, Jr.
Survivors include his grandparents Roberta and Isreal Soto; mother Monica Soto; father Jason Tavera and wife Andria; siblings Jason Tavera II, Loretta Tavera, Alexis Soto, Maribel Tavera, Marcos Tavera, Raul Angel Valencia, Joel Valencia, Mateo Tavera, Jonathan Soto and Mauricio Tavera; aunts and uncles Ruby Lozada, John Tavera, Micjey Munoz, Jeanette Silva (Tweety), Marie Soto Hanel and Olivia Soto Guthrie.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I love you brother always n forever god has an angel fly high
Alexis sotoArtesia, NM
My condolences to the family of my dear friend and I know far too well that words cannot express the void left by Gavin's presence
Megan MurilloArtesia, NM
My condolences to the family of my dear friend and I know far too well that words cannot express the void left by gavins
Megan MurilloArtesia, NM
I am so deeply sorry to hear about Gavin's passing. I enjoyed having him in First Grade. I can't believe he's gone. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Tears are running down my cheeks just thinking about him. Deepest sympathy for you.
Kathy TaylorArtesia, NM
Monica and family I'm so sorry for you're loss call me Monica 575 513 4438 love you lafy
My condolences to the family.
Elsa MunozArtesia, NM
Hi cousin Jason just wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss sending my condolences and prayers to you and the family
Estela RodriguezStockton, CA
I'm can't begin to express how sorry I am..I couldn't I'm gone the hurt you all are going through..I feel such sadness for all of you...we all are a part of each other we grew up together and we will remain to hurt together..I pray for God to heal the unbearable pain u will carry..I'll be praying for all of you...
Valerie GarciaCarlsbad, NM
So sorry for your lost. May God bless your family.
Erlinda BrisenoArtesia, NM
I'm sorry for your loss Monica and Roberta. I can not even imagine burying my son. Prayers sent to your family.
Selina DeLaRosaPhoenix, AZ
I'm sorry Jason, Andria & Monica for your loss. You all are in my prayers. I know how hard this is to having to bury your child, I have done this before, its suppose to be our children burying us, not us burying our children. He is no longer in this cruelty world, but it still hurts. May God Comfort you all with peace, joy, & understandings. You all are in many peoples prayers. God Bless you all
Lee and Angelina Delgado (Gina)Artesia, NM
Angelina (Gina)Artesia, NM
Teresa Graybeal-GinzalesPendleton, OR
I'm so sorry Jason,Monica and Andria Gavin was a good,kind-hearted guy He will be greatly missed! May the Lord wrap his comforting arms around you guys and may he give you strength to get through the coming days..R.I.P Gavin
Jason, I'm so sorry about your loss. I miss & love you Guy's.
William Perez (Uncle Willie)Carlsbad, NM
I sure am going to miss you little homie you always had a happy and very joyful personality and a great heart amor and fly with the angels.
Jeremiah PerezArtesia, NM
In loving memory of Gavin Soto.
My condolences go to the family of Gavin Soto his his father Jason and his mother Monica and to his loving grandparents Roberta Soto and Israel Soto. And to all of his family and friends.
I've may had only met you Gavin through your grandmother phone but the smile and the kindness will always hold in my heart as you go to The Stairway to Heaven. To meet our loving God may your heart be filled with joy and happiness and may you be free. As you are our Angel to watch all over your family and friends.
Gavin you may be gone but you are still here in our hearts and spirit and you will never be forgotten. I love you my great nephew.
Sophia SmithSpringfield, MO
Gavin,we miss you here on Earth,but only our Father knows why you were chosen! I hope to see you on the other side my nephew. Like I told you Tia loves you mijo!RIP sweetheart...
Olivia GuthrieHobbs, NM
So sorry for your lost, he had a kind heart and a way to make anyone smile no matter what that will be carried on by his friends and family.
Shelby ShearmanArtesia, NM
COUSIN SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE I SEND MY PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO U AND YOUR FAMILY MAY GOD WRAP HIS ARMS AROUND YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS TOUGH TIME LOVE U
Julie mendozaStockton, CA
Jason Andria and Monica I am so sorry, I am praying for all of you and the kids, The Lord is my shepard; He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou are with me, thy rod and thy staff comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever...
Susan and David WagesArtesia, NM
Still shocked just seen you the day before mijo, i know you new how much we cared and loved you mijo, may you R.I.P. and always know you hold a special place in our hearts mijo, my heart goes out to Roberta Soto. I know you did your best raiseing querido Gavin, if you need anything were here for you Mrs. Roberta god bless you y tu familia........
Gilbert and Veronica Chavez and familiaArtesia, NM
Kari dobbinsRoswell, NM
My condolences to the family and god bless.
I am so very sorry for your loss...gavin was such a sweet young man who will be greatly missed
Tammy douglasArtesia, NM
Im so so sorry ..my heart hurts for all the family..my condolences and prayers for all.
Patricia Heredia LosoyaArtesia, NM
My condolences are with the family during this difficult time. Roberta and Israel I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.
Velda VerdozaArtesia, NM
My condolences to Gavin family... He was an awesome guy..my love is with u all and PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY... MAY GOD COMFORTS YOU ALL DURING THIS HARD TIME.
Sylvia TorresArtesia, NM
My condolences to all of the family.... Hes a great kid and was a blast everytime he was around... Loved by many and will be missed by plenty love you all and pray for some comfort in this time...
Francisca leonArtesia, NM
My condolences to you and your family members, so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.
Norma MirandaArtesia, NM
Monica and Jason,
I am so sorry to hear about your sons' passing. May you all find comfort in knowing that he is with the Lord. At times like this, there's always the question of "why" or "if only", but no matter what, we need to remember and trust that only God knows the answers and there was nothing that could have been done different to prevent it. I'm there for you Monica if you need. Please give your parents my condolences.
Celeste Sosa MartinezArtesia, NM