Leo J. Pacheco
November 12, 1940  -  May 5, 2019

Leo J. Pacheco

Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, May 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Anthonys Catholic Church
502 S. 9th Street
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, May 10, 2019
10:00 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Friday, May 10, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church for Leo Joe Pacheco of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.

Fr. Francis Lazer will officiate at the services with burial to follow Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Duran, Lance Pacheco, Kellen Pacheco, Jimmy Wilkinson, Gabriel Grado, Gilbert Grado, and Eddie Trujillo

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary from Thursday, May 9 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Leo J. Pacheco, 78, of Ruidoso, NM went home to his Heavenly Father on Saturday, May 5, 2019.

He was born November 12, 1940 to Susie Pacheco in Glenco, NM.

Leo was preceeded in death by his mother and step-father Toby Barrera, two brothers, Mike and Elmo Barrera, and one sister, Virginia Lucero.

He is survived by his companion of many years, Mary Dankert, four children, Kathy Ambrose, Kenny and wife Barbara Pacheco, Artie Pacheco and Karen Pacheco. Six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Rachel Pacheco Samora and three brothers, Louie, Manny, and Danny Barrera. Leo spent his childhood in Artesia and Hope, NM and the remainder of his life in Ruidoso, NM.

Leo attended Artesia High School and received an associates degree from Oklahoma State University in hand made custom boots and saddles.

Leo married Norma Lanier in 1959.

He began riding match races at the age 17 in the Artesia, Carlsbad, Dexter, Hagerman and Roswell areas as he worked in the oil fields and on ranches before starting his professional riding career across the United States. Leo was involved in all aspects of the cowboy way of life including horse racing from breeding, training and owning horses of his own. Leo loved playing the guitar and attending church at the racetrack chapel. He was an Artesia business owner, dabbled in farming/ranching, driving a truck and worked in the oil field but LOVED HORSE RACING MORE THAN ANYTHING!


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  1. Esther Frazee and Family
    Artesia, NM

    Keep on riding horses in heaven. You will be missed . We will be praying for you and your family. See you later!

  2. Betty roberts .

    Prayers going out to all the family

  3. Tanya Mauldin
    Albuquerque, NM

    Kathy, Kenny and Artie, I remember Leo playing the guitar for us and making up silly songs about us. We had some crazy times living next door to each other. He did love horse racing more than anything. Keep the good memories close to your heart! Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way! Tanya and Claude

  4. Billie Jean Nibert
    Cleora, OK

  5. Leslie Barrera
    Cleveland, TN

    Thoughts & prayers to all as you lay your loved one to rest.
    He was always kind to me & I will always remember him.
    God knew he had suffered long enough & took all away. Love to all,may God give you strength through these hard times!!!! Leslie Barrera

  6. steven gutierrez & Family
    artesia, NM

    our condolences for your loss

  7. Harry and Sue Murdock and Tina parker
    Joaquin, TX

    We have such fond memories of leo and his family our thoughts and prayers for all .

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