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Robert "Bob" L. Santistevan

February 4, 1921-December 8, 2017


February 2, 2018


Robert "Bob" L. Santistevan

February 4, 1921-December 8, 2017

The Pearly Gates have opened and welcomed home our beloved Father, Grandad, Nappy, and GG, ROBERT "BOB" L. SANTISTEVAN, age 96, on December 8, 2017.  He was a man of strong faith and belief always remembering to include the animals in his prayers.  "Bob" as he was fondly known to his family and friends was a great outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and riding horses.  He saw the value of education and dedicated many years of his life to teaching. Bob was part of the "Greatest Generation" and bravely fought for his country during World War II and the Korean War.     

Born February 4, 1921 in Santa Fe, NM to Floyd Santistevan and Daphne Reddick.  Bob was the eldest of many brothers and sisters.  He grew up working the farm and learned from an early age the value of hard work.  At the age of 17 he joined the last mounted cavalry in New Mexico.  Bob graduated from high school in Taos in 1939.  Following high school he attended what would become Highlands University until he enlisted in the United States Army in January 1942.  He almost didn't make the cut because he was too skinny, but with the help of some friends, lots of bananas and water he made it!

He went on to honorably serve his country in the European Theater during World War II as a member of the Battery D 495th Triple A Gun Battalion, 90 mm from which he was honorably discharged.  He was called back to active duty in 1950 as a member of the 726th AAA Gun Battalion during the Korean War.  Again, he was honorably discharged.  

In May 1944 he married the love of his life, Leota Hughes and were blessed with their daughter Jeannie a few years later.  During this time, Bob, continued his education and earned a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Education Administration and Supervision.  He moved his family to Aztec, NM where Bob and Leota were school teachers.  He taught 6th grade for 26 years. After his beloved Leota's death in 1981, Bob retired and went back to his childhood love of farming.  He grew alfalfa, the most beautiful peonies, vegetables, and fruits which he would make into homemade wine.  Never one to sit still, Bob, decided he would start competitive trail riding in his late 70's and continued until his mid-80's.  He and his horse won numerous awards.  Bob also represented Aztec in the Senior Olympics winning gold medals in numerous events.  

He moved to Las Cruces at the age of 87 to be closer to his family and decided to become a pecan farmer.  

He will forever be remembered for his BS breakfasts - the greatest hangover cure of all times. His love of animals, his devotion to his family, and his love of a good shot of rum. But most of all he leaves a legacy of strength, faith, and love.

His family requests that you shed no tears, but rather celebrate the long and fulfilling life of GG and have a nip of rum.  Salud y pesetas y dinero para las prietas.  

A memorial services will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10 AM at St. Albert the Great Newman Center, 2615 S. Solano Drive with Reverend Alex Ureña officiating. Inurnment of Cremains will follow at Masonic Cemetery, 760 S. Compress Drive. Military honors will be accorded by a New Mexico National Guard Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League – El Perro Diablo Detachment.

Entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences log on to http://www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com


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