Gene Marquez, age 81, a resident of Belen, was welcomed into the arms of our Lord at his home Nov. 2, 2023, surrounded by his family after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Interment followed at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Gene was born on Sept. 20, 1942, to Eugenio and Jenny Marquez. He served in the Army National Guard for six years. Gene served as a police officer for Albuquerque Police Department until retirement in 1984. After retirement, he worked for Sandia Labs, where he was a general contractor and then continued with Social Security Administration as a security officer.
He enjoyed, above all, his family. Gene was a very quiet and humble man who lived a simple life, and loved working outdoors. He loved working out and staying fit, hunting and fishing, his old western movies, boxing the History Channel and cherry limeades.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Jenny Marquez; his sister, Eleanor (Norita) Marquez; in-laws, Manuel and Veronica Martinez; brothers-in-law, Louie Baca and Skip Burgett; nephews, Danny Marquez, Frankie Marquez and John Armijo; grandparents, Antonio and Eleanora Marquez, and Francisco and Josefita Marez.
Gene is survived by his wife, Martha, of 59 years; his sons, Gabriel (Liz) and Adam (Rita); grandchildren, Samantha Martin (Kevin) Allyson and Joshua Marquez, Daniel (Danielle) Chavira, Raquel (Gabe Regalado) Gallegos and Tessa Marquez; great-grandchildren, Danae and Danika Chavira, Cierra and Christopher Gallegos; many nieces and nephews and god children.
He is also survived by his siblings, Frank (Dolores) Marquez, Rosalie Burgett, Gloria (Ed) Kelly, Josie (Pasquale) Gallucci and Mary Belinda (Chris) Martinez; and his in-laws, Patty Baca, Bernice (Gerald) Gallegos and Amy (Ed) Arellano.
Pallbearers were Samantha Martin, Allyson Marquez, Joshua Marquez, Daniel Chavira, Raquel Gallegos, Tessa Marquez, Paul Romero and Ed Kelly. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Marquez, Pasquale Gallucci, Sol Dean and Emma Dean.
Please sign Gene’s online tribute at romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
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