Paul Steven Silva


Paul Steven Silva

The Silva family is sad to announce the passing of Paul Steven Silva, of Belen. He died at age 55 on Oct. 1, 2022.

Paul passed away peacefully after a long battle with ALS.  Paul was born on Sept. 19, 1967, to Gilbert and Betty Silva in Kileen, Texas. After Paul graduated from Belen High School in 1985, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

He studied to be a surgical tech, and went on to work at Grants hospital. His life then took him to Tucson, Ariz., where he lived for many years. He then returned to New Mexico.

Throughout Paul’s life, he was an avid sports fan. He played men’s fastpitch softball and competed all over southern U.S. and Mexico. Paul also competed in several amateur MMA fights throughout New Mexico.

He loved the Dallas Cowboys and UNM Lobos. He didn’t hesitate to help coach anyone willing to learn. His humor and laughter was infectious. He made everyone he came in contact with laugh.

He had many loving friends who came to his aid in his last months and throughout his illness who the family would like to recognize their kindness and love they have shown Paul. God reveals himself in the most unlikely ways, and Paul’s friends are a testimony of this. We acknowledge what angels you were in Paul’s time of need.

Paul is preceded in death by his father, Gilbert H. Silva; and his brother, Andrew Rudy Silva.

He is survived by his mother, Betty J. Silva; three brothers, Gilbert Anthony Silva, George Silva and Greg Silva; two sisters, Sharon Salas and Monica Cosme; as well as his children, Valeri Silva, Aaron Silva, Paul Silva, Salvador Silva, Gilbert Silva and Sharon Silva.

Services for Paul will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, at Noblin Funeral Service, Belen Chapel. A public viewing for family and friends will be from 11-12 p.m., and a funeral service will follow from 12-1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ALS Association, an organization Paul felt strongly about.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

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