Jesus A. “Jess” Garcia

 Jesus A. “Jess” Garcia, 96, of Laramie passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Hospice of Laramie on September 13, 2021. 

Jess was born on January 26, 1925, in San Luis, Colorado to Jesus and Sofia (Valdez) Garcia. On July 31, 1949, he was united in marriage to Martha Josephine Vigil in Costilla, Colorado. They celebrated 72 years of marriage in July.

Jess enjoyed his early retirement from a life dedicated to working on the Union Pacific Railroad. If there was a railroad nearby, Jess was off inspecting it.

Jess loved to garden and took great pride in his front yard. He could often be found watching his sprinklers that didn’t always work right. His ability to grow corn in Laramie was admired by many.

Jess attended St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church with his wife Martha and was a proud member of the Latin American Club. He loved going to the Eppson Center for Seniors and enjoyed going to watch T-ball games.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Rudy and Henry; and a brother-in-law Armando.

Jess is survived by his wife Martha; children Larry (Gayle), Marvin (Elena), and Debbie (Bob); sister Marcella; grandchildren Nicholle (Scott), Travis (Carrie), Ashlee (Benny), and Justin (Amber); as well as numerous great grandchildren, his beloved nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A rosary will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 24, 2021, at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church in Laramie. A memorial service will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2021, at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Laramie 1754 Centennial Drive, Laramie, WY 82070.

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Condolences (9)

  • James & Donna Gallegos& Family

    So Sorry to hear Uncle Jessie has passed, We would like to let you all know we send Our Deepest condolences, Our Blessing,Our Prayers, Our Love Aunt Martha, Larry,Gayle, Travis,Carrie& Justin,Amber&family, Marvin, Elena, Debbie,Bob Nicole, Scott&Family Ashley,Benny,&Family, all Grandkids& Great Grandkids

  • Rosana Sanchez

    To Martha and all your family: please accept my family’s condolences for your loss. Jess was a best friend to our dad and a supportive relative, whom we called “uncle.” May God Bless him and all your family. Rosana Sanchez and family

    • Noemi (Kita) Sauceda

      Auntie Martha my condolences to you and the family my uncle Jesse is with grandma Sophia and grandpa Jesse my dad Rudy my mother Gloria my uncle Henery he’s not alone love you all your niece Kita

  • George and Kathy Montez

    Our deepest condolences for the lost of your husband and father. Jess and Martha where real good friends to my parents. I got to know Jess a lot more when I started working for the Union Pacific R.R. and soon found out that Jess was well respected by management and his co-workers. He will be missed by all who new him. Rest In Peace Jess.

  • Elena Romero

    I am so sorry to hear of Jesse's passing. It is hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were all a special part of a well lived life. You are all in my prayers. Elena Romero

  • Sam & Bonnie Chavez

    Dear Martha, Debbie and your families. Please accept our condolences on the passing of Jess. Sincerely, Sam & Bonnie Chavez

  • Christine M Hysong

    TO MY TIA Martha and the whole family our hearts go out to the whole Family , My Deepest Sympathy ,My Tio was the kinds man and loved everyone . He will be missed [Christine Valencia- Hysong & Justin Hysong , Dana Hyson] love you all.

  • Rosemary Martinez

    Condolences to all of Jesse's family, sorry to hear of his passing. We have been long time family friends, and know he will be deeply missed. prayers and love to all!! Secundino Martinez Jr and Rosemary Martinez

  • Randy Shipman

    Larry, Gayle and the Garcia families: Sympathy to all of you. I recall your Dad was my first boss on the UP mainline at Laramie in the late 1960s, where he taught me, by example, how to be a good "gandy dancer" no matter how many spike maul handles I broke across the rail and the necessity of watching and learning from others. Just thought you would like to know that he made an impact on my younger life when I first came to Laramie at a time when it came down to choosing a straight and narrow path or not.


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