Anthony “ Tony” Lawerance Jaramillo, 82, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his loving family by his side, returned to his heavenly home on January 22, 2024. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him throughout his life. As a Pastor for over fifty years, Tony led many to the Lord and he was a faithful servant of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Tony is survived by his wife of 60 years, Phyllis (Green) Jaramillo. As the Pastor of Gethsemane Chapel, Pentecostal Holiness Church, Tony and Phyllis served side by side.
Tony was born March 15, 1941, in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Barbara (Sanchez) and Augustine Jaramillo. He was the youngest of three and their only son.
Tony was proceeded in death by his sisters, Isabella “Bella” and Theresa; son: Randy Jaramillo; sister-in-law: DeAnja E. (Green) McLain, husband: Ed Sr.; brother-in-law: Jasie “Bud” Green, and brother-in-law: Tyrone Green.
Tony is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Green) Jaramillo; brother-in-law: Herman Green, wife Fay; Many nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces, extended cousins, and in-laws.
Tony was raised in Albuquerque where he graduated from Valley High School in 1959. He was a loyal Viking from Valley Vikings to Minnesota Vikings.
While working as a produce clerk at a local grocery store, Mrs. Georgette Green (his mother-in-law to be) pointed out this handsome young man to her daughter, Phyllis Green. As they say, the rest is history. Once married to Phyllis in 1965, Tony began working with his father-in-law, Edward Green in the family business, Green’s Plumbing. Tony earned many professional certificates over the years, but his New Mexico Inspector License and his New Mexico Boiler Inspector License was a great accomplishment. Years later, Tony was hired by the University of New Mexico as a plumber. In 2012, Tony retired after 28 years as the Physical Plant Maintenance Supervisor. It is important to note that while Tony was employed full-time, he also was a Pastor full-time. Tony worked endlessly as the Sunday School Superintendent of the Great Plains Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. Pastor Tony attended numerous church conferences and traveled many miles doing the Lord’s work. He enjoyed singing and playing his guitar. Tony always loved music and his talent to sing with passion was very notable. It is unknown how many couples Pastor Tony married or how many funerals he officiated, but his legacy will continue. Pastor Tony had a profound impact and touched many of our lives, both spiritually and personally. Tony’s passion for sharing the gospel and uplifting the community was evident in every sermon he delivered.
Tony’s love and devotion to Our Lord deepened after a life changing experience. At the young age of 26, Tony was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors had given him six months to live. Tony was brought to the Lord, and he was healed by a miracle that the medical profession was never able to understand. His life was a living testimony to Our Lord.
Tony was devoted to his family and always put other’s needs before his own. He was a wonderful father to his son Randy. Tony enjoyed the little things in life, he was a jokester always pulling pranks, making you laugh and sharing his great sense of humor. He enjoyed family vacation and driving his RV across the United States. Road trips, barbeques, boating and family outings were just some of the outdoor activities that Tony enjoyed.
Over the years, Tony and Phyllis regularly attended football and basketball games at Valley High School, UNM Lobo games and of course, Hope Christian High School games. He attended many summer bible schools, church camps, football tailgate parties, pep rallies, high school proms, school graduations and golf tournaments. Tony had a kind heart for all animals, horses, mules, cats, and dogs. It would not be unusual for Tony to be sitting on the couch with a dog in his lap sharing a treat. Some of his most memorial dogs were Spot, Freddie, Brody, Lobo, Riley and Gidget
Tony lived his life not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away. This was the way Tony lived his life, pure, unselfish and devoted to his family, friends, church and his Lord.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Roadrunner Foodbank or NM Animal Humane Society