SMSgt Harry R. Sanchez (USAF Ret)
Harry R. Sanchez, age 79, beloved husband, father, son, and brother passed away January 19, 2024, in Albuquerque, NM. He was born May 4, 1944, in Los Chavez to the late Ambrose T. and Patsy Sanchez.
Harry attended the University of Albuquerque and earned an associate degree. While attending the University of Albuquerque Harry was instrumental in establishing the first fraternity.
He spent his formative years as a Military member of the 150th Fighter Wing (NMANG) as a Supply Technician, Personnelist, Recruiter, Retention Office Manager, Education and Training Manager and Unit Career Advisor. Harry’s experience in the NMANG taught him the value of discipline, teamwork, honor, and integrity in which he instilled in friends and family. He achieved the rank of SMSgt before his 31 years of service and retirement in 2000 to the United States Air Force. For his service, he earned, AF Meritorious Service Medal w/1 device, AF Commendation w/1 device, AF Achievement w/2 devices, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Serve Medal w/7 devices, AF Longevity Service Award w/6 devices, National Defense Service Medal w/1 device, Armed Force Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/2 devices, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/device.
Harry was an avid sports person and loved the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. You could find him reveling in the football game whenever a game took place. Harry was also a diehard fan of the Raiders and would defend them to the end.
Harry lent his time as a referee to many a Basketball games played around the city. He was a softball umpire for the men and women league at Bullhead parks and recreation. He also umpired for Alta Mont little league. He built a tough exterior but was very understanding, fair and respectable.
Harry had a love of power lifting; he was a member of Liberty gym for over 30 years and gained the nickname “The Hawk”.
Harry was loved by many friends and family members. He had a huge heart when it came to others, and it showed. You could always count on him for support night or day.
Harry is survived by his wife, Roxie Blatchford Sanchez, daughter Faith Sanchez, stepson Damon Cano, stepson Dustin Cano, sister Linda Armenta, and three grandchildren Angelo and Shawnna Esquibel and Audrey Paniagua.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ambrose T. Sanchez and Patsy (Padilla) Sanchez, daughter Charity Sanchez, and his twin brother Jerry Sanchez.
Pallbearers: Patrick Silva, Robert Medina, Francisco Sandoval, Luis Lopez, Rocky Valdez, and Jake Montano.
Because of the caring husband, father, brother, and grandfather he was, Harry will be sorely missed. But greater than the sorrow we feel now from his passing is the joy that he spread in life. His love, compassion, and the sweet memories of him are a blessing to us all and will continue to guide us throughout our lives.