Deacon Jerry G. Bustillos, 72 of Silver City passed away June 11, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.
Visitation for Deacon Jerry Bustillos will be from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Baca’s Funeral Chapels. The recitation of the Holy Rosary will follow at 7 pm led by Deacon Bill Holguin. The Funeral Liturgy will be at 9:00 am on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church with Father Oliver Obele officiating. Concluding service and burial will be at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Bustillos, Nathaniel Sherman, Joshua Abalos, Billy Dominguez, Paul Dominguez, and Eugene Bustillos
Deacon Jerry was born April 2, 1948 in Silver City to Elisario and Loretta Bustillos. A lifelong Silver City resident, he had served his country honorably during the Viet-Nam Conflict in the United States Marines. Upon his return he worked and retired from the Kennecott Copper and Phelps Dodge Mines after 32 years as a Mill Wright and repair mechanic where he was also a strong and confident union member. Jerry was a devoted catholic, helping at church fiestas, teaching religious education, playing his guitars and leading church choirs. He was ordained as a Deacon in 2003 and faithfully served his faith community at St. Vincent's. Jerry enjoyed visiting and talking with other veterans over coffee and was a color guard member with the Viet-Nam Veterans Chapter 358. He took joy in helping his kids learn about machinery and basic car repair, encouraging their love of music, and teaching them what he knew about life. After retirement he enjoyed a bit of travelling with his wife and working around the house. Jerry will be dearly missed by all the many people who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Virginia; two sons, Edwardo Bustillos and William Bustillos; daughter, Katrina Bustillos and her partner, Michael; two brothers, Michael Bustillos, and Tom Bustillos, many nieces, nephews, beloved family and friends. Deacon Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Elisario and Loretta Bustillos; a brother, Eddie Bustillos; and a sister, Dorothy Dominguez.
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