Richard P. Ybarra, 84, a native of Silver City NM earned his angel wings on April 23rd, 2021 at his daughter’s home. During his final days he was surrounded by the care and company of his family.
Richard, known to many as Dickie was born on November 25th, 1936 in Silver City, New Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Natalia L. Ybarra also a native of Silver City. One sister, Ann Swearengin and her husband John Swearengin. Three children, a son and two daughters, Richard L. Ybarra and his wife Teresa E. Ybarra, Teresa L. Ybarra and her husband Grover Ferrell and Mary Ybarra and her fiancé Pat Flores. Seven grandchildren, Michael A. Ybarra, Benny Y. Munoz, Victoria Ybarra, Dennis Munoz, Josh Ybarra, Candice Garcia and Marcus Flores. Eleven great grandchildren, Luis C. Jurado, Michael Ybarra Jr., Nicholas Munoz, Brenden Ybarra, Alonzo Ybarra, Breanna Ybarra, Letricia Ybarra, Erika Ybarra, Alice J. Ybarra, Corbin Ybarra, and Lorenzo Garcia. He was a father figure to several nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pasqual B. Ybarra and Frances Ybarra; two brothers, Albert Ybarra, Freddie Ybarra and one sister Lucy Fox.
He had a long career in the copper, gold, silver, zinc, and uranium Mining Industries, both underground and surface mining for several companies as a laborer and heavy equipment operator. He started his mining career at a zinc mine in Picher Oklahoma. He also worked at the U. V. copper mine in Vanadium, New Mexico; the uranium mines in Grants, New Mexico; Banner copper mine near Lordsburg, New Mexico and retired from the Phelps Dodge/Freeport copper mine near Silver City New Mexico as a highly skilled crane operator used to unload and assemble haul trucks and other heavy equipment core to the mining operation.
He was a strong family man and held many titles, Husband, Brother, Son, Uncle, Nephew, Dad, Daddy, Big Grampa, Coach, Camp Cook and The Man. He was an excellent deer and elk hunter, enjoyed camping, fishing, watching baseball, football, and basketball. He was a master canasta player, shot pool like a shark, a ringer at horseshoes and held a poker face that could not be decoded.
Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 1 to 1:30pm at St. Francis Newman Center in Silver City. The Prayer Vigil and Rosary will follow at 1:30pm and the Funeral Mass will be at 2pm. Concluding Services and burial will follow at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Michael A. Ybarra, Victoria Ybarra, Dennis Munoz, Josh Ybarra, Brenden Ybarra, Alonzo Ybarra, Michael Ybarra Jr. and Candice Garcia. Remaining grand and great grandchildren are serving as honorary Pallbearers.
His family loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed.
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