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October 26, 1962 ~ November 25, 2023 (age 61) 61 Years Old
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Tommy James Castillo of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest on November 25, 2023. He was born on October 26, 1962, to Carmen Sedillos and Angel Castillo in Silver City. He was the baby of the family, the youngest of twelve siblings.
Tommy was a family man. He was a dedicated and loving father. He loved being there for his kids for all of their activities, school events, and graduations. He loved being at home and spending quality time with his family. He had a special sense of humor, never failing to make us laugh with all his dad jokes that were so uniquely him. Nothing was more exciting for him than becoming a grandpa for the first time when Azzy was born. Tommy put his heart and soul into being the best grandpa for all his grandkids. He was always there rooting them on, just like he did with his kids. For many of his children’s friends, Tommy was a father figure. He was someone they could count on.
If you knew Tommy, you knew he was a devoted Cowboys fan. He was well known by many in the community, for being a great athlete and a coach. From his early years up until his time at Silver High, he was a star player in baseball, football, and basketball. Tommy coached his own kids and many kids in the community over the years, especially in softball, baseball, and football. He loved sharing his passion for the game with them, and he made sure every player on his team left learning all they could. Tommy loved cooking. He worked as the head cook at El Grito Head Start for many years as well as at Jalisco’s, the Drifter, and Denny’s, among other places.
Tommy is survived by his children Alyssa Licht (Don), Thomas Castillo (Dillon), Selina Castillo (Andrew), and Vincent Castillo (Monica), his grandchildren Azriel, Andrew, Richard, Nathaniel, Henley, Don, Dionisio, Bjorn, Bo, and Kaylei, the mother of his children, Pauline Vasquez, his siblings Carlos Castillo, Mike Castillo (Bertha), Ruben Castillo, Isabel Quinones (Luis), Fernando Castillo, Florence Hall (Robert), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents Carmen and Angel Castillo, his brothers Pascual, Richard, and Angel Castillo, his sisters Carmen Castillo-Strosser and Mary Castillo.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary led by Deacon Bill Holguin will take place at nine o’clock in the morning on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at Baca’s Funeral Chapel in Silver City. The Memorial Mass will begin at ten-thirty at St. Francis Newman Center in Silver City. The Rite of Committal and Inurnment will follow at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Silver City. Father Batholomew Ezenwelem will officiate.
Honorary pallbearers are Ramon “Monchi” Morales, Edward Vasquez, Jim Rivera, Rocky Diaz Sr., Jerry Dominguez Sr., Juan Estrada, Ruth Vasquez, Cathy Diaz, Erica Estrada, Dominic Dominguez, Maggie Rodriguez, Amy Castanon, and Nick Huerta.