Praxedes "Prax" Alex Rivera, a lifetime resident of Los Ojos, NM passed away May 22, 2022 at the age of 83. He was born on March 2, 1939, graduated from Tierra Amarilla High School where he was active in FFA and would later use those skills throughout his life. He then went on to honorably serve in the US Army as a crewman for the Hawk Missile systems during the Cuban missile crisis. Prax was an employee of the NMDOT and retired after 25 years. He then went on to work for the Chama Valley Independent schools as a school bus driver. He transported kids to and from home, as well as multiple athletic events. Prax was well known for his ranching and farming skills. He was quick to share his knowledge or tell you how to do it. There were very few fields in the valley that had not been worked on by him at one time or another. Prax is survived by his wife of 51 years Patsy, daughter Jo Anne Mead of Belen, NM, sons Jerome (Jennifer), and Michael (Kathy) of Espanola, NM. Grandsons Dominic and Paul Rivera. Granddaughters Madison and Mackenzie Mead, and Kataleya and Maria Valentina Rivera. His siblings Leontina "Tina" Gallegos of Chama, NM, Joe Rivera and wife, Jill, of Jeffers, Minnesota and sister in-law Olivia Rivera of Albuquerque, NM. He is preceded in death by his parents Jeronimo and Maria Luisa Rivera, grandson Kaleb Rivera, sister Mary Louise Rivera, brother Jose "Jerry "Rivera, and brother in-law Felix (Cardo) Gallegos. Rosary services will be held on June 18, 2022 at 10:00 AM. Funeral mass to follow at San Jose Parish in Los Ojos, NM. Burial will follow at the Los Ojos Cemetery with the following serving as Pallbearers: Jerome Rivera, Michael Rivera, Dominic Rivera, Paul Rivera, and Melinda Gallegos. Honorary Pallbearers are his granddaughters. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblin.com.
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