Gilbert A. Sanchez

Gilbert A. Sanchez

Gilbert A. Sanchez, 82, a resident of Pueblo since 1980, was born to Raymond and Guadalupe Sanchez on July 3, 1930, and died December 5, 2012. He was predeceased by his parents and beloved wife, Jane Fugate. Survived by children, Valerie (Patrick Amaku) Sanchez , Plano, Texas, Mark A. Sanchez (Steve Perkins) of Beverly Hills, California, Ronald G. (Janis Bottai) Sanchez, Tucson, Arizona, Alan (Nicole) Sanchez, Tucson, Arizona; step-sons, Joseph (Danielle) Sieverling, Arlington, Virginia, David (Jennie) Sieverling, Arvada, Colorado; brothers-in-law, Brauch (Judy) Fugate, Lexington, Kentucky, Justus Fugate, Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren, Raymond Sanchez, Aubrianna Sanchez, Gabrielle Sanchez, Dylan Sanchez, Margaret and Patricia Amaku, Tiare Barrette, Taylor and Braucher Sieverling; brothers, Raymond (Mary Louise) Sanchez, Arturo (Mary Lou) Sanchez, Fernando (Socorro) Sanchez, all of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Mary Endrizzi, San Diego, California; aunt, Mercy Flores, Sequin, Texas; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and his Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center 'family'. Gilbert was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He attended St. Mary's University earning a Bachelors degree. He graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Master's degree in social work. Gilbert was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in the Korean conflict as a Medical Field Service medic. He was recognized as an authority in the Mental Health Field, particularly in developing and providing mental health care to the poor and minorities. He was one of the founders of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and Founder and Executive Director of La Frontera Mental Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. He assumed the position of Executive Director of Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center in 1980. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Spanish Peaks at the time of his demise. One of Gilbert's favorite verses was, 'I shall pass through this world but once. Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now and not defer it, for I shall never pass this was again.' Indicative of this belief, Gilbert served his community on many Board of Director committees and commissions, such as the Colorado State University Pueblo Foundation, St. Mary-Corwin Hospital Community Board of Directors, St. Mary-Corwin Healthcare Foundation, Wells Fargo Community Board of Directors, Pueblo Symphony Association, SyCare, LLC, SyCare Options Colorado Health Networks, KTSC-TV Advisory Board, EPIC (El Pueblo Interdevelopment Corporation), Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, Spanish Peaks Foundation for Mental Health, Honorary Board member, Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO), Pueblo Community Health Center Board of Directors, Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Latino Chamber Board President, Senior Citizen Resource Development and Coordinating Agency Board of Directors, and the Governor's Commission on Life and the Law. Gilbert loved life, and together with his wife, they visited many foreign countries. Music was a great part of his life and he enjoyed dancing, the performing arts, gardening, and above all else, his wife and family. He shall be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. At his request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 4 p.m. Dec. 16, 2012, in the theater at the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center. In lieu of flowers, he asked that memorial contributions be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice or Spanish Peaks Foundation for Mental Health through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My condolences to Gil’s family, he will be missed by many. Gil was a good friend, and I so appreciated his compassion for others, his clever sense of humor and quick wit, and his exquisite sense of style and manners.

  2. I knew Gil through my husband, Dennis Carter. He always inspired people by his example and dignity. He will be sorely missed by those who cared and loved him.

  3. Gil was a great man and was much loved by his family. We will always remember and be grateful for the wonderful loving care he gave his wife (my mother) during her long terminal illness. Gilbert truly defined pillar of the community as well and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

    Joseph Sieverling

  4. I was proud to have known Gilbert. Spending every Christmas with him and his family will remain in my heart for many years to come. He was a gift to every community he lived in. Rest in peace. Deborah Bottai

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Gilbert A. Sanchez, 82, a resident of Pueblo since 1980, was born to Raymond and Guadalupe Sanchez on July 3, 1930, and died December 5, 2012. He was predeceased by his parents and beloved wife, Jane Fugate. Survived by children, Valerie (Patrick Amaku) Sanchez , Plano, Texas, Mark A. Sanchez (Steve Perkins) of Beverly Hills, California, Ronald G. (Janis Bottai) Sanchez, Tucson, Arizona, Alan (Nicole) Sanchez, Tucson, Arizona; step-sons, Joseph (Danielle) Sieverling, Arlington, Virginia, David (Jennie) Sieverling, Arvada, Colorado; brothers-in-law, Brauch (Judy) Fugate, Lexington, Kentucky, Justus Fugate, Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren, Raymond Sanchez, Gabrielle Sanchez, Dylan Sanchez, Margaret and Patricia Amaku, Tiare Barrette, Taylor and Braucher Sieverling; brothers, Raymond (Mary Louise) Sanchez, Arturo (Mary Lou) Sanchez, Fernando (Socorro) Sanchez, all of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Mary Endrizzi, San Diego, California; aunt, Mercy Flores, Sequin, Texas; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and his Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center 'family'. Gilbert was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He attended St. Mary's University earning a Bachelors degree. He graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Master's degree in social work. Gilbert was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in the Korean conflict as a Medical Field Service medic. He was recognized as an authority in the Mental Health Field, particularly in developing and providing mental health care to the poor and minorities. He was one of the founders of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and Founder and Executive Director of La Frontera Mental Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. He assumed the position of Executive Director of Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center in 1980. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Spanish Peaks at the time of his demise. One of Gilbert's favorite verses was, 'I shall pass through this world but once. Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now and not defer it, for I shall never pass this was again.' Indicative of this belief, Gilbert served his community on many Board of Director committees and commissions, such as the Colorado State University Pueblo Foundation, St. Mary-Corwin Hospital Community Board of Directors, St. Mary-Corwin Healthcare Foundation, Wells Fargo Community Board of Directors, Pueblo Symphony Association, SyCare, LLC, SyCare Options Colorado Health Networks, KTSC-TV Advisory Board, EPIC (El Pueblo Interdevelopment Corporation), Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, Spanish Peaks Foundation for Mental Health, Honorary Board member, Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO), Pueblo Community Health Center Board of Directors, Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Latino Chamber Board President, Senior Citizen Resource Development and Coordinating Agency Board of Directors, and the Governor's Commission on Life and the Law. Gilbert loved life, and together with his wife, they visited many foreign countries. Music was a great part of his life and he enjoyed dancing, the performing arts, gardening, and above all else, his wife and family. He shall be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. At his request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 4 p.m. Dec. 16, 2012, in the theater at the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center. In lieu of flowers, he asked that memorial contributions be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice or Spanish Peaks Foundation for Mental Health through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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