Reynaldo P. Sanchez, a native of Pagosa Springs, passed away on Dec. 31, 2009. He was born in Altura (Cat Creek), Colo., on Aug. 21, 1938, to Ruben and Marina Sanchez.
He joined the United States Navy in 1956, where he spent most of duty on the USS Walton, with several tours to Vietnam. After 10 years of service, he was honorably discharged from the Navy and married his lifelong love, Lupe Sanchez, and on June 30, 2009, they celebrated their 40th anniversary. Reynaldo is now seated in death with two of his children, Roland Sanchez and Anthony Valdez, and survived by his son, Ruben Sanchez, daughter Brenda Pacheco, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.