Michael John Valdez

May 25,1983---May 05,2020

Valdez, Michael John, our beloved son, brother, nephew, uncle, and friend. Michael John Valdez, USMC Corporal, completed earth’s journey and entered paradise Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the tender age of thirty-six.

Michael was born and raised in the Albuquerque North Valley. He was a 2001 Valley High School graduate. In 2004, Michael enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. He served three deployments with the MALS Unit-16 Forerunners ALASAD IRAQ.

Michael is survived by his devoted parents Gerald E. and Anita Valdez, his sisters Kristen Valdez (Lorri Romero) and Barbara Forrister (Ray), his nieces Julie and Elena Forrister and Brianna Naranjo, and his four-legged pal, Kilo. Also surviving are numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. Michael will be greatly missed by all whose hearts he touched. A handsome, proud, young man, Michael honored us all by serving OUR Country. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, godfather, one uncle, one aunt, and three cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Building fund of Saint Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Parish or Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish in Michael’s honor. Both churches are located in the Albuquerque North Valley.

A message to our special relatives and friends - Never forget the very blessed moment when our Lord placed a tiny, beautiful gift in your arms. Always love your children unconditionally. Please, thank and respect our dedicated men and women in uniform who protect our local streets and neighborhoods and those protecting our faith and freedom both in our country and abroad. Michael’s parents are forever grateful to the New Mexico VA Healthcare System’s physicians and staff for NEVER denying our son his health care needs. Family and friends will be notified regarding funeral services and interment as soon as restrictions are lifted.


Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd NE

(505) 764-9663

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Jonah Chadwick Griego May 14 ,2020

Cousin ,Pensacola ,Florida

Rest easy primo. God has a special place for you in heaven!

Jean Alba May 14 ,2020

friend ,Las Cruces ,New Mexico

I never had the opportunity to meet Michael but I've known his father growing up in Los Alamos. God has His ways and knowing love & faith will carry Jerry & Anita through this trying time. He rests now in the palm of God's hand. God Bless Michael!

Geraldine Shaw May 14 ,2020

Cousin ,Alcalde ,New Mexico

There are no words that can describe what the parents are going through at this time., so many mixed feelings. I can only tell you that I am here for you. We the family are all hurting for you . I wish I could be with you. I am in spirit. Call me if I can help the family with anything. Love your cousin Geraldine Shaw. God bless you and stay safe. Can you send me your address at your convenience.

Victoria Gurule May 15 ,2020

Cousin ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Missing those great summers in Rio Lucio when we were younger. Michael John, I enjoyed the time we had together. Thank you for your service and dedication to our country! May God guide you on your journey Primo. To Tio Jerry, Anita and Kristen; prayers for comfort and peace. I am so sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Sending lots of love.

Kristen May 15 ,2020

I miss you brother... I love you.

Monica Chavez May 15 ,2020

Family friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My deepest condolences to your entire family. Michael John was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Prayers and love for you all...

Angela K Griego May 15 ,2020

Cousin ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

I'm so heartbroken, Uncle Jerry, Auntie Anita and Kristen. When notified, I cried and thought of all the memories we shared as children. I'm gonna miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love u guys. Please inform me of service arrangements. Thank you. Love, Angela

Kathy N. May 15 ,2020

Aquaintance ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

May God hold you and console you. I met Michael at the VA, he was a sweet young man who I was privileged to meet. Prayers to your family.

Lorri Romero May 16 ,2020

Jerry, Anita, and Kristen- No words can describe how sorry I am for the passing of Michael. He was a great guy and will always be remembered for his big smile and kind heart. Hopefully all the great memories you held in your heart of him help comfort you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you guys.

Paulina Sgaverdea May 20 ,2020

Close Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

I am sorry for this great loss to the Valdez family. I will never forget Mike's big personality and big heart. It was never a dull moment being around him. He was a big part of my life. He will never be forgotten. I will keep your family in my prayers. May his soul be forever at peace.

Ambrosia Palmer May 31 ,2020

I am so sorry for your loss. No words can take away the pain. I pray God's love surround you and comfort you during this time. Michael is now is heaven with Jesus! God Bless you all.

Ambrosia Palmer and Family May 31 ,2020

I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to take away the pain. I pray God comfort you all during this time. Michael is in heaven with Jesus watching over you all. God Bless.