Bonifacio Baca

Aug 01,1933---Jun 12,2020

Bonifacio Baca (Tata Boni), of Albuquerque, NM passed away on Friday June 12, 2020 after reaching the age of 86 years old, he died peacefully in his sleep.


Bonifacio was born August 1, 1933 in Willard, NM to Valentin and Julianita Baca. He was the youngest of three children; sisters Simplicia Blake and Erlinda Guzman.


In 1952 he married the love of his life, Pauline (Polly). They lived together, almost inseparable, for nearly 68 years raising 7 children together. 1952 was also the year Bonifacio was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He served in the Army for 3 years and went on to enlist in the Navy in 1955 serving for 6 years. After his time in the military he entered the barber profession. He worked as a barber on Kirtland Airforce Base for 40 years. 


Mr. Baca was a strong, proud, good man, He is loved and will be missed by many!


He is preceded in death by his parents, Valentin and Julianita Baca; sisters, Simplicia Blake and Erlinda Guzman; Mother-in-Law, Natividad Griego; Son-in-Law, Steve Ballejos Sr.; Nephew, Greg (Lolo) Moya; Niece, Mary Luna; Brother-in-Law, Santos Sanchez; grandchild, Maria Ann Baca


Bonifacio is survived by his loving wife, Pauline (Polly) Baca of Tajique and Albuquerque, NM; children, Maria Rita Tapia (Nash) of Mountainair, NM, Judy Chang (Carlos) of Albuquerque, NM, Jerry Anthony Baca (Patsy) of Edgewood, NM, Victoria Bencomo (Ray) of Albuquerque, NM, Bonnie Nativy Baca of Albuquerque, NM, Charles Patrick Baca (Cynthia) of Albuquerque, NM, Deborah Christine Gradnigo (Billy) of Dallas, TX; 15 Grandchildren; Paul Salas, Judith Rose Perea (Efren), Steve Ballejos, Angela Ballejos, Monica Saiz (Joaquin), Antonio Chang, Shi-Lin Kaylani Chang , Erik Baca, Patrick Baca, David Baca (Ame), Pauline Rebecca Green (Riley), Julie Baca (Matthew), Charles Patrick Clovis Baca (Christina), William Saiz (Kim), & Paula Saiz Gradnigo; 16 Great Grandchildren, Vanessa Griego (Dominic), Crystal Gurule (Isaac), Bonifacio Pablo Salas, Marcus Ballejos, Angelo Ballejos, Lily McAdams, Brody McAdams, Macaela Saiz, Celia Saiz, Joaquin Saiz Jr.; Von Bashay, Vincent Baca; Maria Anne Green, Gavin Saiz, Austin Saiz, Leilani Stratford; and 2 Great Great Grandchildren, Dominic Griego Jr. and Xander Gurule, and many nieces and nephews.


Memorial services to be held at a later date. 


Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd NE

(505) 764-9663

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Julia Salas (Luis) Jun 16 ,2020

Niece/Goddaughter ,Torreon ,New Mexico

To all of Tatas family : Our deepest sympathy on Uncles passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. I love all of you very much.

Norma Brito Jun 18 ,2020

friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

I am so sorry for your loss, Mr. Baca was at the same nursing home as my mother, Shirley Quintana (we lost her on 5/24/20), He was a good and funny man, enjoyed his company and my mama thought highly of him.

Karen Chavez Jun 21 ,2020

Friend of Paul Salas ,Belen ,New Mexico

I'm so sorry for your loss Pablo. May you find peace and comfort in this difficult time

Karen Chavez Jun 21 ,2020

Friend of Paul Salas ,Belen ,New Mexico

I'm so sorry for your loss Pablo. May you find peace and comfort in this difficult time