Riverside Funeral Home Albuquerque Los Lunas Santa Fe New Mexico


Rudolph `Rudy` Prada
July 08, 1950 -- November 02, 2018

Rudolph “Rudy” Prada, age 68, passed away unexpectedly on November 2nd, 2018. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Prada, and brother Floyd Prada. He is survived by his mother Connie Prada, 4 brothers, and 6 sisters: Nena, Louana, David, Mel, Corrine, Edward, Lillian, Emily, Raymond, and Rosalie, their spouses, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Honorary Pallbearers: John Gallegos, Daniel Chavez, and Randy Tapia.  Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 10:00 am with the Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 am with interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 pm. Both will be held at the San Ysidro Parish Center: 3552 Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe.

Farewell Memories-Brother Rudy Prada

Beloved Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, and Nephew. Rudy was born in the Village of Agua Fria in Santa Fe on July 8, 1950, to Jimmy and Connie Prada. Rudy is survived by his mother Connie, four brothers and six sisters. Rudy was one of twelve children and the first to be born. Rudy graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1969. In 1970, Rudy enlisted in the Navy and retired twenty years later. Rudy then went to work for the State of New Mexico at General Services Division, Risk Management Bureau from which he retired as well. Now that Rudy was retired, he was willing to help and give a helping hand to anyone that would ask him for help. Rudy volunteered and helped at San Isidro Parish with the San Martin De Porres Ministry to distribute food for the people in need. Rudy like to play cards and seemed to have good luck, because most of the time he would always win.

Farewell Memories


Rudy was my first-born son.  He was a very handsome baby.  When he turned 7 years old, he got to ride a big horse and was not scared. He would laugh instead of crying.  When he started the first grade, the teacher asked him, “What is your dad’s name?”  He answered, “Cuñado”. It was because everyone in the family called him Cuñado. So, I said, “Mi Hito, his name is Jimmy”.  Rudy lived with me all his life. He would make me breakfast, clean the house, wash and wax floors. He would also make salsa for a lot of people. Rest in Peace, with all my Love.  I will miss him dearly.  Love you, Mom.


My brother Rudy and I were only ten months apart. Growing up we did everything together, starting from grade school and all the way through high school. I was his little sister and always helped him with his homework in school. Rudy and I graduated together. Through life Rudy helped many people and I always heard good things. Rudy always was a comedian with people. We as a family are going to miss your joking around and helpfulness to others. You never forgot anyone’s birthday. I love you brother; may the angels carry you through the gates of heaven to be with our Lord. Until we meet again.  May you rest in peace.


He loved to play cards called rats ass and was damn good at it. He loved making salsa and giving to family and friends. Also, he helped anyone he could. Gonna miss you.


Brother Rudy, my older brother always respected the things I would say to him especially the little things like helping others when I couldn’t be there, always saying something stupid to make someone change their minds about what they wanted to do. We drank together, laughed together, chased a few women together.  I’m going to miss you. Rudy, you will always be in my heart.


Rudy held so many roles for our family. He was our personal security guard.  He would cruise up and down our road in his little green minivan, making sure no one was violating any of our properties or trespassing.

Rudy was also our personal mailman. Every day he faithfully checked all the mail boxes for those of us that lived on Paseo Mel Senaida and would deliver it to each of us! (Junk mail and all).

He was our Salsa Man, making sure we always had a baggie of it in our fridge.

He was also my animal caretaker whenever I was out of town.  Rudy would volunteer to feed the animals, lol, even though the chickens and rabbits would attack him every time he got into the pen, lol.

Rudy was my big brother in every sense of the word, always around when I needed him to help me out of any jam.  Ready to give me advice, or a hard time if I was ever out of line.   You could always count on him…Grouchy or not!!  Love you brother; going to miss you!!  Have a great time in heaven with Dad and Floyd.  Till we meet again, Mel.


My Brother Rudy was always there for me when I needed him.  Rudy would always tell me that he was going to cook something really good and I enjoyed always eating with him. Growing up with Rudy, I would always play cards with him. Rest in peace, my brother. Love you.


Sorry to see you go brother.  You’re gonna be missed.


This is a sad time for all of us.  You were a good soul; sometimes a grumpy one, but Brother Rudy you had Corazon!  You were protective of us all.  In some way or another you were always there for us whenever we needed you, if it was bringing us gas, changing a tire, or supplying us with Red Chile.

Rudy, everyone that knew you, loved you and held you in high regards.  I remember when we were young, you babysat us, you always made us play cards with you. Back then I didn’t like it.  But once I became an adult, we all played cards together and laughed and had fun.  You lived a good life as a good man and worked hard and were always on time.

You will be missed my brother more than words can say. Farewell and we’ll see you in the next life. Thank you, brother for all you did. I hope everyone leaves here embracing all the good memories of you. Rudy you were a trusting friend and loving brother, Rudy, watch over us brother.   I LOVE YOU!


When Rudy visited us in California in 2012, he made the best green salsa. One of the nights that he was here, Rudy let me cut his hair.   Rudy’s hair was shoulder length the same as mine. The next morning, I realized then I needed to fix his hair. When Rudy got home, Mom really liked the cut and was surprised that he let me cut it. Rest in peace.


My brother Rudy was always there to help me when I needed him. Rudy was the oldest of the boys and I was the youngest. Rudy and I were really close to each other. Rudy would stop by on occasion to have a cold one and a shot to relax and talk about his how his day went.  Rudy was the mailman for the Paseo Mel Senaida Residences. Rudy would always make salsa for everyone, and that’s when he became known as the “Salsa Man”.  Rudy always gave his salsa to family and friends for Birthdays and for no reason at all. Rudy always carried candy with him at all times to give to his great nieces and nephews. Rudy, I am very thankful for the time God has lent you to me and for the time I have shared with you. I love you and you will be dearly missed and you will also be in my heart and thoughts. Rudy may your soul rest in peace and you will never be forgotten.


Rudy, my big brother, I will miss you. You were always there for me just to talk and to make me feel better when things were bad. I will always love you. May you rest in peace and say “hi” to Dad and Floyd for me.

Uncle John:

Where can one start after 68 years of memories.  One that stands out is when we were in our early 20’s, Rudy had come home on leave from the Navy.  We went out to hit the town and after a few hours of drinking and driving, I told Rudy that we were done and I was taking him home.  He wanted to celebrate more and insisted that it was too early.  I dropped him off and parked my car on the driveway so he couldn’t get out.  He later got in his car and drove through the neighbor’s fence.  I got a call an hour later that he had wrecked and had taken down two poles on Cerrillos Road.  “CABEZUDO” That never changed!!

In the past few years, there were things that he did that I feel set him apart. Rudy was always willing to help out in any way he could to lend a hand or give someone a ride.  Rudy ran out of gas a lot. A no secret, he drank and smoked a lot. There were countless days that he would bring the mail and would say “ready for a game”?  He would play cards or dice.  I would prefer to play dice because he was too good at cards and I never had a chance at winning.

Rudy what I will miss most is that you were my extra pair of hands.  Whenever I needed a hand you would be there.  I know that there were times when I would yell at you when you would wonder off and not pay attention to what we were doing – but I most likely wouldn’t have done it without your help.  You came over last month to have a drink for my 69th birthday and you brought that up and many other thoughts of our past as you got drunker. It was all good. 

Isaias will always remember you whenever anyone says “Calabaza” as you always called him that.

Rudy could never say enough “Uncle John”.  He always told me “You are more than my Uncle; you are more like my brother”.  This thought will always stay in my heart.  Be at peace my brother!!

Farewell Poem

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn in a place of their self-content.

There are souls likes stars that dwell apart,

There are pioneer souls that blaze the paths where highways never ran, but let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man and woman

There are men who press with ador and hope, I turn not away from their smiles and tears

There are many ways that you touched our lives.  You will be remembered as a good soul, brother, poker player, friend, confidant, counselor, and advisor.  Now that you have passed away, we feel this emptiness and pain, sad that death took you at 68, but in many ways, the gift of Rudy is still here with us.  You will live in memories and stories.  Goodbye my brother.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

Jesus calls on us to “Love thy neighbor” …

My friend Rudy answered his call by the many small things he did in such a great way. Not out of obligation, nor for recognition, nor as a burden, but by following the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Acting with humility, with joy, with enthusiasm, and with love, and we can attest to his truth. For we felt his sincere warmth, his caring, his playfulness that left us always with a smile. And today, I truly believe that God our Father in his great way is smiling with Rudy.

A friend, George Rivera


Thank you to everyone for being here to pay tribute to our brother Rudy, son, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend.




Arrangements entrusted to the caring professionals of:

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

3232 Cerrillos Road

(505) 395-9150


Matt Cassidy November 08, 2018


My condolences to the entire Prada family. I'll always remember Rudy for his salsa he used take to work when he worked at GSD Risk Mgt. God bless his family and he RIP.

David Otero November 10, 2018

Cousin through marriage Albuquerque , New Mexico

My deepest condolences to Connie and the entire Prada Family on the passing of Rudy. May he Rest In Peace & May God Bless all of you!

Janea Roybal November 16, 2018

Friend Corrales, NM , New Mexico

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. You and your family are in my heart and mind. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.