Curtis Sanchez

Obituary of Curtis Bernard Sanchez


January 24, 1954 – April 19, 2023


It is with great sadness that Los Lunas resident Curtis Bernard Sanchez, age 69, loving husband, brother, and uncle passed away. He was delivered to his eternal home on April 19, 2023.

Curtis was born January 24, 1954 in New Orleans, LA. He lived in New Orleans until age 9 when his family moved to Albuquerque, NM. He was a graduate of Rio Grande High School in 1972. He had the opportunity to be employed by Indian Health Service as a young man and was then transferred to Rockville, MD. After his departure from IHS, he was employed by the Smithsonian Institution. His last position was Associate Director for Policies and Resources, Office of Contracting and Personal Property Management. He retired in August 2022. He had resided in Maryland for 30 years. His last two years he worked from his Los Lunas home with dedication.

Curtis is preceded in death by his mother Blanche Simon Trimble, step father Lee Trimble, birth father Philip Sanchez, Brother Ronald Trimble, Nephews Robert Lake III, Michael Sherwood and Niece Tanya Hopkins Petersen.

Curtis is survived by his life partner/companion, Max Torres of 40 years of which the last 9 years was shared in marriage. His sisters and spouses are Jeannie Burleson/Daryl, Jackie Maese, Blanche Jones/James, Patricia Doyle/Michael, and Camille Sherwood/Steve. The Surviving Brothers and spouses are Lee Trimble, Tim Trimble/Rayna. His Aunt Ann Lucero.

Curtis’ in-laws include Florence Torres, Mother-in-law, Leona Trimble, sister-in-law Debbie Romero/Orlando, Anita Doyle/Thomas, Rosalie Torres, Rochelle Coria, Charlotte Vasquez/Cayetano Papo, 13 Nieces, 7 nephews and numerous grand nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. And his precious pet dogs Cruz and Evie.

Curtis always enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. He participated and celebrated his French Creole and Native American Heritage. He was a wonderful cook and always invited everyone into his home. He so enjoyed hosting parties and family gatherings. He enjoyed travelling domestic and abroad and accepted the many invitations from friends and relatives all over the United States and always reciprocated. He was involved in raising elder rescue dogs, giving them the best life possible in their remaining days.

His life has touched so many lives with his unending generosity and caring. His shining personality will live on in our hearts forever. He was loved.

His Celebration of life will be held at his Los Lunas Home on June 10, 2023 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to your local animal shelter or in Curtis name. To view information or leave a condolence please visit

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