By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent
Pacheco was pillar of strength, man of honor
Robert “Bobby” Pacheco Jr. called a man of honor, support and discipline. He was a pillar of strength to as many people as he was an example.
According to family and friends, Pacheco was an excellent teacher that had an initiative and drive that was contagious to those people willing to learn.
Robert “Bobby” Pacheco Jr. died June 4, 2005, of a heart attack at the age of 51.
He was the epitome of health, according to Darlene Pacheco, Bobby Pacheco’s wife.
“He was often known as Sgt. Rock due to his toned physique, which is why the manner of his death came as such a shock to us,” Darlene said.
Pacheco always wanted the best for his life and encouraged others to strive for the best in their own, according to Darlene.
As an instructor for the American Red Cross, he was the forerunner that launched the BNSF Railroad to begin training their own employees in CPR.
“He believed it was imperative for people to learn CPR because in life’s unpredictable moments, a first responder could be a person’s first and only chance at life,” Darlene said.
Pacheco had just completed a CPR course before going on his routine five mile run before his death.
He was born on Nov. 5, 1953, in Portales, to Robert Joseph and Connie Martinez Pacheco.
Pacheco swept Darlene Cox off her feet with a dance. After an eight-year courtship they married on July 16, 2001 in Angel Fire. They were married for four years.
He served in the U. S. Navy and U. S. Army during Vietnam and the Gulf War. He was first sergeant for the New Mexico Army National Guard. He was an engineer for BNSF Railroad. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515, American Legion Post 25, CPR instructor for Clovis and BNSF Railroad. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, horses, wood working and running. He was spontaneous in his generosity and kindness.
“He was strong on the outside and soft on the inside,” said Darin Fike, a friend of Bobby Pacheco’s. “He was the type of person that would do anything for anybody if he was able.”
Pacheco affected the lives of many people because of his leadership qualities. For Linda Fike, Pacheco’s sister, her life will never be the same.
“He was my confidant, protector and friend,” Linda Fike said. “He always encouraged me by telling me that no one was a stranger. And even though people may act like an enemy, you still help them when they’re in need.
“He left a big imprint on my life and others,” she continued. “Because of this, I have a lot to remember him by.”
Name: Robert Pacheco Jr.
Born: Nov. 5, 1953
Died: June 4, 2005
Preceded in death by: his sister, Danielle Pacheco.
Survived by: his wife; his parents; a son, Stuart Pacheco of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Alisha Riden and Laura Riden, both of Clovis; four sisters, Linda Fike (and husband, Darin) of Clovis, Maggie Gardels (Kevin) of Portales, Flora Eckdahl (Gary) of Elmondorf Air Force Base, Alaska, Mary Ann Farmer (Jeff) of Concord, Ohio; a grandchild, Callie Acacia Pacheco of Latrobe, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.