Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent
Frank Garcia was the type of person that produced results. He was a firm cowboy at heart. He lived many years of his life looking in the face of wild and untamed horses and with resiliency, he untapped the ability within those horses through disciplined training.
According to family members, Garcia had a gracious love for animals but when he left the cowboy life, it was his love for people that gave the greatest representation of his life.
Frank Garcia died onJuly 22, 2005 of a stroke at the age of 95.
“He was a stern example in our home,” said Steve Garcia, Frank Garcia’s son. “You didn’t get away with much because Dad kept you in line. He passed on his love for horses to me but what he really wanted from his children was for us to be good people that followed the laws, treated people right and for us to be good christians.
“He seldom explained things to us in his own reasoning, but he always had us at church and made sure we weren’t doing anything bad.”
Frank Garcia made an impression on his 13 children that remains effective in their lives to this day. according to Jimmy Garcia, Frank’s son, he remembered the days when his father broke wild horses but said his greatest admiration of his father’s life was him having high standards for his children. garcia taught his family that hard work should not be feared otherwise it would hinder their ability to provide for their own families in the future.
Frank garcia was born on Nov. 27, 1909, in Mora, to Ramonita and Francisco B. Garcia. He lived in the Mora area for many years. He grew up on a ranch working as a cowboy and horse trainer. He met Veneranda Gonzales near where he lived and proposed to her in an orchard. They married on jan. 19, 1934, in Mora. In 1935, they had their first of 13 children. Frank Garcia and his bride were married 71 years. They moved to Mondoza to be closer to a doctor.
Later they sold their ranch and moved to Portales around 1962. Garcia worked for many different farms in the area. he worked at the Borden Peanut Co. until his health permitted him to work no longer. He retired in the 1970s. He still did some work, as he mowed lawns for elderly friends.
Family members said that Garcia was always a happy man that enjoyed helping others in anyway that he was capable.
When Garcia worked in the fields for local farmers, his wife said that she and their family would always stay behind after everyone else would leave because her husband knew the farmers needed help getting in the harvest and he was there to help.
According to Lillian Rodgers, Frank Garcia’s daughter, it was her mother, Veneranda Garcia, that helped make their family complete.
“Behind every great man is a great woman and my mother
helped my dad be good at what he did because she is good at what she does,” Rodgers said. “They worked together as a team, but it was my mom’s desire for us to be a godly family. By her example it changed our father’s desires, which affected the direction of our family.”