Frank Sedillos passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 16, 2020 after an all day visit with his family. Born in January 1926 in Allison, NM, he was the youngest of five half-siblings and the big brother to five sisters. When he was seventeen years old, he joined the United States Navy serving in the Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Current. After the war, he returned to Gallup, NM where he met his future wife, Barbara. They were married sixty-one years and raised nine children.
Frank had a superb work ethic as was evidenced by his forty years of service to the Federal government. Frank served in three branches of the military and was a proud World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veteran. His value of education came through when he spoke with his children and grandchildren about their academics. He beamed with pride when he attended countless graduation ceremonies and would brag to anyone who would listen about these achievements. Because he entered military service before graduating from high school, he was awarded his high school diploma in 2007 by then-Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia. Frank’s love for the outdoors came through during the time he spent camping, hunting, fishing and boating at New Mexico’s State parks. He closely followed the news and listened attentively to the music and dedications on 89.1KANW. He was an avid sports fan, followed many professional sporting events and was often front and center at extra-curricular activities for his grandchildren and great-grand children.
Frank is survived by his children John (Linda) Sedillos, Kathy (Allen) Jaramillo, Maria (Anthony) Trujillo, Randy (Liza Knight) Sedillos, 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Jennie.
Frank is preceded in death by his wife Barbara, his children Frank Jr., Danny, Rick, Barbara Ann and Steven, parents Juan Jose and Rosabra, sisters Andrea, Julia, Dolores and Rosie, half brothers Facundo, Henry and Carmel and half sisters Concha and Mela.
Not only has the Sedillos family lost its patriarch, our country has lost one of its finest.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a public walk-through viewing will be held at Gabaldon Mortuary located at 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW Albuquerque, NM 87121on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A private mass of Christian burial, for the immediate family, will take place at St. Frances Xavier Parish located at 820 Broadway Blvd. SE Albuquerque, NM 87102 on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. presided by Father Bijoj Frances. Internment will immediately follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Paul Sedillos, Marquis Sedillos, Joshua Jaramillo, Anthony Trujillo, Bryan Kelley and Chris Cappon.