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Leo Castillo

d. May 19, 2024

 Leo G Castillo, affectionately known as "Titi" by his family, passed away at the age of 93. Born in 1930 in Crook Colorado to his beloved mother Eloisa, then raised in Torrance (La Rana), California, Leo spent most of his life in Albuquerque, NM, where he raised his two beloved children, Joan and Damian, alongside his wife of 70 years, Josie. Leo is survived by his wife Josie Castillo, his Daughter Joan Castillo and his son Damian and his wife Christy Castillo. Leo is also survived by his grandchildren, Damian Lee, Jenae, Morgan, Brandon, Noah, and Savannah, and his great-grandchildren, Kailyn, Aliana, and Silas. He cherished the time he spent taking care of them, picking them up from school, taking them fishing and on camping adventures and even carving airplanes, cars and flowers for them.

Leo's was a proud member of the Armed forces having served in the Air Force and then as a Private First Class in the Army as a tank driver, fighting in the Korean War. Leo became a mailman when he moved to Albuquerque after marrying his wife, Josie. He worked as a letter carrier for 35 years, always working extremely hard to provide for his family. Leo often worked 3 jobs at one time, jobs that included construction, tile and carpet layer, referee, umpire, baseball grounds keeper, travel courier, school crossing-guard, and even Santa Claus at the mall. Later in life, Leo became known as quite the artist, carving saints and crosses that were shown at art shows in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Leo was an avid fisherman and loved fishing Quemado Lake often taking his grandchildren and teaching them how to fish.  He was an excellent skilled hunter, handyman, and dog lover. He loved mariachi music, Frank Sinatra, and the LA Dodgers. He bravely battled and survived cancer, proof of his strength and resilience.

Leo was a cherished son to his mother Eloisa, brother to his sisters Kate, Bea and Helen and a close brother to his only brother Henry.  Known as Uncle Leo to his many nieces and nephews both in Albuquerque, Pajarito and in California, and was a beloved brother-in-law to Lena and Sammy, Danny and Tommie, Clarabelle and Bob. He loved his cousins Ray and Della Gonzalez and their children also.

Leo was a friend to everyone he met. His warm spirit and generous heart will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A Visitation will be held Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 2:30pm with a Memorial Service to follow at 3:00pm all to take place in The Gabaldon Memorial Chapel located at 1000 Old Coors Drive SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121. A Committal Service will take place Friday, May 31, 2024 at 9:00am at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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