Richard Kevin Jenkins, 68, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away on December 12, 2023. Born on September 1, 1955, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Richard was the beloved son of Leatha Rose Jenkins and Richard P. Jenkins, who preceded him in death.
Richard was an entertaining and outgoing individual, known for his fun-loving nature and infectious sense of humor. He had a larger-than-life personality and was often referred to as the life and soul of the party. As a Virgo, he possessed a good-hearted nature that endeared him to those around him.
Richard attended St. Francis, John Marshall, Lincoln and Albuquerque High schools. Richard was a great all-around athlete, excelling in basketball at Albuquerque High and earning the award of Albuquerque Player of the Year in 1973 – his junior year! He attended and excelled in basketball at colleges in New Mexico, Kansas and Texas.
In his professional life, Richard pursued a career as a long-distance truck driver, travelling the open roads and experiencing the freedom of the open skies. He was dedicated to his work and took pride in his role. He was known as the “butcher” chop, chop. Additionally, Richard had a passion for horseshoes, spending his leisure time perfecting his skills in the game and watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys.
Richard is survived by his loving sons, Damion Angelo Jenkins, Joshua David Jenkins, and Richard Kevin Jenkins II. He’s loved by his brother, Ernest L. Jenkins, sister-in-law, Sandra K. Jenkins “sis” and “favorite” nephew Ernest Jenkins Jr. Richard held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren, Jenaya, Devyn and Jyzel Lopez.
A very special thank you to Ron Estrada who went above and beyond in helping Richard in his latter days.