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David Ruiz

August 8, 1947 ~ April 22, 2022 (age 74)


David Ruiz, 74


David Ruiz, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother died April 22, 2022, with his family by his side in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

David was born August 8, 1947, in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Della Montano. His mother was the light of his life and he cherished her deeply. David also enjoyed the company of his grandfather, Jose Montano, who took him to movies when he was a little boy.


David worked in the travel industry for Greyhound, Amtrak, Eastern Airlines and Southwest Airlines. After he retired, he continued to work with Meals on Wheels and the Summer Food Service Program for Children.


David’s hobbies and interests included cheering for the Denver Broncos, reading and listening to music. He was an avid fan of Elvis Presley and enjoyed hosting gatherings where he would entertain family and friends by singing Elvis Presley songs. He was a good big brother to his siblings, taking them to movies and concerts and helping them along the way in life. He enjoyed his dogs who brought him comfort in his last days.

David is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his daughter Julie and husband Ralph (Pockets) Maya; stepdaughter Felice and husband Aaron Jackson, stepdaughter Celina and husband Paul Sessa, brother Michael and wife Mary; sister Julie and husband Julian Trujillo, and brother Chris; three grandchildren Michael, Amanda and Gabriel, step-granddaughter Holly, and three great grandchildren Rosalie, Camille and Olivia.

We love and will miss him dearly.


A memorial service and reception will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Daniel’s / Strong-Thorne Mortuary (including electronic participation), 1100 Coal Avenue S.E. Interment to follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery May 31st at 3:00 pm.



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Memorial Service
April 30, 2022

11:00 AM
Strong Thorne Chapel
1100 Coal Ave SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Video is available for this event

April 30, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Strong - Thorne Life Event Center
1100 Coal Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Interment to follow
May 31, 2022

Santa Fe National Cemetery
501 N Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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