The NMFSA extends sincere condolences to the family of Sam D. Baca, owner of Baca's Funeral Chapels (Silver City & Deming), Baca's Mimbres Crematory and NM Granite and Marble Co.

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Sam D. Baca 

Deming - Sam D. Baca, 75, longtime Deming resident and businessman peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The rosary will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM, officiated by Fr. Ron Machado. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM celebrated by Fr. Prakasham Babu and Fr. Ron Machado, followed by concluding services and interment with military honors at Mt. View Cemetery. Due to capacity restrictions, church services will be live streamed. To view additional details about Sam D. Baca's Services, including any available live streams:

Sam was born February 15, 1945 in Faywood, NM to Eduardo and Elena Dominguez Baca. He attended the Cobre School system continued his education at Western New Mexico University. He served in the United States Army and after being discharged he went to the California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles, California graduating in 1970. His dedication to funeral service brought about the purchase of Wheeler Mortuary in 1975, followed by the establishment of Baca's Heather Funeral Home in Lordsburg, NM, Baca's Funeral Chapel in Silver City, NM and Baca's Funeral Chapel in Las Cruces, NM; along with New Mexico Granite and Marble Company and Mimbres Crematory.

He served as Mayor of Deming for 20 years, was a past board member of Deming Public Schools, the New Mexico Board of Funeral Service and was very active with the Community Development Block Grant program for our local area.

On October 13, 1983 he became an advisory director for First New Mexico Bank and was appointed a full director on March 14, 1985, for a total of 36 years on the board.

He was proud to serve on the board of the Help in Healing Foundation at the Village at Mayo Clinic.

He was a dedicated Catholic and had a lifelong dream of refurbishing his childhood church in San Jose, NM. Along with the help of former parishioners, family members and friends he was instrumental in accomplishing his dream.

He is survived by his brother, Fernando "Buddy" Baca of Deming, numerous nieces and nephews and professional family. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Eduardo and Elena Baca; sisters Clara and Nora; and brothers Adan, Ramon, and Julian.

Pallbearers will be Paul Baca, "Coach" Sandoval, Tony Saenz, Max Eddings, Jesse Valencia, and Ricardo Molina. Honorary pallbearers are his fellow Directors from First New Mexico Bank: G.G. Gore, Dr. John Lundy, Teresa Molina, Richard Patterson, Jakub Sherman, and Gary Shiflett, along with close colleague John Strand and very good friend Olivina Ortiz.

In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to Help in Healing Home Foundation at the Village at Mayo clinic, 5811 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix AZ. 85254.

Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Mimbres Crematory. Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care". To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at

811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575.546.9671

Our 2021 NMFSA Convention will be a virtual event - Dates: March 11th and 12th, 2021

January 8, 2020 

Dear NMFSA Members,

I know all of you are busy navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and what it has done not only to our State and Country but also our businesses.  Our communication to the general NMFSA has been difficult as well but please be assured we have been working on your behalf.   We have a few important announcements to update you on:

1. NMFSA Advocacy for our profession-

We have repeatedly reached out to the Office of the Governor with an appeal to operate safely and smartly.   Our board has sent two formal requests to the Governor Lujan-Grisham to amend the current health order so that we may operate under the same capacity limits as houses of worship.  Unfortunately, both requests were met with generic responses of being received and nothing more.   Repeated calls to the office have been placed with no return.   We would encourage you to leverage our collective voice in calling and writing the Governor to allow us to serve families beyond the current five person mandate.  Copies of the official letters were sent out to NMFSA Members and those on our email listing.   Copies of each are available below.

2.  Scholarship Opportunity-

Following the quarterly meeting in Roswell, (Many thanks to LaGrone Funeral Chapel for hosting!) A motion was passed to move the NMFSA Scholarship forward.   A total amount of $2500 is available to a New Mexico Resident.   We are excited to be part of helping to create another FSP here in New Mexico.   The website has been updated and the scholarship application and instructions are now available under the "Members" tab.   Scholarship inquiries should be directed to Vice President Michael McIntire who leads the NMFSA Scholarship Committee at

3. COVID-19 Relief (NMFSA Help)

A motion was passed at the quarterly meeting at FRENCH Funerals - Cremations in Albuquerque (Many thanks to FRENCH for hosting!) to reduce annual dues and memberships at 50%.  We understand how the current health order has impacted our businesses and didn't want people to withdraw from the NMFSA as a result.  The following are the dues structure for 2021:

Funeral Homes:  

Up to 100 Calls - $100

100-500 Calls - $175

500 or More Calls - $300


Funeral Service Practitioners - $37.50

Student/Intern/Non-Licensee: $25

Vendors - $37.50

More information on 2021 Convention and updates coming!

NMFSA Letter to Governor Lujan-Grisham

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NMFSA - Second Request to Governor Lujan-Grisham

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