Eduardo I. Apodaca passed away suddenly from a ruptured brain aneurysm on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on September 3, 1939. He was a gifted athlete, participating in baseball, basketball, and football.
He served in the Army after graduating from high school. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Tina, they enjoyed living in Northern California for 10 years where he worked at Ryerson Steel. They returned to his beloved southwest in 1977. He enjoyed working with families for 25 years to renovate their homes as a Rehabilitation Specialist for Colorado Springs Redevelopment Department.
He enjoyed traveling to various locations in his motor home during his retirement. His greatest joy was his home and family activities including helping his granddaughter at the racetrack. He loved coaching, teaching and supporting others. He treasured his Hispanic culture and heritage.
Eddie was a generous, helpful, loyal, and honorable man. He always put others needs before his own. He has left an empty void in the lives he touched.
He is survived by his wife, Tina, his sons Carlos (Yvonne) and Steve (Denise) and his grandchildren, Dario and Alexis. He is also survived by his mother, Magdalena, and late father, Ireneo Apodaca. Also surviving are brothers Isaac (Esparanza), Alfonso and family from Las Vegas, New Mexico, Patrick Apodaca and family from Espanola, New Mexico, his sisters and their families, Vangie (Phil) Bustamante, Christine (Nick) Montoya, and Edwina (Artie) Zacchia of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Viewing is scheduled for Friday, March 23, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Rosary services will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Gardens Chapel, 3825 Airport Rd., Colorado Springs.
The mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 1830 S Corona, Colorado Springs. Entombment will be held at Memorial Gardens.