Francisco P. Barajas
A memorial service for Francisco P. Barajas, 36, of Albuquerque, New Mexico will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Compassion Mortuary; burial will follow at the Grants Memorial Park.
Born July 30, 1982 Francisco was the only son of Ruben and Rosemary Barajas, the youngest of three kids.
Francisco passed away at home in Albuquerque on March 20, 2019 after a long battle with a brain tumor. He was surrounded by his loving family; his wife, his parents, sisters, aunties, nephews and close friends. Francisco fought to the very end and gave it all he had. Francisco was first diagnosed in 2009 with Astrocytoma, a low-grade benign brain tumor, and he went through surgery to remove the tumor followed by 30 days of radiation therapy. In 2017 there were signs of regrowth of the Astrocytoma tumor. In June, Francisco went through another surgery to remove the tumor, followed by 12 months of chemotherapy treatments. In January of 2019 Francisco was showing signs of tumor regrowth yet again, an MRI was done which two tumors were now shown. Another surgery was scheduled for Feb.12. After surgery, this tumor was identified as Glioblastoma, a more aggressive stage 4 terminal cancer. He was making great progress with in-patient therapy. A week after surgery he was taken back to the hospital with an infection.
With the complication of the infection and tumors there was nothing else that could be done without causing more harm. It was decided to take him home to be comfortable on hospice care where he passed surrounded by his loving family.
In 2002 he enlisted in the United States Army after five months and 26 days. Francisco briefly worked as a correctional officer in Grants before relocating to Albuquerque where he worked at the Wal-Mart distribution center in Los Lunas. At Isleta Casino, Route 66 Casino and Sandia Casino he was a security officer.
He more recently worked for Albuquerque Public Schools as a CSA security officer, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He was loved by the school staff as well as students with his charismatic personality. He enjoyed making people laugh and was always there to help a friend in need.
He was loved by many, he always greeted everyone with a big hug and a smile, and he had a nickname for most friends. On his days off he enjoyed spending time with family; mostly enjoyed with his wife and daughter making the most out of each day. His hobbies were trying new restaurants, watching new movies and watching his favorite football team, the Oakland Raiders, play. He also enjoyed watching UFC fights.
Francisco is survived by wife Calandra of 13 years; daughter: Lily; parents: Ruben and Rosemary Barajas; sisters; Susan Barela and husband John, Martha Ramirez and husband Don of Grants; mother- in- Law: Margery Shirley of Dilkon, Ariz.; five nephews: Eric Pena, Angel Pena Don Ramirez jr., Joshua Ramirez and Elijah Ramirez; one niece: Alicia Ramirez, all of Grants.
Francisco was preceded in death by his grandparents: Pablo and Jennie Barajas; his maternal Grandmother Della Sanchez.
(You hold the key to my Heart; always have, always will. Even when we are apart, we are together still. Love you, Calandra)