On December 15, 2017 Jesse Cadena Jr, loving son, brother, uncle and friend scored his final touchdown. Jesse was born July 19, 1959 in Artesia, New Mexico, he grew up in Tularosa, NM where he excelled in athletics and academics. He walked on to Highland's university football team before transferring to New Mexico State University. Jesse then enlisted in the united States Army where he proudly served 6 years, having been stationed on the border of west Germany during the height of the Cold war.
He took pride in his work in the Wal-Mart sporting Goods Dept.and enjoyed sharing his passion of sports with others, which he did for over 25 years. Jesse championed Wal-Mart's involvement in Free Fishing Day; he loved all sports, however football was what he enjoyed the most. He was the Loudest and Proudest fan of all warriors -past and present. He coached many Ruidoso Little League teams, shortly before he passed he was privileged to watch several of those Little League players help win the 2017 state 4-A Football championship. Jesse Jr. considered all the kids he coached over the years as "his kids" & was extremely proud of them all.
Jesse is survived by his parents, Isabel & Jesus Cadena; his siblings: Cyndi Cadena, Debbie Cadena, Marian & Rob Taylor, Javier & JoRae Cadena; as well as his nieces & nephews: Jessica Vizcaino, Melanie Gal van, Jerry Balderrama, Anastacia Cadena-Diaz, Mirrissa Huffman, Eli as Guerra, Danielle Cadena, Taylor Simonaro, Savannah Doak, Maya Franco, Dashawn Cervantes, Gabriel Taylor, Mori ah Taylor, Michael a Cadena-Chavira, Mayjah Cervantes, Raylonie Cervantes, Dezirey Galvan, Ellyana Vizcaino, Oliver Diaz, Elijah Guerra, Anabelle Guerra, Emalynn Vizcaino, Taherzadeh Cervantes, Joel Galvan, Jr., Reagan Diaz, Aurora Guerra, Penelope Balderrama, Abigail Garcia, Aurelia Bolanos, & numerous extended family and friends including Shaenon Simonaro & Noel Franco, Candy Smith, Depree Walkinshadow, and Cindy Cervantes.
His Rosary service will be Tuesday, December 19, at 5:00 P.M. at St. Eleanor Catholic Church where the funeral mass will be on Wednesday, December 20, at 10:00 A.M.
To The Cadena Family, my sincere condolences. I have only just read about the passing of your amazing Jesse. As you well know he was special...a diamond! He was my son Rance's little league coach. We really liked him, he was one of the good guys!! Great with the kids and parents! I'm so sorry for your loss. May God bless you all and know even after all these years, we remember Jesse...he was a great guy and awesome coach! Joanne Winters-Jeter (Rance Winters mom)
Joanne JeterGlendale, AZ
Sincere condolences to the Cadena family. May you find peace of mind and comfort in words of Psalms 147:3 during moments of disquieting thoughts.
Jesse was the kindest man I have ever knowm. Caring, understanding, a dear friend with a heart of blue & gold. My sincere condolences to his parent, siblings, neices and nephews. Ruidoso lost a great man.
Jesse rest in peace. God bless each of you. Praying you may find peace in the arms of our Lord.
Rick and April SimpsonGlencoe, NM
We extend our sincere condolences to all Family and Friends of Jesse. We will miss seeing him at the counter and talking with him about hunting and fishing.
We hope you will find strength in our Heavenly Father's promise to reunit us will loved ones who are asleep in in death by means of a resurrection and death will be gone forever Revelation 21:3-4 and John 5:28-29.
May this hope bring you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.
Payne FamilyRuidoso, NM
May the Lord keep his soul and bring comfort to you, his family and friends. His mission here on Earth may have come to an end, but his mission in heaven has just began. Let him join God's guardian angels so that he may continue to watch over you all. May he live on in each and everyone of you in spirit and in memory. My condolences to you all and my heartfelt prayers go with each and every one of you.
Emma QuinteroRoswell, NM
Jesse and I weathered many storms (customers) throughout our years together at the store. I'll miss him. My family send our prayers to the family. He doesn't hurt anymore.
Mike RankinNogal, NM
Anthony and Sandra SanchezCatson, CA
Thank you for your positive outlook on EVERYTHING you did. May you rest in gods hands now and know you will be greatly missed.
Carol StormsLas Vegas, NV
All my heart felt sympathy for all your family members. RIP eternally. May the Lord bless all of the family with peace.
Christina BolanosRoswell, NM
Marian & Family,
Sorry to hear about your brother our prayers are with you during this time.
Henry Rue & FamilySan Diego, CA
Prayers are with you
Mark & Icela HeinemannAlto, NM
I want to express my deepest sympathy over the loss of Jesse. He was like a brother to me at Walmart, and words cannot begin to convey how much I will miss him.
I knew him at Walmart for over seven years, after he hired me, and I was well aware how hard the job was on him these last three years.
He was a good man with a big heart, and I take comfort in the fact that he is now at peace, and in the hands of our loving God.
Bernard F. McCartyAlto, NM
Please except our sincere condolences! Jesse was an amazing friend and he will be missed. Heaven is a better place, since Jesse arrived!
Dr. & Mrs. Lanny G MaddoxNogal, NM
You will be missed dearly Jesse.. It was a pleasure knowing and working next to you for the few years i lived in Ruidoso Rest easy buddy..
Isabel GuzmanEl paso, TX
♡ Blessings and happiness in heaven!
Michelle *Noonie* Quiñones Jr.Tempe, AZ
I really loved working with Jessie for 25 years. I loved him like a brother. My condolences.
Cathy ZamoraRuidoso, NM
Love and prayers to the family.
Helen CarrollRuidoso, NM
With deepest sympathy, Jesse was one of the most caring, kind, and encouraging co-workers I have ever known and had the honor to work with. He always had a smile, a hug, and uplifting words. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Robin DeasSteamboat Springs, CO
I had the pleasure working with Jesse at Wal-Mart when I was in High School back in 1995. He was so down to earth and always had a smile on his face. Jesse was a good friend to me and he will be truly missed. Fly with the Angels my friend.
Brandon HilliardWichita, KS
To Jesse and Isabel It was an honor and a privilege to know your son.He had a heart as big as the heavens.I enjoyed working with him at Wal-Mart.He had the kindness heart and was allways helpful to all his fellow associates.He was part of our big family at wal-Mart.We will miss him dearly.The Lord has him by his side watching over us.I love you Jesse you will be missed.
Theresa(Blazer) HarrisonTularosa, NM
You Will be Missed Jesse!!
KimCagleRuidoso downs, NM
My thoughts and prayers from my family to yours Jesse will be greatly missed but now we have another angel to watch over us.
Patty WilsonMescalero, NM
So sorry for your loss. Love you all
DeborahRuidoso Downs, NM
I am so sorry for your loss.God bless you all....I know how hard it is to bury one of your children.
Carol RollerSan angelo, TX
My condolences Rest in peace Jesse you will be missed by many.my heart goes out to his family and prayers.
Pamela Seitz CollinsSnyder, TX
To Jessie's family. We were so sorry and shocked to hear of Jessie passing. He was Tommie's coach the first time he played little legue baseball, he was so good with the kids and they all loved him. He will always be in all our hearts.. our condolences for you all. Tom and Virginia Armstrong
Virginia and Tom ArmstrongRuidoso Downs, NM
Gwen JonesCapitan, NM
Love you cousin Jesse Jr and family, grateful that the Cadena chain stays strong here and with those who have gone before us. Watch over us and help us continue as a family to care for others. Bull head haha!!They just needed more man power. Of course it would be you. Love you always from the other bull head.
Olga Cadena RomeroPHOENIX, AZ