Rick “Chick” Griego, 71, passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Chick is proceeded in death by his mother; Carrie Cuellar and his brothers; David, Carlos, & Sammy Griego.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Julie M Griego of 45 years; his 3 kids, Ricky and Erika, Leslie and John and Virginia and Matthew; his pride and joys, his grandkids, Ricky, Damon, Julian, Maxx and Arie; his brother, and father figure, Paul Cases and wife Frances; brothers, Elfego Jr., Levi, Anthony and Elmer Griego; sisters, Ida Ortega and Geraldine Rael; as well as sister/brother in laws, nephews, nieces and many good friends.
Chick was born in Socorro, NM on October 30, 1950. He was known as a man who walked tall, a man who never complained, and a man willing to do whatever to help someone in need. He had a kind heart, with a kind sole and never spoke ill of anyone.
He was a true pillar of the community.
Chick retired after 27 years from the City of Socorro, and after a short-lived retirement, he went back to work at the City to help beautify it. One of his proud projects were the trees planted on Airport Road, where the City of Socorro has dedicated a sign in his honor “Chicks Groove”. He enjoyed playing fast pitch, basketball and cards but his passion was golf. When he wasn’t working you could find him on the golf course.
Chick’s humor and kindness will be greatly missed by all.
Pallbearers will be, Leroy Anaya, Ray Aragon, Raymond Gonzales, Henry Montoya, John Silva, Jerry Valles, and Sammy Vivian. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblin.com.