Jose Francisco Saavedra (May 7, 1947 – January 6, 2022)

Jose Francisco Saavedra (May 7, 1947 – January 6, 2022)

Jose Francisco Saavedra, 74, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died following a sudden illness.

Mr. Saavedra was a resident of Rock Springs, WY, for 46 years and former resident of La Sauceda, Michoacan de Ocampo Mexico.

He was born May 7, 1947, in Ario de Rayon, Michoacan, Mexico; the son of Luis Saavedra – Ochoa and Maria Angelina Vaca – Cervantes.

He married Maria Dolores Herrera on October 10, 1971, in Ario Santa Monica Michoacan, Mexico.

Mr. Saavedra worked for Superior Lumber for 35 years as a laborer. He worked for Bloedorn Lumber for 10 years until his retirement in July 2015 as a laborer.  

He loved his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Saavedra was an avid soccer fan. He liked to enjoy nature from his front door.

Survivors include his wife Maria Dolores Herrera Saavedra of Rock Springs, Wyoming; three sons, Luis Saavedra of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Juan Saavedra of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Jose Saavedra and wife Sharalee of Evanston, Wyoming;  two daughters, Laura Saavedra of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Maria Villalpa and husband Pedro of Lehi, Utah; one brother; Raul Saavedra of Evanston, Wyoming; two sisters, Lupe Echeverria Saavedra of Evanston, Wyoming, Luz Tapia Saavedra of Evanston, Wyoming; 14 grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; several cousins; nieces; nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Veronica Saavedra and one daughter who died in infancy; three brothers, Juan Saavedra, Jose Saavedra, Ramon Saavedra; his paternal grandparents; maternal grandparents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, January 17, 2022, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 116 Broadway, Rock Springs, Wyoming. A Vigil Service with Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the Vase Funeral Chapel, 154 Elk Street, Rock Springs, Wyoming. Internment will be in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery.

In Christian love of neighbor, face coverings are strongly encouraged.

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