S: Epifanio Padilla Jr - Jr's Story Wendy Padilla Montez
1: Once upon a time on September 27, 1931 in Albuquerque NM, a little boy was born to Lazarita and Epifanio Padilla. They decided to name the little boy Epifanio Padilla Jr. , which was quite a name for such a little baby and was soon shortened to Jr.
2: Carmel Padilla September 8, 1920-August 19, 1999 | Pauline Padilla Chavez September 14, 1923-July 10, 2008 | Eutimia Padilla "Timi" September 14, 1929-September 14, 1998 | When Junior was born he already had a brother, Carmel, and two sisters, Polly and Timi
3: It wasn't long before they were joined by brother Alonzo and baby sister, Dorothy! | Dorothy Padilla September 8, 1939-September 30, 1970 | Alonzo Padilla October 27, 1933
4: It was believed that there were no baby pictures of young Epifanio, but through exhaustive research this one was uncovered!
5: At the age of 5, Junior went to live with his favorite Aunt, Elsie and her husband, Uncle Andres Montoya. He moved around the state with them, once living in what is now a ghost town, Chloride NM. When he was 12, he came back to live with his parents, in Albuquerque.
6: It was at a birthday party, circa 1947 where he would meet the blond from Texas that he was destined to spend the rest of his life with, Annette Herdejurgen. In the next few years, Jr made every excuse to frequent the 2nd street diner owned by Johnny Herdejurgen Annette’s father. Hours were spent playing pinball and drinking orange Nehi, just to catch a glimpse of the beautiful blond dishwasher behind the scenes. Jr and Blondie would linger outside as long as possible, talking across the fence.
7: Blondie was only 16 the first time Junior proposed. They would have been married the moment she graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1953, but the US Army had other plans.
8: Jr was drafted in 1950; building bridges in Korea for the remainder of the war.
9: Jr and Blondie were married just a few days after he got home. October 31, 1953.
10: Jr got a job with Hedges Oil soon after their marriage and remained with them until the mid 1960’s when he struck out on his own
12: The family grew to three with the arrival on October 15, 1954 of John Allen Padilla.
13: Robert Stephen Padilla was born on June 29, 1957
14: Jr and Annette added a little girl to the family with Wendy Lee Padilla September 11, 1959
15: And to complete the family, Paul Timothy Padilla came into the world on December 1, 1967
16: Jr spent the next years raising a family and a business as the years flew by.
18: From Gallup to Tijeras to Edgewood, Jr and Annette and their growing family moved several times following route 66, finally coming to rest in Moriarty in 1971. What was formerly the Whiteway Garage, vacant for years became Jr's, as it remains today.
19: As the years move on, Jr's children grew up and formed their own families.
20: Junior became Grandpa as the Grandchildren began to arrive with Dennis Perry Padilla May 18, 1974 Gilbert Gary Montez Jr. November 27, 1978 Matthew Christopher Montez November 28, 1980 Hollis Robert Stephen Padilla February 19, 1981 Adam Jorel Montez January 14, 1983
21: Christopher John Padilla November 10, 1983 Christine Elizabeth Montez April 7, 1985 Kyle William Padilla January 31, 1986 Bear Junior Padilla February 5, 2008 Fox Miles Padilla July 22, 2009
22: Mother | dfather | Then came the Great Grandchildren! | Selah Padilla | Monique Montez | Dominic Montez | Micah Padilla
23: Father | Grandfather | reat Grandfather | With one more great-grandchild due to arrive in 2012, life continues to move on. | Shane and Mason Padilla | Robert Drennan | Danai Montez | Danai Montez | Josiah Padilla | Joshua Montez
24: The Padilla Family Tree | Epifanio Padilla Sr b. October 10,1892 d. August 30,1971 | Lazarita Padilla b. February 1, 1901 d. February 2, 1991 | Leandro Padilla 1845-1915 | Luis Padilla | Pablita Moraga | Maria Chavez
25: Epifanio Padilla Jr Septmeber 27, 1931 | Annette Herdejurgen October 25, 1934 | John Allen Padilla October 15, 1954 | Robert Stephen Padilla b. June 29, 1957 | Wendy Lee Padilla b. September 11, 1959 | Paul Timothy Padilla b. December 1, 1967 | Donnette Owens b. May 11, 1965 | Judith Lovato (divorced) | Gilbert Gary Montez b. October 4, 1956 | Married June 10, 1978 | April Catherine Berry b. August 12, 1969 | Dennis Perry Padilla b. May 18, 1974 | Hollis Robert Stephen Padilla b. February 19, 1981 | Married April 23, 1988 | Loretta Garcia b. February 7, 1963 | Married October 31, 1953 | Married February 14, 2005 | Married August 7, 1982 | Christopher John Padilla b. November 10, 1983 | Kyle William Padilla b. January 31, 1986 | Gilbert Gary Montez Jr. b. November 27, 1978 | Matthew Christopher Montez b. November 28, 1980 | Adam Jorel Montez b. January 14, 1983 | Christine Elizabeth Montez b. April 7, 1985 | Bear Junior Padilla b. February 5, 2008 | Fox Miles Padilla b. July 22, 2009 | Chelsea Morey b. January 1,1987 | Married May 28, 2010 | Rebekah Lee Bush b. April 15, 1976 | Micah Padilla b. March 31, 1996 | Selah Padilla b. November 15, 2001 | Josiah Padilla b. October 28, 2003 | Amy Elizabeth Kerby b.February 19, 1978 | Married 2004 | Married January 7 1995 | Shane Hollis Padilla b. October 30, 2005 | Mason Dennis Padilla b. August 20, 2008 | Malinda Gomez b. May 1, 1978 | Married May 5, 2001 | Monique Ann Montez b. August 31, 1996 | Dominic Antonio Montez b. October 8, 2001 | Michelle Salazar b. August 11, 1981(divorced) | Joshua Jose Montez b. August 18, 1999 | Danai Angelique Montez b. December 8, 2001 | Julie Nicole Hanna b. November 5, 1985 | (Coming January 2012) | Robert John Salts b. September 18, 1981 | Robert B Allen Drennan b. April 30, 2005 | -- | ---- | _____ | ___ | ________ | ______ | ______ | ___
27: As a young man starting out in the world with his bride, Dad may have had loftier dreams than running a gas station and tire shop all his life, but what he has achieved is far greater than those young hopes. He created a legacy. Dad’s aim was not to build an empire, but to support his family in the best way he knew how. In this he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Near and far, Junior has friends everywhere. Meet him once and you'll call him friend. We are lucky enough to call him Dad. Happy 80th Birthday! With Love and Gratitude, Johnny, Robert, Wendy and Paul | Annette and Junior 2003