Fiestas de Taos Honorée

The face, the man of Seco

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Jose Abel Garcia, 95, was born in 1923 in Arroyo Seco. He was raised by his aunt and grandmother after his mother passed away at a young age. Abe is the eldest of 12 children. He married Grace Córdova Garcia, from San Cristóbal, in 1949. Abe is the father to three daughters: Teresa, Olympia and Lina Garcia. Playing a large role in his life are five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Abe is the proud owner of Abe’s Cantina y Cocina in Arroyo Seco. Working by his side are his wife, Grace, and his daughters, Olympia and Lina. This “Seco” landmark and gathering place has been in business for 77 years.

A WWII Veteran, Abe served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 1988 after 26 years of service as the postmaster in Arroyo Seco.

Abe has had many interests over the years ranging from hunting and fishing to skiing, bowling, carpentry, gardening and golfing. He continues to golf to this day — he is an honorary lifetime member at Valle Escondido Golf Course.

Abe is a very social person and enjoys being around his friends and family. Abe and Grace celebrate his birthday every year while sharing his famous, homemade chokecherry wine with friends and family. Abe has been an active part of his Arroyo Seco community, establishing the Arroyo Seco Domestic Water Association and for many years participating with the Fraternal Order of the Eagles; He is the only original chartered Taos member alive today.

Abe has enjoyed traveling throughout his years with friends and family. During his various travels he has taken pleasure in deep-sea  fishing, visiting national parks, attending postmaster conventions  and attending NFL games. In 1984, he went to the World's Fair and has been on excursions to many amusements parks with his grandchildren. Abe recently participated in a Northern New Mexico Honor Flight visit to the WWII National Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and The Vietnam National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Abe continues to live a very active lifestyle. He spends his weekdays socializing with his friends and customers at Abe's Cantina y Cocina, all while working on various projects around his home and the cantina.

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