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James Michael Vigil

James Michael Vigil

April 27th, 1965 - April 20th, 2024

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James Michael Vigil of Cundiyo, New Mexico, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 20, 2024. He was 58. He passed away from a lengthy illness of cancer.


James is preceded in death by his son Anthony J. Vigil; father Felix F. Vigil, mother Trinidad A. Vigil, and brother Leroy J. Vigil.


He is survived by his grandchildren Damien Vigil and Anjelika Vigil, his siblings Lucille Garcia (Mike), Joann Sandoval (Leroy), Terry Chacon (Carlos), and Felix D. Vigil.


He will be missed by his nieces and nephews Rebecca Trujillo (Jesse), Gabriel Garcia (Sachel), Claudia Chacon, Brittani Vigil (Manny), Amanda Chacon (Dalton), Leandro Vigil (Alexis), Mateo Trujillo, Dominic Trujillo and Eliana Trujillo.


James was in the United States Army Reserves. He entered Basic Training on January 7, 1986, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and completed his basic training on March 6, 1986. During Basic Training he was awarded a Certificate of Achievement and was selected as an Honor Soldier for his outstanding performance by achieving superior scores in Basic Rifle Marksmanship, the Army Readiness Test and an evaluation of Basic Military Skills conducted at the end of the cycle. He was also designated as a Company Guidon Bearer. He entered the U.S. Training Center following Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina on May 15, 1986. He received his diploma as a Heavy Wheel Vehicle Mechanic, MOS6310. During active duty he was awarded the Army Service Ribbon/Expert badge with the M16 Rifle and Marksman Badge with the Hand Grenade. James was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army on December 13, 1991.


James was a skilled Carpenter and worked for many contractors in Northern New Mexico. One of his projects was building his sister and brothers-in-law's house in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. This was among many other projects. Growing up in Cundiyo, New Mexico, gave James a magnificent backyard to do the activities he enjoyed. He enjoyed activities; such as, fishing in the Frijoles River, going hunting, and horseback riding. James had a talent for caring conversations and building bonds with all people from all walks of life. He was humble, articulate, smart, and witty. Recently, our cousin said he had seen James and after talking to James for about 30 minutes, they parted ways, and with a smile from cheek to cheek, he said "it left me feeling like I was back in the 1970's", "it was such a great visit".


James Vigil will be greatly missed by his family and friends.


Pallbearer is Felix D. Vigil.


Honorary Pallbearers are Damien Vigil, Anjelika Vigil, and Rubel Baca.


The James Vigil family would like to give special thanks to Ambercare Staff and Rivera Family Funeral Home for their compassion and care.


Services will be held Friday May 3, 2024 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rosary at 11AM and Mass to follow at 11:30AM. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. 


The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Rivera Family Funeral Home of Espanola.

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Name James Michael Vigil
Date of Birth April 27th, 1965
Date of Death April 20th, 2024
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Address 305 Calle Salazar
Española NM 87532
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To all the family of James. My deepest condolences for your loss. May God give you strength and comfort in your sorrow.
James may your soul be resting in everlasting peace.

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Margie Vigil published a comment .

My condolences to the Vigil family. James was very a kind person with a big smile on his face. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

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Pojoaque Valley Classmate published a tribute .

I just learned that James has passed. My sincere condolences to his entire family. James was a classmate and was always a good guy. Rest in peace my friend!

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Steve Vigil published a tribute .

My deepest condolences to James' family. May he rest in eternal peace as he joins his loved ones in heaven.

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Erica Martinez-Lovato published a comment .

My sincerest and deepest condolences. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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Chanda Vigil published a comment .

Lucille, Joann and family. Just read about the passing of James. I am sending you my condolences for the loss of your brother. May your memories of James help you get by during these difficult times. Prayers to all of you.

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Alice Trujillo published a tribute .

To the Vigil family my deepest condolences for the loss of James. May God's strength comfort you in this difficult time.

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My condolences goes to the family of James. May he rest in peace.

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Eddie & Jeanette Trujillo published a tribute .

May you rest in peace James, Vigil family, may God’s peace be with you all, in this time of sadness. So sorry for your loss. Vaya con Dios amigo.

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Daniel J Salazar & Yolanda M Martinez-Salazar published a comment .

So sorry to hear the sad news of primo James passing , May our lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST give you peace in this time of sorrow mi Familia . Amor y Bendiciones Siempre ! Primos Daniel and Yolanda Salazar

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Yolanda Alarid published a tribute .

To all of the Vigil family, my heartfelt condolences go out to each of you on the loss of James. May God bless and comfort you all knowing James is at peace now. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

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Valerie Chavez published a tribute .

Terry, Damian, and all of James's family, my sincerest condolences to all of you on the loss of James. May he be free from suffering and resting in peace. My dearest Terry, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you my friend.

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Rudy Trujillo published a tribute .

To all the Vigil family. I knew James all my life. He was always such a kind person to everyone. May he rest in peace. My deepest condolences to all the family. May the Lord be by your side in this time of sorrow. God Bless you all.

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