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Philip Jacob Duarte Castaneda

November 29, 1984 — December 16, 2021

Philip Jacob Duarte Castaneda

Philip Jacob Duarte Castaneda, 37, of Carlsbad, NM passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Philip was born on November 29, 1984, to Danny Castaneda, Sr. and Josie Duarte.

Visitation is scheduled from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Monday, December 27, 2021, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a vigil starting at 6:00 PM. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 AM Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at San Jose Catholic Church with Fr. Juan Carlos Ramirez officiating. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Philip was preceded in death by his mother, Josie Duarte; and maternal grandmother, Refugia Duarte.

Philip is survived by his wife, Priscilla Castaneda of Artesia, NM; four daughters: Raelyn Castaneda, Daezzlyn Castaneda, Daydrianna Castaneda, Yezibella Castaneda and their sister, Remi Ramirez all of Carlsbad, NM; five step-children: Johntae Rodriguez, Isaiah Rodriguez, Jamian Rodriguez, Unique Granado, and Christopher Granado, Jr.; life long partner and mother of his children: Jennifer Coronado of Carlsbad, NM; father, Danny Castaneda, Sr. of Carlsbad, NM; paternal grandmother, Sally Castaneda of Carlsbad, NM; four siblings: Danny Castaneda, Jr. of Carlsbad, NM; Apolonia Lozano of Albuquerque, NM; Angelina Guevara of Carlsbad, NM; Shyann Adame of Albuquerque, NM; six nephews and one niece: Danny Castaneda, III, Davien Castaneda, Domanic Ramirez, Jacob Navarro, Jr., Joseph Guevara, and Joselyn Guevara; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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--- Letters from His Girls ---

Dear Dad,
As I write this, all I can think about is you always laughing and joking around. You were always so happy around us. I wish I could hear your laugh or even just your voice one more time. I remember the last time I saw you, you brought me my favorite snacks and you said, “Aww, you’re eating the ships daddy got for you.” We were laughing so hard! I’d do anything just to be with you again. I’m going to miss going cruising and listening to your favorite songs with you. I loved when you’d sing to me and sisters. We were always the happiest with you, and you were always the fun cool parent, and mom was the strict one. I’m definitely going to miss when you would tell sisters and mom that me, Bella, and you were all beautiful and not to be jealous of us! You’d make mom so mad. You were always so goofy, and everything was a joke to you, even when mom called you about how much trouble we were in. You’d always call us after and just laugh and joke about it. I remember when we were all at Gina’s one night, and you locked Gina and mom outside and it was just me and the girls inside with you. After a while, you let them inside and we had a water fight, and there was water everywhere! That was one of the best nights we had as a family. We always will be one solid family, dad. You know Gina and mom will always take care of us. We promise to never let your memory fade; you'll always be remembered. I promise to always listen to mom like you'd always tell us. I’m going to do good in school and I’m going to try and keep pushing through this for you, I’m going to make you proud. I’m trying so hard to keep going, but it's so hard knowing you’re not here with me anymore, and why you left us so soon. I still can't believe it. It's so hard accepting the fact that we will never get to see your face again or hear your laugh again. I just want to hear your voice one more time. Knowing your gone will never sit right with me. We will be together again one day, and until then rest easy daddy, you'll forever be missed.
I love you more than words can explain,

Dear Dad,
You were the absolute best daddy anyone could ever ask for. I wish you didn't have to go so soon. You took a big part of me with you when you left this world. I still can't believe your gone. We want you back, you had such a good heart, and you were such a hard worker. You really were one of the most hard-working people I've ever met. I remember sometimes you wouldn't even get a day off, and you'd be working the whole week, and most of the time you only got like 1 or 2 days at the most. You would work so hard for your stuff, dad. Everything you had you earned. You were so chill and funny, you always knew how to make us laugh, and you were the cool dad. We loved when you would joke with us; we'd all keep joking back and forth, and we were always making fun of each other. It was just our thing. One thing for sure, I'm going to miss those times with you. We loved when you would take us for rides, and you taught me how to drive. You always drove so fast, but I loved it though. We'd always be driving by the beach and everywhere else. When we would stay the night with you at your apartment, I was always so excited to go and stay the night with you. I loved taking bad pictures of you. You'd always be like, “Don't be taking dumb pictures of me”! You'd always get so mad when I'd record you, you'd be like, “You better not be recording me little girl.” I have so many good memories with you, and we were always laughing. Me and the girls have always been so close to you since we were little. You are a huge part of our lives and you'll always be. I'm so broken hearted, nothing will ever be the same. Things just have been different, and I just wish you were still here. There's a big hole in my heart now for you, and I already miss you a ton. It feels like forever and it's always going to feel like that, life won't ever be the same without you. Everything about you is implanted in my memory. Your voice, your face, and every time I close my eyes, your laugh your smile everything dad, and I'm going to miss it all so much. I will always remember it all. You would tell me and the girls, “Y'all are my little besties,” and you were our bestie, and you'll always be our bestie forever. Me and the girls will always keep your memory alive, always mention your name, always think of you. There is never going to be a day where we don't miss you. You're always going to be on my mind. I hope heaven treats you well. You’re in good hands with no pain and no suffering, you’re finally at peace now away from this world. This isn't goodbye this is I'll see you again someday, when we meet again. I love you so much dad, and I will never forget you, no one ever will.

Hi Dad,
It's Yaya, we miss you a lot, and I wish you were still here with us. I remember the time
when you took us to the carnival, it was really fun. I love to go on rides with you, it was so nice. Thank you for everything you have done for me and my sisters, and your family. I'm sorry you had to leave us. But God said it was your time and turn to be in peace. At least we know you are safe and that you are okay. You are with Grandma Jo and with God and the Angels. You are probably laughing and smiling up there, just being happy. I like how you call us twins. Sleep with the angels Tata. Until we meet again, I’ll keep you in my heart forever. Love you always. Good night daddy, I love you and miss you so much. I can't stop crying, but I know you’re with the angels with Grandma Jo and with God, at peace. I love you and miss you so very much daddy. Thank you for everything you have done for me.
Love you daddy always and forever,

To my jefe, the man of my world up in heaven,
I reminisce when you were always there for me, even when you weren’t doing so good, but no matter what you were just a call away. You protected me and my sisters all the time and you loved us more than anything in this world. You have always been the best dad. I’ve always loved you more than anything.
Like you would say, me and you were ride or die and it’s still going to stay like that always and forever. Yo te extraño mucho jefe. Never thought this day would come where I lose my dad – not just that but the only man that I will never forget, my best friend, the man that made me, the man that loved me and my sisters with your whole heart and soul. You were a good man in mi vida; you were a hard-working man, a hustler.
I wish this was all just a dream that I could just snap out of it and wake up but sad to say it’s not. Nobody will ever feel this pain that me and my tia and sisters and my jefita are going through. Me and my sisters have your blood, your DNA, and we all look just like you…that’s just something nobody in this world could ever have or take from us. We are the Castaneda girls. We carry your last name strong forever.
I still can hear your voice the last thing I heard from you was “I love you mama”. Wish we could turn back the hands of time, before this all happened, and bring you back home. It’s not fair. I don’t know why this had to happen. Only God and you know. But just know dad, te amo mucho. I will never forget the days that we would go cruising and how we would watch movies together and we would go to our cousins, and you would tell them I was your gangster girl. I will always love you and miss you every single day for the rest of my life, and forever remember all of our memories, all of the hugs and I love you.
Forever your world jefe,

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