Raul “Rudy” Munoz, 63, of Carlsbad, New Mexico passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at Carlsbad Medical Center. Rudy was born on September 22, 1958, in Carlsbad, NM to Ruben and Frances Cerna.
Visitation is scheduled for 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home Chapel. A rosary and vigil are scheduled for 6:00 PM Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at San Jose Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at San Jose Catholic Church with Fr. Juan Carlos Ramirez officiating. Interment will take place at Santa Catarina Cemetery in Carlsbad, NM. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Over the years, Rudy has worked all over the Carlsbad area. He spent time at Rose Gravel, at American National selling life insurance, at the radio station Tejano Disc Jockey, at KATK Radio “Mil Watts De Ponteñcia”, for both Jenkins and Decor Furniture Stores, and all while bartending and being the right-hand man for his lifelong friend/sister Mama Lucy.
Rudy was well known for his passion for music. As early as 12 years old, he was a local drummer for numerous bands. The first band he joined was The Latin Liners, which he was included in their debut hit recording “cariño.” Pursuing his musical passion, he was also recognized in the well known local band E.S.O. Rudy’s musical journey continued also joining Los Illegales del Bravo an iconic Carlsbad band during the towns 80’s era. He also had a love for cooking and baking for his family. If you ever came over to his house for a visit, you always left with a full stomach. Rudy’s number one passion was his family. He never missed a holiday, birthday, or special event in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Rudy was preceded in death by his father, Ruben Cerna; step-mother, Concha Ramirez; and brother, Ruben Cerna, Jr.
Rudy is survived by his son, Rodney Morales and wife, Jessica of Carlsbad, NM; three grandchildren: Saig Morales, Hermonie Morales, and Rodney Morales, Jr.; one great grandson, Kane Martin; five bonus children: Eric Armendariz and wife, Chriselda of Carlsbad, NM; Nova Perez and husband, Richard of Carlsbad, NM; Angel Armendariz and wife, Yvonne of El Paso, TX; Llia Armendariz of Carlsbad, NM; and Barri Armendariz of Carlsbad, NM; eleven bonus grandchildren; seventeen bonus great grandchildren; mother, Frances Cerna of Carlsbad, NM; step-father, Luis Munoz of Carlsbad, NM; five siblings: Carol Rodriguez of Albuquerque, NM; Yolonda Gonzales of Carlsbad, NM; Gloria Jacquez of Albuquerque, NM; Bennie Munoz of Las Cruces, NM; and Jessica Ferrell of Colorado; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Pallbearers will be: Eric Armendariz, Fernando Gonzalez, Rico Morales, Easi Munoz, Jose Munoz, Richard Perez, Rudy Rodriguez, Saulray Sanchez. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Angel Jamie Armendariz, Kane Martin, Hermonie Morales, Rodney Morales, Jr., and Amariah Rodriguez.
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