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Title: Victor Valdez
Post by: possum on August 10, 2016, 11:39:18 PM
Just saw this on Marfa Public Radio Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/Marfa-Public-Radio-KRTS-42822870949/

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Valdez, a lifelong resident of Boquillas, Mexico and an emblematic local figure.
According to close friends, Valdez passed away today at the age of 65 while on the way to see a doctor in Múzquiz, Mexico after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day.
Valdez was born and raised in the small community just south of the Rio Grande from Big Bend National Park, and became famous for his beautiful singing voice and his charming rendition of "Cielito Lindo" that welcomed visitors to Boquillas as they crossed the river by rowboat.
He was one of a small number of lifelong Boquillas residents to see the once-informal border crossing connecting the village with the U.S. reopened as a formal port of entry in 2013, after it was closed off in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and ensuing border security crackdowns.
Boquillas resident Lilia Falcon called him "an excellent man" and "a man of god," saying he will be truly missed.
It's expected that a public funeral service will take place in Boquillas Thursday afternoon, but that's not yet confirmed, and it might not happen until Friday. We'll post information on services when we receive it.
Valdez was featured in our NPR story on the reopening of the Boquillas crossing in April 2013. You can find that story here: goo.gl/rwOZj
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: Casa Grande on August 11, 2016, 12:08:51 AM
RIP Victor

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160811/b4eade372b397614ff4d3dddf9d8f105.jpg)

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Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: The Scorpion on August 11, 2016, 01:54:37 AM
So sad, he will be missed by many

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Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: Andreas on August 11, 2016, 03:34:15 AM
Saw, heard and ENJOYED Victor every time I was visiting the park. RIP and condolences to his family and friends.

BTW, that's a beautiful photo of Victor, Casa Grande.
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: kevint on August 11, 2016, 04:45:01 AM
So sad to hear the end of an era.  I first topped the ridge on the trail into Boquillas in December of 2011 to be greeted by Victor's songs floating through the canyon.  I dropped a nice gift in the cup, a nearby by watchman gave Victor a  nod and we got the full repertoire. 

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/Texas/2011-2012-Big-Bend/i-s9GRQCG/4/L/_PNK2004_edited-1-L.jpg) (https://thornsberry.smugmug.com/Travel/Texas/2011-2012-Big-Bend/i-s9GRQCG/A)

It's a memory the family loves to recall.

We next were serenaded across the river after the crossing opened and were thrilled to meet Victor on the other side, pay our transportation fee and make our way into Boquillas.

I moved to the western coast of Africa in March and think often of my Big Bend memories.  Sad to know I'll not get to hear Victor again.
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: mule ears on August 11, 2016, 06:59:48 AM
Indeed a sad day for the people of Boquillas. 
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: austin gorpchomper on August 11, 2016, 08:18:09 AM
RIP Victor.  :(
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: badknees on August 11, 2016, 08:20:35 AM
An icon that will be missed...RIP
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: Ranger Tim on August 11, 2016, 08:45:29 AM
Descanse en paz, El Cantante de Cañon
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: Hang10er on August 11, 2016, 10:10:09 AM
(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp182/hang10er/DSC01028_zps24zbrfwm.jpg)

Sad news.
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: RichardM on August 11, 2016, 10:17:33 AM
I will regret never getting to talk to him face to face instead of across the river. He will be missed by all.
Victor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTVKZDllxOE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTVKZDllxOE)
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: Lance on August 11, 2016, 10:42:30 AM
RIP Victor.. I'm sorry I never got a chance to meet you..
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: catz on August 11, 2016, 11:09:38 AM
This is very sad news.  RIP, Victor.

Does he have any family in Boquillas?
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: Demon Deacon on August 11, 2016, 11:32:42 AM
Very sad news. Glad I was able to meet him on our crossing this past January.
Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: dprather on August 11, 2016, 12:03:24 PM
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Title: Re: Victor Valdez
Post by: Casa Grande on August 12, 2016, 01:37:26 PM
Saw, heard and ENJOYED Victor every time I was visiting the park. RIP and condolences to his family and friends.

BTW, that's a beautiful photo of Victor, Casa Grande.
Thanks, Andreas!

I love the outpouring of happiness being presented for his remembrance.  For someone like Victor, I imagine he would want us not to mourn his passing, but to celebrate the happiness he brought to his little part of the world.  We should all take notice and apply the same to our own little parts of the world.  We need it.

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