Albuquerque Journal - March 27, 2003
Joseph D. Atsye Sr, a loving husband, father, son, grandfather and uncle, was born September 29, 1928 at Laguna Pueblo, NM. He was a resident of Albuquerque, NM. since 1973 and passed away on Monday, March 24, 2003 after a courageous three year battle with pulmonary complications. Mr. Atsye was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Joseph Atsye and Alice Marmon Atsye of Laguna Pueblo, NM.; brothers, Michael and Everett Atsye; sisters, Emerald Leija and Geraldine Rice. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 49 years, Agnes R. Atsye; daughter, Thelma Jean Atsye; sons, Gerald A. Atsye and wife, Ina, Everett M. Atsye and wife, Lee, and Joseph (Joe) Atsye Jr.; grandchildren, Leenlcun Baca, Charlie, Ashley, Heather, Kelly, Jessica, and Alexandra Atsye. Mr. Atsye was raised at Laguna Pueblo and attended the Laguna Day School. He was a graduate of Albuquerque Indian School, where he participated and lettered in football, basketball and track. Mr. Atsye was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Honorably Discharged with the Rank of Sgt. He was an electrician by trade with an emphasis in Industrial Electricity and Electronics. In California he worked for Douglas Aircraft, Santa Fe Railroad and JPL/NASA. Upon his return to New Mexico he was employed by Kirtland AFB until his retirement with 20 years of service as an Electrical Supervisor in the Civil Engineering Department. He was very active in the Little League, Boy and Girl Scouts, High School Booster Clubs and the Albuquerque Laguna Colony. Before his illness, he was an active and participating Tribal Member who strongly believed in his culture, language, customs and traditions. Mr. Atsye was a charter member of Sandia Presbyterian Church (USA) and served on the Santa Fe Presbyterian Council, Native American Ministries and Sandia Presbyterian Church Men's Bible Study Group. Services will be held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10724 Paseo del Norte NE., on Friday, March 28, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. A Visitation will be held before and after the service. Burial will be at the Pueblo of Laguna Cemetery on Saturday, March 29, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Pallbearers will be Mr. AtsyesÂ sons, grandsons, and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Lung Association, 216 Truman N.E. Albuq., NM. 87108. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. Albuq. 505-343-8008.