Xavier Sandoval

Xavier Sandoval

October 9th, 2020
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Xavier Sandoval passed away in his home October 9, 2020 with his son present. He was born July 1930 to his parents Ruben Sandoval and Balbina Trujillo in Pictou Colorado, a mining camp near Walsenburg. He lived in Toltec in his early childhood years. He lettered in football and baseball in high school. He graduated from Huerfano County High School in 1949. Xavier joined the US Navy after high school and served on the USS Bache. He played on his Navy base basketball team that won the base championship. While still serving, he then married the love of his life, Patricia Martinez.
After his military service, Xavier went to work for the US Department of Defense at the Pueblo Army Depot. He became a missile technician. Xavier was a great leader both in the community and in the State of Colorado. He genuinely loved his community and the people in it. He served on the Huerfano County Hospital Board. Xavier was elected in 1986 as Huerfano County commissioner and served for 4 consecutive terms for a total of 16 years. He played a major role in the construction of the Walsenburg Community Center and the upgrade of many county facilities, including the Huerfano County Courthouse. He fought for the underrepresented and worked hard to make the county a better place for its citizens and employees. He also served on the board for “War on Poverty.” Xavier was a kind and generous person. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Eagles, American GI Forum which provided scholarships to minorities in the county. He was a member and served as an usher for many years at St. Mary Catholic Church.
Xavier was an avid Denver Broncos fan and he loved baseball. He enjoyed going to Colorado Rockies Spring training with his kids. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was loved by his family and friends. He enjoyed golf, hunting and the outdoors. He never got tired of looking out at the Spanish Peaks from the view of his home. He was a lifelong advocate for the betterment of his community by helping people.
Xavier had a great love of life and his deep love of his family. He is survived by his sister Rachel Sammon and brother Manuel (Dixie) Sandoval, his sons; Don Sandoval, Steve Sandoval, Tim Sandoval (Heidi Simpson), and daughter Susan Chavez (Adrian Chavez), grandchildren Jaime (Sandoval) Schlomberg, John Sandoval, Kendall Sandoval, McKenna Sandoval, Xavier Chavez, Antonio Chavez; and great grandchildren Alexander Schlomberg, Violet Schlomberg, Ava Grace Schlomberg, and Sapphire Sandoval. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, his parents Ruben and Balbina (Trujillo) Sandoval and 8 brothers and sisters.
Services will be announced at a later date.
Please in lieu of flowers donate to: Salvation Army locally at 719-543-3656 or the Humane Society at or plant a tree in his name by calling the Walsenburg Nursery. Arrangements made by Boies-Ortega Funeral Home.
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