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Sidney N. Pinkston, 77, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on April 19. Sid, or Cork to his family, is preceded in death by his father James Pinkston; mother Zelma Goodge-Pinkston; brother James; and sisters: Phama, Ouida Schofield and Joyce Vance. Sid is survived by his loving wife Peggy, who has been honored to stand by his side for 55 years; his children: Larry Pinkston (Suzanne) and their daughter Rebecca of Oklahoma; Cydne Cochran (Tom) of Washington State and her children Richard Urbina and Amy Branch (Jared); Jennifer Stone(Edward) of Albuquerque and their children Jordan and Caitlin; and Daphne Schleft (Bill) of Los Alamos and their children Brandon, Ryan and Lauren. Sid also left a legacy of two great-grandchildren: Kadence and Chase Branch, many cherished nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins.
After his graduation from high school in Wray, Colo., he joined the Army RA Infantry where he was a member of the 82nd Airborne, proudly earning his parachutist badge. Sid was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the Navy Sea Bees, U.S. Mobile Construction Battalion 22, from 1967 through 1969 and continued his reserve duties in Los Alamos.
He was a proud member of the local #412 Plumbing and Pipefitting Union for more than 50 years, touching the lives of many people he worked with and trained during his career. He was also honored to be a member of the Valley Masonic Lodge AF & AM where he served as master and was a member of the Los Alamos Chapter of Eastern Star. Sid was a Rainbow Dad to many over the years, which was one of the greatest pleasures in his life.
Sid and his family were thrilled and proud when he earned his glider pilot’s license at the age of 70, encompassing his love of airplanes and the freedom of flight. He was a most beloved father and grandfather, sharing his love of and sports with all, attending football, baseball and softball games, soccer games and tennis matches, enjoying his role as a fan and the most loved Pop Pop.
Services to honor his life will be Wednesday at DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory, 623 N. Railroad Ave., Española, N.M. 87532. Public viewing will begin at 10:30 a.m. with services immediately following at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
The family of Sidney N. Pinkston has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477 or devargasfuneral.com.