A San Elizario family, known for making cheese and opening a petting zoo to the community, will lay to rest the founder of Licon Dairy Saturday morning.
Eugenio Licon, 83, will be taken for a last ride around his farm Saturday after his funeral mass, according to Angel Licon, grandson.
“Even [when he was in] the hospital, he just wanted to come back to this farm. He was worried about a lot of stuff here so he kept on calling us to check on tractors,” said Angel.
Eugenio died Sunday after health complications, said Angel.
Licon Dairy was built with Eugenio’s bare hands. He could be seen at 5 a.m. feeding the animals and cleaning the farm, said Angel.
“People would ask him how long he’d been working here and he would say, ‘It's my first day’,” said Angel.
“The biggest thing he did was give back to his community. He taught all of us in the family that hard work pays off,” said Angel
Eugenio opened a petting zoo for the community nearly 20 years ago with deer, ostriches, donkeys and cows just to name a few.
“We just have to keep working and make him proud, and most of all our community proud, because that's really what's keeping us going -- it's been the sense of community,” said Angel.
The community is invited to attend Eugenio’s last ride along his farm this Saturday at around 9:45 a.m. The public will be allowed to stand along Glorietta Road, off of Socorro Road in San Elizario.