John Michael Gamboa Memorial

 “Remember I was different, let me be different”

John Michael Gamboa 23, of Roswell, passed away on August 17. He was born March 8, 1995 in Roswell, the son of Miguel & Jennifer Cabral.

John Michael was a perfect example of genuine, authentic love. His world revolved around his family and friends. He truly cared about others and put everyone else’s needs ahead of himself. As a fiancé Kayla says “he was everything I could think of” and “always made me confident that everything was going to be ok”.  As a father, his love for Avian was beyond measure. His world revolved around being the best provider possible for his son.

For the rest of us, we knew John Michael for his quiet confidence and sense of humor. Someone who, in his own way was both soft-spoken and at the same time larger than life. He was bigger than any room he entered and would light up the place with his smile, his laugh, or his moves on the dance floor. His smile always communicated a confident “I got this” whatever the situation. There was never a dull moment with John. With his love for music, whether he was teaching us how to Dougie or the lyrics to a new song about riding “…a bike with no handlebars” - he always kept us laughing.

John’s spirit was very deep and complex. In one aspect, he was almost childlike as an example pure love, joy and hope in his pursuit of new adventures. On the other side, he was restless, driven, and determined to succeed in everything he tried. He was always pushing for more.

He would want to say to you all that he loves you, and to let him “ different”, and he would ask “what are ya’ll crying for?

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Anderson Bethany Funeral Home in Roswell. The funeral will be held on Saturday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Grace Community Church (935 W Mescalero Rd, Roswell, NM 88201). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations available through

Friends and family are welcome to attend the celebration of life service on Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 935 W Mescalero Rd, Roswell. Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements (575) [phone redacted].

John is survived by his son Avian Michael Gamboa, fiancé Kayla McDonald, parents Miguel & Jennifer Cabral, sister Marissa Gamboa, nieces Elianna and Rozalee, and nephew Sal. His sister Stephanie & brother Donovan. He also leaves his maternal great-grandmother Cerilia Soliz, his grandfather and best friend Johnny “Pompo” and Yolanda “Nani” Gamboa. His close friends: Juan Saenz, Caleb Perlingos, Jose Sifuentes, Jose Hermosillo, David Rivera, Andy Campos, Alonzo Zamarripa, Carlos Hernandez and Marco Lupercio. Along with aunts Cynthia Dearnbarger, Susie Aguilar & uncles David Aguilar and Jack Dearnbarger. Cousins; Breanna, Victoria, Ryan, Alex, Reed. Extended family includes; Joe & Ester Soliz, Gene & Rose Soliz, Mary Soliz, John McDonald, Christina Urban, Cedric & Samantha Gonzales, Cecilia Urban and Yesi Salas & Yolanda Aragon, Adrian & Rosie Benavidez, Oscar & Carmen Suarez, Alfred & Betty Gamboa, Joe & Priscilla Gamboa, Fred and Nora Gamboa, Margie Gamboa, Connie Gamboa, Earnest Gamboa, Jimmy Gamboa. Special thanks to Theresa Boykin for your continued love and support for our family.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jennifer Cabral 
Roswell, NM
Cynthia Dearnbarger 

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