Salomon (Little Sal) N. Lujan, Age :77

Nov 06,1942---May 11,2020

Salomon (Little Sal) N. Lujan, age 77, “Godfather of Music”, a lifetime resident of San Miguel County, was called to join the choir of the angels on the early morning of May 11, 2020.  He went peacefully with his family at his side.  

He was born in El Canyon de las Manuelitas on November 6, 1942 to the late Frances and Benjamin Lujan.  He was raised by his grandparents the late Beatrice and Vicente Sanchez in Canoncito until he decided to move to (town) Las Vegas. Was proceeded in death by an older sister Angela and became the oldest of 13 brothers and sisters. He was united in marriage to the late Helen Lujan on June 10, 1961. They were 6 months short of their 50th anniversary when she passed in 2011.

He loved and respected nature and taught his family to do the same. He farmed, ranched cattle and worked with horses (rode, trained, broke, shoed and raced).  Camping, fishing, hunting, scouting. Enjoyed it most with all his family.

He was a self-taught guitar player and continued performing until no longer able.  He led several bands/different names with family members and other talented musicians.  They performed from El Paso to Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado and all over New Mexico winning several awards.  A lifetime Catholic was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish and continued to play in several choirs for mass and funerals. (He performed over 500 final services). He worked as a firefighter, did construction, carpentry, mechanics, was a jack of all trades. He moved his family to Amarillo, Texas commuting every weekend to perform at different functions.  He got certified as a Master Barber and retired from the New Mexico Behavioral Institute he also worked weekends with “Big” Sal Aguilar at Sal’s Barbershop.

Beside the family mentioned above he was predeceased by his mother & father in law Adelina Chavez and Noverto Herrera, Compadre/bro in law Ray Solano, Special sister and brother Irene Lopez and Benjamin (Benny) Lujan, Jr., nephews, Joseph Chavez and Benjamin F. Lujan & friend Leroy Vigil.

He is survived by his children: Margaret (Peggy) Lujan-DeJesus, John and Paula Lujan and Bernadette (Bundy) Martinez (David).  His grandchildren Naomi DeJesus (Vic), Vanessa DeJesus (Russell), David DeJesus (Monica), Desiree Guardado (Antonio), Ashley Lujan (Tyran), Cheyanne and Savannah Lujan.  Great grandchildren Santiago DeJesus and Teresita Montano.  Special Aunt Antonia Sanchez-Lujan (sister of Frances, 98 years young of Brighton, Co.), Brothers and sisters: Robert Lujan, Sr.,( (Flora), Ruby Aragon (Larry), Freddie Lujan (Julia), Dorothy Aragon (Frank), Rose Ortiz (Ruben), Danny Lujan (Olivia) of Las Vegas, NM; Pita Vasquez (Ray), Julia Lujan of Santa Fe, NM, Susan Lopez (Bobby), Special Bro in law Ernest Lopez of Rio Rancho and Annadine (Dina) Herrera (Julian) of Guadalupita, NM.; Brothers & Sisters in Law;  Flora Solano of Commerce City Colorado, Lawrence Chavez (Andra), Dorothy Aragon (Sam) and  Fabiola Sanchez of Las Vegas, NM, Gloria Trujillo (Ruben) of Alb, NM and Sandra Belmontes (Armando) of Ohio.  God children; Sherrie Lujan, Renee Lopez, Angela Sena, Vanessa DeJesus, Joseph Trujillo, Juliana Maestas, Desiree Guardado and probably more, dozens of nieces and nephews’ countless relatives and many, many friends, whom he always welcomed with music and open arms.

Services are pending and will be announced at a later date.  Please visit the on-line register for Salomon at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the caring professionals of:

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

3232 Cerrillos Road

(505) 395-9150

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Leroy & Tina Pacheco May 19 ,2020

Friends ,Las Vegas ,New Mexico

We were so saddened to hear of Little Sal's passing. May God comfort the entire Lujan family. We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers! Rest in peace Sal, we will miss you and always hold you in our hearts.

Ernest Vigil and Family May 19 ,2020

Nephew ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My condolences to all my cousins. We love you and my uncle sal will he missed.

Mary Ann Talavera May 20 ,2020

My condolences to all.

Yvonne Aragon May 21 ,2020

friend ,Las Vegas ,New Mexico

Dear Peggy -- Please accept my sincere condolences. Prayers for you and your family.

Elizabeth May 21 ,2020

Friend ,Las vegas

I’m sorry for your loss to all the lujan family

Christy Cantu May 22 ,2020

Funeral Director ,Santa Fe ,New Mexico

If any one would like to send anything to the family it can be sent to 727 Dora Celeste Las Vegas, NM 87701

Services at Later Date