Claude Westmoreland (Wes), Age :67

Apr 21,1953---Oct 04,2020

Mr. Claude Westmoreland (also known as Wes) of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Wes was born to parents Claudie and Marcella Westmoreland on April 21, 1953 in Aurora, Colorado.  He grew up in Fresno, California where he attended Washington Union High School.  In 1977, Wes was drafted by the LA Dodgers to play AAA baseball for the Albuquerque Dukes.  He played until 1980 and he held the record for the most homeruns hit during consecutive days of play.  Wes settled in Albuquerque as his home and raised four wonderful children.  He was a skilled and talented professional that worked for Albuquerque Printing (now known as Captiva Group) for more than 29 years where he also established many lifelong friendships. In May 2005, he married Karen Wallace.  They resided in Tijeras, New Mexico.  In April 2019, Wes was honored by his former high school and was placed on the Washington Union High School Wall of Fame for his contributions to their sports program.  Wes and Karen lived in their beloved mountain home until his death.

Wes is survived by his father, Claudie of Los Angeles, his wife, Karen of Albuquerque, his brother Leroy of Los Angeles, his three sons Daniel of Albuquerque, Wes of Albuquerque and Steven of Pennsylvania, and his only daughter, Erica of Albuquerque the loving mother of his two grand-daughters, Noelle and Emery. Wes also leaves behind many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.  He is proceeded in death by his mother, Marcella of Los Angeles.

A brief family viewing will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 preceding the cremation of his earthly body.  A celebration of life and memorial service will be held on November 2, 2020 for his family and his many friends.  The family is grateful for the expressions of sympathy and for all of the heartfelt condolences.  Flowers and donations will be accepted at the memorial service.

Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd. NE

(505) 7649663


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MQ Oct 09 ,2020

Friend ,St. Pete ,Florida

So incredibly sadden by this. My heart breaks for his family. Wes was a strong, intelligent very hardworking man who loved his family so dearly. I pray for his peace and the peace of his family. You will not be forgot and your words will always carry through. Rest in peace Wes.

Belinda Rodgers Brier Oct 12 ,2020

Classmate ,Clovis ,California

Claude was a big guy with a kind heart and soul. Gone but not forgotten, may he sit in the kingdom of heaven for eternity. Sending my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

Larry Sprague Oct 12 ,2020

Teammate ,Shaver Lake ,California

Sad to hear he passed. He was one of the greatest athletes to come from this area. I played in the City-County All Star football game with him in '71 and he was also in the basketball and baseball All Star games games that year. He was legendary! Larry Sprague Shaver Lake, CA

Kenneth Parkes Oct 13 ,2020

Child hood friend ,Fresno ,California

I became a close friend of Claude when he moved to Easton and attended Washington Colony. We kind of went separate ways in high school but always remained friends. I got to visit with him at the Wall of Fame ceremony last year. I can't believe it has been over a year already. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I will never forget all the things we did together while we were in elementary school. He was a true friend.

Joe Bourdeau Oct 14 ,2020

Teammate ,Incline Village ,Nevada

So sad to hear about my former teammate Claude's passing. Claude and I were named to all 3 Fresno-City County all star games (football, basketball and baseball) in 1971. Only a handful in history to be named all three. But the fact is, he was the best player and captain on every team and a legend. He was a game breaker. He was the most humble and kindest teammate you could ever want. I have been trying to find him for 49 years. Tragic. My condolences to his family.

Linda Sandlin Oct 14 ,2020

Ex Co-worker ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

I am proud to say that I was one of those life-long friendships of Wes due to our working together for 7 years. He was gruff on the outside but always helpful when you needed something. I'll miss him.