Confidant, mentor, prominent businessman — Carlos D. Gallegos, Sr. (82) danced his way to heaven on May 26, 2021 surrounded by his loving wife of 62 years, Juliette Gallegos, and loving family.
Carlos, lifelong resident of Las Vegas, N.M., was a devoted Catholic and an influential figure in his community and throughout the state. Whether it was at a political function, his grandkids sporting events, or coffee with his pals — he was sure to light up any room with his joking and prankster personality. With his lighthearted personality, Carlos carried his big heart on his sleeve. He influenced, encouraged, and motivated so many by being a true leader.
Carlos attended New Mexico Highlands University and served 15 years in the U.S. Army National Guard. When the City of Las Vegas was consolidated, Carlos was elected the first consolidated City Councilor, later going on to serve as a City Councilor for two consecutive terms and co-owner of Roggow’s Coin Machines (aka “The Shop”). He was a Highway Commissioner, former President of New Mexico Municipal League and a DNC National Delegate for President Jimmy Carter.
The greatest and most prestigious titles Carlos ever held were Husband, Dad, and Pampa. He’s survived by his beautiful wife, Juliette Gallegos of Las Vegas, children: Ralph Gallegos and Carla Arellanes of Las Vegas; Cathy Lucero (Chuck) of Albuquerque; and Carlos Gallegos, Jr. (Janet) of Santa Fe.
Grandchildren: Lynette Arellanes, Lindsay Cavazos (Enrique), Desiree Mitchell (Aaron), Brianna Gallegos, Tori Gallegos, Christian Lucero, Charlie Lucero, Carlos Gallegos III, Daniel Chavez, and Chantel Chavez.
Great-grandchildren: Mia Bailey; Marley, Bronx, Ryatt and Jett Cavazos; Prynce and Preston Mitchell; Charlie III and Jedadiah Lucero; Josiah Chavez.
Sister, MaryLou Lopez of Albuquerque and many nieces, nephews and dearly beloved friends.
Carlos was preceded in death by his mother Mary Montaño.
He is unconditionally loved and missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital -
(https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=home-btn-donate-now) in Carlos Gallegos, Sr.’s name.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Rosary services are to be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 7:00pm at Immaculate Conception Church in Las Vegas, N.M. Funeral mass will be the following morning at 9:00 with Father George Salazar as celebrant. Interment of his ashes will take place immediately after at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Las Vegas.
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