"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
Tomas (Tommy, Red) Gallegos, 61, went to heaven on Monday 25, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Tomas was born on an Easter Sunday, on April 13, 1952, in Alamogordo, N.M. to Salomon and Juanita Aguilar Gallegos. He was the youngest of five children.
After graduating high school in 1970, Tomas attended NMSU on the "hill" before transferring to Saddle Back College in Laguna Beach, Calif. Missing family and home, he returned to N.M. in 1972 and resumed his studies at NMSU, it was also during this time that he married his sweetheart Corrina Sida and they moved to Phoenix, Ariz. In 1973, they returned to Alamogordo at which time their first child was born and he decided to join the military. He joined the U.S. Army and went into the military intelligence field and when asked what he did he would always answer, "If I told you, I'd have to kill you. Ask me in one hundred years and I'll tell you". During his time of service he traveled the world and received many awards and commendations. He was especially proud of his marksmanship awards. It was also during this time that he continued his education and earned his masters degree in business management.
He retired from active duty in 1994, at Fort Huachuca, Ariz, and immediately became involved in the growing community of Sierra Vista, Ariz. He was elected to serve as president of the Boys and Girls Club. He also served as a water commissioner on the Southern Baptist Missions Board and later was elected to serve as City Councilman for two terms. He also opened and operated A&T Metals Recycling Center in Sierra Vista.
In 2006, he and his wife decided to return home to New Mexico, the Sacramento Mountains, specifically. He loved the mountains, hunting, hiking, fishing and camping with his family. He found and bought a small home in High Rolls with an awesome view of the Tularosa Basin. He and his wife joined Trinity Baptist Church shortly after arriving and fell in love with the Trinity Family of worshipers. He shared with the congregation his belief that God had a mission for him here, to minister to and lead his family and friends to Christ.
In Feb. 2007, he opened his second recycling center (ACT Recycling Center) in Alamogordo. His intention was to have a family owned and operated business that would benefit the community and as usual, he succeeded in reaching his goal.
God and family were at the utmost top of his list in life. He had a tremendous impact on so many people during his short lifetime and he will be greatly missed by many.
He leaves behind, his wife of 41 years, Corrina, his children; Crystal (Carlos), April (Jonathan) and Thomas (Samantha) in whom he took great pride, and his nephew Andrew Saucedo. His precious grandchildren; Corrina Danae, Anna Mercedes, Jason Jr, Aaliyah Rose and Nicholas James, his siblings; Juan, Sofia, Juanita, Rachel and Anita, and countless extended family members and friends.
We have not lost this great man, we know exactly where he is, and we know we will be with him again someday. Amazing Grace! How sweet the Sound!
A memorial service will be held Monday Dec. 2, 2013, at Alamogordo Funeral Home on 1st St at 1 p.m. Please wear your favorite jersey!
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 3, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014
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