Fourty-two years ago we were blessed on June 12, 1971 with a beautiful baby boy. Carlos was born in Garden Grove, Calif. on a sunny day. "Sunshine on my Shoulders," was a happy song he enjoyed.
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Carlos was a proud American who loved his country. Just like he wanted to be a United States Marine like his dad, Carlos was Christina's big brother who liked getting him in trouble. There is a story that Christina didn't want to get into trouble for painting on Granny and Grandpa's garage. When Christina said, "Carlos did it," she misspelled Carlos' name when they went to go see, it read "Calros." Carlos was well known for his mischief but also for his politeness and manners.
Carlos was a graduate of Oñate High School and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps from 1991 to 1994. The Marine in him was carried into his everyday life. "Once a Marine, always a Marine" was his motto along with "Semper Fi" (Always Faithful). Carlos was a founding member of the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League in Silver City and he proudly marched along with his father to display the colors for their Marine Corps Ball. He served in Somalia in 1993 as a Force Recon Marine and after exiting the Marines went on to become a firefighter and was involved in search and rescue.
Carlos was an EMT and was a Lieutenant with the Whiskey Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Arenas Valley. He returned to Las Cruces two years ago and was most recently working as a volunteer with the Las Cruces Fire Department. He completed numerous trainings at the Socorro Fire Academy in fire fighting and as an instructor and was scheduled for an interview next week for an instructor position at the Academy. Carlos was said to be "the epitome of a firefighter."
Carlos' personality drew attention with his deep voice, charisma, and outrageous sense of humor, just like in his entertaining voicemail messages.
Carlos is survived by his mother, Stella and Ernie Najera; father, Carlos Jr. and Olivia Nevarez; his children, John Costa Zamarippa of Las Cruces and Nevaeh Arroyos of Bayard; his "little brother," Amador Gonzales of Las Vegas; big brother, Cesar Vargas of Española; sisters, Hyacinth Sedillo, Bobbie Lopez, and Karleen Montaño, all of Las Vegas; grandfather, Carlos Nevarez Sr. of Alamogordo; Godparents, Manuel and Beatrice Tarango of La Union; uncles, Ruben Nevarez and Sylvia of Prescott, Ariz., Hector and Margaret Madrid of Deming; aunts, Elsie and Ralph Montaño of Las Cruces, Irma and Phillip Barela of Las Cruces, Dora Madrid of Las Cruces, Priscilla and Efren Contreras of Alamogordo, and Sylvia and Rudy Contreras of Alamogordo, and special nephew, "Jack." Carlos had numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, honorary brothers and sisters, friends, and comrades in arms.
He was preceded in death by Granny and Grampa, Celia and Max Madrid; his sister, Christina Nevarez in 1997; stepfather, Alvin Martinez; uncle, Richard Madrid, and cousin, Eric Montaño.
Visitation for Carlos will be held at 6 p.m. today (Monday) followed by a rosary to start at 7 p.m. at St. Genevieve Church, 100 S. Espina St., Las Cruces. A mass for Carlos will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Genevieve, followed by Interment at Masonic Cemetery, 760 S. Compress Road, Las Cruces. Military honors will be rendered by the Gaffney-Oglesby attachment 1328, Silver City Marine Core League.
Services have been entrusted to La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home, 555 W. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, N.M. To send condolences go to http://www.lapaz-grahams.com/
La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home - Las Cruces
555 West Amador Las Cruces, NM 88005
Published in Las Vegas Optic on June 17, 2013