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MICHAEL SANDS KELLY

MICHAEL SANDS KELLY 70, Technical Staff member of Los Alamos Laboratory for 35 years and long-time dedicated Santa Fe volunteer, died on December 27, 2012, in The Heart Hospital, Albuquerque. Mr. Kelly was a graduate of the College of Santa Fe and served in the U.S. Army for 3 years in Vietnam. He attended the New Mexico Citizens Police Academy and did ride-alongs with the Santa Fe Police Department. Married for 30 years to Lynn Y. Kelly, he was the father of Richard Kelly, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Candace Kelly Perry, Roswell, NM; Daniel Culbert, Los Gatos, CA; Michael Culbert, Monte Serena, CA. Mr. Kelly also leaves 9 grandchildren and his brother, John T. Kelly, Albuquerque. Notably, Mr. Kelly was devoted to his volunteer effort as a tutor in reading for 8 and 9 year olds at the Caesar Chavez School. For several years he was an AARP driver safety instructor; for 3 years, he served as the director of the New Mexico Driver Safety program, all volunteer positions. Mr. Kelly was also a certified firearm safety instructor for women and children. In keeping with his commitment to volunteering, Mr. Kelly was a longstanding blood donor, recognized for his repeated donations. At the State Penitentiary, he volunteered with Navajo Indians to help set up a sweat lodge and was instrumental in the passage of the New Mexico Native American Religious Freedom Act. He remained in contact with prisoners who had been released to support their adjustment to the outside world. Services were held on December 30, at Temple Beth Shalom. Contributions in Mr. Kelly's memory may be made to HOST Program at Caesar Chavez School, Santa Fe; NARAL; or ACLU.


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