Vidal "Lalo" Gallegos (1935 - 2018)

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Vidal "Lalo" Gallegos of Las Vegas, N.M., beloved brother, uncle and friend entered into eternal peace on Nov, 2, 2018, at the age of 83.
Lalo was born Feb. 16, 1935, and remained a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, where he contributed to the community with his many talents.
Lalo joined his big sister, Mela L. Garduño in Heaven on her birthday. He was also preceded in death by his mother Eloisa Gallegos, brothers-in-law Joe F. Garduño, Louis Ulibarri; sister-in-law Luji Lujan; brothers Max Lujan and Alfonso Gallegos; sister Victoria Gallegos; nephews D. Diego Zamora, Daniel Garduño Sr., Daniel Garduño Jr.; and nieces Priscilla Adams and Mary Lou Lujan.
He leaves behind his devoted nephew and niece, Walter and Romie Adams; sisters Pita Ulibarri, Emeline Zamora and husband Matias of Santa Fe; brother Richard Lujan and wife Mary Ellen of Albuquerque; sister-in-law Carmen Gallegos and many nieces, nephews; great nieces and great nephews; great great nieces and nephews; great great great nieces and nephews; special friend Soylo Fernandez and other relatives and friends.
Lalo leaves a unique legacy as son, brother, uncle, teacher, and musician. After graduating from West Las Vegas High School, he attended and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts and Master degrees from Highlands University.
He returned to West Last Vegas High, where he taught in the music department for 29 years. He shared his passion and love of music with his students.
His legacy to West Las Vegas High School is the school song "Here Come our Town Dons," which he wrote the lyrics for at the age of 13. Lalo was always proud of his choral and band programs.
His demand for perfection led several of his groups to receive All-State honors. Students continue to be influenced by his powerful voice, lessons, work ethic and dedication to music.
Following his retirement from West in 1992, Lalo's travels took him to countries throughout Europe. He also loved traveling within the United States with San Francisco at the top of the list.
A rosary will be recited on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows with funeral services following immediately after at 10 a.m. with Father George V. Salazar as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Mr. Calvary Cemetery in Las Vegas, NM with the following serving as casket bearers: Roseanna Gonzales, Monica Zamora, Soylo Fernandez, Alfonso Gallegos, Leroy Lucero, Steve Leger, Walter Adams Jr. and Don Romero.
Serving as honorary bearers will be: Lee Norman Gonzales, Pancho Romero, Lonnie Zamora, Geno Zamora, Leann Adams, Keanna Lovato, Vanessa Lucero, Diane Valdez, Rose Salazar, and Judy Gonzales. Also, a special thank you to Addie Montoya and Dr. Jasmine Breitung and staff.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the West Las Vegas Music Department.
Arrangements are entrusted under Roger Mortuary, 600 Raynolds Ave., Las Vegas, N.M., 1-800-479-3511. Go to to sign the online register book.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Nov. 8, 2018