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417 E. Rodeo Road
Santa Fe, NM
Ed Moreno's life was a continuous course of public service carried out with the highest integrity and ethics. Ed died Tuesday, July 27 at home of a brain tumor. He was 67.
Possessed of an inquisitive mind, abundant intelligence, and a sparkling wit, he could carry on an interesting conversation with anyone on any topic. Being with Ed was easy, fun, and often enlightening as you explored topics ranging from politics, the environment, history, and justice to dogs, cats, travel, and family.
Ed was born in Mexico City and moved with his family to the United States as a young child when his father accepted a job at the first Spanish speaking language radio station in Denver, CO. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado in 1977 and began his career working for small newspapers.
He landed a job at the Santa Fe New Mexican in 1980, where his distinguished reporting on crime, courts, and politics was highly respected by sources and colleagues. In the mid-80's, he was hired as New Mexico Capital Correspondent and Newsman for The Associated Press (AP). During his time at the AP, Ed earned a number of awards for his coverage of state capitol news, the Governor and elected officials, legislative issues, and features from around the state. His investigative reporting led to changes in New Mexico liquor laws and adult guardianship.
Following his 10 years at The Associated Press, Ed joined the New Mexico State Land Office as Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, where he developed skills in policy-making, facilitation, and governmental decision-making.
In 2005, Ed took his talents to the Keystone Policy Center, an organization that works to overcome national and local policy conflicts previously thought insurmountable in energy, environment, education, health, agriculture land management, and tribal communities. He traveled the country helping to solve complex problems through dialog and public involvement.
Ed's capstone experience was his election to the Santa Fe County Commission in 2016. He served the constituents of District 5 until just short of his term. During his tenure on the commission, Ed was most proud of taking part in the Aamodt settlements and expanding water service in rural areas including the Pojoaque Valley, Eldorado, and Canoncito. He was also very proud of his role in growing the trails system and overseeing the new county administrative complex and renovation of the old county building.
In each role, Ed focused on improving the quality of life for everyone. Whether he was reporting on a thorny legislative issue or facilitating a regional water plan, his objective was always the same: better understanding and better decisions to benefit the public.
Ed leaves behind his wife Janet Wise, daughters Robin Chadwick (Robert), Talia Sledge (David), and Lisa Moreno, grandchildren Evelyn and Rozlyn Chadwick and Price and Solomon Sledge, sister Elsa Anderson (Harold Lovato), sister and brother-in-law Lori and George Bradley, niece Blythe Bradley and nephew Max Bradley. He is also survived by Bailey, one of the best dogs ever, and Gingersnap the beautiful but kind of mean cat he loved anyway.
As an immigrant who gained citizenship when he turned 18, Ed felt strongly about helping other immigrants attain that status. He was passionate about water and the environment. If you are inclined, give in his name to Somos un Pueblo Unido, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, or any other local organization working to do good in these areas.
Please join us to honor Ed at a remembrance event on September 18 at 3 p.m. at Rivera on Rodeo Road.
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Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Published by Santa Fe New Mexican from Aug. 3 to Aug. 8, 2021.
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Ed was a terrific reporter and public servant. He adored his family and spoke of their accomplishments often. He had a wonderful sense of humor and got along with all types of people - always demonstrating respect and goodwill. He will be greatly missed.
Ray Powell
September 11, 2021
SF County Manager's Staff
September 9, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family. Ed was a good and honorable man
JoAnn Marquez
August 9, 2021
Ed was a friend and colleague. Always a joy to be around. I remember his ready sense of humor as the press corps toiled late into night covering the NM state legislature. Sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed.
Peter Eichstaedt
August 8, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing and give my thoughts to his family and friends as they grieve his transition. I worked for many years as an environmentalist in New Mexico and loved Ed's coverage of the legislature and environmental issues as he understood all that was at stake, yet stood to the facts and always had the bigger picture. Rest in Peace Ed
Lynda Taylor
August 7, 2021
Very sad news, so sorry for the loss to family and friends. Ed was a memorably kind and ethical public servant.
Tamara Lichtenstein
August 4, 2021
Janet and Family -- My sincerest condolences to you all. Ed was a very dedicated, intelligent person who I worked with when he facilitated some of the first NM State Water Plan public meetings around the state when I worked for the NM Office of the State Engineer under Governor Bill Richardson's administration. He had a ready smile and a good sense of humor. He was always very professional. He will be missed.
Karin Stangl, Albuquerque
August 4, 2021
Janet, condolences to you and the entire family. I remember meeting with Ed when he served as our county commissioner. He will be missed by all those who knew him and remembered for his service to our community.
Janelle Johnson
August 4, 2021
My condolences. A fine reporter and public servant. Gone way too soon.
David Buchholtz
August 3, 2021
We lost a very decent public servant. Rest In Peace Ed. Let us know if you need help Janet.
James R. Baca
August 3, 2021
What a tragic loss to Ed's family and the people of Santa fe. Ed will always be rembered as one of the great ones. He was a kind, decent, and brilliant man.
Marilyn Fisher
August 3, 2021
What a loss. Am so sorry to learn of Ed's passing. My deepest condolences to you Janet and family. I hope you find comfort in knowing how much he was admired and respected!!!
Virginia Vigil
August 3, 2021
I remember ED at Family Gatherings in Oklahoma.,,always kind,Condolences to his Family
John & Lavita Chapin
August 3, 2021
Janet. Professionalism, integrity, intellectual curiosity, easy laugh and smile. Caring, dedicated, smart. A BIG heart. Husband, father & grandfather. Brother to others. Enthusiastic with kids, including mine. We're left with a big hole. I'll go back to mine the archives for photos.
Geoff Webb
August 3, 2021
My most sincere condolences to you Janet, and family during this most difficult time of sorrow. I was honored to work with Ed for several years with the Albuquerque Journal North: a magnificent intellect; a sympathetic heart, a tremendous presence, and an admirable career to watch unfold. We truly admired him. God bless you all today, and always-
Lori Garcia
August 3, 2021
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