CHARLIE CHACON, 100, a resident of Española and his ancestral home of Cebolla, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patricio and Maximiana Chacon; grandfather, Epimenio Chacon; infant brothers, Clovis and Primo Carnera; infant sister, Emma and grandson, Matthew D. Reitzel. Charlie served in the Navy in WWII, the Pacific Theater, attended business college for 2 years, worked as Postmaster in Cebolla, a technician at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and retired from the Los Alamos Fire Department after 26 years. Throughout his life he was an active and prominent rancher in Northern New Mexico. He was passionately involved in land and water issues. He was an heir to the San Joaquin del Rio de Chama Land Grant and La Merced de los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla and was recognized through the Land Grant Consejo with the Lifetime Service Award and was appointed to the US Department of Agriculture Advisory Committee. Charlie’s family was recognized as Ranching Family of the year in New Mexico in 2007. Until his death he continued to be interested in the family ranching operation and always gave his input. Charlie’s legacy to his family was his love for the land and the animals and preserving the culture and customs of Northern New Mexico. Mr. Chacon is survived by his wife of 74 years, Geralda M. Chacon; sister, Mary Martinez (Beva); brother, Gilbert Chacon; sons, Carlos Chacon (Mary Toni), Claudio Chacon (Mary Lou), Gerald Chacon (Frances); daughter, Dina Reitzel (Jim); daughter-in-law, Carmen; grandchildren, Carlos Estevan Chacon (Terri), Angela Bernal (Ray), Damian Chacon, Reyna Guevara (Armando Corral), Marisa Guaderrama (Rene), Alejandro Chacon (Sarah), Felicia Frost (Rusty), Crista Chacon (Alfonso), Elizabeth Reitzel (Britney Choy); great-grandchildren, Kristina Chacon, Gabriella Guevara, Dominique Guevara, Claudia Chacon, Amanda Chacon, Andres, Miguel and Joaquin Guaderrama, Nicholas Chacon, Raquel Chacon, Emma Frost, Kohen Frost, Adrian Romero, Ashlee Hallet, Kaitey Lancaster, Lacie Chacon; great-great-grandchild, Chrysanthos Romero and numerous other relatives and friends. Services will be restricted to immediate family members with postponement of a memorial service to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make gifts in memory of Matthew D. Reitzel, Charlies grandson, payable to NMSU Foundation, PO Box 3590, Las Cruces, NM 88003-3590. Designate your gift to Matthew David Reitzel Scholarship in memory of Charlie Chacon. The family of Charlie Chacon has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.
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