Jamein (Jay) Gallegos- Jamein Diego Gallegos (Jay), a lifelong resident of Chama, NM went to be with our Lord on December 21, 2020 at the age of 42 after battling a lengthy illness. Jamein was born on May 3, 1978 to Vicente and Rose Gallegos of Chama, NM. He had many passions in life and loved his family dearly. He had a passion for flying, building model airplanes, reading, and journaling. Jay loved fishing with his friends and his youngest son Jay-Jay. Most importantly he loved his heavenly Father. His walk with Christ was very important to him. “I have a friend that will NEVER give up on me. Who will ALWAYS be by my side. His great name is JESUS” was one of his favorite quotes. Jamein was a Wildland Firefighter in his early 20’s. On December 11, 2004, he became the recipient of a heart transplant at the age of 24. In 2006 he represented the state of New Mexico in the National Transplant Olympics. Jay didn’t let his illness define nor defeat him. He had the courage and strength of a lion, a true WARRIOR!
Jamein is preceded in death by his father Vicente Gallegos, his eldest brother Vincent Gallegos, paternal grandparents Victor and Candeleria Gallegos, Aunt Dorthy Gallegos, and Aunt Reyes Martinez. Jamein is survived by his sons Vicente (VJ) Gallegos and Diego Gallegos both of Aztec, NM, his one and only daughter Isabella Gallegos of Chama, NM, his youngest son Jamin (Jay-Jay) Gallegos of Chama, NM, beloved mother Rose Gallegos of Chama, NM, sister and caregiver Maxine Carrillo of Chama, NM. Brothers; Brian (Charlotte) Gallegos of Santa Fe, NM, Mark (Erica) Gallegos of Los Alamos, NM, Chris (Jennifer) Gallegos of Chama, NM.
Nieces; Letisha (Claudio) Carrillo/Tafoya of Bloomfield, NM, Andrea (Jimmy) Martinez of Cebolla, NM, Alexis (Anthony) Benavidez of Albuquerque, NM, Shawna (Jake) Gallegos of Dulce, NM, Michayla and Kaylie Whisler of Colorado Springs, CO. Nephews; Donald (Cadie) Carrillo of Ensenada, NM, Cory and Kyle Gallegos of Chama, NM, Hunter Gallegos of Santa Fe, NM. 10 great nieces and nephews. Many Uncles, Aunts, cousins, and friends. Paula Lopez, mother of his eldest sons, best friends since childhood Jesse Moya and Mike Lucero, and his near and dear friend Emily. Fly high with the angels Jamein, you are forever in our hearts and will greatly be missed always!
A memorial service is set to take place in late spring/ early summer with a date and time to be announced later. The Gallegos family would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers. “But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior.” Jeremiah 20:11. The family of Jamein (Jay) Gallegos has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477-www.devargasfuneral.com