Charles Padilla

Charles Padilla

New Mexico horseman passed away June 18.

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Charles L. Padilla of Santa Fe, New Mexico, died at home surrounded by loved ones on June 18, 2021, at the age of 69. Charles was a proud father and grandfather, devoted husband, loyal brother, and good neighbor. He was a successful insurance man, published writer and accomplished horseman.

In his life, Charles was a go-getter. In his 50-year career with Northwestern Mutual he was in the top 400 advisors of all time in the company's 160-year history. Though he always said he was an 'aspiring cowboy' he was, in actuality, an accomplished horseman, qualifying for the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show six times. In his downtime, he wrote extensively about his upbringing in Mora, New Mexico, and his family's rich heritage, spanning over 400 years in Northern New Mexico.

If you knew him, you knew his passions centered around his children, the love of his life, Jan Hamilton, and being of service to his community. After 14 years of courtship, Charles and Jan were married in a private ceremony in December of 2020.

Of all his achievements, Charles was most proud of being a dad and watching his two children lead productive and adventurous lives. He was overjoyed by the birth of his first granddaughter, Amelia in October of 2020.

He is survived by his children, Michael Padilla and wife Maria Gonzales, Kristen Padilla and husband Zachary Conroy and granddaughter Amelia Conroy, his wife Jan Hamilton, stepson Bobby Hamilton and wife Megan Hamilton, and step-grandchildren Blair and Lilly Hamilton, brothers Ernest and Ray Padilla, sisters, Elaine and Dennis Juarros, Patricia and Rick Romero, Doris and Rudy Carrasco, and Marian Padilla, and 19 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Amadeo J. and Viola M. Padilla, and his brother Robert J. Padilla.

Services will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe with a viewing and Rosary on Wednesday the 23rd at 5:30 p.m. and a Mass on Thursday, the 24th at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at Rosario Cemetery following the mass.

The following will be serving as Pallbearers, Zachary Conroy, Bobby Hamilton, Tom Cohen, Arnoldo Carillo, Donny Imus, and Paul Pacheco. Honorary Pallbearers are Ray Padilla, Ernie Padilla, Dennis Juarros, Rudy Carrasco, and Richard Romero.

In lieu of flowers, Charles wished donations be made to the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation, 905 University Ave. Las Vegas, NM 87701.

Arrangements are entrusted to and are under the direction of the Rogers Mortuary 600 Reynolds Ave Las Vegas, NM 1-800-479-3511, rogersmortuarynm.com.