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Alex E. Roybal Dead at 84

Alex E. Roybal Dead at 84

The UNM Championship course was a second home for Alex, where he was part of a crew of volunteers that a succession of golf professionals - Henry Sandles, George Trujeque and Adam Roybal - could rely on to keep things running

After 30 years of service, Alex retired as the chief of the University of New Mexico Police Department

BY JOHHNY VIZCAINO

Alex E. Roybal, an extremely devoted and loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away peacefully at home in the presence his loving family on Aug. 5. He was 84.

Alex was preceded in death by his parents Eugenio Roybal and Manuelita Sandoval. He is survived by his son Steve Roybal and wife Kyla Murphy; stepdaughter Sara Denogean; daughter Sandy Orchowski and husband Dan; grandson Dominic Roybal and girlfriend Raquel Giron; sister Amalia Montoya; nieces Lucille Montoya and husband Carlos, Cecilia Zamora, Annette Chavez, Donna Salazar, Rebecca Martinez and husband Jose, Cynthia Lopez, Roslynn Montoya and Amy Ruiz; nephew Albert Montoya; and several great nieces and nephews and several great great nieces and nephews.

Raised in the Santa Fe-Espanola area, Alex joined the Army at age 16 years old and served in the Korean War. He also served in the Air Force upon completing his first tour of duty. Once his military service came to an end, Alex’s service continued as he became a police officer. After 30 years of service, Alexretired as the chief of the University of New Mexico Police Department and is believed to be one of the last UNM employees who got lifetime privileges at UNM as part of his retirement.

He was an avid golfer. The UNM Championship course was a second home for Alex, where he was part of a crew of volunteers that a succession of golf professionals – Henry Sandles, George Trujeque and Adam Roybal – could rely on to keep things running. When he wasn’t himself golfing on the course, he was volunteering his services in tournaments and in course upkeep. Alex once made a hole in one on UNM ‘s 248-yard Par 3 8th hole. He once told a reporter, “I used to be an 8 handicap, but I couldn’t make any money, so now I’m a 12.”

Alex was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Church for over 50 years. He will always be remembered as a fun, loving, caring and protective person. He will be deeply missed.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Hospice De La Luz, whose support was invaluable and greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

A private interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

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