Carl Rae Allen
Carl Rae Allen, a resident of Bosque Farms since 1976, passed away at the age of 97 on Nov. 8, 2023.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 1/2 years, Darlena Mae (Foste); his son, Carl Richard Allen; his mother, Rosa Mae Campbell; father, John R. Allen; brother, JR Allen, who died in the Pacific while serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII; his close aunt, Helen Morgan Stump, of Truth or Consequences; and stepfather, Blythe Campbell, a veteran of WWII who received the Bronze Star twice.
Carl is survived by his three daughters, Jackie (JD) Rayburn, of Los Lunas, Susan (Jamie) Gibson, of Ruidoso, and Pamela (John) Miller, of Farmington; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Carl was born in San Angelo, Texas, on July 11, 1926, and moved to Hobbs, N.M., named for his great-grandmother, Fannie Hobbs, at the age of 2. At the age of 4, Carl moved to Hot Springs (now Truth or Consequences).
Carl served in the Navy in World War II and later graduated from New Mexico State University in 1950 with a degree in business. Carl was employed in the insurance business in California for two years. He then transferred to Albuquerque and spent 17 years in the insurance field as co-owner of six field offices.
Carl also served as Bernalillo County manager from 1966-1972, establishing the 18 acres on Broadway for the maintenance department, helped with the construction of the mental hospital, and obtained two water grants from the Nixon administration for the north and south valleys of Albuquerque.
Carl later served as mayor of the village of Bosque Farms for 16 years from 1984-2000. As mayor, Carl obtained grants for a water and sewer system and participated in the planning, designing, construction and making it operational. During this time, Carl spent three years as chairman of the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at FRENCH- University with an interment at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.
Please visit the online guestbook for Carl at FrenchFunerals.com.
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