Charlie Myers 


Charlie Myers

Charlie Myers peacefully passed away at the age of 83 on Oct. 3, 2023, at his home in Belen.  

Charlie was born on March 19, 1940, in Lindrith, N.M. He was preceded in death by his son, Alan Myers; father and mother, Ira and Juanita Myers; brother, Clinton Myers; and sister, Barbara Gail Duncan.  

His love of livestock was evident from an early age. He thrived under the tutalidge of Eli Storey, Belen High School Ag and FFA teacher. Charlie graduated from Belen High School in 1959. He married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Lassiter in 1960. Alan and Dana were born in 1961 and 1964.  

Charlie loved to rope calves and participated in rodeos throughout New Mexico. In 1964, Charlie started his career in the livestock sale barn business working at the auction in the Albuquerque South Valley. In 1968, his young family moved to Dulce, N.M., and ran the Dulce Sale Barn for the Jicarilla Apache Tribe until 1973. Many lifelong friends were formed within the Jicarilla Tribe and exist today.  

In 1973, a group of 17 individuals formed the Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction Co., Inc. and Charlie was recruited to manage the Belen Sale Barn. For the last 50 years, Charlie has been the face of Cattlemens Livestock in Los Chavez. During this 50-year span, Charlie has owned two other livestock auctions, a rodeo company (A Rocker Rodeos) and a trucking company.  

He has been an avid supporter of Valencia County Fair youth and attended many fairs throughout the state. As the years went by, Charlie bought out all of the other members of the Belen Sale Barn until he was the sole owner in 2010. In 2019, Charlie turned over ownership of Cattlemens Livestock Auction to three of his loyal employees, Bucky Russell, Brandon Major and Elijah Padilla, who have and will continue to operate the business with the honesty and integrity that Charlie has so confidently built over the many years.  

Charlie is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Dana Sanders and husband, Jack; two granddaughters, JoDee Lanari and husband, Dan, and Shaylyn Padilla and husband, Elijah; four great-grandchildren, Jaylee and Giana Lanari, and Gracelyn and Kace Padilla; niece, Tammy Berguson; and nephew, Cliff Gentry. He also leaves behind countless friends and his “salebarn family.” 

Services for Charlie will take place Monday, Oct. 9, at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen. A visitation will take place at 9:30 a.m. A funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Charlie will then be laid to rest at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen immediately following the service. The family has asked that you then join them after the burial back for a reception at Calvary Chapel. 

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at 

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