It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Williams, a beloved member of our community. Jack departed from this world on Sept. 26, 2023, at the age of 53, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness and cherished memories.
He was born on March 12, 1970, at the Belen General Hospital; he was always so proud of that. Jack was a man of remarkable character and unwavering spirit. He approached life with a deep appreciation and embraced each day with gratitude.
Jack’s warm smile, with his deep dimples, touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was always willing to help others, even if it was just visiting with friends while having a drink. He never judged anyone. He may not have realized at the time how much of an impact he was making with people by just being a friend.
In his professional career, Jack dedicated himself to serving others through his work with the New Mexico Department of Corrections. For several years, he served with honor and distinction, making a significant impact as the armory sergeant and being a part of the CERT team. He had many certifications, too many to be named. Jack’s commitment to maintaining safety and security was unwavering, and his contributions were deeply valued by his colleagues and the community he served.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Jack found happiness and joy in his cherished hobbies. He enjoyed camping with family and friends, he loved sitting by the campfire while listening to and singing all his favorite songs. Jack enjoyed cooking and trying out new recipes for his family to enjoy.
He loved his birds, Max and Little Guy; his dog, Cooper; but especially his dog, Hank.
Jack cherished the time spent with his family, creating lasting memories and strengthening the bonds of love. Jack’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of his loved ones.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Yvette, who was his rock and constant source of support; his daughters, Tanya (Jake) and JeriAnn (Tyler), were the lights of his life, and he took immense pride in their accomplishments. Jack also leaves behind his parents, Paul and Susie Gallegos; and his siblings, John (Gerl), Patrick (Vicky), Shelly and Lisa (Carlos); his in-laws, Ernest and Beth Olguin, Ivan (Jennifer), and Angela; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, family and friends.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts as a beacon of love, strength and inspiration.
In the face of this profound loss, we find happiness in the knowledge that Jack touched the lives of many and left an indelible mark on our hearts. May his soul find eternal peace, and may we carry his memory with us as we navigate life’s journey, forever grateful for the joy and love he brought into our lives.
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