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Fiestas de Las Vegas 2019
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July 5, 2019
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2019 Fiestas De Las Vegas Honoring Cipriano Aguilar
2019 Fiestas de Las Vegas Honoree
Cipriano M. Aguilar, Jr.
Cipriano M. Aguilar, Jr., was a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, New Mexico. From an early age, he had a strong work ethic and dedication to learning. He was a dedicated educator for over 40 years. He was a 1953 graduate of Robertson High School and went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New Mexico Highlands University. He worked as a teacher before becoming a school principal for many years.
In 1976, he was awarded the Adult Educator of the Year honor by the New Mexico Education Department. Another major honor was when he was presented a lifetime achievement award by the New Mexico Hispano Music Association.
As a retiree, he was actively involved with the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees. Along the way, he married his childhood sweetheart, Carmen Sena Aguilar. Together, they have two children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. They were married for sixty-one years.
Cipriano was an extraordinary man because he was a devoted public servant to the community that he loved. Since 1963 he has been involved with the Fourth of July fiestas in some capacity, most recently serving as master of ceremonies for many years. He also served on the Las Vegas Fiesta committee enthusiastically showing up for meetings and voluntarily offering his knowledge and skill for many years.
As a young man while attending college, he starting working as a radio announcer and enjoyed a successful career working for KFUN and KNMX radio stations. His audience was welcoming and enjoyed listening to his radio shows. We know he is missed by his devoted audience.
In 1996, the then-Mayor Tony Martinez Jr., proclaimed the Fourth of July “Cipriano Aguilar Jr.” Day. Cipriano was also honored to be named the Parade Grand Marshal for the Las Vegas Fiestas parade in 2003. He also led the largest Marcha down Bridge Street in Las Vegas during the Fiestas in 2018. He was a community leader who truly walked the walk. He was involved in so many projects and activities for the community that it was hard to keep up with him.
Cipriano was a kind man to all who were fortunate to know him. He was a very confident man. He was the proud leader of his family, his career, and his volunteer work in the community. He was a great historian and takes with him a wealth of knowledge of the local community and the Fourth of July fiestas. He will be remembered as a public servant with his legacy of love for his community and the Fourth of July fiestas, a legacy that everyone will enjoy for many years to come.