“Should’ve been a cowboy
Should’ve learned to rope and ride
Wearin’ my six-shooter, ridin’ my pony on a cattle drive. …”
— Country singer Toby Keith
Larry Abraham was a four-term Los Ranchos mayor with a long list of academic and business achievements, an upbeat personality and a great sense of humor. He was serious about his job and community service, but never took himself too seriously – and at one point had the lyrics of Toby Keith’s hit country song on his voicemail.
A lifelong resident of New Mexico, Abraham died Sunday of what his sister, Karen, said was an apparent heart attack while traveling with wife Beverley to their second home in St. George, Utah. He also leaves behind a son, Geoff.
Abraham was a Republican whose focus was on making government work. Tributes came from across the political aisle.
“Larry Abraham was a dedicated public servant and visionary leader,” says Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., “I had the pleasure of working with him over the years as he enthusiastically strove to make a lasting positive impact on the Village of Los Ranchos, on the University of New Mexico and on our state.”
Abraham launched more than a dozen startup companies over the course of a 40-year career in business. He was a past president of the Lobo Club, served on the UNM Foundation Board and was a charter member of the Tom L. Popejoy society. He was inducted into the Anderson School Hall of Fame in 2012 and received a UNM Alumni Association Zia Award in 2011.
“He didn’t let any grass grow under his feet,” Karen Abraham says. “… When he failed in things, he saw it as an opportunity to go on.”
Amen to that.
His leadership and friendship will be missed.
This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.