ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Due to the overwhelming response from people who want to pay their respects to Norman Bugg, his funeral service has been moved to the larger Montaño Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 Montaño NW, according to Bugg’s son, Matthew Bugg.
A viewing will be held Oct. 20, starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the church service.
An additional viewing will be held the night before, Oct. 19, from 5-8 p.m. at the French Mortuary at Lomas and Eubank NE.
Following the Saturday service, Mr. Bugg will be interred at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE, with full military honors.
The public is invited to attend all services.
For 31 years, Bugg’s home in the Northeast Heights showcased an extravagant outdoor Christmas exhibit that eventually grew to include more than 300,000 colorful lights illuminating static and animatronic displays of Santa Claus and his elves, Nativity scenes, orcas, Eskimos, cowboys, polar bears, penguins, the Peanuts comic strip gang and more.
The Bugg family donated the exhibit in 2014 to the Belen Harvey House Museum, where it is now one of the museum’s biggest attractions.