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Former UNM equipment manager dies at 67

Rudy Garcia, who worked at the University of New Mexico, died at age 67, UNM announced on Sunday. (Courtesy of UNM Athletics)

Rudy Garcia, who retired in 2010 after a 37-year career with University of New Mexico athletics, the final 19 as the head equipment manager, has died at the age of 67, UNM announced on Sunday.

Garcia was known for his tireless dedication and going the extra mile. During the season, he typically started at 4 a.m. and stayed until everything was done around 10 p.m.

A native of Albuquerque, Garcia graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1971. He enlisted in the military out of high school, serving as a supply specialist.

He started with UNM in the equipment room in 1973, and in 1991 he became the head equipment manager.

At the time of his retirement in the summer of 2010, Garcia was the senior member of the UNM athletics department. He retired officially on June 30, 2010, wrapping up a 37-year career in the Lobo equipment room.

Fittingly, the athletic department gave him a washer and dryer as a retirement gift.

Arrangements have not been announced at this time.

Garcia is survived by his wife, Frances, and two children; a son, Mark, and a daughter, Tina. Garcia also leaves behind three grandsons; Christian, Ryan and Mariountae.