ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kathie Winograd finds it difficult to imagine anyone more devoted to Albuquerque students and the importance of technical education programs than Mark Armijo.
“This was a young man totally committed to the education system in Albuquerque and on creating a workforce in his hometown,” Winograd, president of Central New Mexico Community College, said Wednesday. “He will be so missed.”
Armijo, 48, vice chairman of the CNM Governing Board, died Tuesday.
Winograd said Armijo, a native of Bernalillo County’s South Valley, had been diagnosed with cancer.
Survivors include his wife, Melissa Pacheco-Armijo, and a son and daughter, both of whom are students at the University of New Mexico.
Armijo, a Rio Grande High School graduate, was president of Nuestros Valores Charter School in the South Valley. He also served as president of the Pauline Armijo Scholarship Fund, named for his late mother, which provides support to nontraditional female students seeking degrees in education.
He was employed as a systems analyst with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.
Winograd said Armijo was elected to the CNM board in 2011.
“He was an incredible member of the board because he had taken classes at TVI (Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute, now CNM) and had worked at Intel,” Winograd said. “So he brought a lot to the table, understood what we were all about, loved our mission, loved knowing students were getting jobs in the Albuquerque area.”
She said Armijo was a solid citizen and a good family man, who made the point of spending a lot of time with his children.
He ran unsuccessfully in the 2014 Democratic primary for New Mexico House District 12.
“He was very interested in running for (public) office,” Winograd said. “New Mexico has lost a potential leader.”
Funeral services are pending.