Matt Grubs photo for the Santa Fe Reporter

I’m not sure I ever met Javier Gonzales, the former mayor of Santa Fe who died of cancer at age 56 on February 9, but I was acquainted with his father and I followed the son’s career. I always had a sense that he was a solid Santa Fe soul, someone who might have struggled but who came out humble and kind.

From what I’ve read, he might have loved his daughters more than anything. But he also seemed to have such a deep awareness of self and place. It’s clear how much he loved Santa Fe.

This is from his Wikipedia profile:

He issued a press release after the first same-sex marriage licenses were distributed, entitled “My Renewed Faith in Santa Fe.” He said:

“You see, when you come from a traditional family with deep roots in this community, the process of accepting that you are gay is complicated with fears about disappointing those you love, or becoming disconnected with a sense of place that is as much a part of me as my sexuality.”[24]

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