A fitting tribute to a lifelong Tiger fan

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On the eve of Taos High School’s homecoming game against the Santa Fe High School Demons, Nickie McCarty, athletic director in Taos, read aloud a written document paying a posthumous salute to one of Taos’ most ardent supporters and fans, Archie Trujillo. The tribute was delivered during a community gathering at Anaya Stadium Sept. 14, and members of his family were in attendance.

The words were as follows:

“One of the biggest fans of the Taos Tigers, Archie Trujillo, passed away earlier this year. Archie was an integral part of the Taos Municipal Schools (TMS) and personally got to know many students, athletes, coaches, teachers, officials, scorekeepers, bus drivers, fans and administrators during decades of service to the program. Affectionately known as ‘Aaaaarrrch’ by the students he used to drive to their out-of-town games, Archie logged tens of thousands of miles and hours on the road behind the wheel of the Taos Tiger Express and the other buses in the TMS fleet. Archie drove kids everywhere – even taking groups out of state on occasion. If it was a basketball team that Archie was driving to their away game, he would always keep the scorebook as well for the Taos coaches – extending his expertise in this sideline pursuit as a double-duty benefit to the Tigers. And that’s where you could find him as well during home games.

“Archie was the official scorekeeper for Taos – a position he held since 1979 and loved doing with his family. Quality was key for Archie, as he constantly communicated with his crew and required perfect penmanship and organization.

“He was the leader of a sound and solid basketball family. Archie was a formidable center for the Tigers basketball team in the mid-1960s and all three of his sons and two of his brothers also suited up for Taos. Archie was recently inducted into the Taos Adult Basketball League Hall of Fame for his contributions and many years of support to the organization.

“Archie has been named the ‘2017 honorary homecoming parade grand marshal’ and will be represented in tomorrow’s parade by his son, Alberto; grandson, Candido; and brother, Ruben. His wife of 49 years, Mary Jane Trujillo, is here tonight to help us honor Archie’s memory.”

Sports editor Arcenio J. Trujillo is the son of the late Archie Trujillo.

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