Former Taos state lawmaker, businessman C.B. Trujillo dies


C.B. Trujillo, a Taos businessman and former powerhouse state lawmaker in the 1960s and 70s, passed away Monday morning (Nov. 20).

Trujillo was born in Taos and ran a State Farm Insurance agency in Taos for 40 years.

The Democrat served six terms in the New Mexico Legislature as a senator representing the counties of Taos, Mora and San Miguel from 1966 to 1980.

He chaired the powerful Legislative Finance Committee and was majority leader during his time at the Roundhouse. "You have to be where you control the money," he once told a reporter. "That's what gets things done, not rhetoric."

Considered a fiscally-conservative Democrat, Trujillo pushed hard for the funds to build infrastructure for his constituent counties, including the money to construct Questa High School, Taos Junior High, gyms at Peñasco, Wagon Mound and Mesa Vista plus the renovation of an alcoholism treatment center In Taos.

Wanda Lucero worked for Trujillo for years before being appointed to take over the business when he retired. "Everything I am and everything I have I owe to this man," Lucero said. "It is a tremendous loss to his family and for this community."

A rosary will be recited Monday (Nov. 27) at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church, 205 Don Fernando Street in Taos. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday (Nov. 28) at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

A more complete story about Trujillo's life and political career will be published in The Taos News Wednesday (Nov. 22).