State of New Mexico – Office of the Governor
For Immediate Release
July 10, 2013
Santa Fe – Governor Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise, July 10, 2013, to sundown July 12, 2013 in honor and mourning of Governor David Francis Cargo.
The full text of the Governor’s executive order/proclamation is below:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2013-028
FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF GOVERNOR DAVID FRANCIS CARGO WHEREAS, Governor David F. Cargo, who honorably served the State of New Mexico from 1967-1971, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013;
WHEREAS, Governor Cargo was born on January 23, 1929, in Dowagiac, Michigan and earned his Bachelor’s degree, Master of Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan;
WHEREAS, Governor Cargo served two years in the United States Army during the Korean War and moved to New Mexico to practice law in 1957;
WHEREAS, Governor Cargo served as a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1963 to 1966;WHEREAS, Governor Cargo fought for the “one person, one vote” doctrine as an early advocate of reapportionment of the New Mexico Legislature by population rather than geography;
WHEREAS, at age 37 he became the youngest governor in the state’s history, serving two terms from 1967 to 1971;
WHEREAS, Governor Cargo established the state’s first film commission and appeared in several movies, including playing a newspaper reporter in the 1969 Western “The Good Guys and the Bad Guys,” starring Robert Mitchum and a state trooper in the 1971 comedy “Bunny O’Hare,” starring Bette Davis;
WHEREAS, Governor Cargo was a tireless advocate for literacy and higher learning, serving for six years on the governing board of the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute and raising thousands of dollars to build and maintain eight libraries throughout rural New Mexico;
WHEREAS, Governor Cargo created the Human Rights Commission, enacted protections against discrimination for the blind and visually impaired, advocated for civil rights for all New Mexicans, and helped save the narrow-gauge steam railroad now
known as the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad;
WHEREAS, Governor Cargo stands as a transitional figure in New Mexico politics, a bridge to a modern media-driven style of governing and campaigning;
WHEREAS, Governor Cargo was known for his sharp wit and quick one-liners, and the controversies he often started and relished in; and
WHEREAS, Governor Cargo was preceded in death by his former wife, Ida Jo Anaya and his brother John Cargo and is survived by his five children, Veronica, David, Patrick, Elena and Eamon; five grandchildren, Kevin, Jordan Partrick, Reese, Maddie, and Kieran; and his brother Gerald and his wife, Barbara.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Laws of the State of New Mexico, do hereby order that all flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise, July 10, 2013, to sundown July 12, 2013, the day Governor Cargo will be laid to rest. The thoughts and prayers of the people of New Mexico go out to his family as well as a heartfelt thank you for his service.
SIGNED AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE THIS 9Th DAY OF JULY 2013.
WITNESS MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO.
ATTEST: DIANNA J. DURAN
SECRETARY OF STATE