Former NM Governor To Lie In State At Capital

Jul 11, 2013

Former Gov. David Cargo, who died last week at the age of 84, is returning a final time to the state Capitol.

Cargo will lie in state in the marble-walled Rotunda on Thursday. A memorial service is planned in late afternoon and Gov. Susana Martinez is among those scheduled to speak.

Cargo served consecutive two-year terms as governor, from 1967 through 1970. He took office at age 37, the youngest man ever to serve as governor of New Mexico.

Cargo was a maverick Republican known as "Lonesome Dave." He received the nickname for traveling alone while campaigning in small towns and rural areas during his first bid for governor in 1966.

A funeral mass will be Friday at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.

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