In the 1940s, Bert Gabaldon, a young man from Belen, New Mexico, dreamed of becoming a funeral director and owning his own funeral home. But as life goes, World War II intervened, and he was drafted into the U.S. Army. During one of his leaves, Bert met the love of his life, Mary Lou Chavez, and they were married one year later.
When the war ended, Bert and Mary Lou moved to San Francisco, CA, where he attended mortuary school and graduated magna cum laude in 1948. Bert joined the Crollete Funeral Home staff and After two years,He made an offer to the family to purchase their funeral home. Bert and Mary Lou became proud owners of Gabaldon Mortuary in 1952. Ten years later, in 1962, they purchased what is now Gabaldon Mortuary at 1000 Old Coors Dr. NW in Albuquerque.