History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

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.

The Gabaldon Family and staff have earned a reputation as a premier service provider to the families of Albuquerque, the surrounding area, and countries such as Mexico and others abroad. Our family and staff have many ties to the community including: the North Valley, South Valley, West Mesa, Bernalillo, Barelas, Los Lunas, Belen, Tome, and Pena Blanca.

Since 1952, we have taken great pride in the healing, dignified and memorial experiences we create for the families who turn to us in their time of need. We consider it an honor and privilege to be of service to our community.

Our Valued Staff

  • David Sanchez Jr.

    David Sanchez Jr. Manager/Funeral Director

  • Rick Gabaldon

    Rick Gabaldon Funeral Director

    As a member of the Gabaldon family, Rick likes to say he was "born" into the profession in 1956. He has worked full time for the past 45 years, undertaking all aspects of the funeral profession.

    "To be able to serve the many families over the years with the respect and consideration they deserve...To be able to give their loved ones the care and dignity they deserve, has always been the focus of my work."

  • Marianna Rodriguez

    Marianna Rodriguez Administrative Assistant

  • Karen Martinez

    Karen Martinez Administrative Assistant

  • Dominic Rodriguez

    Dominic Rodriguez Funeral Assistant

  • Pat Muniz Roberts

    Pat Muniz Roberts Administrative Assistant

  • Dennis Roberts

    Dennis Roberts Ambassador

  • Denise Archuleta

    Denise Archuleta Family Service Counselor