Faces of Taos
Name: Lloyd Garcia
Vocation: Husband, father, farmer and keeper of the peace
Loving husband, father of seven and devoted Catholic, Lloyd Garcia is an enigma. Because he embodies so many Taos traditions, it’s hard to put it all together into one person.
Among the many hats he wears is his farmer’s cowboy hat – he’s been farming since childhood; raises alfalfa; runs about 10 head of cattle (which will double come spring as they’re all pregnant now); has chickens, goats, ducks, dogs and cats (you name it he’s probably got it).
Plus – wait, wait – he is mayordomo of the Acequia de San Antonio in Valdez Valley; a board member and woodcutter of Cerro Negro Forest Council (a grant paying locals to mitigate forest fuels on public lands); an elk and deer hunter (in season of course); and certainly not least, a Taos Police Department sergeant since 2009 and working in administration for the past year.
Oh yeah, and Lloyd is a musician who used to play gitarón, guitar and vihuela in high school and then professionally for about 10 years with mariachi maven Nick Branchal in Mariachi Río Grande. You’ve seen him playing at fiestas, and during brunch at the Holiday Inn. He also played with his musician father, Ralph, and second cousin Elias Espinosa.
He was born in an Española hospital to Ralph and Dorothy Garcia and raised in the family home in Valdez. He graduated from Taos High School in 1995 and attended Technical Vocational Institute in Albuquerque.
Lloyd and wife Christine MacNamara Garcia just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary Oct. 7. They were married in 2000, in Santa Fe, by Lloyd’s older brother, Dennis Garcia.
“We went to Rome to see Dennis ordained as a deacon at St. Peter’s,” Christine said. “He was ordained as a priest in 1999 and married us a year later.”
Their children are Monique, Maria, Miguel, Gabriel, Bridget, Feliz and Rafael – who is in the army. “I am very proud of Rafael,” Lloyd said.
So how does he do it all?
“The big thing is, we are Catholic and we’re devoted,” he says modestly, but intently. “With us, it’s always God first and family second,” he says. “That’s our secret, we’re very devoted to God.”
Lloyd and company are one of Taos’ best kept secrets, and for whom we thank our lucky stars.