Car dealer, well-known volunteer, dies

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Don Chalmers, who served with several community boards and owned Don Chalmers Ford, lost his battle with cancer Sunday.

Chalmers moved to New Mexico in the mid-90s, setting up dealerships in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe.

According to the Sandia Foundation website, he also served on the following boards: The UNM Board of Regents, University of New Mexico Foundation, College of Santa Fe Board of Trustees, Expolra Science and Children’s Museum, 4-H Foundation, Junior Achievement, and the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education. He stepped down from UNM’s Board of Regents last year.

His family says they are still making funeral arrangements and would like privacy as they mourn the loss. Chalmers was a husband, father, grandfather and brother.

On Sunday, Mayor R.J. Berry released the following statement: “Albuquerque has lost a great man who dedicated himself to our community. He will be greatly missed and it will be up to all of us to carry on in his tradition of selfless community service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

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