Frederick (Freddy) Gallegos


Frederick (Freddy) Gallegos, 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Grand Junction on Nov. 2. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Pagosa Springs, Colo., to Della and Felix Gallegos.
He spent his childhood playing sports and especially loved basketball and watching the New York Yankees. Following high school, Fred attended Mesa State College, where he met and later married the love of his life, Pauline.
Fred joined the Colorado State Patrol in 1973. In addition to patrolling the roads, he was on the security detail team for Govs. Lamm and Romer. He retired in 2005 in Grand Junction with many honors and awards.
An outdoor enthusiast, Fred spent most of his retirement playing tennis, hiking and traveling. He loved tennis so much that he shoveled snow off the city courts so he could play. A proud husband, father and grandfather, his family brought him much joy. He appreciated a good joke and was a movie, music and trivia buff.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline, of Grand Junction; son Freddy Gallegos (Iliana), of Commerce City; daughter Nicole Alley (Terrence), of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughter Allyssa Gallegos, of Denver; sisters Cleda Vandenberg, of Durango, and Marianne Evans (Don), of Albuquerque, N.M. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, father and sister Ginger Powell.
A memorial gathering was held in Grand Junction at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. A rosary service took place at 7 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m.