Dick Carbajal, Belen's 'Mr. State Farm' retires

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On Dec. 31, Richard (Dick) Carbajal walked out of his office on Becker Street in Belen, thus ending a 50 year career with State Farm Insurance.

On Dec. 31, Richard (Dick) Carbajal walked out of his office on Becker Street in Belen, thus ending a 50 year career with State Farm Insurance.

In 1960, Carbajal was told that State Farm was opening an office in Belen and invited him to interview for the agency.

Having graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a degree in music, he was at the time employed with Socorro Public Schools as the high school band director.

Little did Carbajal realize that his meeting with State Farm District Manager Bob Conway would change the course of his life.

Somewhat uncertain about a pretty daunting career change, the 27 year old moved his young family to Belen, his birth place and hometown.

Both he and his wife, Lois, vowed that, "if it doesn't work out, we can always go back to teaching."

Not only did it work out, Carbajal served the people of Belen and Valencia County with dedication and commitment to their insurance needs for the next five decades.

While serving in the New Mexico State House of Representatives from 1970-74, he was responsible for the passage of many bills beneficial to the state and to Valencia County.

Carbajal was elected to Belen's Board of Education and was the board's president for several years.

His many contributions to civic and state projects throughout almost two-thirds of his life are too numerous to mention.

Carbajal's 50 years as a leading business man in the community with State Farm will be honored at a happy hour retirement reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, at the Becker Street Pub in Belen.

Friends and clients are invited to come by and bid their good wishes to Carbajal.