Carl T. (Carlos) Maes, aged 91, passed from this earthly life on Thanksgiving morning, Nov., 22, 2018 in Santa Fe. “CT” was born on May 30, 1927 in Las Vegas, NM and spent his childhood working on the family’s sheep and cattle ranch in Maes, NM which was homesteaded by his Grandfather M.D.A. (Manuel de Atocha) Maes and Grandmother Margarita. Carlos is preceded in death by his first-born son, Richard Carlos Maes; his parents, J.D. (Jose Delfino, Sr.) and Efren (Varela) Maes; sisters: Margaret Collins and Edwina Schubert; brothers: Gilbert Maes, J.D. Maes, Jr., and Frank Maes, in addition to his only son-in-law Gilbert Ulibarri, who preceded him six months earlier. Carl is survived by his brothers; Tony, Leo and Mike, He is also survived by the mother of his children, Rachel Marquez Maes, son George Maes and wife Anita, only daughter Charlene Maes, and son Lawrence Maes who lovingly cared for him at their home. His beloved grandchildren: Steve and Mike Maes, Katie Patterson, Sara Blea, Bobbie Martinez and Jessica Johnson. “Grampie” had thirteen great-grandchildren who loved him very much! Carlos joined the Merchant Marines at age 17 and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Thereafter he went on to join the US Army and served with the 187th Regimental Combat Unit and earned the rank of Sergeant where he received both his Paratrooper and Glider Wings. He was awarded the Asiatic Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal. He went to work in Los Alamos for the Zia Company and in 1950 began working at the University of California, Los Alamos National Labs. He worked his way up to Supervisor for two Computer Centers, one at S-Site and the other at TA-41. He retired after 43 years. After his retirement he became involved with his Catholic faith community at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi. By 5:30am every morning he could be found straightening the missals, replenishing the candles and praying until daily Mass started at 7am. He was part of a core group of beloved friends whom he joined after Mass for daily coffee at La Fonda. He was a giant of a man, loved by many and will be deeply missed for his wit, sense of humor and unparalleled generosity. Services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29th at the Cathedral Basilica in downtown Santa Fe, with a Rosary beginning at 9am, followed by the Mass at 10am. Interment with military honors will be at 11:15am at the National Cemetery. A reception will follow at The Lodge, across from the cemetery.
Que descanse en paz.