Sunday, August 7, 2011

Gabe Valdez, former state patrol officer in charge of Dulce, New Mexico, passed away!!

Gabe Valdez, former state police officer in charge of the Dulce, New Mexico area, passed away!!:

by Norio Hayakawa
August 8, 2011

It is with deep sadness that I must inform everyone that our friend, colleague and hero, Gabe Valdez, passed away suddenly in his sleep on August 7, 2011 at his residence in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gabe Valdez, 67, State Gaming Control Board investigator, was also a long-time State Patrol officer in charge of the Dulce, New Mexico area for many many years.

To many, he was the central figure in investigations on cattle mutilations and frequently reported sightings of strange flying objects that seem to have dominated the Jicarilla Apache town of Dulce, New Mexico since the mid 1970s.

Gabe worked with the late Paul Bennewitz from the very beginning in investigating the alleged rumors about an existence of an underground base in Archuleta Mesa, adjacent to Dulce.

He has truly become a legend.
There is no doubt in my mind that Gabe knew more about Dulce than what he reported to the public. And we may never know, now that he has passed away.

Gabe was a kind-hearted, soft-spoken and extremely likeable person.
He was generous and so courageous, something we should all strive for.
He helped so many people with his tireless effort in rendering assistance, almost 24-7, when needed.
May his soul rest in peace!

Here is a wonderful video tribute to the late Gabe Valdez:

Here are a few clips in which he appears and makes comments on this topic:

Dulce, New Mexico and Cattle Mutilations (2011):

Gabe Valdez also appeared on History Channel's UFO Hunters program (of 2009) in this segment, the same segment in which I appeared:

Recently (2011) Gabe Valdez talked about cattle mutilations in an in-depth one-hour interview with Open Minds talk show (the second hour):

Gabe Valdez' take on Dulce, New Mexico is quite similar to mine:

Cattle mutilations had nothing to do with aliens, said officer Gabe Valdez in this Channel 7 report of 2005:


Gabe is survived by his wife, Margie; three sons; 5 grandchildren; a brother; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 12, with Visitation from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by Celebration of His Life from 9 a.m., both at the Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna Rd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

Burial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Cebolla Cemetery, Cebolla, New Mexico, his hometown.
Reception will follow at Cebolla Community Center (across from cemtery).

For those that feel inclined to send flowers, please send to:

French Mortuary
7121 Wyoming Blvd.
Albuquerque, NM 87109

However, the family is in the process of setting up a donation account in lieu of flowers to aid surviving family members of NM State Police killed in the line of duty. That is still in the works and information will be posted once that is finalized.

Please see Electronic Obituary at:

from Norio Hayakawa


Kandinsky said...

I think he was a good guy. In this last interview (posted 3rd August) he sounded content and philosophical. Best regards to both his family and yourself.

Stephanie Valdez Maestas said...

To my uncle Gabe. May you rest in peace and watch over aunt Margie, Gabe Jr., Greg, Geoff and your grandchildren. You will be missed greatly! We were all blessed you have had you in our lives, thank you for all that you did for us and especially for being the one to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day.

Gumercindo Salazar said...

Gabe Valdez was a great police officer. He was my personal friend. As a police officer in Dulce he had the respect of the people of Dulce and northern New Mexico. He was a great officer as he protected and served his community with dignity and respect. Vaya Con Dios Gabe. Gumercindo Salazar and family

Edna Cova said...

Words cannot begin to express how much the Cova family respected and loved Gabrielito. His humor and kindness were unmeasurable and his stories alwayss kept us on our toes. He always managed to trap me with one of his jokes. Gabe we all loved you very much and you will definately be missed but the angels in heaven will now be blessed with your presence.

Greg said...

Very nice piece on our friend Gabe, Norio. You are correct that he knew much that we will never know. It seems that anytime I was in New Mexico, I would expect to see Gabe for a lunch or dinner, and always learned a lot. I will miss him very much.

Norio Hayakawa's thoughts said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts expressed so well. I will try to relay all this to the Valdez family.

JohnGille said...

I am deeply sad Officer Valdez passed away. He had been very kind, and faithful, to me back in the years 1988-1989. I'm very sorry I didn't try earlier to make contact with him and his family earlier. We and another person were greeted in his family home in Dulce. I present my humble condolences to his family, and to the people who loved him. May he rest in peace, with the justs.
Signed: John Gille [the same from 'Branton''s infamous 'Dulce Book.