Special Tribute was made at Blue Lot 1. Niner Empire’s last tailgate for the 2016 season ended on New Year’s Day. A Special tribute was made for Rogelio Calderon who passed away on Christmas Day. Rogelio was the Vice President of the 505 Albuquerque New Mexico Niner Empire. The unexpected passing of Rogelio has definitely made an impact on many folks from all over. We can only pray and support his family, friends, and the New Mexico Niner Empire. Folks from everywhere throughout the globe assisted through the GO FUND Me page, chapter fundraisers, and tailgate to support the family.

After the tribute brothers Dj Juice and Dj Moe1 did their usual thing on the 1’s and 2’s and hyped up the tailgate crowd. 106.1 KMEL-FM also stopped by the tailgate along with the Bay Area’s own Mugzi from Sick Wid It Records.

We would like to give a special Thank You to all who have assisted throughout the season to make the Niner Empire tailgates an amazing experience for all to take part in..


Rogelio Calderon
December 11, 1979 – December 25, 2016
Rogelio “Lucky” Arturo Calderon, 37, of Albuquerque, N.M., beloved father, son, and brother passed away on December 25, 2016, in Laguna, N.M. He died suddenly and unexpectedly due to medical complications. He was born on December 11, 1979, to Helen Ann Sanchez and Rogelio Arturo Calderon Sr. in Alamogordo, N.M.
He is survived by his son, Angelo Nicholas Calderon; daughter, Larissa Love Calderon; mother, Helen Ann Sanchez; father, Rogelio Arturo Calderon; sisters, Maria Calderon and Elena Calderon; brother, Danois Calderon; grandmothers, Bessie Baca Sanchez and Teresa Villavisencio; and ten nieces and nephews.
He attended Highland High School and joined the Army National Guard at the age of 17. He worked most recently as a warehouse operational manager.
He was Vice President of the New Mexico Niner Empire. He was a devout catholic and member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church where he volunteered and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He loved football, listening to music and serenading people with his favorite songs, camping and anything outdoors but above all spending time with friends and family. To Rogelio nothing was more important than family and that included not only blood relatives but anyone he shared his life with especially the Niner Empire.
He always wanted everyone to be happy and to have a good time. He loved his princess ‘Lala” and Ang unconditionally and without fail.
He will be greatly missed by the countless people who knew him and the lives he touched.
Services will be held at Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church, 4 La Luz Rd.,La Luz, NM 88337 on January 6th, 2017, officiated by Fr. Alex Urena beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m., and services to begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow the funeral mass at Our Lady of the Light Catholic Cemetery. Funeral services provided by Riverside Funeral Home. Floral donations can be sent to Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church.
Monetary donations can be made at gofundme.com under Rogelio “Lucky” Calderon.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Baca, Richie Sanchez, Anthony Chavez, John Sanchez Jr., Justus LeFevre, and Nathan Calderon. Honorary Pallbearers will be Samuel Calderon, Ron Cordova, Charles “Chunky” Montano, Lionel Trancosa, Jesse Cordero, Angelo Abeyta, Johnny Sandoval, Dominic Hernandez, Clarence Martinez, Raul Martinez, Ricky Baca, Anthony Calderon, Hector DelVillar, Adriana Calderon, Dominic Calderon.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3, 2017