Billy Gene Carlen, age 66, of Albuquerque, passed away on July 24, 2020 surrounded by family in his home following a short battle with cancer. He was a loving son, husband, father, and papa.
Billy was born in Greenup and grew up in Taylorville, Ill. He carried papers for the Breeze for a number of years, and he also worked at My Store during high school. He graduated from Taylorville High School in 1972. After graduation he joined the Army and served in the Army Security Agency for eight years. He graduated in 1983 from Colorado Technical College and in 1984 he went to work at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. until he retired. He was a family man and has been noted to always have a kid in his lap. He and his wife Diana of 47 years, raised their family here. He was a member of the Believer's Center, and was involved in both Boy and Girl Scouts. For many years he looked forward to volunteering for family camp at Rancho del Chaparral. He was an avid baseball fan, especially the Isotopes, and became a fan of Lobo Men's basketball. Everyone knows that if he said "you know," it always meant that he had a great idea. He loved going out to eat, and every month he looked forward to Men's prayer breakfast and lunch with with his former co-workers.
Billy was preceded in death by his father Thomas Carlen, and is survived by his wife Diana Carlen, mother Hazel Carlen of Taylorville, six siblings: Lucille (Tom) Herman, Thomas (Shelley) Carlen, Larry (Puddin') Carlen, all of Taylorville; Rick (Denise) Carlen of Beecher, Michael (Nan) Carlen of Chatham, and Kevin (Debbie) Carlen of Shelbyville; four children: Billy (Veerle) Carlen, Melanie Theriot, Meggie (Jason) Vlasovetz, and Emily (David) Bracken. He also leaves six grandchildren: Kelsey (Robert), Micah, Piper, Aurora, Ianna, and Emma, two great-grandchildren Isabelle and Tobias, and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at French Funeral & Cremation located 10500 Lomas Blvd NE on Wednesday August 5, 2020 at 12 noon. Private burial to follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.