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Santiago Audoro Abeyta (Jim Abeyta)

Santiago Audoro Abeyta was American human services administrator. Certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor. Recipient Virginia Klanhammer Western New Mexico University award, 1983, Outstanding Citizens of the West and Southwest award, 1978, 79; named in his honor The S.A. "Jim" Abeyta Treatment Complex, Santa Fe, 1993.


  • Abeyta, Santiago Audoro was born on July 25, 1938 in Espanola, New Mexico, United States. Son of Jose Abedon and Irene (Suazo) Abeyta.

  • Education

    • Student, University of California at Los Angeles, University Chicago, University Reno, University New Mexico, Western New Mexico University, Jackson State University, Memphis State University, Atlanta University, Our Lady of the Lake University.


    • Claims manager Pacific Coast Branch of Bankers & Shippers Insurance Company, New York City, 1956-1959. Owner Zia Realty & Insurance, Albuquerque, 1959-1960. Loan officer First National Bank of Rio Arriba, Espanola, New Mexico, 1960-1965.

      Salesperson Hunter Motor Company, 1965-1968, Espanola, 1968-1971. Magistrate judge State of New Mexico County of Rio Arriba, 1970-1978. Alcoholism counselor Recovery of Alcoholics Program, Inc., Santa Fe, 1974-1977, executive clinical director, 1977-1995.

      Contract reviewer National Institute Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, Washington, 1978-1981, trainer, 1977-1994. Chairman New Mexico Alcohol & Drug Counselors Certified Board, 1980-1981. Vice president New Mexico Alcohol & Drug Counselors Association, 1976-1977.

      Vice president New Mexico Alcohol & Drug Program Directors Association. Judge New Mexico Department health Youth Poster Contest, Spanish Senior Citizen Spelling Bee. Consultant in substance abuse issues.

      Appointed as at large member by governor to New Mexico Sta Nursing Board, 1997.

    Major achievements

    • Certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Member National Trust for History Preservation, 1997. Member New Mexico Magistrate Judge Association (former vice president), National Association Alcoholism Counselors, New Mexico Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Association (president 1981-1982, chairman training committee 1979-1988), Department Health Revolving Group Home Fund, New Mexico Alcohol/Drug Directors Association (legislation committee).



    Swimming, camping, travel.


    • Married Irene Nancy Pavon, November 30, 1957 (divorced June 1974, deceased October 1991). Children: Henry J., Janice R. Martinez, Natalie K. Salazar, Chris P., Le Ann Gonzalez. Married Becky D. Manzanares, August 19, 1995.
    • father: Jose Abedon Abeyta
    • mother: Irene (Suazo) Abeyta
    • spouses: Irene Nancy Pavon
    • Becky D. Manzanares
    • children: Henry J. Abeyta
    • Janice R. Martinez Abeyta
    • Natalie K. Salazar Abeyta
    • Chris P. Abeyta
    • Le Ann Gonzalez Abeyta
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    Died December 15, 2009
    (aged 71)