Little League® International mourns the passing of Cliff Garley, former New Mexico District 1 Administrator. He was 80.
Mr. Garley, a native of Belen, N.M., and resident of Santa Fe, N.M., served as New Mexico District 1 Administrator for 26 years, retiring in 2000. During nearly 40 years of volunteer service, Mr. Garley also served as local league official and umpire, highlighted by his selection to officiate games in the 1985 Little League Baseball World Series played in Williamsport, Pa.
Beginning in 1960, Mr. Garley went to work for the state of New Mexico’s Land Commission, before joining the state’s Game and Fish Commission as a Purchasing Agent. He later attended The College of Santa Fe, graduating in 1974 with an accounting degree.
Following his retirement, he went into business for himself, launching Pinon Nuts, where he produced and sold clean, roasted, and salted pinons at various outlets across New Mexico. He is also credited with creating the “Metro Burger,” which was a featured sale item at several of Santa Fe’s Little League fundraising activities.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Criselda; sons, Ken and Kevin; daughter, Katrina; and eight grandchildren.