Ignacio “Nacho” Antonio Magallanes was born to Antonio G. Magallanes and Elana R. Magallanes in Juarez, Mexico on July 31, 1950.
Growing up in Amarillo with his brothers and sisters: Martin Magallanes, Laura Magallanes Thorne, Francisca Patricia Chrisman, Maria Del Rosario Akridge, Virginia Magallanes Dunn, Ana Magallanes McClurg and Gina Magallanes Taylor.
In their early years, they attended Glenwood Elementary, James Bowie Junior High and then Caprock High School. Nacho graduated from Caprock High School in 1969.
After graduation, he attended Amarillo College, and then went to work in the oil fields in Levelland with a company called Sundown Inc., where he worked for a few years.
Nacho married during that time and had three kids, Sonya, Nic and Daniel.
Following an injury while on the job, he attended and graduated with honors from South Plains College after two years.
During that time, he divorced and married Andrea Baiza of Levelland.
Having attained his associates degree in Cobalt computer programming, they moved to Amarillo where he worked for AIG as a computer programmer and technician for 13 years.
Nacho and Andrea attended St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral Church for about 20 years where he sang with the St. Mary’s choir.
Nacho was also a member of the Amarillo Opera the 13 years and performed in various operas.
A huge favorite pastime was watching the Dallas Cowboys, working out and keeping in shape.
During lunch breaks at AIG, he would go to the YMCA and play basketball and beat anybody playing there, which was a standing joke with us.
After a company downsizing from AIG, he took early retirement and worked at various jobs.
Due to his deteriorating health, he moved with Andrea back to Levelland where he was cared for and resided in an assisted living facility.
Shortly thereafter, his health began to decline and consequently, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019. Our brother died at the age of 68.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Burial followed in the City of Levelland Cemetery.