More detail on this person: Victor (Vic) E. Carlin, 71, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 14, 1947 to Earl and Miriam Carlin. Vic grew up in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1978. He is survived by his wife, Sofia Carlin, of 44 years; daughters, Ingrid Mae Carlin and Kelly Carlin Powers; son in law, James Powers and grandchildren, Oliver and Bowen Powers, who were the joy of his life; and numerous loving cousins in Ohio. Victor loved New Mexico and the outdoors. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, and running. Vic was a practicing attorney with the Moses Law Firm for 37 years. His practice was limited primarily to business, commercial, and real estate law including assisting creditors with problem loans and in bankruptcy proceedings. But, above all, Vic was a true Marine and he loved serving in the military. Lt. Col. Carlin received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in June of 1969 through Naval ROTC at the University of Colorado and Officer's Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. During his five years on active duty in the Marine Corps he attended Army Rotary Wing Flight School. He served a 13 month tour of duty in Vietnam in 1971 as a Marine helicopter pilot, and he served a 9 month tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea of the on the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) in 1973-74. In 1974 LtCol. Carlin resigned his commission as a regular officer in the Marine Corps, left active duty, and enrolled at University of Toledo College of Law in Toledo, Ohio. In May 1978 LtCol. Carlin joined the Ohio Army National Guard as a CW-2 helicopter pilot. Upon graduation LtCol. Carlin moved to New Mexico and joined the 717th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance), New Mexico Army National Guard (NMARNG), as a medevac pilot. In November of 1990 LtCol. Carlin's Army National Guard Unit was activated and mobilized for the Persian Gulf War. During that six months activation, beginning in February of 1991 LtCol. Carlin served three and a half months as a CW-2 medevac pilot in the 812th Medical Co. (Helicopter Ambulance), in Northern Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. During his 13 years as a medevac pilot in the New Mexico Army National Guard LtCol. Carlin served for two years as the Executive Officer and for an additional two years as the Commander of the 717th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance). After returning from the Persian Gulf War in June of 1991 the New Mexico Air National Guard (NMANG) asked LtCol. Carlin (then a CW-2 in the NMARNG) if he would consider joining the 150th Fighter Wing as a Judge Advocate. LtCol. Carlin joined the 150th Fighter Wing as a Judge Advocate (with the rank of Major) in February of 1992. In March of 1998 he was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Subsequently, after completing Air Command and Staff College by correspondence he was appointed as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 150th Fighter Wing, NMANG.
Burial information: Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM
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