BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) - A Belen man celebrated a very special birthday Friday.
Richard Lovato turned 100 years old.
He celebrated with dozens of family members at the Belen McDonald's.
He was presented with a $100 check from CenturyLink, the current name for the telephone company that's had Lovato as a customer for 70 years.
And he got a special declaration from Belen mayor Rudy Jaramillo designating Friday as Richard Lovato Day in the city.
"He was here at the beginning when statehood was first declared," granddaughter Donna Salas told KRQE News 13. "Milestone on two fronts."
Lovato has six biological children, seven step-children and dozens of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
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