Mark Armijo was born in Albuquerque, NM to hard-working parents who instilled in him the importance of education. He grew up in the city’s largely Hispanic South Valley and graduated from Rio Grande High School in 1985. He attended the University of New Mexico, California State University at Northridge, and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in May of 2004 from the College of Santa Fe. It was an accomplishment that he was very proud of.
Mark was actively involved in many South Valley organizations. He was a South Valley Little League coach, the president of the South Valley Soccer Club, Governing Board President of Nuestros Valores Charter School in the South Valley, and in 2011 he was elected to represent the South Valley on the CNM Governing Board and was serving as the Vice Chair until he passed away. Mark also ran for State Representative for District 12 in the South Valley in 2014, it was during this time that he was diagnosed with cancer. He was also the President of the Pauline Armijo Excellence in Education scholarship Fund, named after his late mother, who was an amazing teacher who passed away 16 years ago.