J.C. Lopez is a sixth-generation Albuquerque-area native. His father, Jose Lopez, was born and raised in the small village of Manzano, in the Manzano Mountains. His mother, Frances Lopez, is from the village of Torreon, also in the Manzano Mountains. This family’s New Mexico roots date back to the 1600s. Though most of the Lopez family tree consists of homegrown ranchers and farmers, J.C.’s father was the first to break from the farming tradition and become a barber in the city of Albuquerque. Like his father before him, J.C. found something he knew he could do and do it well.
J.C. has been an active member of the community his entire life, volunteering and donating countless hours to various programs and activities.
J.C. has sat on the Executive Board of the UNM Lobo Club, which is an arm of the UNM Athletic Department, and sits on the City of Albuquerque Municipal Gold Advisory Board. He is one of the co-founders and vice president of the Westside Chamber of Commerce. In 2005 he was on the Board of Directors for the Work Force Connection, and in the early 1990s, he sat on the board for the Private Industry Council. In 1996, J.C. was President of the Los Ranchos Fourth Street Business Association. J.C. has also contributed his time to the youth by coaching and sitting on the Board of Directors at West Mesa and West Gate Little Leagues. He was also an assistant coach for the boys basketball team at John Adams Middle School, and an assistant coach for the West Mesa High School softball team.
J.C. has been married for 40 years to his wife Patricia, who is employed by Daniels Insurance Agency. He has three children, Jeremy, the President of Operations and Sales for Minuteman; Jovonne, who earned her marketing degree from UNM in 2005, and assists Minuteman in various capacities; and J.D.