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Vince Galvan 'made everyone feel loved'

Police looking for suspect in fatal hit and run that claimed life of 73-year-old.

Vince Galvan was a “great big brother,” little brother Joe Galvan said on Thursday.

“He would take us fishing. For all of us, he did a lot of things.”

Once, he even let Joe and other brothers tag along on a date. They all went to see “Star Wars” at the LaFonda Drive-in.

“He stopped and got a pan pizza -- that was new then -- and we drove out to the drive-in … He put the pan pizza on top of his truck and he told me and my two brothers, ‘Here’ and left us up there with the pizza to watch the movie,” Joe said on Thursday.

Joe Galvan said he is “furious and heartbroken at the same time” after Vince Galvan was killed Monday night in what police described as a hit and run on West Seventh Street in Clovis.

“What happened to my brother wasn’t fair,” Joe said. “He was a man that gave everyone everything. Even when he was little.

“To take his life in such a selfish and cowardly way, this isn’t right with us (family). It’s easy for anger to consume us, but that’s not who he was.”

His brother always seemed to be “smiling, always laughing. He was the life of the party. And that’s the legacy and the memory I want to keep of him. He was the one who lit up the room and made everyone feel loved,” Joe Galvan said.

Police said Vince Galvan, 73, was found severely injured in the eastbound lane of West Seventh Street near West Street around 11:15 p.m. Monday.

Witnesses said the vehicle involved in the crash – a dark Chevrolet SUV with under-frame lights – fled the scene, last seen heading north on Hull Street from Seventh Street.

First responders found Galvan’s walker nearby.

The police Major Crash Team was activated to investigate, Police Capt. Roman Romero said.

Romero reported Friday afternoon no arrest has been made in the case.

Joe Galvan said his family included eight brothers and two sisters. Vince was the oldest.

Joe said Vince worked 35 years at the meat-processing plant outside Friona doing “many jobs.”

Vince had three daughters and one son as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joe said he didn’t know why his brother was out late on Monday but he “liked to do a lot of walking. He didn’t have a vehicle. During the day I would see him walking around. He liked to walk around his neighborhood.”

Joe Galvan said he will remember his brother as “a real kind-hearted guy” who loved to dance and laugh.

“I want to hold on to the good times and the parties that he was the life of. That’s the man I want to remember, that’s the brother I always loved,” Joe said.

“I have faith in God that justice will be done,” Joe said.

Romero said anyone with information on the accident is asked to call police at 575-769-1921.