Villanueva passed away after suffering a stroke earlier this week. He was 77.
Danny Villanueva, a former Aggie football star, former NFL player and Spanish-language television pioneer, leaves behind a lifetime of success, a loving family and a legacy of giving that has benefited New Mexico State University in many ways. His support for various university programs over decades included several million dollars.
Villanueva was a key contributor to the “Doing What Counts” fundraising campaign in the early 2000s. He served as chair of the campaign and donated one of the anchor gifts, designating a portion of that gift to Myrna’s Children’s Village, a preschool program that serves children of students and faculty and staff. The program was named in honor of Danny’s wife as a birthday present.