A quote from the 1933 Bronco about a cadet, George O. Speer 1933 JC, who was killed in a Polo Game, is appropriate at this ceremony.
BUT IF THEY ARE GONE FROM OUR RANKS,
WE KEEP THEM ON OUR ROSTER,
AS VALUES ONCE INTIMATELY KNOWN
AND AVAILABLE IN OUR RECOLLECTIONS
AND IN OUR HEARTS.
THEY WILL REMAIN FOREVER YOUNG.
Armstrong, Byng E. 1970 HS ~ 30-Jun-2005
Austin, James C. 1970 HS ~ 26-Nov-2010 James Carder Austin (Gig), 59, passed away in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, November 13, 2010. Gig was born November 4, 1951 in Albuquerque, NM to Jimmy and Gertrude Austin. He graduated from Skyline High School, Salt Lake City, UT, in 1970, after which he took over his father’s business as a Manufactures Sales Representative and retired after 35 years. Gig enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, camping, barbecuing and music. He is survived by Paula Austin and his two children, Amy (Rich) Austin-Peterson and Dan (Michelle) Austin and five grandchildren, all of Macungie, PA. He is also survived by his brother Randy Austin of Torrey, UT, sister’s Joyce (Bud) Latham of Littleton, CO, and Diane (Jim) Chisholm of Chandler, AZ.
Birdwell, John E. III 1970 HS ~ 10-Dec-2014 Friends of John Birdwell lost a great one December 10th when he joined his mother and father in the presence of his Lord and Savior. Born August 6, 1952 into a legendary west Texas ranching family, John grew up at a time when Texas ranching was at its peak, managing over 60,000 acres of tough range land. He could ride, rope, tackle, plow, and fix just about anything. Along with his family, he had a well-earned reputation for hard work and honesty. His friends always joked that John was an ‘acquired taste’ and once acquired, was hard to give up. He laughed the loudest and found humor in the most inappropriate matters, which, of course, made him all the more endearing. John had a strong sense of duty to God, family, friends and community. Far from standing on the sidelines, he invested time working for the common good. Thank God for the life of John Birdwell. Heaven is a little louder filled with John’s laughter. John is survived by his wife Tina, step daughter Scarlett Jones, both of TN, a sister Lee Black of Dallas, Megaen and Lucy, daughters from a previous marriage, and two grandchildren, Laura and Thomas Carter of Houston that were the light of his life.
Bothell, Bruce N. 1970 HS ~ 26-Sep-1987
Bratton, William H. 1970 JC ~ 01-Apr-1986
Brown, Todd W. 1970 HS ~ 15-Aug-2019
Buck, Warren Z. 1970 HS ~ 06-Nov-2017 65, aka “El hombre grande con sombrero azul” has stepped through the vail.., on November 6, 2017. He is preceded in death by his father C.B. “BREV” Buck, mother Natalie Buck and Cora Vigil. He is survived by his son Arren Buck (Cai) and grandson Zayden, sister Barbara (Christie & James), step children Rachel (Matt) Dustin and Desiree, step grandchildren Zoey, Avery, Cruz, Yogi, and Joani. Warren grew up in Santa Fe, he was a Cadet at NMMI and graduated from UNM with a pharmaceutical degree. Warren was quite the man about town. He was loved and respected by many, and will be sincerely missed. On June 16, 2016 he married the love of his life, Patricia Burtnett, on the beautiful Island of Kauai. He was a Buck with lots of Luck to carry him through his escapades. He lived life hard played all of his cards with a smile and a golden heart, now his luck’s run out, his lights are out and he wanders the Great Beyond.
Burgett, Ron H. 1970 HS
Burttram, Don H. 1968 HS-1970 JC
Cauhape, 1LT John C. 1970 HS
Childress, Stephen E. 1968 HS-1970 JC ~ 21-Jan-2006 passed away 21 January 2006, in Roswell, NM. He was a sports writer for the Roswell Daily Record, an artist and enjoyed working with youth. Childress is survived by his wife, Deborah; daughters, Rachel and Corinne; sons, Billy and Stephen, Jr.; mother and father-in-law, Bill and Maxine Gill; grandchildren, Chelsea, Christopher, Annisa, Austin and Sam; sister, Sally’ and brother, James.
Cleghorn, Robert W. 1970 HS ~ 30-Nov-2010
Cloud, III, Howard Haines 1970 JC ~ 06-Dec-2012, 62, of Homer, AK, died unexpectedly on December 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Born in Columbus, IN, to Howard Haines Cloud, Jr., Col. USAF, and Jean E. Tuttle Cloud, the family’s early years consisted of worldwide base assignments before settling in Monument, CO. Howard graduated from Lewis-Palmer High School in 1968 as an all-state basketball star. He received his BA in Social Sciences from Colorado State University and a Masters in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, specializing in Cross Cultural School Administration. He married Patricia L. Winick in 1973. Howard had a notable impact on Native American students teaching on reservations in North Dakota and Minnesota. He integrated native history and traditions into the classroom and included native communities in the education process. This passion led Howard and his young family to interior Alaska’s Athabascan Indian villages in 1983, where he was a teacher, coach and principal in Kaltag, Hughes and Minto. Howard was founder and President of the Western Interior Ski Association (WISA), which provided competitive cross-country ski and biathlon programs across school districts in interior Alaska. He retired as the Director of Special Education and Counseling in Fairbanks, AK. An avid outdoorsman and early environmentalist, Howard built an earth sheltered home in Northern Minnesota in the late 70’s. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Leah Evans, in 1999 and living in Dallas, TX, he embraced property management. Howard oversaw the design and construction of a state of the art, sustainably designed, tropical home in Costa Rica and their 5 Star Energy dream home in Homer, AK. These homes serve as adventure hubs for friends and family. While all of us will surely miss him, Howard’s legacy of love, laughter and adventure will live on. Howard is survived by his wife Leah G. Evans Cloud (Homer, AK); his two sons: Joshua Haines Cloud (Seattle, WA) and Jonah Henry Cloud (Portland, OR); Joshua and Jonah’s Mother, Patricia L. Winick Cloud (Santa Fe, NM); his three sisters Dianne June Sloan (Wichita, KS), Paula Candace Fling (Manitou Springs, CO), Carol Ann Klingsmith (Denver, CO); his brother Lewis Warren Cloud (Albuquerque, NM); his step-sister Tina Allard Spiek and step-brother Robert E. Allard, and numerous nieces and nephews.”
Cobb, James E. 1970 JC ~ 16-Dec-2011 James E. “Jim”, 61, of Florence, Ky., Died Dec. 16, 2011. He had worked for Arvin Meritor Co.. He is Survived by his Loving Wife; Peggy, Daughters; Lisa Marie Redwine of Burlington, Jamie Michelle Wilson of Hebron, Sister; Carol Trago, 3 Grandchildren.
Cooper, John H. 1970 HS
Crosby, Andrew D. 1970 HS ~ 29-Apr-1991
Early, Paul C. 1970 JC ~ 15-Jul-2005, 55, of Waco, died Friday, July 15, 2005, in a local nursing home. Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Monday, July 18, 2005, at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors Chapel, the Reverend Carrol Hambrick officiating. Interment will be at 3 p.m. at Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, TX. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the funeral home. Mr. Early was born, June 26, 1950, at Stamford, TX, to Dr. Brooke and Frances Moberly Early. He attended Paint Creek Elementary school and graduated from Abilene Cooper High School where he was an active member of both the band and Eagle Scouts. After high school, he attended New Mexico Military Institute and eventually graduated from McMurray College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Army before his discharge in 1974. He married Peggy Ann Reich April 16, 1976. Paul loved socializing—-his term for it was “fellowshipping” with folks and loving on his granddaughter, watching Aggie football games and listening to country ballads. Paul was a member of the Baptist Faith. He always made sure we knew Who was to come first in our lives and had a great command of the scriptures. He enjoyed his hobbies, particularly ranching with his father, working on his beaded flags and making birdhouses. He was preceded in death by his father and mother brother, Brooke Early, Jr and father-in-law, Daniel E. Reich. He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Waco daughter, Amanda Bonner of Waco son, Chris Early of College Station and a granddaughter, Kristina Bonner of Waco. sister, Alice Louise Early Horn and husband Allan of Houston brother, William Abernathy and wife, Janice of Waco niece, Elizabeth Farish of Houston and mother-in-law, Dorothy Reich of Waco and eight other nieces and nephews.
Elias, Jr., Carlos 1970 HS ~ 29-Dec-2018
Elson, SFC Murray M., III, USA 1970 JC
Galbraith, Donald 1970 JC ~ 28-Nov-2019, 70, died Thursday, November 28, 2019 at the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple, TX following a lengthy illness of vascular dementia. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Vickie “Victoria Jasper” Galbraith; his son, Christopher Galbraith and wife, Kristen of Ruidoso, NM; his daughter, Kellyn Whiteker and husband, Jacob of Temple, TX; and four grandchildren, Carter & Carly Galbraith, Hayden & Madison Whiteker. Don was preceded in death by one son, Scott Galbraith at age 18; parents, Roy Bell Galbraith, Jr., and Mildred Odell Fox; all of his siblings: Peggy, Patty, Paula, Roy Bell, III, and Ronald. Donnie and Ronnie were identical twin brothers. Don was born in Abilene, TX on December 5, 1948. Don graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1967. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute, joined the Air Force and was later a member of the reserves. Don married Vickie in 1973 in Abilene, TX. He graduated from the University of Arizona as a mining engineer in 1982. He worked at mines in Arizona and New Mexico, and retired from the Department of Energy, WIPP, outside Carlsbad in 2016. The Galbraith family lived in Carlsbad, NM for many years where all children graduated from Carlsbad High School. The family delivered newspapers for the Carlsbad Current Argus for many years. The family was active in supporting local sports, from little Cavemen wrestling & cheerleading, Shorthorn little league, Cavemen football, baseball, and softball.
Galbraith, Ronald 1970 JC ~ 22-Oct-2018
Gladish, Michael E. 1970 HS ~ 17-Feb-1989
Goodwin, Charles D. 1970 HS ~ 30-Aug-2009 A family man and a citizen of the world, Charles Goodwin passed away on August 30, 2009, after complications from a long illness. His life story was about devotion to family, about international understanding, and a passion for public service. Born July 7, 1952 in Arlington, VA, Charles was born into a family of leaders. His father was a senior U.S. Army officer, and Charles grew up in Hawaii, Berlin, and on bases across America. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, and attended Princeton University–both of which built in him a lifelong appetite for reading and learning. From college Charles served on the staff of U.S. Senator Philip Hart of Michigan, and advanced to a position with the White House Press Office in President Carter’s Administration. He moved to private public relations work with the Pat Bario firm in Washington, DC. A new chapter opened in his life when he moved to Spokane to marry Rose Harvey, and they enjoyed almost 27 years of living and raising a family in Spokane. Charles began working at Ambassador Programs in Spokane in 1982, where he used his considerable skills around the world as Director of Operations for the People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs. His travels took him regularly to Russia, South Africa, South America, China, Mongolia, India, Nepal, and Europe. He was also involved in the selection of Jilin, China, as a Sister City to Spokane. His finest hour with People to People was as ‘the last man out’ in the People’s Republic of China immediately following the Tiananmen Square incident. In a tense atmosphere where tanks were parked in front of his hotel and troops had locked down Beijing, Charles showed great courage. He personally negotiated with officials and supervised the safe return of several hundred professionals back to the US, gaining the gratitude of families across the country. In 1997, Charles took early retirement to enjoy life with his family. He loved traveling, reading history and current affairs, and was a consummate host. To stay involved with his daughter’s school, he served as President of St. George’s School Parent Association. A lifelong Democrat with personal experience in the White House, he was proud of President Obama’s election and its statement to the world about America. He is survived by his wife, Rose; son Steven of Merced, CA; and daughter Christjana, Spokane; his mother, Christjane (Kiki) Thom Goodwin; his brother, Samuel “Mac” Goodwin and his wife Geri, Revere, MA; his brother Peter B. Goodwin 1977 HS and wife Laurie, and nephews Sam and Owen; brother- in- law Lewis Harvey and wife Sherri and nephew Matthew, Spokane; brother- in-law John Harvey, Spokane; Mirna Katke, daughter-in-love, her husband Chris, and Isabella, granddaughter-in-love and numerous other nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by BG Samuel McClure Goodwin, USA (Ret) 1935 HS-1937 JC (father); and Marjorie Ann Goodwin (Aunt). Charles was generous—not only to his wife and children, but to those around him that knew him. He took great pride in watching his children participate in events. He also loved traveling and playing bridge with his great friends Jim and Jonelle Bellis and hosting receptions and dinners with dear friends. The world has lost a true gentleman—soft-spoken, gracious, and humble—but with the heart of a lion when it came to serving his fellow man.
Graham, Edward D. 1970 HS ~ 01-Apr-2002
Gray, Charles W. “Bill” 1970 HS ~ 26-Sep-2003, age 51, of Clinton, Mich., lost his long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Sept. 26, 2003. He was born March 20, 1952, in Columbus, OH. Bill and his family spent his childhood years in Bolivia, Hondurus, The Phillippines and Laos, returning to the U.S. when he was 16. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and joined the U.S. Army in 1972. He served two years in the 101st Airborne Division and five years in the Elite Ranger Battalion. He was employed as the Operations & Demolition Manager for Industrial Waste Cleanup in Detroit. Bill loved the outdoors. He was an accomplished rock climber, a runner, scuba diving instructor, and enjoyed hunting and camping. He was also a great cook and loved entertaining family and friends. He leaves behind his wife, Angela Meta Gray; a daughter, Summer Gray of Columbus, OH; a sister, Sandra Gray, El Cajon, CA; and an Uncle, Tom Gray, San Diego, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Betty Gray.
Greene, Joel B. 1970 HS ~ 14-Apr-1988
Greeson, Ricky W. 1970 JC ~ 25-Sep-2014 died September 25th, 2014. He was born July 3rd, 1950 in Big Spring, TX, to Jasper & Helen Birch Greeson. He graduated from Harding High School and attended the New Mexico Military Institute. He was an Army veteran. Rick was a gifted athlete who enjoyed coaching his sons in football, basketball and track through KC Parochial League & the AAU. He owned Heart of America Recovery Co. for over 25 years. He loved music, politics, golf, and his beloved dog, Grimm. Rick is survived by his wife, Laura Cooper Greeson, sons Jasper & Walter Greeson, and a daughter, Lisa. He also leaves his brother Joe Greeson, sister-in-law Geanna Gettys (Matt), brother-in-law Matt Cooper, nieces & nephews.
Griswold, Robert S. 1970 HS
Gunn, Alfred D., Jr. 1970 JC ~ 23-Jul-1999
Hargis, Larry F. 1970 JC ~ 03-Aug-2017
Harper, Jack G., II 1970 HS ~ 14-May-1988
Hayes, James P. 1970 HS ~ 31-Jul-2014 born in Lake Charles, LA, on March 18, 1952, passed away July 31, 2014 at MD Anderson Hospital, Houston, TX. James was preceded in death by his parents, James F. and Lisbeth “Lib” Hayes. James is survived by his wife, Debra L. Hayes; brothers, William S. and Mary Hayes and Robert H. and Debra Hayes; sister Nancy H. and Robert Spilman; along with his Aunt Virginia Rude, many cousins, nieces and nephews. James graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1970, attended and graduated from the University of Texas. Following his graduation from the University of Texas he spent six years with Stewart and Stevenson overseas and returned to Texas. During his life he opened and owned numerous restaurants which spanned Austin, Phoenix and Denver. Eventually, he was co-owner and founder of Hacienda de Colorado.
Hays, Robert D., Jr. 1970 HS ~ 09-Jan-1997
Hess, Robert L. 1970 JC ~ 01-Jul-1980
Hornak, LCDR Robert S., USN (Ret) 1970 JC ~ 01-Feb-2008 57, passed away on February 2, 2008 in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Hornak had been a resident of Albuquerque for twelve years. He was born on July 8, 1950 in Brownfield, TX. He is survived by his wife, Sherrie Hornak; one daughter, Kami Hornak; his mother, Perry Jo Hornak of Lubbock, TX; and brothers, Miles Hornak and wife, Jennifer, of Lubbock, TX, and Conrad M. Hornak 1974 JC and wife, Joan, of Las Vegas, NV. He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph H. Hornak and a brother, Joseph H. Hornak, Jr. 1965 HS-1967 JC. He began his military career at the New Mexico Military Institute and received his Associates Degree. He served in the United States Air Force from 1971-1975 and the United States Navy from 1980-1996. He was highly decorated with the Naval Achievement Medal 2nd Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal 2nd Award, Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon, the Gold Wreath Award, and the Silver Star. He received the Gold Star for being “Recruiter of the Year” in Albuquerque in 1987 and 1988. He was the Naval Science Instructor for the JNROTC Program at the Santa Fe High School from 2000-2006. Most recently, he had been working in Pascagoula, MS, as an instructor in JNROTC at the Pascagoula High School.
Hurd, Dan C. 1970 JC ~ 08-Jan-2016 Mr. Dan Clayton Hurd, 66, passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 in Denton, TX. Dan was preceded in death by his first wife, Carmen Perridon Hurd, his siblings, Rev. M.A. Brown, Minnie L. Mornes, Luther Brown, Herbert Hurd, and Tommie Redmon. He leaves to cherish in his memory his lovely wife of 15 years, Gretta Griffin-Hurd, of Lake Dallas, TX, four sons, Dan Hurd, Jr., of Dallas, TX, Larry Yarrell (Randi) of Dallas, TX, Clayton Webb of Cedar Hill, TX, and Zyon Hurd of Lake Dallas, TX, two daughters, Deneshia Hurd of Dallas, TX, and Maya Bernice Hurd of Lake Dallas, TX. He also leaves to cherish, his father-in-law McKinley Griffin (the late Bernice Griffin) of Lake Dallas, TX, five grandchildren, Ryan Saunders, Carmen Hurd, Keeli Hurd, Laine Yarrell and Lenox Yarrell, five siblings, Bobbie Watson of Amarillo, TX, (Weldon), Willie Brown of Denton, TX, Joe Brown, Sr., of Denton, TX, Jewell Mays of Terrell, TX, (Sylvester), and Genell Hurd of Denton, TX. He also leaves behind a host of sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly. Dan is at home resting peacefully with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Isaacs, Henry M. “Mac” 1968 HS-1970 JC ~ 24-Mar-2005
Jensen, Kimball E. 1970 HS ~ 16-Aug-2014, 62, of Desert Springs, AZ and Mesquite, NV, died in his home on August 16, 2014. Kimball was born to Earl and Carol Jensen in Fort Ord, CA on October 4, 1951. He married Brenda Lynn Jensen (Williams) on September 3, 1972. Together, they enjoyed a life of travel, children, and grandchildren. As a small child, Kimball traveled extensively with his parents and first three sisters, Kristina, Judy, and Tamara. His family lived in Israel, Sacramento, CA, Washington DC, and Ogden, UT. The family then moved to Mexico until he was a teen-ager. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, NM, before he set off again to explore the world and its skies. These early life adventures shaped his bold and unique perspective on life and learning. He ultimately settled in Southern Utah, where he and Brenda raised their three daughters. Kimball loved to fly. He was fascinated by the subject of air and space. He earned his pilot’s license in his early 20s, and was an avid reader of military and aeronautical history. Kimball was passionate about travel and exploration. He loved to see the world, and inspired many others to do the same. He was a talented drummer and vocalist. He took great pleasure in music. He played a diverse range of albums during his travels, resulting in memorable soundtracks for all of his travel adventures. Kimball also was a licensed contractor. He designed and built custom homes throughout Southern Utah. He was well-known for the aesthetic architectural designs and clever features he created. Kimball was intent on being of service to his community. He first became an EMT in the early ’80s, which led him to a remarkable career in medicine. In 1984, Kimball received his degree in Nursing, with high honors, from Weber State College via Dixie College and SUSC. Over the next 30 years, Kimball led the charge as a registered nurse in emergency departments (ERs) in Utah and Nevada, helping to save thousands of lives. Kimball first worked in the ER at Dixie Medical Center, in St. George, UT, where he helped to establish its first fixed-wing Life Flight unit. Later, Kimball also worked in the ER at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, and then moved his practice to North Vista Hospital in North Las Vegas in the early ’90s. He accepted a position as booking nurse at the Las Vegas City Jail in 1999. In 2003, the open road called, and he took a 1-year hiatus to drive 18-wheeler trucks from coast-to-coast for Dick Simon Trucking. He returned to saving lives in 2004, when he accepted a position in the ER at Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite, NV, where he practiced medicine for another 10 years before hanging up his stethoscope to prepare for retirement. At the time of his death, Kimball was building a self-sustaining, eco-friendly home, greenhouse, and garden, the designs of which are marvels of engineering. He was also planning the next family vacation, as well as a European trip with Brenda. Kimball was a brilliant, commanding, and adventurous leader and visionary. He was a devoted and cherished husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend, and mentor. Words cannot describe our grief in losing him, or the depth of our gratitude for being loved by him. Kimball is survived by his loving wife, Brenda, and their three daughters: Janna Jensen Lewis (Michael), Sandra Lee (Charlie), Karen Macias (Joe); seven grandchildren: Kimball, Savannah, Thomas, Olivia, Sofia, Fiona, and Lucia; and his many, dearly-loved siblings; all of whom he was fiercely proud. Kimball was preceded in death by his parents, Carol and Earl Jensen, his brothers Joseph Owen and Larsen Earl, and his sisters, Leticia and Nina.
Jimenez, Richard L. 1970 JC ~ 27-Mar-2007 56, died Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at home. Rick was born on June 15, 1950 in Roswell, NM, the son of Raymond and Eva Jimenez. A graduate of Eastern New Mexico State University, he has resided in Clinton since 1981. He began his career in insurance executive sales in 1983 and served as a Partner with Revere Insurance Services. Prior to his career in insurance sales, he was employed with NAPA for 15 years. An avid golfer, Rick was a member of the Live Oaks Golf Club. He enjoyed working in his yard and exercising at the Mississippi Baptist Health Plex in Clinton. Rick loved cooking on the grill and cherished spending time with his family and friends. Rick is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Jimenez. Survivors include, wife Kaye Jimenez of Clinton; daughter, Eva Maria Kawas and her husband Camilo of Austin, TX; son, Luke Jimenez of Ridgeland; step-son, Jason Ball and his wife Jodie of Brandon; mother, Eva Jimenez of Roswell, NM; sister, Eva Ray Byrd and her husband Jim of Lindreth, NM; sister, Lourda Barrera and her husband Rick of El Paso, TX; brother, Ray Jimenez and his wife Paula of El Paso, TX; nieces and nephews, Joseph and Laura Cobos and their daughter Joci of Dallas, TX; Rachel Jimenez of Dallas, TX; Luis Santos and Danny Availa both of El Paso, TX, and many other loving cousins.
Jochim, Steven G. 1970 HS
Jones, Wade B. 1970 HS
Lairmore, Gregory A. 1970 HS ~ 11-Sep-2007
Lambert, SPC Millard John “M.J.” Jr. 1967 HS-1970 JC ~ 02-May-2008
MacPherson, Robert A., Jr. 1970 HS
Marx, Timothy L. 1970 JC ~ 04-Sep-1977
Mask, Robert C. 1970 HS ~ 16-Nov-1993
Matoy, George C., III LTC (Ret) 1968 HS-1970 JC ~ 06-Jan-2019
Miller, Gerald N. 1970 JC ~ 30-Nov-2005
Mills, Clifford “Cliff” Waldo 1970 JC ~ 27-Sep-2019 For some 23 years, Cliff Mills was a constant presence on the Santa Fe Plaza, talking with locals and visitors about his modern-day reproductions of his great-grandfather’s historical photographs of New Mexico and other issues. But last June, facing health problems, Mills left the Plaza for the last time, relocating to Las Cruces to live with his sister, Susan, and to battle lung cancer. He succumbed to the disease in a hospice-care facility in Las Cruces last Friday, Susan Mills said. He was 68. “His work and his art was his life,” she said Monday. “He loved being out on the Plaza, he loved Santa Fe, he loved the people he met and the people he worked with. That’s primarily why he never married. There were just so many people who he loved.” Patricia Wyatt, who has run an arts booth on the Plaza for 23 years, said Mills’ outlook was unlike many others. “He liked that contact with people who you otherwise might not meet, to talk to each other about your experiences,” she said. Cliff Mills was born Oct. 23, 1950, in Las Vegas, NM. His father, also named Cliff, was a teacher who soon thereafter moved the family to Los Alamos to take a job. His mother, Ann Spiess Mills, was an embroidery and needlepoint artist. The younger Mills graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1968 and immediately enrolled in the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, where he spent two years, his sister said. But military decorum was not for him, so he joined the Peace Corps, spending about two years in Ethiopia — an experience that led him to return there years later to help feed hungry children in a famine camp, Susan Mills said. “He loved the people and the culture there, but he did not like seeing the starving children,” she said. “We didn’t talk too much about the famine camps; he just couldn’t do it.” After taking some classes in medicine and journalism at several New Mexico colleges, he began developing a career as an artist. B.G. Randall, his great-grandfather, took photographs as a mining engineer in Taos in the early 1900s, and in 1978, Cliff Mills’ grandmother showed him the family collection of her father’s pictures. Many of those images portrayed life on Taos Pueblo and the nearby plaza area. Mills told The New Mexican in June he used to develop his grandfather’s black-and-white photos in a darkroom before hand-tinting them with acrylic, oil or pastel paints. In 2004, he said he started experimenting with digital versions of both his great-grandfather’s and his own photos of New Mexico’s people and nature. “I was always bored with conventional photography. My idea of being successful was to be as different as I could be,” he said. “My authenticity came from the fact that I came from a family of photographers and always explained my process and my materials.” Mills’ niece, Rose Clark, sometimes worked with him on the Plaza. She said the Plaza was “heaven to him. Being there was what he loved more than anything else.” Clark’s mother died when she was 14 and at that point Mills “helped my dad pick up the slack with not having my mom anymore.” Although he was a “goofy, fun uncle,” he also gave her grief when he discovered she had taken up smoking. She quit. Cliff Mills is survived by his sisters, Susan Mills and Telynnrees Daoren and three nieces and three great nephews, as well as two dogs, Dulce and Canela. “They don’t understand everything yet,” Susan Mills said of the dogs. “But they know he’s gone.” The family is trying to arrange a public memorial of Mills’ life on the Plaza or in some public space in the city in late October.
Montoya, Danny P. 1970 HS
Montoya, Ronald M. 1970 HS ~ 25-Aug-2003
Moore, Michael E. 1970 HS ~ 23-Sep-2010
Morgan, Richard P. 1970 HS ~ 14-Dec-2006
Murray, Kevin Deems 1970 HS ~ 09-Jan-1996
Myrtue, Anton 1970 JC
Nash, Charles Edgar 1970 HS ~ 14-May-2005
Perez, Victor L. 1970 JC ~ 17-Sep-2009 age 59 a resident of Las Vegas, NM, for the past fifteen years formerly of Santa Rosa, Vaughn and Encino, NM, passed away September 17, 2009 at the Alta Vista Regional Hospital. He was born in Albuquerque, NM, on July 22, 1950 to Cipriano Perez and the late Gloria Harder-Perez. He was united in marriage in Las Vegas, M to Elizabeth Valdez-Perez. Victor was raised and grew up at the Perez Family Ranch in Encino, New Mexico. He was a graduate of Encino High School in 1968, where he excelled as a basketball player. He attended New Mexico Military Institute Jr. College and went on to receive his Bachelors Degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He started his teaching career in Santa Rosa, he also taught and coached in Encino, Vaughn, Santa Rosa and West Las Vegas High School. While coaching, his teams won two State Basketball Championships in 1984 and 1990 at Santa Rosa, NM. He was named coach of the year in 1984. In 1995 he led the West Las Vegas Dons to the State Basketball Tournament. His 1984 State Basketball Championship Team was recognized at the 2009 New Mexico State Basketball Tournament for their Twenty-Fifth Anniversary. Although he had a great passion for the game of basketball he also loved to go fishing, and was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan. A lifetime Catholic, he attended the Immaculate Conception Church in Las Vegas, NM. He is preceded in death by his mother Gloria Perez; brother Larry Perez; and first wife and mother of his children, late Bernadette Perez. He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth A. Perez of the family home of Las Vegas, NM; sons Isaac Perez, wife Jessica and Abran Perez, companion Monika Monje both of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren Arianna, Maya and Giana Perez; father Cipriano Perez, wife Corine; sister Lydia Perez-Romo, husband Sam of Albuquerque, NM; father-in-law Margarito Valdez; mother-in-law Frances Valdez both of Las Vegas, NM; brother-in-laws Joe Luna wife, Angela of Albuquerque, NM; Robert Luna, wife Stella of Vaughn, NM; sister-in-laws Anita Valdez, Francine Valdez, Monica Valdez, Eva Romero, husband Dennis and April Valdez, companion Richard Medina all of Las Vegas, NM; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Perry, Richard A. 1970 JC
Philips, Sidney H., Jr. 1970 JC ~ 30-Nov-1991
Pierce, Steven J. 1968 HS-1970 JC ~ 01-Jan-1998
Powell, Thomas Wayne 1970 HS ~ 22-Dec-2014
Pressnell, David E. 1968 HS-1970 JC ~ 20-Aug-2018, 68, of Owensboro, died Monday August 20, 2018 at the Owensboro Center. He was born in El Paso, TX, on December 28, 1949 where he was adopted by his loving parents, C.E. (Gene) & Willodine B. Pressnell. He lived the early part of his life in Carlsbad, NM before moving to Owensboro in 1979. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute with an Associate Degree and from Kentucky Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He was a professional real estate appraiser, and was a founding partner of Area Appraisal Service. Dave was both an MAI and SRA member of the Appraisal Institute. He was preceded in death by his father and mother. Although there are no surviving members of his immediate family, he is survived by his loving adopted Kentucky family, who along with their children and grandchildren, considered “Uncle Dave”, an honorary member of the family.
Ray, William W. 1970 HS ~ 05-May-1976
Reinhart, Richard N. 1970 HS ~ 04-Aug-1999
Riddle, Mark S. 1970 JC ~ 14-Apr-2014
Rogers, Carlos C. 1970 HS ~ 29-Jun-1999
Sarkisian, Armen Greg 1970 HS ~ 15-Feb-2011 59, passed away on February 15, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Lucie and four sons Louis Tor, Haig Medill, Stanley Armen, and Philip Tigran. He was preceded in death by his parents H. Medill and Ethel G. and brother Tor. Greg was a lifelong resident of Denver and local businessman. His retail business, first established by his great uncle, Sarkisian’s Oriental Rugs and Fine Arts has been a fixture in Denver since 1891. Greg was Co-Founder of the Creek Indians Lacrosse and devoted himself to coaching several generations of Lacrosse players. He was a graduate of the New Mexico Military School, received his undergraduate degree from New York University, and Masters from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Greg loved spending time in the mountains and playing catch with his dogs, Keb and Oz.
Schmidt, Tudd A. 1970 HS ~ 07-Feb-2004
Schwettmann, William H., III 1967 HS-1970 JC
Skalnik, Paul Emil 1970 JC ~ 10-Mar-2020
Smith, Robert A. 1970 HS ~ 21-Jan-1972
Smith, Rowland D. III 1970 JC ~ 11-Aug-2011 Rowland Douglas Smith, III, died of bone cancer at the age of 61, August 11, 2011. Born in Bangor, MA, on March 14, 1950. He is survived by his father, Rowland Douglas Smith, Jr., a son, Remington Douglas Smith, and three sisters: Cherry Brooke Greve, Julia Horbatko, and Kimberly Travis. His mother, Cherry Abernethy Smith, predeceased him. “Rowdie” graduated from Wasson High School and the UCCS and worked as a professional pilot serving as a captain for Northwest and Delta.
Stanfield, Mike H. 1970 HS
Stephenson, Gordon E. 1970 HS ~ 07-Jun-2002
Stewart, Joseph D. 1970 HS ~ 29-Nov-2014 He was born Sept. 27, 1952, in Grand Junction, CO, to Howard and Irene Stewart. Joe was proud to have gotten his real estate license on his 21st birthday. As a high school student, he was chosen to attend the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. A 1974 alumni and avid fan of CU-Boulder athletics, Joe also enjoyed Oakland A’s baseball, politics, reading and swimming. Joe moved to Las Vegas in 1984, where he met his wife, of 24 years, Linda, and raised his daughters, Amanda and Nora. Joe’s quest for knowledge and compassion for others was unmatched. He was a beloved husband, father and friend to all. Joe is survived by his brother, James Howard Stewart;
his wife; two daughters; and his many other relatives and friends.
Stewart, Stephen R. 1970 HS
Stillion, Stephen W. 1970 HS ~ 23-Feb-1999
Symington, Robert E. 1970 HS ~ 18-Sep-2017
Tice, Terry R. 1970 HS ~ 24-Apr-2006
Vandewart, CW4 Geoffrey A., USA (Ret) 1970 HS ~ 13-Dec-2010 59, of Roswell, who passed away Dec. 13, 2010. Jeff, as he was known to his friends and family, was born Dec. 6, 1951, to James Manning Vandewart and Bobby Lee Basham Vandewart, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph Allen Vandewart and Hallie Manning Vandewart and Terry Teel Basham and Grace Pearl Watson Basham. Jeff married Linda Kay Maxwell Vandewart, on April 21, 1979, in Roswell. The preacher accidentally wrote Linda Mae on the marriage license. He affectionately called her “Linda Mae” for the rest of his life. He spent his early years raised on the Vandewart’s ranch, the Eagle Aerie, Flying H. He attended grade school at Penasco and attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1967 to 1969. He graduated from Artesia High School in 1970. He attended ENMU-Roswell, where he received his A&P degree. At a young age Jeff developed a love for flying. During that time, he received his multi-engine commercial pilot license and flew for small companies. In the late 1970s Jeff worked as a police officer for the Roswell Police Department. He left this job to join the United States Army in 1980 to serve his country. Jeff was stationed at Ft. Leonardwood, MO, for basic training, later attending Warrant Officer Candidate School at Ft. Rucker, AL. After receiving his wings, Jeff was an instructor pilot for the Cobra helicopter, later becoming an instructor pilot for the AH64 Apache helicopter. He was instrumental in designing the panel for the Apache Longbow. During his 20 year military career, he served at Ft. Hood, TX, Enterprise, AL, Ansbach, Germany, and Korea. While stationed in Germany, Jeff’s unit was the first attack helicopter squadron deployed to Iraq during Desert Storm where he bravely fought for our country. Upon retiring in 2000 as a (CW4) Chief Warrant Officer 4, Jeff accepted a position for Seair, a government contractor, at Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, where he flew fixed wing and helicopter. He later went to work for civil service as an Environmental Protection Specialist at Yuma Proving Ground. Jeff and his family returned to Roswell, his home town, in September 2006. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include Linda, his wife of 32 years, of the home; his son, Billy R. “Burr” Vandewart, of Roswell; his daughter, Staci A. Vandewart, of Roswell; a brother, Michael O. Vandewart 1971 HS, of Pilot Point, TX; three grandchildren, Jeremy Smith, Las Cruces, Jodi Mize of Ruidoso and Presli K. Bornemann, of Roswell; and two great-grandchildren, Gwen and Luke Smith, of Las Cruces. He is also survived by a special aunt, Ceil Vandewart, of San Angelo, TX; a dear childhood friend, Lynette Grant, of Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members whom he dearly loved. Thank you, Jeff, for your service to our great country.
Vendel, Bertil D. 1970 HS ~ 24-Dec-2009 Bert Duane Vendel, Jr, age 58, of Placitas, passed away on December 24, 2009. Beloved husband, son and brother, Bert will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Bert was born on May 17, 1951 in Albuquerque. Bert graduated from Del Norte High School, class of 1970. Bert had been in commercial wholesale plumbing business for over 35 years. Bert loved being on his Harley and traveled to Sturgis every year for the motorcycle rally. Bert is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Deanna, his dogs, Harley and Sadie, his father, Bert Vendel, Sr., his sister, Debra Vargas and her husband, Bill, his mother and father-in-law, Tom and Ruth Glauner and many nieces and nephews. Bert was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Vendel in 1994.
Vick, Richard R. 1965 HS-1970 JC ~ 10-Jun-2015
Wade, Monte J. 1970 HS ~ 09-Dec-2009 (Butch) of San Antonio, TX, died December 9, 2009 at the age of 58. Born August 6, 1951, He was the eldest child of Joe Meldon Wade and Glenna Juandell Wade. He was preceded in death by his father Joe Wade. Monte is survived by his mother Glenna Juandell Wade, daughter, Heather Wade, son Curtis Wade, sister Arlene Hayes, brother Terry Wade and four beautiful grandchildren Ezra, Evan, Brooklyn, and Lauren. Monte was a long time art dealer in Santa Fe and San Antonio. Monte will be remembered as man who could keep a room full of friends and strangers in stitches for hours. He will be dearly missed by all.
Ward, Farlin Y. 1970 JC ~ 19-Apr-2017
Watts, Dale L. 1967 HS-1970 JC ~ 17-Jul-2010 was born Oct. 28, 1949 in Santa Fe, NM. He went home to be with his Heavenly Father July 17, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer.He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and four stepdaughters, Lauri (Brian) Jordan, Katie (Jordan) Buford, Amy (Ryan) Nickle and Brittney Leafty. Also surviving are his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ann and Richard O’Donnal; stepdaughters, Jessica Gregorovic and Becki Hansen; brother, Craig Watts; and niece, Sonya (Lewis) Bachicha, and their son, Santi; niece, Kirsten Watts; brother, Glenn Watts; nephew, Calvin Watts; and niece, Amanda (Jason) Blazer; brother-in-law, Richard L. (Carol) O’Donnal and their son, Jeff (Margo) O’Donnal; brother-in-law, Darrell (Anita) O’Donnal; nieces, Amanda (Rob) Clanin and Lynn Kate O’Donnal; and nephew, Fletcher O’Donnal. Also surviving are Mr. Watts’ special grandchildren, Santino, Sophia, Samantha, Tommy, Danielle, Hayley and Blakeslee; his great-grandson, Dominic; and his very best pal in the world — Bella the Dog! Mr. Watts had a great love for life, his family, friends and his church. He was a friend to many who will always think of him as kind, helpful and willing to share his time and talents to those in need. He will be truly missed, writes his family.
Wertheim, Joseph H. 1970 JC ~ 11-Aug-2012, 62, of Mt. Lebanon, died Saturday evening, Aug. 11, 2012. He was the beloved husband for 38 years of Elaine (Edwards) Wertheim; devoted father of Benjamin E. Wertheim; son of Rear Adm. Robert H. Wertheim and the late Barbara Selig Wertheim; and brother of David A. Wertheim. Joe served as the director of the South Hills Food Pantry. He was on the board of trustees of the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, president of the Friends of Mt. Lebanon Public Library and was on the advisory board of the Denis Theatre Foundation.
Westall, Clinton T. “Ted” 1970 HS ~ 02-Nov-2014 62, of Conway went to be with the Lord Sunday November 2, 2014. He was born February 26, 1952 in Russell, KS. Ted was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Westall and one brother, Bob Westall. Ted was of the Methodist faith and a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam Conflict. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Westall, his mother, Mava Nell (Roberson) Dietrich, son, Chad Westall of Kansas, step-daughter, Laura Ramirez (Lou) of Greenbrier, AR, and two grandchildren, Marleigh and Aidin.
Westfall, John Robert 1970 JC
Williams, George P. 1970 JC ~ Jun-2018
Williams, John C. 1970 HS ~ 11-Feb-2019 John Charles Williams, age 66, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019, in El Paso, TX. John was born July 15th, 1952 to Bill and “KD” Williams in Montgomery, AL, the youngest of four children. As an Air Force “brat” John had the unique experience of living and growing up in various parts of the world. John moved to the southwest as a young man where he worked as a cowboy in Clovis, New Mexico and later joined family in El Paso, TX, where he graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso. John had a talented voice which afforded an illustrious career as a radio announcer working at a multitude of radio stations in the borderland. Later in life, John served as a member of the Bayard Lions Club promoting humanitarianism and peace. Despite the adversities he faced in life, John rose above them to be a loving husband, father, and friend. John is survived by his sons William Ross Williams, Wyatt Ryder Williams, and their mother Cynthia Ann Mireles Williams. John was preceded in death by his parents and his son Charles Colt Williams.
Yates, Martin R. 1970 HS ~ 30-Jul-1977
Yates, Patrick D. “Danny” 1970 JC ~ 08-Jan-2014 of Edmond, OK, formerly of Chandler, OK, was born on September 22, 1948 at Hamilton Air Force Base in Vallejo, CA, and departed this life on January 8, 2014, in Oklahoma City, at the age of 65 years. Danny was the son of Lennis and Nima (Billye) Yates. He graduated from Newburg High School in 1968. He attended New Mexico Military in Roswell, and then he attended college at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He played on the 1969-71 football teams as a linebacker and offensive guard. He was blessed with two great loves in his life. He married his first wife, the mother of all four kids, Judy Bounds, of San Antonio, TX, on January 24, 1970. They celebrated 37 years of marriage. He then married his first love and high school sweetheart, Michelle Dushane on September 22, 2008, in Durant, OK. Danny owned and operated a construction company, and was a school teacher at Guthrie Junior High from 1994 until he retired in 2007. His parents, one brother, Jimmy and grand nephew Gage; preceded Danny in death. Survivors include: his wife Michelle of the home, former spouse Judy Yates, two daughters and son-in-law, Robin and David Neeley of Sapulpa, OK, and Heather Yates of Shawnee, OK; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brent and Keri Yates of Guthrie, OK, and Clint and Amanda Yates of Chandler; one step-son Brian and wife Zorro Kumpunen; one brother, David Yates of Texas; three sisters, Winona Johnson of Durant, OK, Theresa Lavelle of Dover, DE, and Ramona Massie of Dennison, TX, eleven grandchildren, Courtney, Dalton, Chesney, Joshua, Garrett, Bria, Morgan, Ashton, Evan, Keegan, Cody and other relatives and many friends.
Anderson, COL Craig Henry, USA (Ret) 1967 HS-1969 JC ~ 13-Aug-2011 (April 16, 1949 – Aug. 13, 2011) Age 62, passed away on Aug. 13, 2011, after a long battle with ALS. Craig was born on April 16, 1949 in Chicago, Ill. In 1954, the Anderson family relocated to Tucson, AZ, where Craig attended two years of high school at Catalina. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he graduated high school in 1967. He continued at NMMI and earned an associate’s degree in 1969. He then transferred to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, where he graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1992, he finished his education with a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Craig was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army in 1972. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1984. While in the reserves, Craig served in the 8th Battalion, 40th Armor at Fort Huachuca, AZ. His majors assignments while in the 8/40th were Redeye Section Leader, “A” Company Commander, Combat Support Company Commander, and Battalion Executive Officer. He also graduated from the Command and General College. Craig then joined the active duty Army with assignments as an Assistant Professor of Military Science (ROTC) at East Tennessee State University, Professor of Military Science at The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, Battalion Executive Officer, Secretary to the general’s Staff and Inspector General. In 2004, after serving 32 years, he retired from active duty as a Colonel. Craig was a strong family man and a good, loyal friend. He was greatly respected by all who knew him. He had a passion for playing golf and closely followed and was regularly disappointed by the Chicago Cubs. Craig also enjoyed music, attending concerts and was an avid reader. He leaves his devoted wife of 40 years, Debra; his daughter, Jennifer and husband Raymond, of Boonville, MO; his sister, Janis Brownlee and his step-mother, Marjorie Anderson, both of Tucson, AZ; and nephew, Michael Anderson and family of Denmark. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald John Anderson, Sr., his mother, Jayne Olive Anderson, and his brother, Gerald John Anderson, Jr.
Armstrong, William C., Jr. 1969 JC ~ 22-Aug-1997
Barnes, William Courtney Chruchill 1969 JC
Bays, James K. 1969 HS ~ 18-Jan-2015, 64, of Bloomfield, went home to be with his heavenly father on Jan. 18, 2015. James was born July 7, 1950, in Rangely, CO, to James and Pansy Bays. James was preceded in death by his parents and son, Ethan Bays. He is survived by his son, Joshua Bays; brother, Darrell (Sharron) Bays; two nephews; one niece, and two grandchildren.
Beasley, Dennis R. 1969 HS
Bezemek, John M. 1969 HS
Booky, James T. 1969 HS ~ 14-Jan-1971
Bright, Peter Lee 1969 HS ~ 25-Jul-2007 55, survived by wife, Jennifer Bright, mother, Jane Bright, brother, John Bright.
Buckingham, Kent O., Jr. 1969 JC
Burch, Glenn E. 1969 HS ~ 01-Feb-1986
Case, Forrest B. 1969 JC ~ 24-Sep-2013 age 63, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, NM, died Tuesday, September, 24, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Janet Case of Albuquerque; his daughter, Debbie Mills of Arizona; three grandchildren, Ashleigh Manning, Meagan Manning, both of Albuquerque, and TJ Mills of OH; great-grandson, Jeremiah Driskill; mother, Judith Case of Albuquerque; brother, Tom and wife Chris Case of Elephant Butte; sister, Valorie Nagy of Oklahoma; nephews, Marshall, and Jake and wife Mary; niece, Tammy and husband Carl Batmen of Rio Rancho; and many close friends. Forrest was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Case. Forrest and his wife Janet were owners/operators of PDQ Maintenance for 25 years. Forrest is remembered best by his loving smile and great sense of humor, his work ethics and his ability of knowing no stranger.
Clark, Thomas Mark 1969 HS
Compton, Jack C. 1969 JC ~ 21-Sep-2018 was born July 13, 1949 in Tucson, AZ, to Orville and Betty Compton. He passed away September 21, 2018 in Las Cruces, NM following a brief illness. Jack grew up in Roswell, NM, he graduated from Goddard High School in 1967 and attended New Mexico Military Institute. He was an avid sports fan, especially college basketball, he loved listening to music, was a car enthusiast, and a fisherman. He played a mean game of dominoes, was quite the croquette player, and could pitch a horseshoe better than anyone. Jack was quite the fashionista wearing Hawaiian print shirts year round. Jack’s many adventures lead him to all parts of the United States, Mexico and Canada. He moved to Wyoming in the early 70’s to work construction. He lived in Wyoming on and off eventually settling in Pinedale. There he built a home, enjoyed floating the rivers, occasionally engaging in shenanigans and made friendships that lasted a lifetime. Jack and his partner Patty Lovato decided winters were better in New Mexico and permanently moved to Las Cruces in 2015. They enjoyed the sunshine, the southwest and the authentic Mexican food. Friends will remember Jack for many reasons and everyone has a “Jack Story”. His quick wit and his sense of humor will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Compton.
Conrad, John R. 1969 JC ~ 20-Oct-1998
Cooper, Carl F. “Fred”, Jr. 1969 JC ~ 22-Nov-2009 60, of Little Rock, died unexpectedly Sunday in Garland County. Carl Cooper, Jr., born in Pine Bluff April 25, 1949, the son of Carl F. Cooper of Pine Bluff and the late Lois Payne Cooper, Fred was a 1967 Pine Bluff High School graduate. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and was a 1976 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While a member of the United States Navy Reserve, he served on active duty from 1970 to 1972 aboard the USS RANGER. He joined William Caruthers Company in 1976 and worked with that building contracting business until the present, becoming its owner in 2007. Fred was one of a kind. He was not only a devoted and loving husband and father, but a fair and honest man. He always lived his life to the absolute fullest. He enjoyed the lake in the summer, Razorback football in the fall, and riding his motorcycle on beautiful day’s like he was doing Sunday when he became ill. Fred will be missed by many whose lives he touched. Survivors include his wife, Jennie Railsback Cooper, who he married in Pine Bluff, Aug. 27, 1977; two sons, Trey Cooper and his fiance, Mary of El Dorado, AR, Seth Cooper and his wife, Ashley of Conway, AR; his grandson; Lawson; his father; and sister, Lois Ann Holthoff of Gould, AR.
Curotto, Alexander W. 1969 JC ~ 01-Aug-1987
Drury, David L. 1969 HS ~ 01-Jul-1988
Easley, Jerry L. 1969 JC ~ 26-Jan-1999
Ellis, Frank T., Jr. 1969 HS ~ 01-Jan-1976
Fain, Sam R. 1969 HS
Felch, Harry J. 1969 HS ~ 29-Oct-1991
Flynn, Frank, Jr. 1969 JC ~ 20-Feb-2001
Frederick, SFC Charles A., USA (Ret) 1969 HS ~ 21-Nov-2010 Charles passed away on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, in Roswell. Charles was born to Morris Palmer Frederick and Helen Irene Buffum Frederick on April 28, 1950, in El Paso, TX. He married Kathy Mask on Sept. 18, 1971, in Tucumcari. After graduation from NMMI, Charles proudly served our nation for 13 years, reaching the Army rank of sergeant E-7. He coached his sons and numerous others in baseball and life, and proudly assisted as his sons took over the role of coaches. Charles loved his brothers and sisters in Christ at Highland Baptist Church. He was never shy about sharing his Lord and Savior with others. He always enjoyed the small things in life spent with his family – camping, fishing and golfing. Charlie was a talented artist in paint, words and pens. He always had a joke to make you smile and grin; poems to make you laugh or cry. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 39 years, Kathy Frederick; two sons, Lee Frederick, and wife, Rebecca, and Cory Frederick; two brothers, William A. Frederick 1964 HS-1966 JC, and wife, Jimmie, and Frank B. “Corky” Frederick 1968 HS-1970 JC, and wife, Patti; a granddaughter, Lena Marie Frederick; nieces and nephews, Roy, Robert, Virginia, Hayley, Abbey and Jason; and Whit Hamill, who was thought of as another son. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Helen Frederick.
Galst, Joel K. 1969 HS ~ 19-Aug-2012
Garcia, Vernon E. 1969 JC ~ 19-Aug-2012 Our loving husband, daddy, papa and best friend went to be with our dear Heavenly Father on Sunday morning. Vernon remains here in the hearts of many, but especially his mother, Selina Garcia (90) and his most beloved wife Angel. His greatest joys in life were his five children: Christopher Ryan Myrick 2002 HS and wife Eliana and Josh, Christian Mateo Garcia and wife Char’let, Michael O’Conner Myrick and wife Alycia, and Daddy’s baby girls Brittany Anne-Marie Garcia and Veronica Selina Garcia. Papa’s happiest times were playing with his three granddaughters Elizabeth Anne-Marie Garcia Sanders, Emma Rose Garcia Evangel, and Moriah Nicole Myrick, they truly were the apples of his eye. God came for Vernon ten years ago and Vernon wasn’t ready to go home so he blessed us with the most incredible years a family can have. The friends and family that have touched our lives and made our world complete are too numerous to mention but please know in your hearts how loved you were. Vernon’s passion was his numerous restaurants including Vernon’s Grille in Dallas, Calico Cafe in Corrales, and Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steaks in Los Rancho de Albuquerque. God blessed his companies not with employees but extended family members, his customers were not patrons but dear friends, and his high morals and standards of life were not private but openly displayed through his warm smile, spiritual wisdom, and loving hand that was always open to whomever God put in his path. Vernon’s last words to Angel just moments before passing were, “I wish everyone in the world could find and share the love we have.” So as a special gift from Vernon to you, the family would request not donations or sympathy for us; but a peace that you would make with an estranged family member, old friend or anyone that God puts in your path. Let no one cross your path by accident and help our family as we continue on with an open heart and helping hand that Vernon so generously shared.
Gatewood, Douglas G. 1969 HS
Germon, James A. 1969 HS ~ 11-Mar-2016
Gilles, Robert S. 1969 HS ~ 18-Sep-2009 known for his strength and fortitude, peacefully died on September 18, 2009 from pancreatic cancer, one day after celebrating his 60th birthday. He was born in Roswell, NM and joined the Army in 1968 where his risk-taking skills allowed him to participate with the 1st Cav / 75th Ranger / LRRP unit in Viet Nam. Among his many medals, he earned 3 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He lived in Torrance with his wife, Carol and son, Matt. He spent most of his career in the Trucking industry, most recently as a Studio Driver – Local 399. His greatest pleasure was in riding around the US with Carol on their Ultra Classic Harley. His support of our military included Run for the Wall journeys to the Vietnam Veterans Wall and Volunteer Service at the USO. He is survived by his wife, Carol; and sons, Matt, Jacob & Jason; brothers – Mark (South Carolina), Greg ( Colorado Springs), Chris ( Tucson); sister, Trish (Atlanta); parents, Mark & June of North Carolina and the many sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins.
Gomez, Larry M. 1969 HS
Greeman, Patrick E. 1969 HS ~ 23-Apr-2019 -He was born December 31, 1950 in Alamosa, CO, to Gerald B. and Buelah Hutchinson Greeman. Patrick proudly served his country with the U.S. Army Special Forces. Family, cattle, hunting, and grandson stuff were Pat’s biggest loves in life. As a professional class fact bender, he was able to talk at great lengths about many subjects. Pointless confrontation with his loved ones was his main source of entertainment. He always found the best in everyone he encountered, personally and professionally. He was proud of his military service as a Green Beret and his country, and was intensely patriotic to the end of his life. He is survived by his wife, Kathi Greeman of the family home; one son, Ty Greeman and wife Michelle of San Angelo, TX; three grandchildren; three brothers, Walter Greeman and wife Jocelyn of Tishomingo, OK; Gerald Greeman of Indio, CA; Michael Dee Greeman of Alamosa, CO; one sister, Barbara Gean Wallendorff and husband Robert of Phoenix, AZ; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Green, Joe W. 1969 HS ~ 10-May-2008 (1951 – 2008) – J was born on July 7, 1951 in El Paso, TX. He was raised primarily in Albuquerque and graduated from Sandia High School. He attended NMMI and UNM. He owned and operated the Turquoise Teepee in Santa Fe and was a licensed realtor until illness struck. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lavonne and Searle Woods; sisters, Jan Kabler of Shenandoah, IA, Janice Galvin and husband, Bill of Denver, CO, Cindy Jonz and husband, Bill of Liberty Lake, WA, Laurae Sather and husband, Steve of Spokane, WA; brothers, Jeffery Woods of Garner, NC, Jordan Woods and wife, Lia of Albuquerque, NM, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. J will be greatly missed by those who loved him and admired his quiet dignity and sense of humor.
Hocker, MAJ John K., USARNG (Ret) 1969 JC ~ 04-Oct-2011 62, of Springdale, AR, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born July 6, 1949, in Broken Arrow, OK, to Joseph Henry and Maude Louise Hartman Hocker. He is survived by his wife, Jane Hocker, of the home; two daughters, Tamara Bills of Tucson, AZ, and Abbie Hocker of Burbank, CA; two sisters, Lou Bickle of Orlando, FL, and Sue Wagner of Ardmore, OK. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Ethan and Nickolas Bills.
Iglehart, Charles A. 1969 JC ~ 16-Nov-2010
Jackson, Rufus P. 1969 HS
Keeler, Rodney H. 1969 JC ~ 27-Mar-2019, 69, a lifelong resident of Deming passed away Wednesday March 27, 2019 at Mimbres Memorial Hospital. Rodney was born August 8, 1949 in Deming, NM to A. Kent Keeler and Jewel Gobble Keeler. He studied at the New Mexico Military Institute and after that he was enlisted into the US Army. He served in the Vietnam War. Rodney came back to Deming and worked for several years as crusher foreman at Southwest Sand and Gravel as he raised his family. He loved to spend time and cowboy on his cousin’s ranch in Animas and Hachita. He loves the outdoors and hunting. He was proceeded in death by both his parents, one brother Jeff Keeler, and his wife Janney Keeler. He is survived by his children Amanda (Brandon) Patterson and Justin Keeler, 3 grandchildren Kindall Patterson, Hunter Patterson and Landin Keeler, and one brother Bruce Keeler.
Knox, William H. 1969 HS ~ 17-Nov-1997
LaMore, James S. 1969 JC ~ 29-Apr-2012
Lawrence, Llewellyn D. 1969 HS ~ 16-Mar-2008
Lindsey, Michael S. 1969 JC ~ 28-Sep-1999
Lovelady, Douglas 1969 HS ~ 15-May-1975
Lunnon, Larry D 1969 HS
Mattox, William P. 1967 HS-1969 JC
McCoy, MAJ Warren D., USA (Ret) 1966 HS-1969 JC ~ 21-Mar-2000
Mitchell, Charles M. 1969 JC ~ 27-Jun-2016 Charles Marshall Mitchell was born to Lura and Napolen Mitchell on December 30, 1948 in Colorado and entered into eternal rest on June 27, 2016 in Whittier, CA. He was 67 years old. Previously, Charles worked as a Commercial Photographer for 47 years. Charles is survived by his wife Florence Earline Mitchell of Whittier, CA.
Moore, Richard H. 1969 JC
Morris, B. D. 1969 JC
Nunnally, Joe W. 1969 HS ~ 16-Sep-2010 was born on April 13, 1951 and passed away September 16, 2010.
Oberg, Patrick H. 1969 HS ~ 04-Mar-2015 64, of Elephant Butte, NM entered eternal life Wednesday, March 4, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Patrick was born March 11, 1950 in Albuquerque, NM to Alfred Henry Oberg and Evelyn Jane (Berkshire) Oberg. Patrick had two brothers Michael Oberg and Gary Oberg Berkshire. He grew up on the family ranch in Estancia. In 1969 Patrick married Francis Brandon and together they had two children Homer Paul and John Shane. In 1977 he married Nancy Norton and together they had Shauna Lynn. In 1995 Patrick married Kathy Encinias and gained 3 more daughters Danielle, Shanita, and Nina. Patrick spent his life as a self- employed rancher and entrepreneur. He was also an active member of the Moose Lodge #2050 in Truth or Consequences. Patrick loved his wife, kids and grandchildren. Those left to mourn his passing include his loving wife Kathy, his children: Paul and wife Melissa, Shane, Shauna Lynn, Danielle and Jacob, Shanita and husband Justin, Nina; his brother Michael and sister in law Linda; his seventeen grandchildren: Destry, Drayton, Justin, Delaney, Megan, Warren, Alec, Christopher, Ivelysse, Ashley, Dezmond, Lucas, Aiden, Peyton, Collin, Feliz and Lorenzo as well as nieces, nephews and many friends. Preceding Patrick was his loving grandparents Homer and Pauline Berkshire, his parents Alfred and Evelyn Oberg along with his brother Gary Oberg Berkshire.
Patterson, Mark S. 1969 HS ~ 06-Jun-1974
Pena, Arthur S. 1969 HS ~ 02-Nov-1999
Pennington, Ronald E. 1969 JC
Perea, Thomas L. 1967 HS-1969 JC ~ 24-May-2006
Perez, Larry A. 1969 JC ~ 11-May-2009 age 60, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2009 in Albuquerque. He was born on April 1, 1949 to Cipriano and Gloria Perez in Albuquerque. Larry was raised in Encino, NM, on the Perez family ranch and attended NMMI and graduated from UNM. He retired from TVI/CNM with over 30 years of service. He loved his children and spoiled his grandchildren; he loved to work the family ranch and was an avid sports fan. Larry is survived by his children; one daughter, Marissa Perez-Leeds and husband, Mike; and one son, Larry C. Perez and wife, Nair Borges; three grandchildren, Brandy, Dax and Camila; his father, Cipriano Perez; one sister, Lydia Romo and husband, Sam, and one brother, Victor Perez and wife, Liz; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends that will miss and cherish his memory.
Piccinini, John M. 1969 HS
Powell, James C., III 1969 HS ~ 27-Jul-2015 64, of Kingsland, TX, passed away on July 27, 2015. He was born to James C. Powell, Jr., and Helen (Gillham) Powell, on September 28, 1950 in Lubbock, TX. Mr. Powell went to school in New Mexico at the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Goddard High School, in Roswell, NM, attended Texas Tech University and also took some banking classes at Rutgers University. He distinguished himself in the insurance business having won numerous awards when he was employed by AFLAC. He enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, golf, running, jogging and generally just being in the outdoors. James is survived by his wife, Terri, of Kingsland, TX, son, James Powell and his wife Tammie of Lakeland, TN, son, Tyler Thompson of Kingsland, TX, daughter, Jenny Castor and her husband Jon of Ft. Worth, TX, sister, Cheryl Misurek and her husband Jerry of Cumming, GA, five grandchildren, Aunt Mona Sandlin from Odessa, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and lifelong friend, Jim Hill from Roswell, NM. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Purtzer, Barry E. 1969 HS ~ 09-Dec-1995
Randall, Scott V. 1969 JC ~ 04-May-2005
Reynolds, Michael E. 1967 HS-1969 JC ~ 04-Aug-2020 Mike was born April 12, 1949 to F. Joe Reynolds and Rosalyn Jones Reynolds in San Angelo, TX. Mike spent his childhood on the family ranch near Corona, NM. He was a cadet at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell where he graduated from high school and junior college. He then studied at Texas Tech University and graduated with a BBA in Finance. He was employed by Ford Motor Credit for many years and then became an independent insurance adjuster. Mike lived life to the fullest and never met a stranger. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his kind and compassionate spirit. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rosalyn and Joe Reynolds and brother Ronald Joseph Reynolds. He is survived by his daughter Ashley Wittenburg and husband Boogie and grandchildren Will, Brooke and Ty; sister Cindy Scherer and husband Pete and children Scott, Kimberly, and Brian; and sister Marilyn Naylor and children Suzann and Mitch. Graveside services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Schleicher County Cemetery in Eldorado, TX. The Rev. Joe McGee of First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado, P.O. Box 635, Eldorado, TX. 76936 or to a charity of your choice. The family would like to give special thanks to JR Perez for the care he provided during Mike’s battle with cancer.
Roll, Daniel J. 1969 JC ~ 15-Sep-1987
Russell, John F., II 1966 HS-1969 JC ~ 19-Nov-2010
Sappington, James R. “Ronnie” 1969 JC ~ 18-May-2020 James R. “Ronnie” Sappington, 71, of Wichita Falls, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020 at URHCS surrounded by his family. Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31st at Lunn’s Colonial Chapel with Roger Deerinwater officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home. A son of the late Ginger (Mayfield) and James B. Sappington, Ronnie was born on July 1, 1948, in Ryan, OK. He grew up in Wichita Falls where he graduated from Rider High School in 1967. Ronnie went on to attend college on a football scholarship at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) and the University of Hawaii. Ronnie lived in several states including California, Colorado and Texas. He owned and operated his own company in Colorado, Performance Roofing, and became a licensed insurance adjustor in Texas. Ronnie loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed the great outdoors, camping and listening to music. His favorite past-times were fishing and tying his own flies. Along with his parents, Ronnie was preceded in death by his brother, Richard A. Sappington. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Sappington; former wife and mother of his children, Kathie Pera; daughter, Deidre Sappington; son, Dustin Sappington and Ashlee Cook; step-son, Chris Phillips and wife, Lori; grandson, Carson Sappington; step-grandchildren, Connor and Landyn Phillips; and niece, Cori L. Sappington.
Sears, Robert A. 1969 HS
Smith, Jack E. 1969 JC
Smith, Stewart M. 1969 HS ~ 25-Sep-2001
Spinelli, Nino J. 1969 HS
Stiff, Glenn G. 1969 HS
Stubblefield, James C. 1967 HS-1969 JC ~ 25-Jul-2007
Teague, Howard F. 1969 HS ~ 27-Nov-1972
Thomas, Steve C. 1969 HS ~ 01-Nov-1985
Thompson, Charles L. “Chuck” 1967 HS-1969 JC ~ 14-Jun-2017 Charles Lewis Thompson (Chuck) following a valiant but short fight with cancer passed away June 14, 2017 with loving family members by his side. Chuck was born June 18,1947 in Roswell, NM to Captain Robert Dan Thompson, Jr., and Jane Lewis Thompson. God had special plans for Chuck from the beginning. Chuck was the baby of the Thompson family. His mission in life was to love and be loved. A memorial service will be held, Monday, June 19,2017, 11:00 AM at the New Mexico Military Institute Chapel. Friends and family are invited to a reception at the JRT Hall, New Mexico Military Institute from 10-11 AM preceding the memorial service. Early childhood days found Chuck and his siblings, cousins, and friends enjoying a free-spirited life, learning and discovering life mysteries on the Lewis/Thompson ranch north of Roswell. High School days found Chuck as a young cadet at New Mexico Military Institute graduating from high school in 1967 and then attending college one year. With the Viet Nam war in full force Chuck chose to join the Navy. A big old ranch boy named Doggie was sent half way around the world to be stationed in Japan. This is where his travel adventures began. Following his tour in Japan Chuck’s next assignment was with a special Naval unit assigned to the South Pole. His adventures he shared with nephews were the best stories ever. The favorite one was demonstrating how the penguins counted their eggs all day, every day. Once his Naval Career was completed Chuck returned to Texas. Living in Lubbock, TX, close to older brother Bob and his family. Chuck graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in business. Trying out several different job options Chuck found his perfect match with KOBR TV for 27 years. Chuck’s position as account executive allowed him to be out and about seeing different people daily, and of course with his charm ” sell, baby sell” Over the years Chuck received special recognition for outstanding sales achievement. Chuck’s position allowed him to focus on the important things in life rather than helping with the dishes. Finding Chuck in a room full of people was always easy. All one had to do was listen for grand laughter, see someone getting a huge Chuck hug, or observe who was on the dance floor first. Chuck was loving and loyal to his friends. Realizing having nephews to play with and their toys you could enjoy, Chuck’s heart told him there was room for some females. His first opportunity to expand ”His” family was becoming Godfather for Maryl McNally. As time moved on two beautiful young women, Whitney and Alexandre Harrell became his ”heart” daughters. The joys and challenges shared with these special ones made Chuck’s life complete Charles Lewis Thompson is survived by his sister Janet (Jim) Miles of Denver, CO, sister-in-law Ann Armistead Thompson of Lubbock, TX: nephews Chad Miles of San Rafael, CA, Dan Thompson (Rhonda) of Fort Worth, TX, and Jesse D. Thompson of Temple TX. His extended loving family includes cousins that were always important in his life. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Lt. Robert Dan Thompson, Jr., and mother Jane Lewis Thompson; maternal grandparents Charles (Florence) Lewis; paternal grandparents Robert Dan Thompson and Mamie Burnham; brother.
Troelstrup, Edward C., Jr. 1969 HS ~ 29-Mar-1999
Walker, John A. 1969 HS ~ 10-Sep-2006
Ward, Stephen S. 1967 HS-1969 JC ~ 26-Aug-2001
Watts, Bryan L. 1969 HS ~ 05-Jan-2004, age 53, departed this life January 5, 2004 in Oklahoma City, OK. Always outgoing, Bryan was loved by many. He was uniquely blessed with great creativity and energy, allowing him to engage in an array of professions and business endeavors. None of us could keep up with Bryan. He was a good student who attended Zachary Taylor Elementary, Harding Jr./Sr. High School, New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Oklahoma (Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity). He held three different masters degrees, was a pilot and served in the Army as an infantry platoon leader. More important to Bryan, however, was his relationship to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For this reason, his family is comforted by the certainty that Bryan enjoys an eternal position of joy and awe before the throne of the Almighty God. Preceding Bryan in death were his beloved parents, June M. (Alley) Watts and Brig. Gen. Clyde J. Watts, AUS 1926 JC. Left behind are his dear wife, Stephanie Ann (Michael) Watts, Stephanie’s family, George and Betty Michael, Paul Michael and Tony and Susan Lathrop, treasured Uncle Jack Alley, and his sister and brothers: Marian (Watts) Kiker, Charles J. Watts 1966 JC, and Dr. Garrett E. Watts 1972 JC. We will miss Bryan deeply.
White, Ulysses X., Jr. 1969 JC was born on March 13, 1949. He died on December 17, 1994 at 45 years of age.
Williams, Wendell R. 1969 JC
Williamson, Ted, Jr. 1969 JC – 16-Oct-2013 65, was born Feb. 11, 1948 in Portales to the home of Marjorie (Bertram) and Ted Williamson and died at his home on the family ranch, where he had made his home his entire life on Oct. 16, 2013. Ted was a 1966 graduate of Dora High School. After graduation, he attended two years at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He later studied at the College of Emporia in KS, and South Plains College in Levelland. In the early 1970’s he joined the New Mexico National Guard and served 6 1/2 years. Ted enjoyed making clocks. He and a friend often hunted for arrowheads, and Ted sometimes made arrowheads himself. He also enjoyed occasionally hunting prairie dogs and coyotes. Ted was a quiet man who mainly went about his work and kept to himself. Ted is survived by his mother, Marjorie Williamson of the ranch; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Patty Williamson of Dallas, TX; three nephews, Jim Williamson, Jr., Matt (Elizabeth) Williamson and Mark (Heather) Williamson; and two great nephews, Wesley and Benjamin Williamson and another expected in April of next year. Ted was preceded in death by his father on May 13, 1997.
Willis, Gordon A. 1969 JC ~ 25-Jul-2000
Winkler, Steve A. 1969 HS ~ 14-Apr-2005
Woodruff, Timothy M. 1967 HS-1969 JC
Ziegler, George Warren 1969 JC
Angel, James R. 1968 JC ~ 20-Jun-1967
Arceneaux, Rene C. 1968 JC
Ballard, Richard Franklin 1968 HS ~ 30-Mar-2001
Beach, Prince D., Jr. 1968 JC
Brooks, Leo C. 1968 JC ~ 06-Jun-2016 Retired United Airlines Captain of Westport Point, MA, passed away at home on Monday June 6, 2016. He was 68 years old. Leo was born November 2, 1947 in Washington, DC, to Colonel Leo C. Brooks and his wife Mary “Dink” and became the third generation in a proud military family. His earliest desire was to follow his father into aviation, and he accomplished his dream in spades. He served in Vietnam flying 110 missions in an AC-119 K Gunship, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and The Air Medal. After Vietnam, he flew refueling tankers for the Strategic Air Command, receiving many commendations for natural leadership, strong judgment, and exceptional flying skills. Leo remained in the US Air Force for six years before joining the Reserves as he also joined Continental Airlines. He not only distinguished himself as a “great stick,” but as a much beloved and respected instructor and check airman. He flew for 41 years, over 28,000 hours, including 39 years as a Command Pilot with 35 years in heavy jets. For many years he was a Line Check Airman and Proficiency Check Airman on Airbus 300s, Boeing 757s, 767s, and 777s. He was Flight Test Lead for the DC-10 fleet, and a Boeing 747 Instructor Pilot. He helped set up airlines on behalf of Continental for Ireland, Greece, Pakistan, and Turkey, among others. The thread that wove through his career as a pilot was his love of people and food. In Vietnam he organized memorable dinners for all, undaunted by the idea of feeding fifty to sixty air crew with steaks and scotch he had located by any means possible. When later furloughed from Continental for two years, he captained non-scheduled flights of a B-707 all over Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, gently ferrying pregnant cows from Holland to Nigeria, or State-Department-sanctioned supplies to our then-ally Iraq. He did his job well, and he also went into every kitchen he came close to, learning about strange and wonderful foods and gathering recipes everywhere he went. In later years, his wife would marvel at how many pantry items appeared out of his bag, including the best saffron and delicious wierd marinated things. He and his wife Barbara Hanley met and married in Miami, FL, and moved to Westport in 1995 from Boston. He continued flying with Continental Airlines after it merged with United Airlines until he retired in November 2012, meanwhile co-founding cheese company Shy Brothers Farm® with his wife and dairy farmers Karl, Kevin, Norman, and Arthur Santos. Leo loved to fish and cook, and, when not in a cockpit, was happiest with his dogs or in front of a cook fire at Boat Beach. In the last few months, he got to visit the mountain field in Serbia where his father had led Operation Halyard, a stealth rescue mission of 269 downed pilots under the German forces’ nose in World War II. Leo was a quiet, kind, and generous man, and he will be missed by many. Leo is survived by his wife Barbara and his brother Joe Brooks of Orlando FL, as well as many friends and colleagues around the country.
Brown, Michael P. 1966 HS-1968 JC
Brownfield, John V. 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 28-Jul-2001
Brummett, Tom W. 1968 JC ~ 16-Aug-1975
Button, Larry R., Sr. 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 02-Feb-2004, was born June 14, 1948 in Fort Worth, TX, to Nathan A. and Betty Button and passed away February 2, 2004 in Richardson, TX. President of three Home Building Companies, multiple Home Building Awards, Director, New Mexico Military Institute Foundation President and Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Council. Survived by his wife of 36 years, Margaret O’Brien Button; sons, Larry Button, Jr., and his wife, Tara, Kevin Button and his wife, Kristin and Brian Button; two granddaughters, Taylor and Avery.
Carson, John P. 1966 HS-1968 JC
Castleberry, Bobby D. 1968 JC ~ 11-Feb-1999
Chandis, George P. 1966 HS-1968 JC
Cherry, Robert B. 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 01-Oct-1979
Christeson, Louis A., Jr. 1968 HS ~ 13-Sep-1999
Cleveland, William H., Jr. 1968 HS ~ 30-Dec-2010
Cole, LTC Lawrence M. 1968 JC ~ 31-Aug-1996
Collins, Richard C. 1968 JC
Dunlap, Wayne C. 1966 HS-1968 JC
Dunn, Carroll C. 1968 JC
Ellett, William R. 1968 HS ~ 17-Feb-2010 59, of Amarillo, died on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. Bill was born on March 18, 1950, in Artesia to Jackolin Runyan Jordan and William Delbert Ellett 1947 HS. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He raised two children with his wife, Terri. Bill was a successful engineer and lived life to the absolute fullest. He co-owned and operated Ellett and Gaynor, LLC, an electrical engineering firm. He and his wife took frequent trips with family and friends to the Rocky Mountains and beaches of Mexico for skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. He prized flying his private plane often and participated in bicycling rallies. He was a kind and patient man. He is deeply loved and will be missed. Survivors include his wife, Teresa Ellett of the home; a daughter, Suzanne Ellett of Fort Worth, TX; a son, William Bryan Ellett and wife Heather Harper of Dallas, TX; his mother, Jackolin Runyan Jordan of Carlsbad; and a brother, James Alton Ellett 1971 HS and wife Earlene of Hope.
Forni, Michael J. 1968 JC ~ 15-Apr-2012 64, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012, at his home in Dallas, TX. Mike graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1966, New Mexico Military Institute in 1968 and University of New Mexico in 1971. Mike was raised on a family farm in Carlsbad. He grew up fishing and had continued to love fishing to his very last days. Through his 64 years Mike had lived in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas and worked in sales. He was Regional District Sales Manager of Tandy Corporation. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Luigi Forni and Betty Lou Bench Forni, and wife, Donna Simmons Forni. He is survived by his three sons and their families. His oldest son, Michael Jason Forni, lives in Dallas, TX. His middle son, Brian Joseph Forni, lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Michelle Lynn Forni. His youngest son, Kevin Randolph Forni, lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Margaret Anne Forni, and their son, John Franklin “Frankie” Forni. Mike is also survived by his brother, Coach Thomas Earl Forni, and his wife, Pam Veazey Forni of Carlsbad. He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Wesley Forni of Dallas, TX; Olivia and Aryon Hopkins of Albuquerque, NM; Trisha Forni Munoz of Las Cruces; Daniel Hopkins of Carlsbad; Ariel Hopkins of Mt. Zion, PA; and Andrew Hopkins of Albuquerque, NM.
Fulton, Jeffrey P. 1968 JC ~ 13-Apr-2006
Gann, Gene R. 1968 JC ~ 06-Jan-2015 died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. Born on Aug. 6, 1948, in Chickasha, he was the son of Mel and Lora Gann. He grew up in Ninnekah, Blackwell, Enid and graduated from Ponca City High School in 1966. After attending New Mexico Military Institute, OU and NOC, Gene graduated from Central State University in 1970. After graduation, Gene joined the family business, Mel’s, Inc. He later became the owner/operator of Mel’s and continued in this capacity until his retirement in 2010. In his early years, Gene excelled in wrestling and baseball. Then, in the summer after seventh grade, he hit his first golf ball and played his first 18 holes. Gene had an immediate love of the game and was blessed with a God-given talent. Over the years he made many life-long friends through golf and had more fun than the law allows. Gene played competitively throughout high school, college and his entire adult life. He was a champion of the game. Gene never met a stranger and never forgot a name. He made friends wherever he went. He enjoyed a good party, playing pitch at Ody’s, traveling and the OSU Cowboys. Gene will be remembered for his loyalty and generosity. His joke-telling is legendary. Gene is survived by his wife, Jensi; daughter, Sally Riche (David); son, Cory Gann; grandson, Kaleb; sister, Loretta James; step-daughters, Amy Wachtman (Donnie); Lisa Watson (Aaron) and was Papa Gene to Carter, Isla and Katie. He was loved and will be missed.
Geeslin, James I. 1968 JC ~ 02-Feb-2016
Gilliland, James J., Jr. 1968 HS ~ 04-Apr-2001
Haines, William N. 1968 JC ~ 29-Mar-2016 67, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016, after a long battle with lung cancer. Bill was born April 23, 1948, in Los Alamos, NM. He attended schools in Las Vegas, NV, including Western High School, from which he graduated in 1966. He worked for several different companies before he found his home and extended family working for Southwest Gas. He worked as a welder for 28 years until he retired in 2005. He made many friends in his tenure with Southwest Gas and they were people he truly treasured. Bill was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying bass fishing and his annual hunting trips with his friends. He was a loving brother and uncle, and would regularly make trips to see visit his family in Reno. He was a devoted son who stayed close to his mom and cared dearly for her. Those who met Bill remarked about his big smile, his sense of humor and his optimism. He was a humble and kind man who will be truly missed. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Vivian Haines. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Herbert Nichols; his nephew, Chris (Heather); his niece, Jill (Mike); his four great-nieces and great-nephews; and his long-time companion, Catherine Love.
Higgins, Jerome B., III 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 05-Nov-1998
Hobbs, David R. 1968 HS
Johnston, Michael E. 1968 HS ~ 16-Aug-2003
Jones, Eugene Dale “Gene” 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 10-Jan-2019 died at the age of 70 on Thursday, January 10, 2019, surrounded by the love of his wife and family, after a hard-fought battle with signet cell cancer. Gene was born on February 26, 1948, in Lubbock, TX, the first child of Charles W. Jones and Cora Lee Reed Jones. During his early life, the family moved around to several Texas towns, eventually settling in Ballinger when Gene was 10 years old. His fun and adventurous streak was evident early on, beginning with the childhood adventures he would have with his two sisters, Julia and Laura Lee. In addition to his two sisters, his four first cousins, “the Jones boys,” were like brothers to him and they remained close throughout his life. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1966. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Dallas and began a career in construction equipment sales and rentals, which allowed him to meld his mechanical mind with his interpersonal and sales prowess. This career moved him to Houston in 1986, to Sydney, Australia in 1989, and back to Houston in 1991. After returning to Houston, he became a municipal building and plumbing inspector, which he continued until he retired in 2016. Gene’s life was defined by so much more than just his professional accomplishments, though – most notably by his 38-year marriage to the love of his life, Fran, and his never ending sense of adventure, which sent him all over the world and connected him with a wide array of friends. While living in Dallas in the mid-70s, Gene became interested in private piloting and learned to fly single-engine airplanes, earning his pilot’s license in 1976. Gene and Fran’s story began while they were both living in Dallas in the late 70s, when Gene’s sister, Julia, fatefully asked her brother to fill in as a four that a bridge game along with Fran, her best friend. From the moment the two met across the bridge table, the sparks flew. They were finishing each other’s sentences almost immediately, and a relationship for the ages was born. They married in Dallas on March 29, 1980, and over the next 38 years, continued to be the type of soulmates, rare in today’s world, with true connection evident to anyone fortunate enough to witness it in action. Even in the midst of the hardest times, their house was always full of love, fun, and howling laughter. Gene and Fran shared a love of camping, and one of their favorite memories was of a particularly resplendent sunrise in the Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend that they saw on one of their camping trips in the early days of their relationship. They also always shared a love of baseball which, was initially centered on the Texas Rangers, but eventually focused on the Houston Astros. In the mid-80s, Gene discovered his love of sailing. During the time he and Fran lived in Sydney, Australia, they traveled extensively throughout that continent and he continued to develop his sailing skills along with undertaking other new adventures, including bungee jumping (which was cutting edge at the time). When they moved back to Houston, it was critical that they be close to the water so Gene could sail, so they settled in the Clear Lake area. While most people would be satisfied with a house that was already constructed, Gene took on the additional challenge of building their home himself. He continued to sail over the years, and captioned a 43′ sailing vessel, “The Wild Thing”, and won a race to Puerto Aventuras. In the early 2000s, Gene became interested in racing cars, and drove in numerous Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), Houston, solo races for several years, winning C Street Prepared in 2001. He also had a lifelong interest in motorcycles, riding intermittently throughout his life. After retiring in 2016, he focused his attention on long distance motorcycle rides, culminating in the achievement of one of his major bucket list items, when he rode his Harley-Davidson to Alaska and back, in 28 days. Gene is survived by his loving wife, Frances Ekstrum Jones; grandchildren, Bailey McKenna Pruitt and Maxwell “Max” Connor Pruitt; and sisters, Julia Ellen Jones and Laura Lee Jones Reininger and her husband, David. Gene also leaves behind an extended family including his niece, nephew, aunt and cousins, as well as dear friends, who all adored him. Gene was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Ellen Jones Lee; father, Charles W. Jones; and his mother, Cora Lee Reed Jones.
Kelley, Dr. Patrick D. 1968 JC ~ 08-Sep-2000
Klein, Keith V. 1968 JC
Krattiger, William D. 1968 JC ~ 03-Apr-2006
Lapka, Judge Adrian A. 1968 HS ~ 28-Oct-2005 56, Minneapolis, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Mr. Lapka was born April 30, 1949, in Great Bend. He was a magistrate judge in Ottawa and Saline counties. Survivors include his wife, Lynn J., of the home a son, Carlo of Dallas a daughter, Erika of Borger, TX, his parents, Thomas and Velda Lapka of Houston a sister, Kayla Farrah of Houston and four grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Minneapolis.
Leonard, James Steven 1968 HS
Loos, Richard E. 1968 JC ~ 14-July-2020 Richard E. Loos, 71, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020. He was born Oct. 2, 1948 in Duncan, OK. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Peggy Loos. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Loos; sons, Caleb (Tiffany) Loos, David Chaney, Michael Murray, and Billy (Cheyenne) Murray, II; daughter, Angela (Kelly) Hughes; siblings, Anita, Bob, Phillip and Kim; six grandchildren, Tristan Chaney, Kira Chaney, Zane Murray, Billy Murray, III, and Scarlett Hughes; father and mother in-law, Bernard and Peggy Tomblin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Matthews, William Watt 1968 HS
Michael, A. R. “Bob” 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 22-Aug-2005
Miller, George L. 1968 HS ~ 16-Jun-2012 (August 26, 1950 – June 16, 2012) George L. Miller, 61, of Farmington, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Farmington after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 26, 1950, in Tucson, AZ., to Robert N. And Ruth G. Miller. He graduated from the University of Arkansas and was an avid Razorback fan. George was a successful accountant that owned and operated his own business, Miltaxco, with wife Claudia for 40 years. He was a summer dad to the many daughters he coached in softball. George’s passions included love of animals, especially his dogs, gun-smithing, four-wheeling, photography, fishing and archeology. Everyone who ever met George could see through his tough exterior and was enriched by his knowledge, generosity, love and sense of humor. George was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Russell Miller. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Claudia; his daughters, Samantha (Shawn) Arrington and Angela (John) Silva, of Grand Junction, CO. And his brother, Murphy (Suzi) Miller, of Rio Rancho. Also surviving are grandchildren Danielle Silva and Alexander Silva, of Grand Junction, CO.
Miller, William A., Jr. 1968 HS
Morrow, James S. 1968 HS
Orr, 1LT Bruce 1968 HS
Osborne, Earle J. 1968 HS ~ 19-Nov-2016 Our dear brother Earle, found his eternal rest at Tucson Medical Center on November 19, 2016 at the age of 67. A native of Arivaca, AZ, Earle attended the Sopori School, the New Mexico Military Institute, and the University of Arizona, where he graduated with a degree in agriculture. Earle remained an ardent Wildcat and Aggie the rest of his life. Starting his career at Arizona Feeds, he found his calling as a serviceman for the Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc., working for decades out of Animas, NM, and Willcox, Arizona. He ultimately retired in Sunsites (Pearce), AZ, where he pursued an active lifestyle of golf, fishing, and good neighboring until pain in his knees and hips forced him to reduce his activity level. It was in pursuit of a new set of knees and hips that his heart finally failed him. Earle was blessed to grow up on a working cattle ranch where he enjoyed the cowboy life. Pursuit of an education lead him to other walks of life, but he never lost his love of the countryside, the desert, and the off-work fun they provided him. Earle’s ready, boisterous laugh and constant sense of humor added lots of spice to his life and the lives of his family and friends. Earle was also a very private man, never married or had children, but left an extended family of cousins from all over the United States in addition to his mother, siblings, and aunts, and a large group of friends. Earle is survived by his elder sister, Pamela Ruth Osborne; his younger brother, John Edwards (Diana) Osborne and his aunts, Mary Ellen McArthur and Dottie Osborne. His mother, Cara Mae Harvey, passed away when Earle was very young and he was then raised by his father, Earle Dean Osborne (deceased) and his new mother, Helen Edwards Osborne. He is also survived by his niece, Monika (Scott) Harrison, her children, Aden, Reya and Gwenyth and his niece, Valerie Osborne.
Overholt, Dr. Bruce T. 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 11-Oct-1999
Parke, David E. 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 01-Jun-2015
Patton, James B. 1968 JC ~ 11-Mar-2009 (June 12, 1948 – March 11, 2009) Bruce passed away peacefully at La Posada Mesilla Valley Hospice on March 11, 2009. He was born on June 12, 1948 to James R. and Lova B. Patton. Bruce attended NMMI and then went on to serve in the Navy. Bruce will be remembered by his family and many friends and will be missed by all. He is survived by his father and mother, brother Steve (Tina), and his two nephews.
Pearce, James F. 1968 JC
Phillips, Craig E. 1968 JC ~ 08-Nov-2014
Pollak, MacDonald Mason 1968 JC ~ 24-May-2012
Radosevich, Rudy A. 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 17-Feb-2016 died February 17, 2016, in Gallup, NM at the age of 67. Throughout his life, Rudy was a great and loyal friend to many people. He unfailingly encouraged his friends, expressed interest in them, and offered them pragmatic, common sense wisdom. Rudy struggled valiantly with MS for many years after being diagnosed in 1985. Rudy was born July 2, 1948 in Gallup. He attended Sunnyside Elementary, St. Francis Elementary, Gallup Junior High and Gallup High School before graduating high school from New Mexico Military Institute in 1966 and Junior College in 1968. Rudy then attended New Mexico State University and was commissioned in the US Army and served from 1970 to 1972. After leaving the Army, Rudy returned to Gallup and worked for several businesses before starting Scoreboard Sports Plus in downtown Gallup. Recently, he worked as the office manager for Gallup Dental Group. Rudy had a passion for cycling and introduced scores of people in Gallup to the sport. At the 2015 Adventure Gallup banquet, Rudy was recognized as the group’s local honoree. He talked about biking as an equalizer that made it possible to talk to people from different backgrounds and hear their stories. Rudy’s statement about biking being an equalizer epitomized his approach to life and friendship. He was unfailingly interested in making personal connections with the people he crossed paths with in life and, in doing so, he made them feel special. Survivors include his sister Mary Jane Halliburton, of Belen, NM; nephew Robert A. Stearns and wife Michelle, two great nephews Wade A. Stearns and Clay R. Stearns of Capitan, NM; and niece Stephanie Baca and husband Edward of Albuquerque, NM. He was preceded in death by parents, Rudy L. and Stefina Radosevich and brother, James R. Radosevich.
Roark, Billy B. 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 03-Feb-2015 age 66, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Life Care Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He was born May 18, 1948 in Sanderson, TX, to Ferral M. Roark and Polly (Whitmer) Roark. Billy was a hard worker and headstrong man. He could accomplish anything he set his heart and mind to. He attended Wink and Kermit Schools growing up. During Billy’s junior year of High School, he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, where he was co-captain of the football team, receiving Allstate Honors. He continued to play at New Mexico Military Institute for two years; where he was awarded a football scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Billy graduated with honors from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and later attended Thunderbird Graduate School in Glendale, AZ. He ran the family ranch and oil and gas operations in Winkler County for over 40 years and recently retired in Del Rio on Lake Amistad. Billy loved the outdoors and enjoyed playing dominos, fishing, and hunting with his buddies in Del Rio. He will be missed dearly. Those left to cherish his memory include his two daughters: Polly and Stormy; two brothers: Robert Roark of Andrews, TX and Pap Roark and wife Sandye of Lewisville, TX; one sister: Dottie Roark of Aurora, CO; nieces and nephews: Rachel Rankin and husband Bart of Dallas, TX, Ross and Sharron Roark of Monahans, JonRoss Roark, who is currently attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, Ferral Roark, who is attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Spencer Roark who is a Junior at Hebron High School in Carrollton, TX; and one great nephew and one great niece of Dallas, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents: Ferral and Polly Roark; one brother: F.M. “Buddy” Roark, Jr., and sister in law: Cheryl Roark.
Rose, Andrew Clark 1968 HS
Rumbaugh, Gregory C. 1968 HS ~ 21-Feb-2010 60, of Albuquerque, NM, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, in Albuquerque. He was born in Odessa. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Rumbaugh; son, Charles Rumbaugh; daughter, Madison Rumbaugh; and mother, Mary Kerrigan of Edmond, OK.
Scannell, Charles M. 1968 HS
Schanz, Gregory A. 1968 HS
Scullin, Robert Elvin, Jr. 1968 JC ~ 01-Jan-2005
Snowden, Wayne R. 1968 JC
Soto, Richard J. 1968 HS ~ 22-Aug-2000
Stacy, Thomas C. 1966 HS-1968 JC ~ 05-Aug-2011 Born in Sacramento on June 8, 1948, lost his battle with cancer and passed away Friday evening August 5, 2011 at 63 years of age. He is survived and will be truly missed by Nancy, his loving wife of 40 years; two sons Zachary and Jerrod, brothers Robert and William F. Stacy 1966 HS, nephew Nathan, and nieces Amy and Heidi. Tom is preceded in death by his parents Dr. Joseph and Merry Stacy, and brother James. He graduated high school from the New Mexico Military Institute and received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State and a Masters in Business, also from Sacramento State. Tom had a passion for business and held several managerial positions throughout his career. He also had an entrepreneurial spirit and was self-employed for 10 years in the automobile industry. Most recently, Tom worked as a Real Estate agent for Lyon Real Estate in the Elk Grove area where he was in the top one percent for sales in 2009. He was a true family man, a devoted husband and father who dedicated his life to supporting his family. Anyone that knew Tom can appreciate his one-of-a-kind sense of humor. He was republican. Our father will be greatly missed and he will always be the BEST dad ever! The family would like to thank friends and relatives for their support and prayers for dad and us during this difficult time.
Stanley, Gregory S. 1968 HS ~ 16-Dec-2003
Tipps, Edward R. 1968 JC ~ 03-Dec-2002
Titmas, Michael J. 1968 JC ~ 09-Jan-2014 Born April 22, 1948, went to be with our Lord & Savior on January 9, 2014. He was born in Aurora, IL, & raised in Dallas, TX. Mike was a graduate of Highland Park High School in 1966, where he was awarded All American in swimming. He went on to swim at the Naval Academy & then SMU, where he earned the nickname “MADDOG” & a Conference Championship. After SMU, he started his own swim school, but spent the majority of his career in commercial real estate. Loving life & being around friends, Mike participated in Calyx, Terps, & Dervish Social Clubs. He devoted his time to the Park Cities YMCA Partners Campaign & received the Charles E. Seay Outstanding Leadership Award. His kindness & generosity to individuals & organizations will be remembered always. Mike is preceded in death by parents, John & Mary Anne & sister, Johnna & is survived by daughters, Kathryn & Torie.
Weston, Richard D. 1968 HS ~ 10-Oct-2014 passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Dick Weston was born July 18, 1949, in Amarillo. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and attended West Texas State University in Canyon. He married Carolyn Brown on Sept. 20, 1974, in Las Vegas, Nev. Dick was a member of the PGA for 33 years and was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman, and grillmaster. He was an Azle resident for 31 years and was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church. Survivors: His wife of 40 years, Carolyn; son, Josh Weston and wife, Amy, of Azle; daughter, Cayce Sheay Feemster and husband, Mark, of Azle; granddaughter, Weslee Feemster; grandsons, Hunter Weston, John Weston Feemster, Samuel Feemster and Baby Feemster expected to arrive in April 2015.
White, William R. 1968 JC ~ 18-May-2003
Williams, CDR Kirk G. USN (Ret) 1968 HS ~ 17-May-2020 Kirk was born June 12, 1950 in Ft. Collins, CO. His early years were spent in Ft. Collins, Dallas and Atlanta before the family moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1958. He attended Los Ranchos Elementary, Taft Junior High, New Mexico Military Institute and was a graduate of Valley High School. Growing up Kirk was an accomplished horseman winning numerous horsemanship awards. At age 18 he earned his pilot license. Following graduation from the University of New Mexico, Kirk joined the Navy as a naval aviator. He rose to the rank of Lt. Commander flying numerous Navy aircraft. After leaving the Navy, Kirk held several aviation jobs including flying for the Peruvian National Police during their cocaine eradication efforts. He flew DC-6s in Africa delivering food and supplies to the Sudanese tribes with the UN’s World Food Program, and was chief pilot for Air Rwanda that served Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Back in the U.S. Kirk was a T-38 simulator instructor at Laughlin AFB in Texas. Kirk left aviation for a while thereafter. He drove a long haul truck, worked in the oil fields in Permian Basin, TX and was a truck owner/operator. He returned to aviation a few years ago. At the time of his passing he was a T-1A Jayhawk simulator instructor at Columbus AFB in Mississippi. Kirk is survived by his wife Rosana of 28 years, brother Mike, sister Wendy, children LeEtta, Lydia, and Gregory, and grandchildren Charlotte and Ari. Kirk will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
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Wilkes, Stephen W. 1968 JC ~ 15-Jul-2001
Wisdom, Jackiben N. 1968 JC ~ 02-May-2018 (May 12, 1948 May 2, 2018) On May 2nd, Jackiben Neal Wisdom of North Richland Hills went home to Jesus at age 69. Jack was the joyful, grateful, loving patriarch of the Wisdom Family. A deeply devoted Christian, Jack set wonderful examples for his family, who will see him in Heaven. He accepted people unconditionally and truly was a child of God. He modeled selfless giving and faithful love. The fruit of his legacy is his family, and he blessed them with his unceasing love, joy, and laughter. He woke up singing most days with heaven on his mind. He loved being a longtime member of Gateway Church in Southlake, where he considered it an honor to worship Jesus. He was a state basketball champion and state runner-up quarterback at Hobbs High School. He continued playing basketball and football at NMMI. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a BBA. He retired as vice-president of Gainsco Insurance Company. Jack will be forever remembered by his loving wife and best friend, Rita. They loved each other for 53 years and looked forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary this month. He will be gratefully remembered and deeply missed by their 5 precious children: Jennifer (Michael) Schepers, Cynthia (Brad) Boggan, Christina (Brad) Cloud, Katherine (Troy) Reichling, and Jonathan Wisdom. He will also be remembered fondly by his 13 amazing grandchildren, Caitlin (DJ) Resendez, Emily (Joshua) Pistone, Hannah (Michael) Olguin, Kaylee Boggan, Bethany (Caleb) Pistone, David Cloud, Heidi Reichling, Maycee Boggan, Josiah Cloud, Holly Reichling, Jaynee Boggan, and Geneva and Estella Schepers. He was blessed by three beautiful great-granddaughters: Serena, Mackenzie, and Kalina. Jack was preceded in death by his faithful father, Jack Wisdom. He is survived by his beloved mother, Bernice Wisdom (Charles) Hoye, whom he called every Sunday. He loved his fun-loving sisters, Mary (Jeff) Melvin and Jeanie (Charlie) Sparks. He will also be fondly remembered by his loving in-laws Robin Swope, Ron (Kathy) Parker, Roger (Kathleen) Parker, Rosemary Parker, and John (Jeanne) Parker. Jack will be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.
Woosley, Alan H. 1968 JC ~ 06-Jul-2004, age 56, of Austin, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004. He was born on June 1, 1948, to Nathan and Lois Gay Woosley in Tahoka. Alan graduated from Coronado High School in Lubbock in 1966 and went to the New Mexico Military Institute from 1966 to 1968, graduating third in his class. On Nov. 27, 1970, he married Donna Jeanne Cox. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1971 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1977 at Texas Tech University. He was employed by Texas Instruments as an engineer in Lubbock, was employed by Dallas Semiconductor in Dallas, then moved to Austin where he was employed by Motorola as an engineer. He said, “”Austin is as good as it gets in Texas.”” In his career Alan traveled extensively to Central America, Asia, and Europe and loved the diversity of the numerous cultures he encountered. He loved snow skiing, scuba diving, sailing and any adventurous endeavors. Alan was known for his quick mind, shar p wit and mischievous attitude. He set high standards for himself. Alan’s four R’s were Respect for yourself, Respect for others, Responsibility for your actions and Respect for the earth and air. He is survived by his wife of 33+ years, Donna; father, Nathan Hughes Woosley of Austin; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, La Vonna and Roy Morales; nieces, Regina McWhorter and husband Vincent of Frisco, and Regan Morales of Little Elm; nephew, Nathan Morales of Frisco; and one great-niece, Madison Rose McWhorter of Frisco.
Yount, Thomas N. 1968 HS ~ 25-Oct-2013
Adams, Robert L. 1967 HS ~ 19-Jun-2006
Airriess, Eric G. 1967 JC ~ 20-Aug-2006
Ashworth, Judge Clyde R. Jr., 1967 JC ~ 03-Jan-2019
Baeza, Elisio H. Jr., “Sonny” 1964 HS-1967 JC ~28-Sep-2018 passed away in Dallas, TX, on Friday, September 28th after a four year battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his father Eliseo H. Baeza. He is survived by his mother Henrietta C. Baeza, his wife Melissa, son Anthony Baeza (Vanessa) of San Antonio, daughter Danielle Baeza of Austin, step-daughter Tina Fassino of Dallas, Sister Teresa Baeza and brother Robert C. Baeza (Torey) of El Paso, grandchildren Austin and Celeste Baeza of San Antonio and Summer and Autumn Saenz of Dallas, TX. Jr. graduated for New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, on May 28, 1967. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in United States Army on September 21, 1967, in the 7th Armored Squadron 1st Air Cavalry Blackhawks and fought in the Vietnam War . After his discharge as a First Lieutenant from the Army he returned to El Paso to join his father’s homebuilding business. He later sought to expand his knowledge into other parts of the U.S. like Alexandria, VA, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX and Nashville, TN. In his later years, Jr. and Melissa settled in Dallas where he volunteered his services to the Habitat for Humanity Foundation in Denton, TX, in helping build homes for those in need and was subsequently hired by HHF to supervise construction. His family would like to thank Dr. Bijal Modi, The Merit Hospice of Dallas, Monsignor Francis Boakye Tawiah from St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church in Lewisville, TX, for the medical and personal care Jr. received near the end of his life.
Behl, Henry L., Jr. 1967 JC ~ 16-Mar-1992
Bell, Thomas P. 1967 HS
Black, Marc L. 1967 HS ~ 08-Feb-2011 In Loving Memory of Marc Black, October 22, 1948 – February 8, 2011. After a short but determined battle with cancer, Marc is now at rest leaving behind a long life of memories, cherished friends, and a loving family. Raised in Arlington, VA, Marc graduated high school an All-American from the New Mexico Military Institute and earned a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University (Class of ’71). He earned 6 varsity letters in Football (#41) and Track & Field, as well as set the A&M Javelin record in ’71. Marc’s professional life included a 24 year career at Southwest Lincoln Mercury. He is survived by his wife Nikki (Brenda) Black; children Tony Binetti, wife Emily, and grandson Dutch, Andrea Collins and husband Will, Diana Haddad and husband Anthony, and Michael Woronuk; brother Bill Black, wife Lynn, and nieces Mary-Coleen Beers and Megan Eddes; sisters Andi Emrick and Melanie Barnes; and his dearest friends Bill and Tiffany Sisson, Kasey, Cody, and Kinsley, Tracy Turner and Pat Schul.
Boggeman, Tony A. 1967 HS ~ 01-Jan-1985
Britt, James F. 1967 JC ~ 17-Nov-2017 died on November 18, 2017 in Westminster, CO. He was born on March 7, 1947 to James Buford and Frances M. (Hubin) Britt in Oslo, Norway. James worked as a postal worker for the government. He also served in the U.S. Navy. James is survived by his sister, Patricia Stone; brother, Donald Britt; three nieces and nephews; and ten great nieces and nephews.
Brown, Dr. Guy S. 1967 HS ~ 30-Jul-2015 66, of Slaton, TX, a three time presidential appointee, university professor, author, and Director of The Straight Gate, died on Thursday the 30th of July in Lubbock, TX. He was born in Boulder, CO, November 30th 1948 to Glenn Larry Brown and Mary Prudie Brown (deceased) of Stanton, TX. Guy graduated high school at New Mexico Military Institute in 1967, attended the American University in Paris, France, for two years, and received his B.A. from Abilene Christian University, in Texas. He took his graduate studies at the University of Dallas, where he received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Literature and Political Philosophy with a dissertation on political implications in ancient and modern literary criticism. He began his career as Senior Analyst for Cultural Diplomacy at The Advanced International Studies Institute, and was subsequently appointed by President Reagan as Director of the US Information Agency Office of Cultural Centers and Resources in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from 1982-1988. From this position he arranged for the publication of the Federalist Papers and other titles in Russian, Spanish, Hindi, and other languages, a project acclaimed for its particular success in the USSR, and also developed and led the first-ever ministerial level bilateral negotiations between US publishers and Soviet, East German, and Chinese publishing authorities. In 1988, Dr. Brown was appointed again by President Reagan this time to be Director of the USIA Office of Academic Programs, administering the Fulbright international scholarship program, Humphrey Program, US international student advising, and American studies abroad. Reappointed to that position by President George H. W. Bush he became lead US negotiator for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on all US government bilateral educational and cultural programming under the Geneva Convention. Dr. Brown received several senior career civil and foreign service awards, as well as awards from foreign governments, including the USIA Superior Honor Award, the USIA Director’s Special Award, Distinguished Service Award of the J.W. Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships, the US Government Printing Office Distinguished Service Award, and Ben Franklin Award from the US Public Printer and Superintendent of Documents, the Guttenberg Award at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, the Ivan Fedorov Medal, from the USSR State Committee on Publishing, Printing and the Book Trade. Dr. Brown served as President of the Fine Arts Society of Texas (FAST) from 1981-1993, providing scholarships in the arts across the state. He taught at various universities and published books in political philosophy and Shakespearean interpretation. Guy was a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, a member of the Cosmos Club and DACOR in Washington DC, as well as several national and international academic societies, a member of the Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society where he won Most Educational Case earlier this year, and served as elder at the Hearts Together Church of Christ in Slaton, TX, until his death. His principal recent work was as Director of The Straight Gate, a 501 (c)(3) charitable prison aftercare and substance abuse recovery project in South Dallas. Guy is survived by his wife Brenda Cheryl Brown in Slaton, TX; sister, Suzanna Leigh Brown in Dallas, TX; sons, Kyle Mitchell Rosen and his wife Vicky Ann in Sacramento, CA; David Noel Rosen and his wife Stacy Lee in Los Angeles; Darcy Wilson Brown 1994 HS in Dallas, TX; Austen Story Brown in Dallas, TX; niece, Dixie Ivi Brown in Austin, TX; grandsons, Benjamin Nathaniel Rosen, Jonathan Kane Rosen, Luca Chase Rosen, and Baxter Lee Brown.
Burnett, Daniel R. 1967 HS
Byrd, Richard A. 1967 HS ~ 28-Jun-2013 64, of Vaughn, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2013, at the family ranch. Richard “Dick” was born in Amarillo, TX, on June 24, 1949, to Bob H. and the late Bettye Byrd. He grew up on the family’s ranch in Vaughn with brothers Bob, Jr., and Mike. Dick attended high school at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and graduated from college at the University of New Mexico with a degree in history. Dick married Judith L. Sadowski on June 10, 1972, in Peru, IL. They made their home at the family ranch in Vaughn where they raised cattle, sheep, and horses. Dick is survived by his wife, Judy sons Robbie and wife Margret, and Jason and his granddaughter, Bree as well as numerous family and friends.
Caldwell, Robert H. 1967 JC ~ 26-Mar-2020, 74, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2020 at home after a long illness. Born March 3, 1946, Bob was a lifelong resident of Grayslake. He is survived by his loving wife Diane, two daughters Marni (Justin) Johnson and Courtney Caldwell (Erick Hansen). He lovingly cherished his granddaughter Stevie. Bob was preceded in death by his father Cecil, mother Virginia and sister Mary. Bob attended Grayslake High School where he was chosen as one of five Lake County’s best basketball players of 1964. He continued his basketball career at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Upon completion of college, Bob returned to Illinois and became a surveyor. He worked for R.E. Allen and Bleck Engineering during his 40+ years as a well respected surveyor. From a young age, Bob was an avid fisherman and hunter. In his retired years, he particularly enjoyed target shooting and relaxing on his land in northern Wisconsin. He had many lifelong friendships both in Illinois and Wisconsin. Those of us who knew him will sorely miss his engaging stories and lively conversations. A truly warm and generous man to all he met
Chavez, Errol J. 1967 HS ~ 23-Jan-2011 was born in Los Alamos, NM, on February 5, 1949 and died in Las Cruces, NM, on January 23, 2011. He was the second child of T.J. and Vangie Chavez. Errol grew up in Espanola, NM, and with the exception of his sophomore year where he attended school at the New Mexico Military Institute, he graduated from Espanola High School where he excelled in sports, most notable football and basketball. After high school, Errol attended the University of New Mexico where he earned his BA degree in 1972. Errol decided to follow his dad’s footsteps by pursuing a career in law enforcement starting out as a deputy sheriff for one year with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. He then joined the ranks of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration where he served the Nation as a DEA agent for 31 years. During the early years of his career, Errol was involved in DEA overseas operations that targeted illegal narcotics traffickers. He was the first DEA stationed in Medellin, Columbia during the early 80’s when Columbia was plagued with violence caused by the various drug trafficking organizations. Errol was also stationed in Barcelona, Spain and Mexico City, Mexico, where he battled drug traffickers in those countries. In the United States, he served in DEA offices in Nogales, AZ; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; New York City, NY; Boston, MA; and Los Angeles, CA. His last two assignments with DEA were Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s San Diego, CA, and Phoenix, AZ, offices. As a Special Agent with the DEA, Errol received numerous awards for his performance while assigned to foreign and domestic DEA offices. These awards recognized Errol’s performance in overt and covert investigations he successfully completed and for intelligence programs he developed on major domestic and international criminal organizations. Other career accomplishments while at DEA include his election as President of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, his election as President of the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association and his selection by DEA to attend the National War College. He was also featured in numerous state and national publications and appeared on television shows such as “America’s Most Wanted.” After retiring from DEA in 2004, Errol moved back to his native New Mexico to become the Director of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Las Cruces, NM. In 2006, he accepted a position with Lasershield Security Systems as Executive Vice President for International Affairs and in 2007 Errol left to pursue other endeavors. Errol, a conservative Republican, always had an interest in politics and in 2009 he decided to seek statewide elective office. He received the Republican nomination for the Office of State Auditor. During the summer of 2010 while campaigning all over the state he began experiencing health problems although he was determined to complete the campaign. In October of 2010, Errol was diagnosed with brain cancer and while he had to suspend his campaign while undergoing treatment, he still received approximately 47% of the statewide vote for State Auditor. Family was always important to Errol and he is survived by his four children: Daughter Lisa Day and her husband Jared of Fort Worth, TX, and grandchildren Patrick, Samantha and Kara; Son Dustin Chavez and his wife Karla of Albuquerque, NM, and grandchildren Kadence and Kendell; Son Duane Chavez and his wife Jessyca of Las Cruces, NM; and daughter Ericka Chavez and her boyfriend Mario Carvajal of Samford, CT. Errol’s father, T.J. Chavez, preceded him in death. Errol is also survived by his mother, Evangeline I. Chavez; his older brother Daniel D. Chavez; his younger sister Loretta Chavez Johnson and her husband Judge William P. Johnson; and nieces and nephews Damian and Manuel Chavez, Scott and Jennifer Henry and Laura and Paul Johnson. Errol lived a very fulfilling life and his family appreciates the NM State Officials and the Legislators who all paused for a moment of silence in memory of Errol.
Cheromiah, Milton H. 1967 JC
Chill, Bradley W. 1967 HS ~ 11-May-2012 62, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012 at the San Diego, CA, VA Hospital. The son of Lois L. (Mathiot) and Alfred A. Chill, he was born August 16, 1949 in Great Bend, Kansas. Brad attended Guymon schools and graduated from Guymon High School with the Class of 1967. He was a member of Victory Memorial United Methodist Church. As a Vietnam veteran, Chill served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne and fought near the De Nang and Hue regions. He attained the rank of SGT and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. Brad had lived in southern California for most of his life. He was proprietor of the Old West Gallery on Adams Street, San Diego, where he was a respected trader and expert in Indian crafts and artifacts. He was member and active volunteer in the American Legion and volunteered his time and talents, cooking for the Legion and loved visiting children’s’ homes and hospitals. Brad Chill had a heart as big as a bushel basket and will be missed by all. He is survived by his parents, Lois and Al Chill of Guymon; two brothers, Bruce and wife, Teresa Chill, and Brian Chill, all of Oklahoma City; one niece and four nephews and their families, Lacie Hill, Jeffrey Chill, Brantan Chill, Brian Keith Chill and Brenden Chill; and aunts, Jeanne Henson of Guymon, Joan Mathiot of Manhattan, KS, and numerous cousins.
Clegg, Dike C. 1967 HS ~ 15-Jul-1994
Clements, David F. 1965 HS-1967 JC
Contway, James R. “JR” (Wilton Daniels) 1967 HS ~ 19-Oct-2016 better known as Chef JR, passed away peacefully at his home in Ruidoso, NM on October 19, 2016. JR was born June 2, 1949 in Silver City, NM. After some years in California, he returned to the southwest and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He attended college in Colorado Springs, CO, and then was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. JR achieved his life-long dream of becoming an Executive Chef. After serving as Executive Chef in New Orleans, New York and Houston, he became Executive Chef at the Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo, TX in 1990 and remained there 11 years. He was excited to move to Ruidoso and serve as Executive Chef at the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club (ALG&CC) from 2001 to 2012. JR loved living in Ruidoso, and he and his wife, Doris, built their home backing up to the national forest. He had many friends in the Arid Group-AA community. He founded the White Apron Society with his fellow chefs throughout Ruidoso as a community service. He headed up catering for Dreamcatcher Cafe after retiring from ALG&CC, and he conducted his popular cooking classes at Sanctuary on the River until last year. JR is survived by his wife, Doris Schoffthaler Contway; his daughter, Kristen Gassner and her husband Brandon and grandson, Maverick Clay Gassner, all from Round Rock, TX; his niece, Tiffany McVickar and her husband, Rick, and their daughter Kayla, all from San Diego, CA; and cousins Jeff, Chris and Chip Johnson and their wives, and his Aunt Mary Lou Johnson, all from Oklahoma; and his Uncle Jim Alexander and wife Barbara from Carson City, NV.
Conway, Daniel E. 1965 HS-1967 JC
Corkin, Jeffery D. 1967 HS ~ 17-Mar-2013
Cox, Douglas E. 1967 HS ~ 01-Nov-1973
Cunningham, James Patrick 1967 HS ~ 26-Feb-2013
Curtis, Thomas H. 1967 HS ~ 1-Jul-2020Tom Hanley Curtis Jr., 71, passed away at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX, July 1, 2020, after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Linda E Curtis, his son Thomas Hanley Curtis, III, (Michele) in Beaumont, CA, and step-sons, Perry Allen, Phoenix, AZ, Shane Geant (Allison) Phoenix, AZ, and Ian Geant (Jeanette) Bullhead City, AZ; seven grandchildren, Ashley Allen Banuet (Ben) in Fort Mohave, Ella Banuet, Kristan Ramirez, Geno Geant, and Enzo Geant in Bullhead City, AZ, and Mercutio Geant, Harley Raven Luna Geant and Atticus Geant in Phoenix, AZ One great-grandchild, Ella Banuet, Fort Mohave, AZ He is also survived by his siblings, Caryn Berryman, Miami, FL, Tim and Martha Curtis, Miami, FL, Connie Curtis Fitzgerald and Patrick Fitzgerald, Kent Island, MD, Clare Curtis and Robert Reid, St. Petersburg, FL, and Maggie Curtis, Denver, CO. He also many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, retired Col. Thomas Hanley Curtis, Sr., and Margaret Carton Curtis and his son, Michael B. Curtis. Tom was born in Columbus, OH, Jan. 7, 1949 and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He attended The United States Military Academy at West Point from 1968-70 and earned his degree from The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. He worked for IBM in New York and Los Angeles. His first newspaper job was with Mohave Valley Daily News (Arizona). He also worked at The LaGrange Daily News (Georgia), The San Bernardino Sun and the San Angelo Standard Times before joining Houston Community Newspapers. His final stop was with McElvy Media Group working with Greensheet Media and The Leader Newspaper. He was great sales leader and manager and enjoyed bringing people together to accomplish a common goal. He met Linda in 1992 and they were married April 20, 2007. Tom often expressed his appreciation of their love and friendship, and he made family his top priority. Tom was also a member of Rotary, Kiwanis and other civic organizations, and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Tom could best be described with one word – dignified. He left an impact on everyone he met with his integrity and humor. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and mentor for many he worked with over the years. His spirit lives on in those who had the pleasure of getting to know him. He will be missed by all of us.
Daugherty, Samuel T. 1967 JC ~ 11-Jun-2003
Davis, Terry L. 1967 HS ~ 29-Dec-2020 Terry Davis was welcomed home to spend eternity with our lord and savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. He was born on June 2, 1948 in Memphis, TN. God blessed Terry and his brother, Ronnie, with their adoptive parents, Milton and Lois Davis who preceded Terry in death. At a young age, Terry excelled at everything he did. His motto was “Do it right, or don’t do it at all!” Terry did it right! He graduated from Roswell High School in 1967 and then attended the New Mexico Military Institute where he was involved with the drill team and a troop leader before joining the U.S. Navy. These experiences led him to his lifelong career in law enforcement. Terry joined the Roswell Police Department in 1974 and retired from his dream job in 1997 after 23 years. During that time, Terry’s love for owning and riding motorcycles, and even the television show “Chips,” fueled his passion to have a motorcycle division at the police department. He then worked tirelessly towards that important goal which became reality in the 1980’s when the official motorcycle division was created. Terry enjoyed and believed in helping people and loved every moment he spent with the Department. His retirement was bittersweet, but he had lined up other jobs and new adventures for his future. Terry stayed active with teaching defensive driving from the 1980’s up until December of 2020. He also enjoyed other hobbies which included hunting and target shooting which he loved and passed that passion on to his children. Terry was also instrumental in helping develop the Sand Divers Scuba Club in Roswell in the late 1980’s, which assisted local scuba divers and eventually led to opening his own scuba shop, Inland Divers, in the middle of the desert. This helped create and continue his passion for taking breathtaking trips around the world. In his later years, he continued to plan and assist with trips for the club and other new divers. Terry always enjoyed sitting on the beach sipping a good margarita with his wife Mary, family, and friends. Those left to cherish Terry’s memory are his wife of twenty years, Mary. His sons, Wesley Davis in Arizona, and Jeremy Galloway, wife Heather, their son Jacob in Texas, daughter Adriane Lewis, husband Jesse, son Zachary, daughter Brooke, and his grandchildren in Roswell. Also are Terry’s loved furry canine babies, “Dusty” and “Hydee,” who will miss snuggling with him. Terry’s life was full, joyful and he felt blessed to have experienced so much. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Terry’s name to the Roswell Humane Society.
Del Curto, George A. “Butch” 1967 JC ~ 11-Oct-2010 64, of Moriarty, NM, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Butch was born in Albuquerque, NM, July 21, 1946. He lived in Vaughn, NM, until moving to Moriarty in 1990. Butch was active in 4-H in high school. He judged wool in the National 4-H judging contest in San Angelo, seeing mohair wool for the first time. Butch attended school in Vaughn. In 1965 / 1966 he went to the NM Military Institute. In 1966 Butch went into the Army and rose to the rank of sergeant. He served from 1966 to 1968. When Butch returned from the Army he went to work for Citizens State Bank in Vaughn. Butch served as Mayor of Vaughn for two terms, president of the school board for two terms and on the Board of Directors of the Citizens State Bank. He resigned from the bank when Gary Carruthers appointed him to Director of Property Tax in 1986. In 1990 President Reagan appointed a Committee to oversee the restructuring of the USDA; Butch was part of that committee. In 1990 Butch started selling cars for Tillery Chevrolet in Moriarty, the first month he was salesman of the month. He was salesman of the month every month from 1990 thru 2006. For 17 years he was salesman of the year. Butch is survived by his wife, joann Del Curto of Moriarty, NM; sons, Bryan D. Del Curto 1989 HS-1991 JC and his wife Barbara of Estancia, NM and Dante Del Curto of Estancia, NM; sisters, Charletta Larranaga, Genie Sue Hofeldt, Kay Cordova, Ann Larranaga and Judy Woertz; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dibbell, Robert A. 1967 HS ~ 11-Nov-1966
Diley, Gregory A. 1967 HS
Duncan, Michael F. 1967 JC ~ 30-Jun-2000 53, of Bellingham, WA, formerly of Conifer died June 30, 2000. Mr. Duncan was born in Kalamazoo, MI, on July 4, 1946. He was a sergeant in the Army. He was a cartographer for U.S. Geological Survey. Survivors include Sister Nancy.
Echols, Richard D. 1967 JC ~ 26-Jul-2005
Fisher, George E. 1965 HS-1967 JC – Vietnam-Killed in service in a helicopter flight training accident at Fort Rucker, AL, on 12 August 1971.
Frangos, Harris P. 1967 HS ~ 08-Aug-2002
Franks, Ray Z., Jr. 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 21-Feb-1996
Gates, James R. 1967 HS ~ 12-Jul-1996
Gattis, John Michael 1967 HS ~ 02-Sep-2017 70, died in Conroe, TX, on September 2, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Known as Mike to his friends, “Bubba” to his sister and “Papa” to his children and grandchildren, he was loved by many. Mike was born in Amarillo and lived in several Texas cities before moving to Roswell, NM where he played football both in high school and at New Mexico Military Institute. He loved his time in Roswell and made many long-term friends there. He completed his degree at North Texas State University on a football scholarship. He delighted in relating stories about his North Texas teammates including “Mean” Joe Greene and had many fond memories of those days. Mike maintained a lifelong love affair with sports, both as a player and a fan, and was quick to accept any invitation that involved competition. Following graduation Mike began his long career in the pharmaceutical industry. He was never one to sit still for long so after retirement he indulged his passion for boating and was happiest when he was on the water. Mike was a people person who found the good in everyone he met. He was always ready for a charity of your choice.
Gearhart, William A. 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 04-Nov-2013 died Monday November 4, 2013. Born September 9, 1946, he was 67 years old. A recent resident of Cloudcroft, NM, most of his life was spent ranching in Montana and Valentine, TX. Bill attended school in Valentine, TX, and the New Mexico Military institute. He also spent two years serving in the United State Army. With strong family ties and values, he shared his abilities with cattle organizations, his community, and church. Bill was a past director of the Montana Cattlemen’s Association, The Davis Mountains Trans Pecos Heritage Association, and Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He was a Jeff Davis County Commissioner, elder in the Presbyterian Church and director for thirty three years at the Marfa National Bank. After moving to Cloudcroft he joined the Cloudcroft United Methodist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir. Preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Mary Martha Gearhart, and sister, Tai Gearhart, Bill is survived by his wife Marsha, son Paul and the love of his life, granddaughter Bethanee. In addition he is survived by his sister, Jessica McInnis and her husband Bill, nephew Ben McInnis and wife Rachel, niece Rachel Myers and husband Scott, and four great nephews, Levi and Ty McInnis and Brooks and Reece Myers.
Gordon, John G. 1967 JC ~ 19-Oct-2018
Grandia, CDR David J., USN (Ret) 1967 JC ~ 20-Feb-2016 passed away on February 20, 2016 at his home. David was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 12, 1948 to William and Catherine Grandia. William Grandia, his father was a career naval officer who moved his family to Albuquerque N.M. when he retired in 1958. David grew up in the north valley of Albuquerque. He was active in youth horse activities, rodeo, 4-H, and Boy Scouts. He graduated from Valley high school in 1965, NMMI in 1967 and from UNM ROTC in 1969. David had a career as a naval officer serving on 4 submarines over his 21 years in the Navy. He was qualified to command submarines and earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering while in the Navy. He retired in 1991 from the Navy and moved to the Seattle, WA, area. He continued to work with various government contracts in support of the Naval Submarine Force until retiring again, in 2011 in the Bremerton WA, area. He returned to Albuquerque in 2013. David is survived by his wife, Linda Metcalfe; mother, Catherine Grandia; daughters, Nicki and husband Frank, and Anni and husband Mark; sons, Eric and Marc; sister, Rebecca and husband David Gibson; three nieces and two nephews; and sister in-law, Cheryl Grandia. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jacob Grandia; and father William Grandia.
Guzzo, Judge Fred J. 1967 JC ~ 10-Dec-2006
Hamilton, David G. 1967 HS ~ 22-Apr-1994
Harrelson, William E. 1967 HS ~ 15-Mar-2010 (9/16/1948 3/15/2010) Bill was born in Phoenix, AZ. He was a restaurant owner in Phoenix. Bill is survived by his daughter, Nicole Alicia Lacy Harrelson.
Henderson, Dudley G. 1967 HS ~ 22-Dec-2016
Henderson, Howard B. 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 12-Jun-2018 72, beloved husband and father, was called to his eternal resting place on June 12, 2018. He entered this world on March 29, 1946 in Bentonville, AR, born to Powell and Mildred Henderson. He is survived by his wife, Mary Henderson; son, Howard Henderson and wife, Shelly with their children Jacob and Peyton, son, Thomas Henderson and wife, Alisha, and their children, Zachary, Jason, Shaun, and Olivia. Howard attended the New Mexico Military institute then went on to New Mexico State where he met his wife of 50 years. Howard followed his family’s tradition of military service, and worked his way up to the rank of Captain in the Armed Services. He fought bravely for his country in Vietnam and returned home to continue his military career. Upon retiring from the military, he went on to serve his community in the mobile home industry until he retired from there in 2012 to spend time more time with his family. Howard grew up as an only child, who found that family was the most important thing in life. As a result of this he enjoyed spending time with them having Sunday dinners, and frequent family gatherings. Howard was a kind and gentle man who worked hard for his family to give them the best life he could possibly give. We know that Howard will live on through his children and grandchildren, as they continue to honor his legacy.
Hensley, Eugene V. 1967 HS ~ 14-Jan-2015 of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on January 14, 2015. Eugene was born on July 18, 1949 in Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by his siblings.
Heron, George H. 1967 JC
Hornak, Joseph H., Jr. 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 03-Oct-2003 passed away on October 3rd in Dallas. He was born October 31st, 1947 in Brownfield, TX. He received degrees from New Mexico Military Institute, Texas Tech University, and Southern Methodist University. He was a Certified Public Accountant and at the time of his death he was an insurance examiner for the state of Texas. He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Perry Jo Hornak of Lubbock, his brothers Hornak, LCDR Robert S., USN (Ret) 1970 JC of Albuquerque, NM, Conrad M. Hornak 1974 JC of Lancaster, CA, and Miles Hornak of Lubbock. He is also survived by a niece, Kami of Albuquerque, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Hughes, Terence K. 1967 HS ~ 10-Apr-1998
Johnson, Jewett G. “Jerry” 1967 HS ~ 22-Aug-2010 Jerry, Beloved husband and father passed from this life August 22, 2010, after a four year battle with lung cancer. Christened by his parents with three last names, he was known to all his family and friends as Jerry. Son of the late Jerrell and Marguerite (Gore) Johnson, he was born Feb. 23, 1950, during an earthquake in Yokohama, Japan, and was raised in Shizuoka, Japan, Okinawa, Atascadero, CA, and Springfield VA. He graduated high school at New Mexico Military Institute. He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve, and joined the USAF as an enlisted man. He was honored by being chosen to attend Texas Christian University on full USAF scholarship, graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and became a Second Lieutenant in 1977. His first officer posting was to Sheppard AFB Hospital, beginning in the ER and then as Charge Nurse of the inpatient psychiatric unit. After a very successful recruiting tour in Dearborn, MI, he was again selected for USAF scholarship to the University of Michigan, graduating with his Master of Science in Nursing in 1984. During his recruiting tour, he met and married Angela Stover Cobb, they wed August 13, 1982, in Lake Havasu City, AZ. He was the Charge Nurse of the inpatient psychiatric unit at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH, and was posted to Sheppard AFB again in 1987. He began his final tour as an instructor at the Medical Service Training Group, and was quickly promoted to the Course Supervisor of the Medical Service Specialist Course, in which he oversaw the adoption of national board testing for all Specialists as emts. He ended his career at Sheppard with retirement in Jan 1995 from the post of Flight Commander of the Enlisted Courses Branch, 383rd Training Group. He immediately went to work as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at MSU, and retired in May 2008. He served on the MSU Core Curriculum and Human Subjects Review Committees, and authored many course parameters for the University and the School of Nursing. He had nearly completed his Doctoral degree when struck with lung cancer. It was his pleasure to share warm friendships with many colleagues over the years; he truly enjoyed teaching both in the AF and MSU, and it was his high honor to participate in raising up his ncos and new generations of AF medics and civilian nurses. He is survived by his wife, Angela; and daughters, Kim and Katy of the home; son, Eric of Kauai, HI; daughter, Maggie of Dallas and her long-time friend Coleman Chance; also his sister, Susy Kingston of Cottonwood, AZ; and cousin and husband Judy and Dick Hartz of Davenport, IA; father-in-law, Richard Stover of Dearborn, Mich.; and brothers and sisters-in-law Kathy Stover, Barbara Cox and Mark, Regina Cobb, Brian Stover and Stephanie, Patrick Stover and Maria, Mary Stover Gaber and Rob, and Stella Herring, and many nieces and nephews.
Johnson, Marvin T., III 1967 HS ~ 02-Feb-1975
Jones, Michael E. 1967 HS ~ 31-Oct-2005
Kilburn, Jeffrey W. 1967 HS ~ 22-Dec-2016 Jeff was born in Bakersfield, CA to Eloise Wynne Kilburn, and Harvey Maher “Mick” Kilburn, Jr., After a family move to Dinuba CA, he received a secondary education at Dinuba High School and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he graduated with honors. Jeff attended University California, Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. He began helping with the family grower/packer/shipper business at an early age and went on to become a seasoned businessman with well over 50 years of field experience. In 2012 he retired from the produce business, and spent his remaining years in Sanger, CA. It was there that he would eventually pass peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by the unconditional love of his family. Amongst the things he loved were watching FOX News, cheering on his beloved UCLA Bruins, an occasional trip to the casino, and spending cherished time with family and friends. Most importantly, he managed the art of being a professional “straight-shooter” and telling it like it is. Although, he would tell you, that his greatest feat would be basking in the proudness he felt once all four grandchildren played in his backyard. He is survived by his mother (Eloise Kilburn), two sisters (Dana Brown and Nancy Kilburn), son (Nicholas Kilburn) and wife (Emily Kilburn), daughter (Cassidy Salinas) and husband (Kevin Salinas), and four grandchildren (Addisyn Kilburn, Kade Kilburn, Nash Salinas, Kroy Salinas)
King, Charles R. 1967 JC ~ 09-Jun-2016 of the Trinidad and Walsenburg areas passed away at his home on Thursday June 9, 2016 after a lengthy illness. Charles was born to Harry and Mary (Honey) Velvin King in Pine Bluff, AR. His southern upbringing was a huge part of his personality and influenced him throughout his life. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, with the majority of his service on board the USS Saratoga. After finishing his commitment to the Navy, he returned to Pine Bluff to follow in his grandfather Velvin’s footsteps in the railroad industry. In 1977, he moved to Trinidad to continue his career as a Locomotive Engineer. When he retired from the railroad, he was not content to sit around. He started looking for new adventures and found his true passion: the ranch life in Southern Colorado. He hadn’t had much experience, but was not afraid to learn the business and hard work necessary from his wife, Jeannette. He was a very loving Father to his children and enjoyed spending time with family. He made it a point to keep in touch and visit with his southern family, but was adamant that Colorado was where he belonged. Charles was a very friendly and outgoing person. He made friends easily and sincerely. He loved the outdoors and especially the mountains of Colorado. He was an avid elk hunter for 30+ years. He looked forward to elk hunting with his friends every year and shared many entertaining stories about the mishaps and antics that ensued. His faith was a very important part of his life and served him well throughout his life, and especially during his illness. He was an active member of St. Anthony’s Church in Aguilar, CO. He was a very kind, funny, genuine and generous person. He will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by: parents Harry E. King and Mary (Honey) Velvin King. brothers, Harry King, Jr., Frank “Buddy” V. King, nephew Curtis King and a sister-in-law Sandra (Hicks) King. Survived by: wife Jeannette R. King and mother-in-law Carmela Ferrero, daughters, Melissa (Jay) Babcock, Delta OH, Jennifer King, Pittsburgh, PA, Elizabeth (Thomas) Libby, Windham MA, one son Charles Robert King, Jr., of Raton, NM, one sister, MaryAnne (Richard) Gaffney, Rockwall, TX, grandsons, Jared H. Babcock, Dylan R. Babcock, Samuel C. Libby, Eliot J. Libby and Cooper R. King brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Virginia Ferrero, Trinidad, Barbara King, Elk City, AR, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Knafelc, Goodwin R. 1967 HS
Lamkin, John Robert 1967 JC ~ 27-Oct-2007 60, of Ramona died Saturday. He was born in Los Angeles, and was a musician and poet. He served in the Army. Survivors include his wife, Julie Kiehne-Lamkin; daughter, Rose Lamkin; and son, James Lamkin.
Landoll, Lester L. 1967 HS ~ 23-Jan-2004
Lawless, Jefferson R. 1967 HS ~ 01-Jan-2007 born December 2, 1948, an El Paso native passed away January 1, 2007. Graduated from Austin High 1967. Played basketball at Hardin Simmons University from 1968-1972 and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Phi fraternity. Graduated with a BA degree in Business Administration. Worked with his father at L&K sheet metal for 20 years. Worked with Banes General Contractors from 1994-2001. From 2002-2007 worked at University of Texas System. Jeff ran the 35 second shot clock for UTEP basketball for 16 years and was a basketball official with TASO for more than 30 years. Jeff was preceded in death by his father James Raymond Lawless and survived by his mother Mary Ellen Lawless, sister and husband Janet Lee and John McKinley of Las Cruces and his children Kimberly Lawless of El Paso and Jason Lawless of New York.
Little, MAJ Gerald S., NMMI (Ret) 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 11-Nov-2015 who passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in Lubbock, TX. Gerald was born January 16, 1947 in El Paso, TX to Joe Willard Little and Edith Faulk who preceded him in death. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Jane Morrison Little; sons Steven Little, Joe Little and Gary Little; step-son David Foster; daughter Marie Little; step-daughter Kelly Foster; brothers Jim Little and Ernie Little and numerous grandchildren. Gerald had lived in Roswell, NM for the past 17 years coming from Abilene, TX. He served our country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Gerald had a 12 year career at NMMI were he received several rewards and 25 years at UPS in Abilene, TX also receiving several rewards.
Little, MAJ Robert G., USAFR (Ret) 1967 JC ~ 23-Aug-2009 Beloved St. Helena Catholic Church Deacon, Bob Little, who served as an Air Force major, peace officer, teacher and clergyman and who devoted his life to lifting spirits and helping the downtrodden, died Aug. 23, 2009, following a traffic accident on Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Little, 63, was driving a motorcycle en route to the Portland home of his younger daughter, Rebecca, when the accident occurred. He told family members he was going to visit Becky because she needed a hug. He died in a helicopter en route to the hospital. Born to Walter and Vivian Little on March 19, 1946, in Marysville and raised in Lake Tahoe, where his father worked for the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Little served in Vietnam from 1966-69. He also served 26 years in the Air Force reserves. Some 25 years after Vietnam, when Becky was thinking about joining the military, she asked her father why he volunteered to serve. “He said he didn’t want someone else to lose their son”, she recalled. “He was going to fill those shoes.” After returning home, the 26-year-old Little enrolled at American River College in Sacramento. One day, he and a few other veterans were sitting together in the college cafeteria when journalism major, Pat Bloomstine, 19, sat nearby. The guys called her over. “He was a very conservative redneck, and I was sitting with the liberals,” Pat Little recalled. “I sat with the men and was introduced to Bob. He said it was love at first sight.” Within a year, on Oct. 2, 1971, the couple married at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Sacramento. Little took a job as a night bartender at a Sacramento nightclub and continued his education at Sacramento State University, where he earned his first of two master’s degrees. The couple moved to Reno where Bob worked at Woolworth’s and Pat worked at See’s Candy. They moved to Tahoe, where Bob sold tourist merchandise, and then to Napa, where Pat’s mother lived. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office was hiring, so Bob attended the police academy, aced the tests and joined the force. The Littles enjoyed socializing with other peace officers and their wives ù Doug and Holly Koford, Mike and Denise Loughran and Ed and Pam Knudsen. After retiring from law enforcement, Little was sitting in his St. Helena condominium’s hot tub when an older man dropped by with a few Manhattans. “I just met the nicest man, a Catholic priest,” Little reported to his wife. “That started his love of Christ, through Father John Brenkle,” Pat recalled. Over the next 10 years, Little became a hospitality director for Sutter Home Winery, a marketing executive with Silver Oak and a science teacher and volleyball coach at St. Helena Catholic School. He also served two tours of duty as an Air Force reserve officer in the Persian Gulf, and as a logistics officer in Panama and Grenada. He was once pictured on the front page of the Sacramento Bee helping Iraqi children into a bus. While serving in the Gulf war, he received a card from an Illinois high school student who wrote: “Thank you for all your effort towards our country. We hope you come safely home soon. Your country loves you and is praying for your return.” Little kept the card and contacted the girl to arrange a personal visit. He was greeted by the entire school and presented with a coat. At St. Helena Catholic Church, Father Brenkle asked Little if he would become a deacon, and Little was ordained in 2000. During his time as deacon, Little helped renovate the St. Helena Catholic Church. He also served as president of the Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena. Little is remembered by his family for helping people in need. His car was always equipped with blankets, a first-aid kit and rosaries. “He’s the one who called the ambulances, covered up the wounds, held the person’s hand, put a quarter in the can or bought the hungry guy a ham sandwich,” Becky recalled. Once, during a picnic on the Sonoma Square, Little used the Heimlich maneuver to save the life of a pregnant woman. A week before the crash that claimed Little’s life, he visited his mother in Monterey and taught his office manager how to manage the payroll system. An eyewitness to last Sunday’s fatal accident told Pat Little that an amazing thing happened as soon as the crash occurred. All traffic stopped in both directions and people came out of a dozen cars to lend assistance. Blankets, cell phones and even a doctor materialized almost immediately. Little is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters Julie Venuto of Oakland and Becky Dunham of Oregon; older brother, Deacon Walter Little of Rancho Cordova and younger brother, Bill Little of Seaside. He is also survived by his mother, Vivian Little of Monterey.
Lofties, Larry W. 1967 JC
Lusk, Allen J. 1967 JC ~ 21-Feb-2015 age 67, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015. His greatest gift was his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son, CPT. Joe Fenton, II; his granddaughter Elliot; his sister, Karen O’Brien; and his parents, LTC. Joe F. and Anne Lusk. He is survived by his wife Susan; his children, Scott, Kevin and his wife Shelby, and Jeff. Allen was the loving brother of Mike, Pat, Marty, Frank, Joe and Jan Mackay.
Madison, Albert F., III 1967 HS ~ 01-Apr-1990
Marshall, Burr 1967 HS ~ 17-Feb-2019 U.S. Veteran, age 71 of Ingram, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 at his residence .
McKee, Clifford W. “Mac” 1967 HS ~ 02-Jun-2013 -Mac was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford A. and Mary McKee. Mac was born in Roswell on Aug. 15, 1949. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, the University of New Mexico and Eastern New Mexico University. Mac was well known and respected in the building construction community and was currently the manager of Samon’s Do-It-Yourself Center. Mac will be greatly missed by his friends who are his family: Bobby and Sharon Wilson, Charley Wilson, Janis Wilson, Carol Wilson, Dick and Judy Bird, Jess and Sherry Eckel, along with all of his other friends and colleagues.
Mealer, William R. 1967 JC ~ 15-Oct-2017 of Bozeman, MT, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a loving husband, father, and family man who devoted his life to twin callings as a surgeon and as an outdoorsman. Bill was born in Port Arthur, TX, to Hugh Gene Mealer, a World War II veteran and civil engineer, and Elva Youngblood, a teacher and homemaker. Bill grew up across all of Texas, spanning from the Gulf Coast to the Western Plains, where he developed a passion for hunting and fishing. He graduated from high school in Midland, TX, and began college at the New Mexico Military Institute prior to transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology with very special honors. Inspired by his great uncle Dr. Bane, a family physician in rural Texas, Bill matriculated at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he studied under surgical legends Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. Michael Debakey. After his internship at Georgetown University Hospital, he completed the Integrated General Surgery Residency Program in Phoenix, AZ, followed by subspecialty training in both Otolaryngology (ENT) and Plastic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He was a star resident and clinician, earning top scores on many of his licensing exams. Bill practiced medicine in Southern California for nearly 15 years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UCSD. Always searching for ways to give back to his community, for over 20 years Bill was director of the organization “Yo Quiero Sera Como Tu” (“I want to be like you”) a philanthropic program providing free reconstructive surgery for children in rural Mexico born with cleft lip and palate deformities. Bill relocated his practice to Bozeman, MT, in 2001, and continued his unwavering dedication to his patients, never hesitating to perform a “house call” for patients in need, in the ilk of his great uncle’s family practice. Over the years, many patients sought out Bill to thank him for the positive impact he had on their lives. He was simply known as “doc”. Bill dedicated countless hours of his time to better the greater Bozeman community. He was a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Montana and was instrumental in in the development of their new local recreation center. He served as President of the Gallatin Chapter of the Safari Club International and worked to prevent domestic sheep from transmitting disease to Montana’s bighorn sheep. He served on the Ethics Committee of the local division of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to protect hunters’ rights and access to public lands. Bill lived every day to the fullest, using his time outside of his medical practice to explore the outdoors. During a medical mission to Ghana and the Ivory Coast, he solo hunted antelope on the African Plains. While living in California, he ran a guide service and spent countless days hunting pheasant and waterfowl in the remote farmlands and river deltas of Baja. He pursued tuna, dorado, and marlin in the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. His trips took him all over the world; trout fishing the tip of Patagonia, catching Black Marlin off the coast of Australia, stalking bonefish and tarpon in the flats of the Caribbean and Central America, and going eye-to-eye with grizzlies deep in the Alaskan Bush in pursuit of salmon. He was also an accomplished bow hunter and thrived in the Montana wilderness searching for elk, white-tail deer, and black bear. He was even featured on Mossy Oak’s Hunting the Country TV show, in an episode entitled, “The Real Medicine.” Above all, Bill will be remembered for his insatiable zest for life and adventure. The kindness, love, and comfort he offered to his family, friends, and patients, his inimitable storytelling, and the ease with which he made a lasting impression on all those that crossed his path will forever embolden him to those that loved him. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Carol; sons, William Randall Jr., and Robert Gene; and his granddaughter, Ava Grace.
Mealing, William C. 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 01-Jun-2012 Bill passed away early Friday morning, June 29, 2012 at his home in Cortez, due to lung cancer. Bill was born on Nov. 22, 1947 in Kellogg, ID, to Cyril Henry Mealing and Carrell Carter Mealing. He leaves behind the love of his life, Jody Wilkerson Mealing; his mother-in-law, Joy D. Wilkerson; and many close friends and acquaintances.
Mize, William G., III 1967 HS ~ 01-Feb-1977
Moffitt, Gary L. 1964 HS-1967 JC
Montoya, Anthony E. 1967 HS
Montoya, MAJ Anthony J. 1967 JC
Moruzzi, Charles L. 1967 HS
Nutter, William M. 1965 HS-1967 JC
Oliver, Anthony A. 1967 JC
Otto, John E. 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 27-Aug-2017 After a valiant fight, John succumbed to cancer on August 29, 2017. He died peacefully with family at his side. A native of Albuquerque, John graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and was Marine Corp Reserve. Always referred to as a great guy, he loved sports and fishing, was an avid reader and a fun-loving jokester. After a water-cooler romance, he married Sally on September 4, 1982. Together, they traveled to many places around the world before welcoming two daughters. He was an amazing, attentive father who could fix anything, whether with tools or a hug. We will miss the many Sunday mornings that he spent in the kitchen making breakfasts, as well as the Thanksgiving turkey carvings with the dogs at his feet, hoping for scraps. Dad, we will spread your ashes in all your favorite places. John and his family would like to thank UNM Hospital staff for all their incredible care and compassion.
Page, Glen A. 1967 HS ~ 29-May-1994
Page, Robert A. 1967 HS ~ 01-Feb-1984
Patterson, LtCol James H., USMC 1967 JC ~ 09-Apr-1997
Pickett, Ralph E. 1965 HS-1967 JC
Power, John W. 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 29-Sep-2020
Prewitt, Lt Col Richard K., USAF (Ret) 1967 JC ~ 05-Nov-2012 (August 29, 1948 – November 5, 2012) Richard “Dick” Kenneth Prewitt, 64, passed away November 5th at his home in Fontana, CA. He was born August 29, 1948 in Biloxi, MS, and lived in California for 16 years. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and the United States Air Force Academy. He served in the United States Air Force for 25 years and retired as a Lt. Col. After that, he continued his flying career with United Airlines as a pilot for 16 years. During Dick’s college and early aviation years he also enjoyed mountain climbing, hiking, lacrosse, and racquet sports. In more recent years, he was an avid cyclist and enjoyed radio-controlled airplane flying. Above all, he was a loving father, husband and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack K. Prewitt and Eleanor V. Prewitt. He was survived by his loving wife, Cindy; Sister, Patricia; Sons, Andrew, Jason, and Troy; Daughters, Jill, Leslie, and Bonnie; Grandchildren, Shelbie, Joey, Faith, Anna, Max, Amelia, and Nicholas.
Prinkey, Merle M., Jr. 1967 HS
Rankin, Henry L. 1964 HS-1967 JC ~ 28-Feb-1967
Reynolds, Ronald J. “Ronny” 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 06-Nov-2011 died on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at the age of 64. He was born August 17, 1947 to Francis Joseph Reynolds and Rosalyn Jones Reynolds in San Angelo, TX. Ronny spent his childhood on the family ranch near Corona, NM, a place that remained forever dear to him. Ronny was a cadet at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he graduated both High School & Junior College at the rank of First Lieutenant. NMMI instilled in Ronny a disciplined approach to life and introduced him to cadets from the United States as well as those from foreign countries. He later served his country for four years in the National Guard. In 1970 he graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.B.A. in management and became a loyal Red Raider supporter. After graduation he started his State Farm Insurance career in Dallas, TX. He was promoted to Field Underwriter and traveled West Texas and, as some know, “north Mexico” working with the Agency Force to help write Commercial business. As it turned out, coordinating efforts between Agency and Operations was Ronny’s niche. Although Ronny spent his entire career in Operations, he was extremely well liked by the Agency Force. Because of his remarkable ability to see both points of view, he was promoted to Operations Superintendent, the position he held until his retirement, December 1, 2004. Ronny lived every day after retirement to its fullest. He devoted much of his time and energy regaling his family and friends via frequent emails. He enjoyed traveling, especially his yearly trips to Spain visiting Carmina’s family. He quickly became an expert at bottling wine at the family’s vineyard. A connoisseur of fine foods and wine Ronny could always be counted on to recommend fabulous eateries and delicious dishes anywhere. Ronny will forever be remembered for his great sense of humor and contagious laughter. He is survived by his mother Rosalyn Jones Reynolds of Midland; his son Lee Reynolds of Austin; brother Michael Edward Reynolds of Austin, and his daughter Ashley Whittenburg; sister Cindy Scherer and husband Pete of Midland, and their children Scott, Kimberly, and Brian; sister Marilyn Naylor and husband John of Roswell, NM, and their children Suzann and Mitch. Ronny was cherished by his life companion, Carmina Eaton, and her children Belinda Jacobs, and Bridgette Kershner. He was affectionately known as “Papa Ron” by Will, Abby, Benjamin, and Thomas, whom he frequently enjoyed spending time with. He is also survived by countless extended family and friends and his beloved cats, Sancho and Lolita.
Schaefers, Joseph G., III 1967 JC
Schultz, Stephen H. 1967 HS
Scott, Stephen F. 1967 JC
Sears, Alex F. 1967 HS ~ 18-Dec-2011 62, of Wingate, TX, passed away on December 18, 2011, at his home. Alex was born to Alexander Franklin Sears and Moreene Roberts Sears on April 7, 1949. He went to school at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI). He graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1971. As part of his life-long love of classical music that he inherited from his mother, Alex played the cornet in the band at NMMI and Texas Tech. Upon graduation, Alex volunteered with the Peace Corps from 1971-1974 in Brazil. During this time, he worked with the Brazilian Agriculture Extension Service teaching better farming practices to small farmers in the interior state of Matto Grosso. Alex then returned to Lubbock and earned his J.D. from Texas Tech School of Law in 1978. He graduated with high honors and was an editor of the Texas Tech Law Review. He then went on to establish a law firm in San Angelo, where he practiced estate and probate law for over ten years. Upon the death of his adoptive father, Joe Lemley, Alex moved his law practice to Wingate in order to facilitate the management of the family ranches. He remained an active member of the Texas State Bar Association and the Texas Cattle Raisers Association. Alex is preceded in death by his father, Alexander Sears, his mother, Moreene Lemley, his adoptive father, Joe Lemley, and his brother, Robert Sears. Alex is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Mo Aziz, and by his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Patrick Finucane.
Sedillo, Robert A. 1967 JC ~ 03-Jul-2018 was born in Bisbee, AZ, to a feisty redhead and a bilingual Basque-Spaniard. Upon attending New Mexico Military Institute, he finished his education at Hanover College, then the University of Arizona. Following graduation, he met a vivacious blonde nurse in the Coronary Care Unit at the hospital where his father was recovering. The two fell in love, married within nine months, and then traveled around the country while he continued his service in the Army. After some time they moved to Arizona, bought a “vicious” guard-dachshund, and had two children. As his career in insurance brokerage surged forward, he moved his family to the Seattle area where they have since resided, still wondering how the sun manages to disappear for so many days each year. Bob was able to adjust to the lack of sun but did wonder how he succeeded in landing within a place so full of Democrats. Thirty years of suit-wearing, briefcase-toting, and traffic-filled commutes drove him out of the rat race to become a successful, highly sought-after independent consultant. Two years ago he rewarded himself with retirement and babysitting his beloved grandson. He was known for his sense of humor, playfulness, perspicuity, passion, and loving his family, who were the be-all and end-all of his life. He is survived by Peggy, his wife of 48 years, his daughter Angela, his son Matt, his daughter-in-law Lauren, and his grandson Luken as well as many friends and relatives. He is so, incredibly loved and although his physical absence is devastating, he will always be in our stories, memories, and hearts.
Shearin, Ernest D. 1967 HS ~ 05-Dec-2019 Ernest Duke Shearin, husband, father, uncle,son, friend, archeologist, musician, artist, cowboy, veteran and general bad ass passed away December 5, 2019 at age 72. He was a resident of Tularosa, NM.
Shortle, George S. 1967 HS ~ 19-Oct-2004
Shotts, SGM Kermit F., USAR (Ret) 1967 JC ~ 22-Mar-2011 63, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in Olive Branch.
Silvagni, Victor O. 1967 HS
Simmons, Roy M. 1967 JC
Skidmore, Richard O., Jr. 1967 HS ~ 19-Oct-1999
Smith, James P. 1967 JC ~ 08-Dec-2007 died Saturday, Dec. 8. He was 60 years old. He was born in Woodbury and lived in Seaside Park for 30 years before moving to Florida seven years ago. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1970, receiving his master’s degree from Trenton State College in 1972. Jim retired in 2000 after 25 years’ service as a police officer with Dover Township Police Department. He was a member of the Dover Township PBA, and the local Elks. He is survived by his wife, Susan Woods Smith; his son, Jason Smith of Point Pleasant; his stepchildren, Michelle Frost, of Forked River, and Scott Simpson and Craig Simpson, both of Toms River; and six grandchildren.
Smith, Jerry A., Jr. 1967 JC
Sperry, Glade F., Jr. AIA 1965 HS-1967 JC ~ 12-May-2006, 57, prominent regional architect, died May 12, 2006, at home in Albuquerque, following a valiant battle following complications from surgery related to a rare auto-immune disease – Primary Schlerosing Cholangitis. Glade was born at Wright-Patterson Airforce Base near Dayton, OH and moved to Albuquerque with his parents in 1959. He graduated from Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute in 1967 and from the University of New Mexico with a Master’s Degree in Architecture in 1972. After attending UNM he started his architectural career with the firm of Antoine Predock and left in 1979 to start his own firm, Westwork Architects, with two partners, Lawrence Licht and Stanley Moore. Glade continued as President of Westwork Architects after the death of Licht and departure of Moore, and expanded the practice to include Cindy Terry as partner in 1992. Glade practiced architecture in Albuquerque for nearly four decades and was principal architect at Westwork Architects for the last three. His work was rooted in the landscape, history and spirit of the place in which he worked. His talent was the ability to create buildings which were unique expressions of and for his clients. He engaged his great knowledge of all things related to architecture and the construction industry to the benefit of those he practiced with and for. In making architecture, Glade concerned himself with all aspects of the practice – from the client’s budget to the contractor’s dilemmas. His career and his buildings were often recognized with awards from his peers and his community. His buildings are and will be constant reminders of his integrity, generosity, and compassion. With unparalleled attention to design and detail Glade created many of New Mexico’s architectural treasures. Glade’s body of work ranged from large Educational Projects to smaller Residential Projects while maintaining the same care and quality for each. From its inception, the firm of Westwork, under Glade’s leadership, garnered many design awards including the American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year award in 1993, as well as the AIA New Mexico Firm of the Year for Small Firms awarded in 1996. Many of the firm’s projects designed by Glade singly or in conjunction with his partners were recognized for design excellence. A partial list of those award winning projects includes: North Barales Housing for the Elderly, Duncan Residence, Center of Non-Invasive Diagnosis, Londer Residence, Rogers Residence, Friedman Residence, Lewton Residence, Albuquerque High School Addition, McOlash Residence, and Domenici Hall. Glade’s work was well publicized in books and magazines including “Architecture Magazine”, “New Mexico Magazine”, “Su Casa Magazine”, “Nikkei Architecture”, “Albuquerque Monthly”, “Albuquerque Living”, “Sources in Design”, “Custom Home”, “Santa Fean”, Santa Fe Design, Sporting Spaces, Pueblo Style and 100 of the World’s Best Houses, Through the Lens, Shelter From the Storm, International Architectural Yearbooks Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Southwestern Design and Southwest Expressions. A few of the better known recent works are the UNM Stadium L.F. Tow Diehm Training Facility, UNM Stadium North Endzone Seating and Improvements, New Classroom Addition to Albuquerque High School, and the recently completed Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall at the University of New Mexico which houses the MIND and BRAIN Imaging Research Facility. Glade is survived by his wife and business partner, Cindy A. Terry AIA; his daughter, Emily Sperry of Rochester, NY; his sister, Terri Carr of Anaheim Hills, CA; his sister, Kathi Hancock and husband, Jim of Oakland, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glade F. Sperry and Patricia N. Sperry.
Stacy, Guy B. 1967 HS ~ 21-Jun-1996
Stark, Peter C. 1967 JC
Steen, John M., Jr. 1967 HS ~ 01-Jul-1975
Terry, Dennis L. 1967 HS
Tinkler, Richard J. 1964 HS-1967 JC ~ 03-Jul-2018 Richard “Jim” Tinkler beloved husband of Edith and loving daughter Ashley, passed away July 3, 2018. ALS consumed him the last ten years of his life. He put up a brave and humble battle. Twenty nine years were spent as an American Airlines Flight attendant. He retired in 2002 to enjoy a few good years of skiing and family activities. We traveled, enjoyed raising our daughter and had many family memories which we treasured. To his Alumni cadets and friends, NMMI shaped him into such a strong, brave and considerate human being. He is missed!
Turner, Terry Norman 1967 JC ~ 30-Aug-2006
Vaccarino, Joseph F. 1967 JC ~ 29-Jun-2014 age 68, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, died on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. Chip was a great and gentle man, husband, father, grandfather, educator and friend. Every experience he shared with us radiated brightly his cheer, compassion and unforgettable good will. Chip graduated from Lafayette High School as an All City Athlete. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Delaware in June 1970. He then went on to earn his Master’s Degree plus 45 in Education from Wilmington College in May 1992. Chip began his career in education working at Govenor Bacon Health Center. He transferred in 1982 to Delcastle Technical High School where he taught Science until he retired in 2008. He was the head coach of the Football and Basketball team and Assistant Coach to the Track team until 1999. He continued his love of football by being an Assistant Football Coach at Mount Pleasant High School. Many of his players have been quoted saying “Coach Vac was both a coach, a great man, and a friend.”, “He taught me respect was earned through hard work and dedication both on and off the field.”, “He was a great influence in all aspects of life. ”, “He had a vested interest in all of his players as young men first, players second.” Chip enjoyed all sports since his days of playing football on the field of the University of Delaware from 1967 – 1969. In ’68 & ’69 their team won Mid Atlantic Conference and Boardwalk Bowl under the leadership of Coach Tubby Raymond. In 2010, he was inducted into the Manlius Pebble Hill School Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1963 Red Knights Football Team Chip is survived by his wife of 44 years, Terry Durham Vaccarino of Wilmington DE; son, Ryan Vaccarino, his wife, Christine Vaccarino, their children, Maya Grebler, Amelia Vaccarino and Ethan Vaccarino, of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Kara Vaccarino, her fiance Antonio Phillips, and her children Haily Cerro, Kai Cerro, and Kaleb Phillips of Wilmington, DE; and his brother Skip Vaccarino, his wife Maria Vaccarino and their family of Ridgeway, NJ.
Walter, David H. 1966 HS-1967 JC ~ 31-Aug-2003, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away with peace and grace, surrounded by the love of his family and friends, on Sunday, August 31, 2003. He lived many lifetimes of love, laughter, fun and adventure in his 55 years. Born February 21, 1948, David was raised in Roswell, N.M., and spent more than 30 years in Austin and Blue Lake. A well-respected lawyer with Byrd, Davis, Eisenberg, Walter and Furman, “Captain Dave” was a fisherman, golfer and musician. He cherished his annual trail ride with former classmates from New Mexico Military Institute. A proud UT graduate and army veteran, he was a best friend and an inspiration to many, especially his family, who are forever thankful for the gift of David’s life. He is survived, dearly loved and missed by his wife, Donna; daughters, Erin and Megan Walter; stepdaughter, Stacy Mangold and husband, Brett; granddaughter, Riley Mangold; parents C.E. “Pete” Walter and Elizabeth Mothershead and her husband, Byron; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jeff and Terri Walter and Clark and Martha Walter; sisters and brothers-in-law, Libbi and Roger Jarvis and Suzi and Ed Joice; his nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
Warrick, George V. 1967 HS
Webster, Frank T. “Chip” 1967 HS ~ 03-Jun-2017 Frank Taylor “Chip” Webster went to be with his Lord on Saturday, the 3rd of June 2017. Chip was born in Houston on the 23rd of October 1948 to his parents C. B. and Lavelle Jones Webster, who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his sister, Claudette Webster Roush. He is survived by his best friend, light of his life, and loving wife of 35 years, Elizabeth McKay Webster; his children, Frank Taylor Webster, Jr., (SPC-U. S. Army) and his wife Stephanie, Alison Webster Colvin and her husband Trey, Douglas McKay Webster and his wife Angie, Emily Webster Wahl and her husband Kolby, and William Richard Webster; grandchildren, Taylor Adair Colvin, Marshall Anderson Colvin, Rider Hawkins Colvin, Elizabeth Alleen Webster, and Alexander McKay Webster. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jan Schuyler Roush, and his daughters Ginger Potthast, Julie Roush, Janet Flood, and Joan Roush. Family members also include Mary McKay Duncan, Emily McKay Sullivan and her husband Tim Sullivan, Mallory McKay Callaway, and their children Witt Duncan, Connor Sullivan, Reese Sullivan, Richard Callaway, and Carter Callaway. He is also survived by his treasured Godsons, John C. Elkins and David A. Kreston. And one of Chip’s closest friends who has been devoted to helping Chip and his family for over forty years, Mrs. Missy Hernandez. He attended The Kinkaid School and New Mexico Military Institute and spent his summers working for Webster Drilling Company. He graduated from Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business in 1970 and received his Master of Business Administration from TCU in 1972 where he served as a graduate assistant to his mentor, Dr. S. Allen Self, professor of management. Chip was also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He joined First City National Bank of Houston as a management trainee in 1972 and served for 20 years in various corporate lending roles, including Executive Vice President of Energy and Corporate Banking. He had his own advisory firm, Webster & Co. and later joined Arthur Andersen, LLP where he was a partner in the energy corporate finance division. He and other Andersen associates joined Duke Capital Partners, a business unit of Duke Energy, where he served as EVP, President and CEO. Chip joined Adams Resources & Energy, Inc. in 2004 where he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Director until 2015. Chip served in numerous civic, educational and energy industry positions, including Trustee of Texas Children’s Hospital and The Kinkaid School, and board member of the Tanglewood Homes Association. He chaired United Way campaigns at First City and Andersen. Chip also served on the board of directors and as president of the Houston Producers’ Forum and The Petroleum Club of Houston. He was a longtime member of Houston Country Club, the Executive Association of Houston Breakfast Club, and St. Charles Bay Hunting Club. He was also a member of the International Board of Visitors of The Neeley School of Business at TCU and was a founding member and co-chair of the TCU Houston Business Network. Chip was a member of Second Baptist Church, where he served on the Pastor’s Prayer Team. A memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway in the Old Sanctuary with Dr. Ed Young officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Bolivar C. Andrews, A. L. Ballard, Larry E. Bell, Robert H. Blades, Victor A. Burk, J. V. Carr, Jr., David R. Dominy, Geoffrey L. Griffith, Charles B. Holm, Steven S. Jones, Robert T. Ladd, Hugh E. McGee, III, Craig W. Murray, Eugene M. Peeples, IV, Townes G. Pressler, John F. Schwarz, Jr., R. H. “Steve” Stevens, Jr., Samuel E. Stubbs, Samuel C. Weber, M.D., and William B. Wiener, III.
Wolf, James M. 1967 JC ~ 23-Nov-2007
Work, John R., Jr. 1964 HS-1967 JC ~ 08-Dec-2004
Abrams, Andrew, II 1966 JC ~ 15-Jan-2000
Adams, Robert B. 1966 JC ~ 29-Jul-2018 of Austin, TX, passed away peacefully at his home in Round Rock on July 29, 2018 at the age of 74. He was born on March 18, 1944 in Memphis, TN to parents Robert and Helen Adams. The family settled in Austin, TX in 1954. He attended O’Henry Junior High and graduated from Austin High in 1962. He began his military training at New Mexico Military Institute and went on to serve 4 years in the US Army. During this time he was stationed in South Korea as a tank commander. Upon completion of his tour, he returned to Texas where he graduated from Chiropractic College and practiced for years in Roswell, NM and then in Austin, TX. He was an avid Texas Longhorns fan and enjoyed collecting coins and watching classic movies. He is survived by his 4 children, Rob Adams of Albuquerque, Tom Adams of Albuquerque, Crystal Holder of Austin, Ashley Adams of Austin; grandchildren Katelyn and Emily Adams, Alysa and Blake Holder all of Austin; sister Jane Lyons.
Alexander, William Jefferson, Jr. 1966 JC ~ 16-May-2006, 61, died Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, from a fall at home. He was also a cancer survivor. Mr. Alexander is survived by his mother, Doris Alexander of Jackson, daughters: Carrie Ann Alexander of Phoenix,, AZ, and Stacy Alexander of Jackson. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. He served in the army 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He was retired from Alltell Telephone Company and loved by all who knew him.
Alley, MSG Theodore H., USA (Ret) 1966 JC ~ 21-Apr-2007 60, of Roswell who passed away Saturday, April 21, 2007, at his home surrounded by the love of his family. Theodore was born on October 9, 1946 in Albuquerque. He and Susan Marie Smith were married on August 22, 1987 here in Roswell; she survives him at the family home. Theodore retired from the United States Army after serving twenty years and became a Junior ROTC instructor at NMMI, where he served for twenty years before his second retirement. In addition to his wife, Susan, he is survived by his mother, Doris Alley of Albuquerque; daughter, Cynthia Chlarson of San Antonio, TX; sons, Brian Graves of Florida and Greg Alley of Hobbs, NM; step-daughter, Michelle Bradshaw of Chicago, IL, and Kelli Ciaramitard of Memphis, TN; a step-son, Terry Smith of Roswell; two brothers, Ron Alley of Albuquerque and Orville Alley of Colorado Springs, CO; twelve grand children; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bartlett, Raymond O. 1966 HS
Benson, John M. 1966 HS ~ 15-Sep-2002
Blake, Thomas H. II, 1964 HS-1966 JC
Bockoven, Damon E. 1966 JC ~ 24-Apr-2003
Boggeman, Linford Rudolph “Rudy” 1966 HS 04-Feb-2013
Bompiani, Thomas A. 1966 JC ~ 10-Mar-2011 65, of Youngwood, went to his eternal rest on Thursday, March 10, 2011, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Feb. 23, 1946, in Greensburg, a son of the late Louis A. and Betty M. (Ramsay) Bompiani. He had worked for Millstein Industries, Youngwood. As owner of Tom’s Plumbing & Heating, he was always “on call” and shared his talents and mechanical abilities with businesses and residents throughout Youngwood and the surrounding area. He retired from Freid-El Corp., of Pittsburgh. He was a member of Holy Cross Church. He attended Holy Cross School and graduated from Greensburg Catholic High School. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute. Tom was a Youngwood Borough councilman for 10 years and served on the Youngwood Borough Sewage Authority and the Youngwood Cemetery Board. He also was an active member of Youngwood Area Revitalization and development (YARD). He loved his community and was proud to be able to serve. Surviving are three children, Bryce A. Bompiani, of Youngwood, Brian A. Bompiani and wife, Erika, of Cincinnati, OH, and Tammy S. Lodaya and husband, Manish, of Boyds, Md.; three grandchildren, Alecander, Lilly and Rami; two sisters, Dulcina M. Nunes and husband, Jeff, of Washington, PA, and Dr. Melanie L. Gramzow, of Clinton Township, MI; four brothers, Louis J. Bompiani and wife, Karen, of Youngwood, Dr. Anthony L. Bompiani and wife, Renee, of Hempfield Township, Dr. Larry A. Bompiani, of Elkton, VA, and Cataldo A. Bompiani, of Youngwood; and special friend, Mary Ann Klingensmith, of Youngwood.
Borrego, SPC Edward L., USA 1966 HS ~ 15-Nov-1969 – Vietnam-Killed in action on 10-15-1969 in Viet Nam.
Bradley, Russell L. 1966 HS ~ 16-Feb-2000
Brewer, Byron E. 1966 HS
Briscoe, James D. 1966 JC
Brooks, J. L. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 28-Aug-2018
Byam, PFC Michael L., USA 1965 HS-1966 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action when the boat he was being evacuated on struck a mine on 2 October 1966.
Byrd, Jerry C. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 25-Apr-2012 The famous Jerry Carl Byrd was born on September 14, 1946 to Wanda Avon Byrd (Brown) and Lemuel Carl Byrd in Santa Fe, NM. He was the second fraternal twin born, after his brother Larry, on that wonderful day. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 25, 2012 in his home in White Rock, NM. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1964 and later graduated from New Mexico State University. He married his beautiful bride Elizabeth Martinez on October 9, 1976 in Las Vegas, NV. His life was filled with love, humility, passion, loyalty and commitment. This old scallywag recently retired after working for 40 years for several site support service contractors at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Over those 40 years, the contractors he worked for were: Zia, Pan Am, Johnson Controls Northern New Mexico, KSL, and Johnson Controls. He served for 13 years in the National Guard as a captain. He taught at the Pajarito Ski Area for over 20 years as a ski instructor, and served as the director for several years. He also volunteered with Prison Fellowship Ministries for over 25 years, and said, “I learn more from them than they do from me.” He and his family are members of the White Rock United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth Byrd (Martinez), one daughter, Nicole McMains (son-in-law Derin McMains), two sons Abad Chavez and Casey Byrd (daughter-in-law Megan Byrd), two grandsons Braxton Byrd and Katch McMains, and one brother Larry Byrd (sister-in-law Susan Byrd).
Caruthers, LtCol Timothy D. USAF ~ 13-Jan-2019
Chafey, Col Merritt N., IV, USMC (Ret) 1963 HS-1966 JC ~ 26-Jun-2005
Clarke, George M. 1966 HS
Collins, David Alan 1966 HS ~ 09-Aug-2007
Contway, Floyd Anthony “Tony” and “Tiger” 1966 HS ~ 16-Jun-2014 was born April 15, 1948, in Albuquerque, NM, to Lyle and Lois (Cope) Contway and died Monday, June 16, 2014, in Oklahoma City. He attended Poway High School in San Diego, CA, before graduating from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1966. Tony went on to attend Grossmont College in San Diego, the “West Coast Ivy League School.” After serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict, Tony went into the family car business in San Diego. In 1986, he moved to Oklahoma and opened Mr. T’s Pawn & Gun in McAlester, alongside his father Lyle. In 1990, Tony moved to Enid and opened Tiger Pawn. He had been owner and operator with his son T.J., since. Tony had a passion for the pawn industry since a young age. He loved sports too, especially basketball. He was owner and supporter of Enid’s Oklahoma Storm of the USBL. He also enjoyed his Harley Davidson trike. If he wasn’t at work or at a sporting event, Tony could be found enjoying the coy pond he created at his home. His true joy, however, was his job, where he loved to be every day. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Mark Contway; grandmother, Dolly Weiss; and the company guard dog, Jesus Von Zipper, III. Tony is survived by his daughter, Tiffany McVicker and husband Rick and their daughter, Kayla; son, T.J. Runser and his son, Tabor Runser; son, Cody Contway and wife Corinda and their daughter, Astoria Eve Contway; daughter, Elizabeth Harger and husband Cason; brother, James Contway and wife Doris; ex-wife, Jill Morris; second wife, Lori Runser; and loyal employees, Jo Rogers, Maria Mendoza and Trae Session.
Cruce, Dr. John B. 1966 HS ~ 12-Dec-2016 John Bill was born on April 29, 1948 to John L. and Evelyn (Pippin) Cruce in Lubbock, TX. He resided in Brownfield, TXuntil he attended New Mexico Military Institute. After graduation, he pursued his dream of attending the University of Texas at Austin. On May 8, 1969, John Bill married the love of his life, Cynthia Ann Schulz in Norman, OK. Together they graduated from the University of Texas in 1971. John Bill attended Texas Tech University School of Medicine; graduating in the second graduating class in 1976. John Bill and his family moved back to his hometown of Brownfield, TX. After a successful career practicing Obstetrics & Gynecology, he spent his retirement substitute teaching at Brownfield High School, fishing with his grandchildren at Possum Kingdom Lake, and rooting for his beloved Longhorns. Dr. Cruce was deeply involved in the Masonic Lodge in Brownfield serving as Master and District Deputy. Dr. Cruce also participated in the Lubbock York and Scottish Rites. In 2011, he achieved his life-long goal of 33rd Degree Mason. He served as chairman of the Lubbock Scottish Rite Learning Center of Lubbock for many years. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Cruce; their children, John Cruce and wife, Jaime; Ann Cruce-Haag and husband, Jeff; and Martha Cruce; grandchildren, Christina, Tyler, and Bradley Cruce, Brooklynn Cruce; Samuel and Elizabeth Cruce-Roberts, Caroline and John Haag; sister-in-law, Libby Hunter, husband Kevin, and their three sons, Ben and wife Lindsay, Daniel, and Wil Hunter; niece Carol Malcolm, and other extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, John L. and Evelyn Cruce, and Lera Lee Sanders.
Currell, Joel R. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 21-Nov-2002
Dalton, William R. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 28-Oct-2013, age 67 as of Oct. 27, 2013, died peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 28, 2013, after a battle with cancer. Bill is preceded in death by his parents Lee and Marie Dalton. Bill was born in New Jersey. He was raised in San Tome, Venezuela, in a Gulf Oil camp. After eighth grade, he moved to America for the rest of his schooling. He went to New Mexico Military Institute for six years then came to Flagstaff and attended school at NAU for two years. Bill is survived by his loving wife Joyce Dalton. They were married for 46 years. He had two children – a son, Bryan Dalton (Pam Haycraft), and his two sons, Justin Dalton (Bryana), their children Jaycee and Hoyt, and Cody Dalton (Carmen), and their two children Aimee and Emilee; and a daughter, Carrie Roman (Vince), and their two children Brandon and Eric Roman (Lacey) and their two children Dallen and Scarlett Roman – who also survive him. He was a very loving husband and dad to his family and friends. He will be forever missed by his family. We will miss you dearly.
Dean, Frank B. 1966 HS ~ 15-May-1996
Dooley, Robert H., III 1966 HS
Dorn, Ronald G. 1966 HS ~ 14-Mar-2017
Dougherty, CPO John E. “Jack”, Jr., USN (Ret) 1966 JC ~ 13-Apr-2016 age 69, of Mount Holly, died suddenly on April 13, 2016. Jack graduated from Holy Cross High School in Riverside where he made many life-long friends. He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and had Master’s Degrees from Harvard University and Rutgers University. He was a dedicated educator at Pinelands Regional High School where he taught biology. John was an active member of the Sacred Heart congregation. He leaves behind his beloved mother, Gertrude Dougherty of Mount Holly, his sisters Anne Dougherty-Koshland (Gary) of Coldbrook, NY, Kate Williams of Lathom, England, and Mary Burruss (Gary) of Manahawkin, NJ, as well as three nieces and two nephews.
Duffy, LTC Jerry J., USA 1966 JC
Durgin, Donald R. 1966 JC
Feaster, Stephen J. 1966 JC ~ 22-Aug-2007 passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at his home in Albuquerque. He was born December 3, 1946 in Wichita, KS to J. D. And Maxine Feaster. Stephen was a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in aeronautical engineering. He served his country as an F-111 combat pilot in Viet Nam. After his military service, he joined NASA as a research pilot and flew almost every aircraft that NASA operates. He is survived by his wife, Jan; sons: Max, Carl, and Daniel; his father, JD Feaster and wife, Maurine; and brother, Philip and wife, Kathy. Stephen was preceded in death by his mother, Maxine Feaster.
Fergus, Judge William L. 1966 HS ~ 21-Jul-2015 66, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at his home. He lived in Jonesboro for the past 12 years, moving here from Osceola. In Osceola, Lee attended Calvary Baptist Church for 26 years where he was a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. He was active in the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Unit for Mississippi County. Since moving to Jonesboro, he was a member of Central Baptist Church where he was also a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. He went with his church on mission trips to Guatemala and Brazil. Lee had a passion for doing the Lord’s work and helping others, especially juveniles. Lee received his juris doctor from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and had been a sitting circuit court judge since 2001. Previously he was a municipal judge and the creator of the juvenile drug court. He had practiced law in the Osceola area for many years. He served as a medic in the United States Army Reserve. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Jonesboro and Osceola. He also enjoyed riding his bicycle and was a member of the Ridge Riders Bicycle Club. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Marla Fergus of the home; daughters, Jensie Cobb (Seth) of Rogers; Callie Brewer (Matt) of Jonesboro; brothers, Dr. Scott Fergus and Reid Fergus of Osceola; and grandchildren, Mary Pearle Cobb, Martha Anne Cobb and Fergus Cobb. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Dane and Pearle Fergus.
Frederick, William A. “Bill” 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 20-Nov-2015
Fugitt, William R. 1966 JC ~ 15-Mar-2015 was born September 14, 1946, in Oklahoma City, OK, and passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in New Braunfels, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents William Jay Pettee Fugitt and Mary Jane Harris Fugitt, both of Oklahoma City; and his grandparents John Randall and Leah Clementine Harris of Grand Lake, OK; Helen Pettee Fugitt of Oklahoma City; and Carl W. and Mabel Fugitt of Wichita, KS. He graduated from Harding High School, attended the New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Central Oklahoma, graduating with a degree in Business. He was a U.S. veteran having served with the Armed Forces in Germany. In the early 1970s he moved to Texas working with the freight/transportation industry for over 40 years in Corpus Christi, Harlingen, McAllen, San Antonio, Austin, and New Braunfels. Recently retired, Fugitt was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed the simplicity of life’s offerings. He was an active civic volunteer and member of the New Braunfels Citizens Police Academy, the New Braunfels Newcomers Club, and a lifetime member of the NRA. He is survived by his wife Denice Dodd Fugitt; son Daniel Fugitt and wife Rebecca of New Braunfels; brother Thomas Jay Fugitt of Oklahoma City; and sister Patricia Jane Fugitt of San Antonio.
Garner, Thomas H. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 04-Jul-2002
Garrett, Gregory L. 1966 HS ~ 16-May-2003
Gartman, Earl L. 1966 JC ~ 29-Dec-2016
Gray, Arthur E., Jr. 1966 HS
Grove, Robert S. 1966 HS ~ 04-Dec-2018 Robert Steven Grove, Nov 28, 1948 to December 4, 2018 Loving husband of Janet Patterson Grove and “Big Brother”of the Grove clan. He passed peacefully from complications of pneumonia. To all that knew and loved him, Bob was a supportive and caring part of their lives. He will be greatly missed by his wife Janet of 37 years. They shared many wonderful experiences traveling the world and enjoying many sport activities such as golf, biking, skiing, scuba diving, and softball to name a few. Bob was an avid reader, always hungry for more knowledge. His favorite topic was history but he also loved current events. He was a proud Vietnam war veteran and served with honors in the 25th Infantry. Bob attended the New Mexico Military Institute for high school and received a BA degree in Economics from Humboldt State University. He is survived by his wife Janet, father Wallace and siblings Janet, Richard, Christopher. He will be greatly missed.
Hancock, Dr. George R. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 30-Jan-2002
Haynes, Harley E. 1966 HS ~ 09-Aug-2005
Hildebrand, Thomas H., Jr. 1966 HS
Hummell, C. Ralph 1966 JC
Hutson, Robert H. 1966 HS ~ 25-Aug-2004
Inzer, Jimmy S. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 05-Jun-2016 of San Angelo, TX, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the age of 69. He was born in Hamlin, TX, on August 14, 1946, the son of Starr and Althea Inzer. Jimmy attended New Mexico Military Institute for high school and two years of college. He received a Pharmacy degree from Southwestern Pharmacy School. Jimmy had a 40-year career as a New York Life Agent and Financial Advisor. He received numerous accolades for his work and had many loyal clients. Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman and had a passion for sports of all kinds, especially golf. He also had a great appreciation for art, music and traveling. He married Marilyn Inzer on Jan. 20, 1970, and they were blessed to have 46 years of marriage. Jimmy was very proud of his children and grandchildren and he enjoyed teaching them how to golf, hunt, fish and bike. He also loved watching them play sports and had a knack for remembering every detail about their accomplishments. For more than 40 years, Jimmy’s home away from home was the San Angelo Country Club. There he made countless memories with his other family, the men of the 19th Hole and the SACC Golf Course. Jimmy’s bond of friendship with these men was rare and exceptional. The Inzer family would like to express a special thanks to them for their love, kindness and support during this difficult time.
Johnston, Frederick A. 1966 JC ~ 22-Mar-2005
Johnstone, Peter H. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 06-Jul-2013 passed away peacefully after a short battle with brain cancer. Born in Lakewood, OH, on July 13, 1946, to Stewart D. and Georgine C. Johnstone, Pete and his family moved to Albuquerque in 1955, and Pete spent the next 58 years loving everything about New Mexico. During that time, Pete did many things, had many interests and gained many personal friends and professional colleagues. During high school, Pete attended and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. He played football during his years there. He returned to Albuquerque to attend UNM and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1970. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Pete then enrolled in the UNM School of Law, graduating in 1974. It was at that moment that his life’s work began. Over the next 40 years, Pete would practice law, first with the firm of Keleher and McLeod and then in his own law firm, Peter H. Johnstone, P.C. Known as an excellent trial lawyer, Pete belonged to both the Albuquerque Bar Association, serving at one time as its president and receiving the group’s “Outstanding Lawyer Award” in 1991, and the State Bar of New Mexico. His expertise in his field and his willingness to attend closely to his clients’ needs made him an exemplar for law students and for those new to the profession. Because of his dedication to the study and practice of law, the UNM Law School will award him one of four “Outstanding Achievement Awards” for 2013. A fervent Lobo fan, Pete not only contributed his money to UNM but also his time. In addition to attending every game and banquet, Pete also served, since 2007, as a Trustee of the UNM Foundation. As an officer of the Foundation, Pete provided leadership in both policy development and communication issues. At his death, he was serving as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. However, Pete’s roots in UNM history go much farther back for in the 1970’s, during the “Lobo Gate” scandal, Pete served as the attorney representing the University. Former UNM President Bud Davis cited Pete’s work in defending UNM as “outstanding.” Because of his loyalty to UNM and his unfailing support, Pete will be honored by UNM Athletics with the establishment of the “Peter Johnstone Student Athlete Assistance Fund,” a fund that will help support the needs of student athletes which are allowed by the NCAA and not covered by scholarship. The Lobos have lost a true fan here on Earth but have gained a multitude of fans in Heaven. “Lobo on, Pete!” In his professional life, Pete was respected and admired. In his personal life, he was simply loved. Pete has hundreds of friends who will remember his generosity, his ever-present willingness to help in times of need and his unfailing spirit. He could always be counted on to make the bad better and to make the unreachable just a short arm’s length away. An avid sports fan, Pete drove hundreds and hundreds of miles over the years to watch and support the Lobos. He spent literally thousands of hours watching any kind of sporting event that was on television. He could and did remember the most obscure facts for baseball, football and basketball and he loved the Dallas Cowboys who have lost a long-time, loyal fan. Additionally, Pete traveled thousands of miles to follow his love of golf. Whether attending a tournament or playing the famous courses around America, Pete marked his attendance by collecting a logo ball from each course and he has hundreds! Watch out when traveling through the Mountain West regions for Pete might just be lurking around the next bend! “To a young heart everything is fun,” wrote Charles Dickens, and to Pete everything was fun. He loved life, his family and his friends. He was a good man and he will be mightily missed, but his vision, his courage and his indomitable spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of those who love him. Pete is survived by his son, Michael S. Johnstone and his companion, Jackie Burkett his daughter, Meredith A. Johnstone and her companion Jason Inman his former wife, Anne Begley Johnstone his twin sister, Bonnie Johnstone Geer and her husband, Dennis F. Geer and his long-time friends, Linda Flynn and Michelle Shook.
Kelly, William P. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 01-Jun-2010
Kidwell, Eddie A. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 07-Jul-2007
King, Dale V. 1966 HS ~ 03-Aug-2020 Dale Vernon King, 72, passed away on August 3, 2020 at Bradford Village in Edmond, OK. Parkinson’s Disease led to his demise. He entered this world on March 8, 1948 in Santa Fe, NM, born to Herschel and Ailene (Manning) King. He grew up helping in his family’s hotel, King’s Rest Court, which was the first business to have a neon sign in Santa Fe. Dale graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1966. He attended East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma before moving to Portales, NM, to open a clothing store. Dale then moved to Ardmore, OK, in 1971 to begin selling insurance for Kentucky Central Life Insurance and having his first daughter, Kelly, that same summer. Dale then moved the business to Norman, OK, in October, 1973 and his second daughter, Wendy, was born in 1974. Dale continued working in the insurance industry his entire career. After leaving Norman, he took his career level to Executive Director of Marketing serving insurance companies across the nation. Dale met his wife, Lesa Jelden, in Lincoln, NB, in 2001 and was married on July 31, 2004 and gained his third daughter, Sara, by marriage. Dale and Lesa returned to Edmond, OK in 2007. Dale continued working insurance until he was no longer able to continue due to his health when he was moved to Bradford Village in 2013. Dale continued to be active by serving as a volunteer Marketing Director and President of the Client’s Association at Bradford Village. He performed in the arts through the theatrical plays produced by Bradford Village. Dale was always the “Big Guy” in life. He loved dancing, telling stories, drinking scotch, playing cribbage and gin rummy, winning at Bingo, and football games, whether it was OU or Nebraska. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends. Dale was preceded in death by his Father, Mother, baby Sister, Camille, and Brother, Chris King. He is survived by his wife, Lesa King, of the home; his three daughters, Kelly Wilson and her husband Darren of Prosper, TX, Wendy Fugate and her husband Jeff of Norman, OK, and Sara Bartruff and her husband Tyler of Omaha, NE; and six grandchildren, Lauren Neal, Jake Neal, Jarod Fugate, Kadence Fugate, Ryland Fugate, and Callan Bartruff. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Krauss, Steven F. 1966 HS ~ 26-Nov-2003
Lang, Edmund J. 1966 JC ~ 22-Sep-2004
Lassen, Ernest J., Jr. 1966 JC ~ 01-Jun-1987
Lobit, Richard L. 1963 HS-1966 JC ~ 18-Feb-1966
Lockhart, James Hamilton 1966 JC ~ 29-Mar-2011
Lynde, William W. 1966 JC
McComas, William C. 1966 HS ~ 01-Dec-2000
McDonald, Michael H. 1966 JC ~ 13-May-2003
McGarr, Mark C. 1966 HS ~ 16-Sep-2002 was born Nov. 6, 1947, in Abilene, TX, to Sarah and Royce McGarr and he went to be with his father on Monday, Sept. 16, 2002. Mark attended schools in San Angelo and graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. From there he attended Texas Tech. Mark lived on his sailboat in Port Aransas. His boat, the Jedi, was the love of his life. Mark is survived by his mother and stepfather, Sara and John Shepperson; his sons, Royce and Alex McGarr; a stepbrother, John Shepperson; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
McKenna, James M. 1966 JC ~ Sep-2013
McKibben, Paul Joseph 1966 JC
Miller, Richard A. 1966 HS ~ 19-Jul-2000
Moore, Michael J. 1966 HS
Morrison, David Mark 1966 JC ~ August 2014
Muncy, Col Robert C. USAF (Rt) 1966 HS ~ Oct-2017
Nesbitt, Byron L. 1966 HS ~ 20-Apr-1999
Neslage, John E. 1966 JC ~ 13-Apr-2009 died in Houston, TX, on Monday, the 13th of April 2009, at the age of 62. He was born in Pampa, TX, on the 13th of August 1946, to the late Frederick Joseph Neslage and Dorothy Rita Neslage. Mr. Neslage is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, Class of 1966 (Second Lieutenant). He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1969 from Texas Tech University where he was a member of Beta Sigma Pi. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston, Bates College of Law in 1972 and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Mr. Neslage proudly spent his entire legal career at the law firm of Baker Botts LLP., joining the firm on the 1st of December 1972. He became a partner in 1980 and was a widely recognized pension attorney for over 35 years. He specialized in representing major publicly held and privately owned businesses, as well as non-profit and tax-exempt organizations on the employee benefits issues attendant to public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and related reorganizations. He also represented public pension funds and collectively bargained multiemployer pension funds. Before joining Baker Botts, Mr. Neslage served as First Lieutenant with the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army. For many years, Mr. Neslage devoted his time and talents to the United Way of Greater Houston, including terms as Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Board of Directors. In his leisure time, he enjoyed running and golfing with his best friends, hunting and fishing with his brothers and sons and traveling and hiking with his wife and children. He leaves behind his loving wife, Christi Neslage, son, John Edward Neslage, II, and wife Ashley Neslage of Houston, TX,, son, Luke Joseph Neslage of Los Angeles, CA, daughter Anne Marie mcleod and husband Stewart mcleod of Dallas, TXand daughter Jenna Elizabeth Neslage of Houston, TX. Other survivors include his three grandchildren Claire Elizabeth Neslage and John Edward “Jack” Neslage, III, of Houston, TX, and Kylie Anne McLeod of Dallas, TX, as well as his ten brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Orr, Monte A. 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 17-Aug-1979
Pelosi, Curtis V. 1966 HS ~ 01-Dec-1987
Pratt, John J. 1966 JC ~ 26-Jun-2006 Was born on July 25, 1946 in Benton Harbor, MI, to Harry A. Pratt and Edith Jane Monteverde. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute where he received his AA degree. John spent four years with the USAF on active duty where he served a tour in Vietnam. John then transferred to the USAF Reserves where he served until his retirement in 1994. Also, he worked at Pacific Bell as a Lineman, Cable Splicer Installer, and Repairman for 27 years. His other occupations included Real Estate Salesperson and Property Manager for John J. Pratt Properties. His interests included World War II and general world history, politics, and involvement in family and friend functions. He is survived by his wife, Binh-An Pham and his two sons, Joseph and Harold.
Raybon, Michael D. 1966 HS ~ 01-Apr-2011 age 64, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at his residence in Norfolk, NE. Michael D. Raybon was born February 17, 1947, to Tommy W. Raybon and Grace E. Fifield in Casper, WY. He was a Vietnam Veteran and served in the Air Force from 1966 to 1969. He made his life as a long haul trucker, where he made many wonderful friends in the business.
Rayburn, LtCol Ross R., USMC (Ret) 1966 JC ~ 18-Aug-2006
Reynolds, Frederick D. 1966 HS ~ 02-Jan-2009
Rivers, Robert Lowell 1966 HS ~ 04-Sep-2008
Robertson, William F. 1966 HS ~ 03-Jan-1998
Robinson, Rowan S. 1964 HS-1966 JC
Rozzoni, Louis H. 1966 HS
Rymer, John S. 1966 HS ~ 21-Jun-1991
Saylor, Jerry D. 1966 JC ~ 24-Oct-1989
Schwenker, Allen L., II 1966 HS
Shockey, Randall G. 1966 HS ~ 01-May-2002
Sloan, Sam R., III 1966 JC ~ 03-Oct-2016 70, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, October 3, 2016 at his home outside of Salt Lake City. Born and raised in Breckenridge, TX, the oldest son of Sam Ross Sloan, Jr., and Mary Katherine Sloan, he had an exceptional, memorable boyhood that was mostly spent outdoors and always included working in the family ranching business. He was there for spring brandings and for roundups. He was in the saddle for dust storms and rain storms, for the gentle pastel light of dawn and the riotous Technicolor of many Texas sunsets; he fell asleep in the bunkhouse at nights listening to the low murmur of his grandfather, father, and the hired hands in conversation after hard days of labor. He took up hunting and his mother who loved him unconditionally the whole of his life, as she did all her children would pick him up from school with two rifles in the Jeep to take him on mother-son hunts for deer and turkey on the McLemore Ranch. He would later accompany both his parents on their big game hunts to faraway places while they pursued their goal of being the first couple to complete a Grand Slam of North American Wild Sheep, a feat they accomplished in 1962. Later in life he joined his parents for trout fishing trips in Alaska, Oregon, and Montana. He loved nature and adventuring in wide open, wild spaces. He often said that every day in nature will offer up at least one thing worth remembering, which is something he felt could not be said about the busyness and relentlessness of city life. After his father died, he and his daughter collaborated on planning international fishing trips for his widowed mother, taking her to Venezuela, British Columbia, Mexico, and Alaska, trips that helped blunt her grief and bring everyone closer. The happiness of his early years was only surpassed by the birth of his daughter, Cody Allison Torrance Sloan, in 1972, and the birth of his son, Sam Ross Sloan IV, in 1980. He graduated Breckenridge High School in 1964. He was handsome, a strongly-built six feet and four inches tall. He played football at New Mexico Military Institute and Southwest Texas State, where, for one season, he had the nation’s highest punting average, a statistic that earned him offers to play professional football from both the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns. He volunteered for the Army in 1968, serving two years during the Vietnam War era without doing a tour of duty in Southeast Asia. He ultimately completed his undergraduate degree at SMU in Dallas, continuing on there to earn his JD, LL.M, and S.J.D. He married twice for love. He lived in Houston and worked as a tax lawyer, retiring in his thirties. He returned home to Breckenridge in the 1990s to be closer to family and the family ranches, relocating in time to devotedly care for his cancer-stricken father and to be at his side when he passed away in 1996. For facts of his life, there are many others, but he is remembered now as a man of great promise, a man who valued integrity and charity, as a father who loved his two children fiercely, as an intellect, a believer in Jesus Christ and salvation, a perfectionist, a philosopher, a storyteller, and, at his best, as someone who wanted to live honorably and lift others up. He is reunited with his father, his mother, his youngest brother, Ward, with his first wife, Sandi Torrance Sloan, and also with dear friends who died too soon: John Van Orden, Mike Roberts, Gail Whitcomb, and Tom Whitcomb. He leaves behind his older sister, Dana Mackenzie, his younger brother, Parks Sloan, two nieces, Kathleen Sloan and Liz Sloan, his nephew, Zach Sloan, his two children, his daughter-in-law, Emily Sloan, and his eight grandchildren: Sam Ross Sloan, V, Rowan Richard Sloan, Josephine Ophelia Sloan, Audrey WildRose Sloan, Addison Darcy Wallace Sloan, Quinn Stephens Sloan, Evangeline Violet Sloan, and Pemberley Rue Sloan. The family is grateful for the competence and loyalty of Derrick Drotts, who attended him constantly in the last years of his life.
Smith, Benjamin F., CPA 1966 JC ~ 15-Jan-2015 passed away Sunday January 11th in Vail, CO. He was 68 years old and is survived by his two sons Jourdan Smith and Trevor Smith, his daughter Brittany Adair, seven grandchildren, and seven siblings. Ben was born in Santa Fe, NM, on September 28th, 1946. He attended Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor’s degree and then was commissioned in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Corps. In 1973 he moved to Eugene, OR, where he attended Graduate school at the University of Oregon. He began practicing as a self-employed Certified Public Accountant and remained so for forty years.
Spiller, Thomas J., III 1966 HS
Staver, H. Michael 1964 HS-1966 JC ~ 22-Aug-2010
Swearingin, David D. 1966 HS
Thelin, Richard L. 1966 JC ~ 15-Jan-1998
Thurman, David Trent 1966 HS ~ 01-Nov-2012
Thurman, John E. 1966 HS ~ 01-Sep-1974
Tidwell, Bruce E. 1966 JC ~ 30-Jul-2009
Turner, Jay M. 1966 HS ~ 31-Jul-2015 Survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Jaime Norwood; brothers, John and Jason Turner; and sister, Pamela Moore.
Vaughan, Thomas R. 1966 HS ~ 29-Jul-2010 63, of Amarillo died Thursday, July 29, 2010. Mr. Vaughan was born June 24, 1947, in Amarillo to Dewitt and Harlene Vaughan. He grew up in Amarillo and attended New Mexico Military Institute for two years and later graduated from Tascosa High School in 1966. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era and served in the U.S. Navy reserve for more than 20 years. Tommy was stationed aboard the USS DECATUR and was very proud of his military service. He worked for the city of Amarillo for more than 10 years and also worked at BSA for more than 14 years until his retirement in 2009. Tommy was a huge Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys fan and was co-owner of Fort Williams Military Surplus and Supplies at the time of his passing. He was a kind and caring man who was always helping others. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bobby Vaughan, in 2003. Survivors include many loving family members and friends.
Williams, Wiley D., II 1966 JC
Wilson, Andy T. 1963 HS-1966 JC ~ 20-Dec+2020
Woods, Delmer M. Jr. 1966 HS ~ 24-Mar-2018 Delmer Maurice Woods, Jr., passed away peacefully on Friday, March 23, 2018, at his ranch near Elgin, TX. Delmer was born on May 25, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA, the first child of Margy Ray Woods and Delmer M. Woods. He spent most of his life in Texas. As a teenager, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated high school from Mew Mexico Military Institute. He was a proud Class of ’70 graduate of Texas A&M University and earned his MBA from the University of Texas. Delmer’s first career was in sales and marketing for pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies, most recently Hewlett Packard. In 1988, he began a second career managing the family’s Winged W Ranch in Elgin, TX. His professional management greatly elevated the quality of the livestock, physical plant and land infrastructure. Delmer was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elgin and a faithful supporter of Elgin Parks and Recreation. His Eagle Scout and Texas A&M experiences helped form the values by which he lived his life. Those included integrity, loyalty and preparedness. Every friend and family member knew that if needed, Del would assist day or night. He was preceded in death by his father. He was survived by his mother, Margy Ray Woods; his sister, his nephews, and many cousins, lifelong friends and their children, whom he also considered to be his nieces and nephews. As the eldest of thirteen grandchildren, Delmer played an important leadership role in the Woods family.
Wooldridge, Roger O. 1966 JC ~ 27-Dec-2006 died December 27, 2006 in Atlanta, GA. Born on February 19, 1946 in Roswell, NM, Roger is survived by his wife Anita of Stone Mountain, GA, sons Brian of Lawrenceville, GA and Christopher “”Boo”” of Stone Mountain, sisters Jan Genduso of Fallbrook, CA, Judy Harmon of Las Cruces, Mary Beard of Richland Hills, TX, Stacey Miller of Ruidoso, and 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred E. Wooldridge in 1965 and W. Olan Wooldridge in 2000. Roger was a graduate of Roswell High School and New Mexico Military Institute. He was a proud lifelong member of the NMMI Alumni Association. He attended Texas Tech University and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Viet Nam era. He was recently retired from Lucent Technologies. Roger was a devoted family man. He went to great lengths to make every occasion special and unforgettable. His unique abilities in technology resulted in advancement in his military career, and later in his profession in communications technology. With boundless creative energy, his mind and hands never idle; he lived a relatively brief but productive life. Roger will be remembered by his family as a brilliant, kind and compassionate man, who gave much and asked little, who bore tragedy and blessing alike with dignity and grace. He will be greatly missed.
Wright, John Shup, Jr. 1966 HS ~ 01-Sep-2009 beloved son, father, husband, brother and friend passed from this world on September 1, 2009. John was known for many things. Among them were his sweet and adventurous spirit, his generosity and welcoming nature, and his curiosity about the world around him. John loved to engage people in conversations, sometimes perfect strangers, to learn more about their lives and backgrounds. He also had an unusual degree of tolerance for views other than his own, and went out of his way to listen to and respect others’ viewpoints. After a debilitating stroke seven years ago, John worked intensively and successfully to regain his independence, traveling by bus or rail around the country where he could explore new places and meet new people. He loved the College neighborhood here in Pocatello and worked very hard to further the neighborhood association. He also had a special fondness for the students and faculty in the Physical and Occupational Therapy program at ISU, where he volunteered each spring to be their case study. John was born in Jacksonville, IL, on December 7, 1947. The family moved to Las Vegas, NV, when he was 7 and John graduated from Las Vegas High School. He attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where his father, who was a professor of history, instilled in him a love of reading and history that would last his whole life. He then began what was to become a 30-year career as a conductor on the Union Pacific Railroad. That work brought him to Pocatello, ID, with his wife, Cathy, and children, Stephen and Marlayna in 1986. In addition to working for the railroad in Las Vegas and Pocatello, John volunteered many times for transfers to other parts of the country. This allowed him to explore Louisiana, Iowa, TX, and the area around Sacramento, CA, as well as other locales. Wherever he went John made friends and had many, many adventures. His quirky sense of humor and his positive spirit will remain and travel with all of us until we meet again. John was preceded in death by his parents, John S. Wright Sr., and Lucille Wilson Wright. John leaves his loving wife, Cathy; special dog, Murphy; his children, Steve and Marlayna; his brothers, Tom and Roy and their wives, Dina and Kimberly; nephew, Trevor; and Cathy’s family, who loved him very much, especially sister-in-law, Barbara Colton Stuart and nephews, Curtis and Darin Colton. Cousins include Julie McLain, Jim and Polly Whilborg, Mike Mahan and wife, Lauren, and Mike’s two children, Luke and Gavin. John also leaves many friends in Las Vegas and Pocatello, particularly people involved with the CW hogs, the College Neighborhood Association, the railroad, and the “dog park pack”.
Wunderlich, William F., III 1966 HS ~ 08-Mar-2007 passed away due to a heart attack on Thursday, March 8, 2007. Willie was born and raised in Elko, NV, and spent many years of his adult life in Wendover. He truly fulfilled the Nevada style of life. Willie’s career was spent in northern Nevada’s great casinos and golf courses. During this time he built everlasting friendships and bonds. He took great pleasure in the outdoor landscape of Nevada; golfing, skiing, hunting and fishing were regular activities that he shared in the company of friends and family. It is in those environments that he truly touched the hearts close to him. He was distinguished as a kind and gentle soul who people enjoyed the company of. Willie is survived by his two parents, Marge and Bill Wunderlich; his brother and sister, Rob Wunderlich and Carol McMahon; and his two children, Jon and Vanessa Wunderlich. Willie, you will forever be etched in our hearts and minds. Thank you for leaving us with great memories, thoughts and emotions we can share amongst ourselves and future generations. Our minds can rest knowing you have gone to a better place. May your heart, soul and mind rest in peace. From all people who loved and respected the man.
Ammons, Bruce D. 1965 JC
Archuleta, Dr. Bernie O. 1965 HS ~ 27-May-2003, 56, of Española, died Tuesday following a lengthy illness. He attended Española Schools and then attended and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute. He attended the University of New Mexico and University of Kansas-Missouri School of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry in the Española Valley for more than 25 years. He was an active member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Española and was actively involved in the family business, the Rio Grande Café. He was preceded in death by his father, Bernabe ‘Bernie’ Archuleta. He is survived by his wife, Janette Archuleta of Española; children, Bernie Archuleta, III, of Albuquerque, Stefani Foster and husband Brandon of Phoenix, Jennifer Lopez and husband Jason of La Mesilla, Steve Archuleta Saiz and Jessica Archuleta Saiz; mother, Delfina ‘Dell’ Archuleta, all of Española; sisters, Becky Garcia and husband Richard of Española, and Eileen Archuleta of Albuquerque; six grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Ashby, Roderic R., Jr. 1965 JC
Bailey, Kenneth D., Jr. 1965 JC ~ 05-Jan-2004
Barron, Oran James, “Jim” III 1965 HS ~ 08-Feb-2005, 57, of Angel Fire, NM, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005. Mr. Barron was born in Lubbock, raised in Spur, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and attended Texas Tech University. Mr. Barron was involved in ranching in Texas and New Mexico. He was a ranch broker who sold ranches for Bennett & Barron Land Company and Barron & Company. He was active in local and national cattle organizations including Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He attended Trinity Church, Liberty Rock Church in Ralls and Angel Fire Baptist Church in Angel Fire, NM. Preceding him in death were his parents and a son, James S. Barron, in 1996. Survivors include his wife, Cisco Barron of Angel Fire, NM, a son, Matt Barron of Angel Fire two sisters, Molly Day of McKinney and Amanda Coyle of Virginia Beach, VA.
Bland, LTC Edward C., Jr., USA (Ret) 1965 JC ~ 01-Jun-2017 Edward Cole Bland, Jr., ended a long, full, earthly life and entered eternal life on June 1, 2017. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He lived a life of service as a soldier, hospital administrator, and missionary. Married for over 49 years to Donna Upshaw Bland, Ed was father to Barbara Bland Newsom (husband, Corey) of Katy, TX, and Thomas Edward Bland (wife, Jennifer) of Lincoln CA. His four grandsons, Zachary and Tyler Newsom and Jonathan and David Bland were a joy to him. He is also survived by his brother, John Cooke Bland (wife, Bonnie) of Clovis, CA. Born to Edward Cole Bland and Evalyn Blakey Bland in Kansas City, MO, on February 26, 1945, he grew up around the world as the oldest son in an Air Force family. He graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM, in 1963 and then attended New Mexico Military Institute (1963-65) on a football scholarship. Upon graduation from Texas Tech University in 1968, he entered the U.S. Army as an officer in the Medical Service Corps. Ed retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty years of distinguished service. He received numerous military awards, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. Ed served overseas tours in Vietnam, Panama, and Korea. While in the Army, he received his master’s degree in Health Administration from Baylor University. In 1988, Ed began his civilian career as a hospital administrator in northern California. He first worked in Sacramento and later was named CEO of Colusa Community Hospital, followed by Healdsburg Community Hospital. He was a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 1994, Ed was named Rural Hospital Administrator of the Year for California. In 2002, Ed and Donna entered a third chapter in their lives, joining the Rafiki Foundation, a Christian organization that provides homes and schools for orphan children in ten countries in Africa. Ed was director of the Rafiki Village in Liberia and then in Malawi. He also supervised construction of schools and taught in Zambia, Ghana, and Nigeria. After retirement, Ed and Donna made their home in Katy TX. Ed was very active in Christ Church (Presbyterian Church in America), the Rotary Club of Katy, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182. He was a board member for Christ Clinic in Katy. Ed was thankful for the opportunities to serve his Lord and his fellow man.
Bond, Gordon M., Jr. 1965 HS ~ 06-Nov-2009 62, was born April 26, 1947 in Albuquerque, NM. “Gordo” passed away peacefully at his home in Albuquerque on Friday, November 6, 2009. As a member of a pioneer ranching family, Gordo was raised on numerous ranches in New Mexico including the Valle Grande near Los Alamos, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon McClain Bond, Sr., Flora Cannon Bond, and his beloved dogs Rambo, Dolly, Baby Doll, and Georgia. He is survived by his children, Gordon “McClain” Bond, III, and Louise “Ramsey” Bond; his sister Flora Bond Kubiak, her husband John Kubiak and his four nephews, Matthew, Simon, John and Peter Kubiak. Gordo attended NMMI, UNM and Cochise College. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at UNM. He owned and operated Rio Grande Air Charter Service in Taos, New Mexico. He also started a bottled water company called Taos Mountain Water. He had a passion for flying small planes and was an avid golfer and fisherman. He was an adventurous man who loved to travel all over the world.
Bratcher, Hervey C. 1965 JC ~ 29-Mar-2010 passed away March 29, 2010, at the age of 65, after a valiant fight against POVD. Chuck was born in Roswell, on December 2, 1944, to Hervey Franklin “Junior” Bratcher and Glenda Mae Wright Bratcher. Chuck attended Roswell High School. During his time there, he developed into a great athlete. He was a three-year starter on the varsity football team and took home All-State honors his senior year. After graduating high school, Chuck attended New Mexico Military Institute, where he continued to excel in football. After completing his time there, he had multiple scholarship offers to play football and chose to attend the University of New Mexico. He graduated from UNM in 1969 with his BS in physical education. Upon completion of his college degree, Chuck accepted a position to coach football and wrestling at Goddard High School in Roswell. After spending a few years as a coach, Chuck began a new career in automotive parts sales. He served in different managerial capacities throughout his career at a variety of companies in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Throughout his time in sales, Chuck continued to share his love of football by coaching a youth football team in Lubbock. This passion for sports and love of coaching led him to purchase a franchise for National Scouting Report. NSR helps athletes obtain collegiate scholarships and provides an outlet for continuing athletics. In 2002, Chuck was the top national salesman in the company. Chuck is survived by the love of his life, Lynn Kay Barnett Bratcher, whom he married February 22, 1974, in Roswell. They were married 36 years before Chuck was called home to eternity in heaven. Other survivors include five sons and their families: Jody Charles and Samantha Martin Bratcher, and their daughters, Cassandra, Gabrielle and Alexa; Michael Bratcher, and his daughter, Ashley; Matthew and Tabitha Salas Bratcher, and their children, Abigail and Elijah; Ryan and Julie Cook Bratcher, and their children, Noah and Joshua; and Benjamin and Kelsey Ivie Bratcher. Survivors also include a brother, Roger Lewis Bratcher, and his children, Tracy and Kara; and a sister, Nadine Bratcher Nelson, her husband, Bill, and their children, Billy and Bobby. Chuck also leaves behind numerous close relatives and a multitude of friends. Two of his lifelong friends, Dr. William T. “Billy” Greenhaw 1965 JC and James M. “Jim” Melson 1965 JC, will serve as honorary pallbearers during the memorial service. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Bratcher. His family and close friends are greatly comforted in knowing that Chuck had received Jesus Christ as his savior and accepted the Holy Spirit as his guide. He acknowledged that his time was short, and faced it without fear. After being reassured by his wife that she and their children would be all right, he peacefully entered into eternity. We are excited for him because we know, no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him, 1 Corinthians 2:9.
Britton, James R. 1965 HS ~ 04-May-2012 The long goodbye ended for the Britton family on Friday, May 4th, 2012, when James Britton succumbed to complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). He was preceded in death by his parents, Bynum and Elnora Britton, and his brother, Robert Britton. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jackie (Wallace) Britton, daughter Morgan Everett and her husband Mike and sons Aidan, Lucas, and Noah (Taipei, Taiwan); daughter Erin Rowton and her husband Michael (Plano, TX); and daughter Jamie Zertuche and her husband Blue (Irving, TX); and many cousins and beloved friends. James “Jimmy” Ray Morgan Britton was born November 5th, 1946 in Abilene, TX. Jimmy grew up in Spur, TX. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1965 and from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in English and Theater in 1969. He was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant as one of the first ROTC graduates of Stephen F. Austin and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. Jimmy married Jacquelyn Wallace on September 5, 1976 in Plano, TX. During the early years of their marriage he worked for various oil companies, traveling frequently to oilrigs off the coast of New Zealand, before starting Britton Holland Custom Homes with close friend Jim Holland. In 1986, he was hired by the NMMI Alumni Association, where he served as the Executive Secretary. During his years at NMMI, he established the NMMI Alumni Trail Ride fund-raiser, which continues to this day. In 1998, Jimmy was hired by UT Southwestern Medical Center where he served as Director of Alumni Affairs and as the special assistant to the President. He retired from UT Southwestern in 2003 and began a new career at Plains Capital Bank, where he became a Senior Vice President for Private Banking. Jimmy also devoted many hours to various community organizations, serving on the board of the Lee Park and Arlington Conservancy and as President of the Turtle Creek Association. After his diagnosis with ALS, he volunteered as a disabilities liaison for the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. Jimmy was a proud West Texan and had a small family cattle operation in Dickens, TX. He enjoyed riding horses, working his cattle, and spending time with family and friends in West Texas. Jimmy grew up in the Methodist church, and in his final weeks made a decision to follow Christ, and joyfully told anyone who would listen to the story of his salvation.
Buell, 1LT David G. 1965 HS ~ 01-Nov-1983
Bullock, William E. 1965 JC ~ 27-Aug-2018 Bill Ed, “Hotch” Bullock passed away peacefully in his home in San Antonio. Bill Ed was born on August 4, 1945, in Artesia, NM, to William H. Bullock and Lois Spraggins Bullock. His mother passed away when Bill was only 4, but his father remarried, and Oleta Ford Bullock became his step mother in 1951. Bill Ed and the entire family loved Oleta dearly. Bill was preceded in death by his parents William H. and Lois Bullock, step-mother Oleta Ford Bullock, and his sister and brother-in-law Betti and Robert Hodges. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Jane Bullock, daughter Melanie Kaufman (Garry) of Galveston, son William Dale Bullock (Leah) of San Antonio, brothers Van Bullock (Colette), and Joe Bullock (Sheila) all of Las Cruces, NM, grandchildren Taylor, Carson, Rylan, and Kennedy Kaufman, and Jessica Bullock. If the measure of a man’s life is best reflected by whom he marries and their children and grandchildren, then Bill Ed’s life was without a doubt, well lived.
Chamberlain, MAJ Edward D. USA (Ret) 1965 JC 31-Dec-2019 Edward Depew Chamberlain, 76, New Caney, TX, passed away December 31, 2019. He will be greatly missed for his jokes, his laughter, and his willingness to provide homes and love to all creatures. Ed was born in Burnett, TX, on December 20, 1943 to Thomas Hidalgo Chamberlain and Hedwig “Hattie” Josephine Ewiak. Ed grew up in Falfurrias, TX, where he was active in sports and was an Explorer Scout. After high school he played football for New Mexico Military Institute and Texas A & I University. Upon graduating college, he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served two tours in Viet Nam. He later served in the Texas Army National Guard achieving the rank of major. Ed was a claims adjuster and salesman for many years in the Houston area. Like others in his family, he was a student of history with a special interest in Texas history. Ed loved road trips especially to Big Bend and New Mexico. His favorite activities were cooking for family and friends, tending his fruit trees, and following the Astros. Ed is survived by his loving family: wife and soulmate, Suzanne; daughter, Connie Prinzel and son-in-law Robert Prinzel; step-daughter Sarah Johnston and husband Gerald L. Johnston; step-son John C. Roberts; and two grandsons, Alexander Adley and Samuel T. Johnston 2019 HS; sister Maureen and husband Mike Paske; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews who remember him with love.
Clark, Claude V. 1963 HS-1965 JC ~ 25-Feb-2017 GI or Claude Velton Clark, Jr., was 72 when he died in Waller, TX, on February 25, 2017. He died after a long battle with cancer. GI was born in Eunice, LA on July 16, 1944 the son of Claude V. Clark, Sr., and Antoinette (Tee) Clark. He is survived by: Brother and sister-in-law: John and Sylvia Clark; Sister: Claudia Clark; Sister and brother-in-law: Toni Clark and Rick Mangold; Sons: David Brent Clark, Shannon Rogers OR, Jonathon Kelly OR; Daughter-in-law: Lisa Clare Clark; Grandson: Garret Joseph Clark; Nephews: Jeremy Clark, Travis LeJeune, Jared Clark and Tyler LeJeune. He attended high school at Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia, until his transfer his sophomore year to New Mexico Military Institute. He then attended college at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Throughout his life he spent time in the oilfield both in US and overseas. He was a man of many talents and was always willing to help others especially designing, building or repairing almost anything. He found his true calling with horses. He had a talent for taking difficult horses and giving them a second chance and he taught people of all ages to ride and appreciate horses. He leaves behind many cowboys and cowgirls who both touched his life as he touched theirs. He had an infectious smile and an amazing heart and he will be truly missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched.
Dale, Gerald L. 1963 HS-1965 JC
Deen, Larry G. 1965 JC
Dial, William A. 1965 HS
Doolittle, Jr. Harry L. 1965 HS ~ 06-Apr-2015
Downs, James D. 1965 HS
Dumont, Bruce T. 1965 HS
Elder, PFC James B., Jr., USA 1965 HS ~ 29-Dec-1966 – Vietnam-Killed in action – died from gunshot wounds on 29 December 1966.
Evans, Hayden L. 1965 HS ~ 16-May-2008 It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Hayden Lee Evans, 61, of Las Cruces on Friday, May 16, 2008 at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 29, 1946 in Phoenix, AZ, to Arthur H. and Wanda R. Giblin Evans. Hayden was raised on the Ladder Ranch in T or C and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell; served his country honorably in the NM National Guard and the U.S. Army with service in Germany. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Bell Telephone, was a truck driver and construction worker. Hayden was a self-employed transportation relocation engineer with Hayden Evans Trucking from 1972 to 1978 and 1990 to 2005, as well as a truck broker/dispatcher from 2002 to 2007 for Mosley Truck Brokerage. He served as trustee of the Elks Club #1139. Survivors include his loving wife, Frances Ann Rodgers Evans of the family home; one son, Daniel Evans and wife Ami and their sons, Jacob and Erick all of Deming, Anita Evans and her son, Riley Walker of Las Cruces; his parents, Arthur and Wanda Evans of Cuchillo; a brother, Mikel Evans and wife Cathy of Albuquerque; a sister, April Romero and husband Ray also of Cuchillo. Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents – Evans and Giblin.
Evermon, Patrick A. P. E. 1965 JC ~ 14-Aug-2019
Ferguson, William Robert 1965 HS ~ 28-Sep-2009 Rob Ferguson was born December 15, 1946 at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL, to Robert and Barbara Ferguson. After fighting cancer for 30 years, he died on September 28, 2009. Rob was a Missile officer in the United States Air Force. He returned to Dallas where he earned his Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. Rob taught as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas as well as to the American Society of CPA’s. He spent the last twenty years with Euler Hermes ACI. Rob was a member of Trietsch United Methodist Church in Flower Mound. He is survived by his wife Tammie, daughters, Alexandra Ferguson, Paige Ferguson, Amy Ferguson, one son Mason Ferguson and his sister Leslie Ferguson.
Foreman, Roy S., Jr. 1965 HS ~ 08-Mar-2007
Furr, John D. 1965 HS ~ 29-Sep-2006
Giddings, James P. 1965 HS ~ 25-Oct-1969
Goff, Harry D. 1965 HS ~ 11-Dec-2016 69, a Lake Wylie, SC resident and charity supporter, died December 11 at his home from cancer. Mr. Goff had 46-year career in the financial services industry, retiring as Chairman and CEO of Citifinancial Credit Company, a subsidiary of Citigroup. He also served as Chairman of the American Financial Services Association and later as that organization’s Education Foundation chairman. A strong advocate of education, Mr. Goff led the foundation in development of student financial literacy curriculum. In retirement, Mr. Goff, who was a Mason and a Shriner, joined area volunteers in organizing an annual golf tournament and auction at River Hills Country Club to raise money for Shriners Children’s Hospital in Greenville, SC. He was a strong supporter of hospital’s mission and the thousands of children they help. Born in Montrose, CO, and raised in Cheyenne, WY, Mr. Goff’s father, Raymond Goff, mother, Helen Schneider Goff and brother, Gary Beasley preceded him in death. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and earned a degree from California Western University. He also served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War. Mr. Goff is survived by his wife of 17 years, Ellen O. Goff; his son from a previous marriage, Harry R. Goff, and his wife, Christine, and their daughters Sierra and Madeline; his sister, Mary Bogart, and her husband, Richard; and a niece and three nephews.
Goode, Dale W. 1965 JC ~ 26-Nov-2018, 74, beloved husband and father, was called to his eternal resting place on November 26, 2018. He entered this world on February 4, 1944 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Roswell, NM. Born to and preceded in death by Warren and Maxine Goode. Additionally, he was preceded in death by his older brother Billy Warren Goode. He is survived by his wife Betty Faye Goode, his two children Jerry Goode and Deborah Trujillo; son-in-law Gabriel Trujillo; sister-in-law Frances Goode; nephew Bobby Goode and niece Patty Goode. He was blessed with 4 grandchildren, Chantelle Trujillo, Casaundra Torres and her husband Luis Daniel Torres, Kyla Satterfield, and Nathaniel Trujillo. Dale graduated from Roswell High School in 1963 then attended one year of college at New Mexico Military Institute in 1964. Dale lived his life as a hardworking, self-employed entrepreneur that was known as “Pops” by those who had the pleasure of working alongside him. He passionately shared his work ethic with his children and grandchildren. According to Dale’s legend, he readily shared, “I struck my first welding arc at age 4.” In 1954 at the age of 10, he launched his career as a one pony, ice cream vendor. A few years later, he expanded his operations, as he operated his own hamburger place that charged 10 cents a burger and he remains famous for his hamburgers today. Dale had the opportunity to enter the family business, which is one of the oldest businesses in Roswell, Goode™s Welding on McGaffey Street. With his father’s blessing, he ventured out as an independent portable welder in 1979. You could also find him enjoying another hobby as an accomplished scuba diver at Bottomless Lakes. In 1991, he expanded his portable welding business into welding and construction, Goode™s Construction, Inc. until 2012. Most recently he enjoyed tinkering with various projects, attending auctions and strolling through New Mexico and Texas Pawn Shops, Northern Tools and Harbor Freight, where he could always spot a great deal, but he wasn’t opposed to perusing through Craigslist on his iPad.
Goodman, Johnny M. 1965 HS ~ 03-Aug-2002
Griffin, Jr., Robert M. 1965 HS ~ 20-Dec-2018 died Thursday, December 20, 2018 in Tyler, TX. He was born May 25, 1946 in Corsicana, TX, to Mills and Rachel Griffin. Bob was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Bob attended New Mexico Military Institute and was a 1964 graduate of Kilgore High School. He a 1966 graduate of Kilgore College. Mr. Griffin attended East Texas State University in Commerce before he began his entrepreneurial life. He owned and operated Griffin Pipeline Company of Louisiana before he purchased his ranch in Gregg County. Bob was a cattle rancher and land owner. He was an avid hunter and had many friends. Mr. Griffin is survived by two children Garrett Griffin of Kilgore, Rainy Griffin of Seattle, WA; a grandson, Benjamin James ‘B. J.’ Griffin, a brother, Mike Griffin of Dallas, two nieces, his 13 year old Chihuahua named Honey, and a host of friends. Bobs family would like to express their appreciation to Amanda Hight and Drew Crawford for their loyal friendship.
Grigg, Kenton M. 1965 JC ~ 12-Aug-2008, 63, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at the Emporia Rehabilitation Center with Hand in Hand Hospice in Emporia. He was born Aug. 4, 1945, in Abilene, to Mason K. and Leola Hoffman Grigg. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, Fort Hays State University and Kansas State University. A resident of Emporia since 2005, moving from Spring Hill, Mr. Grigg served for 30 years as owner/agent for KG Insurance Co. in Tribune, Liberal, Ottawa and Olathe. He was a member of the Kansas Insurance Commission in Topeka and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and was a past president of the Rotary Club in Olathe. Survivors include a son, Todd Grigg of Lawrence; a daughter, Jill Riley of Emporia; three grandchildren; a brother, Steven Grigg of Ulysses; a sister, Gynile Grigg of Tribune; and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Haggar, LTC Michael J., USA (Ret) 1963 HS-1965 JC ~ 22-Jun-2006
Hall, John V. 1965 HS ~ 22-Mar-2002
Harrell, Jon R. 1965 JC
Hash, Jimmie C. 1965 JC ~ 04-Sep-2003
Haugen, Robert E. 1964 HS-1965 JC ~ 05-Feb-2002
Healey, LTC Michael G., USA (Ret) 1965 JC ~ 29-Aug-2013 passed away in the loving arms of his family at Sitter and Barfoot Veteran’s Care Center in Richmond, VA on Thursday, August 29th. Michael was born March 27, 1945, in Flint, MI. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he served as Vice President of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He subsequently earned a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Florida Institute of Technology. Michael was a career Army officer and decorated combat veteran. He served with distinction and valor with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Republic of Viet Nam, where he received a Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars, and a Bronze Star with Valor. In 2009, his unit (Alpha Troop) was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation by President Barack Obama in delayed recognition of their conspicuous honor and valor. Further postings took him to Starkville, MS, Orlando, FL, West Germany (two tours), and a final assignment at Ft. Monroe VA, where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service. He was a talented, multisport athlete who went to college on a swimming scholarship, loved basketball and skiing, and continued to run races into his fifties. He loved boating and traveling, and had a special compassion for animals. Most of all, he loved his family, and was loved just as much in return. His warmth and humor will be missed by family and friends alike. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Col. John Healey, and mothers Mary Healey and Mary Boothe Healey. Surviving him are his loving and devoted wife of 31 years, Patricia Healey; son Tori Hoehler and wife I-Zu of Mountain View, CA, daughter Kirsten Karns and husband Chris of Montgomery, AL, daughter Heather Durden and husband Brian of Daphne, AL; grandsons Alex Karns, Ryan Hoehler and Bryce Karns, sister Sharon Healey Bartholomew and husband Bart of Valley Center CA, nephew Tres Gorman and wife Melinda of Temecula, CA and loving aunts and cousins.
Hill, Robert L., Jr. 1965 HS ~ 22-Jul-2004
Horn, Paul B., Jr. 1965 JC ~ 17-Aug-1974
Hoy, Raymond A. 1965 HS ~ 07-May-2013
Hunt, Alan R. 1965 JC
Johnson, Jesse B. III 1965 HS ~ 04-Mar-2014 Dr. Jesse Brealand Johnson, III, (Skip) was born March 28, 1947 and completed this life’s journey on the afternoon of March 4, 2014. Skip was proud to be a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He completed his Undergraduate, Graduate and M.D. training at the University of Texas in 1976. He then went on to complete his OB-GYN Residency at Scott & White Texas A&M University in 1980 and received Fellowship in The American College of OB-GYN in 1984. He continued in private practice as an OB-GYN in Georgetown and Round Rock from 1980 to 2011 and delivered between 7500-8000 babies. He was a member of TMA, Williamson County Medical Society, Texas Association of OB-GYN and American College of OB-GYN. He is survived by his wife Marsha Stamper Johnson, his children: Andrea Holder Smithheart (Lee Smithheart), Jesse B. Johnson, IV, “Jess” (Cay Garcia), and Molly Johnson Smith (Justin Smith), his much loved grandchildren: Madeline Scott “Sydney,” Aurelia Johnson, Frank Johnson, and Tucker Smith, his siblings: Raymond Harris, Lulu Johnson, George Johnson (Linda), and Ed Johnson (Nancy), his sister-in-law Kathey Johnson and an ever growing number of nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother Gordon Johnson and his parents Dr. Jesse B. Johnson, Jr., “B” and Melba Harding Johnson “Pete”.
Johnson, CPT Ronald J., NMMI 1965 HS ~ 07-Dec-2014
Jordon, Wayne A. 1965 HS ~ 05-Apr-2011 husband, father, son, attorney and swim coach extraordinaire, 63, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011. He was born Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1947, in Warrington, VA, to Herbert K. And Patricia Ann (Bowman) Jordon. Survivors include his wife, Sandra A. Grisham; his children Addie B. Jordon and Max K. Jordon; his parents Hebert K. And Patricia A. Jordon; his aunts and uncles Charlotte Hulvey, Calvin Jordan, Dewey Jordan, Allen Jordon, Peggy Zirkle and Gordon Bowman; his in-laws Michael and Carol Grisham, Tom and Deborah Grisham, Debra Grisham, and Michelle Lujan Grisham; and his nieces and nephews Sarah Grisham, Jeremy Grisham, Elizabeth Roybal, Jennifer Perret, Suzi Stark, Jason Niver, John Grisham, Taylor Grisham, Erin Grisham and Albert T. H. B.
Laut, Lawrence D. 1965 JC ~ 14-Jul-2013 He was born on Aug. 1, 1945, in West Lafayette, OH, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Potts) Laut. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Larry retired in 2009 from O-I Brockway in Lapel after 37 years of employment. He was an avid New York Yankees and Michigan Wolverines football fan. He also enjoyed NASCAR. He is survived by two sons, Timothy (wife, Lisa Stewart) Laut of Anderson and Todd Laut of Houston, TX; three grandchildren, Carly Mahoney of Anderson, A.J. (wife, Melanie) Varner of Pensacola, Fla., and Jordan Brackett of Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 39 years, Meredith Ann (Wanner) Laut; and one brother, Thomas Laut.
Lee, Ralph D. “David” 1962 HS-1965 JC ~ 14-Feb-2018
Lee, William P. 1965 HS
Ligino, Michael D. 1965 JC
Love, James W. 1963 HS-1965 JC
MacGillivray, F. Scott 1965 HS ~ 27-Sep-2018
Madison, Robert Z. 1965 HS
Malone, Michael J. 1965 JC ~ 15-Aug-2016 Michael James Malone was born in Pasadena, CA to Jim and Mauree Malone. Mike’s love affair with Alaska began in 1971 while attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mike started serving his country in 1965 with the California National Guard and transitioned to the Alaska National Guard serving in positions of increasing responsibility attaining the rank of Command Sergeant Major. Upon retiring he continued to serve his country as a contractor helping start up the National Missile Defense System. Mike began his lifelong passion of fly-fishing as a child with his family in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For Mike it was always about the journey in search of “the big one.” Mike was a past president of the Alaska Fly Fishers, Federation of Fly Fishers Casting Instructor, Project Healing Waters Volunteer, Court Appointed Special Advocate, and Member of the ELKS. Quoting from a River Runs Through It, “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” Michael is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mariann Malone of Wasilla, Alaska; son, Patrick and his wife Jeralee of Anchorage, AK; son Timothy and his wife Karly of Cloquet, MN; and his five grandchildren, Aurora, Aribella, Ian, Sean, and Norman. Brother Greg Malone and wife Laura, nephew Morgan his aunt Mrs. Betty Ann Gantz and numerous cousins of California.
Martin, Dr. Carter W. 1965 JC
Mason, Royal S. 1965 HS
McCutchen, Frank Q. 1965 HS ~ 01-Mar-2013
Melson, James M. 1965 JC (June 27, 1945 – September 27, 2018) James Melvin Melson, 73, was born June 27, 1945, in Roswell, NM, and passed away September 27, 2018, in Plano, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents Ruby Olivia Melson and William Arthur Melson. He is survived by his brother Bill Melson and wife Marise of San Antonio, TX, nephew Michael Melson and wife Lia Trevino of Austin, TX, and niece Amanda Melson and husband Robert Powers of Brooklyn, NY. Jim attended New Mexico Military Institute and University of New Mexico, and played football at both. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a double major in accounting and computer science. Jim excelled in athletics with an emphasis on football which he played from Junior High School through college. He had an exciting, successful and rewarding career in the computer business with his most recent stints in military applications. His family and friends will dearly miss his warmth, good humor and Texas-sized laugh.
Morris, Gary D. 1963 HS-1965 JC
Mortsakis, John N. 1965 JC ~ 09-Aug-2019, age 73, passed away on August 9, 2019. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his daughter Yasmine, his son Dimitri, his two grandchildren Costa and Khloe, his adored dog Copper, his brother Spiro and wife Callie and their children and grandchildren, his sister-in-law Pattie, brother-in-law Steve, and many godchildren. John and Kathy shared 35 years of marriage together during which they created a loving and beautiful home and family. His loyalty to his family and friends, and theirs to his, was undeniable. He found joy in entertaining, especially the famous 4th of July parties in Southampton. John was always there to help his family and friends and was deeply committed to ensuring their happiness. He was a friend, a carpenter, a doctor, a “Johnny-on-the spot” to any and every person in his life. Everyone who met him gravitated to his amazing and unique sense of humour. John was born in New York City to Nicholas and Alexandra. He attended Brooklyn Tech High School where he was a star football player. He was honored this year by being inducted into the Brooklyn Tech Football Hall of Fame. Upon graduating, he was accepted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. He deferred his acceptance for a year, as he was too young to attend, and went to the New Mexico Military Institute. John was honored to be a Midshipman at the U.S Naval Academy and then serve his country as a Lieutenant on nuclear submarines in the United States Navy upon graduating from the Naval Academy. John went on to work at National Shipping and Trading Company, where he worked for 26 years as VP of Operations. He enjoyed volunteering his time and talents at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons. He would proudly help chop pounds of onions and peel potatoes for the annual Greek Festival at the church. He also enjoyed organizing the candles on Sundays and was an integral member of the church community, in which he developed many close friendships. John will leave a void in the lives of many and will deeply missed.
Mullikin, Michael I. 1965 HS
Nail, Phillip W. 1965 HS ~ 01-Aug-1977
Napier, Patrick E. 1965 JC ~ 12-Aug-2007 62, electronics assembler, of Georgetown died Sunday, August 12, 20074. Survived by wife Susie.
Nelson, Douglas T., Jr. 1963 HS-1965 JC ~ 03-Apr-2015
Palmer, Harold B. “Skip” 1965 JC ~ 30-Aug-2017 Everyone leaves footprints on the world and, while they’re important, a few deepen and broaden, becoming highways for the rest of us. Those are people like Skip Palmer, who passed on August 31, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. 5’6″ of perennially fit and clear-eyed energy, Skip entered rooms and lives in the same way-with a purposeful stride, a sense of mission and a smile so genuine that it simultaneously disarmed and inspired you. Because he was able to see people clearly, he always operated on two levels. On one, you might be an adversary or an ally, a challenger or a friend but always on the other, Skip saw that really we’re all a single reflection of something big and magical that can be sensed if not completely understood and there is not a person who met Skip who will ever forget him. Harold Barr Palmer, II, became “Skip” pretty early in life and that single syllable became not just a name but a human brand for extraordinary experiences, and almost endless kinds of fun. Skip lived with an integrity that supported his full expression of life as a trusted commander for U.S. soldiers on the battlefield in Viet Nam with the Blackhorse regiment, regimental commander at New Mexico Military Institute, a beloved leader for cast-members on Disneyland’s Main Street USA, trustee emeritus with the Command and General Staff College Board, and a valued partner and mentor for his worldwide team of professional colleagues. Skip spent his life gathering people and he delighted in making connections between them all for the greater purpose of engaging, entertaining and enlightening millions around the world with everything from sparkling fantasies to potent centers of military readiness. Skip had bad days and tough times because everyone does-maybe more than his share because he was a guy who cared deeply. But, Skip had both a natural talent and a honed skill that enabled him to see past an obstacle to a beneficial, even a brilliant outcome and simply reverse engineer a solution, without a second thought and with tremendous energy and good will. Whether you knew Skip as Son, Brother, Captain, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Friend, Boss, Colleague or for so many. . . .”Mate”, you were incomparably lucky and you’re still blessed. Everyone “passes” but the great ones don’t ever go “away”! Heartfelt thanks to Bob Allen who composed this loving tribute. Services and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
Powell, Kenneth M. 1965 HS ~ 02-Mar-2012 66, of Scottsdale passed away on March 02, 2012. Kenny died peacefully in his sleep.
Riddle, Robert W. 1965 HS ~ 14-May-1998
Ridgway, Joseph J. 1965 HS ~ 01-Nov-1979
Riley, Michael O. 1965 HS
Rockwell, Paul A. 1965 HS ~ 28-Jul-2005
Roney, Dr. Donald F. 1965 JC
Rose, Frank B. 1963 HS-1965 JC ~ 13-Jan-2018 was born in El Paso, TX, on April 30, 1944, to the late Betsy and U.M. Rose. He died at his home in Hobbs on January 13, 2018. Frank was a resident of Hobbs since 1946. Frank graduated from NMMI and UNM with a BBA. After UNM he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. He served as an instructor at Fort Lee in Virginia and was promoted there to 1st Lieutenant in the Vietnam era. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he became Captain, until 1978. Frank earned his NM Electrical Contractor’s license and was employed by K & S Electric for over 30 years. In the past, he was active in the Hobbs Jaycees and the Hobbs Community Players. He also did lighting for the Southwest Symphony and Miss New Mexico, pageants. Frank was a former Deacon at First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Chancel Choir. He is survived by his fiancée Marilyn Metcalfe, the love of his life for 24 years and their dog, Honey Rose. Frank is also survived by his beloved cousin, Catherine Scriven and husband, Henry and their son, Joel, and his family of Bangkok, Thailand and the Scriven’s daughter Anna Pienaar and her family of Washington, DC.
Ruff, Dr. Dennis K., Ph.D. 1965 HS
Runge, Eric 1965 HS
Sanders, Charles I. 1965 JC ~ 22-Feb-1999
Sanders, Richard N. 1965 JC ~ 28-Apr-2020 age 75, of Granbury, TX, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Richard was born March 11,1945, in Connersville, IN. On August 29, 1970 he married his wife of nearly 50 years, Deborah. Together they welcomed son Eli in 1976, and daughter Emily in 1978. Richard is survived by wife Deborah, son Eli and daughter in law Heather, daughter Emily, granddaughter Autumn, grandson Riley, grandson Zackary & wife Danielle with great-grandson Emerson. He is preceded in death by parents Joseph & Geneva Sanders, sister Nancy & brother in law Jimmy Mitchell, nephew Ricky Mitchell, and lifelong best friend John McManus, Jr. As a student of life his extensive education includes: Admiral Farragut Academy, St Petersburg, FL, New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas BS Class of 1970, Oklahoma City University, OKC, OK MS Class of 1974, El Reno Jr College, El Reno, OK AA Class of 1978, Midland College, Midland TX, FAA A&P Class of 2009. Richard retired from the US Army as MSG-E-8 in December 1991 and as a Correctional Counselor from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1996. Richard served in the US Peace Corps in Colombia from 1966-1969, Belize 2003, and Guatemala in 2006. He was a member of the Greater Big Spring, TX Rotary Club until he and Debbie retired to Granbury, TX, where he joined the Stephenville Rotary Club. As a Rotarian he was recognized multiple times as a Paul Harris Fellow and actively wrote and pursued grants to better enable the club to provide scholarships to students and participate in relief efforts where needed. Richard worked closely in securing and transporting vital medical supplies to Mexico Medical Missions in Samachique Chihuahua, Mexico and with Project C.U.R.E. Richard enjoyed new challenges and held many positions and titles throughout his life including soldier, truck driver, correctional worker, grant writer, helicopter mechanic, missionary facilitator, Rotarian, son, brother, husband, father, uncle, friend, and Christian in training
Sankey, MAJ Charles D., USA (Ret) 1965 JC ~ 25-Jan-2018 (December 24, 1944 January 25, 2018) Chuck Sankey, of Hutchinson, a soldier’s soldier, dies at 73. Every generation has its heroes and Chuck Sankey was a genuine war hero of his generation. He died a quiet and dignified death Jan. 25, 2018, in Wichita, from the lingering effects of Agent Orange and serious wounds he received nearly 50 years ago. He was 73. As a young Army infantry officer, Chuck distinguished himself during the Vietnam War, winning a Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action, a Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat, an Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement, and a Purple Heart for extensive wounds received in April 1969. In the most-serious action that nearly cost him his life, Chuck was helping lead a company of Vietnamese soldiers near a suspected enemy position when they were struck by a large, command-detonated mine, followed by intense rocket, automatic weapons and small arms fire. Within 20 minutes, 90 percent of the Vietnamese forward element became casualties. Despite his own wounds, Chuck remained in an exposed position, directing return fire, medevacs and ammunition resupply. He refused to be evacuated until the firefight ended and all other casualties were evacuated. According to Chuck’s Silver Star commendation, his valiant actions inspired the Vietnamese soldiers to fight against overwhelming odds. A decade later, Chuck had another near-fatal war zone experience while serving with United Nations’ peacekeepers in southern Lebanon, trying to keep hostile Israeli, Syrian and Lebanese troops at bay. Chuck and his fellow U.N. peacekeepers were caught in a heavy Israeli artillery barrage. A soldier’s soldier, Chuck earned the nickname Captain America among his peers because of his straight-arrow nature, fighting spirit, superb physical condition, leadership skills, esprit de corps, and commanding presence. His Army experience also included several teaching assignments, including training African-nation leaders in command and control; training Air Force F-16 pilots in air-ground operations, and instructing military science students at the University of Colorado. He spent four years on the staff of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as a regimental executive and company tactical officer, commanding a company of 110 West Point cadets, serving as their principal adviser, counselor and instructor. The high point of his time at West Point was heading a prototype unit for the introduction of women into the cadet corps, while the low point was dealing with a major academic cheating scandal. His worst peacetime assignment was commanding troops of the 82nd Airborne Division who helped quell the 1971 May Day anti-Vietnam War riots and protests in Washington, DC. Chuck came to resent the mass arrests that violated citizens’ civil rights. Chuck’s interest in pursuing a military career developed while he was a student at Central High School in Phoenix. He was class president his freshman and sophomore years, and student body president his senior year, as well as homecoming king. Following graduation, he attended New Mexico Military Institute, where he earned an associate’s degree. From there he went to Arizona State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in management and was the student commander of the ASU ROTC. While in the Army, he earned a Master of Science degree in human resources from San Diego State University, and was a distinguished graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College. Chuck was an Airborne Ranger and avid skydiver, making more than 300 logged, freefall and recreational jumps. He also was an amazing parent who always put his children first. His fatherly perseverance, support and love made him a hero to his children and grandson. He will be missed beyond measure by his entire family. Following his retirement from the Army in 1988, Chuck joined a high-tech firm in Atlanta before deciding to pursue an advanced degree in education. He returned to the classrooms at Arizona State to earn his Doctorate of Education. That degree was followed by years of teaching, counseling at-risk high school students, and developing innovative educational tools and techniques. After moving to Hutchinson a dozen years ago, he tutored at Avenue, an Elementary School, worked for his church, cruised extensively with his wife, dabbled in stain-glass making and carpentry, and became a Tea Party activist. In his later years, he was a frequent contributor to the Letters section of the Hutchinson News. Chuck dealt with clinically diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder for more than 35 years. He talked about it publicly and wrote about his own experience, urging families of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to watch for specific signs and providing them with a list of actions to take. Chuck is survived by: his wife, Elma Hunsinger of Hutchinson; daughter, Gaylan (Christina) of Weehawken, NJ; son, David of Scottsdale, AZ; brother, Bruce of Oklahoma City; grandson, Eli of Weehawken; and nephew, Tim (Xiomara) of Spring Branch, TX. He was born Dec. 24, 1944, in Akron, OH; he spent his formative years in Kingman, KS, and was the son of the late Kenneth B. and Jeanette P. Sankey of Phoenix.
Schwarz, Rosser E. 1965 HS ~ 03-Apr-2005
Sikes, James C. 1965 HS ~ 16-Jul-1997
Setterlund, Samuel L. 1965 HS ~ 29-Aug-2020 Samuel Leonard Setterlund March 05, 1947 August 29, 2020 Memorial Donation Samuel Leonard Setterlund was born to Robert and Annadele Setterlund on March 15, 1947 and he went to his heavenly reward on August 29, 2020. Sam grew up in Artesia, NM, attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM and graduated with honors Best Cadet, Dean’s List. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, graduated Cum Laude from Trinity University in San Antonio, TXand received his ROTC Commission to 2nd Lieutenant. Sam served in the United States Army, attached to the Adjutant General’s office and it was there he received his Commission to 1st Lieutenant. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a Master of Arts in English Literature and earned his Ph. D in Humanities from The University of Texas at Dallas. His professional teaching assignments included The University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University and Collin College. Sam was a formidable opponent in racquet ball and tennis and greatly enjoyed driving fast cars, yet he was humble, gentle and a kind man who loved the Lord with all his heart. He was a good man with quiet strength and a steady presence. Thank you, Lord for giving Sam a glorified body free from pain and suffering. Sam is survived by his loving and devoted wife Eileen. He will be buried at The Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, TX, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, you may honor Sam with a donation to Cornerstone Family Church, 1784 Firman Avenue, Richardson, TX, 75081, where he was a member and Deacon.
Southerland, Edward Michael 1965 JC ~ 15-Jul-2020 Edward Michael Southerland January 07, 1945 July 15, 2020 While the term “Renaissance Man” is often overused, Edward Michael Southerland came close if not having fully achieved such a recognition among his many friends. Edward Southerland, known to family members and close friends as Mike but addressed as Edward by those who followed his writings in various local publications over the past 18 years, left this world behind shortly before midnight July 15, 2020, after a brief illness under hospice care at Texoma Medical Center. He was a classic example of the oldest son following his father’s profession. His dad was a prominent attorney in Fannin County, and Edward practiced law in Atlanta, GA, but never in Texas. Even during his lawyer years, he rightfully felt he was more suited to artistic endeavors, literary and visual. His first job as a youngster was delivering newspapers in downtown Bonham. Throughout his life he plunged into many trades and hobbies, including years of working for the railroad, writing and producing films for television in Atlanta, serving as a feature writer/columnist/editor for multiple sources, authoring a book, performing as a professional storyteller and sharing his love for food as an amateur chef. He spent his last 18-plus years in Grayson County involved with various organizations and interests, from the Red River Storytelling Outfit, Denison Arts Council and Ghost Town Arts Collective to personal appearances for the Sherman Museum, Grayson County Historical Association and Frontier Village in Denison. There were many more. He worked more than 10 years, over two terms, for the Herald Democrat newspaper, as a popular columnist, feature writer and food critic. He was the first and only editor of Texoma Living Magazine and served there throughout its publication. He also contributed stories to other sources, including North Texas E-News and The Trenton Tribune. Edward’s reputation as a culinary expert was recognized from Georgia to Texas. He not only wrote food columns for multiple platforms, he would dedicate trips to finding new and unusual restaurants and cafes, where he relished adventures in eating. He developed several food items that were sold at local convenience stores. He was a collector of fountain pens, and could tell any listener the history of that writing instrument and its development over the years. He made multiple trips to Dallas for pen shows and meetings with other aficionados. He also fabricated his own book shelves, taking great pride in their appearance and sturdiness. Following his father’s lead in still another way, he held a great interest throughout his life to history and government, from England to America, and was well-versed on the wars and important events in which those nations were involved. He never lost his penchant for reading historical accounts, both fiction and non-fiction, and he was fascinated by novels concerning the court system. His reading habits also included all things to do with the motion picture industry, especially books about the era known as The Golden Years of Hollywood, from the 1930s to the late 1950s. He began producing films during his college years at the University of Texas in Austin. Among his most inventive works at UT was a short called “The Door,” in which a door, located in the middle of nowhere and leading to nowhere, was entered from both, with people involved disappearing and later reappearing. His collegiate theatrical interest carried over to his time in Atlanta where he wrote, produced and directed episodes that aired on public access television in the city. Several years after moving back to Texas, in 2011, he was part of a quartet of folks that grew to become known as The Movie Group. From an original foursome, the group grew to 16 in number before the current Pandemic temporarily shut it down in March. Meeting monthly to dine and then watch movies from every genre, Edward shared his vast knowledge of film with members from college to retirement age. In 2015 and over a two-year period, he served as a judge for the Interurban Film Festival in Sherman which drew entries from around the nation. After returning to Texas he also published his book of short stories, “Tall Cotton,” subtitled “The Cotton County Chronicles.” Many of the stories were those he had written for his storytelling sessions. Edward Michael Southerland was born Jan. 7, 1945, in Oak Ridge, TN, where his father was serving in the U.S. Army as part of the unit working on the development of the atomic bomb. His parents were Edward Southerland, a native of Trenton in Fannin County, and Jean LaRoe Southerland, a native of nearby Leonard. Following his father’s tour of duty and completion of work on The Manhattan Project, the family settled in Bonham. Edward in 1963 graduated from Bonham High School, where he took part in both athletics (football) and drama. After graduation, he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, for a year before fulfilling an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. But he left his heart in Texas, and after a short stay at the Naval Academy, he transferred to the University of Texas at Austin. He was an avid sports fan and a follower of Southwest Conference football for many years before the league disbanded. His interest in the Dallas Cowboys dated back to the early days of the franchise when the family would attend games in the Cotton Bowl. As a young man, when not attending college, he worked for the Frisco Railroad, traveling the nation and absorbing much of the culture that would influence both his writing and his lifestyle. He eventually landed in Atlanta, Ga., where he practiced law and resided for most of his young adulthood. He returned to Texas in 2001 and spent the remainder of his years as a resident of Sherman. He is survived by his two brothers, Bruce Southerland and Steve Southerland, both of Sherman; nieces, Christi Southerland of McKinney and Cassi Richardson, her husband Todd and their children Grant and Payton of Cumming, GA; and cousins Jim Wilson and family of Pottsboro, Martha Hanson and family of Houston and Janie Cook and family of Austin.
Stringham, Whitney W. 1965 HS ~ 12-Oct-2006 age 61, died October 12, 2006 in Richfield, UT. He was born August 3, 1945 in Richfield, UT, a son of Wells W. and Virginia Poulson Stringham. He was raised in Richfield, and attended Wasatch Academy. Whit lived in California for many years. He moved to Glenwood 10 years ago. Whit loved to travel and he traveled extensively with his dogs to Texas, Oregon and Mexico. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Jo Blalock of Santa Barbara, CA, and Sally Diavatis of San Francisco, CA.
Suber, SFC Randolph B., USA 1965 HS ~ 30-Oct-1978 – Vietnam-Killed in action – missing in action in Laos. Declared dead 30 October 1978.
Taylor, Lester K. 1965 JC ~ 21-May-2006
Thede, Peter J., II 1965 HS
Thompson, Charles M., Jr. 1963 HS-1965 JC ~ 07-Dec-1987
Tinus, William W. 1965 HS ~ 20-Feb-2019 William, (as he preferred to be called), was a very special person who marched to the beat of a very different drum. He was a distinguished Veteran, an inquisitive spirit, and a stalwart friend. His time in the U.S. Navy solidified his love for machines and design. After serving as a Machinist Mate and being honorably discharged, he continued his lifelong quest for the knowledge of how the mechanical world around him functioned. His deep interest and professional insight into Astronomy led him to build several telescopes that displayed a mechanical perfection seldom seen outside the professional realm. He was fascinated by the universal world that existed beyond the comparatively tiny planet we call Earth and spent many hours viewing and exploring the beauty and wonder that lay beyond our human limits. Later in life, he joined the prestigious group at McMurdo Station in Antarctica as Senior Machinist, providing technical and mechanical support to the worldwide team of research scientists dedicated to global understanding through unified research. This was both an honor and an opportunity to contribute to something bigger than one man.
William loved cars, cats, astronomy, and reading. He knew about classic and vintage automobiles as well as late model exotic sports cars. Cats seemed to gravitate to him no matter where he was, they just seemed to find him. His knowledge of our galaxy and beyond was always amazing. When talking to a friend about the constellations, specifically Orion, he simply recited the names of the 3 stars that make up the belt of Orion. His thirst for knowledge, of course, fueled his love for reading. William in many respects was a loner. He chose his friends carefully and committed to them fully. To those, he chose to love he was generous, kind, protecting and sincere. The times sharing coffee and conversation with friends at local coffee shops were some of his best memories. He was a simple man in the way he lived, he was a complex man in the way he thought, and he was a good man in the genuine caring he showed to those who knew him. So for the chosen few of us who were aware of his trials, for those of us that shared his walk through life, and for those of us who felt the love of a man of many mysteries & talents…we say Goodbye…and leave you William at peace… in the hands of Our Lord.
Tucker, Robert L. 1965 HS ~ 13-Sep-2002, 55, of Olathe, KS, passed away September 13, 2002, at 8:10 a.m. as a result of a battle with colon cancer. Robert was born in Salt Lake City, UT on the 22nd day of April 1947. His parents are Vick Saddler Tucker of Tishamingo, OK, and Robbie Lee McCrory of Ardmore, OK. Robbie and Vick were married in Ardmore, OK. Robert is the youngest of three children: Yvonne (Mount) and James B. Tucker. Robert was raised in Durango, CO. He graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute located in Roswell, NM, in 1965. Later in 1965 he entered the U.S. Army Infantry. In January 1967 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and ultimately rose to the rank of Captain. In January 1968 during the “Tet offensive” he served as the platoon leader in the 3rd Battalion 60th Infantry, E Company, 3rd Platoon, 9th Infantry Division (Riverine Force). During this time he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, two Army Commendation Medals (1 for Valor in action), the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Presidential Unit Citation. In 1971 he became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Upon leaving the service in 1972 he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, where he met and was sealed to his wife, Marilyn Joan Johnson of Cherry Hill, NJ. Marilyn and Bob are the proud parents of Jessica, Joshua, Jennifer and Janell. Jessica is married to Billy Ray Bruce and they have three children (Tucker, Billy, Jr., and Cassidy). They live in Olathe, KS. Joshua is 24 and is living in Overland Park. Jennifer is 21 and living in Las Vegas. Janell is 17 and lives at home in Olathe. After college in 1975, Bob worked in the computer industry and enjoyed his colleagues at DST Systems where he was the Chief Technology Officer. He loved the Boy Scouts of America and what it provided for young men. But especially he enjoyed servicing within the LDS Church. For it was here that they learned how families can be together forever and worked together to that end. Indeed he looks forward to the reunion to come.
Warfle, Thomas M. 1965 HS ~ 25-Oct-2016, 70, of Mt. Pleasant passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Woodland Hospice House. A Funeral Mass for Thomas will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, October 31, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Don Henkes as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery immediately following. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Hospice. Envelopes are available at Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home. Tom was born May 18, 1946, in Lansing, MI, son of Elwyn J. and Josephine Ruth (Mitoska) Warfle. He was an avid outdoorsman, arborist, naturalist, and trout fisherman. He received his undergraduate degree from MSU in Geology and his Masters of Science in Astrophysics from CMU. Tom’s special gift was his ability to create fun in his everyday environment. He was a memorable individual who lived in the moment, whether it be dancing at a wedding or appreciating the beauty of flowers or a clear woodland trout stream. His family will miss him and the north woods of Michigan are a better place for having held his gaze and for launching his sojourns. Tom is survived by his loving son, Matthew Scott Warfle of Mt. Pleasant; parents, Elwyn (Col. USAF, Retired) and Josephine Warfle of Alexandria VA; sister, Nancey (Christian) D’Orazio of Alexandria, VA; brother, Patrick (Jane) Warfle of Alexandria, VA; former wife, Mary Luce of Mt. Pleasant; and his loving, caring cousins from across the state.
Watson, Winston L. Jr., 1965 HS ~ 30-May-2020 Winston Lee Watson, resident of Austin, TX, passed away from complications of pneumonia on Saturday, May 30, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Lee was born in Waco, TX, on December 17, 1946, and grew up in Daingerfield, TX, with parents Marion Valentine Baugh Watson and Wm. Marvin Watson, attending Daingerfield Elementary through High School and graduating from New Mexico Military Institute. He then attended the University of Texas, where he pledged Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and graduated with a BA in 1967. Lee was a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honored as the Outstanding Man of his training platoon upon completing boot camp at Parris Island, SC. Lee married Kathryn Wilder Allen in 1974, and moved from Houston, TX to Tulsa, OK, where he worked for MJM Architects and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa. Lee, Kathryn and daughter Meredith “crossed the Red River back to Texas” in 1983 where Lee continued working as a corporate attorney. Lee is survived by his wife, Kathryn, daughter, Meredith Wilder Watson, mother, Marion Baugh Watson, sister, Kimberly Watson Rathmann and husband, R. Craig Rathmann, brother, William Marvin Watson, III, niece Ashley Rathmann, great niece Ellie, and great nephew Rhett. Also, he is survived by nephew, Austin Rathmann, great niece, Harper Lee Rathmann, and nephews Winston Rathmann, as well as sister-in-law, Lorna Allen Sorley and husband, Michael G. Sorley, niece Summer Sorley, and sister-in-law, Suzanne Allen Tomajian, and nieces Renee Hoover and Patricia Saunders. Lee had a generous heart, a great sense of humor, loved his Community Bible Study group, and he will be greatly missed. Many thanks to Linda Leija, CNA, Lee’s dedicated and kind caregiver during the past year.
White, Gary A. 1965 JC ~ 22-Apr-1992
Willis, Randy C. 1965 JC
Willis, William A. 1965 HS ~ 01-Mar-1983
Young, WO Stephen A., USA 1965 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action in a helicopter crash as a result of hostile fire near Tay Ninh on 13 August 1969.
Zipp, Charles J. 1965 JC ~ 24-Nov-2007 age 88, of Roswell, passed away Nov. 24, 2007, at his home. Zipp was born July 14, 1919, in Lafayette, IN, to Rudolph A. (Rudy) Zipp and Ellen K. Koch, who preceded him in death. He was married on Oct. 2, 1943, to Betty L. Jarrell of Roswell. They were married for 51 years until she preceded him in death. Zipp is survived by a son Joe Zipp and a daughter Becki Zipp both of Platteville, CO; a grandson Chad Zipp; a granddaughter Calyn Ogie; a great-granddaughter Lanae Slater; great-grandsons Brandon Castaneda and Greg Ogie; and great-great-granddaughter Hayli Brannan. Zipp was a veteran of World War II, serving from September 1941 to November 1945, as Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot, gunner, and bombardier. He was assigned to Air Corps Training Command as Chief Instructor. Prior to WWII, he attended Purdue University and graduated from Oklahoma University in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. He then went on to own Zipp’s Prescription Pharmacy in the Plaza Medical Center. Zipp was a member of Air Corps Reserve Officers Association, B24 Liberator Club (RAAF/WAAF), Veterans Association of Roswell, National Rifle Association Task Force, Oklahoma Alumni Association, Fellow of Galen Leadership Association, Fellow of American College of Apothecaries, Oklahoma and New Mexico Pharmaceutical Association, Model A Ford Club of America, Rio Pecos Kennel Club, ACK German Sheppard Club, and the Roswell Humane Society Board of directors and was a charter founder. Zipp was a lover of wildlife.
Aaron, III, John L. 1964 JC ~ 28-Apr-2018
Amundsen, Clifton M. 1964 HS
Anderson, Wesley B. 1962 HS-1964 JC
Barbre, William A. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 11-Mar-2010 Flying is more than a sport and more than a job: flying is pure passion and desire, which fills a lifetime. Bill was born in Jackson, MI, on September 19, 1944 and peacefully passed away March 11, 2010. Survived by his sister, Bonnie and brother, Thom. Bill will be remembered as a brother, companion and friend to all who knew him. Tucson resident with a life long career in Aviation, his experiences and accomplishments over his life would fill a book.
Barnes, Roy A. 1964 HS ~ 01-Jun-2018 of Mesa, AZ, departed for his final adventure on June 1, 2018. Roy was born to Roy Ivan and Sarah Mary, nee Mears on June 19, 1946, in Memphis, TN. The Barnes family eventually settled in Kansas City, MO, where he and his baby brother Richard would wander the forests together and establish a lifelong love affair with the natural world. The affair was briefly interrupted by a stint at New Mexico Military Institute where he played defensive lineman for the school’s championship football team. After graduating with honors from NMMI, Roy attended Colorado State University intending on majoring in Veterinarian Sciences, but ultimately changing his major to Zoology; he quickly realized that he would rather be chasing wild animals in a natural environment than attending to sick domestic pets in an urban one. Roy met his wife Betty Jayne Davis at the CSU dormitory, and the two married in 1967. After his graduation in 1968, he received a full fellowship to Arizona State University, but his studies were interrupted by the Vietnam War. Roy served from 1969-1973 at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ, as an x-ray technician. His son Jeffery Scott and daughter Catherine June were both born in Tucson during his military service in 1971 and 1972 respectively. After leaving the Air Force, Roy received his Masters of Science in Zoology from ASU in 1974. Soon thereafter, he took a full-time job on campus as a lab technician in the Anthropology department. Roy taught Biology at Scottsdale Community College from 1974 until his retirement in 2012. During his tenure, Roy received many accolades and awards for his hands on and enthusiastic approach to teaching. He received SCC’s prestigious “Outstanding Environmental Biologist” award in 1992 and took a full-time professorship in the following year. In 1998, he was recognized as “Outstanding Faculty Member,” and in 2011, he was recognized by the school for the creation of the “Hall of Biodiversity Past.” His greatest passion and accomplishment was helping to envision and secure the funding for the SCC Center for Nature and Urban Wildlife. In addition, Roy taught children and students part-time throughout his life in the Phoenix Zoo education program and at SCC. His fantasy novel, The Children of Fardragon, published in 2015, chronicles his love of nature in a fantastical world of dragons and environmental destruction. The “tree dragons” of Fardragon are mythical elaborations of the same “tree dragons” he wrote about for his Masters Thesis at ASU decades earlier: Urosaurus Ornatus, the ornate tree lizard. Roy has passed on his love of nature and biodiversity to his entire family including his grandchildren, Clayton “Alex,” Brittany, Elizabeth “Lily,” Brianna and Zinnelyse “Zinnie”, as well as his many friends and co-workers. Throughout his lifetime, his enthusiasm for life in all of its varied forms has forever changed the views of anyone lucky enough to stumble into the path of his lifelong travels. “The love for all living creatures is the most notable attribute of man.” Charles Darwin.
Bice, Stephen R. 1964 JC ~ 12-Feb-2006
Bilbrey, CPT Edmond D., USA 1964 JC ~ 11-Mar-1971 – Vietnam-Killed in action after shot down flying a helicopter rescue mission on 11 March 1971.
Blalock, Sheldon J. 1964 JC
Blunk, Allen L. 1964 HS
Boyd, William B. 1964 HS ~ 20-Nov-2008 62, died peacefully at home on Thursday, November 20, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Blake was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. He graduated from LSU and worked as an educator and businessman for many years. After receiving his BSN degree in 1988, he worked as a Registered Nurse in Shreveport, Albuquerque and Lake Charles, until he retired in 2006. Blake was passionate about life and sharing what he had and knew with others. He was a talented craftsman and artisan, cowboy and sportsman. He loved hunting, fishing, and scuba diving, and tending to his animals. Blake was a faithful servant of God and a loving family man and friend who will be missed by all he knew. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. V. D. Josephine Boyd of Lafayette; wife, Dr. Susan Webb Boyd, M.D. of Lake Charles; son, Noel Blake Boyd of Lafayette; daughters, Katherine Daigle and husband, Chad, of Lafayette; Lindsay Perry and husband, Nathan of Lafayette; brother, Weldon Dean Boyd and wife, Sue Wickizer, of Cottage Grove, OR; sister, Gail Doran of New Mexico; grandchildren, Evan, Katelyn, and Brooke Daigle, William and Blake Perry; special friends, Ann Messinger and husband, Stan of Lafayette, and dozens of nieces and nephews.
Bradley, Byron H. 1961 HS-1964 JC ~ 07-Nov-1964
Buck, C. Paul 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 30-Apr-2018 age 73, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on April 30, 2018. He was born in Shawnee, OK, on July 12, 1944, to parents Richard and Irene Buck, the second child of six children. Paul graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and went on to graduate from Central State University. Paul’s career revolved around the oil services industry, oil exploration and he owned Stout Trucking Company. He enjoyed watching Drag Races, Horse Races, as well as cheering on the OSU Cowboys every chance they played. Paul loved big boats, sports cars, and treasured riding his Harley Davidson. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Patty Buck. Paul is survived by his son, Michael Paul Buck; daughter, Michele Franey; grandchildren, Conner and Kathryn Franey; along with his siblings, Rick Buck, Pam Holten, Chris Buck, Tony Buck, and Cindy Arnold; and many nieces and nephews.
Bunje, Bruce P. 1964 JC ~ 11-Feb-2012 67, of Colorado Springs took the trip of his lifetime on February 11, 2012. He has now been set free from pancreatic cancer and has been healed completely! Bruce may have lost his battle with cancer but he won the war. His victory was in Jesus! Bruce was the second child born into the loving family of Charles and Eleanor Bunje, who preceded him in death. Bruce was born on November 24, 1944, in Los Angeles, CA. Bruce graduated from Samo High in Santa Monica, CA. He studied Forestry at the University of Montana, then transferred to UCLA and became a Computer Programmer. All through his life, he had a great love for the outdoors and the beauty of God’s creation. Bruce and Patti were married in 1991 in Fullerton, CA. Bruce had a wonderful sense of humor with a hearty laugh! In 1994, Bruce and Patti moved to Colorado Springs. After going on a mission trip in 1997 to a Russian orphanage, with their church, Woodmen Valley Chapel, they adopted 2 children. This completed Bruce’s family, 3 children who he deeply loved! In 2007, Bruce’s dream came true building a cabin in the mountains just outside of Salida, CO. This was Bruce’s heaven on earth. Thanks to the wonderful staff at The Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and fantastic Christians friends around the world who faithfully prayed on Bruce’s behalf! Survivors include his Wife Patti; Daughters Kimberly Bunje and Kaitlin Bunje; Son, Kevin Bunje; Sister Barbara Carter (Bill); Father-in-law Roy Nygren; Brother-in-law Chuck Nygren (Tatiana); Brother-in-law Ron Nygren; Brother-in-law Jeff Nygren; Niece Elizabeth Carter; Nephew Andy Carter (Julie); Nephew David Nygren; Nephew John Nygren (Faith); Nephew Brad Nygren (Amy); Nephew Greg Nygren (Megan); Niece Kristine Rygalski (Paul); Nephew Michael Nygren; 6 Great Nieces and 4 Great Nephews.
Busse, Geoffrey M. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 24-Jul-2007 passed away at the age of 63 on Tuesday, July 24, 2007, in Tucson, AZ, from complications after fighting a terminal disease, myelodysplasia syndromes. Geoff was born in Minneapolis, MN, on June 27, 1944, to Edwin A. And Elizabeth (Morris) Busse. He graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Survivors include a sister, Pamela Busse George and husband, Norman of Tucson, AZ; a brother, William Eddows Busse of Oracle, AZ; cousins, William Robertson and wife Julie of Atlanta, GA; Mary Sue Hartman and husband Edwin of Somerset, NJ; Mahlon Schneider and wife Karen of Austin, MN; Janet Fohr and husband Bruce of Tucson, AZ, and an uncle, Martin Busse and wife Joy of Wyomissing, PA. Geoff worked as a miner for 25 years for the Magma Copper in San Manuel, AZ and later worked for Home Depot. Geoff had deep belief and relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Cain, Jimmie D. 1964 JC ~ 17-Dec-2012 Mr. Cain was born Oct. 27, 1943, in Portland, OR, to Preston and Fairy Cain. His parents died early in his life, and he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Raymond and Lora Mears. He grew up in and graduated from Farwell in 1961. Mr. Cain served in the Army and retired from the Texas National Guard. He married Zell Billingsley on Nov. 16, 1963. She preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 2011. Mr. Cain was the owner of Cowboy Taters of Texas “Tater Wagon.” He worked for Culligan Water, Co. for 17 years and had retired from the Bureau of Mines Helium Plant.
He was a member of M.E.N. of ESA. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Preston, and two sisters, Baby and Alice.
Survivors include a son, Ronnie Cain and wife Briget of Amarillo; a daughter, Cyndi McFarlin and husband Chris of Amarillo; a sister, Georgie “Porgie” Rundell of Clovis, N.M.; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, JoVeta and Benny Darnell; five grandchildren, Mason, Savannah, Ty, Cassie and Shelby; several nieces and nephews; and two dogs, Mini and Sandy.
Caldwell, Douglas E. 1964 HS ~ 29-Jun-2019, age 72, was born on November 30, 1946 in Maryville, MO, and died on June 29, 2019 in Carmichael, CA, after a long illness. He and his three brothers and sister were raised in Davis, CA, by their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Caldwell. Doug graduated from Davis High School in 1964 and, at that time, turned his love of golf into a profession and lifelong interest. He began his professional career at El Macero Country Club and was a popular and respected golf instructor at golf courses including Bing Maloney in Sacramento and Yolo Fliers Club in Woodland. He was hired as Assistant Director of Golf at Kapalua Golf Resort, Maui, HI, and was there for 13 years. When he returned to California he worked for TCC Properties until he retired. He continued to play golf competitively, winning several NorCal PGA events. Doug is survived by his wife of almost 25 years, Mary Caldwell, four siblings and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Marie Caldwell.
Campbell, Douglas S. 1964 HS ~ 26-Jun-2014
Carter, Murry A. 1964 JC
Childress, Floyd, II 1964 JC
Clark, Joe S. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 29-Oct-2005
Clifford, 1LT William H., USA 1964 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action 24 October 1970.
Coburn, George H. 1964 JC ~ 04-Jul-2008 (June 4, 1944 – July 4, 2008) Mr. Coburn, age 64, was born in Denver to Howard and Clementine (Peden) Coburn and was raised on the family farm in Fort Lupton. He graduated from Fort Lupton High School, attended the New Mexico Military Institute for two years and then graduated from the University of Colorado. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Fay Prochaska, whom he later divorced. He then married his “best friend” Carol Stahl Shultis, on April 6, 1985, in Longmont. Mr. Coburn enjoyed a wonderful life in Colorado, living in Boulder and moving to Longmont in 1981. He began his career with IBM as a manufacturing chemical engineer in August 1967, retired in May 2004 and continued on as a contract employee with IBM. Mr. and Mrs. Coburn spent many years boating and skiing, and his love of the water evolved into volunteering for the EXPAND water-ski program for the handicapped. George was a partner in the water-ski school at Boulder Reservoir as well. He was a new member of American Legion Post 32 in Longmont. He helped establish the Yellowstone Recreation Association, where he was an active board member as well as treasurer. He also loved elk hunting in North Park with friends. He died unexpectedly Friday at Longmont United Hospital. Survivors: His wife, Carol of Longmont; his daughter, Andrea Bernice Logsdon and husband Aaron of Lakewood; his son, Brett Stahl of Dallas; his mother, Clementine Coburn-Fitch of Longmont; his sister, Marilyn Bangert and husband Michael of Fort Lupton; some nephews and nieces; and many cousins. Preceded in death by his father.
Comee, William K. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 21-Mar-2020
Conolly, SPC Sidney M., Jr., USA 1963 HS-1964 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action in a vehicle accident while serving with the 17th Cavalry, 196th Infantry Brigade near Da Nang on 18 June 1968.
Cooper, Thomas W., II 1964 HS
Crabb, James D. 1964 HS
Crane, Stephen D. 1964 HS ~ 04-Jun-2017 Age 70 Passed away peacefully at Our Lady of Peace near his home in St Paul, MN, early Sunday June 4, surrounded by loving family and friends. He is survived by his devoted wife of 20 years Susan (Plennert) Crane; and beloved children, sons Jeffrey and Matthew, and daughter Mendy Eymard (Anthony); and a community of close friends. He was preceded in death by parents Donald V. Crane and Dorothy Van Wormer and siblings Michael Crane and Patricia Last. Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, Stephen worked as a successful photojournalist for 25 years, served in the United States Air Force and was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute and Oklahoma State University. He moved to St. Paul in 1997, and worked tirelessly for the past 20 years as a master’s level clinician for both the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and The Retreat. He was an avid reader, loved to cook, and played endlessly with his dogs Lexi and Lois. Stephen was loved and adored by all who knew him and through his example helped countless individuals find a path to recovery from addiction. He believed firmly in the inner child in all of us and that his real purpose on earth was to “be of maximum service to God and the people about us.”
Crosby, Kenneth M. 1964 HS ~ 19-Aug-2006
Denton, Forrest D. 1964 HS ~ 17-Jul-1995
Dickinson, Daniel K. 1964 HS ~ 11-Nov-2001
Doimas, Stephen J. 1964 HS ~ 23-Dec-2008
Drummond, Jack R. 1964 HS
DuBravac, LTC Stephen E., USA (Ret) 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 27-Feb-2013 “Stubb” was born on November 6, 1944 in Reno, Nevada and on a good roll of the dice, was immediately received by a grateful and loving family and given their names: Stephen R DuBravac and Eugenie (Jackson) DuBravac-a mining engineer and school teacher, respectively. The family later moved to Henderson, Nevada, where he was educated in a Catholic grade school and played baseball in the Mojave Desert. DuBravac attended The New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM from 1959 until 1964. He met his best friend, Aleithe Olcott at the then College of Southern Utah in Cedar City, and they were married in her hometown of Richfield, UT, in March of 1968. Following college, he was commissioned as an Armor officer in the United States Army and assigned to an armored cavalry unit. He served in command and staff positions from platoon to Headquarters, Department of the Army. DuBravac retired after serving 25 years having defended his country on three continents, serving in two hot wars, and one cold war. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, including one with distinction for valor, and the Purple Heart, as well as various other medals and citations, but he valued, above all, the soldiers with whom he served. He was a platoon leader and troop executive officer with the 11th Armored Cavalry in the Republic of Viet Nam from 1969-1970 where he was decorated for valor. During this tour of duty DuBravac responded to an Army request for continued service by checking the “”YES”” box on a post card and returning it to the Department of the Army. He was promoted to Captain in 1970 before leaving RVN. Following command of a company and the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox, KY, DuBravac commanded C Company, 1st Battalion, 32d Armor (Bandits), 3d Armored Division, Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany from 1972 until 1973. His command became the first tank company to qualify “”All 17″” tanks with distinct crews in Europe in a decade. He was then selected to be the battalion operations officer (S3) where he established programs that would be used to train soldiers for subsequent years. As a tactics instructor at Fort Benning, GA-The Home of Infantry, from 1975-1977, DuBravac successfully challenged his colleagues and students to embrace the labels and procedures for innovative tactical and operational procedures for Army combat units. Returning to Germany in 1977, DuBravac was assigned as a staff officer for the G3 at Headquarters, 3d Armored Division in Frankfurt and conducted division training exercises throughout Germany and in concert with NATO units. Promoted to Major in December 1978, DuBravac became the operations officer of the 3d Battalion, 33d Armor Regiment (Pickles), Kirchgoens, (The Rock), Germany. The life of the M60A2 tank bracketed DuBravac’s service in Europe: He was the S3 for the first battalion to receive and the last battalion to have the M60A2 Main Battle Tank for defense of NATO. DuBravac was selected to attend USACGS at Fort Leavenworth, KS, in 1983 and in 1984 took a staff position in the War Plans Division of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, The Pentagon, Washington, DC. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1985 and as he considered retirement in 1988, DuBravac was asked to take the position of executive officer for the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. After considering the decision for 30 seconds, DuBravac moved his family to El Paso, TX, in 1988, and then departed multiple times for unit training at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA; REFORGER exercises in Germany (including the last full equipment deployment from the US to Germany in 1988) and Holland; and, unit deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. DuBravac retired in July, 2010 to spend his free time traveling the country visiting his children and grandchildren and serving dutifully as a full-time baseball fan. He put down his tools of life on February 27, 2013 at the age of 68 DuBravac is preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren and is survived by his best friend of over 45 years, Aleithe, and four children: Stephen (Gayle), Stayc (Christina), Shawn (Andrea), and Shalee (Jeremy); and twelve grandchildren. He was a true patriarch and a generous and protective husband, father, and grandfather. He was one of the world’s great patriots who will be sorely missed by those who knew him and those he served.
Early, Stephen L. 1964 HS ~ 11-Nov-2007
Edwards, Dr. Stephen Francis 1964 JC ~ 14-Nov-2014
Fargier, Fred D. 1962 HS-1964 JC
Ferguson, John D., Jr. 1964 JC ~ 27-Sep-2012 passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at his home in Abilene. Involved in farming and ranching, John lived most of his life on the family ranch north of Hamlin. His parents were the late John Dickson Ferguson (locally known as Dickie Ferguson) and Elmo Joy (Wilson) Ferguson. He Married Martha Minter of Abilene on October 18, 1969. They enjoyed over thirty years of living in Hamlin raising their children. He served on the Board of Directors for Hendrick Medical Center Foundation, West Texas Rehabilitation Center and Ben Richey Boys Ranch. He was involved with several organizations in Hamlin, Abilene and Cuernavaca, Mexico. John was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest where he served on the Vestry and was a Pastor in the Hands-On Outreach Ministry. John is survived by his wife, Martha; his daughter, Claire Ferguson Crane of Athens, GA; his son, Dr. John Dickson Ferguson, III, and daughter-in-law, Dr. Sarah Ferguson of Abilene; four wonderful grandchildren, his granddaughter, Hannah Ferguson Crane of Abilene, currently a freshman at University of Texas, Austin, his granddaughter, Mary Ellen (Ellie) Crane of Athens, GA, his granddaughter, Anna Grace Ferguson of Abilene, and his grandson, George Dickson Ferguson of Abilene; his sister, Jane Ferguson Guitar and brother-in-law Phil Guitar of Abilene; a sister-in-law, Sally Ann Minter Walls of Dallas; nephews, Phillip Guitar of Fort Worth and Justin Fourton of Dallas; nieces, Catherine Guitar of Abilene and Tiffani Fourton Cooper of Dallas; dear friend, Chester Pope, Jr., by several cousins and many friends.
Foley, CPT Charles D., USA 1964 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action in a helicopter crash in Cambodia on 23 May 1970.
Franklin, Jeffrey L. 1964 HS ~ 01-Nov-1978
Frazar, G. Brooks 1962 HS-1964 JC
Gage, William H. 1964 HS ~ 22-Apr-1997
Gallaway, David M. 1964 HS ~ 15-Sep-1987
Green, SGT Leslie A. 1962 HS-1964 JC
Green, Robert G., Jr. 1964 HS ~ 09-Nov-2008 63, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, in Amarillo. Robert Glen Green, Jr., was born Oct. 18, 1945, in Amarillo to Jackie Kinard and Bobby Glen Green, Sr. Robert attended school in Hartley before completing his high school education at the New Mexico Military Institute. He then earned his Bachelor of Science degree at West Texas State University with a major in social science and pre-law and did his post graduate work in business administration. On Feb. 3, 1967, Robert married Elizabeth Ann Crownover in Hill Chapel on West Texas State University campus. Mr. Green was a member of the National Executive Institute of Boy Scouts of America, Sigma Nu fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and the historical honor society, Phi Alfa Theta. A US veteran, Robert attended Naval Officers Candidate School in Newport, RI, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1968. His service to his community and the Texas Panhandle include member and president of Hartley ISD School, former Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce board member, former president Hartley Water Board, member of Hartley Cemetery Association and member and former chairman of board of deacons of First Baptist Church. Robert also served as board member of Texas Rural Communities and Heartland Lloyd Insurance Co., and was a member of the TDA advisory Council. His service beyond the Panhandle included being appointed and serving on many boards including District I director, state secretary and state vice president of the Texas Farmers Union. National Grain Sorghum Producers Association board member and legislative vice president, member of the Texas Grain Sorghum Board, past president of the Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Association, county representative for the Texas Wheat Growers Association, chairman District I Ag Advisory Board Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas-Israel Exchange board member, chairman Crops Committee and Mexico-Texas Exchange board member. Robert had been recognized for his outstanding service in many ways, including Professional Who’s Who in executives and professionals 1998-1999. Five separate times he was honored for service to the state of Texas and agriculture. He was appointed admiral of the Texas Navy by Gov. Dolph Briscoe. A lifelong activist in the Democratic Party, he served as vice chair AG Caucus-Texas and chair of the Hartley County Democratic Party. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jackie Kinard Green. Survivors include his wife, Ann; a daughter, Marsha Wright and husband Greg and their children, Tyler, Tanner and Taylor; two sons, Brad and wife Camila and their daughter, Kennedy, and Glen and wife Tammie and their children, Robert Glen, IV, Bobbie Ann, Michael, Jordan, Nicole and Jessica; and a stepson, Anthony; and his father, Bobby Glen Green, Sr.
Grothe, SPC Lewis D., USA 1964 HS ~ 10-Jan-1967 – Vietnam-Killed in action when his company came under small arms fire while on a search and destroy mission in Tay Ninh province on 10 January 1967.
Hammond, Charles B. 1964 HS ~ 09-Nov-2013 67, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 9, 2013 after a long illness in Las Cruces, NM. Charlie was born in El Paso, TX, and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Upon graduation from high school he attended The University of Texas in Austin and completed his Business degree in Accounting. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was honorably discharged from the US Army Reserves. Charles returned to El Paso after graduation and worked at the State National Bank and later became the president of Bassett, CA, Corporation and Bassett Center. He is survived by his children; Avery Rowles and Charlie B. Hammond both of Dallas TX, and Laura Hammond of Madison, WI and two grandchildren, Cash and Benjamin Rowles; his sisters, Katherine Ulmer of Walterboro, SC, Victoria Hammond of Manchester, NH, and Elizabeth Craig of Houston, TX; his cousins, Giles Weisenberger of El Paso TX, Flory Ellis of Fort Worth, TX and Barbara Tomicki of Santa Barbara, CA. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Hammond; his parents, Betty and Charles Hammond, and sister Myra Hammond.
Haneberg, Jon L. 1964 HS ~ 28-Jan-2014 passed away at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on January 28, 2014, at the age of 67. He was born in Honolulu, HA, on September 20, 1946, and was self-employed. He is survived by his wife, Kelley Carswell-Haneberg; sons, Ryan (Natalie) Haneberg, Milo (Carleen) Haneberg; daughters, Kela Haneberg, Kaulana Haneberg; 4 grandchildren, Kanoe, Nakoa, Hurley and Pohai; mother, Harriet “Calley” Haneberg; sister, Calley Morgan; brother, Scott (Joyce) Haneberg, Chucky (Rose) Haneberg and other family members.
Hutcheson, William M. 1964 HS
James, Robert L. 1964 HS ~ 14-Dec-2002 passed away Saturday, December 14, 2002 in a local hospital. He was born February 11, 1945 in Louisville, KY, to John and Virginia James. Robert served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Black Horse Regiment 11th Armored Calvary, life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, life member of the VFW, life member of the American Legion, life member of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, life member of the Vietnam Veterans of American and life member of the Disabled America Veterans. He was preceded in death by his parents. Robert is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Brown of Australia and four grandchildren.
Johnson, Kirke E. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 20-Nov-2014
Jones, James Patrick 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 09-Apr-2019
Jordan, Jim S. 1964 HS
Kahoiwai, Samuel A., Jr. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 29-Jun-2016
Karcher, Bruce H. 1964 HS ~ 05-Jun-1989
Kerr, Stephen P. 1964 JC
Lefever, Robert M. 1964 JC
Legere, C. Martin 1962 HS-1964 JC
Lusk, Eddie J. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 17 Jan-2016
Lyon, Craig B. 1964 HS ~ 18-Mar-2017 of Sanger, TX, died on Saturday morning March 18, 2017 in the presence of his wife and children. Craig was born March 1, 1946 in San Antonio, TX. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute for most of his education as his father did before him. He worked for and was a partner at AirMac for over 25 years until he retired in 2014. Known as “The Wizard” in his close circles for his ability to fix anything, Craig was always tinkering with projects and loved it when he could fix things for his kids, friends, neighbors and most of all his grandchildren. He will be sorely missed and survived by his wife, Paula Lyon, whom he married on Valentine’s Day in 1994. His Aunt Joanie and her husband Jack Schmitt. His children; Tamalyn Martin, Lucky Ivy and Brittany Fitz along with their spouses Jenny Ivy and Andrew Chapman. Now known mostly as Grandpa, he will also be missed by his Grandchildren Zella Ivy, Nova Martin and Lucky Ivy, III.
Marquez, Albert D. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 17-Apr-2011 66, passed away on April 17, 2011. Albert was born in Las Vegas, NM, May 12, 1944 to Jose Marquez, Jr., and Corine Montoya Garcia y Mrquez. Albert is a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute and earned his bachelors degree in Business with an accounting major at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. He served in the Army during the Viet Nam conflict. Albert worked for New Mexico Tax and Revenue and retired from the City of Alburquerque’s Purchasing Department. Albert loved to read, swim, run with his dog Taylor, ski, sail surf, tango and garden. He is survived by his mother, Corine Marquez; sisters, Dolores Marquez, Conchita Lucero (John); son, Albert J. Marquez (Laura) and daughter, Brandee Dixon (Keith); five grandchildren, Dennis, Joseph and Walker Mrquez of Bloomfield, NM; Harlee and Samuel Dixon, of Kingman,AZ. Former wives’ and friends Kathleen Fontello and Kathy Bretz. His great-grandfathers were among the original families who applied for the Anton Chico and Pecos Land Grants. He worked with his father don Jose Marquez, Jr., learning cattle ranching and a love for the land. The families are descendents of Captain Geronimo Marquez and Captin Alonzo Garcia de Noriega who were among the First Spanish families that came with don Juan de Onate in 1598 to settle Nueva Espana. Alonzo Garcia de Noriega, II, was Lt. Governor under Otermin during the 1680 San Lorenzo Massacre (Pueblo Revolt) saving the settlers in the Rio Abajo. Albert’s DNA has linked him with the Cohanite ancestry (Cohen priestly) markers. Albert was a 13 year multiple myeloma (bone) cancer survivor who worked hard to understand the health benefits of the Lords herbs and organic foods.
Marshall, Rue S., Jr. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 23-Mar-2018
Martin, Dennis P. 1964 JC ~ 02-Oct-2005 age 61 years, of Bayport, LI, suddenly on October 2, 2005. Beloved husband of Patricia. Loving father of Kelli (David) Schlesinger, Nancy (Larry) Naro and Kerri (Christopher) Smith. Cherished grandfather of Jason, Rachel, Martin, Megan, Elizabeth Grace, Kaden and Kelli.
Meadors, William P. 1964 HS
Mechem, 1LT Jesse, USA 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 21-Feb-1968 – Vietnam-Killed in action near Dinh Tuong on 21 February 1968.
Miller, Jr. A. Dale 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 01-Jan-2013
Miller, Stephen R. “Steve” 1964 JC ~ 06-May-2016 of Atherton, CA passed away peacefully in his home on May 6, 2016, surrounded by his family and friends whom he loved with all his heart. He was 72 years old and was our hero. He is survived by his wife Terry, sons Steve Jr., Kevin and Scott, daughter Laurie Miller Scott, mother Nancy Miller, two sisters Sandra Rowe and Nancy Miller and 11 grandchildren. His 11th grandchild was born the day he passed away. Steve was born April 12, 1944 in Orinda, CA, to Nancy and George Willard Miller. He attended St Stephens Episcopal Church and was active in Boy Scouts. Steve graduated from Miramonte High School in 1962 where he was a standout football player. After attending New Mexico Military Institute, Steve went on to attend U.S.C. where he met many lifetime friends and his future wife of 49 years, Terry Ann Perrin, who attended rival school Cal. Upon graduating from U.S.C. in 1966, Steve married Terry Perrin and started his career at Dean Witter in Los Angeles, CA. He joined in an entry-level position and rose quickly at the Company, becoming branch manager of the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices before he was ultimately promoted to the position of President of Dean Witter Reynolds in 1984. An important moment in his life came in 1985 when he decided to pass up further opportunity in New York in order to spend more time with his young family. He accepted a new position on the West Coast and ultimately retired from a successful career at Dean Witter in 2006 after 40 years with the Firm. More than anything, Steve loved spending time with his family. Family vacations were important to him and Tahoe, Echo Lake and the Hawaiian Islands were his favorite spots. He was a man of high character, integrity, humility and tough perseverance. He always had an encouraging word and was a mentor to many. Golf was a big passion of his, and he enthusiastically hosted rounds with his family and friends at places that were very meaningful to him. He could also be found building his model railroad – a project he loved and hoped that he never finished. He was active in the community and was a longtime member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Steve’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Steven Coutre and the incredible nursing staff at Stanford Hospital and ITA. They provided outstanding care with unwavering compassion throughout the long journey.
Millington, Marc P. 1964 HS ~ 01-Jul-1982
Minces, David E. 1964 HS
Murfree, II, Doyle R. 1964 HS ~ 03-Oct-2020 Doyle Royce Murphree, Jr., stepped into his Father’s arms on October 3, 2020. He was born to Doyle (Tex) Royce Murphree, Sr., and Joann Mahaffey Murphree on December 5, 1946 in Roswell, NM. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1964. He attended Texas Tech University where he met and married the love of his life, Paulette Murry. Doyle worked as an auditor for Ford Motor Credit in Corpus Christi, Houston, and San Antonio, TX. In 1978, he and his family moved to Brownfield where he then worked for Amoco Production for 20 years. After several years of retirement, he became a National Catastrophic Insurance Adjuster. During that time, they travelled the United States serving areas that had been hit by catastrophes. Due to his health challenges, he then retired again in 2012. Doyle served in the New Mexico National Guard. He was a former member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Tech Wesley Foundation as well as the American Heart Association. He loved to play golf and going fishing. His two-daughters and 3 grand-daughters were the joy of his life and he was immensely proud of them. He is preceded in death by his biological father, stepfather, Bill Stanley, and his grandparents. He is survived by his wife of the home, daughters; Jonanna Murphree Ross, Leah Murphree (Dwayne), his grand-daughters; Harley Hirzel (Chris) of Greensboro, NC; Kennedi Ross Harrison (Marshall) of San Antonio; Karah Ross of Abilene, his mother; Joann Stanley, brother; Walter Murphree (Debra) of Brownfield, mother-in-law, Pauline Murry of Brownfield, brother-in-law; Max Murry (Rita) of Brownfield, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A memorial service will be held in his honor at Calvary Baptist Church in Brownfield, date, and time to be announced.
Oakes, Richard L. 1964 JC ~ 31-Dec-2007
Oge, George W. 1964 HS ~ 03-Jun-2016 was born on July 20, 1946 in Durant, OK, to Martha Cason and George W. Oge, Sr. He attended public schools in Durant and Hobbs, NM, graduating high school from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM. He attended Tyler Junior College, the University of Texas at Austin and Southeastern State University in Durant, OK. George was an Eagle Scout. He served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He completed Officer Candidate School and was selected for the Old Guard, the US Army Drill Team in Washington, DC. In the late 1970’s George and his wife, Dot, moved to Tyler where he joined his father in the Oge Oldsmobile, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz dealership which had been established in 1966. A generation of East Texans bought their cars from this master salesman. He was a member of the Order of the Rose, a founding member of the Centurion Club and an active member of Willowbrook Country Club. In early 2000, George moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and graduated from Florida Metropolitan University with a degree in Hotel Management. He remained in Florida until his death. Along with his parents, George was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Blanche and Ed Cason, and stepmother, Patricia Payne Oge. He is survived by his children, George Woodward Oge, III, and Catherine (Cecie) Oge Turlington and her husband, Kyle, and their children, Will, Reid, and Cate, all of Houston; his sisters and their husbands, DeeDee and John Bufe, Carrie and Sam Wolf, all of Tyler, and Nanette and Bill West of Memphis, TN; stepbrothers and sister, Bill Warren ( Beverly), Dallas, Don Warren (Chelli), Tyler and Nancy Pfeifle (Peter), away, TX and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. George will be greatly missed by his family and a group of friends who were and are devoted to the memory of all the good times with the Big O. So, we’ll go no more a-roving So late into the night. Though the heart be still as loving, And the moon be still as bright. For the sword outwears its sheath, And the soul wears out the breast, And the heart must pause to breathe, And love itself have rest. Though the night was made for loving, And the day returns too soon, Yet we’ll go no more a-roving By the light of the moon. Lord Byron.
O’Toole, James M., II 1964 JC ~ 24-Jun-2007 64, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2007 after an 11 year battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born on August 14, 1942 in Parkersburg, WV. He was a graduate of Abbey School in Canon City, CO, New Mexico Military Institute, University of Albuquerque and the University of Houston in Clear Lake City, TX. Mr. O’Toole was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6711, a 4th Degree Knight and a past Grand Commander of Guadalupe Caravan #234 International Order of Alhambra. He was a devoted volunteer in the Cancer Resource Center at Providence Memorial Hospital, and also volunteered at Sierra Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Judge James M. and Marion K. O’Toole of Albuquerque, NM. Mr. O’Toole is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Patricia C. O’Toole; son, Christopher Michael O’Toole and wife, Michele; daughter, Cynthia Marie Sirico and husband, Thomas. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Amanda Elizabeth, Brooke Isabelle and Meghan Lizette Sirico.
Peterson, Douglas G. 1962 HS-1964 JC
Pinegar, Franklin A. 1964 JC ~ 01-Apr-1981
Rancier, Richard A. 1962 HS-1964 JC
Ray, Dr. Bobby Gene 1964 HS ~ 05-Nov-2019 Bobby Gene “Skipper” Ray was born in Midland, TX, October 15, 1946 to Wilburn and Ruth Ray. He passed away peacefully November 5, 2019 at the age of 73. Shortly after he was born, his Aunt Ann came into the room and said, “ Oh boy, now we have a Skipper”. Since Bobby’s parents had just been released from the Navy during WWII, Skipper stuck so well that his mom sometimes had trouble recalling his given name. Bobby completed high school at the New Mexico Military Institute and attended the University of Texas. He completed his degrees in Chemistry and his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Houston. Dr. Ray retired providing eye care as an Optometric Physician in late 2015. He practiced for 43 years as an Optometrist with 34 of those years spent in Midland. Bobby was advised by a physician to move from Midland due to a lung condition. He and his beloved wife, Susan, found paradise in Rockport, TX, until Hurricane Harvey devastated his home. In spite of all the tragedies he had experienced many blessings . He was blessed with a lung transplant in October 2017. Bobby is preceded in death by his parents and his son Buddy Thompson.
Redd, Preston K. 1964 JC ~ 04-Apr-2010 (Nov. 28, 1939 – April 4, 2010) Preston Kirk Redd, 70, of Farmington, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2010, at his home in Farmington, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 28, 1939, in Moab, UT, to Preston Wiley Redd and Emily Washburn. Kirk grew up in Blanding, UT, and graduated from San Juan High School in 1957. After graduation, he attended Brigham Young University for one semester, about which he claimed, “I flunked out as fast as I could!” Kirk then attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He later joined the Marines and served two tours in Vietnam in an Intelligence Unit. Following his military service, Kirk lived and worked in the Oakland, CA, area installing home alarm systems. After the death of his mother, he moved to Hughton, KS, where he worked for many years in partnership with his father at the family-owned feed lot. On May 19, 1992, he married the love of his life, Kathleen Kimmerle, in Alamosa, CO. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Blanding, UT, where they lived until 2003. In that year, they moved to Farmington so Kirk could be closer to his passion, breeding and racing horses. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Jay Lyman Redd and James demar Redd. He is survived by his wife; his sister, Sally L. Johnson; a very special “My Boy” nephew, Thayne W. Johnson, who lived, hunted, and fished with Kirk for many years; his stepchildren, Timothy (Karen) Newell, Norman (Christie) Newell, and Kimmerle Newell Mason; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews: Gea, Mya, Tava, Jasmine, Jerica, Jay, Javalan, Jamica, and Shay; and his mentor, Rush Limbaugh.
Reece, Charles P. 1964 HS ~ 11-May-1997
Roberts, Hugh R. 1964 HS ~ 05-Jul-2005
Rohman, Charles W. 1964 JC
Ross, William Albert 1964 HS ~ 22-Dec-1988
Roudebush, Robert A. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 04-Apr-1999
Schultze, Robert M. 1964 HS ~ 18-Jan-2008 61, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008. Mr. Schultze was born in Spokane, WA, and moved to The Villages in 2000 from Playa del Rey, CA. He was a retired Allstate insurance agent; and a Navy veteran of Vietnam. Survivors include his brother, Mark, Deming, NM; and companion, Helen Korsmo, The Villages.
Shaffer, Paul D. Jr., 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 15-Apr-2013 age 70, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013 at Hospice House of Odessa. He was born in Wichita Falls, TX on November 18, 1942 to the late Paul Derwood Shaffer, Sr., and Mabel Margaret (O’Hare) Shaffer. He worked in the oilfield as a drilling engineer and was a US Army Veteran.
Smith, Douglas W. 1962 HS-1964 JC ~ 23-Mar-2017, born March 1, 1944 in Carlsbad, NM, passed away peacefully following a short illness, March 23, 2017. Doug graduated from New Mexico Military Institute’s Third Class, June 3, 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico. He served honorably in the United States Army from 1965-1967. His medals include the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Doug graduated from the Art Center College of Industrial Design in Los Angeles, CA, in 1970 with a B.S in Transportation Design and a minor in Product Design. He began his professional career at American Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Bombardier/Ski-Doo. He contributed to the design elements of automobiles, motorcycles, snowmobiles and snow tractors. He lived and worked as a designer and consultant in many areas of the United States, in Ontario and Quebec, Canada and in England, France, Italy and Germany. His 38 year career included a full-time position in the Engineering Faculty of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. He taught part time at Parsons School of Design in New York, gave guest lectures at Art Center College of Design as well as numerous colleges and high schools in the United States. He owned his own design firm, DesignSmith, when he retired. Awards include design and technical patents on over 50 of his product designs introduced to the consumer and commercial markets. Well known designs include the Wagner Power painter and the Prestone Coolant anti-glut container. Preceded in death by his parents, William Kern Smith, AIA of New Mexico and Erma Dell Smith (nee Melton) of Carlsbad, NM. Survived by his beloved wife, Ingrid Smith (nee Kremer) of Sandia Park, NM, his loving son, Douglas Kern Smith and his wife Shawn (nee Huttleston) of New Mexico, sister Jeanine Erwin (nee Smith) and her husband Wayne Erwin of San Antonio, TX. Cousins, Debi Jo Maeger (nee Smith) of Bryan, College Station, TX; Rudy and Kathy Sporing (nee Horne) of Albuquerque, NM, and Don and Beverly Lance of Andrews, TX.
Smith, James L. 1964 JC ~ 14-Aug-2006
Studt, William J., Jr. 1964 JC ~ 08-Jul-2010
Sturgill, James A. 1964 HS ~ 24-Apr-2014 age 79 of Jefferson died Saturday at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Mr. Sturgill is survived by: Three sons, Jeff Sturgill of Marion, VA, Logan Sturgill of Wilmington, DE and Cliff Sturgill of Marion, VA One sister, JoAnn Hart of Lansing Five brothers, Don Sturgill of Sugar Grove, VA, Howard Sturgill of Hillsville, VA, Charles Sturgill of Independence, VA, Johnny Sturgill of Wilkesboro and Joe Sturgill of Kingsport Five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Tatum, Edwin R. 1964 JC
Tharp, SPC Harold A., Jr., USA 1964 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action while serving as a helicopter crew chief near Binh Duong on 19 April 1968.
Truelove, Michael L. 1964 JC ~ 01-Jun-1972
Valdes, Ernest A., Jr. 1964 HS
Voegtly, Victor S. 1964 JC ~ 01-Jul-1984
Williams, Paxton Kelly 1964 JC ~ 08-Feb-2020, 75, passed away on February 8, 2020, in Houston, TX. He was a loving husband, father, and friend. The son of Ed Paxton Williams and Marion Turner Kelly Williams, he was born on May 26, 1944 in San Antonio, TX. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School, where he was active in the ROTC. He then graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, attended Texas A&M University, and enlisted in the U.S. Army. After graduating from Officer Candidate School, he was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX, and spent a tour as a jungle instructor which included time in Panama, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand. After discharge from active duty, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve with the 75th Maneuver Area Command as an intelligence officer and helped to train Regular Army troops as well as other reserve units. During this time, he completed his degree in Purchasing and Materials Management from the University of Houston, Downtown and pursued a career in the oil and gas industry. He retired from the U.S Army Reserve as a Major in 1989 with over 20 years of military service. During his Army career, he met his future wife on a blind date. Mary Linda Sharp and Paxton were married on June 8, 1974 in League City, TX. They celebrated the birth of their daughter Hallie in 1981 and son Winfield in 1983. Paxton was very involved with his children’s activities, and he spent many hours attending recitals, concerts, swim meets, and sporting events. He served on the board of the Houston Boychoir, worked on the review board of the Harris County Appraisal District, was very active with the Boy Scouts of America, and was an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church. He was passionate about local politics, Texas history, historical reenacting, enjoying the opera and symphony with his wife, and his hobby of vexillology (the study of flags). His love of church polity and theology was redoubled in recent years as he attended seminary with the intention to serve the Presbyterian Church, until health issues impeded his studies. Paxton was a committed Christian, the rock that anchored his family, and beloved by virtually everyone who got to know him. He was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Marion. He is survived by his wife Mary Linda of 45 years, daughter Hallie and her husband David, son Winfield and his wife Monica, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and cherished friends.
Wood, 2LT Ronald W., USA 1964 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action near Vinh Long on 4 February 1968.
Aaron, Todd 1963 HS ~ 16-Mar-2003
Aber, Michael Orr 1963 HS ~ 20-Mar-1997
Appleby, James E., Jr. 1963 HS
Baca, Michael C. 1963 JC
Bartlett, Alan Scott 1963 JC ~ 28-Sep-1990
Blanford, Dr. David J. 1963 JC
Boyd, John J. 1961 HS-1963 JC
Brown, William Revis 1963 JC ~ 30-May-2009
Brunk, Thomas E. 1963 JC ~ 01-May-1972
Burgess, George M. 1963 JC ~ 10-Sep-1997
Burkholder, Terry L. 1963 HS ~ 11-Oct-2001 passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2001, at his home at the age of 56. He was born April 9, 1945 in Pecos, TX, and was the third son of the late Ralph William Burkholder and Janice Howard Burkerholder of Pecos. He was married to Billie Jean Robertson of Abilene, TX, granddaughter of Louis and Dorothy Roberson of Pecos. Terry attended school in Bartstow, TX, until his junior year in high school. Following in his other brother’s footsteps, he enrolled in New Mexico Military Institute and graduated in 1963. The Next fall he went to Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. After graduation, he received his commission and served in the United State Army in the Quartermaster Corp for two years. Terry and Jean returned to Pecos in August of 1971 and he went into business for himself. Mr. Burkholder is survived by his wife, Billie Jean Burkholder of Pecos; two daughters Tiffani Burkholder of Houston, TX, and Tera Burkerholder King of Fort Stockton, TX. He is also survived by his son-in-law James Bentley King and granddaughter Brooke Adrienne King of Fort Stockton, TX. Other survivors include brothers; Ben Ralph Burkholder 1946 HS-1948 JC of Houston, and Michael A. “Mike” Burkholder 1953 HS and wife Dixie. Terry has five nephews and nieces; Dr. Duncan M. Burkholder 1971 HS-1973 JC of Lubbock, Ralph Carter Burkholder 1974 HS-1976 JC, B. Ress Burkerholder 1978 HS of Houston, Shawn Burkholder Mitchell of Ozona, and Page Burkholder Young of Dallas. There are 14 great nieces and nephews. While in Texas Tech Terry was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and participated in the R.O.T.C program. In Pecos he serves on the board and as President of the Pecos Valley Country Club and the Reeves County Tax Appraisal District. He is also a member of the Permian Basin Landman’s Association.
Burton, Dr. John J. 1963 HS ~ 19-Jan-2019 74, died on January 19, 2019 in Arvada, CO. He is the cherished husband of Christie Burton and the beloved brother of Jan Burton. John is the adored father of Holly Mancillas, Jennifer Lovejoy and father-in-law to Daniel Mancillas. He is the proud grandfather to Adrian and Alexander Mancillas. John loved his dogs, Sam, Maggie, Chester and Scooby. John, the son of the late Jean and Wilson Burton, grew up in Denver and Westminster, CO. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Colorado and received a Master Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver. John worked for the City of Denver for 45 years until retirement. John enjoyed reading, traveling, the outdoors, music (especially opera), and spending time with dear friends and family members. He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly forever.
Camp, David V. 1963 HS ~ 26-Apr-2010 66, worked 38 years with the Santa Fe Railroad and United Transportation Union. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute. His hobbies included camping, fishing and riding atv’s. Survivors include his sons, William David Camp, Carter Camp; daughter, Rhonda Chewing; parents, Earl Camp, Thelma Camp; brother, Ronnie Hermes; sisters, Janus Tillian, Carolyn McCune, Debbie Cauldwell; four grandchildren. Camp was preceded in death by his wife, Denise Camp; brother, Ron Hermes.
Carney, James N. 1963 JC ~ 05-Feb-1995
Chellis, Thomas W 1963 JC ~ 09-Sep-2016
Cissell, Harry G. 1963 JC
Cobb, MAJ Richard L. USA (Ret) 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 06-Dec-2019 On Friday, December 6, 2019, Richard “Dick” L. Cobb passed away at the age of 77 in Bossier City, LA. Mr. Cobb was born on March 24, 1942, in Newton, KS to Frank and Charlotte (Maurer) Cobb. Dick attended high school first in Liberal, KS and went on to graduate high school and attend junior college at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he received the Outstanding Old Cadet Bandsman award in 1963 recognizing his talent for playing the trumpet. Upon graduation, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army where he became an Airborne Ranger and later a member of the U.S. Army’s Green Beret Special Forces. He served valiantly in combat during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal. Additionally, he was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for saving the life of a little girl who ran into the path of an oncoming car. After 13 years of active duty service, Dick then joined the Army Reserve where he was proud to have earned the rank of Major before his military retirement. He began his civilian career as the Veterans Affairs Officer for NE Texas and later accepted a management position with General Motors Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant in LA. Mr. Cobb was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Cobb. Mr. Cobb is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sherry Sandidge-Cobb; his daughter, Charla Cobb-Caudill and husband Jim of Shreveport, LA; his son, Gary Cobb and wife Angie of Georgetown, TX; his daughter, Kim Slack and husband Michael of Shreveport, LA; eight grandchildren, James & Josh Brison (Lauren), Courtney Williamson (Cory), Kristin McGrath (Zach), Kendall & Caroline Slack, Ashley Sellers (Edward), Justin Caudill; eleven great-grandchildren; his brother William Cobb and wife Barb of Ames, IA; and several nieces and nephews.
Cobb, Tyrus R., III 1963 JC
Coker, Kenneth L. 1963 HS ~ 06-Jun-1996
Covington, SPC D. Michael, USA 1963 HS
Cox, Kenneth K. “Koy” 1963 JC ~ 24-Sep-2020 Kenneth Koy Adams Sept. 24, 2020 Koy Adams passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at the age of 77 in Nacogdoches, TX. He was born on December 23, 1942 in Henderson, TX, to James “J.B.” Burke Adams and Winifred Warren. Visitation will be on Monday, September 28, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, TX. Koy grew up in Henderson, TX, where he went to school until he graduated high school. Upon graduation, he went to the New Mexico Military Institute and later attended the prestigious United States Naval Academy where he graduated with the class of 1966. Koy spent four years active duty with the United States Navy. Fall of 1967 changed Koy’s life forever. That September he met the love of his life in Newport, RI. For two years, the couple dated, getting to know each other, before vowing to spend the rest of their lives with each other on June 28, 1969 in Warwick, RI. Koy had many hobbies. He enjoyed astronomy, storytelling, golfing, treasure hunting, and music. Kenneth loved to play the banjo and also could play the harmonica! Koy loved to doodle as well. Joyce could tell stories forever about his silly carton drawing that each had special meanings and inside jokes. These were such a special part of his character. Koy is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Adams; sons, David Adams and wife, Wendy, Bryan Adams and wife, Sammie, and Michael Adams and wife, Sarah; daughter, Jennifer Adams and husband, Tom; brothers, Jason Adams and John Adams and wife, Theresa; sister, Jo Margaret Piland and husband, Charles; grandchildren, Jill, Paige, Brooke, and Everett; and great grandchildren, Jackson. Koy is preceded in death by his loving parents, James Burke Adams and Winifred Warren.
Crane, Michael J. 1963 HS
Cross, William Wesley 1963 HS ~ 20-Feb-2012 Passed away peacefully at home on February 20, 2012, with his family at his bedside. Born January 13, 1945, in Tulsa, OK, his family moved to Albuquerque in 1947 where he grew up. He graduated from high school at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business from the University of New Mexico. He was called to active duty with the Air National Guard in 1967 serving in Korea. Then he worked for Texaco Oil Company followed by several years in the real estate industry before joining the Bechtel Corporation where he worked in economic development in Saudi Arabia. In 1988, he married his high school sweetheart, Carol Joan King. They lived in Saudi Arabia until his retirement in 1998. They both loved to travel and cherished the opportunities they had to see the world together. Bill’s passion for camping, fishing, skiing and travel brought him much pleasure in his retirement. Friends and family will miss his infectious laugh and his independent spirit. Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 24 years, Carol; mother-in-law Charlotte Seacord; brother-in-law Chip King and his wife Bonnie of Cocoa Beach, FL; nieces Jill Cross of Dallas, TX and her two children; Jenni and Jack Flesher, and their three children of Houston, TX; nephews Jeff Cross of Houston, TX; Chad King of Cocoa Beach, FL and Chase King, Woodside, NY; plus the numerous friends that meant so much to him. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Marshall and Nancy Cross and his brother Marshall Cross, Jr., and his wife Carol.
Davis, Ronald E. 1963 JC
Deason, Charles A., Jr. 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 04-Sep-2010 died on September 4, 2010. His family and friends will always remember him as energetic, enthusiastic, someone who lived life to its fullest, and was keenly interested in people. He was born in Washington, DC. On April 27, 1943, into a military family that provided him the opportunity to live in Germany, France, and Thailand. Charlie attended junior high at the International School of Bangkok (1957-1958). He completed high school and university studies at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, (1958-1963) and the University of Texas at Austin (1964-1965). He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law (1965-1968). Charlie began his legal career by serving his country in the US Army as First Lieutenant Judge Advocate General Corps stationed in Korea (1969-1971). After being honorably discharged, he began a long and successful career as a trial lawyer in El Paso, TX, and in New Mexico. During his career, he was known as an aggressive trial lawyer who zealously and ethically represented his clients. Charlie served as a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and was selected Best Young Lawyer in El Paso in 1978 and Best Lawyers of America for 10 consecutive years. He held leadership positions serving as President of the El Paso Young Lawyers, President of the El Paso Bar Association, President of the El Paso Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates, and Director of the Association of Texas Trial Lawyers. Charlie felt fortunate to have retired in Ft. Myers, FL, at age 56. During his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, playing tennis with the Early Birds, golfing with his buddies, competing in 5K and 10K runs, and boating with his family and friends. Charlie leaves behind his loving wife of 30 years, Linda Baker Deason, his four children, Cecille Deason (husband Scott Lunsford), Dax Deason, Lindsay Deason, Stephanie Hooten (husband Jody Hooten) and his four grandchildren, Lexie Lunsford, Caroline Hooten, Carter Hooten, and Christian Hooten. He is also survived by his step-mother, June Deason; his sister, Marjorie Hitselberger; his aunt, Dorothy Herring (husband John Herring); his mother-in-law, Frances Baker; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Col. Charles A. Deason, and mother, Stella Spahr Deason.
Dennard, William Jeffery 1963 HS ~ 15-Dec-2012 67, passed away suddenly Saturday, December 15, 2012 at home. He was happily married to his adoring wife of 35 years, Kathleen (McKenna) Dennard. Born in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Dr. William E. and Juanita (Purpus) Dennard. He was the loving father to Brendan McKenna Dennard of Boston, MA and Shannon Elizabeth Dennard of Brooklyn, NY. He was the brother of the late Judith Lyman and Brian Dennard. He was a devoted son-in-law to Muriel McKenna of Warwick. He was a caring Uncle to seven nieces and nephews, as well as to his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He was a consummate professional in the field of public relations and communications and proud of his work in journalism, both in government and the private sector. He recently found tremendous joy in working at LaSalle Academy as Director of Communications. His passions in life included playing golf at Potowomut and skiing the slopes of Okemo Mountain. He found peace and joy in being baptized Catholic in 2004 and was committed to his faith and family to the end.
DeShazo, III, Walter W. 1963 JC ~ 13-Dec-2017 was born in Santa Barbara, CA, on July 15, 1942 to Walter and Dorothy DeShazo. He attended New Mexico Military Institute for two years before entering the navy as a machinist’s mate on nuclear submarines. On August 24, 1968, he marriedd Carolyn, a nurse he met while stationed in Groton, CT. On July 14, 1970 and September 29, 1973 respectively, he welcomed his two children, who were the most important part of his life. Walter was a devoted father. He enjoyed fishing, camping, scouting, and spending time with his family and dogs. He was also a problem-solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects at work and around the house. He was a spiritual man and enjoyed spending time with his church family. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
Dollarhide, Griffin Bryant 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 26-Nov-1966
Drake, LTC Van Terrance “Terry”, USA (Ret) 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 14-Oct-2004, 61, lived life to its fullest right up to his death on Thursday, October 14, 2004, as a result of injuries sustained in a helicopter accident. A rock-steady individual, he had a positive influence on everyone who met him.Terry was born March 15, 1943, in Lubbock, TX, but considered New Mexico his home. He graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute in 1961 and from junior college at N.M.M.I. in 1963, at which time he joined the U.S. Army. While attending NMMI he met his future wife, Mary Jo, whom he married in 1964. In 1965 he graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant through Officer Candidate School. After serving two tours in Vietnam, Terry and his family moved across the country and overseas. When the chance came to moved back to his beloved New Mexico, the family moved to Alamogordo in 1982 when Terry became the Director of Army Air Operations Directorate at White Sands Missile Range, based at Holloman AFB. The opportunity for Terry to fly full-time was exactly what he wanted to do. Retiring from the Army as a Lt. Colonel in 1986, he and his family stayed in Alamogordo. Loving to fly, he became involved in hot air ballooning in 1982 and received his balloon pilot s license in 1990. In 1995 he became a pilot for Lockheed Martin, relishing the opportunity to keep flying helicopters. He had his dream job. Always wanting to share his passion for flying with everyone, he helped found the White Sands Balloon Invitational in 1992. A generous man, Terry and his wife Mary Jo founded Fly the Rainbow, a non-profit organization dedicated to enable all people, regardless of physical ability, to experience hot air ballooning. Terry was a man who cared about his community. He joined the Piney Woods Volunteer Fire Department in 2002. One thing he really loved about being a firefighter was showing his grandchildren the fire trucks and fire station. Terry loved his family; he was a beloved husband, an amazing father and a perfect Pop. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mary Jo of the family home; his children, G. Thomas Drake and his wife Windy of Las Cruces, Becky Eisel and her husband David of Chicago, and Scott Drake and his wife Shannon of Alamogordo; 7 grandchildren, Sage and Dawson Drake of Las Cruces, Jacob Eisel of Chicago, Sheyenne Drake of Alamogordo, Olivia Drake of Las Cruces, Anthony Eisel of Chicago, and Parker Drake of Las Cruces; and two sisters, Delyte Frost and Denise Matteucci, both of Philadelphia.
Drummond, Thomas E. 1963 HS ~ 10-Feb-2012 (April 3, 1945 – Feb 10, 2012) Tomas Edward Drummond was born in Pawhuska, OK, on April 3, 1945, and died peacefully at his ranch home west of Pawhuska on February 10, 2012. He attended high school at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, received his B.B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma, followed by his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from University of Tulsa. He earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service as a Second Lieutenant in the Army, serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth & Fred Drummond; his sister, Patricia Drummond Bilyeu; and his wife, Marie Heisley Drummond. He is survived by his wife, Ginny Drummond; his brother, Charles R. Drummond; his three children: Kimberly Thomas, of Houston; Holly Anderson, of Oklahoma City; and Thatcher Drummond, of Pawhuska; and stepchildren: Matthew Heisley, of Dallas; and Jennifer Heisley, of Tulsa. Family was very important to him, and he was a wonderful grandfather to 16 grandchildren. He was a rancher, attorney and banker, who liked to say that he practiced the “3 p’s” – punching cows, practicing law, and pounding the pavement in between. Tom has been actively involved in the Osage County, OK, and National Cattlemen’s Associations, Director of Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raiser’s Association, and Commissioner on the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission.
Elmore, Roy M. 1963 JC ~ 24-Feb-2003, 61, passed away on February 24, 2003. He is survived by his daughter Sabra Hoerter and her husband Richard Hoerter, former wife of 24 years, Patricia Coberly, and his dear friend Karen Torres. Roy is also survived by his mother Dorothy Elmore, his sister Cindy Hale, his sister Linda Rogers and her husband Steve Rogers, his sister Marcia Fraser and her husband Wade Fraser, nephews Matt and Will Rogers, nieces Sherry and Paula Hale, Danielle and Sophia Fraser and great nephew Nick Hale. Born January 22, 1942 to Paul and Dorothy Elmore in Santa Fe, NM, he graduated Austin High School in El Paso, TX, 1959 and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM 1962. He married Patricia Laugherty in 1964. He enjoyed his life to the very fullest and enriched the lives of everyone around him. He was a coronet player, avid archer, champion trap shooter, wildlife conservationist, world traveler, hunter and fisherman. He was the founder, owner and sole collector of waterfowl for the Waterfowl of the World Wildlife Museum where he strove to bring his appreciation and knowledge of beautiful birds to the community. His extensive collection of waterfowl from four continents were displayed at the museum. Roy was an active El Paso Ducks Unlimited Committeeman for the past twelve years. His efforts were instrumental in making the El Paso chapter the top producing chapter in Texas out of over 160 active chapters within the state. The El Paso chapter also ranked in the top five out of over 3200 active chapters nationwide. Roy was the only El Pasoan to serve Ducks Unlimited on a national level. He served two terms on the national conservation committee. This committee was of great importance in that it set the framework for future DU conservation programs across North America. Roy’s family history leaves a legacy of wildlife conservation and Roy proudly carried on that tradition.
Felty, CAPT Joseph W., USN (Ret) 1963 JC ~ 01-Feb-2015 Joe was born on Nov. 3, 1942 in Canton, TX, to LT and Margaret (Rowland) Felty. Joe, his brother Larry Felty and sister Margaret Felty lived in Waxahachie where Joe grew up playing football, eventually achieving an All State center accolade while attending Waxahachie High School. Joe graduated from Waxahachie High school in 1961 and attended The New Mexico Military Institute for one year. Joe then received his appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy where he again played football. Joe graduated from USNA in 1966 and was appointed as an Ensign in the United States Navy. While serving his country Joe earned his master’s degree in communications management. Joe served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years, retiring as a Captain in April of 1992. When asked what he did in the Navy he would say “I drove ships.” The highlight of his career was commanding the U.S. Haleakala. Joe married his best friend, Jane Ann Bruns in 1968. Joe (Papa) has two daughters: Julie Anne Felty Petterson and Jacquelyn Leslie Felty; a son-in-law: Isaac Petterson; grandchildren: Andrew Kindred, Joseph Vela, Alexus Kindred, John (JJ) Vela and Jeffrey Vela; and one great-grandson Alijah (A-Ray) Jones. Joe also leaves behind his brother, Larry Felty; sister-in-law, Glinda Felty; and baby sister, Margaret Felty; an aunt, uncle, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Joe is preceded in death by his father LT Felty and mother Margaret (Rowland) Felty along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousin.
Ferguson, William J. 1963 JC ~20-Dec-2017 age 75, passed away December 20, 2017 at his home in Congress after a brief illness with cancer. Bill was born September 20, 1942 in Tacoma, WA. He worked as a cook in the restaurant industry for years. He was an avid motorcyclist. Bill is survived by his son Jason of Minnesota and a host of Friends.
Fields, Jake W., Jr. 1963 HS ~ 01-Feb-1973
Fletcher, Gerald W. “Gary” 1963 JC ~ 06-Oct-2015
Ford, J. D. 1963 JC
Fox, Mike E. 1963 HS ~ 11-Sep-2007
Friberg, James E. 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 11-May-2017
Fry, Donald S. 1963 JC ~ 01-Sep-2018 Born in South Dakota, Stew proclaimed himself a Colorado native after moving to the State at the age of 12. He was a graduate of Littleton High School and Denver University with a degree in Accounting and a Master of Tax. Stew joined the Army after High School and served with the Military Police, where he found he had the knack for telling other people what to do. The rest of his military career was spent with the Colorado National Guard where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonial. Professionally, Stew worked for most of his career in the Insurance industry as an Executive and Vice President with The Maryland Company and retiring with Zurich North America. Stew loved wine tasting, hiking, travel (made it to 49 states) golf, bridge, tennis, skiing, pretending to enjoy bicycling and admiring and driving Porches. A big fan of music, Stew was in the right place at the right time to see The Beatles at Red Rocks, the infamous Monterrey Music Festival and also to attend Super Bowl XXXII where he witnessed the Denver Broncos victory against the Green Bay Packers (final score Elway’s Broncos- 31 to Favre’s Packers- 24, in case you forgot). Stew is preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Priscilla Morgan Fry; brother, James S. Fry; parents, Donald J. Fry and Eleanor Stewart Fry. Stew was a very generous person who loved his family and friends and was always ready to laugh. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Gould, Monte L. 1963 JC ~ 12-Sep-2017, (74) of Las Cruces, NM, passed away on September 12, 2017 in Las Cruces, NM. Monte was born in Globe, AZ, to Neoma and Harland Gould on November 7, 1942. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1961. Monte married Margo Fulk on August 31, 1963 at the Presbyterian Church in Farmington, NM. He worked as a Welder and a Welding Inspector for El Paso Natural Gas for 31 years and as a contract Welding Inspector for 8 years. He also served in the National Guard for 4yrs. He was a member of Indian Hills Baptist Church in Silver City, NM. He is survived by his wife, Margo Gould, his children, Mechelle Gould, Lance Gould, Mark and wife, Dawn Gould, Melissa Kieser, his brothers, Calvin Gould and wife, Gracie, Gerald Gould and wife, Judy, his grandchildren, Zoe Gould, Stella Fejes, Malaney Gould, Sydney Fejes, Chance Gould, Maxton Gould, and Edith Fejes, and Tiffany Baugh and her children, Mark, Paul, and Jackson.
Grainger, John B. 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 15-Jun-2008 passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2008 at his home in El Prado after living for many years with heart disease. Survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Marylin; brother, Jim Grainger (Nelle) of Taos/San Carlos, Mexico; sister, Leslie Grainger-Haynes (Ken) of Taos; half-brothers Mike Hoagland of Utah and Jon Hoagland of California; daughters, Michelle (Steve) Austin of Sierra Vista, AZ; Dawn Grainger (Carlos Rojas) of Taos, NM; and Lora Grainger of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren include, Ariel and Lauren Austin of Sierra Vista, AZ; Orion and Chloe Rojas-Grainger of Taos; numerous nieces and nephews, constant companion, Noche. Proceeded by brother, Richard B. Grainger, II; his parents, Dick and Margo Grainger of Canon, and Gerri Chandler of California. John was born in Nebraska on January 14, 1943. He was raised by his father, Dick Grainger in Canon, attending Taos Public Schools until high school years when he attended NMMI in Roswell. During his childhood years he was involved in school sports such as football and skiing. John earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, and his Master of Science Degree in Audiology from Colorado State University. Upon graduation, John was employed as an Audiologist at the Colorado School for the Deaf in Colorado Springs from 1965-1967 and the South Dakota School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls, SD, from 1968-1970. From 1970-1976, John was a Professor of Audiology in the Graduate School of University of New Mexico’s department of Speech and Hearing Pathology. From 1976-1979 he established the corporation of Southwest Speech Language and Hearing which provided audiology and speech services to the Eight Northern New Mexico Indian Pueblos. In 1979 John, his wife Marylin, and their two daughters, Michelle and Dawn moved to Taos. Professionally during this time, he was self-employed as Sandia Hearing Aid Center, traveling all over rural Northern New Mexico providing hearing aid services. John was also employed by the Taos Public Schools working with hearing impaired students. John’s family and their activities were very important to him. He was actively involved in 4H and chess clubs. He served as Majordomo, was a member of the Jeweler’s Guild, a bee keeper and honey seller, and a self-professed dirt farmer/armchair scientist. John retired from his business and the public schools in 2005. In recent years he especially enjoyed traveling to Ireland and visiting family/friends throughout the United States and Mexico
Gray, Kenneth D. 1963 JC ~ 01-Dec-1988
Greenwalt, Henry E., Jr. 1963 HS ~ 27-Jun-2013
Gurley, Oscar S., Jr. 1963 HS ~ 16-Feb-2008
Haizlip, William, Jr. 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 26-Dec-1991
Halsey, Michael C. 1963 HS ~ 01-May-1977
Hardwick, William H. 1963 HS ~ 16-Dec-2010 Born October 20, 1944 in Odessa, TX, went home to his Lord’s house on December 16, 2010 at the age of 66. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Gerald C. and Virginia Hill Hardwick of Odessa, TX. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Dixie T. Dixon-Hardwick, wonderful daughters, Christin L. Hardwick of San Antonio, TX, Kelly Hardwick Aaron and his favorite son-in-law, Lonnie Aaron, his beloved grandchildren, Luke William Aaron and Isabel Aaron all of Austin, TX. Bill is also survived by sisters, Gerry Ann Mobley of Waco, TX, and Susan L. Hardwick of Houston, TX, and also by niece and nephew Kate and Ben Sanchez of San Antonio, TX. Bill always considered Kate and Ben as his other grandchildren. Bill graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in 1963 and played on their only undefeated football team. Bill then graduated from Oklahoma University in 1967 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and always cheered for the Sooners. Even before graduation he enlisted in the Marine Corp. And served in Viet Nam in 1968 and 1969 as a Forward Air Observer and attained the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for saving the lives of several wounded Marines. Bill was the author of an autobiographical book entitled “Down South – One Marine’s Tour of Viet Nam”, Random House Publishing. This book was very well sold and helped many a Marine of that era find closure and peace including himself. He enjoyed attending reunions of Mike Company 3/7 and the First Marine Division and always felt a real brotherhood with his fellow Marines. Bill was also a very active member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church and loved his church family. Bill was one of the initial organizers of the Houston Farm and Ranch Club annual Christmas Food Drive that went on for over 20 years and benefited several Houston area charities. Bill was a wonderful loved husband, loving father, doting grandfather and uncle, and a beautiful man inside and out. Bill will always be our hero. He will be held in our hearts until we meet again.
Haskins, Thomas M. 1963 HS
Hedgpeth, LTC Dale L., USA (Ret) 1963 JC
Hellwig, E. Douglas 1963 JC ~ 16-Jul-2014 passed away on July 16, 2014. He was born on October 2, 1943 in Gastonia, NC, to Ruth and Erwin Hellwig. He attended Bakersfield California High School and graduated from Capitol Page School, June of 1961. Doug then attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1961-1963; University Chapel Hill North Carolina from 1963-1964; and graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara 1965 with a BA in Economics. Doug began his military career in 1966. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain and a pilot proudly and honorably, flying combat missions from August of 1966 through February of 1972. He served in the Republic of Vietnam and Cambodia with the original OV-10 Rustics; call sign Rustic 14, from March of 1970 to March of 1971. Among many medals that he received were two Silver Stars and two Distinguished Flying Crosses for bravery while completing his missions under fire and safely landing his aircraft. After his service, Doug became a Captain with Western Airlines and Delta Airlines from May of 1972 through 2002; flying a Boeing 737 / MD88. He was courageous and his humor and spirit will be missed by all who knew him. Doug is survived by his beloved wife, Loretta; sister, Janet Kristen Hellwig; daughter, Kristen Hellwig; and three adopted children: Brian, Dian, and Mike.
Hewett, Ronald W. 1963 HS ~ 12-Mar-2008
Hindry, Burke 1963 HS ~ 11-Apr-2000
Hoff, Michael L. “Mick” 1963 JC ~ 03-Aug-2013 69, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Saturday, August 3rd 2013. He was born in Syracuse, KS, to Opal Marie Hoff and Henry Herman Hoff. A Wonderful husband and dedicated father, “Mick” always had a strong and gentle manner in all that he did. His lifetime of service to his family and country was an example for everyone who knew him. He was the first in his family to graduate from university. He played football for the Naval Academy at Annapolis, graduated in the class of 1966 and followed with a master’s degree in engineering at the University of Colorado. He served 27 years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps as a professional engineer and Seabee. His tours included two deployments to Vietnam; Washington, DC; U.S. State Department; Sigonella, Italy, and Norfolk. He retired as a Captain in 1994. Following his retirement from the Navy, he and his wife were partners in real estate, where they were co-owners of RE/MAX Alliance. He had the honor and considered it a privilege to serve as Santa Claus for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters during the holidays, bringing smiles to all the patients, families, and staff. He was an extraordinary listener, a distinguished man, and an irreplaceable mentor to all those who knew him. His life was an incredible journey from a Kansas farmer to a Navy Captain to Realtor and business owner. He leaves behind a loving wife, Trudy, and a beautiful daughter, Kathleen. Mick is also survived by two sisters, Delite Markley and Dorothy Quick; brothers in law Mark Markley and Melvin Quick, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his loving extended family in Connecticut.
Holmes, ENS Hugh B., USN 1963 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action while commanding a river boat patrol near Gia Dinh on 24 June 1969.
Houston, Jerry M. 1963 HS
Howard, Roger W. 1963 HS ~ 13-Oct-2008 Born April 13, 1944, in San Francisco and passed away October 13, 2008, following a brief illness. Roger will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Mary Anne, daughter Stacy, son Roger, Jr., daughter-in-law Katherine, son-in-law Michael Cinnamon, brothers Alan and Volney Erskine, III 1960 HS (Andrea), grandchildren Andrew and Claire Cinnamon, Mary Anne’s sons Brennan and Christopher (Andrea) Bungay and sister-in-law Joan Newton. Roger will also be missed dearly by his many friends that meant so much to him from childhood through present. Roger was raised in Orinda, CA and predeceased by his parents Volney, Jr., and Rose Howard. Following his graduation from Chico State, Roger worked for Wells Fargo in Placerville, Davis and Sacramento. He then worked for many years in real estate management and development. Roger retired to Placerville where he and Mary Anne owned property that he dearly loved. Roger had a passion for the outdoors and loved golf, sailing, and enjoying the amazing views from their home. Roger was an active member of the Sutter Club of Sacramento. He enjoyed spending time with all his family and friends.
Ilfrey, David A. 1963 HS ~ 24-Sep-2008
Irvine, George N., III 1963 HS
Jackson, Robert C., III 1963 HS ~ 13-Mar-2011 Bob Jackson passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 13th, 2011 surrounded by his devoted family after a valiant battle with cancer. Bob was born in Albuquerque, NM, on August 18, 1945, and is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sandi Jackson; mother, Lois Jackson; son Richard Jackson, and wife Rebecca; son Gavin Jackson, and wife Christie; daughter Monica Hickey, and husband Jay; brothers Roland C. “Rolly” Jackson 1966 HS, and wife Pat; Richard C. “Rick” Jackson 1688 HS, and wife Pearl. Bob is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Aaron Quintana, Zackery Rich, Brennan Cook, Katelyn, Kyla, Kenadie, Will, Julianna and Robert Jackson; sister-and brother-in-law Maureen and Louie Martinez; his niece and many nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert C. Jackson, Jr., Bob was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of New Mexico, BBA, MBA. He was an Eagle Scout. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator during the Viet Nam War. Bob was dedicated to serving others and was a long-time Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He was active with Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, serving as a Board Member since 1986 and as a past Chairman. He was active in First Presbyterian Church Foundation, Rotary Club of Albuquerque, NM, Planned Giving Council, New Mexico Estate Planning Council and also volunteered for several years with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in a number of capacities, including Launch Director. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with his family and many friends. He will be deeply missed by all.
Janes, Michael 1963 HS
Jernigan, Robert H. 1961 HS-1963 JC
Jeter, Larry S. 1963 JC
Johnson, Gordon D. 1961 HS-1963 JC
Joiner, SPC Jerry D., USA 1963 JC ~ 09-Jun-2006
Knowles, William D. 1963 JC ~ 20-Feb-2013
Kresler, Thomas A. 1963 HS ~ 18-Jul-2006
Lambright, James R. 1963 HS ~ 15-Dec-2008
Latham, Frank W., Jr. 1963 HS
Long, LCDR Richard K., USN (Ret) 1963 JC
Lowe, Carroll K. 1963 JC ~ 29-Aug-2016 72, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2016. He was born in El Paso, TX,on October 17, 1943. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Mary Nell Lowe and his son, Roy Masatosh Lowe. He is survived by his ex-wife, Shizuka Lowe, who cared for him for the past 10 years, his brother, Kevin David Lowe of Roswell, NM, son, Carroll K Murphy of Silver City, NM and daughter, Corinna C Lowe of Seattle, WA. He was an alumni of New Mexico Military Institute, a graduate of New Mexico State University with a degree in Forestry, but most of all he was a 50-year member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local Union 412 out of Albuquerque, NM. As a pipefitter/welder he worked throughout the United States. Carroll was very much a part of the last of a dying breed as he was a union man through and through. He never drove a foreign car and always looked for the union label. As a journeyman in his trade he took the time to teach his apprentices the values of trade unionism and solidarity. Every year he helped judge the 5th year apprenticeship contest for UA Local 412. He was also a political activist. He was a delegate to Central New Mexico Central Labor Council and spent many hours phone banking with labor urging fellow union members to vote and vote the right way.
Lundberg, Robert D. 1963 JC ~ 14-Oct-2009 66 of Little Elm, TX, formerly of Arizona, passed away October 14, 2009 in Mesa, AZ. He was born in San Diego, CA. He worked for 25 years for the Arizona Bank as a Commercial and Consumer bank manager, providing financial services for automotive dealerships. He graduated top of his class at New Mexico Military Institute, attended U of A and graduated with honors from ASU. He is survived by his wife Sheri Lundberg, mother Phyllis Dodds, brothers Rick Lundberg and Randy wife Sandy Lundberg, stepchildren Steve Moog, Susie and Jeff Madden and twin grandsons Cash and Cooper Madden.
Lundgren, Jon R. 1963 HS ~ 28-Jul-2012 Jon Ray “”Arizona Jon”” Lundgren, 68, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Exeter Hospital. He was born May 23, 1944, in Cambridge, MA, the son of the late Paul H. and Katherine G. (Gilmore) Lundgren. After residing in Arizona for many years, he returned to New England in 1987 with his family, making his home on the New Hampshire Seacoast. A witty, intelligent and well-informed man, he lived the way he wanted to live and was comfortable with his choices. His colorful stories were his trademark. The death of his wife, Kathryn L. Goodrich, in February 2003, left a profound absence in his life. He is survived by his children, Marc T. Lundgren and his family, Charlene Flanders and her son Ryan, and Star L. (Mrs. Paul R.) Higgins and their children, Paul R. Jr., and Theodore H. “”Teddy”” Higgins; one sister, Margie (Mrs. Jimmie) McKnight; his niece, Kristi Jacobs; and his nephew, Jon Peterson. He was predeceased by one sister, Bobbe Stinson.
Manning, Holland B. 1963 HS ~ 30-Nov-2009 Holland “Buddy” Manning, age 66, passed away at his home near Tucumcari on Monday, November 30, 2009, following an extended illness. Buddy was born February 21, 1943, in Terrell, TX, to M.B and Annie Mae Manning. He came to Tucumcari, NM, and made his home with Henry and Kay Bugg. He served in the New Mexico National Guard for 6 years. He worked for many years at the Tucumcari Truck Terminal and had his own refrigeration repair business. He graduated from the Tucumcari High School in 1962. Surviving Buddy Manning is his wife, Karen of Tucumcari; one son, Jon Manning and his children, Camron and Corey Manning all of Tucumcari, NM; his mother, Annie Mae Manning of Canton, TX; one sister, Sandy White and her husband, Harry of Canton, TX; his brothers, Bill Manning of Kauffman, TX, and John Bugg and wife, Donna of Tucumcari; his sister-in-law, Catherine Bugg of Tucumcari along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, M.B. Manning; by a brother, Allen Bugg; a sister, Lana Kay Bugg, and by Henry and Kay Bugg. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday morning at 10:00 AM in the Dunn Memorial Chapel. With Pastor Fred Caton officiating. Pall bearers will be Jon Manning, Josh McCauley, Dennis Garcia, Robert Benavidez, Quinten Bugg, and Harry White.
Manuel, Gerald T. 1963 JC
Marsh, James W. 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 08-Jan-1962
McBride, 1LT Ellis A., Jr., USA 1963 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action – died of fragment wounds near Kontum on 23 June 1967.
McKee, David M. 1963 HS
McMaster, Bruce D. 1963 HS ~ 02-May-2018
McPherson, Donald G. “Sandy” 1963 JC ~ 09-Oct-2020 D.G. Sandy McPherson, after a truly heroic fight, lost his life on Friday, October 9, 2020. It was due to complications post cardiac surgery. Sandy was born on July 31, 1942 in Montgomery, AL, where his father was one of the original flight instructors for the Tuskegee Airmen. He travelled often in his youth as his family was reassigned to different SAC bases in this country. He graduated from high school in Portsmouth, NH. Following high school, he attended NMMI, and then Texas A&M University. Sandy was a member of the vocal group The Satellites, and appeared on American Bandstand In his senior year of high school after they cut a record. In college, he performed with the folk group the Wayfarers. It was a wonderful memory for him. In 1964, he Joined the Army. After basic training he served at Ft Huachuca, AZ Specializing in Crypto communications. He attended Officer Candidate school and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Army Signal Corps. He Attended Airborne Jump School and was awarded his Parachutist or Jump Wings. He Was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC, as the acting Commanding Officer of the newly created 126 Light Maintenance Company. 2nd Lt. McPherson and Company were shipped to Vietnam out of San Francisco on the US General Walker. While enroute to VietNam they diverted to Okinawa. The 126th Light Maintenance Company was then disbanded and assigned to the 2nd Logistical Command. He was promoted to Captain. After serving his overseas tour of duty on Okinawa he was assigned to Ft Lewis, WA. He served with honor and and returned to civilian life in San Diego, CA, in 1969. On Christmas day of 1969, a brand new 20-year-old named Mary Carol Wise flew to San Diego from Chicago and met Sandy less than a week later. It was meant to be, as these two people enjoyed 50 years of love with its ups and downs but always constant and never questioned. Their proudest accomplishments were the birth of their sons, Trevor in June, 1978 And Kyle in December, 1979. These two men are adored by their parents. Clanmcp was a unit, never to be broken up. Sandy worked for almost 30 years for Knight Security and Fire Systems as a vice president. He retired in 2008, and unfortunately, was soon stricken with several health issues that prevented him from doing his favorite hobbies, building radio controlled airplanes and fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sandy is survived by his wife, Mary, sons Trevor (Sarah), Kyle (Teresa) and grandchildren Sophia, Olivia, Harper and Mitchell. He is also survived by his lifelong dear friend Bill Clark and his life long dear friend/ brother in law Bill Wise and family as well as many Fly fishing & Aviation buddies and a plethora of others. A celebration of his life will follow when Covid s its ugly head. He was a man of integrity, honor and esteem. Tight lines, sweetheart. You are so loved.
Metarelis, George S. 1963 JC ~ 16-Sep-1998
Mitchell, G. Clifford, II 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 01-Jun-2019 George Clifford Mitchell, II, 76, of Lancing, passed away June 1, 2019 at Roane Medial Center. Born in Roswell, NM, June 26, 1942, he was preceded in death by his parents, George and Della Mitchell. He served in the United States Navy, and was an elder of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Terry Mitchell of Lancing; two children, sister, Carol Marturano of Lampasas, TX, and many other relatives and friends.
Moneck, Robert E. 1963 JC
Morris, Joseph D. 1963 HS ~ 27-Jul-2013
Nachtrieb, Charles H., III 1963 JC
Nelson, Bailey W. Jr. 1963 HS ~ 12-Mar-1992
Newton, John E. 1963 JC ~ 15-Aug-1993
Orr, James E. 1963 JC ~ 26-Sep-2002
Page, J. Philip 1963 HS ~ 10-Oct-2009 born June 3, 1945. Passed away Oct. 10, 2009. Superb person, husband, father, brother passed peacefully in his Los Osos home surrounded by family. A resident of Leona Valley since 1951. He is survived by his wife Sue, daughters Katie, Maddie, and Abbie, brothers Thom and Charles. He will be remembered for his fierce independence, keen sense of humor and unique philosophy of life.
Parker, Marvin R. 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 03-Mar-1993
Pearson, James M. 1963 JC ~ 16-Mar-1965
Peschka, CAPT Jerome A., Jr., USN (Ret) 1963 JC ~ 29-Jan-2017 73 passed away on January 29, 2017 in Las Cruces, NM. He was born on August 13, 1943 in Roswell, NM, to Jerome and Lucille (Hanagan) Peschka. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute (Junior College, 63′) and Oregon State University (Bachelor of Science, 65′). Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he was commissioned in the United States Navy. He held a Master of Management (personnel) from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he won the J. Wm. Middendorf, II, Award for Advanced Research. In his 29-year naval career he served aboard USS MCCAFFERY (DD 860), USS RICH (DD 820), USS PAUL REVERE (LPA 248), and USS SHASTA (AE 33). He commanded the USS CIMMARON (AO 177) and was the Officer in Charge of a Coastal Patrol Boat (PCF 15). He also commanded Military Sealift Command, Pusan, Korea; Military Sealift Command Mediterranean, Naples, Italy; Military Sealift Command Pacific, Oakland, CA; and Maritime Prepositioning Squadron Three. He was Officer in Charge of Coastal Division 12 Detachment, Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam. Additional assignments included serving in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OP 43), Washington, DC, and as the Operations Officer for Military Sealift Command Headquarters, Washington, DC. Following retirement from the Navy, he obtained a U.S. Coast Guard Master, Oceans Unlimited License and sailed in the merchant marine for the next 20 years. His time in the merchant marine included serving in HIDDENSEE (ex-East German/Soviet Missile Corvette), USNS 2nd LT JOHN P. BOBO, and as Master of T/S TEXAS CLIPPER II, USNS KANE (T-AGS-27), USNS BOWDITCH (T-AGS-62), USNS MARY SEARS (T-AGS-65), and USNS GILLILAND (T-AKR-298). He was an active member and supporter of the Alamogordo Cancer Resource Center. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Porter Peschka of Washington, DC; son, Patrick F. (Billie) Peschka of Paradise, TX; two grandsons, Connor Peschka, Collin Peschka; three brothers, Michael P. (Ellie) Peschka of La Mesa, NM, William F. (Ann) Peschka of Rio Rico, AZ, David A. (Lorual) Peschka of Roswell, NM; four sisters, Corrine Peschka of El Paso, TX, Christine (William) Milyard of Las Cruces, NM, Mary Patricia Peschka of Las Cruces, NM, Lucille M. (Chalmer) Holloway of Roswell, NM. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerome A. Peschka; mother, Lucille M. Peschka; sister, Cecilia Peschka; and sister, Ann Peschka.
Quintana, Frank M., Jr. 1963 JC ~ 01-Sep-1990
Revell, Owen R. 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 25-Sep-2008 65 of Austin, passed away September 25, 2008. Born to Jack and Elizabeth Revell on September 24, 1943, in Austin, Owen attended Austin High and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute. He attended The University of Texas and earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University. He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister, Suzanne. Owen is survived by his daughters, Suzanne and Jessica Revell, and their mother, Donna Revell Carr; niece, Danielle Henkes and family; nephew, Jon Hilliard. Owen was an avid golfer, taught by Harvey Penick, and was a long-time member of Austin Country Club. He was a die-hard Longhorn fan and could be found at most UT men’s basketball home games. Owen was one of the founders of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church of Round Rock and attended services regularly. He touched many people’s lives and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Rhea, Robert L., III 1963 HS ~ 20-Dec-2000
Rhodes, Frank A., III 1963 HS ~ 23-Jun-1996
Rogers, William H., III 1963 JC ~ 22-Mar-2005 Born February 5, 1943 in Abilene, TX and passed away March 22, 2005 in Plano, TX. Bill’s passions were his work, his family and UT football. Graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, and Eastern New Mexico University, a CPA with Arthur Andersen, and a real estate developer with Trammell Crow and MCA Development. His life’s work was developing first rate communities in Plano, Allen, Forney and throughout the metroplex where families could live and play together. He is survived by his wife, Ann; three sons, Tony, Ben and Jonathan; two daughters-in-law, Tahni and Katrina; grandchildren, William and Meg.
Rosson, Loren Herman 1963 JC ~ 14-Sep-2010 67, of Hudson, died Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. He was born in Clovis, NM, on January 25, 1943, the son of Loren H., Sr., and Betty Jo (Harscher) Rosson. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Hanle) Rosson. Loren was briefly in the U.S. Air Force and he served his country in Vietnam. He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS, and was an attorney in the Nashua area for many years. Along with his wife of over 44 years, survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Holly Rosson and Jeffrey Lawson of Asheville, NC; his son, Loren H. Rosson, III, of Nashua; a grandson, Zachary Lawson of Asheville, NC; and two sisters.
Runyon, Kenneth V. “Van” 1963 JC ~ 17-Aug-2017
Ryan, James Jonathon, CAPT, USN (Ret) 1963 JC ~ 1998
Shackelford, Howard L. 1963 HS
Sill, Michael J. 1963 JC
Skinner, Charles A., Jr. 1963 JC ~ 24-Aug-2015
Smith, Jack E. 1961 HS-1963 JC
Spanyol, Robert L. 1963 HS
Spotts, David L. 1963 HS
Stewart, William A 1963 HS ~ 29-May-2011 (1945-2011) age 65, of Zion, IL, died Sunday, May 29, 2011 at St. Catherine’s Medical Center. Former President of Stewart Coffee Company.
Stratton, Bryan T. 1963 JC ~ 03-Nov-2017 74, passed away at his Austin home on November 3, 2017. He was born in Louisville, KY, to the late J. Bryan and Dorothy Stratton. He grew up in Baytown, TX, where he attended Robert E. Lee High School. Bryan was a varsity athlete in several sports including the 1961 State Champion baseball team. Upon graduation Bryan attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and later the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating with a law degree from UT, Bryan spent many years as a trust officer for banks in Houston, Baytown, Abilene and Austin. Bryan was an avid sports fan, especially all UT sports and the Houston Astros. He was a devoted grandfather, and loyal friend. We will miss him. He is survived by his children: Staci Krosby and husband Tor, Austin Stratton, Lindsey Swope and husband Payton, Blake Stratton, and Cory Stratton; four grand-daughters: Taylor, Brooke, and Reese Krosby, and Sydney Swope; and sister, Lynn Krippel and husband Mike; as well as niece: Julie Warmbrodt and nephew Scott Krippel.
Strickland, Richard F. 1963 JC ~ 10-Jul-2013
Thompson, Robert D., III 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 24-Mar-2017 (Heavy Cat) died at the age of 73, following a courageous battle with esophageal cancer returned to his Heavenly Father Friday, March 24, 2017. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, TX. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. that morning in the parlor. Bob Thompson was born June 5, 1943, to Lt. Robert Dan Thompson, Jr., and Jane Lewis Thompson in Brownsville, TX, where his father was stationed at Fort Brown. At the age of six weeks Bob was taken to the Lewis Family ranch fifty miles north of Roswell, NM. As an infant through early adult hood Bob was instilled with the spirit and values of a cowboy. The lessons included: Be grateful to God for gifts He gives and take care of them; never tell a lie; if you do something wrong admit it and make things right; love, value, and take care of your family and friends. Cowboys are to work hard, finish the job, and then play just a hard. This is how Bob lived his life. RDT, III, had several nicknames, each identifying different stages of his life. The first was Beto (little Bobby) a name his Granky chose for his six-week-old partner. Cousins, cowboys, and friends all used this name during his growing up years in New Mexico. The second name was Shade Tree given by football teammates at New Mexico Military Institute where he graduated in 1962. The last and most familiar was Heavy Cat bestowed by his Kappa Sigma brothers when he jumped on a tabletop and entertained all with his rendition of Twist and Shout. Even following his graduation in 1967 from Texas Tech with a degree from the College of Agriculture Heavy Cat is the name that was used the rest of his life. December 24, 1970, Ann Armistead and Robert Dan Thompson, III, were married. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson were married 46 years always loving and supporting one another. Their two sons Robert Dan Thompson, IV, and Jesse Davis Thompson made their family complete. The good times and the tough times were all shared as a family. Family and friends filled Bob’s home and his heart. Bob was a devout Christian always-putting God and His son Jesus Christ first. Living life to the fullest Bob served as a former president of the Lubbock Toast Master Club, Greater Lubbock Rotary Club, and the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Anything involving Texas Tech he was there to support. Using his cowboy spirit and values Bob was a mentor to hundreds of young men as he served 10 years as the alumnae advisor for the Texas Tech Kappa Sigma Chapter. Bob’s professional life was with Mass Mutual Life Insurance where he was an agent and financial advisor for 46 years. Taking care of clients and their families was a joy for him. He would laughingly say I don’t like to change jobs too often. He was recognized by Mass Mutual as one of the Top 10 Agents in the United States. All involved with Mass Mutual became an extended part of his family. Remembering his Cowboy lessons, playing hard was always taken seriously and enjoyed by all around him. Sharing the outdoors with his sons and friends included hunting and fishing. Playing tennis, handball, and golf were positive activities for his competitive spirit. Exploring the world with Ann and friends became a passion. Laughter and dancing were necessities in his life. Robert Dan Thompson, III, is survived by his wife, Ann Armistead Thompson; two sons, Robert Dan Thompson, IV, (Rhonda) of Ft. Worth, TX, and Jesse Davis Thompson of Temple, TX; and grandson, Charles Noah Richardson of Lubbock, TX. Other surviving family members include his sister, Janet Miles (Jim) of Denver, CO, brother, Charles Lewis Thompson of Roswell, NM; nephew, Chad Miles of San Rafael, CA; and brother-in-law, David Armistead (Suzanne) of Austin, TX. His extended family includes many cousins with whom he enjoyed growing up. Bob was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; and two nephews. We would especially like to thank all of our family and friends, his care team at MD Anderson, Hospice of Lubbock, Dr. Keith Wiseman our minister at FUMC, and Rev. Tim Askew and his wife Ella for walking with us during Bob’s difficult journey.
Tidwell, Dennis T. 1963 JC ~ 04-Aug-2018, 75, passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Kindred Hospital in Albuquerque.
Dennis was born May 11, 1943, in Artesia, the son of Clyde and Vivian (Haldeman) Tidwell. He was a lifelong Artesia resident. He was a cable tool well driller and a member of First Christian Church. Dennis loved animals, horses, livestock, and his dog. He enjoyed visiting with his family and friends, and was a lifelong early-morning coffee shop regular. Survivors include his wife, Linda Tidwell, of Artesia; sons Todd Tidwell and Trenton Tidwell, both of California; stepmother Lake Tidwell of Artesia; granddaughter Nicole Lillie Evans of Artesia; and ex-wife Kathy Tidwell. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter.
Tolbert, Kenneth P. 1963 HS ~ 25-May-2000
Tolbert, CAPT William L. USA (Ret) 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 17-May-2017, 74, of Farmington, died peacefully in his home Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He was born Sept. 9, 1942, in Shiprock. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam war, William served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and many more. He attended Farmington High School, graduated from the N.M. Military Institute and attended Fort Lewis College. William then joined the U.S. Armed Forces where he served 10 years. He married Ann Tolbert (Owens) in 1973 and they raised seven children together. He went on to work in the Oilfield and worked for Aztec Well Service for 34 years before retiring in 2009. He spent his remaining years enjoying his dogs, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. William was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and his wife, Ann Tolbert. He is survived by his sons, Eric Tolbert, Jeff Tolbert (Ryoko), Mark, Greg and Brian Hogan; daughters, Susan Hayes (Wyatt) and Melissa Hogan; sister, Susan Carpenter (Pat); nephews, Daryl and Andy Carpenter; grandchildren, Matt Nelson (Chelsey), Brent Nelson (Rachel), Michell Sansom, Ashley Hogan, Seiya and Amy Tolbert; and great-grandchildren, Jase and Tucker Nelson, Raegan and Cooper Nelson.
Trujillo, Augustin M. “Gus” 1962 HS-1963 JC ~ 13-Aug-2009 68, of Amarillo died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. Mr. Trujillo went to Roswell High School. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute, where he graduated and received his junior college degree. He also attended the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, OK. In the Army, Gus obtained the rank of sergeant. Augustine received his bachelor’s degree from West Texas State and also graduated from the University of Texas, School of Law in Austin. He was a member of the New Mexico National Guard. He was a Golden Gloves boxing champion in Roswell, N.M. He had his own law firm called Gus Trujillo Law Firm, which he operated for over 20 years. After retiring from law, he started Gus Trujillo Business Ventures. Gus loved politics and ran for city commissioner several times. He was a member of Los Barrios de Amarillo, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and LULAC. Gus loved spending as much time as possible with his family and had a great sense of humor. He also loved taking his kids and their friends riding around in his classic cars and on his motorcycle in the evenings. Gus was passionate about classic and antique cars. He enjoyed spending time with his family at the flea market. He always encouraged his kids to finish their education and to follow their dreams. Gus will always be remembered as a dad and friend that will greatly be missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio F. And Aida O. Trujillo. Survivors include his wife, Piedad Mary Trujillo; a daughter, Toni Guadalupe Trujillo; two sons, Gus Luis Trujillo and Antonio Gus Trujillo; two brothers, MAJ Joe A. Martinez, NMARNG, (Ret) 1958 JC and wife Catalina Trujillo and LTC Arthur H. Trujillo, USA (Ret) 1961 JC and wife Minerva A. Trujillo.
Vinson, Matthew L., III 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 15-Aug-2001
Witherspoon, Douglas A. 1963 HS ~ 06-May-2016 born November 14, 1943 in Holly, CO, passed away May 6th, 2016 at the age of 72. He enjoyed fishing, drinking coffee, and hunting with his friends and family. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Lovington High School in 1963. He continued on to higher education at Lubbock Christian University. Doug was loved by all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his father Joe Witherspoon, granddaughter Ashley Rene Witherspoon, mother-in-law Marselle Cain, father-in-law Carl Cain, brother-in-law Eric Pyles, and niece Erin Pyles. Doug is survived by his wife of 51 years Janey Witherspoon (Hobbs, NM), son Allen Witherspoon (Wolfforth, TX), granddaughter Siera Witherspoon (Dallas, TX), mother Enid Gates (Carlsbad, NM), brother Dee Witherspoon (Carlsbad, NM), sister-in-law Virginia Pyles, Sister-in-law Catherin Schroth and husband Bill, brother-in-law Thomas Cain and wife Diana, brother-in-law Michael Cain and wife Stacy, two very special people Jennifer Warden and Tammy Witherspoon, and many nieces and nephews.
Wood, LTC Scott G, USA (Ret) 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 23-Jul-2020, 76, of Boerne, TX, passed away on July 23, 2020. Scott was born on July 29, 1943 in Sacramento, CA. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute with an Arts degree in 1963. He was awarded a track scholarship to Texas Tech University where he qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 800 meters in 1964 and was ranked 7th in the Nation. After he graduated with a degree in History from Texas Tech he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was an armor officer, pilot instructor and he served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot in 1970. Scott received several service awards including Air, Defense Meritorious Service and Commendation Medals. While in the Army he earned a master’s degree in Management from Webster University. Scott was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1983 and served as Commander of the Airfield Stuttgart in Germany and was later promoted to Deputy Community Commander in 1987. Scott retired in 1989 as Lt. Colonel after 23 years of distinguished and honorable service. From a young age, Scott enjoyed drawing and was a very talented artist. He tried, unsuccessfully, to get his first cartoon published when he was just 9 years old. He continued developing his art and characters through elementary and high school creating cartoons for his high school newspaper. He went on to create the popular cartoon strip character “Quibbley”, which appeared in the European Stars and Stripes newspaper for ten years and spawned nine books and several posters. He accomplished his life-long dream becoming a successful cartoonist and published several books (website: www.wood-toons.com). Scott moved to Texas from Germany in 2017 and built a home in Boerne to be closer to family. Shortly after his arrival, he proudly served as the Grand Marshal in the Berges Fest parade. Scott lived life to the fullest, loved to joke, laugh and tease those that he loved. He made friends easily, was kind, generous, and always the life of the party. He loved food, was a wonderful cook and thoroughly enjoyed preparing ten course dinners for family and friends. Scott would always toast “Guten Appetit” before eating meals together. He enjoyed music, watching sports and he loved being a Grandpa. He adored his two rescued German Shepherds, Comanche and Cheyenne they brought him so much happiness and joy. Scott was taken too soon but leaves us with wonderful memories and a smile in our hearts. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Douglas Cunningham; his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Amy Wood; three grandchildren, Natalie, Evan, and Alexandra; and his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Ed Madigan. A memorial with military honors and celebration of his life will be planned when it is safe to come together. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Pacos Animal Rescue Network in honor of Scott Wood. PayPal: Pacosrescue@yahoo.com or checks can be mailed to Pacos Rescue Network, 8609 Delta Dawn Lane, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, 78015.
Wood, Dr. William C. III 1963 HS ~ 08-Apr-2017 71 years of Paulden, AZ, born June 30, 1945 in Fort Worth, TX, passed away at his home, April 8, 2017. A beloved, husband, father, brother, and country horse doctor. After graduating from NMMI, HS 1963, Bill went on to Texas A&M where he received his undergraduate degree in 1967 and then received his doctorate in veterinary medicine, in 1970. He practiced solely as an equine vet and his practice took him throughout the U.S.A. tending to rodeo and racing horses, to farms, to individuals with one to 100+ horses, along with taking care of the many mules at the Grand Canyon. He was one of the first equine vets to include the practice of chiropractic care. He is survived by his wife, Gwyn, his son Kyle (Tasha) Wood, his daughter Allison (Brandon) Quadrini, his brother’s Dennis D. Wood 1967 HS-1969 JC (Brandi), Mack (Sherry) Wood, Jeb R. Stuart 1977 HS (Kimberli), and Robb M. Stuart 1979 HS. His grandchildren, Killian, Sophie, Kaden, and Bryson Wood, Ethan and Ryan Quadrini. He is also survived by his stepsons Mase (Jenni) Mattingly and Jacob Mattingly and their children along with numerous beloved nieces and nephews, and friends.
Wooley, Homer L. “Lee” 1963 HS ~ 19-Mar-2010 Our beloved Lee, age 64, passed away with dignity after battling an acutely aggressive illness, on March 19, 2010 while in the kind care of Hospice of the Valley. He is survived by his wife Pat, their children from prior marriages: Cristopher and Justin Wooley and Jennifer Hill, his mother Vivian Myrick, his sister Jodi Stewart, his favorite aunt Dee Turner and his lovable crested mutts Chyna & Betsy. Born in Yakima, WA, Lee landed in Arizona as a pre-teen. His years on the Show Low ranch honed his love of animals and geology & earned him bragging rights of being a real Arizona cowboy. Lee graduated high school at the New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM. He served with honor in the Navy for four years with his last assignment being on the USS VULCAN out of Norfolk, VA. Lee worked in many fields throughout his life, including but not limited to having his own business, salesman and trainer, motivational speaker, desktop logistics management for Honeywell and last as Fulfillment Center Supervisor & International Shipper for Blackboard. His strong work ethic that started as a boy with his first paper route was an example to all of his commitment to excellence and his determination not to be outdone. Lee was the happiest when at home enjoying pro & college football, watching the history channel, especially of military hardware, Jeopardy & working crossword puzzles with his honey and the dogs at his feet.
Wortham, Bura David 1963 HS ~ 28-Jul-2010 died on 28 July 2013. He is survived by his wife, Dana; sons, Clayton and Jason; daughters, Deena, Kristina and Kim; and five grandchildren.
Wortham, John O. 1963 HS ~ 10-Oct-2004
Wright, Dr. Richard A. 1961 HS-1963 JC
Wurster, Ronald F. 1963 JC
Young, Larry T. 1961 HS-1963 JC ~ 24-Sep-2000
Zegarac, Michael D. 1963 HS ~ 18-Jun-2012
Abbott, Wayne Rosser, II 1962 HS
Ake, Martin V. 1962 HS ~ 28-Jul-1966
Applegate, James B. 1962 HS
Atkinson, Ray Burnette 1962 HS ~ 12-Mar-1998
Banes, Richard E. 1962 HS ~ 18-Jul-2015 age 71, passed away on July 18, 2015 in Farmington, NM. He was born on September 21, 1943 in Albuquerque, NM to Wiley and Elsie Banes. Dickie and his brother Tommy spent many a summer at Teelawuket Guest Ranch at the upper end of Vallecito Lake, near Durango, CO. During these times he learned to cinch a saddle, rope a horse, fly fish on the river, and rescue the tourists that came to spend a week as a cowboy. Could this be where he learned to take a swig of whiskey or sneak a smoke, LOL. Dick attended NM Military Institute and Ft. Lewis College. He owned an Enco Service Station in Albuquerque, NM for a number of years. He later became the Executive Vice President of The Albuquerque Association of Credit Management. Dick married his Jane on January 15, 1971 in Albuquerque, NM. In 1979, they moved to the Durango area and bought a store on the NM/CO border and called it Dick & Jane’s Place. During their years at this location, they became the center stone of Bondad and of ones that traveled Highway 550. Dick was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Janie); brother Tom Banes (Nancy) of Albuquerque; sister Nancy Calahan (Gordon) of Lakewood, CO; niece, Stacey Banes of Albuquerque; nephews Brandon Banes (Alicia) of Albuquerque, Devin Ferebee of Lakewood, CO. and Kurtis Ferebee of Denver, CO; great-nieces and nephews Samantha Finlayson and Megan Finlayson, Avery Banes, Matthew Pisa, Riley Pisa of Albuquerque and Dylan Ferebee of Lakewood, CO. He is also survived by his dearest friends Tyra van Bell, all her family and Larry Gammon, a “TON” of friends we refer to as family and San Juan Rehab, Carol Cherry and her staff along with his two cohorts-Terry Roach and Len Leonard.
Bender, Robert A. 1962 HS ~ 26-Jun-1999
Bennett, John G. 1962 JC ~ 18-Nov-2016 74, of La Verne, passed away on Friday November 18th. John was born April 13, 1942 in Albuquerque NM to Jack and Evelyn Dean. He grew up in Albuquerque and attended the New Mexico Military Institute. He later moved to Florida where he attended the Admiral Farragut Academy. He served in the Vietnam War for the Army. John had a 32-year career as a firefighter for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, retiring a captain in 1997. He enjoyed working on classic cars, getting his Ford Cobra replica published in a magazine. He is survived by his wife Pamela (Kotzin), son John Jr., daughter in-law Lori, and daughter Melanie (Flores), 4 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Bergamo, Charles A. 1962 HS ~ 13-Sep-2008
Bogle, J. Robert 1962 HS ~ 01-Feb-2015 ‘A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…’ Proverbs 22:1. J. Robert Bogle, 91, began his eternal life on December 16, 2002 after a life of loving dedication to church, community, and family. Born to Joseph Samuel and Katie (Wells) Bogle on October 4, 1911 near Ponca City, he was the fourth of six children. In 1916 his family moved to South Oklahoma City where Robert lived until moving to Epworth Villa in 1991. Robert came from a farming and livestock family. As a young man, he and his older brother would spend their springs and summers shepherding sheep at pasture. It was in the spring of 1939 while watching sheep near Garber that Robert met Kathleen Birdsall. On April 19th of that year they were married, and to this partnership of 63 years were born, four sons, Charles, Gary, Dennis, and Ronald. In 1941, Robert began working for the National Livestock Commission Company in Oklahoma City as a buyer. In addition, he and his brother Rolla were wheat and sheep farmers. The Bogle Brothers were successful in the livestock business and were known for their knowledge and honesty throughout this region of the country. Robert retired in 1977, but was not ready to quit working, so he became a licensed Realtor and worked in residential real-estate sales for several years. In addition to a life of hard work, Robert was a dedicated leader in his church, community, and in his sons’ schools. As a devoted father, he volunteered for 14 years with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He was involved in the community as an active member of the Capitol Hill Lions Club. As a dedicated churchman, he helped establish Lambuth United Methodist Church on Oklahoma City’s South Shields and was an active leader in the church for decades. Robert was the last living charter member of Lambuth. Robert is survived by three sons and their wives, Charles and Dorothy Bogle of Westcliffe, CO, Gary and Donna Bogle of Holland, MI, and Ron Bogle and Dr. Kathy Donovan of Oklahoma City and Washington, DC. A fourth son, Dennis, was killed in action in Vietnam in, 1969. In addition, Robert is survived by three married grandchildren, Ashley and Greg Arhart, Seattle, WA, Bryan and Shari Bogle, Washington DC, Erica and Chris Dake, Gallatin, TN; and two unmarried grandchildren, Kevin and Erin Bogle of Oklahoma City. He is also survived by a sister, Estelle Hoyle of Bartlesville, OK. He is preceded in death by his wife Kathleen, and siblings Roy, Rolla, Edna Peaster, and Ella Rowlan. Robert had a full and complete life. In spite of the trauma of declining health in later years, he continued, to be known for his gentle humor and genuine interest in others.
Borchert, Michael G. 1962 HS ~ 19-Jun-2015
Brickell, Jeffrey D. 1962 JC ~ 02-Jun-2009 born on April 8, 1942, passed away unexpectedly on June 2, 2009. He was raised in Eureka, CA, and moved to Reno, NV, in 1962. He was a Navy Corpsman during the Vietnam War and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. He had a passion for flying Cessna air planes and loved sports cars, especially Corvettes. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and having drinks with family and friends. His most memorable times were working and living in Virginia City (1970-1990) before returning to Reno. He is survived by his brother, Chris Brickell; stepdaughter, Cindy Buchanan; four nieces and his friends.
Bryson, William E. 1962 HS ~ 01-Sep-1986
Burkett, Thomas W. 1962 HS ~ 15-Oct-2001
Burnham, David W. 1962 HS ~ 16-Dec-2001
Catanach, Raymond M. 1962 HS ~ 26-Apr-2020, age 75, beloved husband and father, peacefully passed away at his home in Albuquerque with family at his side on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Born in Santa Fe, he was a lifelong resident of New Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 51 years and love of his life, Irene Catanach; daughters, Keely Catanach, Kristin Grenemyer and her husband, Dr. Timothy Grenemyer, and their four daughters, Hannah, Miah, Sarah, and Gabriella. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend to many. He cherished the time that he spent with family, especially his granddaughters.
Cathey, Dr. J. Gary 1961 HS-1962 JC ~ 05-Sep-2012
Chase, Michael A. 1962 HS ~ 04-Apr-2013, 68, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013, at his home in Sand Springs, OK, after a short battle with cancer. Michael was born October 4, 1944, in Kansas City, MO. His parents were Vincent and Margaret (Alden) Chase. He grew up in Phoenix. Following graduation from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, Michael graduated from Notre Dame University with a degree in finance. After college, Michael served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea. He worked in Phoenix 10 years and then moved to Ellsworth, Kan. Before retiring, Michael was a farmer. After a 22-year courtship, he married Joleen (Wright) Dobrinski on April 14, 2007, in Las Vegas. Besides farming, Michael enjoyed golfing, skiing, gambling and happy hour. He loved spending time with his beloved family, especially the grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Michael’s parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Jodi of the home; mother-in-law Ona Wright, Ellsworth, Kan.; step-son Morgan J. Dobrinski, Ellsworth, KS; step-daughter Liberti B. Ploutz, Iola, KS; grandchildren Marlana, Madalyn and Mallory Dobrinski and Carson Ploutz; his wife’s extended family, and many friends.
Cohn, Samuel E. 1962 JC ~ 28-May-2012
Cowart, Bailey V. 1962 HS ~ 29-Jan-2007
Crabtree, John C. 1962 HS ~ 16-Jun-2018
Crane, James E., Jr. 1962 JC ~ 27-Sep-2007
Crawford, A. Mortimer, II 1962 HS
Culbertson, LCDR James L., III, USN (Ret) 1962 HS ~ 19-Jun-2011 of Los Lunas, NM, affectionately known as Cub, age 67, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father, James L. Culbertson, II. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Elaine; his mother, Mary J. Culbertson of Albuquerque; his son, James L. Culbertson, IV, and wife, Therese of Corrales; his daughter, Kelsey J. Culbertson of Albuquerque; one grandson, James Connor Culbertson (Little Cubby); his sister, Carol Hoffman and husband, Vincent of Albuquerque; stepchildren, Celeste Ehlers of Albuquerque, Mario Gonzales and wife, Lavette of Los Lunas, Ginamarie Sconyers and husband, David of Tulsa, OK; six step-grandchildren. Cub grew up in Albuquerque, graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, and attended the University of New Mexico, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO. He was commissioned into the United States Navy and attended flight training, where he earned his Wings as a Naval Aviator. Among his many assignments, he served as a flight instructor, safety officer, and flight commander, and flew numerous missions around the world in the P-3 aircraft. He was stationed in Antarctica and several naval air stations in the United States. He was a decorated veteran of the Viet Nam War and retired from the Navy after 20 years of service, as a Lieutenant Commander. He and his wife, Elaine have resided at the Midvalley Airpark for the past 20 years.
DeLaFuente, Emiliano, Jr. 1962 JC
Deleon, Leon Rene 1962 JC ~ 01-Nov-1982
Dowdle, Bryan P. 1962 HS ~ 27-Mar-2017 73, of Casa Grande died at home on March 27, 2017. Mr. Dowdle was born in Winslow on April 4, 1943. He was a third-generation Arizona native and the second son of Frank and Frances Dowdle. He lived in Winslow until age 6, when his family moved to Coolidge in 1950. He was a member of First Baptist Church, was active in Boy Scouts and was a Little League All-Star. He left high school early to enlist in the Army, where he was trained and worked as a heavy equipment mechanic, serving at Fort Lewis, WA, and six months in Germany. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Coolidge and re-enrolled in high school, graduating in 1964. He attended Arizona Western College in Yuma for a year and later worked in the mining industry as a diesel mechanic in Arizona and California for many years. He returned to Arizona, where he worked as a mechanic for Red River Land & Cattle Company and later for Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District. He loved his family very much and was devoted to them. He is survived by his wife, Pat; a daughter, Alyson Bell, of Casa Grande; two brothers: Steven Dowdle, of Tucson and Bill Dowdle, of Peoria; and three grandchildren.
Driscoll, John J. 1962 HS ~ 11-Jul-2013 68, of Hobbs, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Hobbs. Graveside services will be 1:00 PM, Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Memory Gardens Cemetery with Deacon Sam Navarrette, celebrant. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Air Force. Mr. Driscoll was born on October 7, 1944 in Buffalo, NY, to John and Erma Driscoll, Sr. He moved to Albuquerque at a young age. After schooling at New Mexico Military Institute and University of New Mexico, he worked for a major grocery store and the FAA until entering private business in Carlsbad. John moved to Hobbs in 1982 and owned Astro Liquors until 2007. He was an avid runner and enjoyed history and mathematics. John was president of Lea County Liquor Dealers Association and supported many of Hobbs athletic programs. Every year he fed Thanksgiving dinner to those less fortunate. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his sisters, Susan Scott and husband, Robert and Martha Irving and husband, Chuck brothers, Bill Driscoll and wife, Nancy and Patrick Driscoll and wife, Lisa numerous nieces and nephews and special friend, Sheila Laws.
Erickson, John C. 1962 JC
Etheredge, Donald R. 1962 JC ~ 05-Oct-2006
Evans, Bill E. 1960 HS-1962 JC ~ 24-Jun-2012
Fergusson, 1LT Robert C. L., USA 1962 HS ~ 08-Nov-1967 – Vietnam-Killed in action in a counterattack near Quang Nam against an NVA force and died of wounds received on 8 November 1967.
Fowler, John D. 1962 JC
Freeman, Fred, III 1959 HS-1962 JC ~ 08-Oct-2016 Fred Freeman, 75, passed away after a sudden illness on October 8, 2016 at his residence in Afton, OK. Fred was born on March 11, 1941 in Lovington, NM,. He was the son of Wilma Sue (West) and Fred Freeman, Jr., Fred loved boxing; he was once a Golden Glove boxer and state champion. Fred proudly served six years in the United States Army, during Vietnam. Fred was a retired Registered Psychiatric Nurse; earning his degree from the Nursing Program and NEO A&M in Miami, OK. He loved sports, especially the Texas Longhorns, and anyone that beat OU. Fred enjoyed teasing his family and friends, and had “special nicknames” for all of them. Fred was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Marie Kay of the home, three children Jeremy Krause of Marshall, MN, Dawn Isam and her husband Ed of Pineville, MO, Tracey Freeman-Spriggs and her husband Justin of Afton, OK, one sister Suzanne Good and her husband Bob of Ft. Worth, TX. Fred was blessed with nine grandchildren; Samantha Krause, Anthony Krause, Hailee Gwin, Brooke Spriggs, Faith Spriggs, Torah Spriggs and Kendal Spriggs, Dustin Krause and Brittany Krause, two great grandchildren Azaylie Krause and Emmett Spriggs, and his dearest nieces and nephews Michael Good of Allen, TX, Holly Good of New Orleans, LA.
Garlow, G. Dale 1962 JC ~ 27-Sep-2020 Glenn Dale “Dale” Garlow was born on October 26, 1941, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Wilema Jean (Lyon) Baker and John Price Baker. Dale passed away on September 27, 2020, at his home in Mission Viejo, CA, accompanied by his wife, Kathy, after a four-year battle with cancer. While growing up, Dale and his family moved around a lot, ending up in Roswell, NM in 1959, where he graduated from Roswell Senior High School in 1960. Dale went on to attend the New Mexico Military Institute and Eastern New Mexico State University. Rather than waiting for the draft, Dale joined the army and spent his first year at Fort Ord in California before being transferred to Augsburg, Germany where he served for two years. Before deploying to Germany, Dale married his first wife, Dana Jennings. In 1965 their first son, Warren (Lance), was born. Upon returning from Germany, the family moved to Dallas, TX. In 1966, Dale accepted a position with Upjohn Pharmaceutical as a Credit Manager in Kansas City, MO. During his time with Upjohn, Dale and his family transferred numerous times which took them all over the United States (including Denver, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Kalamazoo). In 1969, while living in Kalamazoo, MI, Dale and Dana welcomed their second son, Brent. Dale’s career with Upjohn lasted 20 good years. In 1987, he returned to California and married his second wife, Kathy Klug. Dale went on to help create and lead several successful pharmaceutical distribution business ventures where he served as COO. Dale was an avid athlete who enjoyed tennis, racket ball, golf, and softball. He also loved participating in ping pong tournaments where he lived in Mission Viejo, CA. Dale is survived by his wife, Kathy (Klug), her two daughters Joelle and Jami Bowman of California, his two sons Lance and Brent (Barbara) Garlow, of Michigan, his grandchildren Sierra (Chris) Cicchelli of Michigan, Ethan Hunt, Kaitlyn Reigle of Michigan, Rowan Garlow of Oregon, his two great grandson’s Jordan and Brayden (Sierra) Cicchelli, his sister Ellen (Clay) White of Texas and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his biological father John P. Baker, adoptive father Robert Garlow, mother Wilema Jean (Lyon) Garlow and sister Patricia Jean “Patsy” Watlington.
Gates, William Harold 1962 JC ~ 30-Nov-2013 age 70, died in Austin, TX, on Saturday, November 30th, 2013. He was born November 15, 1943, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Aubrey Thomas Gates and Eunice Mae Webb Gates of Coushatta, LA. He graduated high school from New Mexico Military Academy and attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Bill lived from 1974 to 1987 in Houston, TX, where he founded Olympia Petroleum, a petroleum marketing and transport company. He retired in 1987 to Shreveport. In 2006 Bill moved to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where he spent the remaining years of his life. He was predeceased in death by his son Justin Sherwood Gates, who died in 1981. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Greene Gates, daughter Elizabeth Webb Gates, son David Ewing Gates and wife Claudia Lorena Brandán, and granddaughter Hannah Elizabeth Gates, all of Austin.
Goree, Richard M. 1962 JC
Griffith, Richard W. 1962 JC ~ 01-Sep-1980
Griner, Robert W. 1962 JC ~ 06-Jan-1994
Hager, Thomas Shirley, Jr. 1962 JC ~ 20-Mar-2014
Harcourt, LTC Milo M., II, USAR (Ret) 1960 HS-1962 JC ~ 05-Sep-2012 (June 15, 1943 – September 12, 2012) Max, 69, passed away suddenly in Fairfield Glade, TN. He retired a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves and from Sandia National Laboratories. His parents, Milo Maxwell Harcourt and Margaret Catherine Damele Harcourt, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Irene; his brother, Steven; his first wife Gail; his children: Son Michael and wife Chanda, daughter Catherine and husband James, and daughter Elizabeth. He had three grandchildren: Cameron, Aidan, and Miranda.
Hardman, LTC Eugene R., NMMI 1962 JC ~ 17-Mar-2013 passed away 17 March 2013. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and as a member of the football team, played in the 1964 Cotton Bowl. Hardman went on to serve in the U. S. Marine Corps and served two tours o duty in Vietnam. He returned to the Old Post in 1991 to coach football and tennis. Hardman was named director of tennis in 1994 and director of the NMMI LTG Douglas L. McBride, NMSDF (Ret) 1946 JC Museum in 1997. Hardman was a mentor to the high school tennis programs at NMMI, leading the boys to five state championships. He had been the coach of the Broncos tennis squad since 2006, guiding them to several appearances in the national tournament. Hardman is survived by his wife, Elaine; and son, Lee.
Harkleroad, Mark W. 1962 JC ~ 29-Nov-2004
Hawkins, Robert B., Jr. 1959 HS-1962 JC ~ 28-Sep-2014
Hawley, Andrew D., Jr. 1962 HS ~ 09-Apr-1985
Henry, Robert L., Jr. 1962 JC
Herrington, Marvin Gene 1962 HS ~ 24-Jul-2009
Hershey, John H. 1962 JC ~ 10-May-2012 70, of Fountain Hills passed away on May 10, 2012 at his home while surrounded by family. He was an Arizona native who was devoted to public service. After serving in the Army as a 2nd Lt. during Vietnam, he entered law enforcement. He retired from the Arizona Highway Patrol (DPS) in 1984, and he worked for both the Scottsdale and Cave Creek school districts. He stayed busy even in his off hours of service as a past president of the AZ Blue Knights, past Exalted Ruler of the Fountain Hills Elks, and member of the Fountain Hills Rotary. He is survived by his wife, Honi; four sons and two daughters; and 13 grandchildren. John will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Holmes, Stephen J. 1960 HS-1962 JC ~ 12-Jan-2018 76, of Connersville, passed away Friday evening, January 12, 2018, at Reid Health in Richmond. He was born August 26, 1941, in Los Angeles, CA, the only child of Joseph J. Holmes and Bessie May Besslar Holmes. Steve was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Southern California in 1963. For many years, he was employed as a Computer Software Specialist, working for Borax Industries, Phillips Petroleum, and Twenty-First Century Insurance, retiring in 1998. On June 20, 2007, he was married to Elizabeth Handley, of Connersville and they made their home in Connersville since that time. Mrs. Holmes survives. Steve was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church where he served on the Finance Committee. He was also a dedicated member of the Connersville Kiwanis Club where he was currently serving as the club’s secretary, Fayette County Historic Society, Whitewater Valley Arts Association, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Eiteljorg Museum, and Gene Autry Museum. In his leisure, he enjoyed traveling and cheering on the USC Trojans. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Holmes, of Connersville. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Hoover, Thomas S. 1962 HS ~ 01-Oct-1985
Howden, John F. 1959 HS-1962 JC ~ 18-Apr-2015 was born in El Paso, TX, on August 1, 1941, the third son of Frederick B. and Elizabeth Fegan Howden. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Frederick B. (Ted) Howden, III, and Alfred Howden. John is survived by his loving wife, Olivia L. Howden, whom he married on May 9, 1963; son, Jeremy (wife Karen); daughter Deborah; and grandson, Remy. John was born four months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Shortly after his birth, his father, who was the Rector at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Roswell and Regimental Chaplain with the 200th Coast Artillery, deployed with the New Mexico National Guard to the Philippines. When John was less than two years old, his father, who had survived the Bataan Death March, died in 1942 as a prisoner of war at Davao Penal Colony on the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines. John moved with his mother and older brother to Albuquerque in 1944 and spent most of his youth in the Albuquerque area. John graduated high school and Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1964. John was inspired by the courage and patriotism of his father, and joined the U.S. Army, shortly after graduating from Stanford. He attained the rank of Captain and served one tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with first Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Bronze Star. John began his professional career as a Real Estate Appraiser with Albuquerque Federal Savings and Loan in 1971. He then formed his own Real Estate Appraisal Company, John F. Howden and Associates, Inc. in 1975. He was active in the real estate profession and held numerous professional designations, including MAI and SRPA. He stayed active as a real estate appraiser until earlier this year. John loved his family, Olivia was his partner for 52 years. They created a life they loved. He was a history buff, loved reading, music and art. He found great peace in fishing the streams of Red River. But the most important part of his life was raising his children. His strength and love came from his quiet faith and we know he is reunited with his family and at peace.
Hudson, Charles M. 1962 HS ~ 15-Aug-1997
Ihli, James H. 1962 JC ~ 29-Mar-2010 68, of Boise, passed away Monday, March 29 at the VA hospital in Boise. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Summers Funeral Home. A Military Memorial service will be held at the Veterans Cemetery in Boise at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 6. A lunch and reception will follow at the Melba Senior Citizens Hall. All are invited to attend and share memories of Jim. Jim was born Dec 22, 1941, in Caldwell to Nick and Minnie (Barnes) Ihli. He grew up in the Owyhees and Canyon County. He went to school in Opaline, Murphy, and Grandview and graduated from Melba High School in 1960. He attended New Mexico Military Institute on a ROTC scholarship where he also played football. He graduated from Idaho State University in 1965. He entered the Army in March of 1966, and spent 5 years in the service -19 months of that in Vietnam as a US Army Medical Evacuation Helicopter pilot. He served with the 254th Medical Detachment. For heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight, Jim earned “The Distinguished Flying Cross”. This is an amazing record of dedication to recover our wounded soldiers in the field under fire. In addition, Jim was awarded “the Air Medal with 29 Oak Leaf Clusters. The air medal definition is “person shall have distinguished himself by meritorious achievement while in aerial flight or acts of heroism”. After Jim returned home, he owned the Glenwood Bar, 44 Club, and a ranch in the foothills of Mountain Home. He worked for the Boise City Parks and Recreation until he retired in January, 2007. He had a great love of the outdoors and looked forward to the summer fishing trip at Juniper Creek and deer hunting in Silver City. Jim had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help someone in need financially or just be there as a friend. The courage Jim displayed during his life was notable. The numerous missions he flew in Vietnam as a Medi Vac pilot continuously put him in harm’s way. The last 20 years of his life were difficult at times while he battled cancer. In all things, his ability to continue to fight for life everyday was remarkable. He will not be forgotten. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick Ihli and Minnie (Barnes) Ihli and his brother, Charles Ihli. He is survived by his two brothers; Nick (Delores) Ihli and Mike (Linda) Ihli and four sisters; Florine (Sam) Rodich of California, Mary Ann (Jack) Haines of Caldwell, Jane (Bob) Merrick of Nampa, Sr. Jean Ihli of St. Gertrudes in Cottonwood, and one sister-in-law; Dorothy Ihli of Caldwell, and many nieces and nephews and their families and cousins.
Ingles, Bradford G. 1962 HS ~ 15-Jun-2012
Jackson, Thomas E. 1962 JC ~ 19-Feb-2000
Jennings, Ronald E. 1962 JC ~ 10-Sep-2018 was born on June 26, 1942 and passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018. Ronald was a resident of Texas at the time of passing.
Johnston, Paul S., Jr. 1962 HS
Jones, Cliff A. 1962 HS
Jones, Larry R. 1962 HS ~ 22-Nov-2006 Larry Jones was the son of Jasper and Ella (Brown) Jones and the father of the late Todd Jones. Larry grew up in Santa Fe, NM.
Jueneman, Donald F. 1962 JC ~ 30-Jan-2012 died January 30, 2012. Beloved husband of Grace Jueneman (nee Boyd); dear father and father-in-law of Douglas A. (Judy) Jueneman and Rodney M. (Harlen) Arbeiter; dear grandfather of Noah Jueneman and Rose and James Hankemeyer; dear brother of Robert (Marian) Jueneman; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.
Juster, Andrew A. 1962 HS ~ 15-Aug-1999
Kannady, Jerry 1962 HS ~ 28-Nov-2002
Keney, Charles D. 1962 JC ~ 08-Aug-2005 Charles William and Marie Bernhard Keney. Doug was a very patient, caring, and loving husband and father, who devoted his entire life to his beloved wife and children. He will always be loved and remembered by all who knew him well. Doug is survived by his life of twenty years, Kim Vu Keney; sons, Nicholas Keney and his wife Tram Nguyen, Locke Keney and his wife Kyoko Okada, Tom Keney, and Paul Keney and his wife Leticia; daughters, Renee Keney and Nicole Keney; brother, John Keney and his wife Wanda; sisters, Gail Parker and her husband Douglas, and Deryl Holm; and granddaughter, Nanako Keney.
Kohlmeier, William M. 1962 HS
Lowry, David B. 1962 HS
MacGillivray, III, Allen “Mac” 1962 HS ~ 07-Oct-2019 Our lovable Mac passed from this earth on his eternal journey on October 7, 2019 at the age of 75 at his home in Santa Fe, NM. An almost lifelong resident of Santa Fe, Mac was preceded in death by his parents, Allan and Violet MacGillivray, brother Donald MacGillivray and brother Walter “Frosty” MacGillivray. Mac was survived by Brother Duncan MacGillivray of Sierra Madre, CA and Sister Janet MacGillivray of Eagle Nest, NM and several nieces and nephews. Mac was a veteran of the US Army serving in the mountains of Germany, an avid skier, author and historian of the Spanish, Native American and the “old” Santa Fe Cultures. One of his books titled “Little Vaquero” chronicles his life growing up in the “old” Santa Fe. Mac loved northern New Mexico, its people and especially the Pecos Wilderness and Chaco Canyon. Mac will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. . “RIDE ON LITTLE VACQUERO”
Mansur, Jerry E. 1962 JC ~ 19-Nov-2013 of Cloudcroft, N.M., passed this life on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at the age of 72. He was born on Nov. 4, 1941, in Wichita Falls, TX, to Milton Albert (Bus) and Vela Mansur. His family moved to Tucumcari, N.M., before settling in Hobbs, NM. Jerry graduated from Hobbs High School and New Mexico Military Institute, and attended Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. There he met his wife and lifelong companion, Marilyn Anne Daniel. They were married on Nov. 8, 1963, in Waco, TX. The couple moved to Dallas, where Jerry worked as an accountant before returning to Baylor to continue his accounting and business studies, graduating a second time with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree. The family moved to Denver City, TX, in 1973, where Jerry established a CPA practice and became active in community and church activities. He retired in 2001 and moved to Cloudcroft, N.M. He was a member of the Cloudcroft United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer for 10 years, played in the handbell choir, and was a member of the JOY Sunday School class. He was also a member of the Cloudcroft Golfers’ Association and enjoyed playing bridge at the Senior Center. Jerry loved people and never met a stranger. The years in his beloved mountains were some of the happiest of his life. Jerry is survived by his wife, Anne; a son, Paul Edward Mansur and his wife Johnette Prejean Mansur; a daughter, Annemarie Alling and her husband James Alling; granddaughters, Alexandra, Rebecca, and Claire Seymour, and Ravyn Alling; and grandsons, Brice and Collin Mansur.
Marra, Richard O. 1962 HS
Marshall, Ralph A., II 1962 JC ~ 07-Jun-2009
Marvin, Peter G. 1962 HS
Mason, Donald J. 1962 HS ~ 05-Nov-2011 died peacefully at St Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe, NM, on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from complications of chronic cardiac and respiratory problems surrounded by family and friends. He was 67. Don was born in Roswell, NM, and split his time growing up there and in Northern Wyoming. He was an Eagle Scout, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, went to New Mexico State University briefly before joining the United States Marine Corp and served during the Vietnam War. He finished college and got his Master’s degree in 16th Century and Shakespearean English and taught at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He was a back-country ranger in the Tetons and ran 46 paid trips as pilot or boatman on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He played the guitar in college in coffee shops in the 60’s and mandolin in Bluegrass bands and even cut a Bluegrass record on the Mercury label. Don was cheerful and easy going and he was truly a renaissance man. He could quote Shakespeare or the funniest lines from comedic films. He taught cross-country skiing, managed a restaurant, was the food and beverages manager for the Sun Valley Lodge, was a fire captain, deputy, detective, elected county coroner and EMT, and did search and rescue during his years living in the Sun Valley, ID, area. He got his paramedic training in Denver, Colorado in 1983 and worked there as a medic before moving to Ruidoso, NM, for several years and then to Pecos, NM, where he volunteered on the Pecos Ambulance. In New Mexico he became a Wilderness Medicine Instructor and taught all over the United States and Canada and Europe. He was also a New Mexico Certified EMS Instructor and taught all levels of EMS throughout the state for the EMS Academy, Eastern New Mexico University- Roswell and the Dona Ana Branch Community College. He was also a certified hypnotherapist. He served on the New Mexico Critical Incident Stress Management, now Crisis Support Team, since its inception in 1989. He continued to do search and rescue, including swift water rescue work. He also was the medic on many movie and television sets filming in New Mexico. For the last 19 years he proudly coordinated the medical care for the New Mexico State Legislature, “The Roundhouse”, pulling together multiple modalities of medicine: allopathic, chiropractic, neuropathic, acupuncture, reflexology and massage therapy to name a few to assist the legislators and their staff in staying healthy while they served the state. He coordinated health fairs with blood screenings, blood pressure evaluations, flu shots and other public health measures to keep everyone as healthy as possible. He was granted an honorary Doctorate of Neuropathy for his work at the roundhouse. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Mason, his brothers Robert Mason of Powell, WY, and Richard George of Denver, CO, and nieces and nephews. Memorial services for New Mexico will be in Santa Fe in the second half of the month of January during the start of the legislative session and those services will be announced then.
May, William J. 1962 JC ~ 24-Jul-2016
McCarley, John C. 1962 JC ~ 01-May-1979
McCarty, LTJG Douglas J., USN 1962 JC
McKenzie, Donald S. 1962 JC ~ 29-Jan-2010 67, of Roswell, passed away Jan. 29, 2010, at Roswell Regional Hospital. Donald was born on July 8, 1942, to Lenard Richard McKenzie and Katherine Hefner McKenzie in Roswell. His father has preceded him in death. Donald is survived by his mother: Katherine McKenzie of Rhinelander, WI; his sons: Lenard W. McKenzie and wife, Aurora, of Kirtland, and Michael Don McKenzie; his daughters: Susan, Jennifer and Stacy Lyn; his sister: Norma Stromme and husband, Ralph, of Rhinelander, WI; his nephews: Ralph L. Stromme and Eric L. Stromme; and Cowboy, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Donald graduated from Roswell High School in 1961, then went on to attend New Mexico Military Institute and received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University-Portales. He taught school and coached athletics in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. He enjoyed bowling, but his favorite pastime was football.
McKinney, Calvin H. 1962 HS ~ 15-Nov-2001
McLean, Wallace B. 1962 JC ~ 09-May-2011 died at home in Mountain View, AR, on Monday, May 9, 2011. He was born in Fort Huachuca, AZ, on October 26, 1942, to Wallace Bruce McLean, Jr., and Margaret Elizabeth Love McLean. He grew up in Miles City and spent much of his youth on his grandfather Ed Love’s ranch, the SH. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, NM, and Montana State University at Missoula. He worked at many occupations from banking to seismograph survey work. He was proud of working on the construction of the eastbound bore of the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel west of Denver in the 1970s. Most recently he was a carpenter and handyman by trade. In 1993, he met Mary Tedsen, his beloved companion and partner. In 2003, they retired and moved from Novato, CA, to Mountain View, AR. Mr. McLean will be remembered for the wonderful, entertaining stories that he liked to tell. He was rarely seen in Mountain View without his faithful dog, Niner. He is survived by Mary Tedsen, of the home; children, Carla Anne Arger and Sean Batchelder, both of Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren Casey McLean Batchelder of Kirkland, WA, and his sister Kaylin Day, and Jordan Ann Arger of Scottsdale, AZ; sisters Marsha mclean Gifford and her husband Porter of Whitefish and Anne McLean of San Francisco, CA; brother-in-law, Harvey Stone of Greenbrae, CA; daughter-in-law, Melissa Day of Kirkland, WA; nieces Carrah and Barrett Gifford of Portland, OR, and Gillian Gifford of Ashland, OR; his Colvin cousins and Brown cousins; and his faithful dog and companion, Niner. Mr. McLean was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sister, Meg McLean Stone.
Melhuse, Dave J. 1962 HS ~ 15-Mar-2008
Meyer, Richard B. 1962 JC ~ 12-Dec-2003
Minces, Milton W. “Mike” 1962 HS ~ 04-Sep-2013
Moore, Clyde, Jr. 1962 HS ~ 21-Sep-2014 went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was born February 16, 1943 in Albuquerque, N.M. to Clyde, Sr., and Maxine Moore. He is survived by his two sisters, Darlene Brown of Phoenix, AZ. and Janice Hehr of New Port Coast, CA; wife, Gale Moore; sons, Chuck Moore and JC Moore (Shawna); nephew, Gerald Boykin; his grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Clyde was a life-long rancher and started Clyde Moore Company (auto sales) in the mid-1980s. Clyde enjoyed ranching, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.
Moore, Kenneth T. 1962 JC ~ 12-Feb-2014
Moore, Jackie W. 1962 JC ~ 16-Sep-2019, 76, of Floyd, NM, went to be with the Lord on September 16, 2017 in Amarillo, TX. Jack was born in Indio, CA, to Ala Dez Adams and Weldon Dunn on November 8, 1941. He graduated from Alamogordo High School, Alamogordo, NM. Jack married Deborah Smith on June 24, 1994, in El Paso, TX. After graduating from New Mexico State University, Jack became a varsity coach at Zia Middle School in Las Cruces, NM, and later became a principal for the Truth or Consequences school systems in T or C, NM, Jack was also an assistant principal for the Gadsden Independent School District, as well as a principal in Socorro, NM. Jack W. Moore was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion 44th Artillery, Fourth US Army Division. While living in Las Cruces, NM Jackie attended Calvary Baptist Church and later became a valued member with the Floyd Baptist Church in Floyd, NM. Jack is preceded in death by his mother, Ala Dez Adams; father, Weldon Dunn; stepfather, Schrader Moore; and brother, Danny Moore. Jack is survived by his wife, Deborah Moore; son, Todd and wife Caroline Moore; daughter, Teri and husband Angel Dominguez; stepson, Chris and wife Jaquita Smith; stepdaughter, Amy and husband Milton Dickenson; brother, Keith and wife Roxanne Dunn; grandchildren, Ben Tessier, Alicia Nicole Morrison, Josh Moore, Raven Moore, Jessica Luchetsky, Justin Dominguez, Shane Smith, Clayton Smith, Rebekah Smith, and Hadley Smith; great grandchildren, Jayce Vogl, Raiden Vogl, Dean Morrison, and Harrison Morrison.
Moore, Johnny H. 1962 JC ~ 01-Jun-1972
Morrison, Richard E., Jr. 1962 HS
Mundy, Dr. James W. 1962 HS ~ 22-Apr-2015 age 70, a resident of Chama, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. He was the son of W.H. (Bill) Mundy, Jr., and Ethel Isaaks Mundy whose roots rand deep in Dona Ana County ranching and farming. In the early 1950’s they moved from the Hatch Valley to the Chama Valley and established Mundy Ranch where Jim’s curiosity about nature and animal world became his life’s calling. Jim attended the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated high school in Phoenix, AZ. Beginning college at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, he knew he wanted to become a large animal veterinarian. He participated in an intense program to complete his undergraduate degree in three years and then entered the School of Veterinary Medicine and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 1969. He moved to Santa Fe and built the Ark Veterinary Clinic and established a very successful practice. He lived and worked in Santa Fe until the 1980’s when he moved his vet clinic to Chama to establish his practice there and to help his parents manage the ranching business. He served the community as a veterinarian for many years and then retired and devoted his time to developing Mundy Ranch for hunting and real estate sales. He traveled extensively pursuing his lifelong interest in the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and adventurer and shared those passions with his many friends around the world. He is survived by his brother, Emitt Mundy; sons, Mark and Robert Mundy; grandchildren, Tyler and Annalee Mundy; nephews Print and Cache Mundy; cousins, Joe and Bill Morrow, Barbara Berger, Randy Berger and all their respective families.
Norton, John Edward 1962 HS ~ 16-Jul-2015
Norton, Mark Coventry, Sr. 1961 HS-1962 JC ~ 25-May-2017 Mark Coventry Norton, Sr., beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the home of his son, Mark C. Norton, Jr., in Boulder City, NV. He recently celebrated his 74th Birthday. Mark was born May 14, 1943 in El Paso, TX, to the late Fred W. Norton and Barbara Coventry Norton. He attended El Paso High School and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, serving as Company Commander and promoted to Cadet Captain upon graduation in 1962. He enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA. He was honorably discharged in 1965 after sustaining serious injuries from an automobile accident. Mark returned home to attend The University of Texas, El Paso, earning a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 1967. During college he worked as a Sales Representative at Norton Brothers, Inc., a family business originally founded by Mark’s Grandfather Fredrick W. Norton in 1907, and one of El Paso’s oldest and most reputable businesses at the time. He married Lynda Louis Stevens in 1968 and had two sons, Mark C. Norton, Jr., and William Louis Norton. He went on to become a partner in Norton Brothers in 1977 and managed the office furniture division and interior design sales. In 1979 he married the late Charlotte Hayes and lived in El Paso’s upper valley with his two sons. He was a member of the El Paso Country Club and enjoyed hunting on the Coal Mine Ranch near Van Horn, TX. He was a member of El Paso business community throughout his life. From his career with Norton Brothers to Broadtape News, a regional newspaper distributorship, Plantation St. Clair, a popular restaurant in the upper valley in the early 1980s. He was involved in real estate and for a short time in the 1990s and was a business consultant helping firms entering the Mexico market. In 2001 Mark moved to Austin, TX, and worked for SRS Management, owned by his life-long friend Stephen R. Smith. While there he managed the Spring Branch golf course and spent time with his son William golfing, hunting and managing a small cattle business. In 2005, he moved from Texas to Las Vegas, NV, to be closer to his son Mark, Jr., and new grandson Mark C. Norton, III, who later gave him the nickname of “Pops”. They would spend a lot of time together playing golf, swimming, and camping. Mark lived his life to the fullest. He had a great sense of humor and made friends with ease. He shared his hobbies and passions with his sons and close friends. His laughter, kindness and spirit will remain. He always stated that his proudest moments and happiest times in his life were hunting with his dad and brothers and enjoying time with his two sons and grandchildren. He will be missed dearly. He leaves behind two sons, Mark C. Norton Jr., of Boulder City, NV, and his son Mark C. Norton, III; William L. Norton of Austin, TX, and his wife Lindsey Irons Norton and son Callen Irons Norton; his two brothers Charles D. Norton, of El Paso, Texas & Fred W. Norton, Jr., of El Centro, CA.; Nieces and Nephews, Joe W. Norton, Barbara Norton Poiriez, Leslie C. Walker, Charles J. Norton, Emily C. Cass, Annie N. & Clara A. Norton. Columbarium.
Patton, CPO Donald Roy, USN (Ret) 1962 HS ~ 17-Feb-2014 age 70, of Hubert, died Feb. 18, 2014, at Onslow Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be held from 6 till 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday morning at Jones Funeral Home Chapel, Jacksonville. Burial with full military honors by the United States Navy will follow at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at noon. Mr. Patton is survived by his wife, Keiko Takaesu Patton of the home; a son, Holland Patton of Clemmons; a daughter, Miwa Patton of Woodbridge, Va.; his mother, Anita Jenkins Patton of House, N.M.; a brother, Michael J. Patton of House, N.M.; and nine grandchildren. Mr. Patton retired from the United States Navy after 22 years of service which included two tours in Vietnam.
Pollard, Jr., George G. 1962 HS ~ 08-May-2016
Poulton, John M. 1962 HS
Powers, William N., III 1962 JC ~ 02-Jan-2005
Puster, John S. 1962 JC ~ 11-Nov-2012 John Sutherland Puster was born November 20, 1942 in Laredo, TXand joined the Lord in Heaven on November 11, 2012. He was the son of John Sames (Jack) Puster and Nina Ruth Perry Puster. As the son of a Border Patrol Officer, John lived in numerous Texas towns along the Texas/Mexican border. He graduated from Burges High School in El Paso in 1960 and went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy where he excelled in football and track, and graduated with highest honors. Following graduation he was trained as a fighter pilot, flying F4D Phantom jets. While in flight school he met and married Margaret Scott in 1967. He served in Viet Nam and Saudi Arabia and together they served tours of duty along with their daughters in Japan and Spain. During that time he received his Master’s Degree while attending Command and Staff School in Montgomery, AL. After leaving the Air Force John worked for Lufthansa Airlines in Phoenix training pilots and was currently employed by the Federal Aviation Agency in the Flight Standards Program. John is survived by Margaret, his wife of 45 years; his daughter Kay Wall and her husband Randy and their daughter Marlee of Lubbock, TX; his daughter Michelle Vacanti and her husband Patrick and their children Brooke, Casey, Domenic, and Gabriella of Mount Laurel, NJ. He is also survived by his sister Ruth Semrau of Avinger, TX; his brother Robert Puster and his wife Rebecca of Allen, TX, as well as numerous nieces, nephews.
Rabon, Dr. Hayden H. 1962 JC ~ 14-Nov-2004
Ransdell, SGT Curtis H., USA 1962 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action by small arms fire while leading a scout section in attack on 6 July 1966.
Reed, G. Findlay, Jr. 1962 HS ~ 24-Aug-2007 “Fin” or “Geff”, 63, passed away on August 24, 2007, in Tucson, AZ. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Leawood, KS. Survived by sons G. Findlay Reed, III, of Tucson, F. Corbett Reed of Asheville, NC; former wife Judi Reed of St. Petersburg, FL; sister Rolle Reed de Matias of Madrid, Spain and a brother Pieter Reed of Portland, OR; son of G. Findlay Reed, Sr., and Dotte Reed of Kansas City. Geff pursued a career in the arts, receiving degrees from the University of Kansas, University of Michigan and Alfred University, teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University and ultimately leading the ceramics department at the University of South Carolina. His works were exhibited in numerous shows and galleries around the country as well as Spain and Japan. After leaving the academic community he pursued his work in Colorado Springs and then Tucson, spending his last years involved with the art community and the Arizona Inn, where he developed many friendships. Geff had a great love of ocean surf fishing and at his request his ashes will be cast into the Pacific from sites in California and Oregon.
Rennie, Robert M. 1962 JC ~ 24-Sep-2001
Rice, Joel V. 1959 HS-1962 JC ~ 23-Jan-2006
Roberts, Jack R. 1962 JC ~ 09-Jan-2016 passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016. Jack was born June 6, 1942 in Clayton, NM, to Finis and Lucille Roberts. He attended Clayton schools where he graduated in 1960. He graduated from New Mexico State University. He served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1984 retiring as a CWO4. During his Army career he served two tours in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart and numerous other awards. He worked as a civil service employee from 1984 to 1994. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and served as a volunteer at Trinity Christian Academy. He is survived by his wife, Rozalee, of the home; his children Martha (Marty) Lightfoot and husband Allen of Roswell, NM and son Kenneth Roberts and wife Jennifer of Roswell, NM; step-children, Randy Barker and wife Mary of Lawton, Lynda Thurmond of Blanchard, Robert Barker and wife Kim of Dallas and Debbie Ambrose and husband Kevin of Elgin; brothers, Phillip Roberts and wife Betty of Tucson, AZ and Finis Roberts, Jr of Springer, NM; sister, Jane Robinson of Lawton; 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father, Finis Roberts and his mother, Lucille Roberts.
Ronner, Roger T. 1962 JC ~ 27-Oct-2007 passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, October 27, 2007. Terry was born on December 13, 1941, to Dr. Roger Talmadge Ronner and Mildred Sahl Ronner, both deceased. Terry leaves to mourn his death his wife of 44 years, Lois Rollins Ronner; and his two beloved sons: Roger Thomas Ronner, wife Constance (Connie), granddaughter, Ella and Robert Charles Ronner. Terry has one brother, Frederick Wayne Ronner of Atlanta, GA. Among the many who were privileged to know and love him were his sister-in-law Brenda Rollins Royal and her family: C. H. Royal, II, C. H. Royal, III, (Dineen) and Claudia (Missy) Royal Unsicker (David). Brother-in-law, Charles H. Rollins and his wife, Terri, of Madison, AL. Terry attended New Hanover County Schools, graduating from New Hanover High School in 1960, where he served as President of the Student Body and enjoyed a very noteworthy basketball career. He attended New Mexico Military Institute to prepare for his appointment at the United States Naval Academy. An injury he received prevented him from continuing his naval career. Upon his discharge from the Naval Academy, Terry was proud and honored to be recruited by Coach Dean Smith to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from UNC-CH in 1965 with a BA degree. He worked for National Biscuit Company in Atlanta and St. Louis before deciding that he wanted to come home. Federal Paperboard hired him as cost accountant, and he retired from there in 1985. He loved fishing and boating and spent his lifetime trying to catch Moby Flounder. Terry served in the U. S. Power Squadron for over thirty years, holding at one time the office of Commander. He was very dedicated to the work the Power Squadron does for the boating community. Some of his dearest friends were members of the Squadron. He was also involved in many civic organizations in his lifetime and gave his best to each of them. He did nothing half measure. Terry lived for God through his treatment of his fellow man. I don’t think he ever broke one of God’s Commandments (except maybe telling fish stories.)
Rudin, Lawrence A. 1962 HS ~ 01-Sep-1981
Ruppert, James G. 1962 JC ~ 11-Mar-2008 Passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2008. He was preceded in death by the late Shirley Kirkpatrick Ruppert. Survived by daughters, Melody Ruth Midkiff of Zephyrhills, FL, Rene and Quinton Webb of Webbers Falls, OK, and Elizabeth and Kelvin Copeland of Livingston, TN; step children, Lance and Leslie Varden, and Mandy Givens; sisters, Marcie and Lee Zook of San Diego, CA, and Patti and Fred Van Winkle of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren, Erick Shoemake of Zephyrhills, FL, Brittany Shoemake of Nashville, TN, Jake and Dena Webb of Pawhuska, OK and Taner Webb of Webbers Falls, OK; brother-in-law, Jerry Jackson of Norcross, GA; nephews, Gerry Vest of San Antonio, TX, Ronnie and Gina Vest of Eufaula, GA. Mr. Ruppert was a lifetime member of MDRT, member of Brentwood Rotary Club, Nashville Rose Society, ROTC in college, World Traveler, Angler, Wine Maker, Gourmet Chef, Jewelry Maker, Stained Glass Fabricator, St. Henry Parishioner, Optimist Club, Officer Graduate of New Mexico Military Institute.
Rusch, Karl G. 1959 HS-1962 JC
Sams, Donald C., Jr. 1961 HS-1962 JC ~ 10-Apr-2017 of Hillsboro, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 10, 2017 at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1942, in Hillsboro, the son of the late Donald C., Sr., and Katherine (Newby) Sams. Following graduation from the New Mexico Military Institute, he received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wilmington College. He was the vice president of print production at Carlson Marketing (formerly E.F. McDonald Co.) for 27 years. He was a resident of West Carrollton from 1970 until 1990, when he and his wife moved back to Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy R. (Rooney) Sams, whom he married Aug. 31, 1963 in Hillsboro. He is also survived by two children, Carolyn Sams of Kettering and Nicholas Sams of Billings, MT; and a brother-in-law, James (Carol) Rooney of Hillsboro. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Sams.
Sanders, Edward B. 1960 HS-1962 JC
Sands, William M. 1962 HS ~ 01-Mar-1979
Savoy, Clarke W. 1960 HS-1962 JC ~ 22-Dec-2007
Shaw, MAJ Charles C., USA (Ret) 1962 JC ~ 27-Apr-1997
Shaw, MAJ Michael L. USA (Ret) 1962 JC ~ 02-Jul-2018 Michael Lee Shaw (MAJ, USA, Ret ) departed this life July 2, 2018. He was born May 18, 1942 in Des Moines, IA, the son of Charlotte (Clemens) and Irwin T. Shaw, (LTC, USA, Ret) Michael graduated from Stuttgart High School in Germany, New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, NM, and Texas A&M University with a B.S. in history. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd LT in the United States Army where he proudly served tours as an Armor officer in Korea and Viet Nam. His NATO assignment was with AFSOUTH Naples, Italy. He retired from service at Fort Sill, OK and was employed by the City Of Lawton as assistant Public Works Director and retired in 2004 when he relocated to Cleburne, TX. Michael worked tirelessly in Anglican parishes where he served as Senior Warden, Treasurer, and on the Vestry. His volunteer work for over a decade was with Hospice and Johnson County CASA where he was a faithful children’s advocate. His joy in life was service to others. He remained forever a Texas Aggie and attended the annual Muster wherever he was stationed. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Ashton, Charles and Thomas Shaw. Michael leaves behind his loving wife, Linda B. Shaw; and sons, Jason C. Shaw (Karen), Adam K. Shaw (Camille), Britton Schuhmann (Engel), Michael Ritchie (Kim), and Christopher Bateman. He also leaves behind a brother, Glen W. Perkins (Pam); sister, Debi Hempling (Jack); and 8 grandchildren.
Sherman, Roger, II 1962 JC ~ 22-Dec-2014, 73, of Tracy, died unexpectedly from surgical complications at Stanford Hospital on December 22, 2014.Born December 10, 1941 to Roger Minott Sherman and Ruth Blanchard Sherman, Roger was a creative soul with many impressive accomplishments, a charming personality, and an incredible sense of humor. At a young age Roger displayed his creative talent by authoring “The Daily Weekly” newspaper with his childhood friend, John Stuart. In 1961, Roger graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute earning an Associate of Arts degree, and attended the University of Arizona excelling in the subjects of French, painting, illustration, and design. A proud descendant of ancestor Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Roger was a member of the United States Marine Corps, and received an honorable discharge in 1971. Roger went on to open Roger Sherman Advertising in 1968, serving local Santa Cruz businesses such as Carbonera Woods, Burroughs-Costa & Associates, The Vault, Castagnola’s, and the Pacific Garden Mall. Roger leaves behind the love of his life, wife Chonne Sherman, beloved daughters Brooke Mahmutovic (Jasmin), Lindsey O’Shea (Brady), Celeste Beautz (Luke), Shannon Tujague (Ryan), Elizabeth Napoli (Patrick) and son, Eric Turnage; grandchildren, Benjamin, Ayla, Greyson, Patrick River, William and Casey. Roger is survived by his sister Susan Sherman Tuttle, William R. Morrison, II, (Donna), Michael S. Morrison (Nancy), sister-in-law Susan Morrison, aunts Noyon Berg and Jere Wadsworth, and many nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by brother John C. Morrison Jr., sister Marilyn Morrison Coleman, brother-in-law Nicolas Tuttle, and nephew Timothy Coleman.
Shirley, Robert M. 1962 HS ~ 15-Dec-2015
Siegenthaler, William M. Jr. 1962 JC ~ 03-Mar-2020
Sikking, Robert H. 1962 HS
Spurlock, William F., Jr. 1962 HS
Stafford, Robert H. 1962 JC ~ 01-Feb-1983
Stone, Barry E. 1962 HS ~ 07-Nov-2014, age 71, was born in Tucumcari, NM on January 17, 1943. He passed away peacefully November 7, 2014, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack R. Stone and Doris Jones Stone. He is survived by his faithful dog and companion, Hope, his faithful caregiver, Deborah Hardin; a very proud brother, Jack R. Chris Stone, Jr., and his wife Karol of Fairview, TX; a nephew, Steven Mark Stone of Brooklin, ME; a niece, Shelly Lynn Armstrong and her husband Alan of Tulsa, OK,. Grandnieces and grandnephews: Caitlin, Claire, Jarret, Gabrielle, Jack, Stella, Sabine, Danielle, Sam, Sarah, and Hannah; first cousins; Phil Stamps and wife Sammie of Wichita, KS and Bob Stamps and his wife Treva of Sedgewick, KS. Barry was the pride and joy of Jack and Doris Stone who molded a beautiful person who showed grace and humor throughout his life to whoever he encountered. He was a living example of how to forge a life under adversity with many physical and mental hardships overcome by his consistent belief that there were others worse off than him. He was gentle with a grand sense of humor and unequaled wit. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, graduated from Tipton High School, Tipton, OK, and Central State University, Edmond, OK, and served his fellow man with a career in teaching, journalism and banking. Throughout his life, he used his multiple talents to provide guidance to those less fortunate in many walks of life. He proudly served our nation as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam.
Sweeney, Charles D. 1962 HS ~ 01-Nov-1996
Tarver, John A., III 1960 HS-1962 JC ~ 17-Oct-2008 66, of Stafford, formerly of Rosebud, died Friday, October 17, 2008, in a Houston hospital. He was born Sept. 5, 1942, to John Albert and Lily Simek Tarver, Jr., In Fort Worth. He grew up in Rosebud and attended Rosebud schools. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and Texas Christian University. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He married Sally Schrom on April 2, 1966. He was a third generation president of the Planters National Bank in Rosebud and worked in sales for Home Depot in Sugarland. Survivors include his wife of Stafford; two daughters, Jennifer Tarver of Houston and Jill Stoneburner of Katy; a brother, William Harris “Bill” Tarver 1965 HS-1967 JC of San Antonio; a sister, Gail Tarver of Rosebud; and three grandchildren.
Underwood, Dale L. 1962 JC ~ 22-Jul-2009 was born May 17, 1941, in Pioneer, TX, to Drexel Clar and Vernie Placke Underwood. Dale left his pain behind at Odessa Medical Center on July 22, 2009, at the age of 68 after an extended illness. Dale attended school in Andrews, TX, and attended college at New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, NM. He spent most of his life working in the oilfield services with Continental Emsco and Harbison-Fischer. He never met a stranger and was well known and loved by “everyone.” Dale is survived by his wife, Judy, with a blended family through thick and thin she is truly the love of his life. They were blessed with 35 years of marriage. He is also survived by his mother; sister, Linda Morgan; uncle, William (Bill) Placke; one daughter, Nicole and husband Derec Boring; six sons, Jon and wife Erin Underwood, Paul and wife Sandy Underwood, Steve and wife Cynthia Hadorn, Guy and wife Nan Hadorn, Michael Hadorn, Kevin Holiday and his fiance Cheryl Smith; 17 grandchildren, Cathy and husband Troy Thorla, Ryan Hadorn, Stacey and husband Stoney Barton, Brady and wife Erica Hamilton, Clay and wife Christy Hadorn, Guy Hadorn, III, Marcus Hadorn, Lisa Hadorn, Garrett Underwood, Ashley Weaver, Tiffany Takeda, Haylie and Hartley Underwood, Derrick Shifflett, Tori and Jacob Boring and a grandson whom Judy and Dale were raising, Royce Holliday; 10 great-grandchildren, Trevor and Ethan Thoria, Stormy and Sailor Barton, Abby Hamilton, Kai, Clayton and Case Hadorn, Jason and Grace Hadorn, Madeline and Noah Hadorn; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. Dale was preceded in death by his father; and two brothers, Clar and Ricky Underwood. Special thanks to Kendra Collum Underwood, who will ALWAYS be a part of our family, for the assistance and care given to both Dale and Judy in their times of need.
Vandewart, Ralph A., III 1962 JC ~ 29-Jun-2014 longtime area rancher, passed away June 29, 2014, after an extended illness; He was 72 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Tip, of the home and sister Sue Vandewart of San Antonio, NM. In addition, he leaves a niece, Robin Miranda, nephews Jon Romero, Mike and Jake Jones, seven great nieces and nephews, thirteen first cousins and many kind friends. He was a graduate of Artesia High School and attended New Mexico Military Institute and NMSU. He worked for the U. S. Forest Service after college while running a family ranch at Rocky Arroyo near Sitting Bull Falls. Later he ran and co-owned the family ranch in the Sacramento Mountains until his death. Rick was one of the great “characters” of the area. He was known for his sharp wit that could be rather barbed at times and a quick temper that cooled as quickly as it ignited. There was no one else quite like him; he will be terribly missed.
Vinson, Col Thomas W., USAF (Ret) 1962 HS ~ 09-Mar-2013
Wagenfuehr, Robert H. 1962 JC ~ 27-Aug-2015
Washburn, Lee E. 1962 HS
Watson, David A. 1962 HS ~ 12-Jan-2002
Wenning, Robert S. 1962 JC ~ 03-Mar-2018 went to be with Jesus on March 3rd, 2018. His steadfastness and kindness were evident in his death as much as they were present during his life. Bob came to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ in his later years, which provides great joy to his family, who look forward to a future reunion. Bob was born in Corpus Christi, TX, on October 21, 1942. He graduated W.B. Ray High School in 1960, attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Texas Tech University with a mechanical engineering degree in 1964. Upon graduating, he also earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech. After serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers he began his career with Dupont in Wilmington, DE, spent over 15 years at Abbott Laboratories in Dallas and finished his career with his treasured TBM Consulting Group in Durham, NC. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia, his battle was long but his passing was short and peaceful. Despite the difficult disease that diminished his brain and deteriorated his body, as in all things he did, he never complained, never wavered and his kindness and respect to all were fully present throughout. He impacted many nurses and caregivers who lovingly assisted him in his final years, for whom the family is very grateful. Bob is remembered by his family for his patience, kindness, gentleness, intellect, faithfulness, wisdom, integrity and humility. While he had a very successful business career and accomplished much professionally, he valued time with his family as more precious than any public accolade. Bob was a committed husband and a devoted father. He rarely missed a chance to coach his children’s sports teams, help with homework, lead an Indian Guides/Princess campout or create a new apparatus to make an everyday task easier. Most who knew him wouldn’t be surprised by his undefeated record at his children’s Pinewood Derby car races, but his family remembers him much more for the sentimental, heartfelt letters he wrote each Christmas to his loved ones. He enjoyed hiking (summiting Long’s Peak in Colorado at age 60), Mexican food, working out at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, sailing at Corinthian Sailing Club on White Rock Lake in Dallas, playing golf at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, NC, learning new cultures while traveling internationally and reading about personal finance. More than anything else, however, he loved spending time with his family, especially at WenBar Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Bob is survived by his committed and loving wife, Sandy, his children Julie Wenning Giesenschlag, Kristin Wenning Cowden, Craig Wenning and their respective spouses, Brian Giesenschlag, Allen Cowden, and Julie Wenning. He was also blessed with nine grandchildren. Bob was affectionately known as MeDad to Zachary, Brock and Ava Giesenschlag of Cincinnati, OH, Jack, Luke and Lucy Cowden of Austin, TX, and Caleb, Davis and Avery Wenning of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by his cousin Stacy R. Barton. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Lucy and John Wenning. While not of kin, Carol, his devoted and compassionate personal caregiver in his final years, has a special place in the family’s hearts.
Wheeler, Grover C. “Budd”, III 1962 JC ~ 04-Apr-2016 73, Clinton resident, former businessman, and civic leader will be held 10:00 A.M., Thursday, April 7, 2016, in the First United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Roland Youngberg. Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the KiesauLee Funeral Home. G.C. “Buddy” Wheeler, III, was born August 27, 1942 to G.C. Wheeler, Jr., and Maxine (Darnell) Wheeler in Houston, TX, and he passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 in Clinton, OK. Buddy was raised in Clinton where he attended school until the ninth grade and then he attended Western Military Academy in Alton, IL and graduated in 1960. He continued his education at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, before entering Southwestern State College in Weatherford where he majored in Art. He married Jan Dysart on December 20, 1963 in Clinton, OK where they made their home. Buddy worked for Dave Guthrie in a Men’s Clothing Store and eventually became owner and operator of Guthrie’s Men’s Wear. He was later employed with WECI and Security Services until his retirement. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where he served on numerous boards and activities; he was active with Boy Scouts of America for many years and received numerous awards and merits for his service. He was very active in many civic organizations, including the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, served as president of Jaycee’s, Lions Club and had served on many other boards activities to promote Clinton and Western, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Judy Max Bartlett. He is survived by his wife, Jan of the home, his two sons, G.C. “Cleve” Wheeler, IV, and wife, Tonya, Piedmont, OK and Lance Wheeler and wife, Linda, Edmond. He is also survived by three grandsons, G.C.”Quent”, Wheeler, V, Evan Wheeler and Dillan Thomas Wheeler and wife, Kasalynne), a nephew Ron Hoffman and family, of Shattuck.
Williams, Wilfred J. “Fred” 1960 HS-1962 JC ~ 28-Jan-2012 passed away January 28, 2012 of complications from a stroke he suffered on January 16. His wife, Marlene S. Williams, and daughters Stacy Evans Williams Jensen and Jennifer Ann Williams were at his side. Fred is also survived by his son-in-law Brian Jensen and grandchildren Halle Elisabeth Jensen, Connor David Williams Jensen, and Alex Haydn Jensen of Centennial, CO; brother Franklin E. Williams of Coppell, TX; and nieces Melissa Giraldo of Katy, TX, and Shannon Floyd of Houston, TX. Fred was born in Calgary, Canada on October 20, 1942, the oldest son of Wilfred Jarvis Williams, Sr., and Lela Isabelle Wooten. Fred spent his early years living in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and the United States. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Colorado. After serving one enlistment in the Army, leaving with the rank of Captain, Fred went to work in the oil patch where his work took him from various places in the US and Canada to international locals including Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and Denmark. Fred’s work or travels took him to every continent except Antartica. He and Marlene were married in Denver on March 12, 1983 and have been happily living in Parker, CO, for the past sixteen years. With his outgoing nature and through his travels Fred touched the lives of many and will be missed by his friends all over the globe.
Wills, David A. 1960 HS-1962 JC ~ 21-Jul-2008 attorney, made his ‘transition’ on July 20, 2008, immediately following his ‘British Open’ extravaganza. David’s zest for life made every day an event, he cherished his friends and memories and was a friend to all of us. He will be greatly missed. Born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on February 16, 1942 to Margaret and James Wills, he is survived by the loves of his life, Sandi and Stormie Adams. A graduate of the University of Houston, David served 2 years as a Captain in the U.S. Army before graduating from the University Of Texas School Of Law. He was a member of the Texas Bar Association and Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. He was the presiding Justice of the Kemah Elks Lodge # 2322 and a Lifetime Committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Wilson, Robert D. 1962 HS ~ 15-Apr-2010
Wingfield, Jesse Collins, Jr. “JC” 1962 HS ~ 10-Jun-2015 passed away at home after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family during his battle and they were constantly by his side until he passed away in the arms of his wife, Carolyn. J.C. was truly loved and will be missed by family and friends. J.C. was born on Feb. 12, 1943, in Tacoma, WA, to Jesse Collins (Wing) Wingfield and Audrey Wingfield (nee Buchanan), both of whom preceded him in death. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Marie Wingfield (nee Shride); daughter, Temple Wingfield; son, Troy (Nicole) Wingfield; grandson, Brecken Wingfield; dear cousins; extended family; and so many friends. J.C. spent his early years in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, with his parents, where his Dad was a pipefitter. His family moved to the Matanuska Valley and then to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he lived until his retirement in 2003. After living 60 years of his life in Alaska, he retired to the family farm in Central Point, OR, in 2008, after building his and Carolyn’s home overlooking the Rogue Valley. At the time of his retirement, J.C. was the Business Manager for the Plumbers and Pipefitters U.A. Local 375. J.C. started with U.A. Local 375 as an apprentice, moving up to a journeyman. J.C. was a proud member of U.A. Local 375 until his death. He began his apprenticeship more than 50 years ago and worked as a certified welder and supervisor on many construction projects including the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. He was appointed as Business Agent and elected Business Manager, positions he held for 30 years. During this time he served on many boards, committees and trust funds at the local, state and international level. He was a founding trustee of the Alaska Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry Pension Trust Fund and U.A. Local 375 Supplemental Pension Plan. He received the Man of the Year Award at the National Pipeline Convention as well as an appointment by the Governor of Alaska to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. During his many years in Alaska, J.C. snowmachined at Summit with large groups of family and friends in the winters and enjoyed summers at their cabin on the Salcha River. In retirement years, he enjoyed riding his lawn mower around the farm and then relaxing and basking in the pool. His most consistent hobby, however, was cooking and grilling, using his own “secret” recipes. He also loved playing practical jokes on his buddies and loved it when he “pulled” a good one. To this day we are sure there were many practical jokes played on someone that we don’t even know about. J.C. will be deeply missed by his wife, children, extended family and all his friends.
Winn, John D. 1962 JC ~ 15-May-2001
Wright, Thomas E. 1962 HS ~ 30-Oct-2010
Armstrong, J. Max 1961 HS ~ 28-Mar-2008
Aynesworth, Dr. M. Brian, Jr. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 05-May-1982
Baird, Thomas H. 1961 HS ~ 13-Mar-2013 of Waldron, AR, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Waldron, AR. Thomas was born November 9, 1942 to James and Ina Mae (Long) Baird in Plainview, TX. Thomas was 70 years, 4 months and 11 days old. Thomas was a member of the Saint Jude Catholic Church in Waldron, AR. Thomas graduated from West Texas State University. He married his love, Glendell, June 3 1963. Thomas was always a hard worker and busy doing something productive. He was an insurance adjuster for 30 plus years. He loved reading and studying history. Thomas love being a Scout Master. He was proud of and enjoyed being with his sons, and grandchildren in the Scouts. Thomas loved his faith. However, the quality time he spent with his family and loved ones were his most treasured memories. He loved each and everyone of them. Thomas leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife, Glendell of the home; two sons, James Baird and wife, Joanne of Irving, TX, Mark Baird of the home; one brother, Michael Baird of Amarillo, TX. He was a loving “Paw Paw” to Abigail, Glenn, John and Charles Baird and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Luke Baird. Thomas will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives were impacted by him including his nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and loved ones. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ina Mae Baird; and one son, Nelson Baird.
Barkhouse, David R. 1961 JC ~ 17-Sep-2004
Bassett, Benjamin A. 1961 HS ~ 16-Dec-2019 Benjamin Andrew Bassett was born in Roswell, NM on October 13, 1942, to John Walden Bassett and Evelyn Thompson Bassett. He attended public schools in Roswell but spent most of his adult life in Dallas, TX. On December 16, 2019, Ben passed away in Scottsdale, AZ, an unfortunate victim of Parkinson’s Disease. Ben graduated from Roswell High School on 1962 and thereafter received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from New Mexico State University in 1967. Not long after graduating from college, Ben moved to Dallas, TX, where he lived for most of the remainder of his life. While in Dallas he was employed by the United States Post office, where he displayed a broad knowledge of streets, zip codes, public transportation routes, and public facilities. Ben was drawn to the many attractions offered by the city, including restaurants, plays, lectures and other public events. Ben was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Eleanor Bassett Schrimsher, of Scottsdale, AZ, his brother, John Walden Bassett, Jr., and sister-in-law, Nolana Knight Bassett, of Dallas, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ben had a quick wit and remarkable memory, and he took a keen interest in local, national and international affairs. He loved a good joke and took great delight in cooking up “puns” for almost any occasion.
Beardsley, Thomas S. 1958 HS-1961 JC ~ 17-Sep-2017 77, of Ojai, CA, passed away, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Thomas was born on June 28, 1940 in Oxnard, CA, and has been a resident of Ventura County for the majority of his life. Tom graduated from New Mexico Military Institute ranking Regimental Commander and graduated from Arizona State University with a BA Degree in Business. After a career as an insurance agent, Tom took over the family business “Beardsley & Son” a fertilizer dealer, founded by his father in 1935. Tom was dedicated to the community, offering his time to the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and became a respected member of the Agricultural community for 40 years serving on several committees including the Western Plant Health Association and California Department Fertilizer Association Inspection Advisory Board. Tom often spoke publicly educating others of the importance of agriculture, traveling to college campuses inspiring the next generation to appreciate farming. Tom enjoyed traveling, was an avid body surfer for 25 years competing in World Championships, golfing in many charity golf tournaments and enjoyed spending time with lifelong friends and family. Tom is survived by his wife Paulette Beardsley, his daughter Melinda Beardsley Wiseman, stepdaughter Stephanie Callahan, stepson William Reiman, stepson James Reiman, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee, mother Georgina, brother Robert and sister Maureen. Tom touched many lives with his charismatic personality and generous kind heart. He will be missed dearly.
Bennett, MAJ Merle L., Jr., USA (Ret) 1961 HS ~ 02-Dec-2013
Bergener, Charles L. 1961 JC ~ 02-Oct-2012 (November 2, 1941 – October 2, 2012) Charles “Pete” Bergener passed away at the age of 71 on Tuesday October 2, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM, following a lengthy illness. Pete had a presence in life that was much larger than his physical stature, and he touched a great many people throughout the years. Pete was born November 2, 1941 in Coffeyville, KS. The first son of Dr. Karl and Janece “Frankie” Bergener. After the Bergener family had relocated to Roswell in 1954, Pete attended school at St. Peter’s, graduating from high school in 1959. He continued his education at NMMI, followed by ENMU and University of North Texas. Pete was an avid golfer from an early age, and he remained devoted to playing the game throughout his life. He loved watching all sports, whether scholastic, collegiate, or professional. Pete served his country in the U.S. Army, earning a Bronze Star for his service during 1968 to 69 in Viet Nam. Upon his return to civilian life, Pete resided a few years in New Orleans before finding his true home in the Kansas City area, where he enjoyed a successful business career, predominately in sales and consulting in the wholesale carpet and flooring industry, both independently and for Heartland and Bissell Corporations. After retirement, Pete moved back to Roswell in 2008. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. K.L. Bergener, a sister, Barbara Montgomery, and a nephew, Claud Montgomery. He leaves behind a beloved daughter, Dana Brownrigg, and grandson Angus Brownrigg, of Albuquerque. He is also survived by brother-in-law Claud Montgomery of Grapevine, TX, and brothers Bob Bergener and wife Barrie of Rifle CO, John Bergener of Roswell, and Steve Bergener and wife Susan, of Katy, TX. Surviving sisters are Jane Andrews and her husband Mike of Roswell, Betsy Franchini and husband Greg, of Albuquerque, Teresa Reddoch and husband Dave, of Roswell, Karla Church and husband Chris, of Broomfield, CO, and Martha Banning and her husband Bob, of Phoenix, AZ. Surviving nieces and nephews and their families include Jeff Bradley of Graham, TX, Matt Bradley, Henderson, NV, Jake Bergener, Rifle, CO, Chris Reddoch, Phoenix, AZ, Dominic Franchini, East Lansing, MI, Mike Bergener, Arvada, CO, Mitch and Colby Reddoch, Nina Franchini, and Jeremy Bergener, all of Albuquerque, Ashley Church, Broomfield, CO. Brad Bergener, Phoenix, AZ, Ellen and Freddie Bergener, Katy, TX. Numerous great nieces and nephews survive him as well. Pete’s many friends over the years, from early schoolmates to his more recent companions in the Friday Lunch Group were often treated to glimpses of his sharp wit and deft command of the English language, often summoning words or statements with a command of trivial facts and quotes that would astonish mere mortals. He was a well-traveled person, frequently recommending good restaurants or places to stay in faraway places all over the country. He was an impeccable dresser, always wearing the most tasteful clothing to complement the respect his presence commanded. Gifted with an acerbic wit, Pete was the instigator of many practical jokes and nobody was immune to these, be they friend or foe. His larger than life persona will be missed by friend and family alike.
Bernstein, Joel M. 1961 HS ~ 16-Jun-1997
Best, Carl T. 1961 HS ~ 23-Nov-2005
Beus, Orval C. 1961 JC ~ 31-May-2009, 67, of Soda Springs, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2009, at the home of his daughter in McCammon, ID. He was born September 19, 1941, in Thatcher, ID, the son of Jay and Isabelle Izatt Beus. He spent his younger years raised in Soda Springs, and then moved to Challis, ID, where he worked with his father running a large sheep ranch. He graduated from Challis High School in 1959 and then attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. While in attendance, he achieved the rank of staff sergeant and graduated with honors. Following graduation from the academy, he served an honorable LDS mission to London, England. Soon after returning from his mission, he married the love of his live, Sara Jo Mickelson, on May 8, 1964, in the Logan, UT, Temple. Orval attended school at Utah State University, where he achieved degrees in wildlife management and secondary education. In 1967, he applied for a teaching position with the Soda Springs School District, where he was a dedicated and honored teacher for 30 years. He retired from teaching in 1997. As an active member of the Soda Springs LDS Fifth Ward, Orval gave countless hours of service to his fellow neighbors and friends. He was always the first to offer help and never expected payment. He was truly a good Samaritan – always helping those in need. Over the last decade, Orval devoted much time and energy to genealogy work. He researched many family and friends who have passed on, and made sure people knew who they were and what their story was. Orval is survived by his two sons and two daughters, Bravyn Beus of Soda Springs, Bryan and Darci Beus of Inkom, Yvett and Craig Adams of McCammon, and Angie and Rick Cutforth of Shelley. Also surviving are his eight grandchildren, whom he was so proud of. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sara Jo, and his parents.
Biddle, Michael A. 1961 HS ~ 02-May-1996
Bigbee, Harry R. 1961 HS ~ 03-Mar-2009 A 20 year resident of Scottsdale passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on March 3, 2009, after a long battle with heart disease. He was 65 years old. Bob was born April 30, 1943 in Santa Fe, NM, the son of Betty Roe and Judge Harry L. Bigbee 1935 JC. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from the College of Santa Fe with a degree in business. A Certified Public Accountant, he devoted his career to the oil and gas industry in northern New Mexico. Bob was a dedicated father who put his children first throughout his entire life. He had a passion for living, visiting with family and friends and helping those in need. He was a kind-hearted soul with an unforgettable personality. Bob accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1989 and was actively involved in multiple bible study groups and churches in the Phoenix Valley. Survivors include children Scott Bigbee, Michelle and Paul Bigbee, Deborah Bigbee and Tom Buenker, and Alison and Bryant Bigbee; five grandchildren; Siblings Liz Keeshan and Nancy Jensen.
Blackwill, Wayne F. 1961 JC ~ 07-Dec-2011 70, of Twentynine Palms, who died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. Blackwill was born on June 26, 1941 in Whittier. He served as a United States Marine and, for 14 years, as a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff. He was retired and called Twentynine Palms home for 21 years. He loved his horses. He is survived by wife Linda Blackwill of Twentynine Palms, son Steve, and his wife, Pam, of San Diego, daughter Jill of Twentynine Palms, sisters Sharon Ayres of Long Beach and Jeri of Desert Hot Springs and by two grandchildren.
Blaisdell, Jr. Humphrey M. 1961 HS ~ 03-Aug-2012
Blunt, Russell S. 1959 HS-1961 JC
Bryant, Michael B. 1961 HS ~ 09-Apr-2001
Buchly, LTC Howard Lee, USA (Ret) 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 20-Aug-2011 70, of Searcy, passed away at home on Saturday, August 20, 2011. He is survived by his brother, Walter Dan Buchly 1953 HS-1955 JC.
Burg, Walter A., Jr. 1961 HS ~ 08-Nov-2005 (January 12, 1943 to November 8, 2008) Walter, 62, passed away suddenly November 8, 2005, while traveling to Mexico with his wife Susan. Wally, as he was affectionately known to family, friends and colleges, was born in Detroit to Walter and Mary Burg and soon moved to Tucson where his father became the Pima County Engineer. A graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Arizona, Wally also served in the Arizona Air National Guard. He Joined the Tucson Airport Authority in 1966 as a fireman and retired in 2002 as the organization’s president/CEO. He serves 23 years at the airport Authority’s helm and became one of the industry’s most highly regarded professionals nationally and internationally. The recently completed expansion of Tucson International Airport, which Wally initiated and directed, is his legacy to the community. He was a member of the Airports Council Intonations board, saving as its chairman in 1991-1992. Others professional service included the international ACI Board, Arizona Airports Association and the Arizona State Aviation Task Force. He served with many community Organizations including the Centurions, Carondelet Health Network, Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Victors Bureau, Greater Tucson Economic Council, Tucson Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce and the Conquistadores. He will be missed as a hard-working, fun loving husband brother, uncle, friend and, community leader. Walt loved golf, sailing, traveling and, most of all, his family and his beautiful soul mate, Sue. He also is survived sisters, Babara Burg, Mary Romine, Judith Birtcil; nephews, Jeffery and Keith Romine, and Scott Terry and Andrew Birtcil; nieces Kathleen Lodge, Rebecca Valentine, Barabara Biller, Mary Melissa Workman and Jennifer Ecker.
Busby, Harold E., Jr. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 16-Apr-2009 68, of Odessa, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2009, in Odessa. He was born July 26, 1940 in Shreveport, LA, to Harold and Leona Busby. He grew up in Odessa, and graduated from Odessa High School in 1958. He was honorably discharged from the US Army after serving three years in the military police. He retired from Champion Technologies in Odessa after working for them for 30 years. During his 30-year career he rarely missed a workday so that he could provide for his family. As a younger man, Harold enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and hunting. He is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ashley Marie McDonald; his son-in-law, Daniel Dean Conn; sister, Lynn Lee Ferguson; and his parents, Harold and Leona Busby. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Conn of Odessa; son, Harold Busby, III, of Odessa; brother-in-law I.V. Ferguson of Irving, TX; niece Laurie Ferguson of Irving, TX; and grandchildren, Lucas and Michelle Conn of Odessa.
Chapple, John L. 1961 HS ~ 19-Oct-1979
Clark, Max D. 1961 HS ~ 15-Jan-2019
Cohn, Mack S. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 27-Dec-2012 a beloved husband, father and best friend, died peacefully early Thursday morning, Dec. 27, 2012, during his 71st year. A lifelong resident of Fort Worth, Mack was born Oct. 12, 1941, the son of Raymond Eli and Florence Lefkovitz Cohn. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and Cornell University. Mack was founder and former owner of Amusement Ticket Service, now Ticketron/Ticketmaster, and Carey Limousines. He was a member of Beth-El Congregation, the Fort Worth Jaycees and the Rotary Club of Fort Worth. Mack also served as executive V.P. of the Miss Texas Pageant. His family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Vickie Davis, Dr. Mary Milam and Dr. Catherine Colquitt for the care given and many kindnesses shown to Mack. Survivors: In addition to his wife, of 38 years, Linda Dashner Cohn, Mack is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Stuart Cohn.
Covington, James E. 1961 JC ~ 01-Jun-2016 passed away at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, NM, on June 1, 2016 following a brief illness. Jim was the first child born to John W. (Bill) and Clara M. (Nicky) Covington and was delivered by his Grandfather, Dr. Henry A. Ellis on January 4, 1940 in Pittsburg, OK. Jim’s family moved to Carlsbad, NM in 1946 where he grew up and lived until graduating from Carlsbad High School in 1959. Jim was an exceptional athlete excelling specifically in football and track. He was a member of the State Football Championship teams of 1957 and 1958. Jim was named to the State All Star Football Team in 1959 after averaging a rushing record of 10.7 yards per carry. In track, he was a member of the 440 Yard Relay team that set the National High School record in 1959, and for years, (perhaps to this day) he held the individual record in the 220 Yard sprint. Jim was a very accomplished musician, playing the saxophone and participating in both Junior and Senior High Bands. Additionally, he formed his own dance band, The High Hats, which performed at numerous clubs and dances throughout South Eastern New Mexico. During his musical career, he played with some musical greats like Buddy Holly and Anne Murray. Following graduation Jim attended both the New Mexico Military Institute and Texas Western University on Football and Track scholarships before he enlisted in the United States Army to pursue his life long dream of becoming a pilot. Upon enlisting in the Army he completed Basic and Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. Hood, TX. Then he went on to attend the Army’s Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA. He went from Enlisted Pvt. E1 to Officer O1 in only 9 months. Following graduation he was admitted to the Army’s pilot training program where he attained his wings to become a Caribou pilot at Ft. Rucker, AL. Jim married the love of his life, Sally Duffin, in the summer of 1962 and moved to Ft. Bragg, NC where he was a pilot of the first Caribou Company to fly and serve in Vietnam. It was while flying in Vietnam that Jim earned his Purple Heart . Upon returning to the states, Jim was promoted to Captain and was stationed at Ft. Rucker, AL where he earned his rating as a Rotary Wing pilot. Stationed in Ft. Belvoir, VA he was assigned Lead Pilot, flying the Caribou and the H-34 Helicopter, for a Scientific Research team doing research on the Greenland Icecap for two successful summer missions. During his military career, Jim earned many citations and medals including: Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Air Assault Badge, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, American Expositional Forces Medal and Expert Marksman badge. In 1967, prior to being promoted to Major, Jim left the Army to pursue a degree in Airport Management at Auburn University. During that time, he accepted an offer to fly for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO. He and Sally moved to Broomfield, CO where his daughters Ashley and Jamie were born. During his tenure as a pilot with NCAR, he was instrumental in global scientific research including the GATE (Global Atmospheric Test Experiment), working with and in several other countries that were first to study the ozone layer. During his career, he piloted several aircraft. Among them were the DeHavilan Buffalo, the Electra, the Sabreliner, and the Queen Air. He flew research projects in more than 79 countries studying a variety of atmospheric conditions such as volcanic eruptions, hailstorm patterns, hurricanes, and mountain waves. After a career ending heart attack, the family moved to Carlsbad, NM where Sally taught high school English and Jim had several business enterprises until health problems forced his retirement. Jim had many hobbies including painting, flying Ultra-light airplanes, customizing motorcycles and Mazda Miatas. Jim was a quiet, generous and a loving individual who always took pride in his family and was always very modest when it came to the many accomplishments he had over his lifetime. Jim was preceded in death by his father John W. Covington and his Aunt Bobbie Pfeiffer and Uncle Frank Pfeiffer. He is survived by his wife, Sally Covington of Carlsbad, NM; daughters: Ashley Covington and husband Preston Harvey, and Jamie Covington all of Carlsbad, NM; mother: Clara (Nicky) Covington of Lancaster, CA; brothers: William C. (Bill) of Camas, WA, and Robert A. (Cotton) Covington of Ridgecrest, CA; grandchildren: Simon Wood of Seattle, WA, and Paige and Logan Harvey of Carlsbad, NM along with numerous nephews and nieces.
Crocker, Christopher Eustace 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 29-Sep-2016 passed away on September 29, 2016 at the age of 73. Devoted husband of Sharon Crocker. Loving father of son, Clifford Crocker and wife Janine, and daughter Anastasia Robbins and husband Matthew. Beloved grandfather of Nikki Crocker, Thomas Crocker, Tayse Crocker, Travis Crocker, Elianna Robbins, and Nathan Robbins. Great-grandfather of Kaliana Duncan, Ryder Crocker, and Meeko Duncan. Brother of Cicely George, David Crocker and wife Linda, Diana Doerr, and John Crocker. Survived by nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. Chris was born in Fitchburg, MA. As a child in a military family he grew up in many different states before moving to San Jose, CA, in the early 1960’s. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State, Chris served as an officer in the US Army. After returning from Germany, he completed his MBA at San Jose State and met his wife, Sharon. They married in 1969, and moved to Santa Rosa, CA, with their two children in 1974. Chris worked in the construction industry, and was past president of the North Coast Builder’s Exchange. He was also a Master Mason in good standing of Santa Rosa Lodge 57. Chris was often described as having “a larger than life” personality. His infectious laugh could light up a room, and his warmth and sensitivity was felt by everyone he met. Nothing was more important to Chris than his family. He loved spending time in Hawaii “talkin story” with his Hawaiian Ohana, and always looked forward to his monthly poker party to spend time with his friends. Chris enjoyed interacting with people, and always wanted to be the first to arrive and last to leave the party. He was warm, welcoming, and most of all, kind.
Dahlberg, Douglas F. 1961 JC ~ 03-Dec-1997
Darrow, Robert J. 1961 JC ~ 05-Jan-2005 of Moriarty, passed away on January 5, 2005 after a long illness. He attended Highland High School and went to New Mexico Military Institute of Roswell. Bob then went to Los Angeles, CA, where he attended the Los Angeles School of Art. Upon returning to Albuquerque, he went to TVI where he earned a contractor’s license and was contractor for several filling stations. After moving to Moriarty, he had a successful restaurant business until ill health forced his retirement. Bob is survived by his long time business partner and friend, William T Stowe, father; Robert Darrow,Sr., brother; Will, sisters;, Laura and Christine and daughters; Lynn and Lisa..
Dawson, Leland D. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 15-Oct-2011
Deems, Edward H. Jr., 1961 HS ~ 11-Feb-2019
Dollarhide, Griffin Bryant 1961 HS ~ 26-Nov-1966
Dye, T. Joe 1961 JC ~ 22-Jun-2006, son of Dorothy Long & Thoras Melvin Dye, passed away June 22, 2006 at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Joe was born January 6, 1941 in Roswell, he graduated from Roswell High School in 1959 and from New Mexico Military Institute in 1961. Joe played football in high school, and at NMMI and was chosen for the 1960 North South game of Jr. College All-Americans. Joe joined the U.S. Army in 1961, attended officers candidates school & was commissioned as 2nd Lt. Joe’s tour of duty was spent @ ft. Bening, GA. The next 13 years were spent owning/operating Roswell Livestock Commission Co. with his Dad T.M. Dye. In 1973 the family moved to Las Cruces where Joe attended and later graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelors Degree of Accountancy. While in Las Cruces Joe’s claim to fame was coaching the Montgomery Ward Wild Cats Little League Baseball team for 7 years. Though rarely winning a game special friendships were formed with the young men he coached. In 1985 Joe opened his own accounting office in Roswell (Joe Dye’s Accounting Svc.) which he owned/operated with his Daughter DeAnna until 2000. Joe was also on the New Mexico Racing Appeals Committee from 1995 – 1999. In 2001 Joe started another wonderful career as an instructor of Basic Bookkeeping, & Income Tax @ Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. Joe is survived by his Mother Dorothy Long Dye of Peachtree, his Wife of 45 years Margy G. Dye of Roswell, and 3 children; Son; James Daniel Dye & Wife Sherry ; Grandchildren Danielle, Dominique, and Tiger of Cresent City, CA. Son; Thoras Robert Dye & Wife Saundra; Grandchildren Joseph Aaron, & Thoras Ryan of Albuquerque. Daughter; DeAnna M. Preston & Husband Sid ; Grandchildren Colt, Taylor, & Tannor of Roswell. Joe is also survived by his Brothers Albert & Wife Anne Dye, Tim Dye, and his Sisters Dottie Barbour, & Genny Long & Husband Clyde. Joe will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, and friend, and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Eastham, Robert A. 1961 HS ~ 28-Jul-2013
Felton, Donald C. 1961 HS ~ 01-Jul-1987
Fincham, Donald L., II 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 27-Oct-2011 69, passed away Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Wichita. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Marjorie Fincham; brother, Craig Edward; grandparents, Albert and Marion Fincham and Russell and Florence Jump. He is survived by his wife, Karen, whom he married May 11, 2006 at Sedona, AZ; a brother, Russell (Vicki) Fincham; sons, Mark (Lisa) Fincham of Pratt and Craig Fincham of Overland Park; step-daughter, Kerry (Ryan) Driscoll of Roscoe, IL; grandchildren, Cole, Jenna, Caroline and Jack Fincham and Mia and Tessa Driscoll. Don was born in Wichita Dec. 3, 1941, and raised in Pratt. He attended Pratt High School and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. Don also attended Kansas State University. He was a lifelong farmer and cattleman in Pratt County. He was passionate about his families’ farming heritage and being a good steward of the land. Don served on the boards of Elm Mills Rec., Co. and Pratt County Historical Society, and was a member of the B-29 Museum, Inc., Midian Shrine, Wichita, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He supported and volunteered at the Christian Food Bank.
Fincher, Paul James, II 1961 HS ~ 19-Nov-2000 57 years of age, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, November 19, 2000. James was born May 10, 1943 in Poteau, OK. James was Assistant Vice President with Bank of America and resided with his wife, Pam in Richardson, TX. James will be remembered for his love of country and western dancing, golf, NASCAR races, Rags, the family pet, and the many travel adventures with Pam. His genuineness in his everyday life opportunities was a common example of what a true compassionate and sincere man he was. Family and friends will always remember how James loved to eat crackers and drop morsels to be found by his wife. His wife will have fond and loving memories of his many notes, calls and frequent rose bouquets. He was a loving father and grandfather, and a devoted son. James was preceded in death by his father Paul James Fincher in 1958. He is survived by his wife, Pam and his mother, Ella Mae Walker. He is also survived by his sister, Charlsey Mae Smedley; daughter, Timi Frazier and husband Matthew; step-daughter, Kimberly Nolan; granddaughters, Lizzie and Lillie Frazier; step-grandson, Joshua Nolan. James received a degree in marketing from the University of Arkansas and he was the ever-present “diehard” Razorback fan.
Fletcher, H. John 1961 HS ~ 10-Feb-2012, born October 30, 1942 in Culver City, CA, passed away unexpectedly on February 10, 2012. John was raised in Arizona and New Mexico before returning to California to begin a career with the Pacific Gas and Electric Department. John retired in 2000 after 34 years with PGE. John was a proud alumni of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, having just celebrated his 50th Class Reunion. He attended San Jose State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies. A Vietnam War veteran, John served in the United States Army. John was initiated into Morgan Hill Lodge #463 in 1979, serving as their Master in 1985. He had the honor of serving as a Grand Lodge Officer in both 2006 and 2010. At the time of his death, he was serving as Treasurer of his lodge and as a Trustee of the California Masonic Foundation and the California Masonic Memorial Temple. John was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, having served his local chapters in a variety of capacities and the Grand Chapter of California as Worthy Grand Patron in 2002. John was also a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite Bodies in San Jose, Asiya Shrine, Royal Order of Scotland and the Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots. For many years John performed in local community theatre productions and enjoyed sharing his singing talents with family and friends. Upon his retirement, John took up golf with a vengeance. He loved the fresh air and exercise,from the golf cart! John is survived by his adoring wife Karen, his parents Orville and Lois Fletcher, his sons Jeff and Greg, his sister Deb Fletcher, brother Bob Fletcher (Marguerite), his grandkids Markus and Hailie, and nieces and nephews. John’s spirit and ability to find humor in everything will be forever missed, but his memory will live forever in our “very favorite.”
Ford, III, Robert W. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 07-Aug-2020 He was born in Houston, TX, on May 24, 1940. He is preceded in death by his Father, Robert W. Ford ll, Mother, Vivian Watts Ford & his only sibling, John Donald Ford. Bob attended Lamar High School, New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he graduated and then went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps with an Honorable Discharge. After his time in the Marine corps, he attended The University of South Alabama where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree. Bob was a Petroleum Landman for Humble Oil, Exxon and Total Petroleum. He was married for 27 years and had 2 children. Bob loved his trips to Colorado and Wyoming with his family. Healso loved to Bird Hunt and enjoyed spending time with family friends in the outdoors. His close friends gave him the nickname “Buck.” Bobs’s favorite Holiday was Christmas, and he and his family spent every Christmas Eve driving from one house to the next to visit with all of ourfamily. He is survived by his Son, Robert Todd Ford & wife, KK Ford, Daughter, Kristin Ann Ford-Isaacks & Husband Joel Isaacks. He is also survived by his very loved grandchildren, Kylee Anderson, Kyle Isaacks, Kameron Isaacks, Karsyn Isaacks, Luke Ford & Cree Ford. We would also like to acknowledge Bob’s lifelong friend, Don Matheny & Wife Roslyn. Later in Bob’s life he continued to collect guns and it became kind of a Hobby for him when he would visit his cousin Mike Clark.
Frick, Robert S., Jr. 1961 HS ~ 28-May-1992
Gaffney, Robert E. Jr., 1961 JC ~ 03-Jul-2020 Robert Edward Gaffney, Jr., aka “Scott” of Mesa, AZ, died at home surrounded by his family, on July 3, 2020 at the age of 81. He was born in San Diego, CA, but being the son of a career Navy man, he moved around a lot during his younger years. However, Hawaii to him, was always his beloved home. Scott spent many years growing up in Hawaii and attended Punahou School, from which he graduated in the Class of 1958. He went on to Compton College and New Mexico Military Institute, but missed Hawaii and came back to work for the Bank of Hawaii. In 1973, Scott and his family moved to Arizona where he continued his career in the Financial World. He was very active in the Arizona Association of Mortgage Broker and dedicated many hours with the National Association of Mortgage Broker where he was honored with the Broker of the Year award. He served as an Usher at the Redemption Church in Gilbert and belonged to the Elk’s Club. He volunteered countless hours with the Mesa Police Department, The Boys and Girls Club and the Salvation Army and he was a proud Veteran of the United States Army. Scott loved Cliff Diving, Bull Riding, Sky Diving, but most of all he enjoyed hunting with his children, playing Men’s Softball with his sons and camping with his family. He enjoyed and was very proud of his six grandchildren and was looking forward to his first great-grandson to be born in October. He was a special man who had a dry sense of humor, always complimented people wherever he went and was willing to help everyone. Scott is survived by: his wife, Jane; his daughter, Kimberly Jane Hartmann; his sons, Timothy Scott Gaffney and Michael Robert Gaffney; six grandchildren, Heather Sirois; Jacob Hartmann; Megan Hartmann; Brendon Gaffney; Hannah and Benjamin Gaffney; a niece, Rebecca Garrett Akkerman in Germany; a nephew, Sean Garrett in Colorado, and another nephew, Pono Garrett. Scott made many life-long friends and thrived on staying in contact with them. We will miss him very much.
Gerdes, Dick Charles 1961 HS ~ 05-Mar-2019 Dick died on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at the age of 76. He is survived by his son Jeff Gerdes; his daughter Nicole Gerdes-Martin; son-in-law David Martin and grandkids Sofia and Lucas Gerdes-Martin. He was predeceased years back by his lovely wife Aida Elena Alva-Gerdes.
Gibson, James G., Jr. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 01-Aug-1975
Godbold, James R. 1961 JC ~ 10-Sep-2006, 64, Of Volcano, HI, died Sept. 10, 2006. Born In Honolulu. An Accountant Retired From Kilauea Lodge. Survived By Mother, Catherine; Brothers, Norman, III, and Thomas; nieces and Nephews.
Goodman, Fred G., Jr. 1961 HS
Gragg, Stephen 1961 HS ~ 14-Mar-2012 (1943 – 2012) Steve Gragg, 68, of Golden, CO, passed away suddenly March 14, 2012 at his winter home in Fountain Hills, AZ. Mr. Gragg was born September 11, 1943 in Shawnee, OK. Gregarious, outgoing, friendly and kind; family and friends mourn the loss of a man whose gifts of storytelling and humor have left a lasting impression that will always be remembered and cherished. Those fortunate enough to have known him well are deeply saddened by their loss. Mr. Gragg grew up in Enid, OK, and developed a passion for the game of golf. His abilities awarded him numerous accomplishments including the Oklahoma Junior Golf championship. After graduating from high school he proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He attended the University of Colorado. After college Mr. Gragg began a career as a Professional Golf Association (PGA) member. He worked his way up the ranks by serving as an assistant professional at the Kansas City Country Club, where he became friends with legendary golfer, Tom Watson. He acquired his first head professional position at the Rock Island Arsenal Country Club in Illinois. He also held head professional jobs at the Spencer Country Club, in Iowa, and the San Luis Obispo Golf & Country Club, in California. In 1971, he was honored as the Iowa PGA Player of the Year. He played on the PGA tour in 1975. The rigors of traveling and keen competition were considerable. A newspaper story on Mr. Gragg quoted him saying, “I wasn’t very successful (on the tour) but I had a great time.” Within the span of his golfing career, Mr. Gragg took time to become a business owner and opened a ski shop in Dillon, CO, the Sporting House, which served customers with top rate merchandise and equipment rentals for over ten years. Upon completion of his golf and ski business, Mr. Gragg was appointed President and assumed management duties of his father’s advertising business, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Advertising of Golden, CO. Mr. Gragg served on the Golden, CO, Parks & Recreation Board. He was active in the Golden Rotary Club for many years. A devout University of Colorado football fan, Mr. Gragg was also a long-time member of the Buff Club in Boulder, CO. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Arvada, CO. He and his wife were avid travelers – having spent considerable time abroad in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific. Son of the late Louis W. Gragg and Betty Jane Gragg, he is survived by his wife, Rebecca (Willman) Gragg, to whom he was married to for 27 years. He is also survived by; son Stephenson Gragg and his wife, Karen, of Moline, IL; daughter E. Ashley Gragg of Houston, TX; four grandchildren, Brennan, Ian, Gabrielle and Aubrie; sister Wynne Gragg of Scottsdale, AZ; brother Matthew Gragg and his wife, Sandy, of San Antonio, TX.
Hall, Wilburn C., Jr. 1961 JC ~ 22-Feb-2016 Wilburn C. Hall, Jr., “Captain Bill”, was born June 30, 1941 in Pilot Point, TX, to Wilburn Clay and Fern (Pennington) Hall. He passed at the age of 74 on February 22, 2016. Bill joined the United States Army in 1964 and left the service as a Captain in Special Intelligence five years later. The name “Captain Bill” has stuck ever since. Bill received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and practiced law for 40 years. He loved motorcycles, airplanes, and Ozzie’s Diner. He lived an active, adventurous, and colorful life with an indomitable spirit! Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Andrea Lee Hall. He is survived by: companion, Pama Ferchau; daughters Lisa Hall Hare and husband Steve of Norman, Jessica Hall Upchurch and husband Matthew of Ft. Worth, and Jamie Hall Duke and husband Scott of Norman; and grandchildren Foster Hare, Clay Upchurch, Benjamin “Benji” Upchurch, and Scarlet Duke.
Harris, John R. 1958 HS-1961 JC
Harris, Dr. Joseph 1961 JC ~ 19-Sep-2002
Hatcher, Lowell C. 1961 HS ~ 14-Oct-2014 71 year old longtime Vinita resident, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Lowell was born on July 7, 1943 to Walter and Connie (Mayfield) Hatcher. He grew up on the High Plains of West Texas. Lowell attended school at the New Mexico Military Institute and went to Vinita High School his Senior Year. He graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah with a Master’s of Science Degree. He was united in marriage to Linda Lanning on June 4, 1965 in Tulsa, OK. Together they raised two daughters and spent over 20 years on the family ranch. Lowell joined the First National Bank of Vinita in 1988 in the Trust Department. He has served as President of the Grand Lake Cattleman’s Association, Director of Chamber of Commerce, Director of Soil Conservation District, member of the Vinita Rotary Club, Adjunct Professor for N.E.O. A&M College, and served on Advisory Board for Business School at Northeastern State University. Lowell took great pleasure in seeing his children and grandchildren grow up. He had one main hobby, and that was fishing. He fished numerous times in Canada, Mexico, and even the Amazon. He enjoyed fishing with his friend O.B. Johnston on the ponds and lakes of Oklahoma for over 30 years. He often said that going fishing early in the morning, was seeing nature and all of God’s creations from deer to foxes roaming to prairie chickens in the pastures. Lowell said, “I’ve had a wonderful life, God blessed me with daughters, grandchildren and great friends.” Survivors include his loving wife Linda Hatcher of the home, daughters Stephanie Swain and husband Kip of Jefferson Hills, PA and Lynn Ann Hatcher of Richardson, TX, two grandchildren: Noah Cook and Trevor Cook, and numerous friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Connie Hatcher.
Hawk, William Alden 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 20-Feb-2009 Longtime Bakersfield resident William “Bill” Alden Hawk died February 20, 2009, after battling cancer for the past several years. Bill was born December 8, 1941 in San Diego, CA. His family settled in Bakersfield in the 1950’s. Like his father before him, William S. Hawk, Jr. 1933 HS-1935 JC, Bill attended the New Mexico Military Institute, graduating in 1961. In 1963, Bill graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Business Administration. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1969, after serving two tours in Vietnam and obtaining rank of First Lieutenant. In 1964, Bill married Diantha “Dee” Scott, and in 1971 their daughter, Erin, was born. They later divorced. In 1974, Bill married Lynne Powell. Both worked in the oil industry from 1974 through the early ’90’s. During these years Bill enjoyed every aspect of pro drag racing, funny cars and top fuel. He helped build a car piloted by Kern local Doug Kerhoulas, and he was also associated with the Don Pernow team. After retiring from petroleum reserve engineering, Bill played some serious golf. The golfing community will always remember him for his love of golf and his ability to instruct and mentor young golfers. His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Hawk, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Wright Gainsley, his parents, Bill and Aldean Hawk, and his wife, Lynne, of 31 years, who died in 2005, precede Bill in death. Bill is survived by former wife Dee Mooneyham and their daughter Erin and son-in-law Tom Byrum, sister Terri Gibson and her family, step-children Debra Hawk and Brian Zeholla, granddaughters Sarah and Brittany, the ‘Brother’s Powell’ and their families, as well as many friends who miss him dearly. Bill’s family is forever grateful to the many family members and friends who offered their kind support during these last difficult months.
Hayman, William S. 1961 JC ~ 29-Oct-2007 67, died October 29, 2007. Bill was born January 24, 1940 in Santa Fe, NM. At four years old, he moved to Albuquerque when Highland Pharmacy was purchased by his father S.J. “Red” Hayman. Bill attended Bandelier Elementary, Wilson Junior High, and was a graduate from Highland High School Class of 1958. He attended New Mexico Military Institute Junior College along with Roger Staubach, a football star. After graduation from NMMI, he received a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Albuquerque. Bill joined the Army National Guard, and trained at Ft. Lee, VA, Cooks and Bakers School. Bill served with the 150th Squadron in Korea as a cook soon after the USS PUEBLO incident. After returning from the service Bill started Highland Medical Supply, which had its beginning in the basement of Highland Pharmacy. His business grew rapidly and eventually took up the entire block of 300-320 Central Ave. SE. It was the largest Medical Supply in New Mexico when it was sold to American Home Patient in 1995. Bill hired many physically and mentally handicapped people who also became his friends. At its peak, Highland Medical Supply employed 77 people, many for 20 years or more. Janice Wright, his accounting manager, is still employed with Highland Pharmacy after 35 years. Bill’s passion was to help disabled people. He became an expert in the fitting of special wheelchairs and other equipment needed by the disabled, especially children. He led in obtaining equipment for handicapped drivers. He was also the first in New Mexico to offer the newest technology in oxygen delivery systems He was a licensed massage therapist and trained as an ostomy technician. Bill formed the Association of Medical Supply Dealers and belonged to Rotary International, Highland Baptist Church, Albuquerque Country Club, The Albuquerque Press Club and the UNM Lobo Club. He was a 32 Degree Mason and was a member of the Shrine. In 1995, Bill retired from his business to enjoy his many outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, mountain biking and canoeing, both at his mountain cabin near Chama and on international trips. He also was actively involved in investing. As a property owner in the Huning Highland area, he was instrumental in forming the Huning Highland Merchants Association and the East Downtown (EDO) development group. Bill was hands-on in the redevelopment and remodeling of the Highland Medical Supply property into rental spaces. He and his wife, Becky Krebs Hayman, attracted new services into the project including Academy Reprographics, Route 66 Dry Cleaners and the Standard Diner. Bill is survived by his wife, Becky Krebs Hayman; his mother, Dorothy Hayman; his sister, Sarah Hayman Stevenson; and brother-in-law, Dr. Jim Stevenson; his brother, Arthur Hayman; nieces, Jill Stevenson, Tiffany Wheeler, Virginia Hayman-Barber, and husband, Geoff Barber, Elizabeth Hayman; nephews, Brad Stevenson and wife, Sarah, Trevor Stevenson; and many close friends. Bill was a modest, kind and wonderful man who was an inspiration to many and will be missed by all.
Hecht, MAJ Robert C. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 28-Jan-2002
Henderson, Terry D. 1961 HS ~ 06-Jan-2013
Heward, Harlan P. 1961 JC ~ 16-Oct-1984
Hirsig, William M. 1961 HS
Hunt, Edward V. 1961 JC
Ingels, Harold C. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 27-May-2002
Jensen, Duane W. 1961 JC
Kartchner, Jack D. 1961 JC ~ 12-Oct-2012
Keller, Dr. John C., Jr. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 31-Oct-2019
Killman, Thurman G. 1961 JC ~ 02-Apr-2016 74, a retired commercial photographer, died peacefully on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Fort Worth after a long illness. Graveside service: Friends will be welcome at a graveside service to be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Memorial Park. Glenn was born June 4, 1941, in Fort Worth and graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1959. He attended New Mexico Military Institute. Glenn was a member of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. After working in sporting goods in Houston and Fort Worth, Glenn became a commercial photographer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and later for the Fort Worth Business Press. Glenn enjoyed the many friends he met through photography and remained particularly close to his classmates from Arlington Heights. Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Sheila Ann Killman; parents, Thurman and Ruth Marshall Killman; and sister, Jimmie Killman Thompson. Survivors: Nephew, Kelly R. Thompson and wife, Carla, of Fort Worth and their children, Kate and Molly; nephew, John M. Thompson of Fort Worth and his children, Sarah Beth and Mary Alice; niece, Melissa Thompson Deufel and husband, Andy, of Leawood, Kan., and their children, Emily and husband, Riley, Allison, and Thompson; brother-in-law, Dick Thompson and wife, Kathy, of Fort Worth.
Kitchen, Jack S., Jr. 1961 HS ~ 20-Jun-2015 passed away June 20, 2015 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was an awesome husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, provider and person. He was so loved and will be deeply missed by all of us. Jack was born March 18, 1943 in Norfolk, VA, to Jack S. and Hulda Rhodes Kitchen. When Jack was five years old, his father moved the family to El Paso, TX, from Kansas City, MO, to take a position with Southwest National Bank then later he was one of the founders, President and CEO of First Savings & Loan. Jack grew up in El Paso where he attended Bel Air High School and later transferred to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, graduating in 1961. He attended The University of Texas at Austin and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. Jack was active in the ROTC program, and pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduation, he attended the US Army Officer Training School in Norfolk, VA. He graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant and was transferred to Sattahip, Thailand, where he was stationed during the Viet Nam War. After serving in the Army, Jack worked for government contractors in Thailand, Viet Nam and Spain. In 1973 he graduated from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix (Glendale), AZ, with a Masters of International Management Degree. Jack was hired by Bechtel, Inc. to work in Fairbanks, Alaska on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Project. As the project was winding down, he was transferred to Balikpapan, Kalimantan, Indonesia. After Indonesia, Jack had assignments in San Francisco, CA., Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Anchorage, Alaska, Bogota, Columbia, Orlando, FL., and later Algeria and China. In 1988, Jack took a position with ARCO Alaska, Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska where he was named Purchasing Director. In 1994, Jack was transferred to the ARCO International office in Plano, TX. While working at the ARCO Plano office, Jack worked in many locations in South America: Venezuela, Chile, and Ecuador. He met Carolyn Godfrey, his wife of 38 years, in Fairbanks, Alaska while they were both working for Bechtel, Inc. on the Trans- Alaska Pipeline project. Jack and Carolyn were married in Balikpapan, Kalimantan, Indonesia and lived a life of travel and adventure together with their two children, Allison and Jack. After 30 years in the engineering, construction and oil industry, Jack traveled all over the world. During the ten years following retirement, Jack and Carolyn took fifteen trips to see the world with Grand Circle Travel. Jack loved Mexico traveling there as often as he could with friends and family. He also enjoyed movies, theater, reading, Maverick’s basketball games, golf, hiking, and supported many charities. Jack’s love of travel began with a bicycle trip of Northern Europe his grandmother gave to him as a high school graduation gift. Later, he backpacked all over Europe, North Africa and the Pan American Highway along the length of North and South America. Jack hiked the Crow Pass Trail from Girdwood to Eagle River in Alaska and climbed Mt. Kinabalu on Borneo in Malaysia. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Helen Kitchen. Survivors include his wife Carolyn Godfrey Kitchen, daughter, Candace Allison Kitchen, son, Jack Gordon Huntley Kitchen, granddaughter, Ava Monroe Kitchen, sister, Margaret Eggemeyer and her husband Dennis Eggemeyer and several nieces and nephews.
Koontz, Pat E. 1961 HS ~ 05-Sep-2006, 64, of Hobbs, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at his residence. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at Prairie Haven Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Steve Chappell officiating. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home. Mr. Koontz was born on April 13, 1942, in Lubbock, TX, to Robert Chester and Ermease Hodges Koontz. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and attended Texas Tech University. Mr. Koontz served in the U.S. Army from 1961-64. He retired as vice president of Frontier Roofing in Hobbs. Mr. Koontz loved to fish, snow ski and work on his computer. His parents and his wife, Teresa Renchler Koontz, preceded him in death. Survivors include sons, Kelly Koontz of Hobbs, Christopher Koontz and daughter, Barbara Ann Bright of Ardmore; five grandchildren, two nieces and one brother, Jim Koontz of Hobbs.
Laney, Harold Dean “HD” 1961 JC ~ 15-May-2009 70, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at Brian Center in Concord, NC. Mr. Laney was born in Monroe, NC, on April 9, 1939, to the late Leroy and Lilly Hunter Laney. He had retired as the store manager of Peebles Dept. Store in Aberdeen, NC, and was a member of Westford United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Sherer Ann Hilton Laney. Survivors include his son, Michael Dean Laney and wife, Tracey, of Concord; daughter, Jennifer Laney Bowen and husband, Phillip of Concord; brother, Calvin Laney of Lexington, NC; sister, Dora Laney Gibson of Rock Hill, SC; and grandchildren, Zach, William and Sarah.
Lewis, Arthur N., III 1961 HS ~ 02-Dec-2007 65, of New Waverly passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. Arthur was born in New Orleans, La. He graduated from M. B. Lamar High School in Houston, TX, in 1961. He began working for the United States Postal Service in 1981 at the Conroe, TX, Post Office. He was then promoted to supervisor at North Houston Postal Facility. He retired as Postmaster of North Zulch, TX, after 20 years of working for the United States Postal Service. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary Linda Welch Lewis; sister, Suzanne Anderson; daughters, Michele Desmond, Cory Cryer and Christine Webb; nephew James Anderson; grandchildren, Andrew Williams, Heather Cryer Watson and Jennifer Owens; great-grandchildren, Tyler Watson, Tara Watson and Tatum Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Noble Lewis, Sr., and Harriet Lewis.
MacFall, John B. Jr. 1961 HS ~ 04-May-2014 left this world on May 4th, 2014 with his wife and sons by his side. He was born in La Jolla in May of 1944 and lived there until moving to North County where he attended Rancho Santa Fe Elementary, San Dieguito High School (Class of ’61), and later Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He spent his life working at his hobby, Architecture, which he loved. He also spent some years building houses. He was active in Cardiff serving as president of the Little League in the 1980s and was a member, and then chair of, the Cardiff Advisory Board in the 1990s. As a younger man, he loved his golf and always enjoyed traveling. He was known for his sense of humor and dedication. He is survived by his wife of 43 years and high school sweetheart, Sara; sons, Chris, Jeffrey, Rob and Joel; and daughter, Gena; as well as seven grandchildren; and sister, Mary Lou in South Carolina.
Mahoney, Jerry H. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 14-Jan-2014, age 73, passed away on January 14, 2014 in Corpus Christi, TX. Jerry was born July 26, 1940 in Oklahoma City, OK, to Tom and Jewel Williams Mahoney. He grew up in Oklahoma City, OK, and Lubbock. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and Texas Tech University. He is survived by his wife, Fayelynn Welch Mahoney, son Tracy (Pam) Mahoney of College Station, TX; and a grandson Casey Mahoney of College Station, TX.
McCollum, James B. 1961 JC ~ 12-Sep-2009 passed from us on September 12, 2009. He is survived by his daughter, Tara Lynne Noonan and husband Joseph; grandchildren, Connor, Ainsley and Killian; mother, Myrene McCollum; sister, Marian Miller and husband, Jack, and Diane Bujol; brother, Tom McCollum and wife, Barbara, John McCollum and wife, Carala and Michael McCollum; numerous nephews and nieces; and many other family friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Dale McCollum and his brother-in-law, George Bujol. Jim graduated from Highland High School, New Mexico Military Institute and the University of NM. He founded the Albuquerque Jewelry Co., was a founding member of the NM Apartment Owner’s Association, and owned and managed the Queen’s Point Manor Apartments. He was a prolific country and western dancer and was a longtime member of the NM Dance and Swing Club and the Albuquerque Sitzmarkers Club.
McGuire, George P. 1961 HS ~ 02-Jan-2020 76, passed away peacefully January 2, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born in Roswell, NM, and spent his childhood and school age years in Ruidoso, NM. He later attended college at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales before moving to Albuquerque. He pursued a career as an Air Traffic Controller at Albuquerque ARTCC, and retired after 30 years. George was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with his beloved dog. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Mead, Richard G. 1961 HS ~ 30-Sep-2001
Moran, Francisco H. 1961 HS ~ 03-Nov-1998
Morreale, Samuel Wesley 1961 HS ~ 28-Dec-2011 a Colorado native, died last Wednesday (December 28, 2011) in Denver. Born in Colorado Springs on January 24, 1943, Sam was the son of Army Chaplain Samuel O. Morreale and Eufemia Morreale. His formative years were spent traveling in Europe and the Far East where he was exposed to cultural, artistic, and religious diversity at an early age. Sam made his living as an entrepreneur and real estate developer, and was involved in an unusual array of businesses over his lifetime. During his 30’s and 40’s, he made a name for himself as an Urban Redevelopment Specialist, rehabilitating buildings and whole neighborhoods in Canon City, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and Old Colorado City. In the early 1980s, he owned The Well at Brush Creek, a clothing optional hot springs where he met his future wife, Cyndy. In 1986-89, he built a botanical garden on the Caribbean island of Saba, which now houses a 5-star hotel. Sam and wife Cyndy were the creators and owners of the restaurant, “Mangia!” In Idaho Springs from 2004-2007, as well as Svago and Sam Whiskey’s Tavern. They co-authored a book, The West Indies in 22 Days (1987), owned a dinner boat, The Island Princess, in Sarasota, FL, (1990), and spent a year in Taos, NM, rekindling Sam’s love for painting and taking Best-of-Show for one of his works (1994). They participated in a Habitat Blitz Build with Jimmy Carter in Eagle Butte, SD, and traveled around British Columbia and the Northwest before returning to Colorado and Happy Thought Ranch, a historic property in Dumont that Sam lovingly restored. In recent years, Sam owned a harness racing horse farm and 27 horses in Illinois. A diagnosis of two serious blood diseases – Myelofibrosis and Myelodysplastic Syndrome – halted Sam’s creativity, but not for long. Once he figured out how to paint without having to lift his arms, he returned to his love of creating amazing works of art. Since December 2009, he painted over 55 pieces and his newest works are big, bold, and colorful, much like the canvas of his life. Sam will be deeply missed by his wife, his former wife, four children, three grandchildren, his brother, and many, many friends.
Morris, David F., Jr. 1961 HS ~ 30-Nov-2005
Mortimer, Eugene C. 1961 HS ~ 17-Oct-2015 died at home in Taos on Oct. 17, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Las Vegas on Nov. 19, 1943. Gene was a 1961 graduate from the New Mexico Military Institute. A Marine Vietnam War Veteran, Gene was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” in 1966. Upon his return to civilian life he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico and his Masters from New Mexico State University. Following his masters program, he was the Entomologist for the State of New Mexico and then moved into environmental health with the City of Albuquerque, from which he retired in 1995 after a dedicated career. Gene started a new phase of his life in 1998 with Fire and EMS in the Village of Taos Ski Valley. He served as the volunteer fire chief for seven years and was an active EMT. His commitment to his beloved Ski Valley was unfaltering. An avid skier and adventurer, Gene loved to travel, explore and experience new things. Gene was preceded in death by his parents: Dr. Harold and Peg Mortimer; first wife: Sandy Bason Mortimer; son: Harold Mortimer; and stepson: Peter Casey. He is survived by his devoted wife, Mary of Taos; and adoring daughter: Maggie (Frank) Cinnella of Pinellas Park, FL; plus numerous nieces and nephews. To Those Who Mourn (an excerpt) By C. W. Leadbeater For that is the real truth; man is a soul and has a body. The body is not the man, it is only the clothing of the man. What you call death is the laying aside of a worn-out garment and it is no more the end of the man than it is the end of you when you remove your coat. Therefore you have not lost your friend, you have only lost sight of the cloak in which you were accustomed to see him. The cloak is gone, but the man who wore it is not. Surely it is the man that you love and not the garment.
Moynahan, Robert B. 1961 JC
Neely, James C. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 05-Jan-2006
Newell, Gareth E. 1961 HS ~ 2002
Newell, Robert L., Jr. 159 HS-1961 JC ~ 13-Jan-1985
Parker, LTC James C., USA (Ret) 1959 HS-1961 JC, 74, of Austin, TX, passed away, Wednesday, February 10, 2015 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Jim will join in the afterlife his loving wife, Beverly Ann Parker, who preceded him in death just over a year ago and his parents Maj. Gen. Hugh Parker and Janet Parker. Jim is survived by his son David Parker, his son Derek Parker and wife MaryAnn Parker, and grandson Brick Parker. Jim was born at Langley Field, VA, on September 5, 1940. Growing up a military dependent and having served in the Army himself, Jim was able to live and travel throughout the United States and internationally. Jim graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master of Arts degree in History. Jim retired from the US Army in 1989, a decorated war veteran, having served 2 tours in Vietnam. Jim then worked in Saudi Arabia as a military advisor from 1991 thru 2002.
Pavelin, Thomas A. 1959 HS-1961 JC
Powell, Herschel E. 1961 JC
Rice, Larry L. 1961 HS ~ 09-Oct-2003
Ripley, Edward Payson, IV 1961 HS ~ 28-Feb-2015 72, died unexpectedly in his sleep on February 28, 2015. Born in Clovis, NM, but raised in Santa Fe, he attended Wood-Gormley and Harrington Jr. High, before graduating from NMMI in 1960. In 1965, he graduated from NMSU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at NMSU, he served on Engineering Council, Student Senate and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. In his engineering career, he traveled the world working in places such as Praia Brava Brazil, Venezuela, Holland, and Saudi Arabia. He also lived many years in Houston and Las Vegas, NV before retiring in Santa Fe, NM. Known as Ed to some, Payson to others, he always had a kind word to lift the spirits of others. He enjoyed playing tennis and loved to scuba dive. Payson was preceded in death by his parents, E.P. and Violet Craig Ripley, and a brother Craig. He is survived by his sons, Joseph Craig Ripley and Edward Payson Ripley, V, wife Grady; granddaughters Josie and Kate Ripley and former spouse, Hilda Lithgow Ripley.
Roks, IV, Richard Trent 1961 HS ~ 15-Jan-2015
Schukraft, Richard 1961 HS ~ 02-Jun-2016
Shantz, Norman J 1961 HS ~ 26-Sep-2019, 76, Passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at his home surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. He was a long time resident of wonderful Wyoming. Mr. Shantz was born on July 30, 1943 in Silver City, NM; the son of Benjamin Shantz and Emma Mary Jarrold. Norm grew up in New Mexico and graduated high school from the New Mexico Military Institute, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering while working for NASA on the Lunar Module Engines. Norman married Martha (Marty) Malins in Las Cruces, NM, in 1965 while attending college; they were married for 54 Years. He served in the United States Army from 1968-1971 as a Captain. After his military service Norman returned to New Mexico and worked for Kennecott Copper Mine while attaining an MABA Degree. In 1974 he moved to Wyoming and worked for Stauffer Chemical, and General Chemical. Mr. Shantz also worked as a real estate agent / broker and was self-employed. Mr. Shantz was an outdoors man, and loved Wyoming spaces; Lake Powell, Flaming Gorge. He enjoyed hunting, playing cards, and traveling on family vacations. Survivors include his wife; Martha M. Shantz of Green River, WY, two sons; Eric Shantz and wife Rikki of Green River, WY, Ian Shantz and wife Jennifer of Chandler, AZ, one brother; Robert Shantz of Safford, AZ, four grandchildren; Mackenzie, Jocelyn, Payton, Natalie, one great-grandchild; Mannix, one niece Kelly Meinhardt and husband Christian of Colorado Springs, CO, as well as several cousins.
Shenkarow, Maxwell H. 1961 HS ~ 01-May-1987
Sheplee, Michael J. 1961 JC
Slavens, Forrest R. 1961 HS ~ 03-Oct-2013
Sobin, Lt Col Roger M., USAF (Ret) 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 20-Dec-2016 went to be with our Lord on December 20, 2016 at the age of 75. He was born in Los Angeles, CA to Jack and Lillian Sobin and raised in Tucson, AZ. In 1959 he graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. In 1965 he graduated from Missouri Valley College with a bachelor degree in History. His post graduation degrees include a Master of Arts from University of Oklahoma in Human Relations (1979), and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago (2002).Rev. Sobin was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in 1969. In 1973 he entered the United States Air Force as a chaplain serving around the world: Travis AFB, CA.; Johnston Island, Pacific; Sheppard AFB, TX; Keesler AFB, MS; Clark AB, Philippines, McChord AFB, WA; Torrejon AB, Spain, Rhein-Main AB, Germany, and Randolph AFB, TX. As chaplain, he led 62 retreats for airmen during his twenty years of service. In the summers of 1978 and 1979, he served as the women’s softball coach for the Air Force, leading the best women players to the Inter-Service gold medal. He also served as head coach for the Armed Forces Woman’s team to the national finals in 1979. As an Air Force chaplain, he created and led coffee house ministries on two training bases. Lieutenant Colonel Roger Sobin retired from the Air Force in 1993, and was then called to serve at Northminster Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX as their solo pastor for ten years. He had to medically retire in February 2004 and was named Pastor Emeritus of Northminster by the Session and Mission Presbytery. During his ministry he served the presbytery and synod bodies on various committees and boards. He continued to teach classes after his retirement. Rev. Dr. Sobin served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Missouri Valley College. Roger has served the Presbyterian Church as a college student, in seminary, internship, Air Force chaplain, pastor, and now honorably retired for 50 years. Baptizing over 200 infants, children, youth, and adults -performing over 300 weddings, and preaching over 1,400 sermons during his ministry. He was also a mystery fan, reader, collector, and writer. Roger published The Essential Mystery Lists: for Readers, Collectors, and Librarians, for which he won the Macavity Award. He wrote a column in Deadly Pleasures, entitled “Real to Real”. He was a member of Mystery Writers of America. His other interests included: golf, softball, bowling, classical music, opera, Broadway plays and musicals, movies, reading, photography, and was a life long Los Angeles Dodger and Chicago Cub baseball fan. He and his wife, Genie, loved to travel, walk volksmarches, and take cruises. Together they have volksmarched in Europe, Canada, and all fifty states.He is survived by his beloved wife, Genie Sobin, his son Michael and his wife, Margaret, his daughter Jennifer and her husband, Jerry, and two grandchildren, Jack and Jada.
Sparks, Joseph C. 1961 JC ~ 26-Apr-2004
Statham, Joel D. 1961 HS ~ 11-Dec-2015 Just one month after celebrating his 74th birthday on November 10, 2015, Joe Statham passed away on December 11, 2015 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diane Statham, and his son Stephen Statham of Houston.He was born in San Antonio to Liz Galloway and Edwin Statham, but as a baby, Joe moved to Houston where he was raised by his beloved mother and stepfather Lawrence Shapera. After graduating Lamar High School in 1960, Joe continued his education at the New Mexico Military Institute on a ROTC scholarship. Shortly thereafter during the Vietnam era, Joe was drafted into Army Intelligence where he was stationed overseas in Europe, primarily Italy, and for a year in Greenland. He spent the remainder of his 6-year service in Washington, DC, where he worked for the Army Map Service after training as a Cartographic Engineer at Georgetown University. One of Joe’s highest accomplishments in the service was receiving a Unit Citation from President Kennedy for discovering Soviet missiles in Cuba, which ultimately led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1968, Joe was honorably discharged from the United States Army. He was employed briefly with Lockheed Corporation at NASA during the first manned lunar mission, helping to map our moon. He went on to work as a long time employee for Southwestern Bell. His detail-oriented nature enabled him serve the company well in operating and maintaining a computerized switching system. He retired from the company over 15 years ago. Although he would claim that Diane was his memory, Joe loved learning and would remember the things he was passionate about knowing. One of his strongest interests was in learning all he could about the military aspects of World War II. His keen interest caused him to develop an extensive historical library.While it was often difficult to get Joe out of the house, once he was out he loved to talk and connect with people. His helpful, generous spirit will be missed.Joe was a man with an extreme level of integrity and a keen sense of fairness. He was down-to-earth and gave his best to every effort.
Stillabower, Loye Keith 1961 JC ~ 29-Nov-2000
Stone, David Locke 1961 HS ~ 02-Nov-2010
Stone, Terry S. 1961 HS ~ 02-Nov-2010
Storm, Virgil M. “Buzz” 1961 JC ~ 10-Dec-2007 66, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2007, at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita. He was born on May 6, 1941, in Scott City, to Virgil and Valerian Irwin Storm. A lifetime resident of Scott City, he was the owner and operator of Storm Machine Shop in Scott City. He was in the Marine Corps from 1962 to 1964, serving on the USS Kitty Hawk and later was a Scott County volunteer firefighter from 1968 to 1978. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Scott City and Anthem Masonic Lodge, Scott City. On Dec. 17, 1964, he married Sharron Shuler in Scott City. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Tyler Storm, Albuquerque, NM; a daughter, Kimberly Smith, Scott City; a brother, Vernon Storm, Scott City; a sister, Virgie Schwartz, Scott City; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.
Teeter, Michael S. 1961 HS ~ 09-Aug-2002 58 a Fort Sumner businessman died Friday, August 9, 2002 at his home. He was born October 1, 1943 in Las Vegas, NM the son of Ronald and Mildred B. Teeter. He attended school at Santa Rosa, NM and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. Michael married Anna Martz on November 24, 1962 in Fort Sumner. He attended Arizona State University where he received a business degree. Following graduation from ASU, he worked for General Foods in Albuquerque for two years before returning to Fort Sumner where he and Anna owned and operated Teeter’s Department Store; he also served as senior partner of High Plains Aircraft Decorators at the Fort Sumner Industrial Air Park. In 1981 he began Mike Teeter Insurance Agency, Inc. in Fort Sumner; the business grew to Santa Rosa and Moriarty and was renamed Insurance Services of New Mexico in 2000. Mike served on the Fort Sumner Village Council; he also served one term as Mayor was a member of Rotary Club where he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. Mike served on the Eastern New Mexico Natural Gas Board; was a past volunteer firefighter he also served a year as NM State Senator. Mike served as past president of ENMR/Plateau Communications and was currently serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors. Mike and his wife Anna served as associate pastors of Christ Full Gospel Church, “The Church on the Hill” he became senior pastor in 1992. Mike was a member of the Fort Sumner Ministerial Alliance, and was active with the Prison Fellowship program at Guadalupe County Correction Center for the past 4 years. He was a loving and caring husband, father, brother and friend who gave his heart and soul to his church. Mike enjoyed golfing, reading, snow skiing and swimming. Survivors include his wife of 39 years Anna Teeter of the home in Fort Sumner; two daughters Michele Finch and husband Carl of Dalhart, TX; Christie Lyssy and husband Jim of Fort Sumner, NM; four grandchildren Page 2 of 2 Maegan Finch, Caleb Finch, Candace Lysy, and Micah Lyssy; one sister Ronda Maloney of Friendswood, TX; his mother-in-law Annabel Martz of Fort Sumner along with one niece and four nephews.
Tisdal, Danny L. 1961 JC ~ 05-May-2001
Trippet, Carl F. 1961 HS ~ 15-Feb-2014 Carl Franklin Trippet was born May 17, 1943 in Hardtner, KS. As a child he was adopted by Dr. Floyd and Mary Trippet of Tulsa, OK. Carl was a Vietnam veteran, where he was a sargeant and a meteorologist in the United States Air Force. Carl was a computer programmer and retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arkansas. He loved to collect coins and build anything with his hands. Family and friends meant everything to Carl. He is survived by his wife Kim of Yukon, OK, a daughter Shirley Trippet of Greenbrier, AR, stepsons Eric Moody of OKC, OK and Kyle Moody of Yukon, OK, Monty Coffman of Wickenburg, AZ, and their wives Sarah Moody, Amy Moody, and Roni Coffman, a brother Richard Trippet and his wife Diane of Beaver, OK, six grandchildren, Toni Trippet of Greenbrier, AR, Logan and Lily Moody of OKC, Victoria, Kimberly, and Trey Coffman of Wickenburg, AZ, with numerous other siblings and family members. He was preceded in death by his son Scot Berlin Trippet.
Trujillo, LTC Arthur H., USA (Ret) 1961 JC ~ 05-Feb-2010 70, of Killeen passed away on Feb. 5, 2010, surrounded by his family. Arthur was an adjunct faculty member at Central Texas College, where he taught government and business courses. He was also an independent business/financial consultant. He was a Killeen Independent School District board vice president. The Killeen resident and U.S. Army veteran held an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees and was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, in residence, at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Auburn University, the University of Central Texas, New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. Trujillo worked in farming, ranching, real estate and other business fields. His 23-year military career included command and staff positions with units in the infantry, cavalry, airborne, ranger, Special Forces and Army aviation as well as an Army comptroller. He served 31 months in Vietnam as a rifle platoon leader, a rifle company commander, in Special Forces (Special Operations), as a helicopter pilot, an armored cavalry troop commander and in other capacities. He held three Bronze Stars (one for valor), the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Civil Action Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Airborne Wings, Ranger Tab, Senior Aviator Badge, Recondo Patch, and the Vietnamese Parachute Badge. He was an Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm and Order of the Arrow in 1953. Trujillo was a member of the Killeen-Heights Rotary Club, the American Legion and the Association of the U.S. Army. He served as chairman of the boards of the Killeen Housing Authority and Greater Central Texas Federal Credit Union and as vice president for finance of Communities in Schools. He was a former member of the boards of the Mid-Tex Chapter of the American Red Cross, the KISD Education Foundation, League of United Latin-American Citizens Scholarship Foundation and the Monty lebay Scholarship Fund. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Minerva Trujillo, former principal of Audie Murphy Middle School, and their children, Dr. Laura Trujillo-Jenks 1989 JC and her husband, Kenny, Lt. Col. Paul M. Trujillo and his wife, Christie, and Michelle C. Trujillo; five grandchildren, Alexandria, Zachary, Katherine, Jordan and Jacob; a brother, Joe Trujillo; an aunt, Blanche Stephens, and several cousins, nephews and nieces.
Turner, Joe E. 1961 JC
Turner, John D. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 12-May-2004
Turrentine, Franklin G. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 19-Feb-2001
VonUnwerth, W. Allen 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 19-May-2006, age 64, of Hot Springs, died, Friday, May 19, 2006. He was born on Nov. 14, 1941, in Kansas City, MO, the son of William Albert Von Unwerth and Mary Allen Von Unwerth. He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law, W. J. “Red” Langston. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs. He was a United States Army veteran and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. He was the owner and broker of the Equity Group Real Estate Agency in Hot Springs. He was a life member of the Million $ Club and received the ARA Silver Award for Excellence 2004-2005. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Von Unwerth of Hot Springs; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Charles “”Chip”” Von Unwerth and wife, Anna, of Atlanta, Ga., and David Von Unwerth of Fort Smith; one daughter, Gretchen Jenkins of Fort Wayne, Ind.; six grandchildren; one great-grandson ; one brother, Phillip Von Unwerth of Houston; his mother-in-law, Estelle Langston of Glenwood; and a host of friends.
Warner, Larry D. 1961 JC ~ 30-Dec-2016
Welsh, James L. 1959 HS-1961 JC
Whiteley, Carl L. 1961 JC ~ 07-Nov-2015 longtime resident of Ridgecrest, passed away on November 7, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 8, 1939, to Carl Jackson and Alice T. Whiteley in Duncan, OK. He was a bright and popular student athlete. After graduation he attended the New Mexico Military institute in Roswell, New NM, where he played football and attended the junior college. In 1963, he came to China Lake to work at the Naval Ordinance Test Station as a computer programmer. Carl was a civil servant and later a contractor for 50 years until his retirement in 2013. Carl was a loving and supportive father to his children, and devoted husband. In 1977, he married the love of his life, Betty Joann Whiteley. They shared a keen devotion to gardening, and nature. They were named Gardeners of the Year by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce in 1989. They nurtured and inspired a large extended family in the 37 years of the marriage until her passing in 2014. He was an avid sports enthusiast. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl J. and Alice T. Whiteley, brothers Jackie and Glenn Whiteley, infant daughter Stephanie K. Whiteley, and wife Joann Whiteley. He is survived by his brother Benny and wife Mary of Duncan, OK, daughter Kristin and Chuck Mattson of Ridgecrest, CA, son Carl Lynn Whiteley, II, and wife Michele of Ridgecrest, daughter Rochelle Fulton of Ridgecrest, CA, son Danny Roy of Bakersfield, CA, and grandchildren Karli Bezanson and son Casper Bezanson of Ridgecrest, CA, Jasmine and Hank Rounds and son Ryker of Arkansas, Matthew and Holly Fulton and daughter Riley of Las Vegas, NV, Megan Harral of Santa Rosa, CA, Angela Fulton of Las Vegas, NV, Kimberlee Whiteley and daughter Peyton of Ridgecrest, CA, Andrew and Haley Fulton and children Bryant and Harper of Ridgecrest, CA, Stephanee Whiteley of Ridgecrest, CA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, family, friends and co-workers.
Wiley, Michael E. 1961 HS ~ 12-Apr-2015 Mr. Wiley was born September 10, 1943 in Carlsbad, NM, to Ruby (Bohannon) and Gale Wiley, Sr., and died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Wiley owned and operated U-Save Foods in Lufkin and Nacogdoches from 1982-1999, and Vision Video in Lufkin from 1999-2007. He was a member of the Christian Motorcyclists Club, and a member of Southside Baptist Church and the Senior Men’s Sunday school class.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth G. Wiley of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Steven Jones, Dennette and Mike Kurimski, and Tammy and Jim Hannon; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Miki Bozarth, and Curtis and Debbie Wiley; granddaughters, Kristina Belschner, Kylee Kurimski, Ai Bozarth and Brianna Parrish; grandsons, Brendon Hannon, Matthew Kurimski, Dusty Wiley and Matthew Jones; great-granddaughter, Abby Hannon; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and only brother, Gale Wiley, Jr.
Woodall, Harvey E. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 15-Jun-2019 suddenly and unexpectedly, passed from this earth on Saturday, June 15, 2019. He ran the race and in the end, finished well. His belief in the Lord Jesus Christ has greatly been a comfort to his family. Harvey was born on April 19, 1940, in Albuquerque, NM, and lived most of his young life in Belen, NM. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Emma Woodall, Harvey and Elizabeth Caldwell, his father, Bert Woodall, his mother, Lois Caldwell Woodall, and a sister, Jean Franklin. He leaves an adopted son, Mark Woodall, a daughter, Natalie Woodall, a grandson, Dillon Lackham, two sisters, Joan Wilson and Sue Tabet, along with nieces and nephews. Harvey graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and attended New Mexico State University for two years. He joined the National Guard and was stationed in Monterey, CA, and El Paso, TX. After a stint in the rodeo circuit, riding broncos, Harvey was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad, and worked in sales for various companies. He ended his professional career as a sales manager for Les Industries Davidson Inc., in Pittsburgh, PA. His joys and passions in life were country western dancing, running, watching and discussing sports, food, and especially playing golf. Harvey was enjoying a happy retirement, living in Scottsdale, AZ. His family expresses gratitude for the kindness and love shown by family and friends, at this sorrowful time.
Zabriskie, Hollis C., Jr. 1959 HS-1961 JC ~ 08-Jan-1999