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.
Bell, William M. S. 1980 JC ~ 16-Mar-2010 50, died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at his home in Riverside. Born in Munich, Germany, on February 27, 1960, Mr. Bell lived in Riverside for 35 years. He was CEO of Redcloak Enterprises, Inc. In Riverside. Mr. Bell graduated from Poly High School in 1978 and then earned a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Military Institute in 1980. He then served his country in the U.S. Army as a Company Commander in the 26th Infantry Division in Germany. He was a Knight Templar, a member of the Supreme Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, Grand Preceptory of North America. He donated much of his time to charity and was active in animal rescue. He enjoyed and played many sports, including tennis, basketball, swimming, football and golf. He is survived by his parents, Colonel (Ret) William H. And Suzanne S. Bell of Riverside; sisters, Suzanne (Javier) Bell de Garcia of Long Beach and Kathleen (Richard) Bell-Conine of Zebulon, NC; godson and nephew, Alexander Garcia Bell of Long Beach; uncles, Francis (Charlotte) Shanahan of Ft. Pierce, FL, and Daniel (Virginia) Shanahan of Carlsbad; several cousins and his beloved Cocker Spaniel companion, Precious.
Driskill, Matthew S. 1980 HS ~ 03-Aug-2011 49, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at his beloved KOA Campground in the shadow of Devils Tower. He was born Dec. 31, 1961, in Belle Fourche, SD, to Jesse T. And Ellen (Horton) Driskill. Matt attended school in Belle Fourche through fourth grade when his family moved to the Campstool Ranch at Devils Tower in 1972 and he transferred to Hulett School. He graduated from high school at the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell. Matt attended Sheridan College and served 10 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Wyoming Air National Guard. He served in the Persian Gulf War and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. In 1985, Matt married Brenda Clark and to this union, a daughter, Cheney, was born. Matt returned to Devils Tower in 1996 and began working with his mother at the Devils Tower KOA. On Feb. 14, 1999, he married the love of his life, Kathi Johnson, and together they operated the Devils Tower KOA for the past 12 years. The KOA recently received their 30-year award, which Matt was extremely proud of. In 2004, Matt and Kathi were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Jessee Loring, whom he loved very much. Matt enjoyed roping, hunting, golfing and an occasional poker game. He was well known for his cooking and catering skills. Matt was a member of the American Legion Roy Montgomery Post 80, Half Fast Roping Club, Devils Tower Tourism Association, Crook County Promotion Board and the Wyoming Tourism Board. Matt is survived by his wife, Kathi; daughters, Cheney of Edgemont, SD, and Jessee of Hulett; grandson, Dominick; father, J. “Jesse” T. Driskill 1950 HS; grandfather, Pete Smith of Sand Creek; Aunt Dorothy (Rondy) Dike of Bowen Island, Canada; brothers, Jesse K. “Tobe” (Peggy) Driskill of Rio Rico, Ariz., and William Ogden (Zannie) Driskill of Devils Tower; in-laws, Don (Terri) Johnson of Hulett; brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, JR (Bobbi) Butler of Hulett; nieces and nephews, Andrea, Katerie and Lincoln Driskill of Devils Tower, and Austin, Dawson and Dalton Butler of Hulett; as well as numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen and his grandparents. Matt was a wonderful husband, father and friend who will be greatly missed.
Durazo, Joseph R. 1980 HS
Earp, Patrick J. 1980 HS ~ 28-Feb-2012
Erdmann, Carl M. 1980 JC ~ 21-Jul-2004
Flack, Gregory T. 1980 HS
Flood, Gregory B. 1980 JC ~ 26-Jun-2007
Fox, Charles D. 1980 HS ~ 02-Jun-2004
Grinnell, Philip A. 1980 JC ~ 09-Oct-2013 53, of Little Egg Harbor, N.J., formerly of Middlesex, N.J. passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, after sustaining severe injuries during Superstorm Sandy. Philip was born in Florida and spent a majority of his life in Middlesex Borough, N.J. He graduated from Middlesex High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and Old Dominion University. He honorably served as a U.S. Army combat engineer at Fort Benning, Ga., and rose to the rank of captain. Thereafter, he worked as a pharmaceutical representative for several major drug companies, recently for Cegidum SK&A as a management consultant. He was an ordained minister and certified hypnotist. Philip loved music, especially Bob Dylan, Elvis, and Johnny Cash. Philip had a great sense of humor, was an avid fisherman, cherished the moments spent with his grandchildren, and lived life to its fullest, but will always be remembered most for his love of his family and endless generosity; from paying for funeral expenses of friends to filling the void while his brother was deployed four times to Iraq. After an 11 month battle well fought by Superman – Philip is now resting peacefully. Philip was the beloved husband of Maia Makaridze-Grinnell; loving son of Sheila Grinnell; devoted father to Ashley and Sheila Grinnell, of Jacksonville, Fla.; cherished grandfather to Christian, Gage, and Faith; dear brother to Chuck Grinnell, of Ortley Beach, N.J., Cheryl Grinnell-Tarbous and husband, Richard, of Middlesex, Lisa Ziomek and husband, Joe, of Middlesex; and adored uncle to Charles, Richard, Melissa, Jessica, Joseph, John, Steven, Megan, and Morgan. He was predeceased by his father, Philip Murray Grinnell. Philip will always be dearly loved by his family and friends. His incredible smile will be sorely missed. May he rest always in peace and in our hearts for he will always be remembered as being there for us during both the good and difficult times.
Hansen, Daniel Laurence 1980 JC ~ 20-Apr-2016 45, Of Olivehurst, Ca, Passed Away On April 20, 2016 And Was Tragically Taken From His Family And Friends In A Motorcycle Accident While Commuting To Work. He Was Born On May 5, 1970 In Newport Beach, Ca. He Worked For The Sacramento Truck Center As A Diesel Mechanic For 14 Years. He Resided In The Yuba/Sutter Counties Since 1999. He Is Survived By His Wife Sarah Ann Lowe Hansen Of Olivehurst Ca; His Children, Jennifer Gabriele Katharina Hansen And Jessica Margaret Arlene Hansen Of Algoma, Wi, Deborah Laura Hansen, Isabel Reese Hansen, And Peyton Orion Hansen Of Olivehurst, Ca; His Mother Lilly Hansen Williams And Stepfather Billy Williams Of Clovis, Nm; His Siblings, David Joseph Hansen Of Bumpass, Va, April Terese Hansen Of Marysville, Ca, And Julianna Mitchell Of San Angelo, Tx. He Was Preceded In Death By His Father Laurence Richard Hansen Of Clovis, Nm. He Joined The Army In 1989 And Served For Three And A Half Years. In Closing, Dan Will Be Remembered As A Loving Devoted Father, Brother, Son And Friend. He Was Adored And Respected By Many And We Will Truly Miss Him, And His Love Of The Raiders And Passion Of Exploring The World With His Motorcycle And Buddies. May He Rest In Peace.
Hollis, James M. 1980 JC ~ 15-Jul-1998
Huntley, William B. 1980 HS ~ 11-Nov-2016
Jones, John R. 1980 HS – 03-Jun-2011
Judkins, Carlos D. 1980 JC ~ 29-Mar-2018 was born May 3, 1960, to Lillian and Proveb Henry (June) Judkins in Ft. Lee Military Hospital. On Thursday March 29, 2018, Carlos departed this life in VCU Hospital. He was a 1978 Graduate of Denbigh High School. At an early age he became a member of First Baptist Church Dendron. He attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1978-1980 then finished his educational career at Virginia Union University. Carlos as he was affectionately known had a talent and love of Basketball. Carlos leaves to cherish precious memories two daughters Sydney Judkins; grandsons Jet and Maverick and Shelby Judkins; mother of his children, Robin Judkins; mother Lillian Judkins; father Proveb Henry (June) Judkins; sister, Carmen Denise; aunt, Julia Bailey. A host of cousins, and close friends.
Lian, Douglas J. 1980 JC ~ 24-Jul-2007
Marshall, Peter A. 1980 JC ~ 10-Jun-1998
Mathis, Joel C. 1980 HS ~ 15-Jan-2002
Montoya, A. Jeffery 1980 HS
Nelson, Steven D. 1980 HS
Orozco, Beatriz E. 1980 JC ~ 19-Nov-2015 was born Oct. 5, 1959; she was a good daughter, sister and awesome aunt to three adorable, rambunctious nieces. She would lead an exemplary life of devotion to faith and family. Beatriz, or Beat, as she was affectionately known, was the first and favorite of seven mexican-American children from Juan and Maria de los Angeles Orozco. As the first born she became her mom’s little helper, assisting in cleaning, feeding and supervising the large brood of siblings. Because of her closeness to her mother, she would be the best at making gourmet dishes, at speaking fluent Spanish (her mother’s first language), and in being the wisest of them all. She graduated from high school at St. Mary’s Academy in Navoo, Il., was nominated for the Military Academy at West Point, New York and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. Her dream to pursue a field as an architect would be sidetracked after her mother became disabled and severely ill. Physicians would bestow upon her the title of honorary doctor because of her significant contribution to her mother’s long-term care. In between she took great joy in caring for and playing with her nieces. After her mother passed away she was there to assist her father in his declining health. But soon, she would need to care for herself after being diagnosed with kidney failure and put on dialysis as her mother was before her. And like her mother, she would succumb to the disease. Man measures success in terms of power and wealth, but for those seeking a place in heaven, it is based on love, faith and sacrifice and by that measure she has earned her placement among the greatest of saints. Few ever come as close to repaying ones parents for all their love and sacrifices as she did. The family requests prayers for her eternal soul. She is survived by her father (Juan f. Orozco), six siblings (Juan C., Ruth, Mary, Gloria, Ana and David), and three nieces (Maria, Bebe and Jessica).
Peterson, Brent A. 1980 HS ~ 13-May-1998
Pomonis, Peter T. 1980 HS ~ 04-Mar-2003
Prieto, Dino A. 1980 JC
Pruett, Charles D. 1980 JC ~ 25-Dec-2003
Pruitt, Martin G. 1980 HS ~ 19-Jul-2005
Ribble, N. Carson Jr. 1980 JC ~ 11-Aug-2018
Righter, Ronald Alan 1980 JC ~ 01-Oct-2011 51, of Lincoln, passed away suddenly in Baltimore, MD, Saturday, October 1st, 2011. Ronald was a Computer Programmer. Proud member of the Army National Guard Infantry. Proud graduate of The New Mexico Military Institute. He was involved with The Boy Scouts of America, and enjoyed Boating and Camping. Ronald is survived by his wife, Julie; Son, Robert Francis Righter; Daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Andrew) Roberts; Son, Seth Curtis Lacy (Abbey Noll); Granddaughter-to-be, Ava Elizabeth Lacy; Son, Alexander Alan Righter 2014 HS; Son, Aaron Benjamin Righter; Mother, Virginia Righter; Sister, Karen May; Nephew, Christopher May; Mother-in-law, Patricia Oestmann; Father-in-law, Melvin Oestmann; Sister-in-law, Allison (Larry) Bauers; Nephew, Chase Bauers; Niece, Maylea Bauers. Preceded in death by Father, Herbert Francis Righter, and Grandparents.
Shoultz, Mark A. 1980 HS
Skeen, Mikell L. 1980 HS ~ 03-Apr-2018 We honor and celebrate the life of Mikell “Mike” Lee Skeen, son of Joe and Mary Helen Skeen, who met his Savior face-to-face on April 3rd, 2018. Mikell was born on January 5, 1962. He grew up on the family ranch with his sister, learning the values of hard work, hard play, generosity and kindness. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He met his best friend and future wife, Gail Edwards in 1980. They were married in 1983 sharing 35 years of marriage. Mike inherited a love of the land and its animals (except for coyotes) from his parents. He has managed the sheep and cattle family ranch full time since 1982. Like his dad, he also inherited a love of flying. He loved the solitude life in the rolling hills of the Sacramento Mountains. His Lord and Family meant everything to him. Mike was a long time member of the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Roswell Elks Lodge, NM Wool Growers, NM Cattle Growers and the NMMI Alumni Association. Mike greatly cherished his beloved Australian Sheppard dogs: Sox, Patches and Shep, all kinds of music, competitive shooting, boating, motorcycles and hunting, especially predator hunting. Mike was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother Jim. He is survived by his wife, Gail Ann Edwards Skeen; son, Tyler Lee Skeen and wife, Sarah Lynn Martin Skeen; son, Clinton Santry Skeen and his love, Halee Dean; grandson, Lane Santry Skeen; sister, Mary Elisa “Lisa” Livingston and nephews, Richard Ross Livingston; Tristan Edwards, and Cooper Schramm; nieces, Samantha Shackelford, Andria Shackelford; mother-in-law, Dottie Edwards; sisters-in-law, Debbie Pompei and husband, Dave Pompei; Robin Shackelford and Donna Edwards. Many cousins on both sides of the family.
Stewart, Janetta B. 1980 JC ~ 13-Dec-2007
Treadaway, Thomas L. 1980 HS ~ 14-Apr-2002
Williams, Patrick L. 1980 JC ~ 05-Feb-2018
Winkler, Timothy L. 1980 HS ~ 05-May-2015
Witcher, Blake B. 1980 JC ~ 14-Nov-2015 55, of Dallas, Texas passed away on November 14, 2015. He is survived by his two daughters, Elise Witcher, Meredith Witcher, mother Laura Witcher, all of Dallas, his sister Marla and husband Tom Velarde of Santa Fe, brother, Chad Witcher of Espanola, parents, Dr. Don and Alice of Santa Fe. He is also survived by aunts, nieces, cousins, many wonderful friends and colleagues. Blake was a graduate of Santa Fe High School, NM State University, and Oklahoma City University Law School. He was a practicing attorney in Dallas.
Amidzadeh, Navid 1979 HS
Ballesteros, Domie Dean 1979 JC ~ 17-Mar-2015 age 55, born December 23, 1959 to Rosalina Tadio and Dominador Ballesteros in Lanai City, Hawaii. died March 17, 2015 at 4:47 p.m., after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma proved to be more difficult than any war he fought in. Since 2002 he has been a loving, devoted husband to Marie Inez Ballesteros (ne: Drouillard); wonderful father to Matthew Tessier, Daniel Lauzon, Leilani Ballesteros and Marie Lauzon and grandfather to Warren and Phoenix Dawn. He is also survived by his brothers, Mark and Dave Ballesteros, their wives and many nieces and nephews. Domie served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, having served with distinction in the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg. He made many great friends while serving his country and his brothers in arms are also saddened by the loss of a brave warrior. Domie had been attending Weber State University, until the disease rendered him unable, to pursue a Masters degree in Psychology and Social Work in order to fulfill his dream to help his brothers in arms deal with the profound effects of war and all that entails.
Baumgarth, Eric O. 1979 JC ~ 16-Dec-1993
Bodin, Edward K. 1979 HS
Boles, Donald G. 1979 HS ~ 17-Nov-1996
Bornmann, John C., II 1979 JC ~ 05-Sep-2005
Brown, Baxter C. 1979 JC
Bruce, Larry S. 1979 HS ~ 27-Oct-2005
Caufield, Charles A. 1979 JC ~ 29-Sep-2015
Clark, Raymond J. 1979 JC
Cockrum, C. Conway 1979 HS
Day, Cyrus M., IV 1979 JC ~ 17-Mar-2013 54, known to his family as Russ, of Georgetown, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at his home, after a brief illness. Born July 15, 1958, in Louisville, he was the son of Joan Cralle Day and Dr. Cyrus M. Day III. Russ was a graduate of Camp LeJeune High School (N.C.) and New Mexico Military Institute. He was also a U.S. Army veteran and a welder and electrician. Known for his generosity and kindness to strangers, he was a gentle soul who always put others before himself. He never realized his own goodness. He was preceded in death by his brother and best friend, David Lee Day. Russ is survived by his mother and father; sisters, Susan Day and Carolyn Day; niece, Vanessa Day; nephews, Tyler Kmetz (Sarah) and Dakota Day; and great-nephews, Dallas Day and Shawn Harness.
Dunlap, Shannon L. 1979 HS ~ 10-Apr-2009 49, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at his home.
Elliott, Raymond D. 1979 JC
Elvira, Eduardo B. 1979 HS ~ 21-Jun-2005
Flores, Paul D. 1979 HS
George, Gordon W. 1979 JC
Harms, Jeffrey G. 1979 HS ~ 01-Oct-2004
Henderson, Daniel F. 1979 JC ~ 07-Jun-1999
Jameson, Brian S. 1979 JC
Masci, James R. 1979 HS ~ 29-May-2005
McCracken, William H. 1979 JC ~ 23-May-1996
McGee, Robert David 1979 HS
McKeown, Michael K. 1979 HS
McKinney, Michael D. 1979 HS ~ 19-Jun-2017 55, longtime resident of Theodore, AL, died on Monday, June 19, 2017 at his home. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico and lived there for a number of years and also in Mobile. While in Roswell, he attended The New Mexico Military Institute. He loved fishing for the catch of the day and spending time with family and friends at Dauphin Island. Michael was a kind and generous person, always searching for and collecting gift type items for those he loved. Artistic and creative was always a good way to describe Michael. Playing the guitar, assembling model cars and drawing were his favorite things. He loved his family and he will be dearly missed. Preceding him in death, are his sisters, Deborah Hilliard and Valorie Citty. Surviving are his mother, Betty N. Evans of Fairhope; His father Richard E. (Nancy) McKinney of Charlotte, North Carolina; his sisters, Donna (Jay) Boothe, Denise (Mike) Booker, Charlotte (Bo) Wilkinson, Lisa Denney and Michele Hart, Marjorie (Chris) Rosenberry; his brothers, Gus Allen McKinney and Andrew Mark McKinney and many other relatives and friends. While in Roswell, he attended The New Mexico Military Institute. He loved fishing for the catch of the day and spending time with family and friends at Dauphin Island. Michael was a kind and generous person, always searching for and collecting gift type items for those he loved. Artistic and creative was always a good way to describe Michael. Playing the guitar, assembling model cars and drawing were his favorite things. He loved his family and he will be dearly missed. Preceding him in death, are his sisters, Deborah Hilliard and Valorie Citty. Surviving are his mother, Betty N. Evans of Fairhope; His father Richard E. (Nancy) McKinney of Charlotte, North Carolina; his sisters, Donna (Jay) Boothe, Denise (Mike) Booker, Charlotte (Bo) Wilkinson, Lisa Denney and Michele Hart, Marjorie (Chris) Rosenberry; his brothers, Gus Allen McKinney and Andrew Mark McKinney and many other relatives and friends.
Michener, Edward R. 1979 JC ~ 01-Dec-2007 age 48, former Republic resident, died December 1, 2007, in Blythewood South Carolina after a sudden illness. He was born October 9, 1959, to Paul and Donna (Stahl) Michener. Mr. Michener had worked for the Dana Corporation, and Allied Waste Management before moving to South Carolina. He received his MBA from the University of Toledo. He is survived by his mother, Donna Michener of Republic, Ohio; a sister, Paulette (John E.) Michener Bockert of Norwalk; a sister-in-law, Milly (Larry) Michener of Republic, Ohio; four nephews; a niece and three great-nephews.
Murnan, Richard D. 1979 JC ~ 07-Aug-2015 54, of Bartlesville, died at 10:15 P.M. on Friday, August 7th, 2015. He was a Bartlesville resident and was employed as a pipeliner with Union 798. Survivors include his daughter, Somer Nichole Murnan of Bartlesville, his father, B.D. “Wayne” Murnan and wife, Luann of Bartlesville, his mother, Susan Lorraine Eggleston and partner, Bill Grandstaff of Nowata, brother, Todd Murnan and wife Lisa of Pine, Colorado, two sisters, Kim Lopez and husband John of Cypress, Texas, Lalaina Murnan Coppinger and husband Lance of Ochelata. Nieces and nephews, Autumn Broesel of Edmond, Stormi Swim of Cypress, Texas, Lexi, Caleb and Blake of Ochelata, Greer and Connor of Pine, Colorado. Great nieces and nephews, Sydney, Kirsten, Mackenzie and Mason of Cypress, Texas, and Conner of Edmond. His aunt and uncle’s Richard and Theda Thompson of Skiatook, Bob Murnan of Bartlesville. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Alva and Louise Murnan, his maternal grandparents, E.I. and Josephine Thompson. Aunts, Monte Murnan and Illa Jean Murnan.
Phillips, Keith A., “Tony” II, USAF (Ret) 1979 JC ~ 17-Feb-2016 56 passed away on February 17, 2016 in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Tony was an American professional baseball player who had an 18-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career from 1982-1999. He played all positions on the baseball diamond except for pitcher and catcher. His most memorable notoriety is the play he made with the Oakland A’s against the Giants in the 1989 World Series making the last defensive out and sealing the championship win for the team. Love and gratitude to the Oakland Athletics (A’s) and Roswell High School for their contributions to the life and legacy of our Angel. The memories of his precious life will be cherished by his daughter, Victoria Antionette Phillips; granddaughter, Jada Nichelle Phillips; two brothers, Minister Leonard B. Phillips (Rhonda) and Donald Craig Phillips; one sister, Stacey Phillips-Coker; two uncles, Almond Robert Martin, Jr, and Larry Martin; four aunts, Patricia Ann Cook, Lanelle Peters, Rosa Elizabeth Hawkins, and Deborah Marie Jackson; one Great Uncle, William Tucker; one Great Aunt, Ethel Tucker, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Purifoy, William D. 1979 JC ~ 14-Oct-2013 53, of Homestead, passed away on Monday, at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Bill was the former Fire Chief of the Homestead Volunteer Fire Department. He leaves to cherish his memory mother, Frances Purifoy; three children, Sherisse Purifoy, Courtney Purifoy, William D. Purifoy; three grandchildren; three siblings, Cheryl (Albert) Bowe, Donald (Karen) Purifoy, Jr., Christina (Tim Shipman) Purifoy; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends too numerous to mention.
Quilliam, W. Reed, III 1979 HS ~ 09-Jan-2011 Mr. Quilliam died on Jan. 6, 2011. Due to mounting health problems, his activities have been restricted for several years. Reed was born July 6, 1961, in Beaumont, Texas, the third child of W. Reed Quilliam, Jr., and Myrna Simmons Quilliam. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Monterey High School in 1979. He also attended Texas Tech University. An avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Reed shared his father’s enthusiasm for sports. He enjoyed rooting for the Red Raiders and loved attending Texas Tech basketball and football games. He was happiest during college bowl season and March Madness. Following his mother’s example, Reed took great satisfaction from serving as a volunteer at St. John’s United Methodist Church. For many years, he spent Monday mornings assisting the staff of the church in various duties. Survivors include his daughter, Amanda Elizabeth Quilliam; sister, Kathryn Quilliam Reeves and husband Jimmie L. Reeves; nephews, Kyle Chamberlain Gregory and Pierce Quilliam Reeves; and loving caregiver, Mary Mutai. Reed was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Mary Corinne Quilliam, who died in 1995.
Randolph, David E. 1979 JC
Rogers, Thomas I. 1979 JC
Rouchon, Fritz 1979 JC ~ 25-Jan-2008
Sartin, Stevin K. 1979 JC ~ 23-Jan-1999
Sitler, David M. 1979 JC ~ 24-Feb-2014
Sturtz, Jacob E. 1979 HS
Torrez, Eddie J. 1979 JC
Vann, Rodney H. 1979 HS ~ 19-May-2006
Warman, Mike 1979 JC ~ 23-Nov-2003
Williams, Roosevelt 1979 HS ~ 13-Aug-1992
Amidzadeh, Kavah 1978 HS
Armstrong, Sam W. 1978 JC
Arnold, Jeffery B. 1978 HS ~ 19-Sep-2010
Aylesworth, Jeffrey L. 1978 HS ~ 21-Oct-2005
Bearden, Joe L. 1978 HS
Blenker, Bob G. 1978 JC
Cannon, William C. 1978 HS ~ 13-Jun-1999
Churchman, William S. 1978 JC
Cisneros, 1LT John M. 1978 JC
Crane, Paul H. 1978 HS
Dodd, CW4 J. C., USA (Ret) 1978 HS ~ 18-Jan-2018 Family and friends mourn the passing of retired CHP Officer, Jamie Coleman (JC) Dodd on Wednesday evening, 18 January 2018. JC lost his life in a helicopter crash in a rural area of New Mexico, where he worked as a personal pilot, along with four others. JC was born in Midland, Texas, attended school at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and graduated with honors. He was a member of the USMC Reserves and the Army, where he rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4, flying helicopter missions in Central & South America. In 1990, JC joined the California Highway Patrol, where he did three years of duty on the road in Marin County before joining the Valley Division Air Operations Unit in Auburn as a search and rescue helicopter pilot. He was also a member of the National Guard 126th Medical Company (Air Ambulance). During his career, JC flew countless rescue missions, often in extreme conditions, saving numerous lives. His strong character and leadership skills made him a respected member of his unit. He received a number of awards for his skills as a pilot, and always made sure that his coworkers received acknowledgment, as well. Despite all his abilities and achievements he remained very humble, with an understated strength and sense of humor. JC was recognized nationally in 2005, when he was awarded the Jeep Hero Award, receiving a new Jeep Grand Cherokee. He donated that prize to Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, an organization that feeds the homeless. In 2010, JC was inducted into the Hall of Fame at New Mexico Military Institute, of which he was so proud. On a personal level, JC was a friend and mentor to many. He was a beloved husband and brother. He loved dogs, especially his three Yellow Labrador Retrievers; Jake, Sasha & Max. JC was skilled in woodworking, blacksmithing & welding and could build almost anything from scratch. He loved to ride motorcycles & ATVs and traveled extensively with Jacqueline, his wife of 25 years.
Doolittle, Barry B., Jr. 1978 HS ~ 19-Sep-1999
Evans, Peter N. 1978 HS ~ 09-Sep-2003
Ford, Gary W. 1978 HS ~ 18-Jan-2009
Hedgespeth, Keith A. 1978 JC ~ 05-Mar-2015 “Mr. H”, born March 7, 1958 passed away March 5, 2015. He was preceded in death his parents Spencer and Alba Hedgespeth. He is survived by his loving wife Janice, brothers Ken Hedgepseth (Brigitte), John Hedgepseth (Diane), niece Melanie Hedgespeth, and nephew Barry Hedgespeth. Keith was a graduate from Thomas Jefferson High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and RETS Electronics. He graduated from University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Keith was a member of Buechel Park Baptist Church and was employed at Fairdale High School. He was also involved in various Masonic Organizations: Buechel Lodge #896, where he served as Master in 1996. Member of the Louisville Scottish Rite, Kosair Shrine Temple (Past Master Unit, Hillbilly Clan #3), Past Maters Society, Royal Order of Scotland, Knights Templar, and York Rite Bodies. Keith was a Past Wise Master of the Louisville Rose Croix, and Past District Deputy of District 14 for the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. He was an avid Cardinal fan and benefactor member of the NRA.
Heidner, Michael J. 1978 JC ~ 15-Apr-2000
Hendley, Christopher J. 1978 HS ~ 12-Apr-2015 53 Died at home in Fort Worth, Texas on April 12, 2015. He was Born on July 8, 1961 in Albuquerque, NM to Jane and William Hendley. He grew up in New Mexico where he played baseball, football and became involved in music. He attended the New Mexico Hummingbird Music camp for many summers. During High School he became a counselor at the camp. He attended High school at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He played trumpet in the Jazz and Marching bands. He graduated from NMMI in 1979. From 1979 to 1980 he attended the University of New Mexico where he was a Music Education Major. After the death of a beloved grandmother he decided to enlist in the Army. He served in the army on the East – West German Border for three years. He drove an armored personnel carrier and monitored the border. He also enjoyed traveling around Europe during this time. He spent time in England, Spain, and France. He was honorably discharged in 1984. After the army he returned to the University of New Mexico and changed his major to Business. He continued to play trumpet with the UNM bands. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. In 1984 he met his future wife Pamela while playing in the UNM marching band. They married on May 18, 1985 in Farmington, NM. They continued living in Albuquerque until 1987. In 1987 they moved to Seattle, Washington where he worked for Holland America Cruise Lines. During this time they were able to take a cruise to Alaska. On February 13th, 1989 they welcomed their first son David. In 1990 it was time to move closer to family. They moved to Texas. He worked at multiple consulting jobs. He eventually started working for Southwest Airlines. He earned many awards, and made many friends while there. He worked for them for 16 years. During this time they welcomed into their family their second son Adam on April 12th, 1991 and their third son Aaron on October 18th, 2001. After leaving Southwest he worked at several companies including Curves International, Santander, and most recently Multi-View. He worked hard and made friends wherever he went. He loved his family and spent many hours with his sons doing whatever they were involved in. He coached little league baseball, was a scout leader, helped with archery, attended many football and baseball games, attended many band concerts, and was supportive in many more ways. Some of his hobbies included woodworking, coin collecting, he loved attending Texas Rangers baseball games with his family, watching and cheering for the Cowboys, he was an avid reader, and NPR listener, he especially loved anything science fiction, he enjoyed many types of music, and loved watching and going to movies. Chris is survived by wife Pamela, son David and his wife Heidi, sons Adam and Aaron, his mother Alice Jane Hendley, Sister Jana Sorroche and husband Joe, brother Greg Hendley and wife Mary Helen, Father in Law Milton Trayer, Mother in Law Darlene Trayer, Virginia Hendley, In laws Paula and Wayne Vaughan, Patrice and Steve Olsen, and Phillip and Aubrey Trayer, as well as many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and last but not least his dogs Ricky and Lucy. He was preceded in death by his father William Raymond Hendley.
Hutson, Robert L. 1978 HS
Jenkins, CPT Fredrick C., USAR 1978 JC ~ 31-May-2001
Jordan, Eric K. 1978 JC ~ 13-Mar-2009 Luna County District l Commissioner, Eric K. Jordan, 51, passed away March 13, 2009, at the home of a former classmate, Ellen Renee Charles, and her husband, Walter Butler, in Albuquerque. Eric was born Dec. 12, 1957, in Deming. He was a graduate of the Deming High School Class of 1976, where he excelled in athletics. In his senior year he was a leader in winning the state basketball tournament under his brother Thurman’s coaching. Following high school, he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and later worked in California for several years before returning to Deming and establishing his own business, namely Jordan Coleman Urethane. Most recently, he was elected to serve on the Luna County Commission. He is survived by his Mother, Virginia L. Coleman, five brothers, Colonius “Pee Wee,” and his wife, Lois Faye; Blackmon “JP”, and Leroy “Jerome,” all of Deming; Darrell and wife, Lynette, of De Soto, TX; and Gary of Tempe, AZ. One Sister, Ann of Deming, Cousin Alex Cordova and his wife Ruby of Blythe, CA. Nephews Aaron and Christian Jordan of Las Cruces and Albuquerque and many more cousins, nephews and nieces and many, many close and special friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thurman Wanzo Jordan, on April 30, 1978, and father, Leroy Jordan.
Koran, Steven A. 1978 HS ~ 02-Mar-2009 49, died, Monday, March 2, 2009, in Fort Worth. Steve was born Nov. 22, 1959, in Albuquerque, NM. He was the youngest of three brothers, with two younger sisters. He attended high school at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Steve served in the U.S. Navy from 1980 to 1984. He worked in private aviation maintenance and commercial construction in Texas and Florida. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, George T. Koran, Sr. and Mary C. Koran of Albuquerque, NM. Survivors: His daughter, Erica Leos; grandsons, Thomas Braden Hill and Joshua Tristan Hill of Roswell, NM; brother, George T. Koran, Jr. 1973 HS and sister-in-law, Trish Koran, of Northridge, CA; niece, Olivia Koran of Los Angeles, CA; niece, Emily Koran of Albuquerque, NM; brother, MSG Donald R. Koran, USAFR 1975 HS and sister-in-law, Darlene Koran, of Watauga; sister, Cathy Garlinger and brother-in-law, Bob Garlinger of Edgewood, NM; nieces, Elyse and Lauren Garlinger of Albuquerque, NM, and Bobby Garlinger of Edgewood, NM; sister, Kristin Cantrell and brother-in-law, Bill Cantrell, of Dallas; and cousins, Audrey Koran of Ancram, NY, and Lori Koran of Hackensack, NJ.
Mack, Clyde H. 1978 JC ~ 05-Mar-2004
McBroom, Arthur D. 1978 HS
McDaniel, K. D. 1978 HS ~ 10-Aug-2005
Miller, Bobby J. 1978 JC ~ 29-Jul-2004
Miller, Russell N. 1978 JC ~ 21-Apr-2002
Nickell, Richard W. 1978 HS ~ 24-Apr-2007 46, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away suddenly Tuesday, April 24, 2007. Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Janet Guard Nickell Fegan and his sister, Karen Lynn Nickell. He is survived by his dear friend, Loretta Crossno; his father, William Nickell and step-mother Carole Nickell; his sister Cindy Miller, her husband Tom, Cindy’s son Loren, his wife Eva and children Serena and Ginger, Cindy and Tom’s daughters Julia Miller and Hazel Miller; Richard’s sister Connie Arnold and her daughter Chelsea Arnold; his brother Todd Arnold; his aunt Judy Nickell; and step-father Charles Fegan. Richard attended Manzano High School, New Mexico Military Institute and served in the US Army at Ft. Eustis, VA.
Olds, LTC Jeffrey D., USAR (Ret) 1978 JC
Petersen, John A. 1978 JC ~ 07-Aug-2000 42, of Southlake, a Medical Sales Representative, went to be with the Lord Monday, August 7, 2000. John was born March 9, 1958 in Goldsboro, North Carolina to Edward L. And Suzanne Jaques Petersen. A devoted Christian man, his passion for life was accredited to his Christian beliefs. What gave John his greatest pleasures were his relationship with God, his loving wife and children, his dear family and friends, his love for sports, his gratifying career and enjoyment of jazz music. John fulfilled a lifetime of dreams and accomplishments in 42 years. Survivors: wife, Jana Petersen of Southlake; children, Jack, Victoria and Scott Petersen all of Southlake; father, Edward “Pete” Petersen and wife Alice of Arlington; mother, Suzanne Petersen Gardner and husband Flay of living; brothers and sisters-in-law, Chris and Jean Petersen of Piano; Todd and Karin Petersen of Plano; Mike and Renee Fowler of Arlington; Andy and Leanne Gardner of Colleyville; Kathy Gardner of Irving; Karey and Chuck Daniels of Allen; grandparents, John and Margaret Jaques of Irving; uncle, John Jaques, Jr. And wife Cindy of Flower Mound; father-in-law, George Meyer of St Louis Missouri; sisters-in-law, Teri Renick, Christy Trunko and Judy Meyer all St. Louis, Missouri; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Price, Michael D. 1978 JC ~ 21-Jun-1992
Prieto, Nahun R. 1978 JC
Pritchett, Richard K. 1978 HS ~ 16-Oct-2006 departed this life at home on Monday, October 16, 2006. He was born on May 15, 1959 in Houston to the late George C. and Irma Hughes Pritchett. He and his mother moved to Lubbock after his father’s death in 1965, his mother died in 1971. He was self employed. Survivors include one sister, Ada Jo Cantele of Houston; two nephews; his two uncles George H. Hughes of Irving, Bobby T. Hughes of Lubbock; and his special friends, Norma McKinley, and her mother, Laverne McKinley.
Renaud, Robert A. 1978 HS ~ 01-Jan-2003
Russell, Gary A. 1978 JC
Seeds, James D., II 1978 HS
Shearman, William K. 1978 HS ~ 15-Jul-1999
Smith, Marcus A. 1978 HS ~ 17-Sep-1994
Smith, Tim L. 1978 HS ~ 23-Jun-2011 52, of Amarillo died Thursday, June 23, 2011. Tim was born June 14, 1959, in Amarillo to Anne Riley Evans and Ralph Leon Evans. Tim was adopted after leonæs death by James F. Smith, Jr. Tim attended New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell and graduated from Tascosa High School in Amarillo. He had a bachelor of art’s degree from Texas Christian University at Fort Worth and he also graduated from the Ranch Management School at TCU. Tim was an independent petroleum landman. Later, he was involved in the gold and silver industry, investments and real estate. Tim had a lifelong involvement with his Amarillo church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and his college alumni associations. Tim’s passions were his family, his friends, his work, his devoted pet dog and his BMW motorcycles. He was preceded in death by Ralph Leon Evans, Lola and M.C. Evans, Hollie and Earl Riley, Barton Riley, Robert Chandler Foster and Elizabeth Chandler Foster. Survivors include his mother, Anne Riley Northcutt and her husband Pat of Amarillo; his brother, Tab Smith and his wife Sandy of Bellaire; his sister, Jamie Anne Smith Stegman of Fly Creek, NY; Parker, Marshall and Sloane Smith of Bellaire; August and Sydney Stegman of Fly Creek; James F. Smith, Jr., of Dallas; Heidi Lancaster of Tulsa, OK; and Megan Martin of Denton. O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; You know my sitting down and my rising up; You discern my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139.
Ulrich, SGT Eliot W. 1978 HS ~ 21-Dec-2006 age 46, of Denver, passed away Dec. 21, 2006, He is survived by his wife Beth; Son Ian; and his father Robert; preceded in death by his mother Carol.
Wallace, William Alex 1978 HS ~ 16-Nov-1988
Watts, William D. 1978 JC
Wilson, Yuji 1978 JC ~ 03-Sep-2011
Winter, Mark K. 1978 HS ~ 23-Mar-2003
Zavicar, Richard W. 1978 JC
Zettel, William D. 1978 HS
Barker, Paul J. 1977 HS ~ 24-Oct-2010 born January 22, 1959, passed away October 24, 2010. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, James C. And Mary Fern Barker. Paul is survived by his son James, ex-wife Paula, sister Mary London and husband Roger, brothers Lee and wife Gina, Bill and wife Joan, and many nieces and nephews. Paul will be missed by his family and friends.
Blewett, Vernon A. “Andy” 1977 HS ~ 17-Oct-2007 48, of Midland, passed away on October 17, 2007 at the Hospice Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital. Andy was born on April 1, 1959 in Big Spring, Texas. He grew up in Big Spring and attended Big Spring High School. Later he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Rosewell, New Mexico. He moved to Midland in 1995 from Dallas and worked as a waiter at various restaurants. Survivors include his mother, Louise Lawrence of Midland; his brother, Jesse Ladd Blewett and his wife Leta Fay of Midland; nieces, Carri Humphries and Leann Creed; and numerous great nieces and nephews and a multitude of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick Blewett.
Colombo, Donald W. “Bill” 1977 HS ~ 02-Jul-2008 49, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in Brentwood, TN. He was born in Princeton. Surviving are his mother, Muriel Casey of Lady Lake, FL; his father, Donald J. Colombo of Mount Juliet, TN; and his grandfather, E.H. Schnicke of Boynton Beach, FL; one daughter, Christina Hoggard of Virginia Beach, VA; one sister, Catherine Scheiman of Chantilly, VA; one grandchild, Silas Hoggard of Virginia Beach, VA; and nieces and cousins.
Coombs, Matthew M. 1977 JC
Czujak, Kenneth 1977 JC ~ 12-Aug-2009 52 of Bayonne, New Jersey passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at his Bayonne residence. Kenneth was born in Bayonne and has been a life long resident. He is the beloved son of Alfreda ‘Rita’ Czujack (Nee Rucinski) and the late Richard Czujak. Devoted brother of Richard Czujak and his wife Janet. Loving Uncle of Christopher Czujak and Jeffrey Czujak.
Dawson, James L. 1977 JC ~ 17-Oct-2014 Durango resident died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Portland, Oregon. He was 59. Mr. Dawson was born to Jess and Pam Dawson on March 24, 1955, in Bakersfield, California. In 1989, he married Melissa Reeske in Santa Barbara, California. The couple had three daughters together before the marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Dawson did contracting work as a freelance carpenter. He had lived in Durango for several years. “James’ passion laid on the ocean, where he spent a considerable amount of time sailing with his brother,” according to his family. “He also enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hiking and riding his bike to nearby fishing areas in Durango. James had a true zest for life, and was loved by so many.” Mr. Dawson is survived by his father and stepmother, Jess and Sancy Dawson, of Bakersfield; daughters Hannah Dawson, Claire Dawson and Mattie Dawson, all of Portland; sister, Judy Canchola, of Bakersfield; and brothers Randy Fehrenbacher of Pagosa Springs and Mike Fehrenbacher of Moorpark, California.
Harvill, Christopher W. 1977 HS ~ 15-Jul-2004
Herman, David L. 1977 JC
Howell, Keith E. 1977 HS
Khoury, Donald Perry 1977 JC ~ 12-Feb-2013 56, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 26, 1956, in Amarillo, Texas, the son of Gwen Weston and James Khoury. He enjoyed traveling, scuba diving, skydiving, gardening, working out, video games, sci-fi and Star Trek. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over three years after moving from Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Miles Khoury; and his half-brother. Perry is survived by his wife of two and a half years, Rebecca Khoury of the home; one son, Mitchell Ryan Khoury of Amarillo, Texas; one daughter, Leah Deaun Hanson and her husband, Gabriel, of Fort Worth, Texas; one niece, Megan Khoury, and one nephew, Rohan Thomas, both of Sydney, Australia; and his best friend, Mike Moser of Houston, Texas.
Kingsley, Vernon D., Jr. 1977 JC ~ 28-Oct-2015 better known as “Del”, was born May 18, 1957 in North Carolina, the 1st of four children. His parents were Vernon Sr. of Michigan and Germaine of Maine. He attended Lafayette Elementary, Hale Junior High, and Madison High School. Then Del went on to the New Mexico Military Institute. He has worked in the industries of Security, Tax Services, and Cabinet Hardware. Del loved working with his brother-in-law, Richie, at E.B. Bradley, which handles a variety of hardware for cabinetry. He also spent time with the Army National Guard as a 1st Lieutenant. Del married the love of his life, Dorothy Marie Fiorita, on October 5, 1985 in El Cajon, California. They stayed in El Cajon and started a family with one son, Preston. Del was proud of his son and was able to celebrate Preston marrying his bride, Linda, this past Summer of 2015. The family describes Del as a devoted, intelligent, bold, reliable, and loving man. Some of his special friends are Marty Johnson, Joy Summers, and Kit Reh-Jensen. Del espcially loved helping his friend Marty with celebrity bookings. As various celebrities would be in town for a book signing or other events, Del was able to help them out and get to know them at times. One of his favorites was Eric Roberts, brother to Julia Roberts. His all-time favorite TV show was Star Trek. And Del was also a big fan of the band Chicago, and the Righteous Brothers. Del is survived by: Wife, Dorothy Son, Preston (and his wife Linda) Siblings, Barbara, Vince (Lori), and Victor Nephew, Michael (Monique), and their children Landon & Parker Nephew, Chad Niece, Melissa Nephew, Eric.
Kling, Charles T. 1977 JC ~ 24-Jun-2011
Larkin, Robert J. 1977 JC
Lucero, Lawrence P. 1977 JC ~ 15-Aug-1990
MacNeur, Blayde N. 1977 JC ~ 10-Mar-2006
Madrid, Henry E. 1977 JC
Maguire, Patrick Daniel 1977 HS ~ 15-Aug-1990
Medaris, Michael J. 1977 JC
Montoya, Robert N. 1977 HS
Moran, David E. 1977 JC ~ 10-Oct-2012 David Eugene Moran, 62, of Kelso, MO, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at his home. He was born May 29, 1950, in Linz, Austria, to Frank Ralph and Marjorie Talley Conaway Moran. He and Catherine Lucille Schabbing were married July 11, 1981. Moran was a mechanic with Nip Kelley Equipment. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, American Legion in Benton, MO, and volunteer at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was a graduate of Hillcrest High School in Memphis, TN, where he played on the football team, and was a graduate of Memphis State University. He was an avid golfer, New Orleans Saints fan, loved science fiction and old war films, fire arms enthusiast, certified scuba diver, and was actively restoring a 1947 CJ2A Willys Jeep. Moran served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Heather (Michael) Gurnow of Fruitland; a brother, Richard Ralph (Andrea) Moran of Largo, FL; and a nephew, Patrick Moran of Indianapolis, Ind. He was a very loving and dedicated husband and father, who loved his family very much. He will be more than dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents; and stepmother, Helen McCoy Badon Moran; and a niece, Mary Katherine Thompson.
Moser, Charles C., “Chuck” Jr. 1977 JC ~ 26-Feb-2017 59, Of Deale Passed Away February 26, 2017 In Cocoa Beach, Fl Surrounded By His Family. He Was Born July 7, 1957 In Washington, D.C. To Charles Carl, Sr. And Elsie Virginia (Landon) Moser. Chuck Was Raised In Calvert County And Graduated From Hargrave Military Academy In Chatham, Va. Following Graduation, He Was Awarded A Scholarship To New Mexico Military Institute In Roswell, Nm, Where He Spent One Year Before Transferring To York College In York, Pa. Chuck Graduated From York College With An Associates Of Arts Degree. Chuck Was Employed As A Steamfitter With Local Union 602 And Traveled Around The World Working On Navy Bases. He Married Heather Brady In 1980 And They Lived In Calvert County For A Short Period Of Time Before Moving To Orlando, Fl. Chuck Moved To Deale In The Mid 80’S And In His Leisure Time He Enjoyed Being On The Water And Fishing.Chuck Is Survived By His Daughter Tonie Laryn Rosenberger And Her Husband Andy Of Cocoa Beach, Fl, Grandchildren Jeannette, Morgan, Quinn And Rowan And Parents Charles C. Sr. And Elsie V. Moser Of Owings. He Is Also Survived By Brothers William A. Moser And His Wife Edith Of Lusby, James W. Moser Of Opp, Al And Kevin L. Moser Of Sunderland As Well As Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews And Cousins.
Munro, George F., III 1977 JC ~ 19-Mar-2009
Peterson, Mark T. 1977 HS ~ 06-Oct-1997
Quintis, Robin P. 1977 JC ~ 07-Mar-2013 completed his earthly journey on Thursday afternoon, March 7, 2013. Robin worked at Holloman Air Force Base – at the Holloman Inn – for many years. He earnestly enjoyed and took great pride in his work. He spoke often of his love and respect for his co-workers. Robin was born at Holloman on Aug. 4, 1954. He graduated from Alamogordo High school and attended college classes at the Alamogordo branch of New Mexico State University and at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. He earned an associate’s degree in information technology. He was really proud to have served on active duty with the United States Army band for three years, where he toured Europe and the U.S., as a musical ambassador playing the trumpet. Robin was a life-long resident of La Luz. He was a really joyful person with a gentle, kind and gracious spirit. His light sense of humor, gentle nature and easy smile made him a person who knew no strangers. Robin was preceded in death by his father Jacob J. Quintis, his mother, Frances A. Quintis, is brothers Jacob J. Quintis III and Stephen E. Quintis. He is survived by his brother David M. Quintis and wife, of Las Cruces his sister Catherine M. Quintis-Lynn, husband and three nieces, of Oklahoma City, Okla. and his sister Frances I. Quintis and partner, of Greensboro, NC.
Servis, Jack H. 1977 HS ~ 01-Jan-2014
Smallridge, Brian O. 1977 HS
Stewart, Edward A. 1977 JC ~ 01-Feb-2005
Sullivan, Charles B. 1977 JC
Vandine, James E. 1977 JC ~ 09-Nov-2008 51, survived by son: David Vandine; daughter: Michelle Vandine.
VanHorn, Thomas P. 1977 HS
Whitmore, Victor A. 1977 JC ~ 30-Jun-2010 age 53, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born in Roswell on October 20, 1956, the son of the late Walter E. Whitmore, Jr., and Ellen Whitmore. Victor is survived by his loving sons Jonathan Whitmore, Daniel Whitmore, and Jackson Whitmore of Albuquerque; his mother Ellen Whitmore of Roswell; brothers Karl B. Whitmore 1977 HS of Albuquerque and Wayne E. Whitmore 1971 HS of Las Vegas, NV; and, many nieces and nephews. He graduated from NMMI in 1975 for High School and 1977 for Junior College. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from NMSU in 1982. He was a businessman and Real Estate entrepreneur in Albuquerque. Victor was an avid outdoorsmen who enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Over the years he enjoyed sharing the outdoors with his sons, family, and friends. He was a supporter of Ducks, Unlimited and was a member of the Lions Club.
Wilson, George E. 1977 HS ~ 29-Dec-2014 55, of Bayfield, Colo., passed away on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Farmington. He was born Aug. 31, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark., to George R. and Patricia A. Wilson. George received a master’s degree from Phoenix University and a bachelors of science degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He was a member of Vallecito Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force for five and a half years. George was a loving husband and best friend. George was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Christina Wilson; brother Robert L. Wilson; sister Jo Ann Wilson-Patterson and many other family members.
York, James B. 1977 HS
Alexander, William M., Jr. 1976 HS ~ 01-Feb-2004
Brackett, James V. 1976 HS
Burkett, Benjamin C., III 1976 HS ~ 02-Aug-2002
Coakley, Robert S. 1976 JC ~ 13-Feb-2006
Cunningham, Toby L. 1976 HS ~ 31-Aug-2007 55, of Bayfield, Colo., passed away on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Farmington. He was born Aug. 31, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark., to George R. and Patricia A. Wilson. George received a master’s degree from Phoenix University and a bachelors of science degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He was a member of Vallecito Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force for five and a half years. George was a loving husband and best friend. George was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Christina Wilson; brother Robert L. Wilson; sister Jo Ann Wilson-Patterson and many other family members.51, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. Mr. Cunningham was a truck driver for Wal-Mart. Survivors include his wife, Sherene of Burkburnett; two daughters, Tiffney and Amanda Cunningham; two sons, Landon and Jordan Watson; one sister, Paula Ann Montgomery; and two grandsons.
Dudley, Ronald B. 1976 HS
Duncan, Jeffrey L. 1976 HS ~ 19-Jan-2003
Ford, Brad 1976 JC ~ 15-Jan-1989
Franklin, Floyd L. 1976 JC
Garner, William L., II 1976 JC
Gose, Donald P. 1976 JC
Grenelle, Michael J. 1976 JC
Hauanio, Anthony R. 1976 JC
Henson, James R., Jr. 1976 JC ~ 04-Feb-2017
Johnston, Michael S. 1976 HS
Jones, David S. 1976 JC
Jones, Ivan P. 1976 JC ~ 01-Dec-2004
King, Charles W. 1976 HS ~ 15-Feb-2015
Kuhr, John K. 1976 JC ~ 19-Apr-2017 age 60, passed away in Houston, Texas, on the 19th of April 2017. John was born in Ankara, Turkey on 27 November 1956 to Louise Steiner Kuhr and Richard Ernest Kuhr, while his father was deployed abroad on a foreign assignment with the US Army. John graduated in 1973 from Robinson High School in Fairfax, Virginia, where he was a champion wrestler in the 1973 Northern Virginia Regionals. He was passionate about the sport and continued to follow wrestling closely throughout his life. After high school, he enrolled in New Mexico Military Institute (1974-1975), before pursuing wrestling again at Slippery Rock College in Pennsylvania (1975-1976). John went on to graduate from the Calhoon Maritime Engineering School in Baltimore, Maryland in 1979. He rose quickly through the engineering ranks to become a USCG licensed Chief Engineer in 1996. For more than 32 years, he traveled the world shipping lanes on large container ships working primarily for Sealand Service, Patriot Services, E. R. Schiffart and Transatlantic Lines. Following his retirement in 2011, he spent several years in southern Brazil, where he loved the beaches, the food and the pace of life with the Brazilian people. John Kenneth Kuhr married Marise Patricia Perticone in Jacksonville, Florida, 1985-2005. Together they had one daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Kuhr, of Atlanta, Georgia. John is survived by his daughter and his mother, Louise S. Kuhr of Chandler, Arizona; his brother & wife, Richard A. And Linda Kuhr of Virginia Beach, Virginia; one sister, Shirley A. Kuhr and her husband, Samuel C. Lynch, of Lakeway, Texas; and a brother & his wife, Gregory S. And Paulette Kuhr of San Antonio, Texas; along with 6 nieces and 6 nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Richard E. Kuhr who passed in 1999.
Lang, Shawn M. 1976 HS
Lillie, Ray 1976 JC ~ 11-Mar-2015 68, of Mesa, Az passed away on March 12, 2012. Survived by his wife Deborah, two sons: Bert and Tim, also survived by his eight grandchildren: Raymond, Michelle, Gene, Marcus, Allison, Taylor, Alyssa, and Kristen. Also by two daughters in law Mary and Desiree as well as his mother Clarabelle.
Malapanes, Gregory V. 1976 HS ~ 15-May-1989
Maloof, Mike J., Jr. 1976 HS ~ 05-Jul-1987
Mehas, James A. 1976 JC
Miller, Walter G., Jr. 1976 JC ~ 16-Sep-2003
Noah, Jesse T. 1976 HS
O’Toole, Lawrence J. 1976 JC ~ 28-May-1982
Porter, John C. 1976 HS ~ 25-May-2005
Price, Tyrone G. 1976 HS
Searey, MAJ David C., USA (Ret) 1976 JC ~ 13-Jun-2009
Serrano, Dennis J. 1976 HS
Smallwood, Ricky J. 1976 JC ~ 06-Jan-2011 Ricky “Rick” Joe Smallwood, 54, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, born Friday, March 30, 1956 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Joe Smallwood & Zuma Jauree (Burford) Smallwood; passed from his earthly life Thursday, January 6, 2011 in Crosby, Texas with his beloved family by his side. Ricky or “Rick” or “Splinter” by his family and friends has been a resident of the Houston area for over twenty years; Rick worked for Shell Pipeline, LLP, in Baytown, Texas for over twenty years and was a member of the Bikers Against Child Abuse or BACA. In his free time he enjoyed sports, riding motorcycles and playing poker on Saturday night. But what he loved more than anything in the world were the times he shared with his family and friends; especially his grandchildren who he loved playing and devoting his time to. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him. Rick is preceded in death by his loving parents, Joe & Zuma Smallwood; and dearest friend, Stacey Davis. Rick is survived by his beloved wife of twenty-four years, Sheri Ann Smallwood; daughter, Jillian Baugh; son, Austin Smallwood; grandchildren, Leven Peters, Laila Peters, Johnathan Peters, Jaleigh Peters; sister, Shirley McCollun & husband Ken and numerous nieces, nephews, family & friends.
Sorenson, Victor A. 1976 HS ~ 26-Sep-2011
Spradlin, Edward K. 1976 JC
Stanton, George B. 1976 HS ~ 02-Aug-1999
Threadgill, Ronald R. 1976 JC
Umbarger, David G. 1976 HS ~ 15-Feb-2010 age 51, a resident of Alamogordo, New Mexico, for the past 3 years and a long time resident of Las Vegas, New Mexico, passed away on February 15, 2010 in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was born on April 4, 1958 to Frederick Neil Umbarger, Jr., and Mary Leona Condon. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping and fishing. He was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute in 1976. A lifelong Catholic, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was preceded in death by his parents: Frederick and Mary Umbarger; and brother: Frederick Umbarger, III. He is survived by his sisters and brothers: Carole Ann Umbarger of Las Vegas, NM; Philip Frank Umbarger, Marilyn Kay Wright (Kevin) and Janet Lee Grinage (Robert) all of Farmington, NM; Charles Michael Umbarger (Mary Lou) of Las Vegas, NM; and Paul Kenneth Umbarger of Austin, TX; aunt: Pat Condon of Chicago, IL; numerous: cousins, nieces and nephews.
Vinson, Robert C. 1976 HS
Walker, Johnny R. 1976 HS ~ 30-Aug-2014
Whitmore, Robert B. 1976 JC
Alley, LT Dennis J., NMMI 1975 JC ~ 18-Jan-2008
Andrews, Bradley W. 1975 HS ~ 01-Nov-1997
Aufill, Michael G. 1975 HS a longtime Yale resident passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Plano, Texas. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday May 17, 2014 at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Yale. Brother Mich Dershem will officiate. Family will greet friends at the Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Yale from 6:00 p.m. ~ 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Arrangements are entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Yale. Michael was born on July 24, 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to William Robert and Katherine Elizabeth (Holley) Aufill. He grew up and attended school in Socorro, NM, then attended New Mexico Military Institute before moving to Augusta, Georgia where he graduated from Westside High School in 1975. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Stillwater and went into business with his brother at Bobo’s in Stillwater in the late seventies closing in the nineties. In 1996, he moved to Yale and bought a farm which was a dream of his. Michael was baptized in 1997 and joined the First Baptist Church. He married the love of his life Melody Claborn on December 21, 2002. He worked for Pepsi when he realized he had arthritis, so he made the decision to go back to college. Michael attended Oklahoma State University receiving his Secondary Science Teaching Degree in 2004 and then his Master’s Degree in Geology in 2007. He worked for Newfield Exploration in Tulsa from 2007 until 2011 when he began working for Pioneer Natural Resources in Los Colinas, Texas. He loved his job and the Pioneer Family. Michael loved his church and his boys. Michael enjoyed fishing and hunting and especially O.S.U. He was very opinionated and had very strong political views. Michael was a charter member of the Fellowship Baptist Church and was very strong in his faith. Michael is survived by his wife Melody Aufill of the home, sons Gordon Aufill and Matthew Aufill, daughter Karen Donovon, brother Bob Aufill and wife Leah of Perkins, sisters Charlotte Bruce and husband Ron of California, Holly Perrow and husband John of Virginia, sister-in-law Mary Kliewer and husband Justin, brothers-in-law Neal Claborn and wife Nicki, Ben Claborn, parents-in-law Marion and Connie Claborn, grandmother-in-law Jo Korkoski, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Barnett, Daniel D. 1975 JC ~ 27-May-2010
Bowles, Richard H. 1975 HS ~ 14-Feb-2013
Brecheisen, Dwight V. 1975 HS ~ 12-Jul-2007
Bruce, Robert S. 1975 JC
Bugg, Alan H. 1975 HS ~ 07-Oct-2005
Burden, Jack S., II 1975 JC ~ 01-Aug-2015
Chambers, Theodore 1975 JC
Chavez, Steven J. 1975 HS
Cox, Robert W. 1975 HS
Crossland, Richard A. 1975 HS
Davis, David Wayne 1975 JC ~ 24-Dec-2006 51, an accountant for Umicore Corp., passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006.
DeVargas, Raymond 1975 HS
Dobson, John W. 1975 JC ~ 15-Nov-1988
Eddins, John E. 1975 JC
Elson, William C. 1975 HS ~ 09-May-2001
Fisher, Ronald E. 1975 JC
Gager, Stephen M. 1975 HS ~ 03-Jul-2016 passed away peacefully on July 3,2016, accompanied by fireworks and surrounded by loved ones. He was 58. Stephen was born in The Hague, Netherlands on August 13, 1957; the son of Lem N. Gager and Yvonne M. Van Angelbeek Gager. Lem worked as an engineer for oil companies so Stephen grew up overseas, leaving the Netherlands at two for Saudi Arabia where he lived a happy childhood until age eleven when the family moved to Australia. He lived there until he was 15 and chose to attend New Mexico Military Institute as a boarding student. At age 17, he left and attended high school in Houston, Texas. Stephen joined the Navy at 21 serving six years as an X-ray technician at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and as Head of Radiology in Portsmouth, VA and Dalgren, VA. He moved to Florida in 1985 where he enlisted in the Coast Guard. Stephen was active for four years before transferring to the Coast Guard Reserve where he served until his retirement in 2002 Stephen attended Hillsborough Community College. He earned an Associate of Science degree in Radiological Technology and, later, an A.S. in Radiation Therapy. He worked in the field around the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. A lifelong Christian, Stephen spent long hours studying the Bible. He was an active member of Countryside Christian Center for many years and later at Harborside Christian Church. His friends and family were all recipients of his knowledge and insights. Stephen enjoyed woodworking, kitchen design; which he did professionally for a while, and house remodeling of all types. He could turn his hand to almost any project from roofing to tiling and flooring. He also loved to shop and had a keen eye for a bargain. Stephen was married and divorced twice,. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aunt L:ois, Aunt Juanita, and Uncle Carem. He is survived by his brother, Raymond (Margaret) of Duncanville, TX, sisters, Karin Ylonka Wiggins of Tomball, TX, Bianca Gager Johnson (Bruce) of Sedgwick, KS and Yolanda Gager Hover (Jeff) of Midlothian, TX, nephews, Philipp and Brenden, nieces, Yasmine, Giselle, Sonya (Stephen), Trishia (Mike), and Megan, great nephews, Alexander, Bryce, Jackson and Kyler, and great nieces, Angelica and Ellyse, Uncles Shad, Tom and Anthony, Aunts Sophia and, Catherine and Joann, numerous cousins, his girlfriend, Catherine Swanson and several dear friends.
Garvey, Robert J., III 1975 JC
Howey, Warren A. 1975 HS ~ 31-Dec-2007 51, born September 24, 1956, passed away December 31, 2007, after a life-long struggle with disease. He is survived by a son, Joseph Paul Ulibarri (31); two granddaughters, Nichole Santini Ulibarri (13), and Autumn Call Ulibarri (12); sisters, Sandy Kimmons, husband John, Terrie Gorrell, husband Bob, and Dana Suazo, and husband Silas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Jo Ann Howey.
Huber, 2LT Glen M. 1975 JC
Jones, Jay L., IV 1975 HS
Lazos, Miguel C. 1975 JC ~ 12-Apr-1998
Light, Bradley T. 1975 HS ~ 23-Oct-2010 53, of Carlsbad, NM, passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Carlsbad Medical Center. Brad Light was born Aug. 23, 1957, to Robert S. And Jo Anna (Wills) Light in Carlsbad, NM. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1975. Brad returned to Carlsbad after graduation to join the family business. He served as president of the Wills Royalty, Inc. Brad loved the movie theater business. He bought and renovated the Fiesta Drive-in, which he has operated since the mid ’90s. Brad was an avid dog lover. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jo Anna W. Light; and brother, Robert M. Light. He is survived by his daughter, Sidney joanna Light of Carlsbad, NM; father, Robert S. Light of Austin, Texas; brother, Stanley W. Light of Dallas, Texas; aunts: Elizabeth Wills, Kay Light and Ann Burns and husband, David; uncle, John Light; best friend, Steven Melero; and several cousins.
Otero, David, Jr. 1975 JC ~ 06-Nov-2010 55, born August 19, 1955, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away Saturday, November 6, 2010. David is survived by his children, Manny Otero, Carlos Otero, and Dominic Otero and companion, Tara Lang; granddaughters, Denise Otero and Izabella Lang; father, David Otero, Sr.; brothers, Mike Otero and Daniel Otero; sister, Jackie Garza; mother of his children, Dolores Romero; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, Godchildren, cousins, and friends. David was preceded in death by his mother, Lora Otero. David was a graduate of West Mesa High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and a UNM alumnus. David was a UNM basketball player and high school basketball coach and a big supporter of high school basketball. David had a big impact on his family and the community, through his generosity and his big loving heart for everyone.
Peterson, Richard B. 1975 JC
Rightmire, Kermit A. 1975 HS ~ 28-Jul-2011
Rudeau, Peter M. 1975 HS
Sabatini, Richard A. 1975 JC ~ 09-May-2009 54, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Rick was born on Sept. 17, 1954, in Baltimore, MD, to Anthony R. Sabatini, a highly decorated veteran of World War II, who was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, and Elizabeth R. Sabatini, who also preceded him in death. Rick is survived by his daughters, Ariana F. Sabatini and Natasha G. Sabatini, as well as his ex-wife, Tambra Warner Sabatini, all of Titusville. He is also fondly remembered by his dear friends, the Rosemary and Dennis Winton family of Titusville. As a young child, Rick lived in both Italy and Germany and spent many days traveling throughout Europe with his parents, and eventually resided in El Paso, Texas, where he graduated from Eastwood High School in 1973. As a distinguished ROTC student, he received many awards and honors. He was accepted into the New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, NM, where he was a member of the highly esteemed Goss Rifles Precision Drill Team. Following his graduation in 1975, he entered the Douglas MacAthur Academy of Freedom at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, to complete his undergraduate degree, which he received in 1977. Rick entered the United States Army in 1977 and served at various locations throughout the United States as a Foreign Liaison Officer, finally leaving the U.S. Army in 1981 with the rank of captain while stationed at Ft. Lee, VA. Upon his departure from the U.S. Army, he entered duty with the Central Intelligence Agency in 1982 as a field agent assigned domestically. While with the CIA, he was personally chosen by the Senior National Intelligence Officer for Security and assigned to Agency Headquarters to be the Senior Intelligence Briefing Officer. He retired from his combined service with the U.S. Army and the CIA after 25 years of service to move his family to Pennsylvania. Rick was most recently employed as a substitute teacher for the Erie Central School System in Erie.
Sacomano, Michael J. 1975 JC
Shaw, Anthony D. “Tony” 1975 HS ~ 11-Dec-2012 55, of Midland, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, due to a car accident. He was born on May 17, 1957, in Midland, to Joy Moore Shaw and Henry Shaw. Tony received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. He worked as an accountant for Endeavor Energy Resources. He played polo for several years and he loved walking his dogs at the Polo Fields. Tony loved his job and was always willing to help out his co-workers. He is preceded in death by his mother, Joy Shaw, one uncle, and one aunt. Those left behind to honor and cherish his memory are his daughters, Alexandria Shaw of Midland and Ashley Shaw of Boynton Beach, FL; father, Henry Shaw and wife, Bobbie Ann of Midland; step-brothers, Lee Morgan and John Morgan, both of Midland; step-sister, Pam Morgan of San Antonio; aunt, Pat Shaw; and several cousins. He also leaves behind his four dogs: Annie, Dakota, Belle, and Riley.
Shull, Ralph E. 1975 JC ~ 29-Jul-2008 Ralph Eugene Gene Passed away July 29, 2008. Gene was born to Paul Shull and Kathy Shull, October 31, 1955. Gene is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda Gardenhire Shull, his daughter Heather and son-in-law Scott Juneau, his son Treston Eugene Shull 2004 JC and one grandson Landon Juneau and his unborn grandchild that he would have met in December. He is also survived by his father, Paul Shull, mother Kathy Shull and brothers, Bert Shull and wife Janet, Gary Shull and wife Leann and several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his in-laws the Gardenhire family.
Sickles, Frank L. 1975 JC ~ 10-Feb-2013 58, of Big Spring, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Survivors include his wife, Laura Sickles of Big Spring; two brothers, David Sickles and wife, Linda of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mickey Sickles and wife, Belen of Mesa, Arizona; and seven nieces and nephews.
Tiernan, Peter A. 1975 JC
Tilton, Steve A. 1975 JC ~ 25-Jun-2001
Watson, Raymond O. 1975 HS
Wells, Richard W. 1975 HS ~ 29-Jul-17
Wommack, James E., II 1975 HS
Attmore, John C. 1974 HS
Banning, Deuard K. 1974 HS ~ 06-Jan-2014 was born on August 10, 1956, and passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014. Dueard was a resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Barkhausen, William P. 1974 HS ~ 09-Sep-1999
Barnett, George H., III 1974 HS ~ 25-Apr-1985
Belanger, David A. 1974 JC ~ 01-May-1984
Brady, Scott H. 1974 JC ~ 15-Jun-2013
Brown, Harry L., III 1974 HS
Byrd, Michael D. 1974 JC ~ 02-Nov-2015 61, passed away Monday, November 2, 2015 in Roswell, NM. Pastor Cal West of First Baptist Church in Corona, NM will be officiating. Michael was born August 15, 1954 to Betty Dell Winstead and Bob H. Byrd. Mike spent his younger years in Roswell, NM while spending sometime at the Vaughn ranch. He attended high school and college at NMMI and finished up his college education in Dallas, Texas. He was employed at NM Department of Health and Scientific Lab Division in Albuquerque, NM prior to his retirement. For several years Mike and his family lived in Dallas, Texas and then moved to Albuquerque, NM where he lived until his retirement and then moved to the ranch in Corona, NM. Mike loved watching his boys play sports, never missed a game while they were playing at Hope High School in Albuquerque. He also enjoyed coaching some Little League teams. Mike’s spare time was spent working on his vehicles; he had a love for making them loud and fast. Michael is survived by his son, Colin Byrd; his brother Bob H. Byrd, Jr. and wife Denise of Corona, NM; sister-in-law Judy Byrd of Vaughn, NM; nephews Robbie Byrd and wife Margaret of Amarillo, TX; Jason Byrd and wife Sarah and daughter Bree of San Antonio, TX; nieces Shannon Lightfoot and her husband Cody and son Hadley of Corona, NM; Candice Roberts and her husband Rusty and children Boone, Cooper and Jacey of Clovis, NM; and aunt Nancy Thompson of Amarillo, TX. He is also survived by numerous cousins from New Mexico and Texas and his ex-wife Martha McNally Robinson of Albuquerque, NM. Preceded in death by his son Christopher Byrd; mother Betty Dell Winstead; father Bob H. Byrd, Sr.; and brother Richard Allan Byrd. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Jim Stokes, Ronnie Adams, Greg Robinson, Randy Gibson, Charles Koslowsky and Doug Hariss.
Cheek, Byron L. 1974 JC ~ 04-Aug-2009
Chittim, Kevin R. 1974 HS ~ 11-Jul-2014 58, a longtime resident of Cedar Park, passed away from a long illness on July 10, 2014 in Temple, Texas.Texas Kevin was born in Wurzburg, Germany where his father, Reed, was stationed on Nov. 19, 1955. The moment his mother, B a r b a r a , gave birth, the church bells next door rang. He was the second of nine children and the oldest son of Reed and Barbara Chittim of Wyoming. Both sets of his grandparents were also proud to be from Wyoming. Kevin grew up in New Mexico and loved being on the New Mexico Military Institute’s Rodeo team with his beloved brother, Tim. They had many escapades and wonderful adventures. He attended the University of Wyoming and graduated from the University of Texas. He was a diehard fan of both institutions. Kevin was the owner of AA Teledata and also a broker with TCB Realty. He worked hard but his real achievement in life was his love for his family and his extended “family.” His proudest moment was the day his son, Austin, was born and then when Austin and his wife, Tara, brought two beautiful grandbabies, Jacob and Stella, into this world. Kevin loved nothing more than spending time with them and his dogs over the years who were also a big part of his family. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Bell (San Diego), his former spouse Michelle Chittim, his son, Austin Chittim, his daughter-in-law, Tara Chittim and their children, Jacob and Stella all of Austin. He is also survived by his eight siblings: Kathleen Strukoff and her husband, Rudy (Calif.); Tim Chittim and his wife Gina (Austin), Teresa Chittim (N.M.), Virginia Chittim (N.M.), Bridget Chittim (Austin), Mary Fields (Austin), Margaret Blythe and her husband, JB (Colo.) and Charlie Chittim (San Diego) and their children. He is also survived by his aunts, Marilee Fattor (Colo.) and Margaret Bell (N.Y.). He was predeceased by his father, Reed. Kevin loved music of all sorts and sports. He attended not only every one of his son’s football games but every practice and was an extremely involved parent with those teams. One sentence that would sum up Kevin’s life is: He had such a broad definition of “family” that included a wide array of special amigos and he was the surrogate father and brother to many. Mr. C’s house was the safe haven and caring place for many. Kevin absolutely believed that his granddads and his father were heroes and he made every effort to be a hero to his son. The biggest legacy he would want to leave would be to have his son be a hero to his kids in return. His extended family will miss Kevin’s outrageous, signature laugh and that twinkle he always had in his eye. “God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be so he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me” With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away and although we love you dearly we could not make you stay. A Golden heart stopped beating hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best”
Cohen, Allen J. 1974 HS
Colburn, James T. 1974 HS
Copeland, Charles L. 1974 HS ~ 02-Mar-2010
Crenshaw, Clifford E. 1974 JC ~ 08-Dec-2009 56, of Fayetteville passed away Dec. 8, 2009, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 8, 1953, in Tulsa, OK, to Clifford E. Crenshaw, Sr., and Jacqueline Sanders. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Cory Crenshaw. He is survived by his sons, Clifford E. Crenshaw, I, and family of Jenks, OK, Clifford E. Crenshaw, II, of Tulsa, OK, Courtney Crenshaw of Holden, OK; and his ex-wife, Sharon Crenshaw of Tulsa, OK; his sister, Selena Mobley of Tulsa, OK; his brothers, Eugene Crenshaw of Detroit, Tango Lee Crenshaw of Lincoln, NE, and Mark Crenshaw of San Francisco. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his loving partner, Donna Davis, of the home and her children, Jesse Davis and family of Springdale, Christopher Davis and family of Centerton and Lorna Wynn and family of Powell, MO. Clifford graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa as a gifted football star and went on to play football for the University of Arizona and the New Mexico Military Institute. After college he spent two years as a professional player with the Canadian League. After football injuries, he later worked as a draftsman and field supervisor for the Williams Oil, Co. In Tulsa, where he retired after 20 years of service. Clifford spent his remaining years in Bentonville and Fayetteville, doing landscaping and yard work as a hobby. He made friends wherever he went and was loved by all. He will be sadly missed and always loved by those who knew him.
Ellison, Charles A. 1974 JC
Franklin, Kenneth A. 1974 JC
Gabilondo, Jose L. 1974 JC ~ 28-Aug-2007
Graves, MAJ Donald R., USA (Ret) 1974 JC died Wednesday, Febuary 19, 1997 at Potomac Hospital. He retired in August 1996 from the U.S. Army as Major after 20 years of service. He was employed at General Research Corporation International in Vienna. He had a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Military Instutute and a master’s from the University of New Mexico.
Harada, Dan K. 1974 JC ~ 28-Nov-2005
Harding, Robert W. 1974 HS
Hendrix, William H. “Buck”, Jr. 1974 HS ~ 04-Apr-2015 Buck died peacefully on April 4, 2015 in Miami, Fl after a battle with leukemia. He was born on March 31, 1956 at Ft. Polk, LA. His family moved to the Seattle area in 1969. Buck attended Bellevue Jr. High School and transfered to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he graduated from high school. He attended the University of Puget Sound and Seattle Pacific University. He received a degree in business and finance. Before joining Starbuck’s Coffee Company, Buck coached swimming at Bellevue Eastside Swim Team (BEST). At Starbuck’s, Buck started their mail order division. He later managed the Latin America operations and then the European and Middle East operations. He retired in 2012 and became a board member and consultant for SEKO Store Development Service, an Amsterdam based company. Buck dedicated his life to coaching, mentoring, and helping others. His biggest source of pride was his son, Kyle. The love of his life was Maria Rodriguez whom he was scheduled to marry in December 2015. He is survived by his son Kyle, his mother Billie Hendrix of Vashon, his sister Liz Maier of Vashon, his sister Tara Holtzclaw of Enumclaw, and his fiance Maria Rodriguez of Miami, FL. Buck loved a party.
Hougesen, Chaplain Bruce A. 1974 JC ~ 17-Jan-2009
Kemp, Andrew P. 1974 JC ~ 28-May-2016 62, a retired advertising executive with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, died peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Fort Worth after a long illness. Andy spent his youth in Dimmitt before moving to Fort Worth in 1965. He attended New Mexico Military Institute serving as squad leader and was honored with the Peter Hurd Polo Award as the result of his play on the NMMI polo team. Andy subsequently earned a bachelor of science degree from Texas Tech University where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and will remain an avid Red Raider in heaven. Andy met the love of his life, Teresa Bruegel, while working on the family farm in Dimmitt and married in October, 1980. Their son, Perry, was born in 1987. The family lived in Fort Worth where Andy worked initially as a commodities broker before serving 25 years in real estate advertising at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where he won multiple awards, including the Special Achievement Award in Outside Sales. He subsequently worked in land sales for National Land Partners. They frequently returned to Dimmitt where Andy helped oversee the family farm and livestock business, and would bring friends often to hunt. He loved World War II history, sports, cooking on the grill and horse racing. Andy was a faithful member of Broadway Baptist Church and an active member of the Adult 6 Wilson Class. He was a member of River Crest Country Club and the Steeplechase Club. A loving husband and father, devoted to family and friends, Andy will be missed by all those who knew him. Survivors: Andy is survived by his wife of 36 years, Teresa Bruegel Kemp; his son, Perry Kemp; his sisters, Carla Kemp Thompson and her husband, Kelly, of Fort Worth and Camille Kemp and her husband, Kevin Menk, of Dallas; and his beloved dog, Scout.
Kinnard, Michael W. 1974 JC
Krause, Karl W. 1974 HS ~ 08-Jan-2017 61 of Nacogdoches, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Nacogdoches. Mr. Krause was born on March 11, 1955, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of William George Krause and Phyllis Krause. Mr. Krause attended high school at New Mexico Military Institute and several universities, including Stephen F. Austin. He was a Boy Scout. He joined the United States Army in 1974 and remained until his retirement in 1997. During his military career, Karl received numerous Army service and commendation medals; some of which were 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, 6 Army Good Conduct Medals, Army of Occupation Medal, 2 National Defense Service Medals, Non-Commissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, 3 Overseas Service Ribbons, Expert Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-W Bar, and the US Army Gold Recruiter Badge with 2 Sapphire Achievement Stars. Karl was a retired Army paratrooper, having attained a NCO, a rank of E-6. Karl was a tactical artic warfare instructor achieving almost over 200 jumps . He served as a member of the Old Guard at Arlington Cemetery. Karl was a tactical artic instructor and an award-winning army recruiter. Karl, at some point, found time to become a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and a Licensed Instrument Pilot. Karl loved to fly airplanes and was an expert marksman. He was also an avid reader. His knowledge of history was surpassed by no one. Most of all, he loved spending time with his daughter Brigid and family. He was known for his love of words in writing and speaking, and even the occasional bad joke. Family was everything to Karl. As an eldest son of an Air Force pilot family and subsequent career military himself, Karl’s center of meaning was his family which includes his parents, sisters and beloved daughter Brigid, whom he was very proud. A gentle soul, Karl’s passion for finding his place in the world came through his travel worldwide and his voracious consumption of books. By nature, protective of those he loved, he was most content at the shooting range with his father and brothers-in-law and at home surrounded by family. Karl is survived by his parents, William George Krause and Phyllis Krause; daughter, Brigid Wang Krause of College Station, Texas; sisters, Kimberly DeForest of Fulshear , Texas, Karen Gilboux of Dallas, Texas, and Katherine Krause Zahler of Dallas, Texas.
Martinez, Rojelio “Marty” 1974 JC ~ 07-Nov-2015 age 62, died Saturday, November 7, 2015. He was born January 17, 1953 in San Benito TX to Cornelio and Nesia Martinez. Marty graduated from Hobbs High School, NM, attended Eastern NM University and New Mexico Military Institute. On April 1, 1973, Marty joined the United States Marines. He was a proud and dedicated Marine. After many years of serving his country, he entered into the oil and gas industry which brought him to Oklahoma. He worked for Citation, Dominion and Devon as a senior engineer tech. Marty enjoyed fishing and camping and was social butterfly, never met a person he didn’t like. His greatest passions was serving God and spending time with his family. Marty was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his wife; Flora, three sons; Robert, Anthony and Christopher. Christopher’s wife Judy and their children, Cylie and Micaela. His father; Cornelio, four brothers; Carlos, Jaime, Cornelio and William and one sister, Esther.
McCluskey, Patrick L. 1974 HS ~ 25-Jul-2005
McGill, Ricky W. 1974 JC ~ 13-Jul-1989
McKinley, Monty K. 1974 HS
Molyneaux, Gregory D. 1974 JC ~ 20-Oct-2007
Newton, John C. 1974 JC ~ 08-Apr-2008 of Midland, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2008. He was born August 26, 1954 in Rome, New York to J.R. Newton and Virginia Ramsey. Johnny was raised in Midland, Texas, and graduated from Lee High School. He later attended Baylor University, graduating in 1977. On March 29, 1980, he married Judy Reese in Midland, Texas. Johnny was employed with Fractech Services as a West Texas Marketing and Sales Manager at the time of his death. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Johnny is survived by his loving wife of twenty-eight years, Judy Newton of Midland, Texas; daughter, Allison Newton of Graham, Texas; son, Jeremy Newton of Midland, Texas; daughter, Lori Newton of Abilene, Texas; father, J.R. Newton of Lubbock, Texas; brothers, Wayne and Jay Ramsey; father and mother-in-law, Lee and Nita Reese of Comanche, Texas; and sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Weldon Swanger of Brownwood, Texas. Johnny was a very loving uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Oberg-Berkshire, Gary B. 1974 HS ~ 27-Dec-2007 51, passed Thursday, December 27, 2007 at Anna Kaseman Hospice in Albuquerque after bravely struggling a grave illness. His beloved family was at his side. Gary was born on January 15, 1956 in Glendale, California. The family returned home to New Mexico shortly afterward, and rented a ranch near Yeso, where Gary spent his first years in school. Later the family moved to his grandfather Homer Berkshire’s ranch in Estancia. He attended Highland High School in Albuquerque, then transferred to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, graduating in 1974. Gary’s beloved professional activities centered on ranching and horsemanship, including rodeo competition. He was a lifelong member of the New Mexico Cutting Horse Association and served as its president in the mid-1980. In the recent years, he managed the Berkshire Ranch in Estancia until his illness progressed too far. He briefly resided in Clovis before returning to the family home in Albuquerque, where his mother lives. Gary was preceded in death by his beloved father, Alfred Oberg, a World War II veteran, pilot and a prominent New Mexico rancher and political figure. Gary is survived by his wonderfully loving and supportive mother, Evelyn Jane Berkshire-Oberg of Albuquerque; his daughter Janell Oberg and granddaughter Rainy of Lyndon, Washington; his son Kyle Berkshire of Albuquerque; his brothers Michael L. “Mike” Oberg 1963 HS of Gallegos Ranch, Logan, and Patrick H. “Pat” Oberg 1969 HS of Elephant Butte, and their families; along with numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces, and special friends.
Ortega, Matthew G. 1974 HS
Petchesky, Stephen M. 1974 HS ~ 09-Sep-2005
Provost, David R. 1974 HS
Reed, Anthony R. 1974 JC ~ 15-Jul-2002
Ruiz, Adrian, Jr. 1974 JC
Schrimsher, Keith L. 1974 HS ~ 28-Mar-2015 59, of Roswell, NM, who died unexpectedly at his beloved ranch Saturday, March 28, 2015. His wife, Micki, and his sons, Nathan and Lucas, survive him. His parents Ted Schrimsher and Vera King Schrimsher of Roswell, NM; his brother Jeff Schrimsher of Albuquerque, NM; and sister Devera Schrimsher Goss of Baton Rouge, LA, also survive him. Keith married Micki Sue Coley in 1988 and was deeply devoted to her until death. He was a loving husband and father. It was well noticed by everyone around him that he adored his family and took a continually active role in the lives of his two boys, Nathan and Lucas. He was very proud of his boys and worked tirelessly to make himself available to support and encourage them. Keith was a 1974 graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. In 1981, Keith earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University. He was a respected farm and ranch real-estate broker and appraiser; he loved New Mexico and the wild and open rangelands. He could identify each blade of native grass and flora and enjoyed tendering a habitat for the wildlife on his Chaves County ranch. He loved raising cattle and called many of them by name. He was a knowledgeable historian of the Land of Enchantment’s rich past and told intriguing stories of the people who settled the vast lands that he worked and studied. Keith loved the mountains and was an outstanding, fluid downhill skier. When people noticed his skill, he was often approached and asked for advice on how to improve their techniques. Keith was a believer and follower of Jesus Christ and a longtime member of Calvary Chapel of Roswell. His faith assures that he is no longer suffering the trials of this world, but is rejoicing in the arms of his Lord and Savior. His family is left to mourn, but we grieve with hearts full of hope, especially as resurrection Sunday approaches to remind us of the victory over death that Christ assured us by the Cross and resurrection. “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57.
Schwettmann, David S. 1974 HS ~ 16-Nov-2011 55, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at a local hospital. Mr. Schwettmann was born October 29, 1956, in Las Cruces, NM, to William and Katharine Schwettmann, and had been a resident of Tatum for the past 16 years. He was a surveyor and an active member of AA. He was an alumni of the New Mexico Military Institute. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Debbie Schwettmann of Tatum; son, Jesse Schwett¡mann and wife, Krissy, of Henderson; daughter, Stephanie Schwettmann of Kilgore; grandsons, Hunter and Payton Schwettmann; stepsons, Jason Geisler and wife, Kristie, and their children, Colson and Conner, of Columbus, Texas, and J.R. Geisler and wife, Brandy, and their children, Brittany and Bridget, of Rock Island, Texas; brothers, William H. “Bill” Schwettmann, III, 1967 HS-1970 JC and wife, Eileen, of Las Alamos, NM, and John Schwettmann of Albuquerque, NM; and several nieces and nephews.
Smith, Dennis W. 1974 JC ~ 15-Jul-2007 was born on Dec. 31, 1952, in Lubbock. He passed away peacefully at his home on July 15, 2007. Dennis graduated from Lubbock Cooper High School in 1972. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute on a football scholarship. Dennis worked as an auto mechanic for Brunken Toyota and Gene Messer Toyota for over 30 combined years of service. He worked the past six years as a service advisor for Smith South Plains in Levelland. Dennis loved drag racing. He competed at local raceways and in Abilene, San Angelo and Hobbs. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia; his parents, Eddie and Faye Smith of Lubbock; and sister, Connie Means of Lubbock. Dennis is survived by his wife, Joni; two sons, Dustin Smith and Chris Smith and wife Heather; one stepson, Quinton Hatfield and wife Heather; one brother, Rick Smith and wife Donna; four grandchildren, Destiny, Nadia, Boston and Tucker; two nephews, Clint and Kyle Smith; and two nieces, Tonya Bennett and Holly Metzig.
Spillers, Richard G. 1974 JC
Steanson, Kirk H. 1974 HS ~ 17-Nov-2016
Taylor, Jeffery Desmond 1974 HS ~ 11-May-1974
Ulibarri, Charles 1974 HS ~ 12-Oct-2004
Vaughn, Richard T. 1974 JC
Webster, Owen D. 1974 HS ~ 02-May-2010 Owen David passed away at his home in Alamogordo, NM, on May 2, 2010. David is survived by his father A. A. “Web” Webster, Jr., and Carol Hensley Webster, as well as two brothers, Arthur A. Webster, III, of Longmont, Colorado and Van A. Webster of Artesia, NM, and one sister, Winnie Webster of Augsburg, Germany. He is also survived by three nephews and two nieces. David was born February 11, 1956 in Artesia, NM, and grew up in Alamogordo, NM. He graduated in 1974 from Alamogordo High School, moved to Amarillo, TX, and began working for the Iowa Beef Processing plant. Later he became a laborer for a brick laying crew and worked his way up to Master Brick Layer. He loved creating elaborate designs with bricks. David enjoyed working outside, fishing, camping and hunting. He was a big fan of John Wayne, Lee Marvin, and Chuck Norris.
Wilson, Maple, II 1974 JC
Adams, Kenneth G. 1973 HS ~ 31-Oct-2006 died Oct. 31, 2006, at home in Camas. He was 50.
Allen, Keith C. 1973 HS ~ 15-Jul-1977
Bishop, Robert M., Jr. 1973 JC
Black, Reynold L. 1973 HS
Brisbin, Lansing G. “Gaylord”, III 1973 JC ~ 15-Mar-2015 62, son of Lansing G. Brisbin, Jr. 1944 HS and Joan Metzger Brisbin, died Sunday, March 15, 2015, at his home in Foley, Ala., after a long and courageous battle with declining health due to a debilitating spinal injury. Gaylord was born on November 18, 1952, in Huntington, W.Va., baptized and confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church, and attended Miller and Cammack schools. He graduated from Saint Andrews School in Sewanee, Tenn., where he played varsity tennis, and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M., and Marshall University in Huntington. He was a PFC in the US Army, serving in Frankfurt, Germany and Huntsville, Ala. With initial help from Joe Dobbs, and after many hours of practice, Gaylord became and accomplished fiddler. After his discharge in 1978, he moved to southern Alabama, where be became widely known for his bluegrass music, playing the fiddle, guitar and mandolin. He was a two time Alabama State Fiddle Champion. Gaylord played fiddle with the popular group “Bubba N Them” for nearly 24 years at the Original Point Restaurant. He formed the “Skunk Posey” group and performed at the Grand Hotel, Point Clear, the USS Alabama for the Junior Miss pageant, the Indy 500, and for many other occasions. He also taught music to many of the Gulf Shore area boys and girls. Gaylord was an excellent competitive tennis player. He coached the Foley High School team and taught many young people until he became injured. In addition to his parents, Gaylord is survived by his siblings Alana Brisbin Parker (Joseph) of Snow Hill Md., Rebekah Brisbin Casey (Michael) of Naples, Fla., and Richard J. Brisbin (Vicky) of Coral Springs, Fla.; his nephews LCDR Joseph E. Parker (Jacque) and Jacob J. Parker (Linsey); his niece Katherine G. Brisbin; his aunt Phebe Brisbin Gillespie and numerous cousins.
Brittain, Robert D., III 1973 JC
Burton, Charles B. 1973 JC ~ 01-Aug-1996
Cantrell, A. C. 1973 HS
Dodge, Glenn A. 1973 HS ~ 14-Jun-1997
Dowda, Dirk B. 1973 HS ~ 03-Jun-2008 54, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Dirk Dowda was born March 2, 1954, in West Helena, AR, to Van and Jessie Dowda. On March 15, 2005, in Dumas, he married Pamela Oldham. He was a welder. Dirk had been a resident of Dumas and Moore County for 35 years. Survivors include his wife, Pam; a daughter, Heidi Thomas of Biloxi, MS; a son, Hunter Glover of Greenbrier, AR; a stepdaughter, Corina Henry of Midland; a stepson, Wesley Henry of Dumas; and a brother, Ron Dowda of San Antonio.
Duncan, David P. 1973 HS ~ 13-Jun-2005
Durant, Jeffrey Sanders 1973 JC ~ 09-Aug-2018 (Aug. 16th, 1953 – Aug 9th, 2018) Jeffrey Sanders Durant was born in San Francisco, CA, and spent much of his youth in California. He attended San Ramon High School in Danville, CA, and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM following in the footsteps of his father Bartley S. Durant 1945 HS-1947 JC. He studied geology at the University of Arizona, passionately exploring the desert southwest as a young man. Jeff spent much of his life building a strong and loving family with his wife Jane and children: Alicia, Nathaniel Bartley Durant 2015 HS, Ryan, and Mark. Jeff’s had a strong passion for Triumph sports cars and motorcycles; allowing him to hone his mastery for the mechanical world. He went on to become a highly skilled engineer and manager who was deeply committed to his colleagues and craft.Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Jane, his proud children, Alicia, Ryan, and Mark. He is also survived by his brother Stewart Wootton Durant 1976 HS-1978 JC of Hercules, CA; brothers and sisters-in-law: Sue and Gary Davis of Chicago, IL; Julie Palmer of Portland, OR; MaryBeth and John Nawor of Chicago, IL; and his nieces and nephews: Craig Gore, Keith Gore, Katie Singer, Andy Durant, Charlotte Nawor, and Will Nawor. Jeff’s commitment to others, warm heart, and determined spirit will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Edgmon, Richard L. 1973 JC ~ 08-Sep-2015 (November 15, 1952 March 08, 2018) Richard “Dick” Len Edgmon was born on November 15, 1952, to Bob and Darline (Nation) Edgmon. Dick lived most of his life in the Higgins area. He attended the Booster Station School, Higgins School, and the New Mexico Military Institute. He graduated from Higgins High School. He went to Clarendon Junior College and Amarillo College. He married Mary Alice Stucker on November 3, 1978. He also became a dad to Kandy that day. On April 13, 1981, they were blessed with the birth of Randy Tell Edgmon. He worked for many years in the Higgins area. He moved to Oklahoma for a few years and recently returned to Higgins. He loved raising horses and ranching most of all. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Kandy Smith, son and daughter-in-law Tell and Ari, and granddaughter Shy Ann Smith.
Fisher, Roy L. 1973 JC ~ 15-Jan-1996
Graham, Curtis S. 1973 HS ~ 28-May-2004
Gunderson, Richard H. 1973 JC ~ 15-Dec-1987
Hammond, Donald R. 1973 HS
Harris, Dale L. 1973 JC ~ 20-Dec-1999
Hartje, Andrew L. 1973 JC ~ 19-Jul-2001
Hebert, Pete C. 1973 HS ~ 17-Nov-2017 63, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017, while deer hunting in New Mexico. On May 24, 1954, Pete was born to Edward Armand Hebert and Idella Norine Hebert in Las Cruces, NM. He grew up in Roswell, New Mexico. Pete graduated from Roswell High School in 1973, and went on to attend the New Mexico Military Institute’s Junior College. After working in the oil fields, Pete married the love of his life, Debra Peterson. Together, Pete and Debra purchased Demaree’s Pumping Service in 1983. He was the proud owner of Demaree’s up until his untimely death. Pete was an active leader and member of Grace Community Church. He also served as a Gideon for the area and loved volunteering his time to the organization. Pete also donated immensely to Harvest Ministries. Pete loved spreading the word of the Lord and was always happy to have a listening ear. He loved to go hunting and looked forward to spending each year’s hunt with his beloved brother, Paul. If Pete wasn’t in his truck working or at the Church supporting his Church family, he could be found visiting with family and friends. Pete’s generous heart and positive outlook on life were infectious and truly inspirational to all who were lucky enough to know him. Pete was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Debra Hebert. He is survived by his son, Brandon Hebert (Kristin); brothers: Tom Hebert (Betty), Paul Hebert (Melodie); sisters: Trudy Hebert, Lisa Woods (Ken); grandchildren: Lily, Remy Hebert; brother-in-law, Dusty Peterson (Pam); nieces and nephews: Serenity Gomez (Jason), Christy Soto, Ryan Hebert, Theresa Montoya, Destiny Herron (Joseph), Daniel Soto, Marissa Soto, Nicole Bridges (Justin), Logan Hebert, Dustin Peterson (Emily), Tyler Peterson; countless brothers and sisters in Christ; and friends that he dearly loved.
Hendrix, Dale L. 1973 JC ~ 16-Apr-2007 55, of Lawton, died Monday, April 16, 2007, in Oklahoma City. He was born Jan. 23, 1952, in Lawton, to Bert and Vivian Hall Hendrix. He grew up in Lawton and attended local schools, graduating from Eisenhower High School in 1971. He attended New Mexico Military Institute before returning to Lawton and attending Cameron University. He joined the U.S. Navy on Dec. 29, 1973, and served as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He served in the Pacific aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. He also served in the Mediterranean on the last voyage aboard the USS Roosevelt. He was honorably discharged on April 21, 1977. He worked as a locksmith at Jeff’s Key Shop and in other positions in Lawton. He was employed by Taylor Express as a long haul truck driver. He was a member of the Cache Masonic Lodge No. 391, the McAlister Scottish Rite, the India Shine, and the Lawton demolay, where he served as master counselor. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Survivors include his mother, of the home; a brother and sister-in-law, Don B. And Tonya Hendrix, Chattanooga; an uncle, Kenneth Ulman, Oklahoma City; four aunts: Jogene Hendrix, Mount Pleasant, Texas; Mildred Hall, Chandler; Lucille Abney, Oklahoma City; Ethel Hopkins Townsley and her husband, Fred, Chandler; and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Bert Hendrix; his grandfather, Charley Hendrix; his grandparents: Thomas F. and Ethel E. Hall, and Tovio and Bertha Hendrix Niemi; three aunts: Edith Ulman, Helen Harrison, and Faye Hendrix; and seven uncles: Joe Hall, Eutrice Hall, Wayne Hendrix, Darrell Hendrix, Phillip Abney, Albert Hopkins, and Lee Harrison.
Magleby, Darryl C. 1973 HS
Martin, Gregg S. 1973 HS
Miller, Robert M. 1973 HS
Nevarez, Michael F. 1973 JC ~ 09-Aug-1994
Oberwortmann, Mark J. 1973 HS
Rivet, Homer G., Jr. 1973 JC
Sanders, John M. 1973 HS ~ 19-Dec-2005
Slusser, Gerald R. 1973 JC
Spears, James D., Jr. 1973 JC ~ 22-Jul-2000
Spykes, Kenneth D., Jr. 1973 JC ~ 09-May-2013
Stewart, Joseph M. 1973 HS
Stokes, T. Len 1973 HS ~ 14-Jun-1997
Studdard, Daryl G. 1973 JC ~ 14-Sep-1998
Townsend, Frederic William 1973 JC ~ 02-Jul-2012
Trujillo, Francisco R. 1973 JC
Widner, Charles D. 1973 JC ~ 19-Sep-2009 56, was born on September 10, 1953, in Clovis, NM, to the home of Bobbie and Robert L. Widner, and passed away on September 19, 2009, in Clovis, NM. Charles’ childhood and early school years were spent as the family moved about hunting the place where he could be healthy. He was born with asthma and spent much time in hospitals. He attended elementary school in New Franklin, MO. Then God sent the family to a wonderful desert community, Holtville, CA, where he went from third grade to the 10th grade. He then came to Roswell, NM, where he attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from high school and junior college. Charles became an industrial worker at Valley Nitrogen and then moved on in the Geo Thermal Industry. He was involved in the development of new plants and instruments for many years. He moved to Oregon in 1997, where he worked for the University of Oregon. Charles returned to New Mexico as his health began to fail. He spent the last years of his life in Portales, NM, and recently bought his home in Clovis, NM. He and his son, Chris, were avid outdoorsmen and spent much time hunting and fishing. He is survived by a son, Christopher D. Widner of Eugene, OR; his parents, Robert and Bobbie Widner of Portales, NM; a brother, David Widner of Purcell, OK; two sisters, Connie Moffat of Prescott, AZ, and Linda Cook of Madison, WI; and by many aunts and cousins.
Yarborough, William B., Jr. 1973 JC ~ 19-Dec-2010 Age 57 passed away peacefully on December 19, 2010. Blake was a kind soul who was loved by all who knew him or had the good fortune to encounter him. Blake was born on June 2, 1953, in Midland, Texas, to Katherine “Kay” Searcy Kleberg Yarborough and William “Dub” Blake Yarborough, Sr. Blake graduated from Midland High School in 1971. He also attended the New Mexico Military Institute and he is a graduate of the University of Texas. Blake worked in the family business as a rancher, investor, and landman. He was a fifth-generation heir to the King Ranch and was passionate about its history and legacy. He loved flying planes, watching sports, hunting, polo, but most of all spending time at the ranch with his wife and family. His favorite holiday was Halloween during which he would enjoy dressing up for the hundreds of trick-or-treaters. On October 15, 1996, Blake married the love of his life, Rebecca “Becky” Lacaff Yarborough. Becky and Blake were long-time supporters of numerous west Texas charities and community organizations. He was very involved with Meals-on-Wheels, where he looked forward to the opportunity to deliver meals every week. He is survived by his wife, Becky; son, Justin Blake Yarborough; daughter, Jordan Delaine Yarborough; step-daughters and son-in-law, Madeline Lyle Bailey, Annabelle Bailey Gardaphe and Chase William Gardaphe; brother and sister-in-law James Leonard Yarborough and Susan Keller Yarborough; sister, Linda Berkely Yarborough; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Ann Lacaff Detmering and Timothy John Detmering, Thedore Fisher Lacaff, and David Lewis Lacaff; mother-in-law Mary Jones Lacaff; nephews, Dub Yarborough, James Yarborough, Christopher John Detmering and nieces, Katrinia Yarborough, Brooke Yarborough, Mary Isabelle Detmering and Eloise Lacaff Detmering. He is preceded in death by his beloved son Taylor Raymond Kleberg Yarborough and his parents. Blake was a loving husband, father and stepfather, son, brother and friend. Blake will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Yerby, Kenneth J. 1973 HS ~ 27-Feb-2008 We are saddened by the loss of our family member who passed away Tuesday February 26, 2008 in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 52. He was born here in El Paso December 16th 1955, went to White Spur Elementary then Coronado High School. Ken is survived by Paul Yerby, Ron and Becki Yerby, Dick and Carolina Yerby, Susan Davis (Yerby), His mother Pauline Yerby and many nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles. Ken was preceded in death by his father John W. Yerby. Ken was recently living and working in Rangely, Colorado and was very interested in researching his family history. Kenneth will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.
York, Carey R. 1973 HS ~ 08-Jan-2002
Allen, SGT Rodney J. 1972 JC ~ 20-Feb-1989
Anderson, James V. “Butch” 1972 HS ~ 14-Jul-2009 58, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in Amarillo. Butch was born April 28, 1951, in Dalhart to Ada Mae “Sue” Davis Anderson and the late R.L. Anderson Jr. He was a 1971 graduate of Canadian High School and then went on to attend New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He was a lifelong resident of Canadian and a member of First Christian Church. Butch was a truck driver for more than 30 years. Survivors include a son, Reson Lee Anderson of Canadian; a daughter, Tiffany Rhea of Amarillo; his mother, Ada Mae “Sue” Anderson of Pampa; a brother, Roy Lee Anderson and wife Barbara of Geronimo, OK; two sisters, Roberta Haines of Canadian and Eva McClellan and husband Gary of Wheeler; and numerous nieces, nephews and family.
Banks, Ray C., III 1972 JC
Barham, Monte L. 1972 JC ~ 10-Feb-2017 64, passed away February 10, 2017. Monte was born in Edinburg, TX on April 21, 1952 to the late Lloyd and Betty Barham. He was raised in Roswell, NM and attended college at Western University in Silver City, NM, where he obtained his Degree in Business. He later moved from NM to Lakeland Florida in 1988, and started working at Bartow Ford in 1991 where he retired after 25 years. He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter Sarah Ranae Barham. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Barham; children Barbara (Barham) James, Garret Barham, and Step-daughter Rebecca Hall; Siblings Scott (Susan) and Robin Barham; Step-mother Joan Barham; Step-siblings Lynn Boyle and Jack Cottrell; Grandchildren, Breanna, Dakota, and Sarah James.
Bell, Charles L., Jr. 1972 JC
Chapman, Russell W. “Rusty” 1972 HS ~ 07-Mar-2018 (August 25, 1954 – March 7, 2018) age 63, of Helena, formerly of Arizona, passed away on March 7, 2018. Russell was born in Morenci, Arizona, on August 25, 1954. As a youngster, his family moved to Toquepala, Peru where his father was employed. Russell attended New Mexico Military Institute for his high school education and graduated in 1972. Russell worked at San Manuel Mine in San Manuel, AZ, as a hoist operator and was a Lieutenant and EMT for the San Manuel Fire Department. After the mine closed, he was employed as a Mine Safety and Health Inspector for the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration in Helena, Montana. Illness forced his retirement in 2015. Russell is preceded in death by his father, John Edward Chapman Jr. “Red”. He is survived by his wife, Paula Chapman of Helena, Montana; his mother, Lilly Chapman, brother, Steve Chapman, both of Arizona; daughter, Jennifer (Erik) Hix, and grandchildren, David and Lilly Hix, all of Texas; stepson, Sven Offerson (Andrea), and granddaughter, Annistyn, all of Colorado.
Childs, Larry W. 1972 JC ~ 15-Jun-2017 Sergeant Larry Wayne Childs died unexpectedly after surgery in Aurora, Colorado, on June 15, 2017, at the age of 65. Sergeant Childs is survived by his wife, Jo Ellen Childs of Brighton, Colorado, and his son Jason Childs of Clermont, Florida. He is also survived by sisters, Patsy Shue, Gwin Killgo, Beverly Hardy, and his brothers, Ken and Rick Childs. He is preceded in death by his mother, Gail Pope and his father George T. Childs. Sergeant Childs was born on December 1, 1951, in Roswell, New Mexico. After high school, he attended The New Mexico Military Institute for one year, and then moved to Florida to work in construction as a carpenter. Mr. Childs held an Associates Degree in Electronics and an Associates Degree in General Studies from Pikes Peak Community College. Sergeant Childs met his wife in the military and they were married while serving at Fort Benning, GA, in 1977. During the years of 1983 to 2003, Mr. and Mrs. Childs attended Rustic Hills Baptist Church, where for many years he served as a Deacon, Awana Leader, and Youth Leader. Sergeant Childs served two tours in the US Army: 1976-79 as a Military Policeman at Fort Benning, GA and Pirmasens, Germany; 1982-86 as an Infantryman at Fort Carson, CO, where he graduated 2 nd Distinguished Graduate of the NCO Academy Class No. 3-83 at Fort Riley, KS, in December 1982. In 1984, he received The Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service from July 1982-February 1984 for significant contribution in the renovation of the HHC, 5 th Battalion, 16 th Infantry Headquarter Building. He was Honorably Discharged February 1, 1986, and returned to construction. Mr. Childs has worked for Delta Drywall, Sprehe Interior Construction, and for the last 20 years, Spacecon Specialties Contractors. As a General Superintendent, Mr. Childs has overseen many well-known Denver commercial buildings. Some notable projects are the Denver Art Museum, Coors Field, CSU Concert Hall, Martin Luther King Library, Medical Center of the Rockies, and Anschutes Inpatient Hospital. In 2004, Mr. Childs received the National Excellence in Construction Award for the Edna Rizley Griffin Concert Hall, and in 2006, he received an Excellence in Construction Pyramid Level Award from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., for his contribution of the construction of the Denver Art Museum. In addition to his work on Coors Field, he also traveled to Scottsdale, AZ, to supervise the building of the Colorado Rockies Diamondback training facility project called Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in 2010-11. His current assignment was the construction of Bay Health Hospital in Milford, DE.
Craig, Randall D. 1972 HS ~ 11-Dec-2009 55, formerly of Plainview, Texas, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. Mr. Craig was born March 18, 1954, to Weldon Ernest and Charlotte Doreen Ogle Craig in Plainview. He worked as a construction foreman and was a volunteer firefighter. Survivors include his mother of Clovis; a daughter, Tamara Leann Letcher 1998 HS-2000 JC of Albuquerque; a son, Ryan Desmond Craig of Ireland; and three brothers, Bryan Craig, Kyle Craig and Michael Craig, all of Clovis.
DeLacy, John A. 1972 HS ~ 04-Oct-2000
Elkins, Scott A. 1972 HS ~ 16-Dec-2017 64, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas. Those left to eternally treasure and cherish their memories of Scott are loving wife, Katrina Elkins; son, Jonathan Elkins; father, D. J. Elkins; stepmother, Gwen Elkins; brother, Donny (Karla) Elkins; sister, Reida (Ron) Baca; and numerous nephews and nieces. Preceding Scott in death were his mother, Mary Samples; and stepfather, Daryl Samples.
Gardner, Samuel J. 1972 HS ~ 19-Jan-2009
Gort, Maurice D. 1972 HS ~ 26-Jun-2011 went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 26, 2011.
Gulick, Chris W. 1972 HS ~ 20-Oct-1999
Hall, Lawrence J. 1972 JC
Hanagan, Joseph W. 1972 HS ~ 23-Jan-2003
Hance, William G. 1972 HS ~ 03-Oct-2006
Isler, Mark H. 1972 JC ~ 12-Jun-2004
Jackson, Gary R. 1972 JC ~ 19-Sep-2003
Jaramillo, Christopher G. 1972 JC ~ 14-Jun-2007 55, entered eternal life on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at Mountainview Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. Chris was born in Socorro, NM, on May 5, 1952 to Tony Jaramillo, Sr. and Gloria (Bowers) Jaramillo. Chris graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and went on to provide 20 years of dedicated service as a N.M. State Police officer. During his colorful career, he was an active member of the dive team, served as the vice president of the NMSP Association and was assigned to the Governor’s Security Detail, however, at heart Chris was a narcotics officer. He was instrumental in the establishment of the NM Narcotic Officer’s Association, and was currently serving as the association’s executive director. In retirement, Chris was an active member of the community, undertaking many endeavors including serving as the chief investigator for the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s office and establishing his own business as a prominent lobbyist and consultant. At the time of his death, Chris was looking forward to dedicating his talents to the newly formed Cold Case and Missing Persons unit of the Donna Ana County Sheriff’s office. Chris is survived by his loving wife, Martha Jaramillo, of the family home; son Ryan Jaramillo and his fiancé Kaylene; daughter Amanda Jaramillo-Dyer and her husband Matt; grandchildren Tucker and Lottie Jaramillo-Dyer; parents Tony Sr. And Gloria Jaramillo of Socorro, NM; brothers Tony Jr. Of Lemitar, NM, Gary of Socorro, NM, Jonathan of New York, NY, Stuart of Albuquerque, NM, and Noah of Socorro, NM; sisters Berta Rivera of Bosque Farms, NM, and MJ Wilde of Albuquerque, NM. Chris’s grand personality allowed him to touch countless others, who will all miss him dearly. Honorary pallbearers include Gene Galassini, Kenny Kelley, Scott Stuart, Scot Martin, Clay Bush, Lonnie Mahres, Randy Stadjuhar and Kelly Corbitt.
Jones, William M. 1972 JC
Keller, Kermit W. 1972 JC
Lake, Gregory G. 1972 JC ~ 23-Feb-1995
McCann, Bruce K. 1972 JC
McConnell, Stephen M. 1972 JC
McKinney, C. Michael 1972 JC ~ 12-Nov-2002
Meacham, Jeffres C. 1972 HS ~ 22-Mar-2003
Motter, John C., III 1972 JC ~ 17-Sep-1975
Nelson, John D. 1972 HS
Odell, John F. 1972 JC ~ 01-Oct-2003
Peek, Garland R. 1972 JC
Plunk, Steven C. 1972 HS
Pumphrey, Stephen Thomas 1972 JC ~ 25-Nov-1971
Randall, Bruce H. 1972 HS
Richards, Lawrence H., III 1972 JC ~ 06-May-2008
Shapard, Thomas Craig “TC” 1972 JC ~ 15-May-2015 born July 27, 1951 in San Diego, CA, Naval Air Station, to Dr. E.R. Shapard, III and Elizabeth Roberts Shapard passed away May 15 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Memorial High School in Tulsa, OK in 1970, graduated from N.M.M.I in 1972, and University of Texas Permian Basin. Thomas was a Geologist for the State of New Mexico Oil Conversation Department. T.C. is survived by his mother, 94, of Salado, TX, brother Bruce M. Shapard of San Antonio, Texas, sister Bettina Plunkett and brother-in-law David Plunkett of San Antonio, Texas. Nephews, Edwin J. Shapard, Christopher S. Plunkett, Andrew Shapard, nieces, Lauren Shapard and Elizabeth J. Plunkett. Preceded in death by his father Edwin R. Shapard, III. T.C. played football for N.M.M.I. and was an avid golfer, hunter, outdoor chef, balloonist, and friend of many. He was a longtime resident of Roswell.
Shumway, Michael H. 1972 HS
Smith, Clifford G. “Tipps”, II 1972 JC ~ 10-Jun-2007 loving father and dear friend, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away June 10th, 2007 at the age of 55. He was born April 15th, 1952 in Roswell, New Mexico. Son of Jerry Newton Smith and Joan Jody Durant Walker Smith, he grew up playing baseball, camping, skiing and working on the farm with his father. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated with a B.A. in History from Louisiana State University. Throughout the years he has worked for Life Shares group, Inc., Strategic Advisors Inc., Trailside Galleries, and most recently, America West Airlines/US Airways. He had a love for sports (die hard LSU Tigers and Cowboys fan!) He was an amazing guitar player with a huge appreciation for all genres of music. He constantly surrounded himself with friends and family, and was loved by many. He is survived by his mother Jody Smith Leonard; sister Jere K. Smith of Denver; four children Lindsay Kathryn Smith Woods (Wes) of Phoenix, Hayley Anne Smith of New Orleans, Marbury Eliza Smith of Phoenix and son James Grey Smith of Phoenix; grandson Stone Tennyson Woods of Phoenix and many more extended family and friends. Not to forget his beloved kitty Eddley!
Smrt, Richard D. 1972 HS ~ 26-Feb-2002
Sotomayor, C. Ricardo 1972 HS
Stravlo, Donnie L. 1972 JC
Strosnider, Kenneth O., II 1972 HS
Talley, Christopher J. 1972 HS ~ 12-Dec-2006 52, a resident of Albuquerque and a beloved husband, father, and son, passed away on December 12, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 3 1/2 years, Lorraine Palacios-Talley; children, Santana, Maria, and Josh Talley; grandson, Jeremiah Talley; stepchildren, Jason Cordova, Marisa Cordova, and Michael Peralta; father, John Talley and wife, Joan; brothers, Peter and Mark Talley; sister, Emily Talley; and numerous relatives and friends that will miss him dearly.
Terry, Isaac H. “Ike”, IV 1972 JC ~ 14-Mar-2011 58, of Midland, Texas, passed away Monday, March 14, 2011, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Ike was born March 24, 1952, in Houston, Texas, to Dr. John E. And Margaret (Funk) Terry. He grew up in Midland, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1972 and attended Texas Tech University. Ike was a Lubbock Police Officer, worked many years for NCR, and was self-employed in the oilfield service industry. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Terry, and son, J. Max Terry; stepson Steve Markel of Austin, Texas; mother, Margaret Terry; and sister, Helen Peetz and husband Bob, all of Midland; niece, Katie Petersen and husband Scott of Cedar Park, Texas; nephew, Robby Peetz of Arlington, Texas; brother, Jim Terry and wife Cheryl of Highland Village, Texas, and children Robert Olsen of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Second Lieutenant Cassandra Andrea, USAF; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. John E. Terry. Those who knew Ike will never forget his love for life, his sense of humor, and his outgoing personality. Ike never met a stranger. He will be missed by all.
Webb, Joe C., Jr. 1972 JC ~ 05-Dec-2013 61, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Lubbock. Mr. Webb was born May 16, 1952, in Wynnewood, Okla., to Catherine and Charles Webb. He married Dee Meinzer in 1972. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Ashley Webb of Lubbock; and a son, John Webb of Atlanta.
Worley, Donnie H., Jr. 1972 HS ~ 01-Nov-1992
Abbott, Bob Edd 1971 HS ~ 25-Jun-1981
Anderson, Michael J. 1971 JC ~ 21-Jul-2001
Andrews, Mark W., JD 1971 JC ~ 24-Dec-2008 passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2008, in Granbury, Texas. Mark was born in Houston, Texas on November 20, 1951. His family later moved to Roswell, New Mexico, where Mark graduated from Goddard High School in 1969. After graduating from New Mexico Military Institute, Mark earned a business degree from the University of Texas in Austin, and his law degree from the South Texas School of Law in Houston. Mark made a career as an attorney in the oil & gas industry in Houston, San Antonio, and Granbury. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Albert Lee Andrews, Jr.; his beloved nephew, Andrew Whitley, and his best friend and constant companion, Rusty Dog (the flying Brittany spaniel). He is survived by his mother, Shannon Andrews of Kerrville, Texas; his brother, Wally Andrews and wife, Bridgette of Buda, Texas; his sister, Karen Whitley and husband, Allen, of San Antonio, Texas, and his sister, Paula Rodgers, her husband, Greg and their children, Elizabeth and Ben of Allen, Texas. Mark had a zest for life – some of his passions included cooking, his music, fishing, hunting, playing poker, telling jokes, and high-end cars. But most of all he lived for his friends and the times he spent with them. Mark kept in touch with all his high school friends and loved going back to Roswell to catch up on old times. His favorite places were the Pecos River near Roswell, the Bob Crosby Bridge, Bottomless Lakes, Ruidoso, and the Byrd Level Ranch near Carrizo Springs, Texas. Mark’s razor sharp mind, quick wit, and untouchable sense of humor are only a small part of what we will miss. His love, loyalty and friendship can never be replaced. He was and always will be one of a kind. Goodbye dear son, dear brother, Uncle Markie and beloved friend.
Appledorn, C. Robert, Jr. 1971 JC ~ 21-Aug-2007 55, of Indianapolis, passed away August 21, 2007. He was a medical imaging physicist at the I.U. School of Medicine Department of Radiology, Indianapolis, IN. He retired in 2000 and was an avid genealogist. He went to high school and Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from University of New Mexico. He received his Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He is preceded in death by his father, Conrad R. Appledorn. He is survived by wife, Pam S. Stengel Appledorn; daughter, Angie (Jack) Hopson; mother, Lois Georgia Syreen Appledorn; sister, Barbara (Dennis) Offner; and brother, Roger Appledorn.
Autrey, Charles W. 1971 HS
Barber, James V. 1971 HS ~ 01-Jan-1984
Beck, Robert Cory 1971 HS ~ 17-Dec-2006
Becker, Robert M. 1971 JC ~ 22-Dec-2003
Bindel, William J., II 1971 JC
Bird, David E. 1971 HS ~ 01-Jun-1985
Blake, Hugh G. 1971 HS ~ 05-Oct-2008 Born January 18, 1953, Portland, with a big smile and a thirst for knowledge; died October 5, 2008, Los Angeles. Survived by ‘favorite cousin’ and cherished friend, Julianne Blake, Katherine Blake; stepmother, Jacqueline Skarston; and stepsibs, John Dowling, Jim Dowling and Kathy Skarston; cousin, Afton Blake and her son–Hugh’s beloved godson, Doron William Blake; devoted friends, Cheryl Kline and Alba Vasquez; Liz Olson; Mark Katz, Paul Tellstrom and Carl Whidden; and also by scores of others from communities as diverse as sports, finances, metaphysics and health care.
Clayton, Jim C. 1971 HS ~ 03-Dec-2008 was born to George and Edna Clayton on July 4, 1953, in Santa Fe, N.M. He was a Methodist and resided in Kingsville, Texas. On Dec. 3, 2008, Jim was killed in a tragic accident. A loving son, Jim hospitalized his mother and after seeing to her care and comfort, started home. God chose instead to call him to His house. Jim spent his childhood in Pecos and Mentone, Texas. He attended school in Mentone and Wink and completed high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, graduating in 1971. He attended Sul Ross University in Alpine. Raised on a ranch in Loving County, Texas, Jim was a genuine cowboy and a true gentleman. He never met a stranger and treated everyone he knew with dignity and respect. He was well-known for his generous nature, his sharp wit, his dry sense of humor, his mischievous grin, and his gracious, neighborly ways. He worked in the oilfields of West Texas and as a surveryor. He later was owner/operator of a semi-tractor and enjoyed traveling the United States. For the past 10 years, he was employed as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad. Jim enjoyed a simple lifestyle and was most happy when sharing good times with friends and family. He is survived by his mother, Edna Clayton Dewees; four sisters, jeriann Blair and husband, Billy, of Del Rio, Texas, Judy London of Gainesville, Texas, Cheryl Fletcher of San Angelo, Texas, and Susie Joiner Pustejovsky of Kaufman, Texas. Jim never married but his sisters’ children were loved as if they were his own. They are his nieces, Karen Blair Cypert of Midland, Texas, and Jacqueline London Brenda and husband, Kevin, of Tempe, AZ; nephews Steve Blair of Del Rio, Texas, Brody Cagle of San Angelo, Texas, Jay London and wife Holly of Greenville, Texas, Ryan Joiner, Tyler Joiner and Chad Joiner of Kaufman, Texas; great-nieces, Jennifer Blair, Kassi Cypert, Lauren Davidson and Isabelle London; and great-nephew Seth Cypert. Jim had many friends who loved him as a brother. They include, but are not limited to, his cousin, Jerry Claton and wife, Dawn, of Alpine, Texas, Jackie Hill of Gatesville, Texas, Julie Canon of Pecos, Texas, and the pallbearers who carried him to his final resting place. Ms. Veda Hickman, of Austin, Texas, held his heart. His father, George Calvin Clayton, preceded him in death in 1971. It is said that a friend will bail you out of jail, but a good friend will be found in jail with you, ready to do it again. Jim Clayton was a good friend.
Cook, Monty L. 1971 JC ~ 06-Feb-2004 died Feb. 6, 2004, in Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colo. He was born Sept. 15, 1950, in Plainview. He graduated from Plainview High School and New Mexico Military College. He also attended Texas Tech. He was self-employed and a member of Boulder Area Human Resources Association, Broomfield Economics Development and Employee Relocation Council of Denver. Survivors include one son, Byron W. Cook of Denver; a daughter and son-in-law, Narissa and Bobby Hill of Henderson; his mother, Sally V. Haynes of Plainview; and a brother, Kyle Whitlock of Broomfield, Colo. His father, Claude B. Cook, died in 1951.
Craghead, James D. 1971 JC
Cullins, Mike D. 1971 JC ~ 09-Jan-2018 (August 12, 1951 – January 9, 2018) What we wanted this to say: Mike enjoyed participating, spectating and coaching sports, played Little League baseball, took Goddard High School to first state Baseball Championship, attended NMMI, coached boys’ and girls’ baseball at RAABC and basketball at the Yucca Center, made many deals on the golf course and worked hard for his family throughout his life in Roswell, Ft. Worth, Crystal Beach, Houston and lastly in Spring, Texas. Among others he worked at: Transwestern, Shorty’s Gas Station, Builders Block and Stone, Ford Sign Company, Waples Platter, Wright Express, Schlumberger, (began foam career at) UCSC, National Coatings, Everest Coatings, Everest Systems, operated his own independent foam roofing business, consulted for Nikken, and most relaxing and closest to his natural passion-Home Depot Customer Advisor and Employee Safety Leader. He was proud to have traveled to Barcelona, Spain, taught at-risk youth at Seaborne Challenge, and that he maintained special clearance at: NASA, National Oil Reserves, Trinity Site at White Sands and The Department of Energy. He founded the USGBC (Green Counsel) in Galveston, Texas, wrote exams for continuing education and his innovative designing eye brought about unprecedented advancements in the polyurethane foam and coating industry. There were many things he accomplished in his life, he: drove a train, drove a semi-truck, flew a private airplane, flew giant kites, enjoyed woodworking from furniture to dominoes, and was an honest master salesman who believed in his products. He created and invented many things but didn’t believe in patents. He loved music and country dancing with his wife, had a huge heart for dogs and cats, especially Brother, Sister and Cat-Cat. He is survived by his wife, LaRue, married August 13, 1971 for 46 years and 5 months. He always went above and beyond for his Children-Toby, Chris and Tory and Son-in-Laws: Bruce Van Valkenburg (his NASCAR/Coors Light Buddy) and Danny Neel (his Go-To Truck Salesman); 8 grandchildren-Tyler, Meghan, Hayden, Audrey (husband Tyler), Conner, Hannah, Brian (wife Heather) and Sara; and 5 great-grandchildren; Mia, Mckaylee, Lila (Pawpaw’s Pilgrim), MaryLee and Lauren. He is also survived by his Mother, Josephine Cullins of Roswell, NM, and Brother, Patrick Cullins of Las Cruces, NM, and many other Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nephews and Nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Leon Cullins, on January 3, 1998. Mike passed away in his home after a he fought cancer like a warrior – the only battle he ever lost, and he will be truly missed. What he wanted this to say: “Mike’s Dead.”
Curry, Thomas W. 1971 HS ~ 27-Jun-2006
Daniels, Arden R. 1971 JC
Dollarhide, Thomas W. 1971 HS
Fincham, Craig E. 1971 JC
Gallup, William G. 1971 HS ~ 21-Jun-2008
Genuchi, Dr. Marvin C., II 1971 JC ~ 19-Jan-2010
George, Sandor P. 1971 HS ~ 11-Aug-2005
Gordon, C. G. 1971 JC
Greenwalt, Craig T. 1971 JC
Harper, Kevin W. 1971 HS ~ 11-Mar-2000
Harrison, Thomas L. 1971 HS
Hedval, Stephen E. 1971 JC ~ 02-Oct-2011 Age 60, Resident of Rio Rancho, NM, died on October 2, 2011. Stephen was born to Vivian Rae Thornton and Harold Hedval, deceased, on September 27, 1951 in Los Alamos, NM. Stephen attended primary school in Albuquerque, NM, and then graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1969. He went on to enlist in the United States Navy where he served as a Hospital Corpsman for six years. Following his honorable separation from the Navy, Stephen attended Yale University and received his degree in sonography. Steve had a true passion for helping others and worked tirelessly for over 30 years as an ultrasound technician in San Diego, CA, and New Mexico. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his sons and father in Chama Valley, NM. Stephen will be truly missed and is survived by his three children, Erik Hedval and spouse Alicia, Zachary Hedval, and Anna Maltese; by his sister Janet and her three children Kelly Jo, AJ and Simon, and by his fiance, Janice Kavanaugh.
Henderson, Dan R. 1971 JC ~ 22-Oct-2016 (1951 – 2006) Dan Ray Henderson, age 55, from Muskogee passed away Sunday, October 22, 2006. He was born June 28, 1951 to Gerald and Barbara Henderson in Willows, CA. Dan enlisted with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1970 and served his country until 1976. In the late 1980’s Dan began his career at Container Corporation as a machinist until his recent injury in 2004. He enjoyed going to the races any chance he could, but his most enjoyable time was spent with his son Tyler Henderson. Danny was a dedicated father that enjoyed coaching Tyler’s Little League Baseball and watching him play football. Dan was preceded in death by his sister, Lujuanna. He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his mother, Barbara Henderson of Oklahoma City; father Gerald Henderson of Eufaula; one son Tyler Henderson; one sister, Valerie and husband Richard Payne of Tucson, AZ; three nieces and two nephews; sisters in law, Cindy Kaiser, Jennifer Lee, Donna Lee, Vicki Clare, Lisa Martin, and Kathy Clare; mother-in-law Nanny Joannie; dear friend and companion Shelia Million of Muskogee.
Horvat, George A. 1971 HS
Houston, Robert T. 1971 JC
Hughes, William G., Jr. 1971 JC
Irwin, Field H. 1971 HS
Jenkins, Rodney F. 1971 HS
Johns, Christopher E. 1971 JC ~ 14-Jan-2014 age 64, of Lewisville, Texas passed away January 14, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 16,1949 in Roswell, New Mexico to James P. Johns 1941 HS-1943 JC and Amy Marriott Johns. He is survived by his beloved partner in life Paula Stanley-McCrary, both parents, two brothers, Kirk Johns and his wife Elizabeth, and Jim Johns, grandson Colton Eaker, step- daughter Jennifer Eaker and her husband Ronnie. Chris received his education at New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University earning a BS in Business Management. He served 3 years in the Army Signal Corps in Texas. After working for Coca-Cola for 18 years, he went to work at Xerox as a Supplies Sales Representative for 22 years where he earned trips to Canada, Mexico and all over the United States. He lived life to the fullest, inspiring others to do the same. His hobbies included go kart racing, water skiing, snow skiing, fishing, bowling, square dancing, traveling, NASCAR and reading. He had a vast love and knowledge of airplanes and boats; and loved racing anything on wheels. He was also a member of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division Descendants Association allowing him the privilege of visiting Italy to honor the World War II veterans that fought there. His absence will be ever present as he loved and inspired those he knew daily. Chris will be dearly missed.
Johnson, John Vernon 1971 HS ~ 01-Dec-2009
Jordan, Brad R. 1971 HS
Keeth, John J. 1971 HS
Kikuchi, Kikuo 1971 JC
Kuykendall, Teddy D. 1971 HS ~ 05-Oct-2009 56, of Roswell, passed away Oct. 5, 2009, at the Roswell Regional Hospital of heart complications. Ted was born Dec. 5, 1953, in Roswell to Radonna Kerr Kuykendall and David Kuykendall, of Dexter. His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Ian; and his six half-siblings, Bonni Bailey Smith, of Georgia, H. D. Bailey, of Hawaii, Dr. Bill Bailey, of California, Paul H, Kuykendall 1978 HS, of Arkansas, Myra Small, of Missouri, and Beverly Garner, of Roswell; and Uncle and Aunt Donald and Lorene Kuykendall, of Roswell. He attended New Mexico Military Institute through junior college and earned a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. A well-known art photographer, his works have been collected by numerous museums including the National Gallery of American Art at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. Ted was also a master carpenter and cabinet maker, working on many custom homes and museum installations throughout the Southwestern states.
Lewis, Steven R. 1971 JC ~ 26-Aug-2011
Lindberg, Barry K. 1971 HS
Manganaro, S. J. 1971 JC ~ 01-Nov-1990
Markley, Harvey C., Jr. 1971 HS
Mayer, Leonard W. 1971 HS
Mayfield, Gregg H. 1971 JC ~ 22-Aug-2008 died August 22, 2008, at his home in Buffalo, New York. He died of natural causes at the age of 57. Born on July 29, 1951 in Albany, NY, Gregg grew up in Buffalo and Schenectady, NY. He received his high school diploma in 1969 from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, where he also graduated from Junior College in 1971. In 1974, he returned to NMMI to join the commandant’s staff as a TAC officer. Gregg will be remembered by his many friends and family as an energetic, creative person who befriended everyone he met. In addition to his many private ventures, he spent most of his professional life in advertising sales. Among his many passions was working to uphold the quality of education at New Mexico Military Institute where he was an Alumni Association Life Member. Surviving Gregg is his sister, Siri M. Pardi and her husband, Louis of Niskayuna, NY; and his brother, Mark R. Mayfield and his wife, Peggy of Upton, MA. His parents were the late Brita L. Male of Schenectady, NY and the late George H. Mayfield, of Eagle Bay, NY. Also surviving Gregg are his stepfather, Kenneth J. Male, Schenectady, NY; stepsister, Rebecca Ellsworth, of Windsor, NY; and many nieces and nephews.
McKnight, Thomas P. 1971 HS
McMillian, Earl T., III 1971 JC ~ 16-May-2014 63, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014, in Kerrville, Texas. Born in Houston on Dec. 21,1950, to the late Earl “Sonny” Thomas McMillian Jr. and Bonnie Jo Crumpacker, Tom spent most of his life in Houston and his later years in the Texas Hill Country in Uvalde, Sabinal and Kerrville. He is survived by his daughter, Laura McMillian and son-in-law, Steven Kibble of New York, N.Y. Tom also is survived by his cousin and best friend, Don F. McMillian Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M.; and his four siblings, Meredith, Lee, Jeff and Bonnie McMillian, all residents of Houston. His constant companion, his Labrador, Layla, will miss him. Tom was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and attended the University of Texas in Austin. Tom was known for being a wonderful father and friend. He possessed a huge love of the outdoors and adored animals. His engaging personality and warmth of spirit will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
Moore, CDR Michael D., USN (Ret) 1971 HS ~ 17-Feb-18
Nielsen, Robert W. 1971 HS
Odell, John R. 1971 JC
Packard, Harvey D. 1971 JC ~ 01-May-2012
Proctor, Robin S. 1971 HS ~ 01-Nov-2001
Redinger, Sparks V. 1971 HS ~ 14-Dec-2009 was born December 22, 1952 to Nell Marie and Quentin Redinger in Olton, Texas. He was raised southeast of Olton on the farm that his grandparents Charlie and Nellie Redinger homesteaded in 1907. He attended Olton schools until his freshman year. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM where he proudly graduated in 1971. He attended South Plains College and Texas Tech. He didn’t quite receive his degree because he wanted to go back and farm with his dad and brother. In 1973, he met the love of his life, Mona Wright. They were married March 23, 1974, in Abernathy, Tx. They never had children of their own, but had plenty of nieces and nephews to shower with love. A favorite thing to do was to load all the kids up and take them to Tech football games. He was preceded in death by his parents, Quentin and Nell Marie Redinger and his grandparents, Charlie and Nellie Redinger and Solon and Ida Higgins. Sparks is survived by his wife, Mona, of Plainview; One brother, Ronnie Redinger and wife Judy of Olton; sister Quenette Collins and husband Danny of Olton; and sister Tami Wylie and husband Len of Canyon. His beloved nieces and nephews, Colt Redinger, La’Danda Kauffman and husband Cody, Casey Collins all of Olton; Ronna Carson and husband Stephen and Kylie Lamberth and husband Adam of Amarillo and “best buds” Jonni Hutto and Alyx Wylie of Canyon. Also surviving are his mother-in-law and father-in-law Vallaree and Dan Wright of Abernathy, brother-in-law and wife Robin Wright and wife Sheryl of Buffalo, nieces Stacey, Jennifer and Brandy. Also the newest little ones that we love so much and keep us entertained, Hunter and Kasen Kauffman and Kashlee and Wyatt Lamberth. And a long-time friend who is loved like a brother Carrol Blackwell and his wife Cindy of Lubbock. Sparks was someone whose name fit him perfectly. He was always laughing and loved all his family and friends so very much. He was a farmer at heart and loved to raise the best crops he possibly could. The Weather Channel was always on, watching for hail storms and a good cotton shower. He loved watching Tech sports and always had a great time tail-gating with his many friends. NASCAR races were great fun for him, especially fun was a trip to Talladega with his friends Clint, Michael, and John. Sparks had a huge heart and helped anyone he could, in any way possible. Many times they didn’t know it had been him that was behind the help. He hugged everyone of us when we saw him and always told us how much he loved us. He will be missed so very much.
Rhu, Robert S. 1971 HS
Robertson, Bruce H. 1971 HS
Roland, Roger 1971 JC
Sartain, Charles J. 1971 HS
Sill, John B. 1971 JC
Simpson, William J., Jr. 1971 HS
Smookler, Gary A. 1971 HS
Speer, Dennis P. 1971 HS ~ 23-Aug-2003
Stokes, Jimmy L. 1971 JC ~ 14-Feb-2001
Sunny, Kenneth W. 1971 JC
Talafous, Carl R. 1971 HS
Trujillo, Steve R. 1971 JC
Tucker, Merle H., Jr. 1971 JC ~ 01-Mar-1982
VanDyke, Tyson P. 1971 JC
Welles, George H., III 1971 JC
Wheeler, John D. 1971 HS ~ 01-Jan-2003
Wimsatt, Allen D. 1971 JC ~ 07-Apr-2006 55, of 173 Edwards Road, passed away Friday, April 7, 2006. Born in Alamogorda, N.M., he was the son of the late Gordon and Gladys Robinson Wimsatt. Mr. Wimsatt was an operator for 27 years with the 3M Company, and attended Slater-Marietta Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, Janice Wimsatt of the home daughters, Kimberly Quinn and husband, Jason, Tracy Goodson and husband, Randy sons, John Gordon Wimsatt, Dwayne Hinton and wife, Deedee brother, Steve Wimsatt and wife, Dorothy, of New Mexico sisters, Rita Carr and husband, Bradley, of Arizona, Shella Carpenter and husband, Ron, of California grandchildren, Kassie Quinn, Heather Goodson, and Derrick Hinton.
Wood, Harris H. 1971 HS
Worrall, Alexander H., III 1971 JC ~ 03-Nov-2000
Wunderlich, Edward J. 1971 JC
Wyley, Clinton H., III 1971 HS ~ 17-Aug-2010
Armstrong, Byng E. 1970 HS ~ 30-Jun-2005
Bothell, Bruce N. 1970 HS
Bratton, William H. 1970 JC ~ 01-Apr-1986
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. 1970 JC
Cauhape, 1LT John C. 1970 HS
Childress, Stephen E. 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
Cooper, John H. 1970 HS
Crosby, Andrew D. 1970 HS
Early, Paul C. 1970 JC ~ 15-Jul-2005
Elson, SFC Murray M., III, USA 1970 JC
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, Virginia, 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. 1970 HS
Greene, Joel B. 1970 HS
Greeson, Ricky W. 1970 JC ~ 25-Sep-2014 died September 25th, 2014. He was born July 3rd, 1950 in Big Spring, Texas 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
Harper, Jack G., II 1970 HS
Hayes, James P. 1970 HS ~ 31-Jul-2014 born in Lake Charles, Louisiana on March 18, 1952, passed away July 31, 2014 at MD Anderson Hospital, Houston, Texas. 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, Texas, four sons, Dan Hurd, Jr., of Dallas, Texas, Larry Yarrell (Randi) of Dallas, Texas, Clayton Webb of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Zyon Hurd of Lake Dallas, Texas, two daughters, Deneshia Hurd of Dallas, Texas, and Maya Bernice Hurd of Lake Dallas, Texas. He also leaves to cherish, his father-in-law McKinley Griffin (the late Bernice Griffin) of Lake Dallas, Texas, five grandchildren, Ryan Saunders, Carmen Hurd, Keeli Hurd, Laine Yarrell and Lenox Yarrell, five siblings, Bobbie Watson of Amarillo, Texas, (Weldon), Willie Brown of Denton, Texas, Joe Brown, Sr., of Denton, Texas, Jewell Mays of Terrell, TX, (Sylvester), and Genell Hurd of Denton, Texas. 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. 1970 JC ~ 24-Mar-2005
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, New Mexico, 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, Jr. 1970 JC ~ 02-May-2008
MacPherson, Robert A., Jr. 1970 HS
Marx, Timothy L. 1970 JC
Mask, Robert C. 1970 HS
Miller, Gerald N. 1970 JC ~ 30-Nov-2005
Montoya, Danny P. 1970 HS
Montoya, Ronald M. 1970 HS ~ 25-Aug-2003
Morgan, Richard P. 1970 HS ~ 14-Dec-2006
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, New Mexico, for the past fifteen years formerly of Santa Rosa, Vaughn and Encino, New Mexico, passed away September 17, 2009 at the Alta Vista Regional Hospital. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 22, 1950 to Cipriano Perez and the late Gloria Harder-Perez. He was united in marriage in Las Vegas, New Mexico 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, New Mexico. 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, New Mexico. 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. 1970 JC ~ 01-Jan-1998
Pressnell, David E. 1970 JC ~ 20-Aug-2018
Ray, William W. 1970 HS
Reinhart, Richard N. 1970 HS ~ 04-Aug-1999
Riddle, Mark S. 1970 JC
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 1970 JC
Smith, Robert A. 1970 HS
Stanfield, Mike H. 1970 HS
Stephenson, Gordon E. 1970 HS ~ 07-Jun-2002
Stewart, Stephen R. 1970 HS
Stillion, Stephen W. 1970 HS
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, Texas; 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, Texas; 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.
Vick, Richard R. 1970 JC ~ 10-Jun-2015
Wade, Monte J. 1970 HS ~ 09-Dec-2009 (Butch) of San Antonio, Texas 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.
Watts, Dale L. 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.
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, Kansas. 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, Arkansas, and two grandchildren, Marleigh and Aidin.
Westfall, John Robert 1970 JC
Yates, Martin R. 1970 HS ~ 30-Jul-1977
Yates, Patrick D. “Danny” 1970 JC ~ 08-Jan-2014 of Edmond, Oklahoma, formerly of Chandler, Oklahoma, was born on September 22, 1948 at Hamilton Air Force Base in Vallejo, California, 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, Oklahoma. 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, Oklahoma, and Heather Yates of Shawnee, Oklahoma; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brent and Keri Yates of Guthrie, Oklahoma, 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, Oklahoma, Theresa Lavelle of Dover, Delaware, and Ramona Massie of Dennison, Texas, 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) 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 generalæs 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
Beasley, Dennis R. 1969 HS
Bezemek, John M. 1969 HS
Booky, James T. 1969 HS
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 Ohio; 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.
Compton, Jack C. 1969 JC ~ 21-Sep-2018 was born July 13, 1949 in Tucson, Arizona to Orville and Betty Compton. He passed away September 21, 2018 in Las Cruces, New Mexico following a brief illness. Jack grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, 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, Texas. 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 JS-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
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
Green, Joe W. 1969 HS ~ 10-May-2008 (1951 – 2008) – J was born on July 7, 1951 in El Paso, Texas. 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, Iowa, 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
Knox, William H. 1969 HS ~ 17-Nov-1997
LaMore, James S. 1969 JC
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. 1969 JC
McCoy, MAJ Warren D., USA (Ret) 1969 JC ~ 21-Mar-2000
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, New Mexico entered eternal life Wednesday, March 4, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Patrick was born March 11, 1950 in Albuquerque, New Mexico 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
Pennington, Ronald E. 1969 JC
Perea, Thomas L. 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, Texas, passed away on July 27, 2015. He was born to James C. Powell, Jr. and Helen (Gillham) Powell, on September 28, 1950 in Lubbock, Texas. Mr. Powell went to school in New Mexico at the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Goddard High School, in Roswell, New Mexico, 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, Texas, son, James Powell and his wife Tammie of Lakeland, Tennessee, son, Tyler Thompson of Kingsland, Texas, daughter, Jenny Castor and her husband Jon of Ft. Worth, Texas, sister, Cheryl Misurek and her husband Jerry of Cumming, Georgia, five grandchildren, Aunt Mona Sandlin from Odessa, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and lifelong friend, Jim Hill from Roswell, New Mexico. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Purtzer, Barry E. 1969 HS ~ 09-Dec-1995
Randall, Scott V. 1969 JC ~ 04-May-2005
Roll, Daniel J. 1969 JC ~ 15-Sep-1987
Russell, John F., II 1969 JC ~ 19-Nov-2010
Sears, Robert A. 1969 HS
Sloan, Gregory B. 1969 JC ~ 03-Nov-2004
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. 1969 JC ~ 25-Jul-2007
Teague, Howard F. 1969 HS
Thomas, Steve C. 1969 HS ~ 01-Nov-1985
Thompson, Charles L. 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, New Mexico 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, Texas 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, Colorado, sister-in-law Ann Armistead Thompson of Lubbock, Texas: nephews Chad Miles of San Rafael, California, Dan Thompson (Rhonda) of Fort Worth, Texas and Jesse D. Thompson of Temple Texas. 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. 1969 JC ~ 26-Aug-2001
Watts, Bryan L. 1969 HS ~ 05-Jan-2004
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. 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, Florida, 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 Florida, as well as many friends and colleagues around the country.
Brown, Michael P. 1968 JC
Brownfield, John V. 1968 JC ~ 28-Jul-2001
Brummett, Tom W. 1968 JC ~ 16-Aug-1975
Button, Larry R., Sr. 1968 JC ~ 02-Feb-2004
Carson, John P. 1968 JC
Castleberry, Bobby D. 1968 JC ~ 11-Feb-1999
Chandis, George P. 1968 JC
Cherry, Robert B. 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. 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, Texas; a son, William Bryan Ellett and wife Heather Harper of Dallas, Texas; 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, Texas.
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, N.M. He attended schools in Las Vegas, Nev., 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 1968 JC ~ 05-Nov-1998
Hobbs, David R. 1968 HS
Johnston, Michael E. 1968 HS ~ 16-Aug-2003
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, Texas 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
Matthews, William Watt 1968 HS
Michael, A. R. 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, Arizona, 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, New Mexico, and Willcox, Arizona. He ultimately retired in Sunsites (Pearce), Arizona, 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. 1968 JC ~ 11-Oct-1999
Parke, David E. 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. 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. 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, Arizona. 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, Colorado; 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, Oklahoma.
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. 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
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
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
Yount, Thomas N. 1968 HS ~ 25-Oct-2013
Adams, Robert L. 1967 HS ~ 19-Jun-2006
Airriess, Eric G. 1967 JC ~ 20-Aug-2006
Baeza, Elisio H. Jr., “Sonny” 1964 HS-1967 JC ~28-Sep-2018
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
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, Texas. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, 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 D.C., 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, Texas 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, Texas, 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, Illinois. 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.
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
Clegg, Dike C. 1967 HS ~ 15-Jul-1994
Clements, David F. 1967 JC
Contway, James R. 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. 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
Daugherty, Samuel T. 1967 JC ~ 11-Jun-2003
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. 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. 1967 JC
Gates, James R. 1967 HS ~ 12-Jul-1996
Gattis, John Michael 1967 HS ~ 02-Sep-2017 70, died in Conroe, Texas 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, New Mexico 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. 1967 JC ~ 04-Nov-2013 died Monday November 4, 2013. Born September 9, 1946, he was 67 years old. A recent resident of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, most of his life was spent ranching in Montana and Valentine, Texas. Bill attended school in Valentine, Texas 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.
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, Washington area. He continued to work with various government contracts in support of the Naval Submarine Force until retiring again, in 2011 in the Bremerton Washington 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, Arizona, passed away on January 14, 2015. Eugene was born on July 18, 1949 in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived by his siblings.
Heron, George H. 1967 JC
Hornak, Joseph H., Jr. 1967 JC ~ 03-Oct-2003
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, Ohio, 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, Hawaii; 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, Iowa; 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, Arkansas. 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 Ohio, Jennifer King, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Elizabeth (Thomas) Libby, Windham Maine, 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. . 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, Arkansas. 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 Ohio, Jennifer King, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Elizabeth (Thomas) Libby, Windham Maine, 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) 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
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, Montana, 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, Texas, 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, Texas, 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, Arizona, 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, Montana, 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. 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, Idaho 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. 1967 JC
Montoya, Anthony E. 1967 HS
Montoya, MAJ Anthony J. 1967 JC
Morrow, Michael D. 1967 HS ~ 18-Mar-2005
Moruzzi, Charles L. 1967 HS
Nutter, William M. 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. 1967 JC
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, California. He was born August 29, 1948 in Biloxi, Mississippi 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. 1967 JC
Reynolds, Ronald J. 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, Texas. Ronny spent his childhood on the family ranch near Corona, New Mexico, a place that remained forever dear to him. Ronny was a cadet at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, 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, Texas. 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, New Mexico, 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, Texas, 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 Arizona 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.
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. 1967 JC ~ 12-May-2006
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
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. 1967 JC ~ 31-Aug-2003
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. 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
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
Bockoven, Damon E. 1966 JC ~ 24-Apr-2003
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, Ohio, 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, Mich.; 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
Byam, PFC Michael L., USA 1966 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action when the boat he was being evacuated on struck a mine on 2 October 1966.
Byrd, Jerry C. 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).
Chafey, Col Merritt N., IV, USMC (Ret) 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, Calif., 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, Texas. He resided in Brownfield,Texas until 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, Oklahoma. 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, Texas. 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. 1966 JC ~ 21-Nov-2002
Dalton, William R. 1966 JC ~ 28-Oct-2013
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, New York, Kate Williams of Lathom, England, and Mary Burruss (Gary) of Manahawkin, New Jersey, 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. 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. 1966 JC ~ 04-Jul-2002
Garrett, Gregory L. 1966 HS ~ 16-May-2003
Gray, Arthur E., Jr. 1966 HS
Hancock, Dr. George R. 1966 JC ~ 30-Jan-2002
Haynes, Harley E. 1966 HS ~ 09-Aug-2005
Hildebrand, Thomas H., Jr. 1966 HS
Hooper, William D., Jr. 1966 HS ~ 01-Aug-1985
Hummell, C. Ralph 1966 JC
Hutson, Robert H. 1966 HS ~ 25-Aug-2004
Inzer, Jimmy S. 1966 JC ~ 05-Jun-2016 of San Angelo, Texas, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the age of 69. He was born in Hamlin, Texas, 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. 1966 JC ~ 06-Jul-2013 passed away peacefully after a short battle with brain cancer. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, 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. 1966 JC ~ 01-Jun-2010
Kidwell, Eddie A. 1966 JC ~ 07-Jul-2007
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. 1966 JC
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
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
Nesbitt, Byron L. 1966 HS ~ 20-Apr-1999
Neslage, John E. 1966 JC ~ 13-Apr-2009 died in Houston, Texas, on Monday, the 13th of April 2009, at the age of 62. He was born in Pampa, Texas 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, Texas, son, Luke Joseph Neslage of Los Angeles, California, daughter Anne Marie mcleod and husband Stewart mcleod of Dallas, Texas and daughter Jenna Elizabeth Neslage of Houston, Texas. Other survivors include his three grandchildren Claire Elizabeth Neslage and John Edward “Jack” Neslage, III, of Houston, Texas and Kylie Anne mcleod of Dallas, Texas as well as his ten brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Orr, Monte A. 1966 JC ~ 17-Aug-1979
Pelosi, Curtis V. 1966 HS ~ 01-Dec-1987
Pratt, John J. 1966 JC ~ 26-Jun-2006
Raybon, Michael D. 1966 HS ~ 01-Apr-2011 age 64, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at his residence in Norfolk, Nebraska. Michael D. Raybon was born February 17, 1947, to Tommy W. Raybon and Grace E. Fifield in Casper, Wyoming. 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
Rivers, Robert Lowell 1966 HS ~ 04-Sep-2008
Robertson, William F. 1966 HS ~ 03-Jan-1998
Robinson, Rowan S. 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, Texas, 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, Colorado. 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, New Mexico on September 28th, 1946. He attended Texas A&M Univeristy 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, Oregon where he attended Graduate school at the University of Oregon. He began practicing as a self-emplpoyed Certified Public Accountant and remained so for forty years.
Smith, Michael Lee 1966 HS ~ 14-Dec-2005
Spiller, Thomas J., III 1966 HS
Staver, H. Michael 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
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, Illinois, on December 7, 1947. The family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada 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, Idaho 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, Texas, and the area around Sacramento, California, 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
Ashby, Roderic R., Jr. 1965 JC
Autrey, James G. 1965 HS ~ 24-Jun-2001
Bailey, Kenneth D., Jr. 1965 JC ~ 05-Jan-2004
Barron, Oran James, III 1965 HS ~ 08-Feb-2005
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, Missouri 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, New Mexico. “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, New Mexico. 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 complica-tions 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, Texas. Jimmy grew up in Spur, Texas. 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, Texas. 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, Texas. 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
Clark, Claude V. 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 Ore, Jonathon Kelly Ore; 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.
Compton, Jack C. 1969 JC ~ 21-Sep-2018
Dale, Gerald L. 1965 JC
Deen, Larry G. 1965 JC
Dial, William A. 1965 HS
Downs, James D. 1965 HS
Dumont, Bruce T. 1965 HS
Elder, PFC James B., Jr., USA 1965 HS – 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, Arizona, 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.
Ferguson, William Robert 1965 HS ~ 28-Sep-2009 Rob Ferguson was born December 15, 1946 at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama 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
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 Millitary 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.
Goodman, Johnny M. 1965 HS ~ 03-Aug-2002
Grigg, Kenton M. 1965 JC ~ 12-Aug-2008 age 63, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2008.
Haggar, LTC Michael J., USA (Ret) 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. 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, Michigan. 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, Mississippi, Orlando, Florida, West Germany (two tours), and a final assignment at Ft. Monroe Virginia, 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, 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.
Lee, Ralph D. 1962 HS-1965 JC ~ 14-Feb-2018
Lee, William P. 1965 HS
Ligino, Michael D. 1965 JC
Love, James W. 1965 JC
Love, Robert A. 1965 HS ~ 30-Sep-2003
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 Nation 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, Alaska; son Timothy and his wife Karly of Cloquet, Minnesota; 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
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. 1965 JC
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. 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 N.M. pageants. Frank was a former Deacon at First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Chancel Choir. He is survived by his fianca©e 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
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, D.C. 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, Texas. He was born Dec. 24, 1944, in Akron, Ohio; 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
Stringham, Whitney W. 1965 HS ~ 12-Oct-2006 ge 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, California and Sally Diavatis of San Francisco, California.
Suber, SFC Randolph B., USA 1965 HS – 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. 1965 JC ~ 07-Dec-1987
Tucker, Robert L. 1965 HS ~ 13-Sep-2002
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. 1964 JC
Barbre, William A. 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, Michigan 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, Arizona 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, Tennessee. The Barnes family eventually settled in Kansas City, Missouri, 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, Arizona, 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 – Vietnam-Killed in action after shot down flying a helicopter rescue misson 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, Oregon; 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. 1964 JC
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, Oklahoma 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. 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, myelodysplastic 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.
Campbell, Douglas S. 1964 HS ~ 26-Jun-2014
Carter, Murry A. 1964 JC
Childress, Floyd, II 1964 JC
Clark, Joe S. 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.
Conolly, SPC Sidney M., Jr., USA 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, Minnesota 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
Drummond, Jack R. 1964 HS
DuBravac, LTC Stephen E., USA (Ret) 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, Utah 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, Kentucky, 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, Kansas, 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, Texas, in 1988, and then departed multiple times for unit training at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; 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. 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, Georgia; 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, Georgia, 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 1964 JC
Gage, William H. 1964 HS ~ 22-Apr-1997
Gallaway, David M. 1964 HS ~ 15-Sep-1987
Green, SGT Leslie A. 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 – 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 California 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.
Hutcheson, William M. 1964 HS
Jordan, Jim S. 1964 HS
Kahoiwai, Samuel A., Jr. 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 1964 JC
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. 1964 JC ~ 17-Apr-2011 66, passed away on April 17, 2011. Albert was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, 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, Arizona. 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. 1964 JC ~ 23-Mar-2018
McKinney, Stephen J. 1964 HS ~ 09-Dec-2004
Meadors, William P. 1964 HS
Mechem, 1LT Jesse, USA 1964 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action near Dinh Tuong on 21 February 1968.
Miller, Stephen R. 1964 JC ~ 06-May-2016
Millington, Marc P. 1964 HS ~ 01-Jul-1982
Minces, David E. 1964 HS
Munn, Brian K. 1964 HS ~ 25-Jun-1997
Oakes, Richard L. 1964 JC ~ 31-Dec-2007
Oge, George W. 1964 HS ~ 03-Jun-2016 was born on July 20, 1946 in Durant, Oklahoma to Martha Cason and George W. Oge, Sr. He attended public schools in Durant and Hobbs, New Mexico, 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, Florida 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. 1964 JC
Pinegar, Franklin A. 1964 JC ~ 01-Apr-1981
Rancier, Richard A. 1964 JC
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, Utah, to Preston Wiley Redd and Emily Washburn. Kirk grew up in Blanding, Utah, 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, Calif., area installing home alarm systems. After the death of his mother, he moved to Hughton, Kan., 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, Colo. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Blanding, Utah, 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
Ross, William Albert 1964 HS ~ 22-Dec-1988
Roudebush, Robert A. 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, Wash., and moved to The Villages in 2000 from Playa del Rey, Calif. He was a retired Allstate insurance agent; and a Navy veteran of Vietnam. Survivors include his brother, Mark, Deming, N.M.; and companion, Helen Korsmo, The Villages.
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
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
Acinapura, Louis M. 1963 JC ~ 05-Dec-2012
Anderson, James E. 1963 HS ~ 23-Jun-2006
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. 1963 JC
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, Texas, 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, Texas, granddaughter of Louis and Dorothy Roberson of Pecos. Terry attended school in Bartstow, Texas 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, Texas and Tera Burkerholder King of Fort Stockton, Texas. He is also survived by his son-in-law James Bentley King and granddaughter Brooke Adrienne King of Fort Stockton, Texas. 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 Mithchell 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.
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
Childers, Russell N. 1963 HS ~ 15-Sep-1997
Cissell, Harry G. 1963 JC
Cobb, Tyrus R., III 1963 JC
Coker, Kenneth L. 1963 HS ~ 06-Jun-1996
Covington, SPC D. Michael, USA 1963 HS
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, New Mexico (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, Texas, 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, Florida, 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, D.C. 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 1963 JC
Drake, LTC Van T., USA (Ret) 1963 JC ~ 14-Oct-2004
Drummond, Thomas E. 1963 HS ~ 10-Feb-2012 (April 3, 1945 – Feb 10, 2012) Tomas Edward Drummond was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, 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, New Mexico, 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, Oklahoma, 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
Felty, CAPT Joseph W., USN (Ret) 1963 JC ~ 01-Feb-2015 Joe was born on Nov. 3, 1942 in Canton, Texas 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.
Fields, Jake W., Jr. 1963 HS ~ 01-Feb-1973
Ford, J. D. 1963 JC
Fox, Mike E. 1963 HS ~ 11-Sep-2007
Grainger, John B. 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, South Dakota 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 Mayordomo, 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. 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, Texas, 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, Texas. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Dixie T. Dixon-Hardwick, wonderful daughters, Christin L. Hardwick of San Antonio, Texas, Kelly Hardwick Aaron and his favorite son-in-law, Lonnie Aaron, his beloved grandchildren, Luke William Aaron and Isabel Aaron all of Austin, Texas. Bill is also survived by sisters, Gerry Ann Mobley of Waco, Texas and Susan L. Hardwick of Houston, Texas and also by niece and nephew Kate and Ben Sanchez of San Antonio, Texas. 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
Hellwig, E. Douglas 1963 JC ~ 16-Jul-2014 passed away on July 16, 2014. He was born on October 2, 1943 in Gastonia, North Carolina, 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.
Hedgpeth, LTC Dale L., USA (Ret) 1963 JC
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, Kansas, 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, New Mexico, 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, New Mexico 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. 1963 JC
Jeter, Larry S. 1963 JC
Johnson, Gordon D. 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
Logan, David M. 1963 HS ~ 10-May-1999
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, Texas 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, New Mexico. 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, Texas, 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.
Manuel, Gerald T. 1963 JC
Marsh, James W. 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
Metarelis, George S. 1963 JC ~ 16-Sep-1998
Moneck, Robert E. 1963 JC
Nachtrieb, Charles H., III 1963 JC
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. 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, New Mexico. He was born on August 13, 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico 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, California and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, 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, California; 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, D.C., and as the Operations Officer for Military Sealift Command Headquarters, Washington, D.C. 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, D.C.; 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. 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
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, New Mexico, 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, Kansas, 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.
Savitt, Richard W. 1963 JC ~ 26-Feb-2006
Shackelford, Howard L. 1963 HS
Sill, Michael J. 1963 JC
Skinner, Charles A., Jr. 1963 JC ~ 24-Aug-2015
Smith, Jack E. 1963 JC
Smith, Jay R. 1963 HS ~ 02-Aug-2006
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, Kentucky to the late J. Bryan and Dorothy Stratton. He grew up in Baytown, Texas 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 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, Texas. 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, Texas 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, Texas and Jesse Davis Thompson of Temple, Texas; and grandson, Charles Noah Richardson of Lubbock, Texas. 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, Texas. 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.
Tolbert, Kenneth P. 1963 HS ~ 25-May-2000
Trujillo, Augustin M. “Gus” 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 1963 JC
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, Dr. William C. III 1963 HS ~ 08-Apr-2017 71 years of Paulden, Arizona, born June 30, 1945 in Fort Worth, Texas, 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-1967 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 D. 1963 HS ~ 28-Jul-2010
Wortham, John O. 1963 HS ~ 10-Oct-2004
Wright, Dr. Richard A. 1963 JC
Wurster, Ronald F. 1963 JC
Young, Larry T. 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, Colo.; niece, Stacey Banes of Albuquerque; nephews Brandon Banes (Alicia) of Albuquerque, Devin Ferebee of Lakewood, Colo. 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 New Mexico 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 ~ 30-Jan-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 D.C. 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 D.C., 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, Oklahoma. 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
Cale, William A. 1962 HS ~ 22-Dec-2005
Cathey, Dr. J. Gary 1962 JC ~ 05-Sep-2012
Cohn, Samuel E. 1962 JC ~ 28-May-2012
Cowart, Bailey V. 1962 HS ~ 29-Jan-2007
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, Colorado. 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
Dressler, Robert C. 1962 HS ~ 15-Dec-2005
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, cele- brant. 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 presi- dent of Lea County Liquor Dealers Association and sup- ported many of Hobbs athlet- ic programs. Every year he fed Thanksgiving dinner to those less fortunate. He was preceded in death by his par- ents. Survivors include his sis- ters, Susan Scott and hus- band, 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. 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
Goree, Richard M. 1962 JC
Graves, Bryon Lee “Butch” 1962 JC 72, died September 29, 2013, at his home in Salida. He was born October 19, 1940, in Estes Park to Byron and Leona (Taylor) Graves. Mr. Graves was the captain of his high school football and basketball teams for 3 years. He worked for the power and light company in Estes Park. He loved to ski and started skiing at Hidden Valley Ski Area in 1953. Mr. Graves moved to Copper Mountain in 1970 to become the ski school director. He was also the ski school director at Steamboat, Vail, Monarch and Beaver Creek ski areas. While living in Beaver Creek, he and his wife owned and operated a restaurant named Zambini. At the Steamboat ski area, he was the director of 400 instructors. He was a member of the Vail Ski Club for 5 years. He received the Golden Ski Award, is a lifetime achievement award given to top ski instructors. After his retirement from Monarch Ski Area, Mr. Graves became an avid golfer and spent much of his time at Salida Golf Course. Mr. Graves won many golf awards. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Sharna Graves. Survivors include his brother Steve (Barbara) Graves of Clarkston, Mich. uncle Charles (Pearl) Taylor of Avon nephews Christopher Graves of Sarasota, Fla., and Jason (Marcee) Graves of Pasadena, Calif. great-niece Rylee Graves of Pasadena, Calif. cousins Charles Taylor Jr. of Avon, and Kristy D’Amico of Conifer.
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) 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
Harkleroad, Mark W. 1962 JC ~ 29-Nov-2004
Hawkins, Robert B., Jr. 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, California, 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. 1962 JC ~ 18-Apr-2015 was born in El Paso, Texas 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.
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
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
Kohlmeier, William M. 1962 HS
Lybarger, Ray C. 1962 HS ~ 01-May-1975
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, Texas, to Milton Albert (Bus) and Vela Mansur. His family moved to Tucumcari, N.M., before settling in Hobbs, N.M. 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, Texas. 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, Texas, 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, New Mexico, 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, New Mexico 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, Idaho area. He got his paramedic training in Denver, Colorado in 1983 and worked there as a medic before moving to Ruidoso, New Mexico for several years and then to Pecos, New Mexico 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, napropathic, 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 Napropathy for his work at the roundhouse. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Mason, his brothers Robert Mason of Powell, Wyoming and Richard George of Denver, Colorado 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.
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 bacheloræs 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
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 Ariz. and Janice Hehr of New Port Coast, Calif.; 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, 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 Arizona. 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, Nevada. He recently celebrated his 74th Birthday. Mark was born May 14, 1943 in El Paso, Texas, 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, Washington. 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, Texas 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, Nevada 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, Nevada, and his son Mark C. Norton III; William L. Norton of Austin, Texas, 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.
Pollard, Jr., George G. 1962 HS ~ 08-May-2016
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.
Poulton, John M. 1962 HS
Powers, William N., III 1962 JC ~ 02-Jan-2005
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. 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, New Mexico 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, Alabama. 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. 1962 JC
Sams, Donald C., Jr. 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, Mont.; 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. 1962 JC
Sands, William M. 1962 HS ~ 01-Mar-1979
Savoy, Clarke W. 1962 JC ~ 22-Dec-2007
Shaw, MAJ Charles C., USA (Ret) 1962 JC ~ 27-Apr-1997
Sherman, Roger, II 1962 JC ~ 22-Dec-2014 Born December 10, 1941 to Roger Minott Sherman and Ruth Blanchard Sherman, Roger Sherman, II 1962 JC, 73, of Tracy, died unexpectedly from surgical complications at Stanford Hospital on December 22, 2014. 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
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
Sweeney, Charles D. 1962 HS ~ 01-Nov-1996
Tarver, John A., III 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, Texas, 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, Texas, 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
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, Texas and he passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 in Clinton, Oklahoma. 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” 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, Colorado 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. 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, Florida 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, Wash., 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, Ore., 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. 1961 JC
Barkhouse, David R. 1961 JC ~ 17-Sep-2004
Beardsley, Thomas S. 1958 HS-1961 JC ~ 17-Sep-2017 77, of Ojai, California, passed away, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Thomas was born on June 28, 1940 in Oxnard, California 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
Biddle, Michael A. 1961 HS
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, New Mexico, 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.
Blunt, Russell S. 1961 JC
Bryant, Michael B. 1961 HS ~ 09-Apr-2001
Buchly, LTC Howard Lee, USA (Ret) 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. 1961 JC ~ 16-Apr-2009 68, of Odessa, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2009, in Odessa. He was born July 26, 1940 in Shreveport, Louisiana 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, Texas; niece Laurie Ferguson of Irving, Texas; and grandchildren, Lucas and Michelle Conn of Odessa.
Chapple, John L. 1961 HS ~ 19-Oct-1979
Cohn, Mack S. 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, Oklahoma. 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 Expeditional 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.
Dahlberg, Douglas F. 1961 JC ~ 03-Dec-1997
Darrow, Robert J. 1961 JC ~ 05-Jan-2005
Dawson, Leland D. 1961 JC ~ 15-Oct-2011
Dye, T. Joe 1961 JC ~ 22-Jun-2006
Felton, Donald C. 1961 HS ~ 01-Jul-1987
Fincham, Donald L., II 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, Oklahoma. James was Assistant Vice President with Bank of America and resided with his wife, Pam in Richardson, Texas. 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.
Frick, Robert S., Jr. 1961 HS ~ 28-May-1992
Gibson, James G., Jr. 1961 JC ~ 01-Aug-1975
Goodman, Fred G., Jr. 1961 HS
Gragg, Stephen 1961 HS ~ 14-Mar-2012 (1943 – 2012) Steve Gragg, 68, of Golden, Colorado passed away suddenly March 14, 2012 at his winter home in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Mr.Gragg was born September 11, 1943 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. 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, Oklahoma 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, Colorado, 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, Colorado. Mr. Gragg served on the Golden, Colorado 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, Colorado. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Arvada, Colorado. 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, Illinois; daughter E. Ashley Gragg of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Brennan, Ian, Gabrielle and Aubrie; sister Wynne Gragg of Scottsdale, Arizona; brother Matthew Gragg and his wife, Sandy, of San Antonio, Texas.
Hall, Wilburn C., Jr. 1961 JC
Harris, John R. 1961 JC
Harris, Dr. Joseph 1961 JC
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, Oklahoma. 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 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, California. 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. 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
Ingels, Harold C. 1961 JC ~ 27-May-2002
Jensen, Duane W. 1961 JC
Keuhl, Robert C. 1961 HS ~ 02-Apr-1994
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, Virginia to Jack S. and Hulda Rhodes Kitchen. When Jack was five years old, his father moved the family to El Paso, Texas from Kansas City, Missouri 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, New Mexico, 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, Virginia. 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), Arizona 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, Texas. 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
Laney, Harold Dean “HD” 1961 JC 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, Texas, in 1961. He began working for the United States Postal Service in 1981 at the Conroe, Texas, Post Office. He was then promoted to supervisor at North Houston Postal Facility. He retired as Postmaster of North Zulch, Texas, 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.
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.
McNeil, Jimmy D. 1961 HS ~ 23-Oct-1994
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, Florida (1990), and spent a year in Taos, New Mexico 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. 1961 JC ~ 05-Jan-2006
Newell, Gareth E. 1961 HS
Newell, Robert L., Jr. 1961 JC
Pavelin, Thomas A. 1961 JC
Power, 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, New Mexico 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.
Saunders, AIC William L. 1961 HS ~ 26-Dec-2006
Schukraft, Richard 1961 HS
Shenkarow, Maxwell H. 1961 HS
Sheplee, Michael J. 1961 JC
Sobin, Lt Col Roger M., USAF (Ret) 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
Spradling, William S. 1961 HS ~ 31-Oct-2004
Stever, Ervin A. 1961 HS ~ 15-Dec-2004
Stillabower, Loye Keith 1961 JC ~ 29-Nov-2000
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
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, John D. 1961 JC ~ 12-May-2004
Turrentine, Franklin G. 1961 JC
VonUnwerth, W. Allen 1961 JC ~ 19-May-2006
Welsh, James L. 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, Oklahoma. He was a bright and popular student athlete. After graduation he attended the New Mexico Military institute in Roswell, New Mexico, 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, Oklahoma, daughter Kristin and Chuck Mattson of Ridgecrest, California, son Carl Lynn Whiteley II and wife Michele of Ridgecrest, daughter Rochelle Fulton of Ridgecrest, California, son Danny Roy of Bakersfield, California, and grandchildren Karli Bezanson and son Casper Bezanson of Ridgecrest, California, Jasmine and Hank Rounds and son Ryker of Arkansas, Matthew and Holly Fulton and daughter Riley of Las Vegas, Nevada, Megan Harral of Santa Rosa, California, Angela Fulton of Las Vegas, Nevada, Kimberlee Whiteley and daughter Peyton of Ridgecrest, California, Andrew and Haley Fulton and children Bryant and Harper of Ridgecrest, California, Stephanee Whiteley of Ridgecrest, California, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, family, friends and co-workers.
Zabriskie, Hollis C., Jr. 1961 JC ~ 08-Jan-1999