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.
Gober, Gerrard Spencer 2017 JC ~ 31-Jul-2016
Sanchez, Amalia Galilea 2017 JC
Carabajal, Jon Paul 2016 HS
Dement, Ryan William 2016 HS ~ 24-Dec-2016 Ryan was born in Staten Island, NY, in 1998 and moved with his family to Alto in 2002. He is a graduate of NMMI (New Mexico Military Institute) where he played baseball for the Colt team. In 2013, he toured Australia with an international traveling team that won the championship. In the summer of 2014, Ryan was awarded a six-week scholarship to study Arabic in Morocco. He additionally attended a summer camp in north Georgia to also study Arabic and studied international relations at American University. He also served four years on the NMMI concert choir, the last year of which he was its president. This admired group traveled to such places as Colorado, Oklahoma, California and earlier this year performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Ryan graduated from NMMI in 2016 and was awarded the Daniel Fund Scholarship, an all-inclusive scholarship, bestowed annually to graduating high school students who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership and commitment to serving the community. He was attending the University of Denver where he planned to secure a BA and MBA in International Studies and pursue a career in U.S foreign policy or national intelligence. Among his other accomplishments, he did community service work for Congressman Steve Pearce in Roswell, New Mexico. In addition to playing baseball, Ryan was an avid Yankees fan and his favorite player was Derek Jeter. He enjoyed working on his 2011 Dodge Charger, playing guitar and piano, and spending time with his sister Jenna going to softball games and trips to Australia, Dublin and the Caribbean. He is predeceased by his father, William Dement, and survived by his mother, Barbara (Mulcahy) Dement, his sister, Jenna Dement, his grandmother, Beatrice Mulcahy, and many loving aunts and uncles – Pat Mulcahy, Janet Mulcahy, Arlene Khoury, Maureen Gerse, Karen Mulcahy, Kevin Mulcahy and Tom Mulcahy.
Nathaniel Bartley Durant 2015 HS ~ 14-Apr-2018 (April 12, 1997-April 14, 2018) Nathan was born in Walnut Creek, CA. He lived in Livermore, CA, all his life. He attended New Mexico Military Institute for high school. Nathan graduated from high school with honors and the Silver Buckle award given to the cadet that best upholds the standards of the school; duty, honor and achievement. Nathan was attending college in Chicago, at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He loved riding his Ducati and spending free time with friends and loved ones. Nathan touched the lives of many with his caring and gentle heart. Nathan is survived by his loving parents, Jane and Jeffrey S. “Jeff” Durant 1971 HS-1973 JC, his devoted sister, Alicia and his caring brothers, Sean, Ryan and Mark. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles: Sue and Gary Davis of Chicago, IL; Julie Palmer of Portland, OR; MaryBeth and John Nawor of Chicago, IL; Stewart Durant of Hercules, CA; and his cousins: Craig Gore, Keith Gore, Katie Singer, Andy Durant, Charlotte Nawor, and Will Nawor. Nathan s big heart, huge smile and generosity will be missed by all.
Hatfield, Jeremy Antonio 2014 JC ~ 17-Jun-2016 Jeremy Antonio Hatfield, 22, of Minnetonka, MN, died far, far too soon while attending the University of New Mexico in June, 2016.Jeremy was born in San Diego, CA and was a joyful young man who loved entertaining others. He was easy to know, quick to smile and sported a dapper handlebar mustache. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Michelle and Todd Coss; his father and step-mother, Leigh and Sandy Hatfield; and lots of extended family. Jeremy graduated high school at New Mexico Military Institute in 2012 and received his Associate’s degree from the Institute in 2014. He was pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. At UNM, he became a brother in the Beta Delta chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha with the Beta Zeta pledge class.
Asis Elizalde, Jose Alberto 2013 HS ~ 21-Sep-2013
Cook, Philip Douglas 2011 HS-2013 JC ~ 17-Jun-2017 was a native New Mexican, born in Albuquerque on December 26, 1992. Phil loved music and was a gifted guitarist. From art to engineering nothing seemed beyond his ability to master. He was a thinker and a natural leader who positively impacted many people during his life. Philip cared deeply about truth and justice and was willing to stand up for his beliefs. During his early life Phil attended Academy Montessori School and Evangel Christian Academy where he received an educational foundation contributing to much of his later success. Following in the footsteps of his father Thomas R. Cook 1971 HS and grandfather Verne L. Cook 1931 HS, Phil joined the Corps of Cadets at The New Mexico Military Institute as a 6th class RAT in 2007. He was a natural leader, rising quickly through the ranks of the Corps, holding positions of increasing responsibility to include Cadet Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Sergeant Major, and ultimately Troop Commander. He graduated High School from NMMI in 2011 and graduated from NMMI’s Junior College as Valedictorian in 2013. Phil is remembered in the Corps for his leadership, integrity, and commitment to the well-being of his fellow cadets. He was a 2017 Honors graduate of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with minors in Optical Science and Engineering and Mathematics. Prior to graduation Phil was employed as a work study student by the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center in Socorro New Mexico, and had accepted a position with NavAir in California post graduation. Philip is survived by his parents Thomas and Annie Cook of Albuquerque, NM; his brother Gabriel Wheeler of San Francisco, CA; his sister Stephanie Thompson, brother-in-law Brian Thompson, nephew Bryland Garrard, and niece Holley Thompson of Round Rock, TX; his Aunt Karen and Uncle Bill Heaven of Amarillo, TX and his trusted companion “The Flea”, along with many beloved cousins, extended family and friends. Phil will be remembered by his family and friends at Homecoming 2017 and will be inurned at the NMMI Columbarium at 0800 on 27 October 2017. In memory of Philip, the family requests that donations be made to The Mind Institute, located in Albuquerque, NM in support of their ongoing research into mental illness.
Giffen, Robert Bruce, III 2013 HS ~ 12-Sep-2015
Born Sept. 25, 1995. Died Sept. 12, 2015. Army, PFC, longtime Colorado Springs resident. His is survived by his father, Robert Bruce Giffen, II 1994 HS.
Fresnedo Gil, Pablo 2012 HS ~ 21-Dec-2012
Graves, Thomas Emerson 2012 HS ~ 11-Feb-2016 Tom was only twenty-one when he left us but he had done a lot in his short life. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he moved with his family to Austin Texas in 2001. He made many friends that he loved and who loved him and he liked nothing better than spending the afternoon swimming with his friends at the Barton Creek greenbelt. He went to Camp Flaming Arrow in Hunt, Texas every summer until he was too old to go anymore. He played basketball and lacrosse, and learned to scuba dive and hunt. He had traveled to Hawaii, to Vancouver and Toronto in Canada, to Cozumel, Mexico, and many other places. He was fearless and when he was… Tom was only twenty-one when he left us but he had done a lot in his short life. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he moved with his family to Austin Texas in 2001. He made many friends that he loved and who loved him and he liked nothing better than spending the afternoon swimming with his friends at the Barton Creek greenbelt. He went to Camp Flaming Arrow in Hunt, Texas every summer until he was too old to go anymore. He played basketball and lacrosse, and learned to scuba dive and hunt. He had traveled to Hawaii, to Vancouver and Toronto in Canada, to Cozumel, Mexico, and many other places. He was fearless and when he was fourteen, he flew by himself to Belgrade, Serbia to spend the Christmas holidays with the family of a friend from camp. He spent his high school sophomore year at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He loved movies, music and books. He said his favorite band was Ratt, an 80’s glam-metal band that had its hits before he was born. He actually appreciated all kinds of music and had spent a weekend every April camping at the Old Settlers’ Music Festival with his family and friends for many years. He could dubstep really well. He liked live music and never missed a chance to see his friends’ band play. He was a football fan and was really happy to see his favorite team, the Denver Broncos, win the Super Bowl. He had good taste in food and would eat almost any type of cuisine, but given a choice would usually pick Thai. He had a lot of loss in his short life and was preceded in death by his grandfather Charlie, his godfather Bodo, his friends Will, Forrest, Alex and Quentin, his Uncle Eric and his dear Aunt Sara. He never stopped mourning the loss of his beloved dog Joe. He is survived by his mother Emily, his father Jeff, his brother Jackson, his sister Shanta and his large extended family and his friends, who will cherish his memory and the all too short time we were able to spend with Tom.
Lafferty, Kyle James 2012 JC ~ 18-Sep-2017
Rozell, Corey Scott 2012 JC ~ 21-Feb-2011 22, died tragically on Feb. 18, 2011, in an automobile accident in New Mexico. He was predeceased by his brother, Jason Rozell, in 2002. Corey is survived by his mother, Tammy Norton, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; dad Jody Norton of Whitefield; brother Brian (Leanne) Rozell, Sr. of New Smyrna Beach, FL; nephew, Brian Rozell, Jr.; grandmothers Dorothy Smith of Casselberry, Fla. and Natalie Rozell of Saratoga, NY; and special friend Brittany Newman of China. He was a 2008 graduate of Erskine Academy. He has served in the Coast Guard since 2008; he was assigned to the USCGC Kukui in Honolulu. He was attending New Mexico Military Institute, where he maintained a 3.2 grade average. He had been accepted into the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., to become an officer. Corey was a true leader and was looking forward to a long career with the Coast Guard.
Plowden, Christopher Samuel 2011 HS ~ 13-Dec-2015 Age 22, passed away on December 13, 2015 in Springfield, MO after a brief illness. Christopher was born in Atlanta, GA and was adopted at the age of 4 months. He lived in the Atlanta area until he was 18 months, then moved with his family to Albuquerque, NM where he lived for 5 years. In 1999, the family moved to El Paso, Texas, where he developed a love for sports and music. Christopher was a happy, beloved soul who made everyone around him feel good through his smile or one his friendly hugs. He attended and graduated from Mt. Franklin Christian Academy, went to Cathedral High School in El Paso and later transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA. He married in March 2012 and gleefully welcomed a son in December 2012. He is survived by his wife, Lupe Ramirez Plowden; son Angel Jeremiah Plowden, stepdaughter Brianna Ramirez; parents John and Katherine Plowden, and “baby sister” Claire. He is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Sam and Ruth Plowden, and Ed and Mary Ann Elliott, his aunt Lisa Ann Elliott and his great uncle Lee Johnson, also known as “Papa.
Allen, Max 2010 JC ~ 16-Feb-2014 Age 25, a Midshipman 1/C at the United States Naval Academy, was a victim of a fatal car accident on February 16, 2014. Born November 6, 1988 to CAPT Robert Allen USN (ret.) and Carmela Allen, Max was a graduate of Haverford High School in Philadelphia, PA. He was set to be designated as a Naval Aviator upon graduation this spring. Max is survived by his loving parents and sister “A.J.”
Fieldsted, Garrett Lloyd 2010 HS ~ 25-Nov-2011 Age 19, of Farmington, died on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Farmington. He was born Dec. 1, 1991, in Durango, Colo., to Kari Ilene Kind and Don Lloyd Fieldsted. Garrett had a love of hunting, sports, philosophy, outdoors, family and God. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and excelled in languages, math and history. He had a mischievous smile and a way of bringing out the best in everyone he knew. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Thurman Ray King, Mary Edith Martin Wheeler, Lloyd Wilford Wheeler, Dorothy Ilene Hinton Greenlee and Betty Laverne Thames King. Garret is survived by his parents, Kari Ilene King and Don Lloyd Fieldsted and wife, Dorie; sisters, Carley Fieldsted and Macie Fieldsted; grandparents, Carla High, Barry Michael King and wife, Marie, Dennis and Rose Fieldsted; great-grandparents, Don C. Fieldsted and wife, Belva; and a loving family of numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed by all.
Moore, Nathan Thomas 2010 HS ~ 23-Oct-2015 of Grapevine went to be with his Lord on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. He was 23 years old. Nathan was loved by all. He was a gentleman, mentor and encourager to those around him. Nathan was born in Arlington. He attended Grapevine High School and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 2010. Nathan had a passion for all sports, particularly for basketball and golf. Nathan attended Oklahoma University where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. The love he had for his family and friends was endless. Nathan was baptized in faith and loved the Lord. We know this is not goodbye, but see you again soon, dear son, brother and friend. Watch over us until then. Nathan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Edward Davis; his maternal grandmother, Mattie Belle Davis; and his paternal grandfather, Robert Ed Moore. Survivors: Parents, David and Debbie Moore; sister, Amanda Moore; brother, Tyler Moore and his wife, Taylor; paternal grandparents, John and Lyndon Boone; maternal grandmother, Melba Davis; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and countless friends.
Acosta, Cameron Enrique 2009 HS ~ 17-Feb-2010 beloved son of Fred and Kimberly Acosta left this earth for his heavenly home on Wednesday, February 17, 2010. Cameron was born December 03, 1990 and lived his life in Anthony, NM. A 2009 graduate of Gadsden High School, he played football and was awarded all-district linebacker and linebacker of the year. He loved agriculture and was a member of FFA, receiving numerous awards. Growing up he studied Karate and received his junior black belt at 11 and his adult black belt at thirteen and was a Certified Kenpo Instructor. Cameron went on to study Agriculture Economics at New Mexico State University and recently received a summer internship with Southwestern Agriculture Company in Nashville, TN to enhance his chosen profession. He was a member of AGR Fraternity and the Baja Club at New Mexico State University. He is loved and survived by his parents; his sisters, Summer and Kelly-Jon, his brother Daniel, his grandparents Andy and Carolyn Nunez, and Teresa Soto, his godmother Francis Nunez; his godfathers, Ernest DiMatteo and Mike Duran as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Enrique Acosta; his paternal great grandparents, Jesus and Epifania Acosta; his maternal great grandparents, Ramon and Lucinda Nunez. Visitation for Cameron will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2010 in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 224 Lincoln Avenue where the prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. with Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez officiating. Family and friends will join together to celebrate the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday, February 22, 2010 in the same church with Reverend Andres Alava officiating. The rite of committal and interment will follow in the Anthony Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Serving as casket bearers will be Daniel, Dane, Dwain, Bobby and Joe Bob Nunez, Ernest DiMatteo, Sammy Franco IV, Jeremy, David and Andy Morones. Honorary bearers will be R.J. Rountree, Estevan Flores, Sammy Franco III, Terry Whitner, Dario Cisneros, Ed Bame, Darrel Nunez and Bobby Kuykendal. Cameron’s heart was as big as his smile, his quiet disposition and infectious laugh made him the light of the lives he touched. Cameron, we will miss you and behold your spirit in our lives forever.
Gustilo, Robert Ernst 2009 JC ~ 25-Aug-2015
Shelton, Phillip Henry 2009 HS ~ 01-Sep-2012
Tisthammer, Jacob Samuel 2009 HS ~ 08-Dec-2010 age 20, of Portales died on December 12, 2010. Jake was born on November 10, 1990, in Clovis to Russell and Elvira (Chavez) Tisthammer and passed away on December 8, 2010 in Lubbock. He grew up on a ranch at Delphos, NM, and attended preschool at Portales High School and Kindergarten through 12th grade at Floyd Schools. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell his freshman year, 2005-2006, and made the Dean’s list and was awarded Superior Junior Cadet Decoration as the Outstanding Cadet in the class for the Academic year 2005-2006. He graduated from Floyd High School in May 2009. He was awarded full Scholarship to attend Eastern New Mexico University. He completed two semesters with a 3.5 GPA in Electrical Engineering. Jake was a proficient Fiddle player and computer enthusiast. He enjoyed football, fishing, and his many friends. He was a member of the Floyd High School National Honor Society and was happiest when with his friends. He attended Floyd United Methodist Church and has a loving church family. Jake is survived by his parents, Russell and Elvira Tisthammer of Portales; his two brothers, David and fiance, Della and Aaron and fiance, Michelle. Also surviving Jake are his niece, Davina Tisthammer and his great niece, Aubrey; his aunts, uncles, and cousins. A special thanks to his numerous friends from Floyd, Portales, and Lubbock. Also to his nurses and doctors from University Medical Center in Lubbock, who lovingly cared for Jake during his 7 month battle with Cancer.
Fishback, Justin Tate 2008 HS ~ 09-Apr-2017 passed away unexpectedly on April 9, 2017, in Salida, Colorado. Justin was born in Taos, NM on October 1, 1989. Growing up he played baseball and soccer and was a champion chess player. He attended NMMI and was cadet of the year. He graduated from Western State Colorado University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Recreational and Outdoor Education. Justin was happiest when he was in the mountains, whether he was skiing, rock and ice climbing, listening and dancing to music or just being with family and friends. Justin will be remembered for his beautiful smile and his enormous capacity to love. His love for his family, especially his brother Wesley was beyond measure.
Murrell, 2LT Rhett Anthony, COARNG 2008 JC ~ 04-Nov-2010 A gift and a treasure, Rhett Anthony Murrell was born on June 18, 1987. His life on earth ended November 4, 2010 at the age of 23. Rhett accepted Christ in his early years and was a member of The First Christian Church of Waynoka. He was active in his church and ran the sound system for the Sunday service throughout his high school years. Rhett attended school in Cherokee, Alva and Waynoka, Oklahoma and San Antonio, Texas. During his seventh grade year in San Antonio, he took the college-level entrance exam (SAT) and achieved college level scores. These scores allowed him to take advanced courses in residence at the University of Denver and Texas Tech during the summer of his seventh grade year. He attended high school in Waynoka and played sports as a proud Waynoka Railroader, lettering in football, track and weight lifting. He was nominated for Boys State. Rhett loved his country and served proudly in the Army National Guard for six years. Rhett first joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard his junior year of high school and attended his basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia during the summer between his junior and senior year. Upon graduation from high school, Rhett received a joint ROTC/NMMI full scholarship to attend school and advanced ROTC training at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, New Mexico. He was a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard. In July of 2008, out of 125 cadets beginning the rigorous program, Rhett was one of 18 to complete his Associates of Science Degree and commission as a Second Lieutenant. Within the ROTC Cadet program at NMMI, he received a rarely achieved high ranking of Command Sgt Major. Following graduation from NMMI, he moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado and attended Colorado State University. He transferred to the Colorado Army National Guard and served as an infantry officer and at the time of his death he was serving as a staff officer in Battalion Headquarters. Rhett had a strong passion for the military and loved his country. Many times Rhett spoke of his passion and concern for the safety of the men who were in his command. Rhett enjoyed spending time with his friends, techno music, video games, cooking and working out. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Buddy L. Young and his grandmother Stella Murrell. Rhett is survived by his parents Richard and Connie Moore of Waynoka, Oklahoma; Tony and Janelle Murrell of Elk City, Oklahoma; a brother, 2LT Ryan Wayne Murrell, USAR 2011 JC of Roswell, New Mexico; a sister, Valerie Moore, of Santa Barbara, California; his grandmother, Dorothy Young of Alva, Oklahoma; his grandfather, Buddy Murrell, Cherokee, Oklahoma; a nephew Dalton Moore of Oklahoma City; his loving aunts and uncles, Sherry Gruber and her husband, Tom, of Oklahoma City, Donna Brown and her husband, Lowell, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, David Murrell and his wife, Marie, of Duncan, Oklahoma, Andy Murrell of Cherokee, Oklahoma, Cyndi Burris and her husband, Jon, of Edmond, Oklahoma; many friends and relatives.
Schmille, Josh J. Randall 2008 HS ~ 19-Oct-2009
Wolf, Arthur Anthony 2008 HS ~ 30-Mar-2018 of Keller, Texas passed away on Friday March 30th 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, grandson, friend, and work colleague to all who knew and loved him. He loved family and he loved his girlfriend Alissa. Arthur was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 19, 1989 to Arthur V. Wolf and Giuseppina Greco Wolf both from Costa Rica. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and Nolan Catholic High School where he graduated in 2008. He studied Business Administration at Tarrant County College and West Texas A&M University. During summer breaks he worked with his father at Five Star Custom Foods. He left his kind, funny and joyful mark with all people he met at work or in any juncture of his life. He was a hard working young man who loved services and retail sales. He worked at Bank of America in San Jose, Costa Rica, Robert Graham in Dallas and briefly with TruGreen Services in Fort Worth. Arthur also volunteered several times for Habitat for Humanity and the Fort Worth Food Bank. Arthur enjoyed the outdoors and sports. He was an accomplished skater and soccer player. He also played rugby for Nolan Catholic High School. He loved fishing, swimming, surfing, zip lining, white water rafting, four-wheeling and hiking thru forests. He loved horses and enjoyed playing arena polo and team penning with his relatives in Costa Rica. He had a special love for dogs, especially his beloved Spot, Bandido and Sully. He liked to travel and experience different cultures and their history. He was a great companion always bringing a cheerful smile and joke to all who were fortunate to experience his company. Arthur is survived by his loving mother Pina, father Arthur, brother, Edward, girlfriend Alissa Best, grandmother, Sharon Wolf, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Arthur F. Wolf, grandfather Angelo Greco Sr., grandmother Hilda Fournier Greco and uncle, Angelo Greco.
Fitzgibbon, SPC Timothy James, USA 2007 HS ~ 29-Jul-2010 born April 11, 1989, to Eva and Jim Fitzgibbon of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2010 in Evans Mills, New York. Specialist Fitzgibbon served as an Army Cavalry Scout in the 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division of the United States Army, stationed at Ft. Drum, New York. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and graduated in 2008 from Los Alamos High School. He participated actively in his high school NJROTC unit, as well as being a competitive marksman and an avid outdoor sportsman. Following a long-standing ambition of serving in the U.S. Army, Timothy completed his basic training on November 20, 2008 as a member of the 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Scouts at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Timothy is survived by his wife, Samantha, of Evans Mills, NY; and his parents, Eva and Jim Fitzgibbon; and sister, Victoria, all of Los Alamos, NM. His grandfather, Francis Joseph Fitzgibbon, Sr., who served in the Army Air Corps in WWII, preceded him in death. Timothy loved to be with family. He cherished Mom’s improvised sound effects, wrestling with Dad, and joining his sister in quality time. An amateur chef, he also enjoyed the movies and excelled at video games. Timothy’s held most dear those times spent in the company of his four and two legged family members around the warmth of a camp fire. Timothy’s large extended family from across the United States and overseas is extremely proud of Timothy’s honorable service in the U.S. Army. He will be remembered fondly and missed greatly by family, friends, and fellow soldiers.
Garcia, Aaron Rene 2007 HS ~ 30-Oct-2008
High, PVT Charles Milton, IV, USA 2007 HS ~ 17-Aug-2010 Global War on Terrorism-Killed in action – PVT High’s vehicle was hit by an IED in Afghanistan and killed him while defending the freedom of our country. Charles and his fellow Infantryman, PFC Benjamen Chisholm were killed when the vehicle they were in was struck by an IED, on a mission outside their base in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was stationed out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and was part of the 101st Airborne Division. Born on May 19, 1989, he was 21 years old. Charlie, as his family called him, was on his second tour overseas, his first having been in Iraq in 2008. He was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He attended Eldorado High School and was active in the orchestra, track team and JROTC. He also attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Charlie was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout, he loved camping and looked forward to the Pinewood Derby every year. He was an accomplished viola player and was a member of the Albuquerque Youth Orchestra. Above all else, Charlie loved to play the guitar, which he taught himself and played by ear. Charlie was recently engaged to Maggie Jo Simmonds of Mankato, Minnesota. Since the age of 14, Charlie’s goal was to serve his country in some aspect and when he enlisted in the US Army in 2007, he achieved that goal. He loved his Army family so deeply, and he will be sorely missed by them all. Charlie made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and he is a Hero. Charlie is survived by his father, Charles M. High III; his step-mother Sheri High; and brother Jonathan; as well as his mother Kimberlea Johnston of New Minden, Illinois; and his siblings, Eddie, Amber, Cierra and Karlie Johnston; He is also survived by his grandparents, Charles M. High II and Arlene High of Gallup, NM; Charles and Deb Williams of Albuquerque; Jessie Williams of Albuquerque; Larry and Linda Reetz of Albuquerque and his great-grandmother, Novella King of Bernalillo. Charlie also left behind many aunts, uncles and cousins. Charlie will be welcomed into Heaven by his Uncle Gregory High and his Great Aunt Patricia Kaplan, who loved Charlie with all their hearts. Charlie is a true American Hero.
Beck, Caleb Andrew 2006 HS ~ 11-Aug-2016 It is with enormous pain that we share the news with you: Caleb Andrew Beck 2006 HS was found dead by suicide August 11, 2016 in his Albuquerque home. Caleb was 28 years old. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Kenneth Beck, and his maternal Aunt, Jill Cooper. He is survived by his Mother, Judith Cooper; his father, Robert Beck; his sisters, Meg Hendricks and Hannah Beck; his Granny, Mary Alice Beck; his Grandma and Poppy, Rena and Ronald Cooper; his Uncle, Ronnie Cooper; his Aunts, Gladie Green and Kitty Martin; as well as many other beloved extended family members. Caleb was born December 3, 1987, in Clayton, New Mexico. He attended school at Texline ISD through 8th grade. Caleb then spent two-and-a-half years at New Mexico Military Institute, before attending and graduating from Clayton High School in 2006. Caleb had since lived in many places, including Tucuman, Argentina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Landmark College in Putney, Vermont; Disney World in Orlando, Florida; and the University of Southern Oregon in Ashland, Oregon. He had completed his second year of UNM Law School before his death. Caleb had “high highs” and “low lows”, and struggled with learning disabilities and finding life balance. However, Caleb’s life included much more: he had a great sense of humor, a vivid imagination, loved animals great and small, and had the ability to make friends wherever he went. He loved and was loved by many throughout his life.
Bowen, Ruth Marigold 2006 HS ~ 10-Mar-2018 known to many friends and family as “Ruthie” was born in Silver City on Aug, 26, 1988, and died in her home in Guanajuato, Mexico, from complications associated with withdrawal from alcohol early Saturday morning, March 10, 2018. Ruth grew up and was home-schooled in Silver City, later attended the Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, NY, and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 2006. She moved to Mexico in 2007 and married Enrique Rodriguez Duran in Guanajuato in 2009. Ruth was a certified to teach English at the University of Guanajuato, taught English at the judicial branch of the state of Gunanajuato, or Poder Judicial, for many years. Her two children, Caleb and Hannah, were born in 2009 and 2013. Ruthie is remembered as a courageous, high-spirited, and loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend, whose life was short but passionate and generous. She is survived by her two children, Caleb Enrique Rodriguez Bowen and Hannah Sophia Rodriguez Bowen of Guanajuato; by her parents Julie Tower Gilmour and Susan Tobi Golightly; and her two older sisters, Zoe and Erica; as well as many members of her extended family.
Cardenas, Patrick Scott 2006 JC ~ 15-Nov-2016 of Edgewater Park, age 30 years, passed away November 15th, 2016. He was a native of Cinnaminson and a graduate of Cinnaminson High School Class of 2004. After High School he was an Army ROTC Cadet and full Scholarship recipient. Patrick attended New Mexico Military Institute, California State, L.A. and Burlington County College. Pat was employed as an EMT. He was a Drummer and loved music. He also loved to read History and was an authority on Mediaeval History. Pat was a person who turned no one away and even with his modest means did all he could for those he knew and those in trouble. Beloved son of Gerard & Kathleen ( Murtha) Cardenas of Cinnaminson, dear brother of Megan Cardenas & husband Dale Patrick, and Caitlin & Bridget Cardenas, and dear grandson of Ben Jr. and Mary Cardenas.
Yankosky, Robert Nickolaas 2006 JC ~ 21-Nov-2016 was born on August 30, 1984 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He died on November 21, 2016 in his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Robert was an insurance claims adjuster for AAA Insurance and a Colorado Springs resident. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Lucy and Dave Klos of Florissant, Colorado. He also leaves his maternal grandmother, Shirley Hartig of Orlando, Florida and his paternal grandparents, Pete and Sue Klos of Pueblo, Colorado.
Atighi, Solomon Ahmad 2005 HS ~ 28-Oct-2012
Force, Taylor Allen 2005 HS ~ 08-Mar-2016 was born in Houston on June 21, 1987, (Father’s Day), to Stuart and Robbi Force, and lived in Houston with his sister, Kristen, and parents until moving to Ruidoso, NM at the age of six. The family then moved to Lubbock in 1998. Taylor attended Smith Elementary and Irons JHS. Taylor began his scouting experience with Troop 505, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, graduating from its high school program in 2006. He was president of the National Honor Society, and ran track and cross-country. Taylor received a nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point from Congressman Randy Neugebauer, was accepted, and graduated and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in May 2009. While at West Point, Taylor raced on the ski team, a life-long passion that began in Ruidoso. As a Field Artillery Officer, Taylor completed one combat tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He completed his active duty commitment and applied to MBA programs. He was accepted at Vanderbilt University and began his studies in August of 2015. Taylor leaves behind his parents, Stuart and Robbi Force of Kiawah Island, SC; and his sister, Kristen Ann Force of New York City. Taylor also leaves behind his grandmother, Johnnie Sue Dayton (TuTu), of Lubbock, Texas, Uncle Kirk and Aunt Cynthia Gentry of Lubbock, Aunt LaDanna Gentry, also of Lubbock, Uncle Mike and Aunt Jackie Miller, of Charleston, SC, Aunt Nancy Southwick of Charleston; cousins, Chase Gentry, Maile Gentry, David Southwick, Jamie Southwick, John Bray and his wife, Jennifer, and Ashley Bohlman and her husband, Joe. Taylor was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Gentry of Lubbock, and grandparents, Stuart and Ann Force of Kiawah Island. Many special memories, good thoughts, and prayers from friends, classmates, and strangers are shared on social media sites.
Rivera, Heather Andrea (Zahn) 2005 JC ~ 13-Jun-2013 Age 28 of El Paso, TX passed away June 13, 2013. Heather was born in Torrejon, Spain on March 1, 1985 to Donna and Reinhold Zahn. Heather graduated with honors from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM in 2003. Heather married her high school sweetheart, Edgar Rivera, on December 28, 2004. Heather was an entrepreneur, owner of the online business “Fluff of Enchantment” where she sold handmade cloth diapers and other FLUFFY stuff for your little ones. She was active in the community of natural parenting and touched the lives of many women seeking a natural birth process. She was active in the International Order of the Rainbow for girls and Job’s Daughters in her early teenage years. Heather is survived by her husband, Edgar their four children, Ethan Roswell (5), Harmony December (4), Haven Sahara (2) and Hazel Aspen (2 weeks) Mother and step-father, Donna and Eric Smith, of Albuquerque, NM Father, Reinhold Zahn, of Albuquerque, NM Sister and brother-in-law, Amanda and Matt Zahn, and soon to be born nephew Riley Davin of Rio Rancho, NM Grandfather, William T. Beckett VIII, of Alamogordo, NM Grandmother, Magdelena Zahn, of Los Lunas, NM Great-Grandmother, Catherine Elizabeth Beckett, and Aunt Virginia Beckett of Deming, NM Brother-and Sister-in-law, Jorge Sr. and Juana Rivera nephew, Jorge Jr. nieces, Roxana and Milagro, of Houston, TX Sister-in-law, Ana Campos, of Houston, TX and Brother-in-law, Julio Campos, of El Salvador. Heather is also survived by many extended family members and friends.
Salas, Sergio Alexander 2005 HS ~ 18-Jun-2017 Sergio Alexander “Alex” Salas, age 30, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Roswell, NM. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:00 PM, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. A tribute of Sergio’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family. On October 21, 1986, Sergio was born to Sergio Martin Salas and Sheryl Lynn (Mince) Cooper. Sergio attended New Mexico Military Institute for 1 1/2 years on scholarships and grants. He was then recruited from the Youth Challenge Academy and graduated. Immediately following, Sergio enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the 3rd Infantry Division, and was an Army Ranger. Serving three tours overseas, Sergio was awarded the Ranger Tab, Army Commendation Medal two awards, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge. After leaving the U.S. Army, Sergio then attended college. An active church member of Assumption Church, Sergio was a self-employed Welder and could fix anything he set his mind to. Sergio is survived by his daughter, Avalynn Jo Salas; Parents: Sergio Salas, Sheryl Cooper; grandparents: Thomas Salas, Lucy Brady; brothers: Arthur Lacey, Thomas Salas; uncles: Monty Mince and wife, Sandra, Cesar Salas; aunts: L.J. Dolin, Patricia Salas, Guadalupe (Salas) Romero, Norma (Salas) Gillette; and numerous nephews and nieces. Sergio was preceded in death by his sister, Alencia “Lindsey” Trejo; grandparents: Micaela Salas and Jimmy Mince.
Smith, Eric Renard 2005 JC ~ 26-Feb-2003 age 31, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 26, 2003. Born in Akron, Eric was a resident of Hartville all his life, and graduated from Lake High School and Hocking College. He was a jack-of-all trades and worked for DMC Welding and GM Concrete for several years. For the last several years, he worked for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed trying to capture God’s wonders with his camera. Preceded in death by his father, Ronald E. Smith, and his grandparents, Bud and Laura Smith, and Ray and Daisy Farren, he is survived by his mother, Judy Smith; sister, Alicia Smith; brother, Brett Smith; aunts and uncles, Robert (Margaret) Smith, Judy Yeager, Wilma Smith, Dreama Bodenlos, Robert (Connie) Farren, James (Fran) Farren, Janet (David) Lamb, and Gary Farren; and many cousins and friends. He was a kind, caring, generous person, always willing to give a helping hand. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Spingler, Joshua Theodore 2005 JC ~ 28-Dec-2006 ge 21, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 22, 1985, in New Brunswick, N.J., to Kevin C. and Theresa (Seifert) Spingler. Mr. Spingler was a second-year cadet at West Point Military Academy, where he was in the top 20 percent of his class. He was a 2003 graduate of First Baptist Academy, Dallas, Texas, and a 2005 graduate of Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M., graduating third in his class. He was a member of the Grappling Club at West Point and was a paratrooper and advanced open scuba diver. Surviving are his parents, of LaPorte; one sister, Maggie, a student at Elon University, Elon, .C; and his grandparents, Al and Jean Seifert of Sun City Center, Fla. His grandparents, Charles and Margaret Spingler preceded him in death.
Foster, Stephen 2004 HS ~ 23-Nov-2010
Lee, Jason M. 2004 HS ~ 26-Apr-2006
Salido Fourcade, Mauricio 2004 JC ~ 19-Oct-2003
Teague, Tyler Lee 2004 JC ~ 27-May-2004
Hobbs, Kedric Cofax 2003 HS ~ 07-Feb-2005 On Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, Kedric Cofax Hobbs 2003 HS was ushered to Heaven to worship at the feet of the true King of kings, the God of eternity. He is finally face-to-face with his Savior, for whom he lived, sang, studied and yearned to understand completely. While on earth, he saw through a glass darkly now Kedric sees clearly. During Kedric’s abbreviated life of 20 years, he desired not only to experience life to its fullest potential, but he made it his daily goal to model his life after Christ by serving others. Though a self-proclaimed introvert, there was nothing secret about his passion to assist those around him and to bring them closer to Christ. He was, at all times, a person ready and willing to help and play – never forgetting to bring his trademark smile and seemingly endless supply of energy fueled by his love for junk food! Kedric is survived by many friends and family members, grateful for the time God allowed Kedric to touch their lives. In particular, Kedric’s surviving family is as follows: parents Randy and Barbara Hobbs of Roswell, New Mexico, and siblings (and their spouses) Kyla and Justin Kendall of Frisco, Texas, Tamara Lane (Hobbs) Hansen 1998 JC and Aaron Hansen of Huntington Beach, CA, Madux L. Hobbs 2000 JC and Audra Hobbs of Roswell, Cougan Hobbs, 13, of Roswell, and Brodryk Hobbs, 8, of Roswell.
Mauck, Howard William 2003 HS ~ 01-Nov-2017 (December 14, 1984 – November 1, 2017) Howard William Mauck passed away on November 1, 2017 in Mokena, IL.
Sanders, SGT Christopher Alan, USA 2003 HS ~ 09-Jan-2008 22, of Roswell, N.M.; sergeant, Army. Sanders was among six soldiers killed Wednesday when a booby-trapped home exploded in Sinsil Tharia, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Vilseck, Germany.
White, SPC Raymond Loya, USA 2003 JC ~ 12-Nov-2004 age 22, of Elwood, died Friday, November 12, 2004 in Iraq. Global War on Terrorism-OIF-Killed in action in Baghdad on 12 November 2004.White was employed by United States Army and was a member of Frankton Bible Baptist Church. Raymond graduated from Frankton High School in 2001. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He was an officer in the New Mexico National Guard. Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Army in April of 2003 and was assigned to the Army’s 1st Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, and the 1st Calvary Division in Fort Hood, Texas. He was a member of the Lapel Masonic Lodge #625, and he was the youngest known Mason in Indiana. Raymond was escorted home Wednesday from Indianapolis International Airport with escorts from the Indiana State Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Elwood Police Department; and a Humvee from the Elwood National Guard Post. He is survived by his parents, Henry and Sharon White of Elwood; three brothers: Henry W. White and Jesse W. White, both of Elwood and Daniel B. White, of Kissimmee, FL; grandparents, Clayton and Clara Menefee of Artesia, NM; grandfather, John S. Francis of Roslyn, NM; nephew, Lance W. White of Elwood; uncle, William and Judy White of Guthrie, KY.
Heguertty Gutierrez, Jose Roberto 2002 HS ~ 28-Apr-2015
Saunders, Michael Charles 2002 JC ~ 21-Nov-2015 was born at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on June 3, 1981, the son of Denise (Stewart) and Dr. Charles Glenn Saunders. While attending Cleburne High School, Michael was a member of the Golden Pride Marching Band and graduated from CHS in 1999. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-2008. Michael was employed at Nic & Sam’s Restaurant. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Gene and Mildred Stewart and William and Kathleen Saunders. Michael is survived by his parents, Dr. Glenn and Denise Saunders of Mansfield, Texas; brother, Phillip Saunders of Richmond, Virginia; sister, Kristen Julin and husband, Josiah, of Arlington, Texas; and nieces and nephews, Jonah, Lydia, Isaac and Annabeth.
Van Horn, Travis Joseph 2002 JC ~ 20-Nov-2013 age 33, a resident of Albuquerque since 1984, was lost on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Travis graduated from Sandia HS and attended NMMI and CNM. He was a combat veteran of the Iraq war and served with distinction in both the NMNG and US Army. Travis was a Master Mason and a member of Temple Lodge #6 in Albuquerque, NM and was raised in 2008. He also was a 32nd degree mason of the Scottish Rite Orient of NM. He is survived by his father, Joe Van Horn Jr. of Phoenix, AZ mother, Nancy Van Horn of Edmond, OK grandparents, Joe and Helen Van Horn of Albuquerque.
Davis, Brandon D. 2001 JC ~ 12-May-2001
Eudey, Brent J. 2001 HS
Findley, Jerome Kenneth “Kenny”, II 2001 JC ~ 08-Aug-2016 of New York City, New York, was born on December 27, 1979 in Houston. He lived his life to the fullest, a life that was ended too soon on August 8, 2016, due to complications following surgery. He was truly one of a kind with a unique blend of fierceness and kindness, confidence and humility, strength and gentleness. Kenny had a contagious and loving personality that made him a stranger to no one. His interest in travel and seeing the world took him on journeys spanning continents that most people only dream of, and he had been to more countries and seen more things in his short time than most people see in a lifetime. He loved the mountains, music, playing guitar, friends, family and his strong Catholic faith. A sixth generation Texan, Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Republic of Texas, Kenny grew up in Tyler and attended All Saints Episcopal School. He was an Eagle Scout which started his love for the outdoors. Kenny excelled in school and attended New Mexico Military Institute and received the highest honors, the Military Order of World Wars, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He continued to quench his thirst for knowledge and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he worked on Capitol Hill for Congress. Upon graduation, driven to succeed in the most challenging real estate environment in the country, Kenny moved to New York to begin a career in commercial real estate and enrolled in the New York University Real Estate Institute. He began his career at ABS Real Estate Partners in New York City and for the next 13 years made New York his home. He excelled in real estate and moved his way up to becoming the Director of Medical Leasing at ABS Partners, and later became a Managing Director at Transwestern Commercial Services. Just recently, Kenny was recruited and accepted a position as a Director at the prestigious international real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. His love for the city, music, people and good deals endeared him to everyone he knew. His smile, infectious laugh, big personality and love for any good adventure is remembered by everyone he knew and will be dearly missed. Kenny was preceded in death by grandparents, Doris and Howard Hinson, Michael J. Sterlacci, and Lucia Marie Garth. He is survived by his loving family and two loving parents, Annette and J. Kenneth Findley of Tyler and his best friend and brother, Kyle Findley of Houston; grandmother, Linda Sterlacci of Dallas; aunts and uncles, Heidi and Mike Sterlacci of Dallas; Susan and Peter Demiduk of Clearwater, Florida; and Jacqueline Findley of Gladewater; cousins Michael, Christopher and Samantha Sterlacci; Ashlee Demiduk; Wendy and Richard Ramires; and countless friends from all over the world. A scholarship has been started in honor of Kenny’s love of music.
Marcon, Tory Gene 2001 JC ~ 02-Aug-2016