Ryan William Dement 2016 HS, 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 (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.


Jeremy Antonio Hatfield 2012 HS-2014 JC – 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. 


Philip Douglas Cook 2011 HS-2013 JC 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.

PFC Robert Bruce Giffen, III, USA 2013 HS – 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.


Thomas Emerson Graves 2012 HS – 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.

Corey Scott Rozell 2012 JC – 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. 


Christopher Samuel Plowden 2011 HS – 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.


Garrett Lloyd Fieldsted 2010 HS, 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.

Max Allen 2010 JC 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.”

Nathan Thomas Moore 2010 JC 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.


Cameron Enrique Acosta 2009 HS, 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.

Jacob “Jake” Samuel Tisthammer 2009 HS 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.


Justin Tate Fishback 2008 HS 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.

Rhett Anthony Murrell 2008 JC – 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.

Arthur Anthony Wolf 2008 HS, 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.


Timothy James Fitzgibbon 2007 HS, 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.

PVT Charles Milton High, IV, USA 2007 HS, 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.


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.

Ruth Marigold Bowen 2006 HS, 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.

Patrick Scott Cardenas 2006 JC 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.

Robert Nickolaas Yankosky 2002 HS-2006 JC 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.


Taylor Allen Force 2005 HS 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.

Sergio Alexander Salas 2005 HS – 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.

Heather Andrea “Zahn” Rivera 2005 JC 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.

Eric Renard Smith 2005 JC 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.

Joshua Theodore Spingler 2005 JC, age 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.



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.

Howard W. Mauck 2003 HS (December 14, 1984 – November 1, 2017) Howard William Mauck passed away on November 1, 2017 in Mokena, IL.

SGT Christopher Alan Sanders, USA 2003 HS, 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.

SPC Raymond Loya White, USA 2003 JC 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.


Michael Charles Saunders 2002 JC 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.

Travis Joseph Van Horn 2002 JC 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.


Jerome Kenneth “Kenny” Findley, II 2001 JC 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.


Paul A. Ciesielski Andrews 2000 JC, our beloved and only son, and our best friend, died in a plane crash May 29, 2012, in the mountains near Zion Park, Utah. Paul attended St. Mary’s in Stockton, Calif., and graduated from junior college at NMMI (New Mexico Military Institute), where he was the regimental commander of cadets. He undertook programs of helicopter training in private aviation centers in Canada and the U.S. Since 2010, Paul became the lead pilot at Maverick Helicopters in Las Vegas, and a full-time student of management in the College of Business, University of Nevada, at Las Vegas. Paul will always remain in our hearts as a wonderful, loving human being with a great sense of humor, a respected professional with deep knowledge and high personal integrity, a passionate mountaineer and rock-climber and a dearest friend. It was a priceless gift having Paul with us for over 30 years.

Tristan Nigel (Fillpot) Hays 2000 HS, 37, of Albuquerque, NM, left this earth for his eternal home on September 16, 2018. Born in Portales, NM, to Terri Leigh Nation and Mikel Hays, of Clovis, Tristan entered this world on July 7, 1981. He had a rough start, having some medical complications, but God had big plans for him. He soon grew strong and healthy and became a sweet, feisty little boy. He spent most of his young life in Clovis and Albuquerque, NM, graduating from Manzano High School in 2000. He was an exceptional athlete, playing baseball and soccer for many years. With a desire to serve his country, Tristan enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2002. He completed boot camp in San Diego, CA and served this country until he was medically discharged in 2005. Although his time as a Marine was short, he developed life-long friendships and a deeper sense of appreciation, devotion, and love for his country and fellow-man, especially for those who serve and have served in the U.S. Military. In 2010, Tristan completed his training and education to be an x-ray technician. He was hired at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, NM, in November of 2010, giving him the opportunity to help and serve U.S. Veterans. Reluctant to do so, Tristan attended a four-day Christian Retreat (Walk 106) in April of 2016. There, he met many new friends in Christ, encountered God’s mighty love and grace, and on April 9, while at the Walk, dedicated his life to Jesus. He was baptized in a horse trough later that evening. He was truly filled with joy and the peace of God, and has since, never been ashamed to profess his faith in Christ. Tristan loved his family dearly, and enjoyed get-togethers for special occasions or for no reason at all. He enjoyed biking, running, weight-training, spending time with friends, and his dog, Buddy. Tristan strived every day to be better, do better, always wanting to improve and be the best he could be. He is survived by his parents, Terri Leigh Nation (Steve) of Clovis, and Mikel Hays (Beth) also of Clovis; his siblings, Shannon Clemmer (Curtis) of Fruita, CO, Bryce Shelby Fillpot 2007 JS (Mandy) of Lubbock, TX, Baron Fillpot of Albuquerque, NM, Keith White (Kyle) of Huntington Beach, CA, and Ian Hays (Jeliza) of Las Vegas, NV; his grandparents, Lee Nora Hamlett of Clovis, Shara Hays of Wolfforth, TX; and Ann Nation of Clovis; nephews, Jadis, Josiah, Easton, Zane, and Seth; niece, Ellie; and other extended family, Bruce Shelby Fillpot 1977 HS and Mary Sue Fillpot of Albuquerque, NM. The family would like to thank friends for their love, support, and prayers. Some may say that God took Tristan too soon, but we know He called him home in His perfect timing, and we are grateful for the time we had him here with us. Our minds don’t understand and our hearts ache to have him back, but we are provided a bit of comfort knowing that God is in control and we can rest in His promises of everlasting life. We hold on to hope, a living hope in Jesus, who is the anchor for our souls, knowing we will see Tristan again one day, when God calls the rest of us home. 

Andreas Soo Kirchner 2000 HS was born December 31, 1982 in Washington and died September 18, 2013 in Fresno, California. Andreas was a professional Transportation Driver.  He is survived by LT Siegfried W. Kirchner, USCG (Ret), Father Insun Kirchner, Mother. Mr. Andreas Kirchner will be sent to Anchorage, Alaska to be near his family.

Christopher Shawn De Los Santos 2000 JC “Bud,” 36, who passed away Friday, July 10, 2015, at home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2015, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Fr. Charlie Martinez officiating of St. Peter’s Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow with the Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard conducting graveside services. Christopher was born September 16, 1978, to Richard and Betty De Los Santos in Roswell, NM. He was preceded in death by his uncle Ruben De Los Santos; grandfather Eulalio De Los Santos; grandparents Juanita and Catarino Guana. Christopher is survived by both his parents, Richard and Betty De Los Santos; daughter Angeline; twin sister Kristi and brother Ricky De Los Santos. Also surviving him are his nieces Recka Servantez and Raelynn Bonilla; nephew Ivan Velasquez; great-nephew Johnny Servantez and niece Sara Montoya. Bud was a very happy and caring person! He enjoyed being around his family and friends. He attended RHS, where he played football and graduated in 1997. After graduating high school, he then attended NMMI, where he received his Associates in Arts degree in 2000. He then enlisted into the National Guard, completing his training in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. After he graduated from NMMI, he worked for the state. His hobbies were hunting and fishing! He was a great son and a very proud father to Angeline, he praised her for all her accomplishments! Serving as pallbearers are Thomas De Los Santos, Mark De Los Santos, Anthony Ortega, Alex Sanchez, Esquiel De Los Santos, and Thomas Garcia. Honorary pallbearers are Lorenzo Sanchez, Ivan Velasquez, Johnny Servantez, Bobby Padilla, Julian Martinez, Ernie Montoya, Benny Aragon, Michael Gauna, Carlitos Marrujo, Ernesto Silva, Sam Sifuentes and Sammy Escobar. We love you Bud you will be missed dearly! Prayers for the family are greatly appreciated.

Shawn Christie Ellegood 2000 HS, 21, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, in a car crash on Florida Road at Edgemont Ranch. Ms. Ellegood was born Dec. 1, 1981, in Boulder, the daughter of Marie and James Ellegood. She grew up in Breckenridge and Santa Fe. She attended El Dorado Elementary School in Santa Fe, and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M. She was in her junior year at Ft. Lewis College where she majored in English and elementary education. Ms. Ellegood had shared her love of music as an instrumentalist since she was in the sixth grade. Most recently, she played the tuba in the Fort Lewis College Orchestra and Band. She had expressed her interest in joining the Peace Corps. Ms. Ellegood enjoyed rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, reading and writing. And she loved to dance. She leaves behind many close friends. “She was a loving and caring person who had a real love of life,” said her parents. She is survived by her parents, both of Santa Fe; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ellegood of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Robert DeAdder of Shrewsbury, N.J.; and many aunts and uncles.

Zaharius N. Johnson 2000 JC, died Nov. 21, 2006, after a brave fight with cancer. He was a Bayshore High graduate of 1997, and a University of Arizona alumnist. He accomplished many things throughout his 27 years of life, including, obtaining two Masters degrees and being accepted into the Ph.D. program at University of Arizona, before his untimely death. He was an angel and a hero to all that knew him. He is survived by his wife, Lana Johnson; his mother, Roslyn Tyson; his father, Charles Johnson; and his adopted father, Gregory Fields, Sr.; his brothers, LeCorey Fields, Greg Fields; his sister, Gracie Johnson; his uncles, Al Tyson, III, Tommy Tyson, Anthony Johnson, Ozell Baker, Dale Parrimon, Willie Bennett, Charles Fed, Bernard Parrimon; his aunts, Mae Martin, Tammy Bennett, Carolyn Baker, Shirley Fed, Cynthia Parrimon, Dorothy Parrimon, Gloria Jean Niblack. He had a special cousin that was like a brother, Charles Martin; and a large host of cousins. Also in mourning is Zytavia Johnson who was his little angel. He leaves behind an enormous amount of friends. We’ll miss you Zee”.

Andreas Soo Kirchner 2000 HS Born: December 31, 1982. Place of Birth: Washington Death: September 18, 2013 Place of Death: Fresno, California. Occupation: Professional Transportation Driver. Survived By Siegfried Kirchner, Father, Insun Kirchner, Mother., Alexander Jin Kirchner 2004 HS. Mr. Andreas Kirchner will be sent to Anchorage, Alaska to be near his family.

Brandon D. Lord 2000 JC of DeBary, FL, age 31, died suddenly on Sept. 16, 2011. He is survived by his loving parents, Glenn and Linda Lord; sister, Brandy Kamm; nieces, Brea and Brylee, and nephew, Britton all of DeBary; grandmothers, Jean Lord of Atlanta, GA and Robin Jackson of Jacksonville, FL; several aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Brandon graduated from Deltona High School in 1998, was appointed to West Point in 1998, and was a graduate of University of Central Florida and St. Thomas Law School, Miami. Brandon was a compassionate person who saw the good in everyone. He believed in the underdog and was a true humanitarian. Brandon loved fishing, boating, golf, football and NASCAR. A beautiful life that came to an end. He died as he lived, everyone’s friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved and will never forget.

Moira Felice Mendez 1998 HS-2000 JC (June 19, 1980 to October 24, 2006) Full of life and love, Moira was an inspiration to all who knew her. A trusted friend and loved daughter; her life was filled with the love of friends. Her heart was always set on caring for those who needed her most. A camp counselor for many years at Camp Enchantment “A summer camp for kids with cancer”, Moira always thought of others above herself and will truly be missed by all who knew her. We will carry her dreams in our hearts and look for her name that is now written among the stars of heaven. Graduate of NMMI and UNM, her most recent job working in the film industry in New Mexico. Moira is survived by her mother, Kathleen McFadden-Thomas; stepfather, Ken Thomas; grandmother, Dorothy Rokusek; brothers, Michael and Roy Licata, Eric and Troy Mendez; father, Ralph Mendez; stepmother, Maureen Mendez; and stepbrother ,James Thomas.


Michael E. Arbogast 1999 HS, age 36, our family’s cornerstone passed away on April 30, 2017. He is survived by his mother, Toni McNeill; wife, Christina Taylor-Arbogast; his children, Teaguen, Kaitlyn, Logan, Gabrielle, Michael, Domenique; his sister, Chelsea Arbogast; and brother, Jonathan Arbogast. He was proceeded in death by his father, Jeffery Arbogast. He also leaves many cherished extended family AND friends.

MAJ Christopher John Franco, USA 1999 JC, age 35, of Bluffton, SC succumbed to spinal cancer that developed from a wound received in Afghanistan. He passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 under the care of Hospice of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Christopher was born on February 19, 1979 in Mt. Kisco, NY. He was an active duty U.S. Army war hero who was loved by all who served under him in battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was wounded in battle in Afghanistan and was a recipient of many awards including for Valor in saving soldiers’ lives while wounded. He was also a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Christopher is survived by his wife, Schenette and their children, Vittoria (33 months) and Vincenzo (15 months) named after his fallen soldier Vincenzo Romeo; parents, John and Christine Franco; sisters, Heather and Alexandra Franco; grandfather, Louis Civitella, US Army Veteran; and many adoring aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces. The family would like to express special thanks to the caring and compassionate staff at the Hospice of Charleston for enriching the last days of Christopher’s life. Christopher impacted the lives of many and will forever be remembered for his leadership, kindness and passion for life.

Joel Matthew Hesch 1999 JC – Born: January 31, 1979 Los Alamos, NM Died: March 26,2004 Orlando, Florida Joel (Joey) Hesch died suddenly March 26, 2004 in Orlando, FL. Joel is survived by his father, Stephen Hesch of Los Alamos, NM; mother, Syndi Baca Hesch; and brother, Joshua Hesch also from Los Alamos, NM, Joel’s beloved fiancT, Kristen Mc Neil of Orlando, FL, paternal grandparents: Victor and Yolanda Hesch of Santa Fe, NM, maternal grandparents: Bob and Olivia Baca of Los Alamos, NM; great-grandmother, Vera Sandoval of Santa Fe, NM; uncles: Gregory Hesch and wife Peggy of Santa Fe, NM, Brian Hesch and wife Marcy of Albuquerque, NM, Steve Baca and wife Dawn of Seattle, WA, and Greg Baca of Los Alamos, NM; aunts: Jennifer Hesch Lopez and husband Ray of Pojoaque, NM, Terry Baca Daly of Los Alamos, NM, Lorrain Viamonte and husband Andres of Albuquerque, NM; cousins: Emily and Hailey Hesch of Santa Fe, NM, Ruth and Natala Hesch of Albuquerque, NM, Heather and Hailee Baca of Seattle, WA, Christopher and Mitchell Robert Daly of Los Alamos, NM, Dr. Carlo Viamonte of Albuquerque, NM. Education: Joey attended Los Alamos High School. He earned an Associates Degree from New Mexico Military Institute, in Roswell, NM, and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM, and Florida International University, in Miami, FL. Academic accomplishments: Joel was a 4.0 University Student and resided in the Honors Towers while at Florida International University. Occupation: designer/wood worker. Joel had received two promotions within the last 14 months at the company he worked for in Orlando, FL for outstanding performance on the job. Our dear Joey was a talented song writer and singer, artist and poet. He often performed with his guitar on campus. He was a favorite Counselor among the young campers at Camp Watitoh, Center Lake Becket, Mass., where Joey was a much loved summer camp counselor for two summers. In Joey’s short life he spent two summers in Spain, worked one summer at Yellowstone National Park and one summer at Lake Powell, Utah. Joey was also privileged to attend L’ Abri Christian Fellowship in Rochester, Minnesota – Francis Shaffer, Founder. He was an alumnus of Outward Bound School and a past member of Explorer Post 21 in Los Alamos. He was a skilled Chess player, especially in the last few years. Joey was a multi-faceted individual with many interests. The last three years of Joey’s life he became a student of the Bible… his perspective was that of Hebraic Roots of Christianiy. He was learning Hebrew and had a personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Joey’s last fourteen months in Orlando, Florida, with fiancT Kristin was the happiest time of his life. {God} will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away. – Revelations 21: 4.

Raymond Phillip Moya Jr. 1999 HS, age 36 of Santa Fe passed away Monday, September 26, 2016. He was born in Santa Fe, NM August 28, 1980 to Maria and Raymond Moya, Sr. Raymond is preceded in death by his father Raymond P. Moya Sr., grandparents Emilia & Samuel Montoya and Cecilia & Luis Moya, sister Joann, brother Richard and aunt Dolores Marquez. He is survived by his mother Maria Moya (Jamie Bravo), son Raymond Moya, III, daughters Isabella and Amythest Moya, brother’s Joe (Doreen) and David (Sandra), sister’s Debbie Atilano, Ramona (Luis), aunts Stella Arrey and Teresa Smith, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. SGT Raymond Moya was an instrumental member of the United States Property and Fiscal Office for the NM Army National Guard in Santa Fe, NM since June of 2008. A very knowledgeable and productive Accounting Technician who assisted NM Program Managers with high level and complex accounting processes. His expertise was well known and respected across the Nation to include the National Guard Bureau in Washington DC. SGT Moya will be dearly missed and always remembered as a valued member of the USPFO team. Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers are the 1115th National Guard.

Jack D. Vescovi II, 1999 JC 26, of Aztec, passed away in Durango, Colo., Sunday, July 31, 2005. Jack was born in Hobbs, Nov. 6, 1978, to Dante J. and Sheila Vescovi. The family moved to Aztec in 1981, where Jack attended Aztec Public Schools. He graduated with honors in 1997, from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. While attending NMMI, he was a member of the Goss Rifle Drill Team, the Fencing Team, the National Honor Society, Who’s Who in American High Schools and the Superintendent’s Honor List. He attended NMMI his freshmen year of college, subsequently transferring to the University of New Mexico where he majored in Civil Engineering. He worked as a sales representative and technician for DNH Tools/TIW. Jack was an outdoors enthusiast who loved fishing, skiing, hiking, and boating. He will be forever missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack D. and Priscilla Vescovi uncle, Jack J. Vescovi great-grandparents, Jacob and Martha Bertch and Freida and Albert Doctor. He is survived by his parents, Dante J. and Sheila Bertch Vescovi his grandparents, Dwaine and Marion Bertch his brother, Alex Joseph Vescovi 2001 HS aunts, Deborah Schomer (Butch), DuAnne Speidel (Mark), Charlene Frick (Keith), Julia Heaton (John), Nanette Barnum (Montie), and Carla Vescovi Dial uncle, Duane Bertch (Tami Jo) and a large extended family of great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.


CPT Todd Tyler Christmas USA 1998 JC, 26, son of Brad and Becky Christmas of Wagon Mound, passed away on Nov. 29, 2004. He was traveling in a Blackhawk helicopter when it collided with a guy wire near Waco, Texas, killing all aboard. Todd was born on March 8, 1978 in Las Vegas, NM. He was a 1998 graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell where he received an Associates of Arts degree. He went on to attend Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Economics and was the Distinguished Military Graduate in August 2001. He was united in marriage to Erica Lane Smith of Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 18, 2001. He was commissioned through the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets as an Air Defense Officer and graduated from the Air Defense Officer Basic Course in February of 2002. He then attended the United States Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA, where he was awarded the parachutists badge. He joined the 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment on March 28, 2002. While in the battalion, he served as an Avenger Platoon Leader, Linebacker Platoon Leader, and Battery Executive Officer while deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom. In June 2004, he was selected to serve as the Aide de Camp for Brigadier General Charles Allen, the Assistant Division Commander (Support). He was a member of the Corp of Cadets at Texas A&M where he graduated and was commissioned in 2001. He was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas. Todd’s military awards included the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Parachutists Badge. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ace and Pauline Christmas of Farley, and by his cousin Shaun Berry of Lovington. He is survived by his wife Erica Smith Christmas of Killeen, Texas. He is also survived by his parents Brad and Becky Christmas of Wagon Mound; brothers Matt Christmas of Albuquerque and Will Christmas of Las Cruces; grandparents Giles and Joie Lee, Lovington; aunts and uncles Libby and Danny Berry, Eunice, Maryann Ham, San Angelo, Texas, Bob and Mary Short, Alice, Texas, Candy Christmas, Ocala, FL., and Greg and Jane Barby, Okarche, OK.

CPT Mark Andess Garner, USA 1998 JC, age 30, was the Commander of B Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, stationed in Hohenfels, Germany. He was killed 6 July 2009 from injuries sustained in an IED blast in the Agrandab District of Afghanistan. A native of State Road, North Carolina and a graduate of Elkin High School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mark died doing the job he loved. He was a committed soldier who loved his family, his country and the Army life. A runner and enthusiastic traveler, Mark often said that he loved his wife, Nickayla, and he loved traveling, and nothing could be better than traveling with his wife. He visited and explored the cultures of 52 countries in the last 12 years and was a passionate adventurer. Mark treasured his parents and his sisters and often spoke fondly of his time growing up in the Elkin area. He will be remembered by his family, friends and fellow soldiers as intelligent, athletic, confident, cheerful and optimistic, always with a ready smile and a word of encouragement and support. Mark leaves his beloved wife, Nickayla Myers-Garner of Parsberg, Germany, formerly of Elkin; his parents, Don and Beth Garner of State Road, NC; his sisters, Jo Garner of Durham, NC and Rachel Garner Slawter (Matt and children-Liz, Luke, and Ethan) of State Road, NC; his grandparents, Jo Ann Hughes and the late Leonard Hughes, Jr., of Elkin and Louvene Garner and the late Kirby Garner of Red Springs, NC; his parents-in-law, Dwayne and Barbara Myers of Elkin, NC, and his brothers-in-law, Chad & Zach (Sybil and children-Jake and Robert) Myers of Elkin-Jonesville, NC. Upon completion of the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course and Ranger School, Captain Garner was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, as well as the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, NC. While there he served as an Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion S-1 where Captain Garner spent two tours in Iraq. Upon completion of the Infantry Captains’ Career Course in December 2006, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment where he served as the Battalion S-4 and Bravo Company Commander. He was recently serving as a Company Commander in Afghanistan. Captain Mark A. Garner’ s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab. Posthumously, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO Medal with International Security and Assistance Force clasp. The loss of Captain Mark Garner is not only a loss to his family, friends, and soldiers, but is a major loss to society as a whole.


Brett Thomas Foster 1997 JC, 38, of Anaheim Hills, CA, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, unexpectedly passed away on June 10, 2015. Brett was born March 14, 1977 in Concord, CA. Brett grew up in Riverside, California playing baseball and soccer, and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1995 where he excelled in football. Brett attended USC, attaining a Bachelor’s degree and a MBA. Brett just recently finished law school and was preparing to take the California State Bar Exam in July. Brett worked as a commercial real estate broker for approximately 15 years. He also volunteered his time at the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino and served as an intern at the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office. Brett enjoyed traveling, learning and spending time with his family and friends. Brett is survived by his father, Hon. Bryan F. Foster; his mother, Nancy Foster; his brothers, Scott Foster and Keith Foster; sister-in-law Christina Foster; his niece Mikaela Foster and nephew Nathan Foster; and many extended family members and close friends. Brett built his life around making others happy. His infectious personality and laughter will always be missed.

Leigh Hola Luckett 1997 HS, 34 years old, passed away on January 11, 2014 in Allen, TX. Born January 13, 1979 in Albuquerque, NM, he attended Lovington High School in Lovington, NM. Leigh is survived by his son Edikai Jack Luckett; his parents Jack Mayo Luckett Sr. and Maggie Rose Luckett; and his sisters Shurlea Tana Luckett and Rae Ona Gatewood. He was predeceased by his brother Jack Mayo Luckett Jr.

Roberta Michelle Baldwin Roybal 1997 HS, age 38, born October 23, 1977, passed into Destiny’s hands on October 8, 2016. Roberta is survived by her husband, Jeremy; children, Michael, Ashley, Kathrine; Mother, Maria Baldwin; Father, Carl (Penny) Baldwin; Sister, Christina Baldwin; Father and Mother in law, John & Rose Roybal; Brother in law, Steve; Sister in law, Lisa (Chris) Bairsto; aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews. Roberta was preceded in death by grandparents Chet & Mary Baldwin & Gerald & Tina McDuff; Aunt, Louella McDuff. Roberta, also known as Pug or Berta, grew up in Hobbs, NM, with her Bad Dad, Mommie, & Sissy. She lived life with a smile on her face & always spread her sunshine to anyone lucky enough to meet her. She attended high school in Roswell, NM at NMMI and then went on to fulfill her dream of being a mother of children and pets (Dessie & Kato). Spending time with family hanging out, listening to music, making memories, & being a part of her children’s milestones were her favorite hobbies. She loved traveling, visiting and hanging out with family, telling stories about growing up with family in NM and in Vermont. Berta brought a light to the world that will forever grow.


MAJ Mark Edwin Rosenberg, USAR 1996 JC (March 25, 1976 – April 8, 2008) U.S. Army Major Mark E. Rosenberg, who as a boy would run around his family’s South Florida home in military fatigues, was killed in action in Baghdad. He was 32. The Humvee Rosenberg was riding in hit an improvised explosive device on April 8; he died in the operating room, his family said. Rosenberg began his second tour in Iraq a few days after Thanksgiving. ”He felt like what he was doing in Iraq was the right thing both times,” said his sister, Lori Sousa, of Boynton Beach. “He felt this was a humanitarian thing we needed to do. This time he felt he was really making a difference.” Rosenberg was part of the military intelligence tactical team, providing military training to Iraqis. He was born in Hollywood and grew up in Miramar and North Miami-Dade. He graduated from American High School in Miami-Dade and attended the New Mexico Military Institute, where he met his wife, Julie M. (Holt) Rosenberg 1977 HS. He entered the Army in 1996, following his father, Burton Rosenberg, a warrant officer. In the late ’90s, Rosenberg finished school at Florida International University. Rosenberg and his sister were close. Their weddings were only a day apart in 1999. ”I got married at the Sheraton in Dania, and he got married at the Hilton across the street the following day,” she said. “It was a lot of fun.” He spent a year in Korea from 2001 to 2002 and returned to Miami briefly before moving to Oklahoma. Rosenberg and his wife lived in Fountain, CO, with their two sons, Joshua, 3 and Maxwell, 22 months. ”He was the life of the party, an infectious laugh,” Sousa said. “Everybody wants to be around him. A wonderful father.” He loved scuba diving, playing Wii with his family and tinkering with things around the house. He received a number of medals and commendations from the Army. Rosenberg was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Fort Carson, CO. He is also survived by his father, Burton Rosenberg, his mother, Sheila Buckland, stepfather Peter Buckland, and his brother Neil Buckland. (The above appeared in the Miami Herald newspaper on April 10, 2008 in an article written by Jennifer Lebovich and is reprinted at the request of the family)

Andrew M. Scofield 1996 JC, age 25, died Sunday in Austin, TX. He is survived by his parents Clint and Joann Scofield of Plano, his brother Bradford Scofield of Austin, and his grandmother Phylis Dougherty of Ocean City, NJ. Andrew was a graduate of Lutheran High School in Dallas and the University of Texas in Austin. He had recently moved to the Austin area.

Michael A. Tyson 1996 HS set off to explore the Universe on Monday, June 29th in his resident city of Buffalo, NY. He passed peacefully after a three year battle with cancer, age 37. Mike is remembered fondly for his big heart, big hugs, playful sense of humor, and passion for poetry. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, class of ’96, U. of Buffalo, class of ’12, and was in the UB Master’s Program as an educator for inner-city youth. He is survived by his loving family, parents Albert and Jo Nell Tyson of Albuquerque; sisters Mindy and Megan; nephews/niece Quinn, Calla, Rhett, and Jaylin, wife GiGi; best friend Jeff; and numerous friends whose lives he touched.


Bryon David Williams 1995 HS – Age 40, of Hutto, Texas was called home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Friday night, March 2, 2017. BRyon, often mistakenly called BYron throughout his life due to the odd spelling of his name, made a big entrance into the world on December 5, 1976 in Hobbs, New Mexico, at over 9 pounds to his parents, David Harold Williams of Snyder, Oklahoma, and Julie Spivey Williams of San Marcos, Texas. His dad called him “Big’n” and he rightfully earned the name growing to 6 feet 5 inches. Bryon and his brother, Chase Williams of Hutto, Texas were mostly raised in Hobbs, New Mexico by two of the most kind-hearted people, their loving grandparents, Harold Williams (deceased, 97) and Jo Williams, 94, of Yukon, Oklahoma. He also lived in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, and Roswell where he attended New Mexico Military Institute. He moved to Nacogdoches, Texas, as a teenager where he met three of his life-long friends, Jeremy Sherman of Round Rock, Sam Lemelle of Austin, and Evan Byars of Nacogdoches. His family and friends were there to support him when, at the age of 20, he was diagnosed with a rare adult brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (a brainstem tumor), and was given a 9-12 month prognosis. He received radiation and to the surprise of all, he made a near full recovery and went into remission. Five years later, while enjoying his free-spirited and renewed life in Austin, Texas, he met his future wife, Carol. They were destined for each other, even sharing the same birthday. They shared the next 15+ years mostly in Texas, and finally settled in Hutto, Texas 9 years ago. They prided themselves on being goof-balls and silly together. She was his “Dollface/Scooby-girl” and he was her “Sweet love/Babypie.” His dedication and love to Carol included watching every Jane Austen and Bronte movie/mini-series countless times (no worries guys, his favorite movie was still Predator). He always put a smile on her face by quoting Mr. Darcy, telling Carol, “I love you…most ardently.” Bryon had the gift of bringing laughter to all who knew him. He was often the life of the party, and was spot-on with his impersonations of Arnold, Stallone, Keanu Reeves (whom many people thought he looked like), Christopher Walken, Sean Connery, and many others. He loved movies and often quoted and incorporated funny lines into every day life. He also loved music (mostly alternative 90s) and not a day went by where he was not singing, often making up his own hysterical lyrics to songs. Bryon also enjoyed the outdoors, working on and preserving land in Thorndale, WWII history, guns, survival gear and training, motorcycles, zombie shows, and video games. He despised mornings and had a career working nights as a Polysomnography (Sleep Study) Technician. All was well until March of 2016 when he learned his brain tumor was no longer in remission. Over the last year, Bryon and Carol fought hard together for him to LIVE, even when the tumor took away many of his basic abilities such as hearing, seeing, walking, eating, swallowing, talking. His mind never failed him and he loved LIFE, his family and friends, and God to the very end. He will be laid to rest next to Carol’s brother, James Lee Harris, at the Killeen City Cemetery. A special thanks to his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Lisa and Dave Milewski and Mia and Jim Morris, all of Hutto, for always being there for Bryon and Carol. He will be missed deeply by his niece Ashley Franke of Hutto, nephew Julian Rodriguez of Hutto, nephew Brady Byars of San Marcos, half-sister Tammy Byars of San Marcos, half-brother Tim Byars of Georgetown, and many other family and friends. Also thank you to Carol’s parents, Ui Nan Ballard of Killeen, and James and Ye Hwa Harris of Harker Heights. Many, many thanks to April and Todd Erickson, Cathy and Roger Astran, Jen Taylor and James Blackwell, and Angie and Carlos Raines for your love and support and perfect example of true friendship. One of Bryon’s favorite movie quotes was from Coming to America, where a character says, “If loving the Lord is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.”


Steven M. Gullette 1994 JC, age 43 of St. Louis, MO, beloved son of Joyce, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from a sudden heart attack. Steven had been a Pharmacist for the last 8 years graduating from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis in 2001 and special Aunt Patty. He is survived by his mother Joyce L. Gullette of Washington Twp., three children, Ione & Trey of Houston, TX, and Sid of St. Louis, MO, special uncle & aunt, Dale & Barb of Alamo, NM, four cousin including special cousin Jeffrey Kidwell, Annette Black (Donald), Daleray Kidwell, Sabrina Holmes (Todd), as well as many other relatives and friends.

Marshall Karnes Hoge 1994 JC, 36, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2010, in Charleston. Marshall was born April 11, 1974, a son of William H. Hoge and Loyce E. Fish Hoge. He graduated high school in Clovis, NM, and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He was a 1997 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, where he played football and was a 2nd Team All-Conference defensive lineman. After graduation, Marshall taught high school and coached football for two years at Ware Shoales High School in Ware Shoales, SC. He then moved to Charleston, SC, and worked in the shipping industry. In 2004, he began his career as a real estate appraiser with Atlantic Appraisals in Mt. Pleasant. He volunteered with the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department as a volunteer coach for youth soccer and T-ball. Marshall was an avid Oklahoma University football fan. He was a member of Christ Our King Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his parents of Sumter, SC, Marshall is survived by his wife, Ashley Smithson Hoge, his son, Cooper Fish Hoge, and his daughter, Paisley Anna Hoge of Mt. Pleasant; his brother, Michal W. Hoge and his wife, Laura, his nephew, Michal, and niece, Mary Lenoir, of Sumter, SC; and his paternal grandmother, Ruth McBride Hoge, of Princeton, WV. Marshall was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Crank, of Charlotte, NC.

SPC Alexander N. Jordan, USA 1994 HS – Global War on Terrorism – Killed in action in Baghdad on 10 September 2006. 

Jerry Brian Overby 1994 HS, 31, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2008, in Alamogordo. Jerry was born June 22, 1976, in Alamogordo. He graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell in 1994 and received his associate of arts degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces in January 2006. Jerry was pursuing a career in the health field. While attending high school, Jerry was in ROTC and became an Eagle Scout. After graduating high school, he married Francisca Garcia and enlisted in the military. Jerry served in the Army and the Army National Guard for a total of eight years. While enlisted in the Army, he served as an armorer and then as a medic in the National Guard. Jerry was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (Fourth Award), Army Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Grenade Bar, Marksman Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar and Army Lapel Button while serving on active duty at Fort Hood and in the Army National Guard in Ft Bliss. Jerry was also a fourth degree black belt in tae kwon do and was selected to be an alternate for the Army tae kwon do team. While in the Army, Jerry volunteered numerous times for the Bataan Memorial Death March. Jerry was an avid reader and movie buff, especially films about the Christmas season. He enjoyed cooking and preparing creative foods and collecting wolf art. Jerry was employed as a mental health technician and respite provider. He was committed to the welfare of those he served. During the Thanksgiving holiday, Jerry and his fiancte, Kristen Nicole Redpath, donated their time to help deliver meals to people who were homebound and in need. Survivors include his mother, Judy Overby; his sisters, Jessica Overby and Jenny Torres; his paternal grandparents Ralph and Norma Overby; his ex-wife Francisca Overby; his fiancte’s parents, Steve and Judy Holmes; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his fiancte, Kristen Nicole Redpath, and his father, Jerry Donald Overby.

Scott A. Strodtman 1994 JC, 41, died suddenly and unexpectedly in a tragic accident Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, while working in the oil field near Ford, Kan. He was born Oct. 14, 1973, to Wayne and Pamela (Eagleton) Strodtman in Bucklin, Kan. Scott graduated from Kansas State University and went to work in the aircraft industry. Scott and Deena met in 1997 and were married on May 23, 1998. Scott and Deena lived in Wichita before moving to Cheney, Kan. in 2004. They both became involved in the community through their children’s schools and activities, meeting many new wonderful people and friends. Scott spent six years working in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of our troops during Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning home, he worked at Agri Center in Hutchinson and then Avtrak GlobalNet Compliance Systems in Wichita, before going to work with his brother, Mike Strodtman, in the oil fields of western Kansas. Scott enjoyed the time he got to spend with his brother and was happy about the extra time he got to spend with his family. Scott was a wonderful husband, father, family man, son, brother and friend. He was a country boy who enjoyed hunting, farming and the outdoors. Most of all he loved date nights with Deena and family time with his three children. Scott had a love for God and his country. Scott was devoted to his wife, children, family and those he loved. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ashlyn Strodtman and his father. Scott is survived by his wife of 16 years, Deena Strodtman; children, Aubrey Strodtman, Colton Strodtman, and Shelby Strodtman; his mother; brother, Mike Strodtman; and grandmother, Margaret Eagleton.


Michael Stephen Esquibel 1991 HS-1993 JC, 35, a resident of Las Vegas, NM, was called home suddenly on Thursday, January 15, 2009. He was born on November 17, 1973 in Las Vegas, NM. He is survived by his parents, Emilio and Helen Esquibel of Las Vegas, NM; his sister Sylvia Gillen of Tooele, UT; his brother, Lawrence Esquibel and wife Patricia of Bosque Farms, NM; nieces Melissa Barela, and Nicole Esquibel; nephews Jonathan and David. His special friends Cher Lefebvre and her daughter Sage, Kaia Kusiw, sons Isaac and Liam of Louisiana, Lia Irizarry of Ohio; grandmother, Tina Marquez, Jeanie Sena, Gina Vigil; and Charlie Vigil and extended family members. Michael attended West Las Vegas Schools through the 8th grade and then spent 6 years at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell graduating from high school and completing 2 years of college study. He graduated from Highlands University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health. Mikey loved many people and many things in his life, his family, friends, all of God’s creations and Vato Rugby. He sought to bring everyone he met in to his love for life. Mike was an avid outsdoorsman enjoying river rafting, skiing, racquetball, life in the mountains, landscaping and working with his hands. He loved his dogs, Mia and Rusty. He loved to laugh, cook, read, learn and teach. He was creative, gentle and strong as a bull. He had a special love for kids, kids of all ages. You were never too young or too old to be recruited for Rugby. He loved laying a good hit on you in the field.

LtCol Morris Mayuse Fontenot, Jr., USAF 1993 JC was born on 7 November 1972 in Houston, TX to Morris Mayuse Fontenot Sr. and Mary Jane (Janak) Fontenot. Morris was raised in Pearland, TX, and attended Pearland High School. After high school, Morris attended the New Mexico Military Institute for one year on a Falcon Foundation Scholarship. He began his Air Force career in 1992 at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. At the Academy, Morris also met and began dating his future wife, Kara Janean Parks. While at the Academy, both Morris and Kara were members of Cadet Squadron 33, the “Ratz,” for all four years. Morris was also a member of the USAFA Cadet Honor Guard and won numerous awards in rifle exhibition and drill. Morris and Kara graduated from the Air Force Academy in May 1996 and were married a month later on June 29, 1996. Morris attended pilot training at Laughlin AFB, TX where he flew the T-37 and T-38. He received his AF pilot wings on December 12, 1997 and was selected to fly the F-15C. Soon after Morris reported to Tyndall AFB, FL, where he completed the F-15 Basic Course and was the B Course “Top Gun.”  Moose’s first operational assignment began in September 1998 at Mountain Home AFB, ID with the 390th Fighter Squadron, the “Wild Boars.” The Wild Boars gave him the fighter pilot call sign by which he is now widely known, Moose. During this military assignment in Idaho, Moose and Kara celebrated the birth of their first daughter, Natalie Marie Fontenot, on July 31, 1999 and the birth of their second daughter, Nicole Desiree Fontenot, on December 7, 2000. In early 2001, Moose and his family moved to Eglin AFB, FL, where he joined the 58th Fighter Squadron, the “Gorillas,” and served as an Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Chief of Weapons and Project Officer. In 2003, Moose was voted by his fellow Gorillas as the squadron’s “Top Pilot” and “Top Instructor.” In July 2004, Moose began rigorous training at the prestigious USAF Fighter Weapons School at Nellis AFB, NV. He graduated from Weapons Instructor Course O4B as a USAF Weapons Officer in December 2004. Later that month, Moose and his family moved to Alaska where Moose joined the 19th Fighter Squadron “Gamecocks” at Elmendorf AFB. His dedication and expertise significantly contributed to his squadron winning the last William Tell Air-to-Air Competition in the USAF. In July 2007, Moose and his family moved once again, this time to Washington D.C. There Moose worked first as a DOD Congressional Fellow and later as the USAF Chief of Fighter Programs at the Pentagon. In the summer of 2010, Moose and his family moved across the Pacific Ocean to Kadena AB in Okinawa, Japan. There Moose returned to flying the mighty F-15. He served first as the Director of Operations for the 44th Fighter Squadron, the “Bats.” Then in March 2012, Moose fulfilled a career-long dream of commanding an operational F-15 squadron when he took command of the 67th Fighter Squadron, the “Fighting Cocks.” His leadership directly resulted in the 67th Fighter Squadron winning the Raytheon Trophy for the Best Fighter Squadron in the AF for 2013. While stationed at Kadena AB, Moose deployed twice to the Middle East in support of sustained US Central Command training and contingency operations.
In January 2014, Moose left active duty and joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in order to provide family stability for his two daughters’ high school years. Moose joined the 104th Fighter Wing Barnestormers at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachussetts, assuming the responsibilities of Wing Inspector General and F-15C instructor pilot. Moose died on August 27, 2014, when the F-15 he was flying crashed into a wooded, mountainous area of the Shenandoah Valley in western Virginia. During his career, Moose logged more than 2, 300 flight hours, 240 of which were in combat. He was a decorated combat veteran, earning the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and Combat Readiness Medal among others. Lt Col Fontenot is survived by his wife, Kara, and his daughters, Natalie and Nicole, all residents of Longmeadow, MA. He is also survived by his parents Morris Mayuse Fontenot Sr. and Mary Jane Fontenot of Willis, TX.

Gregory P. “Greg” Vandergriff 1993 HS, a longtime resident of Lubbock, Texas, was tragically killed in a car accident last Friday morning, August 5th. He was only 41 years old. Greg was born to Antoinette Carpenter and Greg Vandergriff, Sr. in Knoxville, TN., where he lived until his mother finished Officer Training School for the United States Air Force. With the USAF, Greg was given the opportunity to live in many states, including Tulsa OK and Roswell NM where he attended New Mexico Military Institute. He finished his high school years at Goddard High School in Roswell, where he attained a 4.6 GPA which awarded him a scholarship to Colorado State. Greg’s love was science, and he always wanted to be a part of improving the world. From CO Greg moved to TX, where he met his first wife Laura, who he married in March 1999. They had two beautiful boys, Nicholas (Nixon) and Ethan, now 17 and 12. A few years later, Greg and Laura parted lives, and he met Summer. They were married in November 2014, and then had another beautiful son, Kaden, who is 18 months. His dream was to be a biochemist and learn how to replicate his DNA to clone people so they no longer felt pain or sickness. While he had not completed his journey in science, Greg loved his family and he will be fondly missed by his children and all of his family and friends. “Do not think of me as gone – I am with you still – in each and every new dawn.” Survivors include his wife, Summer Vandergriff, three sons, Nicholas, Ethan, and Kaden Vandergriff; two step-children, Kobie and Cohen Jackson; sister, Genete Bowen and husband, Jeff; two brothers, Shawn Vandergriff and wife, Erin, and Aaron Carpenter and wife, Rachel. He is also survived by his mother, Antoinette Carpenter and her husband, Bill; father, Gregory Vandergriff, Sr. and his wife, Susan, and paternal grandmother, Mildred Norris.


Robert Joseph “Rob” Cervantes 1990 HS-1992 JC of Glendale AZ. Our loving Son, Brother, Husband and Father passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, mother and sons on January 17, 2009. Rob was born in Torrance, California on November 3, 1971 to Robert and Rita Cervantes. Rob was the youngest child of four children. He went to military school in Southern California, eventually graduating from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Rob continued his education at University of Arizona. He came to Phoenix and completed school at the Arizona Automotive Institute in Glendale in 1996 and eventually became an automotive painter. On September 16, 2001 Rob and Raquel accepted the Lord into their life at Calvary, they married on April 20, 2002. Rob loved spending time with his boys, family and friends. He was full of life, love for the Lord and everyone he met. Rob is survived by his wife Raquel Cervantes; children Johnny and Jacob, Mom, Rita Cervantes, brothers Rudy and Richard, sister Kristie, several nieces and nephews and Grandmother Jennie Cervantes. Extended family; Efraim Huerta, sisters Anna, Veronica, Rebecca, brothers Rueben, Efraim and Ignacio.

Kelley Allen Chase 1992 HS Aug 7, 1974 – Oct 13, 2012  Kelley Allen Chase, 38, of Taos, New Mexico, passed away on October 13, 2012, at Mercy Hospital after a serious brain injury incurred as a police recruit during training at the Oklahoma City Police Department training center. He was born August 7, 1974, in Taos, New Mexico, the son of Jacquelyn E. Anderson and Laurence L. Chase, who survive. He was the youngest of three siblings. On April 19, 2008, he married Elke Chantal Meeus, of Wilrijk, Belgium, who survives. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1996. Since then, he served in the United States Air Force as an Air Battle Manager, providing command and control in military operations around the globe. He reached the pinnacle of his career field and served as an instructor Mission Crew Commander training aircrew to prepare and deploy in support of national interests around the world until November 2011. In the course of his flying deployments, Major Chase was awarded six air medals for 61 combat sorties and over 800 combat and combat support hours. He also attained his Master’s in Business Administration at Oklahoma City University in 2004.He is survived by his nearly two-year-old daughter, Alesia Eileen Meeus Chase; three-year-old son, Kyle Roland Meeus Chase; and sister, CPT Victoria E.  Grasmick, USAR 1991 JC.  Kelley Chase was preceded in death by his infant brother, Christopher K. Chase.A

Erik Van Derveer Lambourn 1992 HS, 40, of El Paso, Texas, went home to be with our Lord on Saturday, May 24, 2014. He was a loving husband, nurturing father, loving son, loyal brother and devoted friend. Erik was born on Sept. 30, 1973, in Dallas, Texas, to Robert V. Lambourn and Ann Brooks. In 1978, he moved to Fremont where he spent the next 10 years of his life. Erik was blessed to get to know and call John Brooks his dad. He was proud to be a part of the El Paso Fire Department for 10 years until medical retirement. He loved spending quality time with his entire family. A few hobbies he enjoyed were star gazing and four wheeling with his son and friends. He was an enthusiastic gardener at home. Erik had a huge presence at Mitzi Bond Elementary school and was a big part of their PTA. The children of Mitzi Bond knew him as the “ice cream man.” Erik was loved by many and will be sorely missed by all. He is survived by his loving wife, Terry Bustillos Lambourn; son, Jeremy; daughter, Abigayle; mother, Ann Brooks; father, John Brooks; brother, Ryan (Amy) Lambourn; sisters, Elizabeth (Marcus), Kelley (Royce), grandmother, Wanda Lambourn and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert V. Lambourn, and his grandfather, Robert C. Lambourn.

Craig Edward Wilson 1992 HS (June 5, 1973 – November 10, 2011) It is with great sorrow and sadness we announce the sudden passing of our son Craig Wilson. Craig Wilson was born in Oxnard, CA, at St. Joseph Hospital. After moving to Lindsay, Craig attended the Orange Belt Christian School in Strathmore. He made many friends and enjoyed sports and growing up with his cousins. Later he attended Exeter Schools and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He spent several years in Arizona working for MCI before moving to San Francisco and later to Half Moon Bay, CA were he worked as a waiter. Craig loved to spend time near the ocean with his companion Molly Barrett and his son Trevor. He befriended everyone he met and left them with a smile. He is survived by his parents Mark and Louise Wilson of Incline Village, NV, his brother Nick Wilson of Exeter, his nephew Evan Wilson of Discovery Bay, his son Trevor Wilson and Trevor’s mother Stephanie Pilegard of Fresno. His uncle Job and aunt, Susan Denni, uncle Gerald and aunt Jayne Denni all of Lindsay, many beloved cousins and his loving grandmother Lucy Denni of Dana Point, CA.


Elton L. Atcitty 1991 HS (Feb. 4, 1973 – March 12, 2011) Elton L. Atcitty, 38, of Shiprock, died Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Hobbs. He was born Feb. 4, 1973, in Shiprock, to Wanda and Leroy Atcitty. He was born for Todi Chff’nii, Bitter Water; born to Kff yaa’aanff, Towering House. Elton served in the U.S. Army from 1997 to 2001 as a multichannel transmission operator. He also served in the National Guard of Georgia, Kentucky and New Mexico as a radio operator and in motor transportation. Elton served his country proudly for three tours of duty in Iraq during “Iraqi Freedom.” He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal/Campaign Star and many other military medals and awards. Elton attended San Juan College’s natural gas compression training program. At the time of his death, he was working for Chevron in Hobbs. Elton loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and mountain bike; skiing, camping, hiking, baseball and collecting guns. He served his country with great pride and honor and spoke often of his “Brothers in Arms,” whom he loved deeply. His heart was full of passion and his smile was always warm. He loved to laugh and enjoyed the fruits of his labor, “well earned.” He loved his job, proud to be working in a field he loved. He was one “squared away soldier,” always ready and willing to give a helping hand. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Frank Aspaas Sr., and Faye Aspaas; paternal grandparents, Kee Atcitty, Beclah Chff, Lela Atcitty, Kii Yaa’aahff; aunts, Patricia L. Aspaas and Roseanne Aspaas. He is survived by his parents, Wanda and Leroy Atcitty of Shiprock; brother, Rick; sisters, Joell and Collett; nephews, Dawight and Xavier; aunties, Tina Alexander, Priscilla Kellywood, Karla Montoya and Julia Aspaas; uncles, Frank Aspaas and Mike Aspaas; and numerous cousins. Elton will be missed. Thank you for the smiles and happy memories, El, “Airborne All The Way.”

SGT Andrew “Andy” Francis Tingwall, NMSP, 1991 HS-1993 JC, age 36, passed away June 11, 2009. He is preceded in death by his father, Hank; brother, Thomas; and dear friend, Sunny Gosnay. He is survived by his wife, Leighann Tingwall; his daughters: Alexis Ryann and Jenna Nicole; his brothers: Steven Tingwall and wife, Liz; and their children, Jack and Danelle, Douglas Tingwall and wife, Linda; and Ty Cord Gosnay. Sergeant Andy Tingwall was a New Mexico State Police Sergeant and Chief Pilot. He was inducted into the NMMI Alumni Hall of Fame for Eminence in 2009. He was a member of the New Mexico Military Institute and the United States Marine Corps.

Justin Kent Turbeville 1991 HS, 41, died in his sleep on Monday, July 14, 2014. Justin was born in El Paso on Dec. 12, 1972. He attended New Mexico Military Institute where he played football and earned a B.A., graduating cum laude from the University of Texas. Justin went on to have a successful business career as an information technology consultant with clients in the U.S., Bermuda, Canada, Argentina, and Australia. Justin was a loving, thoughtful and attentive husband and father. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and lifelong sports fan. He enjoyed traveling, playing with his boys and walking his dog, Roxy. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his brother, John. Survivors: His wife, Winnie; sons, Michael and Jacob; his parents, Marian and Jack Hicks, David and Priscilla Turbeville; brothers, Mark and Jason, Jason’s wife, Susan, and their sons, Matthew, Christian and Joshua; his in-laws, John and Susan Ng; and numerous friends and loved ones.


Steven D. Bullock 1990 HS – Mr. Bullock died Friday, November 02, 1990, in Sierra Vista Hospital. Born in Las Cruces on September 30, 1971, he was 19 years old. A lifelong resident of Truth or Consequences, Mr. Brown was a student at New Mexico Military Institute. He was a member of a local roping club, and of the rodeo and golf team at NMMI. He is survived by his father R.D “Butch” Bullock of Truth or Consequences; a grandmother, Flo Bullock of Truth or Consequence; a brother, Mikel Bullock of Truth or Consequences; and his stepfather Greg Torres of Monticello.

Patrick Stephen Freeman, Jr. 1990 HS is the son of Patrick S. and Andrea L. Freeman of Truth or Consequences. He was born on January 21, 1972, in Colorado Springs, CO. He has resided in Sierra County since August 1982. Patrick was currently attending New Mexico State University in Las Cruces as a Crimson Scholar. His hopes for his future life’s work is to be a Civil Engineer. He was sophomore vice-president New Mexico Military Institute, and was junior class finance chairman at Hot Springs High School. He received awards for NMMI Cross Country, two varsity letters Mesilla Valley Racing team, NMMI GOSS Drill Team and ROTC. Patrick reviewed the Alternate HOBY Award, American Legion Boys State, Magistrate Judge 1988-’89, Who’s who Among American High School Students, all from NMMI and Crimson Scholar from NMSU. He is a triathlere and was the Southwest Representative for All American High School Triathlon Championship.


Francois J. DeLaittre 1985 HS-1989 JC, 47, of Las Vegas, passed away Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 9, 1966, in Minneapolis. He was a resident of Las Vegas for the past seven years. Francois graduated with honors from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M., 1985. He will be remembered for his advocacy for those in need, his great love of life, and his passion for Harleys and classic cars and antiques. He is survived by his mother, Josette DeLaittre of Las Vegas; and cousins, Sally DeLaittre Sawyer of Minneapolis, Judy DeLaittre of Portland, Ore., Anne Elizabeth Sawyer Aitch of Minneapolis, Timothy Sawyer Jr. of Santa Fe, N.M., and Edward Sawyer of Portland.


Kevin August “Gus” Barron 1988 JC – Gus Barron, 45, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at his home. Gus was born Aug. 9, 1968, in Mesquite, Texas, to William Kent Barron and Mary J. Scott. His father preceded him in death. Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Mary “Scottie” Barron his former wife and friend, Jill Barron former in-laws Richard and Mary Jane Madison sons: William Konnor Barron, Kevin Richard Barron, Iain August Barron daughter, Hannah Jane Barron brother, William Rand Barron sisters: Valli Barron, April Hatfield and husband, John as well as lifetime best friend and brother by choice Darin Goldston nieces and nephews: Cassi Rincon, Ryan O’Meara, Adrianna Hatfield, Brett Nevarez, Sommer Nevarez, Grant Wood and Shawn Wood. Gus was a lifelong resident of Roswell. He thoroughly enjoyed being a father and was a lover of all children. Gus felt very connected to animals and shared his passion through his business, Vet Pharmacy & Feed. He also was an avid gun collector and a proud member of NRA, Crossed Saber Society at New Mexico Military Institute and Alumni of NMMI. Gus’ love of music was contagious and lives on in his children.

Malcolm Kwan Hung Lee Jr. 1988 JC, 44, of Kaneohe, a psychiatric social worker at Oahu Community Correctional Center, died in Hono&lulu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Amy; sons Malcolm III, Micah and Jacob; daughter Kahealani; parents Malcolm Sr. and Andrea; brother Stephen; and sister Laurie-Ann Lee-Zidek.

Steven “Steve” W. Smelser 1988 HS, age 46, of Las Cruces passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 15, 2016 at his home. He was born January 26, 1970 in Quemado, NM and grew up in Roswell, also spending much time on his grandparent’s ranch in Cuba, (Homer & Vera Smelser), where he developed skills at an early age. He was an active Boy Scout for many years and earned many merit badges as well as several championship trophies in the youth Soccer League. He graduated from Goddard High School and attended New Mexico Military Institute, and also completed several vocational training programs. Steve was a “jack of all trades” and a master carpenter and could build or fix almost anything. He was a supervisor for Menefee Mining in Cuba, as well as Big Chief Stone in Las Cruces and Santa Fe. He did water well drilling and servicing for Rodgers & Company in Albuquerque and repaired construction heavy equipment of Schmidt Construction in Lindreth, NM. Steve was a working partner in Pony Tracks Horseshoeing & Livestock Management Services, and did extensive work on the family ranch in Cuba. He got his CDL and did 18 wheeler “over the road” driving for Roadrunner Trucking. Steve settled in Las Cruces in 1995 and attended DACC Classes, and was a foreman for Clean Cut Lawns and Landscaping. He married Margaret Pacheco in 2002 and together they started LynCon Inc. after he obtained his GB98 contractor’s license in 2003. He worked on many commercial and residential projects in Las Cruces including renovating the Hotel Encanto lobby and transforming the restaurant into Azul Night Club. Currently he was the Quality Control Supervisor for GenCon Inc. on the Burrell College of Osteopathic in Las Cruces adjacent to the NMSU campus which is near completion. Steve was also an active working partner in Animal Haven Lodge, Salon & Kennel on Valley Drive, which he and his wife Margaret started in 2008 during the housing market slump. He built the entire state of the art facility and also performed certified dog grooming service for several years as well as other operational duties. Steve and Margaret both received commendations from the Spay and Neuter Action Program and the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley for promoting and assisting with the adoption of homeless animals and providing services for homeless pet. He was an animal lover of all species. Steve was an avid outdoorsman and skilled hunter and fisherman, accomplishing successful deer, elk and dove hunts every year. He also enjoyed boating and fishing at Elephant Butte and Caballo Lakes. Steve held a red belt in Ninjitsu under Master Eric Golden. Survivor include his wife, Margaret, two children whom Steve cherished, daughter, Amber, age 12 and son Jarrett, age 6 as well as several sisters, Sherisse Hughes of Thousand Oaks, CA, Clair Strong of Tucumcari, Shaun Macaw of Roswell; three brothers, Whitney Smelser of Los Angeles, CA, Paul Moyer of Albuquerque and Jonathan Smelser of Cuba; his mother, Julie Smelser of Las Cruces and father, Worthington Smelser of Cuba; Sam Smelser who was his mentor, friend, and uncle, plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins aunts and uncles. Steve was an amazing young man who did so much and helped so many in his 46 years and will be greatly missed.

Eric Lee Roy Smith 1988 JC, 40, died Wednesday, March 19, 2008, in Mount Pleasant. Mr. Smith was born March 20, 1967, in Pampa. He attended Miami schools, graduating from Miami High School in 1985. Eric attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, graduating in 1988. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Spanish with the goal of teaching. He used his education to teach Spanish in Mexico for a year and a half. He was preceded in death by his father, John H. Smith, in 1989; his grandparents, Horace Smith in 1963 and Faye Smith in 1999; and his grandfather, Leroy Sanford, in 1999. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mary and Cecil Martin of Miami; a sister, Amanda Tenney and husband Brian of St. George; a brother, Lt. Col. Wayde Smith and wife Rebecca of Shiloh, IL; his grandmother, Grace Sanford of Lawrenceburg, TN; a stepbrother, Stephen Martin and wife Susan of Pampa; a stepsister, Vicki Ray and husband Jay of Mobeetie; three uncles, Doyle Smith and wife Mary of Pampa, Ron Sanford and wife Lana of Lawrenceburg and Lee “Butch” Sanford and wife Leanora of San Diego; four nieces; and four nephews.

Michael Stephen “Todd” Webb 1986 HS-1988 JC, 41, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, April 17, 2010 in Euless. Todd was born on May 14, 1968 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Michael Earle and Ronda Sue (Posey) Webb. He was raised in Amarillo and attended the New Mexico Military Institute from 1983 to 1987. He was a member of the Goss Rifle Drill Team and a Commander. Todd attended the University of North Texas. He was a real estate agent and worked with his father in Euless. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Euless and loved the Lord with all his heart. Survivors include wife Jami Webb; son, Eric Keith Miller and wife, Rachel; daughter, Sierra Lyn Nicole Webb; parents, Michael and Ronda Webb; grandchildren, Briana Lyn Miller and Cody Mercer; grandmother, Susie Sain; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Mary Crawford; sister-in-laws, Kim Price and Kristin Crawford; nieces and nephews, Dakota Price, Shelby Price and Taryn Crawford; and best friend and cousin Reny Laughlin and wife, Teresa.

Roger J. Wilson 1988 JC, 44, of Questa passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2012. He is preceded in death by his father, Leo Wilson, grandfather, Bernabe Bailon, grandmother, Maria Bailon, sister Marta Eppie Bailon, brother in-law, Martin Martinez, father in-law, Tomas Aguilar, grandma, Evangelina Cordova. He is survived by his wife, Urbana Wilson, daughter, Maria Melidones (Jake), son, Mario Jose Wilson 2014 JC (Lia), grandson, Joshua, mother, Silvia Wilson, brothers, Leo Wilson Jr., (Darla), Brent Vigil (Paula), Dwayne Bailon (Megan), Mark Gonzales (Zanna), sisters, Teresa Quintana (David), Sidni Bailon, mother in law, Lourdes Aguilar, sister in-law, Yolanda Martinez, brother in-law, Antonio Aguilar (Berta) and other numerous relatives and friends.


Andrew Charles Bullock 1987 HS passed away unexpectedly January 28th, 2011. Andy was born August 31, 1969 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Andy was a master tilesetter. He is survived by his cherised spouse, Julia Jeanne Bullock. They were married September 23, 2000 and have two children, Rowan Willowmay, age 4, and Jareth Anderson, age 2. He is also survived by his parents, Chuck and Kathy Bullock, and his sister, Jennifer Melo.

Mark B. Fulton 1987 HS, 46, passed away July 10, 2015. Service: 2 PM Wednesday at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Visitation: 6-8 PM Tuesday at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel. Survivors: Children, Mark “Cody” and Carrie Fulton, parents, and several siblings.

CAPT Jason Victor Little Griffin, USA 1985 HS-1987 JC passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. . Survivors: Daughters, Alexa Griffin, Alise Griffin, Natalie Griffin; son, Seth Griffin; mother, Prudence Byron Meader; brother, Seth Little.

MSG Christopher A. Heim, USA (Ret) 1987 JC passed away on August 12, 2015. For those fortunate enough to have met him, worked with him, and loved him, everyone knew he was full of life. At the time of his death Chris was doing what he loved; riding his motorcycle. Chris is survived by his wife, Yvonne Heim and his son Lance Heim. He left behind his father Mike Heim; a step-mother, Carolyn Heim; his sister, Joanna Heim; his mother, Lauren Gaudette and half-sister, Elizabeth Gaudette. Chris was born March 29, 1967 and although Chris was only 48 when he passed, he lived life everyday as though it might be his last.

Tyrone “Moon” Howard 1987 JC age 47, of Larimer, unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Beloved father of Sydney and Schyller; son of Ora Lee Howard; he is survived by five brothers; 21 sisters; a great host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

John Paul John 1987 HS – Survived by father Richard John, mother Jeri John, daughter Taylor Nicole John, brother Michael A. John 1986 HS.

Marc A. Rivera 1987 HS, age 41, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2010. He was a kind, loving, sunny and humorous soul. He had a wonderful little giggle that endeared him to everyone around him. When he hugged you, you knew that he really meant it. He missed his father, Robert, who preceded him recently in death, along with his beloved Naney. He leaves behind his Mom, Geraldine Rivera, and her husband Bill Deaton; brother, Jeffrey Bowerman; aunts and uncles, Charlotte and Ken Walton, Beatriz Rivera, and David Rivera; cousins; special friends, Eric H. Rude 1987 HS, Allen K. Hunter 1987 HS, Monica Rivera and Yvonne Sanchez; Glena Knisley; and his “baby” Hurley, the Jack Russell. He will be forever in our hearts.

John H. Smalley, III, 1985 HS-1987 JC, born Nov. 12, 1967, in Bethesda, MD, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, in Kingwood, TX. John was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M., and a former resident of Spring, TX. He was employed by the FAA and retired in 2008. Major Smalley proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm in the 1st Cavalry 413th Civil Affairs Battalion. He is survived by his mother, Diane Ploussard and her husband, Lou; father John Smalley, Jr., and his wife, Pat; former wife and best friend, Lisa Smalley; sister Zoe Smalley; brother Eric Smalley; uncles Steve and Mike Smalley; nephews Trae Walls, Andrew and John Minton.

Roger J. Wilson 1988 JC, 44, of Questa passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2012. He is preceded in death by his father, Leo Wilson, grandfather, Bernabe Bailon, grandmother, Maria Bailon, sister Marta Eppie Bailon, brother in-law, Martin Martinez, father in-law, Tomas Aguilar, grandma, Evangelina Cordova. He is survived by his wife, Urbana Wilson, daughter, Maria Melidones (Jake), son, Mario Jose Wilson 2014 JC (Lia), grandson, Joshua, mother, Silvia Wilson, brothers, Leo Wilson Jr., (Darla), Brent Vigil (Paula), Dwayne Bailon (Megan), Mark Gonzales (Zanna), sisters, Teresa Quintana (David), Sidni Bailon, mother in law, Lourdes Aguilar, sister in-law, Yolanda Martinez, brother in-law, Antonio Aguilar (Berta) and other numerous relatives and friends.


David “Dave” Michael Alvarez 1986 HS, born on April 18, 1967, in the “cheese capital of the world”, Plymouth, WI, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, unexpectedly. Dave had a playful and irreverent outlook toward life, an attitude that he was fortunate enough to retain right up until the time of his passing. If you find this particular viewpoint offensive, then read no further. Yet then you didn’t really know Dave. Instead, please take comfort in knowing that Dave truly lived fully every moment of his life and was a great teacher and mentor of peace, love and kindness for those of us surviving. Dave passed away amongst the rich and famous of the blue collar type of folks. He passed in Mooresville, NC. He is survived by a very large family and his two remarkable sons, Jacob and Joshua, and their mother, CJ Alvarez; his mother, Janis Lee Alvarez (Goff); brother, Brian; sisters, Shawn, Aletia, Carrie, Laura and Marilee; and his loyal friends, Matt and Nicole Caton; and a big following of friends. With the love and peace that Dave spread around the world, he may have been largely responsible for the ending of the cold war and we also know that he had input to the lyrics for John Lennon’s song, “Give Peace a Chance”. He also had the sweet outlook similar to Forrest Gump. Waaaaah–at least that is the way his family tells it. Dave spent the majority of his young years in Plymouth before his family moved to Albuquerque, NM, where he attended the New Mexico Military Institute and was a state wrestling champion. Dave wrestled a diversity of jobs in his life, trained as a culinary artist and managed all aspects of the restaurant business. Dave was adamant that people use the occasion of his passing to remember and celebrate his life.

Marshall Charles Grindell 1986 HS, 48, died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at his residence in Concho. He was born Nov. 3, 1967, in Santa Fe, N.M., the son of David Charles Grindell and Marjorie Belle Hester.Marshall was an artist for 31 years. He was an oil painter and later in his life turned to graphic art with computers. He was the type of person who was always quick with a smile and a helping hand.He is survived by his parents, David C. Grindell and Marjorie H. Simpson, and brother David S. Grindell.

Carl Rager Jones 1986 HS, 43, formerly of Dumas, Texas, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Carl was born March 24, 1967, in Dumas to Louis R. and Jerilynn Jones. He attended school through the 10th grade in Dumas and then graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He attended Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, and received his certification as a horologist in 1989, and then received an associate degree from Amarillo College in 2000. As a young person he was involved in Boy Scouts. He was employed at Sebo Tek as a phonics technician. Carl was an artist, enjoyed flying model planes and loved his dogs. He was a member of First Christian Church in Dumas, and while living in Tulsa he attended Tulsa Baptist Temple. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis R. Jones, in December 2009; and his grandmother, Geneva Jones, in March 2010. Survivors include his mother, Jerilynn Jones of Brownfield; two sisters, Jessica Staples of Weatherford and Jennifer Appel of Sugar Land; a brother, David Jones of Temple; three nieces; and four nephews.

George Patrick Martin 1986 HS – George Patrick Martin, 44, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio from injuries received in a house fire in Hunt, Texas, on July 24, 2012. He was born March 21, 1968, in Austin and grew up in Dallas, Texas. George attended Highland Park High School, The New Mexico Military Institute and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from St. Edwards University. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. Claud and Marie Martin and Jack Sparks 1930 JC and Beaulah all of Austin. George leaves behind his wife, Lauren; daughters, Piper, 16, and Campbell, 12, all now living in Galveston; parents, Claude A. Jr., 1964 HS and Sandra “Sandy” Martin of Hunt; sister and brother-in-law, Polly and Lonnie Cooper and their children, Hunter, 20, and Carley, 16, of Houston; loving mother-in-law, Sally Albright of Dallas; and “Brother” Nils Erickson of Hunt. George had many loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who will miss him very much. George worked for the Dallas County Juvenile Department and Auto Refinance Source, Inc. In Dallas from 1993 through 2009, when the family moved to Hunt, Texas. He worked at Home Depot and the Kerr County Family Protective Services as a special investigator until his death. George had many passions, first and foremost his family, friends and a deep love of the outdoors. He was a highly respected CPS investigator and loved his profession. Each day he looked forward to helping someone in the community with their troubles. George loved the Hunt property that has been in his family for years. He would never miss his chance to get his yearly “buck”.

Mark Edward Nesiba 1986 JC, 45, was received by our Lord and entered eternal life on June 13, 2009. Mark accepted the fulltime job in Heaven to watch over and protect his loving mother, Mrs. Joellen Bowden; his four beautiful and intelligent daughters; Natasha Nesiba (16), Nicole Nesiba (14), Katrina Nesiba (8), and little Jessica Nesiba (4); his ex-wife of almost 16 years, Ms. Josephina R. Estrada; his oldest brother Bruce Nesiba and wife, Yulonda, of Dothan, AL; his middle brother Scott Nesiba and wife Laura of Montgomery, AL; nephews, Patrick, Christopher, and Brandon Nesiba; nieces, Emily, Anna Marie and Isabella Nesiba; and aunts and uncles. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Irvin L. Nesiba, and his grandparents, Louis and Hilda Nesiba, and Fred and Vera Frandsen.Mark was born on December 26, 1963. After graduating from high school in Dothan, AL, he spent almost three years in the US Army where he worked as a weapons support radar repairer. He then earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences at New Mexico Military Institute and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from NM State University. He began his professional engineering career at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) working as a Co-Op for Raytheon and truly enjoyed working on the Patriot Missile. After that he worked for Aerotherm Corp. At the High Energy Laser Site Test Facility (HELSTF), and finally as a civilian for the Range Operations Directorate where he worked the majority of the time in the Flight Safety Office as a flight safety engineer, which required extensive detailed planning. Mark’s total engineering career at WSMR lasted over 20 years.Mark’s passion was playing with his girls, cooking for them, and catering to their needs. He also enjoyed spending time with his buddy, Edward Roy Tennent, whenever they went fishing, hunting (rabbit, quail, Oryx, deer, and elk), and trying to golf. Ed-Thank you for being Mark’s best friend.

Michael A. Sanders, Jr., 1986 HS, beloved son of Mike Sanders and the late Lucia Nettle Sanders, Dallas, Texas, was killed April 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado by a motorist while jogging. Born December 16, 1966 in Dallas, Mike attended Highland Park schools, graduating from New Mexico Military Academy and Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. An avid skier, mountain climber and all around outdoorsman. Mike joined the US Army at the age of 40 and served with distinction for four years. In addition to his father, he is survived by brothers Todd Sanders and wife Joy, Paul Sanders and wife Jenna; sister Gwen Katz and husband Greg, step-brothers Darren Blanton and wife Julie and Brett Blanton and wife Cheryl, and fourteen nieces and nephews and several aunts and uncles. He is also survived by special friend and former wife, Kirsten Sanders.

Constantine H. Wilson 1986 JC, 52, of Midland, VA died peacefully on May 17, 2017. Born in Washington, D.C., on September 19, 1964, he was the son of Theodore and Evelyn Wilson, who preceded him in death.
Constantine was a very talented man, who had innumerable skills. This talent from God was evident in his work with New Guard America rifle exhibition drill team, which he founded. The team holds thirteen Guinness World Records, while he personally held nine. His team often placed first as they travelled the world in competition.
Over the years, he assisted the US Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard Drill Team as choreographer and instructor and also coached many different rifle teams.
He leaves his devoted wife and sons; Isabelle, Xylan and Nathaniel.


Bruce Allen Bither 1985 JC (March 13, 1965 ~ January 15, 2012) “He was the BEST DAD ever! Bruce loved and cared for everyone he met and was well loved in return.” Bruce A. Bither died Jan. 15, 2012 at home in Vancouver, WA, with his loving family around him. He was born in Crescent City, CA, graduated from Eureka High School and College of the Redwoods Nursing Program. Bruce was a retired Registered Nurse from the Emergency Department at Adventist Hospital in Portland, OR. He dearly loved fishing and camping, especially with his father and sister. His family was the most important thing in his life. Bruce is survived by wife, Judy; children, Andrew, Douglas, Benjamin and Molly; parents, Richard and Marilyn Bither; and sister, Dr. Michele Marshall-Krause.

Shannon Scott Hearne 1985 HS passed away on January 31, 2016, in Austin, Texas. He was born on September 16, 1965, in Dallas, Texas. He spent his early life living in many different states including Texas, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and California. After graduating high school at New Mexico Military Institute, Scott went on to graduate from Baylor University where he met his future wife and best friend, Bridgette Hearne. Once married, he and Bridgette lived in Southern California and eventually moved to Texas, first in Houston and then eventually settling in Austin where he finally found his forever home. Scott was an incredibly intelligent man who was driven by many passions. Whether it be his love of live music, spending time outdoors, or all things “Austin”, Scott embraced a quality of life few take the time to absorb. As an avid “social butterfly”, he never met a stranger he didn’t like. But most of all, Scott was so very proud of his son, Ryan. Scott will forever be remembered by his former wife and best friend Bridgette Hearne, his son Ryan Hearne, his father Shannon Craig Hearne and his wife Joni, his stepmother Jeremy Hearne, his brother Stephen Hearne and his wife Cristin, his sister Lindsay Hearne, his grandmother Mildred Landrum, his loving nephews, niece, uncles, cousins, and other friends, and his other best friend Bella (his golden retriever). He is preceded in death by his mother Joyce Hearne, his brother Byron Hearne, and his grandfathers and grandmothers.

Charles Kauwe Lasley 1985 JC of Blue Ridge, TX., born July 1, 1965, passed away December 30, 2013. Preceded in death by father, Charles L. Lasley. Survived by wife of 2 years, Shannon D. Lasley; son, Matthew Lasey & wife; daughter, Meagan Lasley; step-sons, Robert McLain and Hunter McLain; grandchild, Harleigh Lasley; mother, Verna M. Lasley; sisters, Lucille Conkle & husband; Lauraann Allen & husband; many nieces and nephews.

Mary (Urda) Pritchett 1985 HS (10/24/1967 – 5/8/2007) Survived by her husband, Todd Forde Pritchett, her two sons, Christopher Handley and Andrew Handley, her step-son Alexander Pritchett, her mother and father, Pok Tok and Elmer Urda. Beloved by friends and family.

Frederick D. “Fred” Salcido 1985 HS, 47, a Deming resident passed away Sunday June 8, 2014 at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo.Visitation will be Thursday June 12, 2014 evening from 5 to 7 at Baca’s Funeral Chapels. The funeral services will be Friday morning at Holy Family Catholic Church with recitation of the rosary at 10 o’clock led by Suzanne Lundy. Mass of the Christian Burial will follow with Fr. Ron Machado as the celebrant. Concluding services and inurnment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.He was born February 12, 1967 in Tularosa to Mary Margaret (Galaz) and Max Robert Salcido and has resided in Deming most his life. Fred received his Bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University and later continued his education receiving his Master’s degree from Western New Mexico University. He taught at Deming Public Schools for 14 years and most recently was at the Deming Intermediate School. He was the trustee for the Elks Lodge, a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.Survivors include his daughter, Victoria Salcido of Deming; parents, Max and Mary Margaret “Margie” Salcido of Tularosa; brother, Kevin Salcido and wife Janet of Las Cruces; 3 nieces, Kayla, Jordon & Lauren; uncles and aunt, David & Mae Yniguez and Joe Salcido; special cousins, Korinne Pacheco and daughter, Gabrielle, Valerie (Ron), Geretta (Ben) Abeyta, Katherine (Eliud) Salazar, Robert & Liz Salcido and God-daughter, Aliana.He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Marie in 2005


Daniel J. Aldridge 1984 JC – Dan Aldridge, 53 lost his battle with cancer in Chandler, Arizona, on July 26, 2016 with his family by his side. Dan was born in Ashland, WI and moved to Lake Havasu City with his family in 1969. Dan attended school in Lake Havasu City and graduated from Lake Havasu High in 1981. Dan was a gifted athlete and student and was a national water skiing champion. He was also a successful entrepreneur growing up, starting and owning two businesses prior to high school graduation. Dan spent his first year in college at New Mexico Military Institute and completed his first year with the highest GPA in his class. That summer, Dan received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated in the top 15% of his class. Dan was accepted to flight school in Pensacola, FL where he went through vigorous training for Naval Aviation. Dan’s Naval career was cut short due to a medical condition and was honorably discharged in 1992. Dan was also a private pilot who enjoyed nothing more than flying. After the Navy, he worked in land development and consulting. Dan was preceded in death by his Father, the Honorable Don Aldridge; Dan is survived by his Mother, Mary (Aldridge) Rock; his sisters Nannette, Sophia, Beth and Tamera; his brothers Mike, Andy and Ray; And numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. Dan will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Hugh I. Akutagawa 1982 HS-1984 JC was born April 27th, 1963 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He grew up in Albuquerque and attended The New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Hugh passed away January 21, 2015 from complications after being hospitalized. Hugh was the son of Tazue Akutagawa and late Taro Akutagawa. Hugh is survived by his mother Tazue Akutagawa; brother Yoshiro Akutagawa; sister Keiko Lambert; his niece Midori Lambert; nephew Ryo Lambert. His sister was the late Denise Daly, and he is survived by his brother-in-law Tim Daly, nephew Kyle Daly and niece Shannon Daly.

Michael John Bridge 1982 HS-1984 JC – A rosary was recited at 7 pm on July 18, 1996 at the Ballard Chapel for Michael John Bridge, 31, of Roswell, who passed away July 12th at Good Sam Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.  Michael was born August 11, 1964 in Evergreen Park, IL, to Ken and Nancy (Brinka) Bridge both of whom survive him.  Michael had been a lifelong resident of Roswell.  He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1984, with an associate degree and went on to New Mexico State University where he received a BA in Criminal Justice.   He was a manager for Maloof Motels for a few years and was of the Catholic faith.  In addition to his parents, other survivors include his brothers, David K. Bridge and his wife Gaylenn of Arizona and Ian K. Bridge and his wife Peggy, of Las Cruces; sister, Laura J. Eldridge and husband, Travis, of Roswell; nephews, Lane Eldridge and Christian Bridge and niece Cera Bridge.

Blythe Kelly Douglas 1984 HS, devoted and loving father, husband, son, brother and friend, died on May 1, 2018. He owned and operated Douglas Piano Movers and worked more than 30 years at Hyatt Regency, Maui. This vital man of action, service and love will be dearly missed. He was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on August 20, 1965. Blythe is survived by his treasured wife, Clarissa; daughter, Katie; son Elijah; parents, Bill and Kathryn Douglas; siblings, Cody, Creseda, Annie and Lane.

Robert Bonnell Holton 1982 HS-1984 JC passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018, in Midland, Texas. Robert was born on January 12, 1963, in Midland, Texas, to Martha Arnold Holton and Walter Bonnell Holton, Jr. He is survived by his sister, Tammy Smith, and her husband, Bill; and by his brother, Van Holton, and his wife, Pattye. He is also survived by nephew Will Smith and his wife, Casey, and their children Archer and Bosun; nephew Sam Holton and his wife, Savanna, and their son Graham; niece Elizabeth Wilson and her husband, Bryan, and their children, Kenzie, Alex, Libby, and Holton; and niece Vanna Boulter and her husband, Blaine, and their daughter, Ellie Mae. He also leaves behind several aunts, an uncle, and many cousins, and his constant companion, his sweet little dog, Daisy.

James Lee “Jim Bob” Pool, Jr. 1984 HS -Jim was born August 23, 1966 in Garland, TX. He died February 13, 2013 peacefully in his sleep, while on a sales trip in Gallup, NM. Jim attended Garland public schools, Montessori, New Mexico Military Inst., UT Dallas and Univ. of WY. He was preceded in death by his father James L. Pool, Sr. He is survived by his mother Jeri Pool Marcus & brother Kevin Pool with wife Lisa, and also many close friends and their families. He was a true friend and beloved son and brother.


Kenneth Alan Barnhill 1983 HS, age 52, of Roswell, NM, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017. Kenneth was born on March 17, 1964 in Lamar, Colorado, to Roger Lee and Myrtle Minerva [auth] Barnhill. Some of the things he loved were being outdoors “hunting and fishing,” The Walking Dead TV show, watching movies, as well as his favorite video game Warcraft and years ago Dungeons and Dragons. He is preceded in death by his parents Roger Lee and Myrtle Minerva Barnhill, and his sister Serena Jo Phillips. He is survived by his sisters Lorraine Crane and her husband Rob, Cynthia Holladay and her husband Chris, Lisa Gamboa, Lorna Barnhill,; brother Lyle Phillips and his wife Virginia, Randall Barnhill, Lesley Barnhill; nephews Robert Crane, Jr., Jeremy Phillips; nieces Angela Phillips, Heather Holladay; and his furry companions Dolly, Teke, and Precious.

Thomas Minter “Tom” Batjer 1983 JC, 46, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, in Fort Worth. Tom was born Dec. 17, 1962, in Dallas to Robert and Jacqueline Batjer. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell later serving in the U.S. Army. Tom had resided in the Fort Worth area for the past 14 years. He was a member of St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert D. Batjer, Jr., Survivors: Wife, Christina Batjer; daughters, Ashley Nicole and Paris Elizabeth Batjer; mother, Jaqueline Batjer of Abilene; brother, Jim Batjer and wife, Shawn, of Plano; sister, Jane Anne Batjer of St. Louis, Mo.; aunt, Susan Shelton of Abilene; and uncle, the Rev. Tommy Bye of Marble Falls.

Bryan C. Bowlin 1983 HS – was born July 2, 1965 in Grants, N.M. and passed away January 31, 2012 in Reno Nev. Bryan will be missed by his family and a multitude of dear friends in Bullhead City, Las Vegas, and Grants, N.M. He left behind his son, Christian, in Tennessee, his Dad and Mom, Ronald and Carlene of Bullhead City, his brother, James in Kingman, AZ and his brother, Alan in Medical Lake, Wash.WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS, BRYAN!!

Stanley Hunter Cook 1983 JC of McKinney, Texas passed away June 17, 2014 at the age of 52. He was born May 5, 1962 to Dan Hamilton Cook and Nancy (Kelly) Cook in Dallas, Texas. Stanley married Kelly Culver on June 25, 1994 in Dallas, Texas. He is of the Methodist faith.Stanley is survived by his wife, Kelly Cook of McKinney, Texas; children, Mason Mobly and wife Jamaica of McKinney, Texas and Ross Cook of McKinney, Texas; grandson, Mason Mobly II of McKinney, Texas; mother, Nancy Cook of McKinney, Texas; brother, Jeffrey Cook of Dallas, Texas; sister, Cynthia Cook of Shreveport, Louisiana; and a host of other loving family and friends.He was preceded in death by his father, Dan Hamilton Cook.

Kevin Shawn Cullen 1983 JC was born on December 5, 1960 in Denver, Colorado. He joined the Army in 1980 and served until 1990. Kevin was in business with his father for many years selling aircraft manuals to pilots all over the world. He loved his work and was very professional at it. Kevin was preceded in death by his father Jim, and his sister Kelly Ann. He leaves behind his wife, Mary Russelavage, mother, Grace, brothers; Terry and Patrick, sisters; Colleen Monsarrat and Cathy Andrianakos. He will be greatly missed.

Charles Edward “Chuck” Entwisle 1983 JC lost his battle with brain cancer Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at age 47. Chuck was born Sept. 20, 1963, in Vernal, Utah, the son of Charles and Margaret Greene Entwisle. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, Utah State University and Devry Institute. He married Patricia Lynn Morton on Sept. 10, 1986, in South Jordan, Utah. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Survivors: wife of 25 years, Pat Entwisle; daughters, Samantha “Sami” and Camille Entwisle; parents; and siblings, Ange, Marcy, Margy, Joe and Carrie.

Michael Tod Goodall 1983 HS, 47, formerly of Las Cruces, New Mexico, passed away on January 8, 2013, after a short Illness at the Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Survivors include his only son Ryan Goodall of Independence, Missouri, parents Don and Carole Goodall of Las Cruces, New Mexico, brother Kevin Goodall of Las Cruces, and other relatives. Michael was born on March 11, 1965 in Jackson, California. After the family moved to Las Cruces, he attended Las Cruces High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and New Mexico State University. Michael loved animals, enjoyed sports, especially wrestling, and excelled at Motocross racing. He was the Internet Technology Manager of an on-line business of a medical firm in Las Vegas.

Scott R. Kennedy 1983 HS was a American comic, who appeared on Comedy Central. Openly gay, he co-founded the Gay Comedy Jam. For many years, he performed many times a year for U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, both through the USO and as part of his own comedy troupe. Kennedy was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised there and in Hobbs. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas, after his family moved there, and then studied psychology at the College of Santa Fe. He got his start in comedy in 1986 at an open mic night at the Froggy Bottoms Comedy Club in Lubbock, where a friend had entered him in a comedy contest. He moved to Houston and then in 1999 to Los Angeles. He had a successful stand-up career, performing at clubs throughout the country. He was featured performer at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, and on Comedy Central was so successful on Premium Blend that he was given a half-hour special in 2004. Kennedy was openly gay, participating for example in Jason Stuart’s 2004 improvised comedy film about gay dating, 10 Attitudes. However, he was a footballer in high school and his burly “linebacker” or “lumberjack” looks often led audiences to be surprised when he revealed his sexual orientation at the end of a set. In 1994, with his partner Kevin Maye, he co-founded the Gay Comedy Jam, which toured over 150 cities in the US and Canada; he was the “Oscar” character to Maye’s “Felix”.Beginning in the mid-2000s, Kennedy began touring extensively to entertain American troops on active duty, starting with USO tours in Afghanistan with Dave Attell. He formed his own touring company, Comics Ready to Entertain, to go to more dangerous places than the USO was willing to send him to, performing up to five times a day on over 50 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

John Damian Knowles 1983 JC died January 26, 2007, in Lamar, CO. He was born October 13, 1962. John was a 1981 graduate of Mingus Union High School. He was raised in the Verde Valley from 1969 until his high school graduation. John played football, basketball, and baseball growing up with his brothers and all of his wonderful childhood friends. After high school, he attended New Mexico Military Institute and earned a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He then attended Arizona State University, where he received his BS in Business Administration. He served eight years as an officer in the Air Defense Artillery branch, including service in Iraq, and was honorably discharged as a captain from his last assignment in Germany. He returned to the Verde Valley and became a Realtor, working for Selna & Associates. He recently moved to Colorado Springs, CO, to be closer to his youngest daughter Meagan. John is survived by his two daughters; Dominique Knowles of Cottonwood, Meagan Knowles, Colorado Springs, CO, two grandchildren; his mother, Barbara Knowles, of Dewey, two sisters Cathy Kenson, Christine Seall, and three brothers, Steve Knowles, Mike Knowles, and Kevin Knowles.

Gary L. Morey 1983 JC, 47, of Fort Worth entered into God’s presence on Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Huntsville, Texas. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 8 years, Janis T. Morey; parents, Charles and Maxine Morey; sisters, Julie Carker and her husband, Joe, Jayne Williams and her husband, Matt and Glenda Garcia and her husband, Alex. He also leaves to cherish his memory numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Clarence “Bully” Ahulani Nakaahiki 1983 JC, 46, of Waimea, Hawaii, died June 15, 2010, at home. Born in Waimea, Kauai, he was a former police officer with the Honolulu Police Department, director of security and night manager for Seascape Resort in Aptos, CA, and a first lieutenant with the Hawaii Army National Guard. Survived by wife, Victorialei “Nohea” Nakaahiki of Waimea; daughter, Mahealani Nakaahiki of Waimea; son, Max Nakaahiki of Waimea; paternal grandmother, Minnie Nakaahiki of Kekaha; mother, Caroline Nakaahiki of Kekaha; brothers, Mitchel (Sherry) Nakaahiki of Boron, Calif., Henry (Sylvia) Nakaahiki, Jr., of Kekaha, Clint (Haunani) Nakaahiki of Honolulu, Lyle (Yvette) Nakaahiki of Hanapepe, Kauai; sisters, Debra (Larry) Gates and Lynn Nakaahiki of Rainier, OR, Minnie (Anthony) Natividad of Waimea, Kauai, Kahelelani (Lefty) Kanahele of Kekaha; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

LTC Albert E. Smart, USA 1983 JC – Global War on Terrorism-Killed in service – died May 28, 2005, while serving his country in Afghanistan.

Charles Herman Sumera 1983 JC died at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Jan. 22, 2010, at age 46. Born in Honolulu on May 23, 1963, he worked with the State Housing Authority as a groundskeeper. He is survived by his parents, Herman and Guillerma “Irma” Sumera; brother, Andrew (Jessica Choy) Sumera; sister, Susan (Brian) Caseria, all of Hilo; nieces, Kamalei Caseria of Oæahu and Brooke Caseria of Hilo; nephew Ranson Yoneda of Hilo; numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

David A. Wolfe Jr., 1983 HS, 41, passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2006. He was born in Wakefield, MI, on October 26, 1965. He was a graduate of Gallup High School and attended Gogebic Junior College and the New Mexico Military Institute. David, Jr. was preceded in death by his grandparents Myrt and Orville Hansen and Oscar and Ida Wolfe both of Ewen, MI, Uncle David Cummings and Aunt Barb Lindsey. David, Jr. is survived by his parents David and Joanne Wolfe of Fernley, sister, Melissa Tait and her husband Jim of Winnemucca and Michelle Lovato of Gallup, NM, nieces Quinn, Quartney, Mattea, Jordan, Bailey and Lexus. He is also survived by a very special nephew, James, Aunt Susan and Uncle Bob Giesen of Minneapolis and Aunt Karen and Uncle Mike Wolfe of Las Vegas.


Robert “Bob” Lawrence Bogle 1982 HS 36, of Brea, CA, died March 6, 2000.

Michael Joseph Briere 1982 JC of Sierra Vista, AZ, passed away on May 7, 2016 at his home after a brief illness. Michael was born on July 7, 1962 in Altus, Oklahoma, to Donald and Helen Briere. He attended Kalaheo High School in Hawaii, graduating in 1980. He enlisted in the army reserve, eventually earning the rank of major. He attended the University of Central Arkansas, graduating with an associate’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in english. He also attended Cochise College, graduating with an associate’s degree in nursing in 2010. Michael loved reading and learning and was knowledgeable and well-versed on a wide range of subjects. He liked to watch movies and was especially fond of science fiction. He was a gym enthusiast and rarely missed a day exercising and lifting weights at Summit Fitness. Michael took pleasure in working with his hands and tools, and had been remodeling his home prior to the onset of his illness. He had recently started cooking and improving in his skill. He was a great story-teller blessed with a hearty laugh and the gift of gab, and he will truly be missed. Michael is survived by his wife of 16 years, Laura (Sperry) Briere of Sierra Vista, AZ; his mother and step-father, Helen and Joseph Echevarria, of Conway, AR; three children: Stephanie Verseman and her husband, Nicholas, of Largo, FL; Michael Briere of Largo, FL, and Kurtis Briere of Richmond, VA; three brothers: Christopher Briere and his wife, Julie, of Little Rock, AR, Todd Briere and his wife, Karen, of San Antonio, TX, and Eric Briere and his partner, Joel Preciado, of Austin, TX; a sister, Cheri Woodward, and her husband, Timothy, of Ogdensburg, NY; three grandchildren, and many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Michael was predeceased by his father, Donald “Frenchie” Briere on March 18, 2012.

Mark Angelo Duran 1982 JC, age 47, passed away January 1, 2010 in Santa Fe, NM. He was preceded in death by his father, Bernie J. Duran; brother, Andrew Duran; grandparents, Mable Catanach and Don Gonzalez; uncles: Phillip and Alfred Gonzales; aunt, Adela Gonzales; and cousin, Annette Gonzales. Mark, also known as “Duranimal” was a graduate of St. Michael’s High School in 1980. He played football from 1977-1980 and led the state in rushing and touchdowns a record held for many years. In 1980, Mayor Art Trujillo proclaimed November 19 as Mark Duran Day. Mark also excelled in baseball throughout his youth. He attended NM Military Institute 1981-82, and NMHU 1982-1983. Mark enjoyed skiing, weight lifting, biking, camping and spending time with his children and family. He loved his family’s pets, Miles and Aldo. He is survived by his mother, JoAnn G. Duran; his children: Kayleigh Duran, Justin Duran and the mother of his children and best friend, Joy Trujillo; his sister, Carmella (Leonard); brothers: Joseph, Matthew, Greg and Paul (Michelle); and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. “Daddy, I love you and I will miss you forever.” “Love, your son, Justin” “Dad, thanks for being such a loving father. Justin and I love you so much, and will greatly miss you.” Love, your baby, Kayleigh Mark, I’m going to miss you so much; your smile, your warm heart and most of all your friendship. Thank you for two beautiful children.Leslie Prescott Champlin 1982 HS, 43, of Mesa, AZ, died Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Leslie was born September 13, 1963, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. She is survived by her parents, Bill and Ann Champlin of Chandler, AZ; her sister and brother-in-law, Sargi and John Grijalva of Mayer, AZ; two nephews; five grand-nephews and nieces. Also surviving her are aunts and uncles, Sandy and John Champlin of Fountain Hills, AZ, Jane and Jack Giddings, Nancy and Terry Bathe, Jill Champlin and Jo Davidson, all of Hastings, NE; uncles, Edwin Bishop of Baton Rouge, LA; Jim Bishop of Kuwait; and various cousins.

Donald Ray “Ray” Sanchez, Sr., 1982 HS – September 22, 1961 a child is born and struggles with life. Through the love of his family one year later he is able to leave the hospital and join them. With that love and strong family support he went on to honorably serve his country and his city. Father of three, Donald, Jr., Steven, and Ashley, grandfather of two, Lilian and Isabella. Don Sanchez has left this world to enjoy the love of the Lord. His spirit has moved but the love he demonstrated will live on through those that knew him.

Gino Francis Sanchez 1982 HS, age 48, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 8. Gino was a Belen native, born on July 28, 1964, and attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and Belen Junior High before going to NMMI, where he graduated with honors. He received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in construction management. Gino worked in the Chicago area, Puerto Rico and Brazil for Turner Construction Company. He also worked for Motorola as head of real estate and construction for Latin America before beginning his own construction and waste management company in Brazil. Gino has been living and working in Brazil for the past 17 years. Most recently, he was contracted by Swift to work in Angola on a natural gas project. Gino was a man who knew no stranger. He touched the lives of all who met him. He was preceded in death by his father, Nick Sanchez. Gino is survived by his wife of 16 years, Minna McKimmey Sanchez three children, Philip, Thomas and Marisol his mother, Juanita Otero Sanchez his four brothers, John, Nicholas, James and Carlo as well as his two sisters, Consuelo Fossati and Maria Elena Seager and six nieces and nephews.

Sean Conrad Slade 1982 HS Age 47, passed away suddenly on May 25, 2012. Surviving Sean are his father David; mother Billie Hudgins; sister Kaye Peery; brothers Dave, Jr., and Scott C. Slade 1986 HS; daughters Sierra and Savannah.

Willie Gene Tetterton, Jr. 1982 JC, 47, passed away Sept. 5, 2008, in Gary, IN.  Born in Norfolk, he was a truck driver for Transport Unlimited, Reedsville, VA. Gene is survived by his wife, Bette Tetterton; parents, Willie G. Tetterton, Sr. and Sandra McHarg Tetterton of Virginia Beach; daughter, Stacey Mills and husband Jeremiah of Norfolk; sister, Pamela Tetterton of Atlanta; brother, Patrick Tetterton of Virginia Beach; and granddaughter, Katherine Mills.

James M. Woodfin 1982 HS – On Nov. 22, 2012, the remains of James Marshall “Jay” Woodfin of Meridian, Texas, were found in Bosque County after a six-month search. He had been in failing health the last several years. He was 50 years old. Jay was born in San Angelo, Texas, on Dec. 30, 1962, to Jack Ulmer and Maribel Holland Ulmer. Maribel later married Bill Woodfin, who then adopted Jay. Jay loved cars and was a master mechanic. He could fix just about anything that needed repair, not limiting himself to cars. He delighted in filling the “ready ranger” kits of his family with specialty tools. He believed in always being ready for anything and heartily loved a good adventure! Jay loved riding his motorcycle and taking road trips with Rosie, his partner in life, love and adventure. Standing 6 feet, 5 inches tall, Jay was a big man with an even bigger heart. He did not tolerate bullying of any sort and would quickly come to the aid of the underdog. Jay never met a stranger and always enjoyed a good party! Whether it was having a beer with his friends, grilling with family or simply sitting on the porch drinking iced tea and swapping lies. Over the years, Jay had various dogs that sat on the porch with him, but he had a special fondness for his Dachsunds: Spud, Wrinkles and most recently, Chloe, who he taught to retrieve birds while he was hunting. Jay loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, gun collector and fisherman. One of his great pleasures in life was passing on this knowledge to his kids, nieces and nephews. Sometimes learning these skills would require that you listen to one of Jay’s many stories, which usually ended in great roars of laughter. He loved a good joke, whether it was on him or one he had carefully planned. He just loved to make people laugh, which he did very well. Jay believed in family first and exemplified this in his life. The births of his daughters were two of his proudest moments. He took special pride in his nieces and nephews, treating them like his own children. He is survived by parents Maribel Woodfin of Lorena, Texas, Jack (Margie) Ulmer of Carlton, Ore., and Bill (Pat) Woodfin of San Angelo, Texas; his partner, Rose Marie Rose of Meridian, Texas; one sister, Michelle (John) Small of Lexington, Ky.; two daughters, Jaclyn (James) Wengier and Jenilee Woodfin, both of Granbury; nieces and nephews, Lindsay (Aaron) Oliver, Chris Grimes, Josh Grimes, Wade (Natalie) Woodfin, Lauren Grimes and Rowdy (Kim) Woodfin; grandchildren Emilee, Jude and Steven Wengier; great-nieces and nephews Gabriel and Kenzie Woodfin, Faith Barnes and Alex Oliver; sister-in-law Cheryl Anderson (Wesley Woodfin); and former wife and mother of his children, Cheryl (Shon) Hacker. His brother, Wesley C. Woodfin 1982 HS, preceded him in death.

Robert Lawrence Young 1982 JC On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Robert Lawrence Young severed the bonds of this beautiful Earth and of his loving family and joined his Holy Father in Heaven. This gentle and giving soul is now at peace. Rob was born April 8, 1962 in Kerrville, Texas, to Dr. Joel E. and Gayle H. Young. He attended schools in Dallas; graduating from Zion Lutheran school and then from Bryan Adams High School in 1980. During his school years he was a member of the YMCA Indian Guides and, later, the Boy Scouts of America wherein he attained the rank of Eagle (1976). He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, in 1982. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1982 to 1990, commissioned as 2nd lieutenant, promoted to 1st lieutenant in 1985. He trained and served with the 387th Engineers as Platoon Leader/Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Protection Officer. Rob had many talents and abilities from computer construction, repair and programming, photography and videography, teaching in his fields of specialty, including safety and efficiency in the workplace to design and construction of various models and devices. He was rewarded by his former employer, Lehigh Henson Company, “for the finest video and film productions, and work created for the web.” He did similar work for his last employer, Moneygram. He won a blue ribbon for his original model of the “Starship Enterprise” at the State Fair of Texas. He also spent a lot of time traveling to Albuquerque to visit his daughter and her husband and their children who called him “Granpa Texas!” Rob is survived by his children, Marilyn Gayle and her husband, Christopher Grubbs, and Raymond Lawrence Young and wife Raquel, and their mother, Elaine Medina Young, former wife, Rosaland Young, by three grandchildren, Giuliana (Gigi) Grubbs, Christian Grubbs and Jack Riley Young; his parents, Joel and Gayle Young; his sister, Ginger Anderson and her husband, Mark; and his brother, Randy Young and wife, Christy; and his niece, Sarah Anderson; and nephews, Nathan, Justin and Jonathan Young. Rob was baptized in the Casa Linda Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas March 27, 1975.


Scott V. Fletcher 1981 HS, 36, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, May 13, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Anne M. Fletcher of Albuquerque; son, Mark W. Fletcher of Lancaster, CA; mother, Mary L. Fletcher of Albuquerque; father, Harvey A. Fletcher of Pittsburgh, PA; brother, David A. Fletcher; and sister, Gayle Hilton, both of Albuquerque. Mr. Fletcher graduated from NMMI. He owned and operated a self storage and internet business. Mr. Fletcher was a recipient of the Jefferson Award for his participation in the rescue of Baby Jessica. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church. Mr. Fletcher served on the Vender’s Committee for the Albuquerque Flea Market at the State Fairgrounds.

Jack L. Gruger 1981 HS – 47, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in Tularosa. He was born Jan. 26, 1963, in Alamogordo to William S. Gruger, III and Joann L. (Snyder) Gruger. Survivors include his mother, Joann Gruger of Tularosa; brother, Steve Gruger and wife Lee of Albuquerque; sister, Jill Gutierrez and husband Steve of Las Cruces; brother, Joe Gruger and wife Jacque of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Jon Gruger of Livermore, Calif.; brother, Michael Gruger and wife Jennifer of Albuquerque; three nephews; six nieces; four grandnephews and six grandnieces. He was preceded in death by his father, William S. Gruger, III. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in Tularosa by Celia Garica. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church with Father Clifford Herle, OFM, celebrant. Pallbearers include Mark Garwood, Mat Garwood, Michael Salazar, John Kowatch, Louie Kowatch, Tom Nelson and Jimmy John Vigil.

Ronald Lee Musser 1981 HS Musser, 45, died June 6, 2008, in Albuquerque. He was born May 31, 1963, in Gallup. Musser graduated from New Mexico Military in Roswell in 1981 with honors. He lived and worked in Gallup until 1989 when he moved to Midland, Texas, where he began a career in the construction industry. He lived in Midland and Dallas until moving to Albuquerque, in 1995, where he worked in the construction/building maintenance field. Survivors include his sons, Peter J. Musser of Gallup, Ronald J. Musser of Dallas; daughter, Britney Musser of Dallas; parents, Francis and Luis Mares; brothers, Scott Musser of Chino Hills, CA, Chris Musser of Albuquerque. Musser was preceded in death by his father, Peter James Musser; grandparents, Jesus and Lilly Yepez, George and Jean Musser.

LTC Iris Kay Richardson, NEARNG (Ret) 1981 JC was born Aug. 3, 1961, in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to Laura and Leland Hudspeth. She attend the New Mexico Military Institute and UC Davis. After school she joined the Army and served for 17 years. While in the military she moved to Seward in the late ’80s and would stay until 2006. In 2006 she moved to Rolla, Missouri, to be closer to family. On July 1, 2015, she received a heart transplant. After fighting valiantly for 18 days, on July 19, 2015, at 3:32 a.m., God called her home. She is preceded in death by her father Leland Hudspeth, sister Sheila Parker and niece Ashely Carr. She is survived by her mother Laura New, sister Karen Kelly, brother-in-law Bryce Kelly, son Tobijah Richardson, daughters Halsey and Callie Rousselle, and grandson Madden Richardson.

Glen B. Slagoske 1981 HS Glen died in an airplane crash in Wilcox, Arizona, on Thursday, August 26, 2010, while flying his airplane from San Diego, California, to his new job with Platinum Aviation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Born November 1, 1963, to parents, Bob and Barbara Slagoske of Roseburg, Oregon. Glen grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he began flying at the age of 16. After graduating from New Mexico Military Institute and the aviation school in Lubbock, Texas, Glen pursued his career in aircraft maintenance and his love of flying in San Diego, California.

Kenneth J. Vallejos 1981 JC – 48, passed away suddenly December 13, 2009 in West Jordan, Utah. Born November 20, 1961 in Socorro, New Mexico, son of Johnny J. Vallejos and Lupe Grego. Married Jenifer Peay on Dec. 1, 1995 in Sandy, Utah; later solemnized in the Jordan River Temple. Active member of the LDS Church. He loved to serve others and stressed the importance of gaining an education. He was an avid golfer. Survived by wife, Jenifer; children: Braeden, Rebecca, Makayla and Devyn; father, Johnny Vallejos; mother-in-law, Marcia Peay; siblings: Patricia, Joseph, Chris, Stephen, John and Richard.

Julian R. Varela 1981 JC Age 49, of Taos passed away on December 29, 2011. Julian’s time was tragically cut short because of a traffic accident. He is predeceased by his brother, Conner R. Quintana. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Marci Beatty; his daughters: Hannah and Mary Margaret Varela, all of Taos. He is also survived by his mother, Susan MacDonell and her husband, Tom of Santa Fe; his father, Frank Varela of Albuquerque; his god-mother, Kathryn Hamilton; and god-son, Ryan Sean Varela 2000 HS (Heather Tausch); his brothers: Dr. Charles D. Varela 1977 HS-1979 JC (Debra) and Frank Jacob Varela (Gretel Wananmacher); his sisters, Roberta S. Pillado and Gabriela Lucero-Rogers (Jay); as well as a large extended family in Pecos, Santa Fe & Taos. Julian was a graduate of NM Military Institute, achieved an undergraduate degree in Accounting at the University of Texas at Arlington, then went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of New Mexico Law School. He later returned to studies at the University of Denver earning a LLM in Taxation and Estate Planning. He was a member of the State Bars of New Mexico & Colorado and practiced law in Taos and Northern New Mexico for 18 years. He was a former Probate Judge in Taos County. He was a member of Rotary International, a scholar, and he was a great humanitarian, sponsoring poverty-stricken children in foreign countries such as Thailand and Cambodia. He was proud to be a liberal Democrat. He was also the best lawyer you could hope to have represented you in court. Julian loved the outdoors, no matter what the weather was, for hiking, running, camping or just relaxing by a river or spring. Traveling and learning about different cultures was his passion. He was a great skier and an avid rider of motorcycles. He loved all kinds of music especially Country and Western (Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard), Rock and Roll (AC-DC, Bruce Springsteen and Kid Rock), and folk (John Denver and Gordon Lightfoot), just to name a few. He loved to sing and dance, no matter what the occasion. He had the ability to get along with anyone. He loved to read and write and his writing skills were powerful. He took his job as a lawyer very seriously, but also seriously knew how to have a good time. He had a fantastic sense of humor, and his kids used to say that he had to come to their childhood parties because “he would bring the fun”. Julian was a devoted husband and father. His daughters and wife were his best friends, and he had many other good friends. He taught his daughters something new everyday. He was a mentor to everyone he knew in different ways. The light of his spirit was that of one of a kind, and he was never afraid to try new things. He loved making the people around him smile. He loved his family and friends more than anything and enjoyed spending time with them. He will be greatly missed by many whose lives he touched.

Robert Keith Wagner 1981 JC – Born Dec. 3, 1959, passed away April 4, 2007 after a very lengthy illness. Lived in the Mesquite area his entire life. Graduated from North Mesquite High School where he was an all-district football player. Attended New Mexico Military Institute on a scholarship. 4 year Veteran of the U.S. Army. Survived by parents Robert C. And Betty Wagner of Sunnyvale, TX; sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Lee Humphries and nephews, Lee Ryan and Logan Humphries all of Royse City, TX; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Peter Roland Woods 1979 HS-1981 JC was born July 21, 1961. He passed awat February 20, 2108. Much of who he was is because of his educations and training from NMMI.


William Michael Shanahan Bell 1980 JC, 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.

Matthew Sorensen Driskill 1980 HS, 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.

Philip Arthur Grinnell 1980 JC, 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.

Daniel Laurence Hansen 1980 JC, 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.

Carlos Dwayne Judkins 1980 JC 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.

Beatriz Eugenia Angelita Orozco 1980 JC 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).

Ronald Alan Righter 1980 JC, 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.

Mikell L. Skeen 1980 HS – 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.

Blake B. Witcher 1980 JC, 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.


Domie Dean Ballesteros 1979 JC, 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.

Cyrus Mitchell Day, IV 1979 JC, 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.

Shannon Dunlap 1979 HS, 49, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at his home.

Michael Darren McKinney 1979 HS, 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.

Richard Dwayne Murnan 1979 HS, 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.

Keith Anthony “Tony” Phillips 1979 JC 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.

William D. Purifoy 1979 JC. 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.

William R. “Reed” Quilliam, III, 1979 HS – 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.


CW4 Jamie Coleman “JC” Dodd, USA (Ret) 1978 HS – 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.

Keith M. Hedgespeth 1978 JC -“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.

Christopher James Hendley 1978 HS, 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.

Eric K. Jordan 1978 JC, 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.

Steven Andrew Koran 1978 HS, 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.

Richard William Nickell 1978 HS, 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.

John Alan Petersen 1978 JC, 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.

Richard Kent Pritchett 1978 HS 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.

Timothy “Tim” Leon Evans Smith 1978 HS, 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.

Eliot W. Ulrich 1978 HS, 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.


Paul J. Barker 1977 HS, 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.

Vernon Andrew “Andy” Blewett 1977 HS, 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.

Donald W. “Bill” Colombo 1977 HS, 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.

 Kenneth Czujak 1977 JC, 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.

Durango resident James Louis Dawson 1975 HS- 1977 JC 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.

Perry Donald Khoury 1975 HS-1977 JC, 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.

Vernon Delos Kingsley, Jr. 1977 CJ 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.

Edward R. Michener 1979 JC, 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.

David Eugene Moran 1977 JC – 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.

Charles Carl “Chuck” Moser, Jr. 1977 JC – 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.

Robin Paul Quintis 1977 JC 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.

James E. Vandine 1977 JC, 51, survived by son: David Vandine; daughter: Michelle Vandine.

Victor A. Whitmore 1975 HS-1977 JC, 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.

George E. Wilson 1977 HS, 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.


Toby L. Cunningham 1976 HS, 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.

John K. Kuhr 1976 JC, 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.

Ray Lillie 1976 JC – 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.

Ricky J. “Rick” Smallwood 1976 JC, 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.

David Umbarger 1976 HS, 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.


Michael Gordon Aufill 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.

David W. Davis 1973 HS-1975 JC, 51, an accountant for Umicore Corp., passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006.

Stephen Matthew Gager 1975 HS 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.

Warren Allen Howey 1975 HS, 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.

Bradley T. “Brad” Light 1975 HS, 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.

David Otero, Jr., 1975 JC, 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.

Richard Anthony “Rick” Sabatini 1975 JC, 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.

Frank Lloyd Sickles 1975 JC, 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.

Anthony D. “Tony” Shaw 1975 HS, 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.



Dueard K. Banning 1974 HS was born on August 10, 1956, and passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014. Dueard was a resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Michael Douglas Byrd 1974 JC, 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.

Kevin Reed Chittim 1974 HS, 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”

Clifford Edward Crenshaw, Jr., 1974 JC, 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.

MAJ Donald R. Graves, USA (Ret) 1973 HS-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.

William H. “Buck” Holland Hendrix, Jr. 1974 HS 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.

Andrew P. Kemp 1972 HS-1974 JC, 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.

Karl William Krause 1974 HS, 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.

Rojelio “Marty” Martinez 1974 JC, 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.

John C. “Johnny” Newton 1974 JC, 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.

Gary Oberg-Berkshire 1974 HS, 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.

Keith L. Schrimsher 1974 HS, 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.

David Schwettmann 1974 HS, 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.

Dennis Wayne Smith 1974 JC 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.

Ralph Eugene Gene Shull 1973 HS 1975 JC, 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.

Owen David Webster 1974 HS 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.


Kenneth G. Adams 1973 HS died Oct. 31, 2006, at home in Camas. He was 50.

Lansing Gaylord Brisbin, III 1973 JC, 62, son of Lansing G. Brisbin Jr. 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.

Dirk B. Dowda 1973 HS, 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.

Jeffrey Sanders Durant 1971 HS – 1973 JC (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.

Richard “Dick” L. Edgmon 1973 JC (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.

Peter Charles “Pete” Hebert 1973 HS, 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.

Dale Lee Hendrix 1973 JC, 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.

Charles Dean Widner 1971 HS-1973 JC 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.

William Blake Yarborough, Jr. 1973 JC, 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.

Kenneth James Yerby 1973 HS – 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.


James V. “Butch” Anderson 1972 HS, 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.

Mark William Andrews, JD, 1971 JC 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.

Monte Lee Barham 1972 JC, 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.

Hugh Gilbert Blake 1971 HS – 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.

Russell Wynn Chapman 1972 HS (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.

Larry W. Childs 1972 JC – 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.

Randall D. Craig 1972 HS, 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.

Maurice D. Gort 1972 HS went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

Christopher Gene Jaramillo 1972 JC, 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.

Thomas Craig “T.C.” Shapard 1972 JC, 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.

Clifford Grey “Tipps” Smith, II 1970 HS-1972 JC, 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!

Christopher J. Talley 1972 JC, 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.

Isaac Hilliard “Ike” Terry, IV 1970 HS-1972 JC, 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.

Joe Charles Webb 1972 JC, 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.


Mark William Andrews, JD 1971 JC 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.

Robert “Bob” Appledorn 1970 HS-1971 JC, 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.

Warren Zabriski Buck 1970 HS, 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.

Jim Calvin Clayton 1971 HS 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.

Monty L. Cook 1971 JC 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.

Mike D. Cullins 1971 JC (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.”

Stephen E. Hedval 1969 HS-1971 JC 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.

Dan Ray Henderson 1971 HS (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.

Dan Hurd 1970 JC – 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.

Christopher Edward Johns 1968 HS-1971 JC, 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.

Teddy David “Ted” Kuykendall 1971 HS – 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.

Gregg H. Mayfield 1969 HS-1971 JC 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.

Earl “Tom” Thomas McMillian, III 1969 HS-1971 JC, 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.

Victor L. Perez 1970 JC, 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.

Sparks Vincent Redinger 1971 HS 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.

Allen D. Wimsatt 1971 JC, 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.


Stephen E. Childress 1968 HS-1970 JC 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.

Charles D. Goodwin 1970 HS – 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.

Ricky Wayne Greeson 1970 JC 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.

James P. Hayes 1970 HS 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.

LCDR Robert Stafford “Bob” Hornak, USN (Ret) 1970 JC, 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.

Richard Lee “Rick” Jimenez 1970 JC, 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.

Armen Gregory Sarkisian 1970 HS 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.

CW4 Geoffrey Allen Vandewart, USA (Ret) 1970 HS, 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.

Monte Joe Wade 1970 HS (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.

Dale Lee Watts 1967 HS-1970 JC 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.

Clinton T. “Ted” Westall 1970 HS, 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.

Patrick “Danny” Yates 1970 JC 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.


COL Craig Henry Anderson, USA (Ret) 1967 HS-1969 JC (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.

Marc L. Black 1967 HS – 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.

Peter Lee Bright 1969 HS, 55, survived by wife, Jennifer Bright, mother, Jane Bright, brother, John Bright.

Forrest B. Case 1969 JC 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.

Jack C. Compton 1969 JC 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.

Carl Frederic “Fred” Cooper, Jr., 1969 JC, 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.

SFC Charles Albert Frederick, USA (Ret) 1969 HS – 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.

Vernon E. Garcia 1969 JC – 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.

Robert Stephen “Bob” Gilles 1969 HS, 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.

Joe W. “J” Green 1969 HS (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.

MAJ John Kells Hocker, USARNG (Ret) 1969 JC, 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.

Joseph Wayne “Joe” Nunnally 1969 HS was born on April 13, 1951 and passed away September 16, 2010.

Patrick Hues Oberg 1969 HS, 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.

Larry A. Perez 1969 JC, 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.

James Conrad Powell, III 1969 HS, 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.

Charles L. Thompson 1967 HS-1969 JC –  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.

Ulysses Xerxes White, Jr., 1969 JC was born on March 13, 1949. He died on December 17, 1994 at 45 years of age.

Ted Williamson, Jr. 1969 JC, 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.


Retired United Airlines Captain Leo Cooper Brooks, Jr. 1968 JC 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.

William Runyan Ellett 1968 HS, 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.

Michael Joseph “Mike” Forni 1968 JC, 64, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012, at his home in Dallas, Texas.

Gene R. Gann 1968 JC 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.

William N. “Bill” Haines 1968 JC, 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.

Judge Adrian A. Lapka 1968 HS, 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.

George L. Miller 1968 HS (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.

Earle J. Osborne 1968 HS – 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.

James Bruce Patton 1968 JC (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.

Rudy Anthony Radosevich 1966 HS-1968 JC 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.

Billy B. Roark 1966 HS-1968 JC, 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.

Gregory Charles Rumbaugh 1968 HS, 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.

Thomas Charles Stacy 1966 HS-1968 JC – 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.

Richard David “Dick” Weston 1968 HS passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Service: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walnut Creek Baptist Church, 220 W. Reno Rd., Azle, 76020. Interment will follow in Azleland Memorial Park. Viewing: 3:30 p.m Tuesday, prior to the service, at the church. 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.

Jackiben “Jack”Neal Wisdom 1968 JC (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.


Dr. Guy Story Brown 1967 HS, 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.

Richard A. Byrd 1967 HS, 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.

Errol J. Chavez 1967 HS 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.

James “Randy” Contway 1967 HS, 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.

George Arthur “Butch” Del Curto 1967 JC, 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.

Michael F. Duncan 1967 JC, 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.

George E. Fisher 1967 JC – Vietnam-Killed in service in a helicopter flight training accident at Fort Rucker, AL, on 12 August 1971.

John Michael Gattis 1967 JC, 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.

William Allen Gearhart 1965 HS-1967 JC 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.

CDR David J. Grandia, USN (Ret) 1967 JC 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.

William ‘Bill’ Everett Harrelson 1967 HS 61. (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.

Howard B. Henderson 1965 HS-1967 JC, 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.

Eugene Victor Hensley, Jr 1967 HS 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.

Jewett Gore “Jerry” Johnson 1967 HS, 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.

Jeffrey W. Kilburn 1967 HS – 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)

Charles Robert King 1967 JC 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.

John R. Lamkin 1967 JC, 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.

Jefferson Raymond Lawless 1967 HS, 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.

MAJ Gerald S. Little, NMMI 1965 HS-1967 JC, 68, 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.

MAJ Robert G. “Bob” Little 1967 JC 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.

Allen J. Lusk 1967 JC, 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.

Clifford W. “Mac” McKee 1967 HS -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.

Dr. William “Bill” Randall Mealer 1967 JC, 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.

William “Bill” Carter Mealing 1965 HS-1967 JC 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.

John E. Otto 1965 HS-1967 JC – 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.

LtCol Richard K. Prewitt, USAF (Ret) 1967 JC (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.

Ronald Joseph Reynolds 1965 HS-1967 JC 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.

Alex Franklin Sears 1967 HS 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.

Robert Alan Sedillo 1967 JC 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. 

SGM Kermit Frazier Shotts, USAR (Ret) 1967 JC – 63, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in Olive Branch.

James P. Smith 1967 JC, 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.

Joseph F. “Chip” Vaccarino 1967 JC, 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.

Frank T. Webster 1967 HS – 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.


Robert “Bob” Burton Adams, Jr. 1966 JC, 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.

MSG Theodore H. Alley, USA (Ret) 1966 JC, 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.

Thomas A. Bompiani 1966 JC, 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.

Jerry Carl Byrd 1964 HS – 1966 JC 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).

Floyd “Tony” “Tiger” Contway 1966 HS 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.

Dr. John B. Cruce 1966 HS – 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.

CPO John E. “Jack” Dougherty, Jr., USN (Ret) 1966 JC, 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.

Stephen J. Feaster 1966 JC 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.

Honorable William Lee Fergus 1966 HS, 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.

William Randall Fugitt 1966 JC 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.

Peter H. “Pete” Johnstone 1964 HS-1966 JC, 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.

John Edward Neslage 1966 JC 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.

Michael D. Raybon 1966 HS, 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.

Sam Ross Sloan, III 1966 JC, 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.

Benjamin Franklin Smith, CPA 1966 JC, 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.

Jay M. Turner 1966 HS – Survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Jaime Norwood; brothers, John and Jason Turner; and sister, Pamela Moore.

Thomas R. “Tommy” Vaughan 1966 HS 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.

Roger Olan Wooldridge 1966 JC 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.

John Shup Wright, Jr., 1966 HS, 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”.

William F. “Willie” Wunderlich, III 1966 HS 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.


Edward Cole Bland, Jr. 1965 JC – 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.

Gordon M. Bond, Jr., 1965 HS, 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.

SPC Edward L. Borrego, USA 1966 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action on 10-15-1969 in Viet Nam. 

Hervey Charles “Chuck” Bratcher 1965 JC 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, Billy Greenhaw and Jim Melson, 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.

James R. Britton 1965 HS, 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.

PFC Michael L. Byam, USA 1966 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action when the boat he was being evacuated on struck a mine on 2 October 1966.

Claude V. Clark 1963 HS-1965 JC – 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.

PFC James B. Elder, Jr., USA 1965 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action – died from gunshot wounds on 29 December 1966.

Hayden Lee Evans 1965 HS, 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.

William Robert “Rob” Ferguson 1965 HS 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.

Harry D. Goff 1965 HS, 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.

Kenton Mace Grigg 1965 JC, age 63, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2008.

LTC Michael Gorton Healey, USA (Ret) 1965 JC 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.

Wayne A. Jordon 1965 HS 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.

Michael J. Malone 1965 JC – 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.

Patrick Edward Napier 1965 JC, 62, electronics assembler, of Georgetown died Sunday, August 12, 20074. Survived by wife Susie.

Harold Barr “Skip” Palmer, II 1965 JC – 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; the date yet to be determined. 

Kenneth M. “Kenny” Powell 1965 HS, 66, of Scottsdale passed away on March 02, 2012. Kenny died peacefully in his sleep.

Frank B. Rose 1963 HS-1965 JC 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.

MAJ Charles D. “Chuck” Sankey, USA (Ret) 1965 JC (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.

Whitney William “Whit” Stringham 1965 HS, age 61, died October 12, 2006 in Richfield, UT. He was born August 3, 1945 in Richfield, UT, a son of Wells W. and Virginia Poulson Stringham. He was raised in Richfield, and attended Wasatch Academy. Whit lived in California for many years. He moved to Glenwood 10 years ago. Whit loved to travel and he traveled extensively with his dogs to Texas, Oregon and Mexico. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Jo Blalock of Sant Barbara, California and Sally Diavatis of San Francisco, California.

SFC Randolph B. Suber, USA 1965 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action – missing in action in Laos. Declared dead 30 October 1978.

WO Stephen A. Young, USA 1965 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action in a helicopter crash as a result of hostile fire near Tay Ninh on 13 August 1969.

Charles J. “Chuck” Zipp 1965 JC 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. I


Roy Alan Barnes 1964 HS 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.

CPT Edmond D. Bilbrey, USA 1964 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action after shot down flying a helicopter rescue misson on 11 March 1971.

William Blake Boyd 1964 HS, 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.

Chester “Paul” Buck 1962 HS-1964 JC, 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.

Bruce P. Bunje 1964 JC, 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.

Geoffrey Morris Busse 1962 HS-1964 JC 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.

1LT William H. Clifford, USA 1964 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action 24 October 1970.

George Howard Coburn 1964 JC, (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.

SPC Sidney M. Conolly, 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.

Stephen D. Crane 1964 HS – 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.”

LTC Stephen Eugene DuBravac, USA (Ret) 1962 HS-1964 JC “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.

John W. “Jack” Eichman, Jr. 1947 HS 1949 JC, 76, died July 12, 2007 in California. He was born November 6, 1930. Eichman, Jr., enjoyed spending time with his family, flying, and giving advice. Survivors include his wife, Nina Eichman; previous wife, Marge Eichman; daughters, Tricia Monier, Dianne Eichman, Margaret Eichman, and Jackie Lucero; brother, Bill Eichman; and nine grandchildren. Eichman Jr. Was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Eichman.

John Dickson Ferguson, Jr., 1964 JC 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.

CPT Charles D. Foley, USA 1964 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action in a helicopter crash in Cambodia on 23 May 1970.

Robert G. Green, Jr., 1964 HS 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.

SPC Lewis D. Grothe, 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.

Charles B. Hammond 1964 HS, 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.

Jimmy S. Inzer 1964 HS-1966 JC 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.

Craig Bruce Lyon 1964 HS, 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.

Albert “Al” D. Marquez 1962 HS-1964 JC, 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.

1LT Jesse Mechem, USA 1964 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action near Dinh Tuong on 21 February 1968.

George W. Oge 1964 HS 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.

SPC Harold A. Tharp, Jr., USA 1964 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action while serving as a helicopter crew chief near Binh Duong on 19 April 1968.

James Michael O’Toole, II 1964 JC, 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.

Preston Kirk Redd 1964 JC (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.

Robert M. (Bob) Schultze 1964 HS, 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.

James Arthur Sturgill 1964 HS 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.

2LT Ronald W. Wood, USA 1964 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action near Vinh Long on 4 February 1968.


Terry L. Burkholder 1963 HS 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.

David V. Camp 1963 HS– Camp, 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.

William Wesley Cross 1963 HS – 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.

Charles ” Charlie” Albert Deason, Jr., 1961 HS-1963 JC, 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.

William “Jeffery” Dennard 1963 HS 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.

Walter W. DeShazo, III 1963 JC, 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.

Thomas E. Drummond 1963 HS (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.

Capt Joseph William Rowland Felty USN (Ret.) 1963 JC  – 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.

John B. Grainger 1961 HS-1963 JC, 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

William Hill Hardwick 1963 HS – 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 benefitted 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.

Erwin Douglas Hellwig 1963 JC 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.

Micheal Leroy “Mick” Hoff 1963 JC, 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.

ENS Hugh B. Holmes, USN 1963 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action while commanding a river boat patrol near Gia Dinh on 24 June 1969.

Roger W. A. Howard 1963 HS – 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.

Robert C. “Bob” Jackson, III, 1963 HS, 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.

Carroll Kimble Lowe 1963 JC, 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.

Robert Donald Lundberg, Jr. 1963 JC – 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.

1LT Ellis A. McBride, Jr., USA 1963 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action – died of fragment wounds near Kontum on 23 June 1967.

J. Philip Page 1963 HS, 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.

CAPT Jerome Aloysius Peschka, Jr., USN (Ret) 1963 JC, 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.

Owen R. Revell 1961 HS 1963 JC, 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.

Attorney Loren Herman Rosson, Jr. 1963 JC 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.

William A. Stewart 1963 HS (1945-2011) age 65, of Zion, IL, died Sunday, May 29, 2011 at St. Catherine’s Medical Center. Former President of Stewart Coffee Company.

Bryan Taylor Stratton 1963 JC, 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.

Robert Dan Thompson, III 1961 HS-1963 JC (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.

Augustin M. “Gus” Trujillo 1962 HS-1963 JC, 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.

Douglas ”Doug” Alfred Witherspoon 1963 HS, 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.

Dr. William C. Wood, III DVM 1963 HS, 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.

Homer L. “Lee” Wooley 1963 HS  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.


Richard E. (Dick) Banes 1962 HS, 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.

William A. Barbre 1962 HS-1964 JC – 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.

John G. Bennett, Sr. 1962 JC, 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.

Jeffrey D. Brickell 1962 JC 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.

J. Robert Bogle 1962 HS  ‘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.

LCDR James L. Culbertson, III, USN (Ret) 1962 HS, 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.

John J. Driscoll, Jr. 1962 HS, 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.

1LT Robert C. L. Fergusson, USA 1962 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action in a counterattack near Quang Nam against an NVA force and died of wounds received on 8 November 1967.

Byron Lee “Butch” Graves 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.

LTC Milo Maxwell Harcourt, II, USAR (Ret) 1960 HS-1962 JC (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.

John H. Hershey 1962 JC, 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.

Stephen Joseph Holmes 1960 HS-1962 JC, 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.

John F. Howden 1959 HS-1962 JC 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.

James H. Ihli 1962 JC, 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.

Donald F. Jueneman 1962 JC, 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.

Jerry Ed Mansur 1962 JC 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.

Donald J. Mason 1962 HS 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.

Donald Stephen McKenzie 1962 JC 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.

Wallace Bruce “Wally” McLean 1962 JC 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.

Clyde Moore, Jr. 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.

James Walter Mundy 1962 HS, 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.

Mark Coventry Norton, Sr. 1961 HS-1962 JC – 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.

CPO Donald Roy Patton, USN (Ret) 1962 HS, 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.

SGT Curtis H. Ransdell, USA 1962 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action by small arms fire while leading a scout section in attack on 6 July 1966.

G. Findlay Reed, Jr. 1962 HS “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.

CW4 Jack R. Roberts, USA (Ret) 1962 JC 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.

Roger Terry Ronner 1962 JC 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.)

James G. Ruppert 1962 JC – 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.

Donald C. Sams, Jr. 1961 HS-1962 JC, 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.

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.

John Albert Tarver, III 1960 HS-1962 JC, 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.

Dale L. Underwood 1962 JC 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.

Ralph A. “Rick” Vandewart, III 1962 JC, 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.

Robert S. “Bob” Wenning 1962 JC 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.

Grover C. “Bud” Wheeler, III 1962 JC, 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.

Wilfred Jarvis “Fred” Williams 1960 HS-1962 JC, 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.

David A. Wills 1960 HS-1962 JC, 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.

Jesse Collins “J.C.” Wingfield 1962 HS 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.


Thomas Seymour Beardsley 1958 HS-1961 JC, 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.

Charles “Pete” Leroy Bergener 1961 JC (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.

Harry Robert Bigbee 1961 HS 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.

Wayne F. Blackwill 1961 JC, 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.

LTC Howard Lee Buchly, USA (Ret) 1959 HS-1961 JC, 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.

Walter Anthony Burg, Jr., 1961 HS (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.

Harold Everett Busby, Jr., 1959 HS-1961 JC, 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.

Mack S. Cohn 1959 HS-1961 JC, 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.

James Ellis Covington 1961 JC 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.

Donald L. Fincham, II 1959 HS-1961 JC, 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.

Paul James Fincher, II 1961 HS, 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.

Stephen Gragg 1961 HS (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.

Lowell C. Hatcher 1961 HS, 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.

William “Bill” Alden Hawk 1959-HS 1961 JC – 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.

William Sidney Hayman 1961 JC, 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.

Harry Kirby Heap 1960 HS was born April 18, 1942, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the first son of Harry Herbert Hub Heap and Billie Mae Heap. Surrounded by his devoted and loving family, Harry peacefully departed this life at the age of 65, December 23, 2007, at 5:07 p.m., into the open arms of his lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Harry was a good and honorable man, loved dearly by all who knew him like his father, Harry enjoyed listening to and telling a good story. He was also a faithful and loyal giver, generously donating too many charities and churches, and he treasured friends and family. Harry was a Marine and loved to claim Semper Fidelis was united in marriage with Vicki Lynn Britton Heap May 28, 1994, by Pastor James Dill at Rose Heights Church of God in Tyler. After moving to White Oak, Texas, in 1994, Harry and Vicki joined 10 other families and helped pioneer Rose Heights Church of God in Longview, where Harry sang in the choir, taught Sunday school class and helped support and launch numerous benevolent programs Harry was a noted and respected petroleum consultant, working through Dan Blocker Petroleum Consultants of Longview. Harry traveled extensively during his early career, touching down in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Nigeria. His most notable accomplishment, however, as he stated many times, was giving his life to Jesus Christ. Those who knew him well are witnesses to the difference the Lord made in Harry’s life’s Harry was preceded in death by his father, Hub Heap of Odessa, Texas; his son, Shane Heap; his maternal grandmother, Mattie Bell; paternal grandmother, Blanche Heap; nephew, Ben Heap; and good friend, Sam Clary.  Those left to treasure his memory are his beloved wife, Vicki, of White Oak; daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Allen Howell of Lake Cherokee; mother, Billie Heap of Odessa; mother-in-law, Colleene Britton of Tyler; sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Mark Fairchild of Midland, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Craig and Kim Heap of Odessa, Texas; granddaughters, Hunter Howell and Haley Heap; grandson, Lance Heap; and many cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Terry D. Henderson 1961 HS passed away on January 6th, 2013.  

Thurman “Glenn” Killman 1961 JC, 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.

Jack Studebaker Kitchen, Jr. 1961 HS 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.

Harold Dean Laney 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.

Arthur Noble Lewis, III 1961 HS, 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.

James Baron McCollum 1961 JC, 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.

Samuel W. Morreale 1961 HS, 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.

Eugene C. Mortimer 1961 HS 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.

Edward Payson Ripley, IV 1961 HS, 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.

Lt Col Roger Michael Sobin, USAF (Ret) 1959 HS-1961 JC 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.

Virgil M. “Buzz” Storm 1961 JC, 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.

Michael S. Teeter 1961 HS, 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.

LTC Arthur H. Trujillo, USA (Ret) 1961 JC 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.

Carl Lynn Whiteley 1961 JC, 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.


John D. Alford, Jr. 1958 HS-1960 JC passed away peacefully at home on April 24, 2017 in Carlsbad, NM. John was born in Clayton, NM on July 6, 1940 to John D. and Hilma Lee (Eklund) Alford.  John graduated high school from NMMI in Roswell, and pursued a BA degree and Master’s from ENMU in Portales, NM.  There he met the love of his life, Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Skipper and was married February 10, 1967.  They had two daughters Kimberlee Ann and Leanette Dee Alford.  They raised their family in Clayton, NM and eventually retired in Carlsbad. Over his life, John was a Banker, Real Estate Broker/Appraiser and an Insurance Agent. John enjoyed his life being surrounded by his family. His joy was his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and computer games. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Ann Lynn Hatch; brother Jacob Lauhon Alford and a nephew James Hatch III. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie of Carlsbad; daughter Kim Richards and her children, Aschan, Kaemen and Kyriea of Butte, MT; daughter Leanette Smith and husband Richard and their children, Dalton, Jaden, Chance and McKenzie of Round Rock, TX; sister-in-law, Jeannette Harrington and her daughter Bonnie and husband Josh Ballard and their children, Riley and Payton; brother-in-law James W. Hatch II; nephew Steven Hatch; grandniece Hope Hatch and of course his 3 furry babies Queenie, Tuffytoo and Molly.

Beloved father and friend, Edward Frank Amato, Jr. 1960 HS, born May 5, 1942 in Denver, Colo., to Edward and Alice Amato, passed away in Meeker, Colo., Dec. 26, 2012. He is lovingly remembered by his son, Edward Amato of Seattle, Wash., and his daughter, Dawn Amato of Everett, Wash., as well as his two granddaughters, Sidney and Lauren Bach. He is also survived by many loved nieces and nephews. Ed had a great passion for life and loved sharing it with those around him. He worked and played hard and he got his greatest pleasure by experiencing the wilds of Colorado, Alaska and Washington state. He made friends where ever he lived and his family is truly thankful to the townspeople of Meeker for looking out for him in his final years.

James D. Ballard 1960 JC was born March 4, 1940 in Ada to James Orval and Lorene Roddy Ballard. He graduated from Ada High School. He married Nyta Jean Lee on January 26, 1962 in Ada. Mr. Ballard attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico and Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. He graduated from East Central University and from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, SMW, Dallas, Texas. He was enlisted with the United States Army Reserve. Mr. Ballard was Vice President of the First National Bank of Ft. Worth and Senior Vice President of Lufkin National Bank. He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ada for many years, serving the church in several capacities. Survivors include his wife, Nyta of the home; one daughter, Elizabeth Hope Fowler and her husband Chris, Missoula, Montana; three grandchildren, Kristin, C. J. and Katie Fowler; two great-grandchildren, Faith and Jaiden; two sisters, Anita Arbabi and husband Houshang of Ada and Sue Russ and husband Alvin of Stratford; one brother, Jerry Ballard and wife Vickie of Ada. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Orval and Lorene Ballard.

Ronald R. Barz 1960 HS passed away April 24, 2015, in his home of natural causes. He was born May 1, 1942 in the Philippines in a dynamite cave during the World War II invasion of Luzon while his parents Harry and Edna Barz were hiding from the Japanese. Harry was a mining supervisor from Lead SD working in Baguio. They were captured when Ronald was a year old and remained in a Japanese Prison Camp until they were liberated by the Americans when he was three years old. Edna later wrote the book Sons of the Rising Sun to describe the ordeal. After the war, his parents moved to Santa Barbara, New Mexico where Ronald went to primary school. He graduated from high school at the New Mexico Military Institute. He late graduated from Sacramento State College with a BA in Psychology. Ronald worked for the Army Corp of Engineers in his younger years and then for Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency until retirement. He was married to Linda Barz for 36 years and had two children, Andrew and Leslie. He resided in Bodega Bay, CA in the home that he and his father built with his loving partner, Olivia LeMere, and their two dogs and cat. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, gardening, reading and cooking, especially barbecuing. Per his request, his ashes will be spread at sea in a private service. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

John Leslie Bell 1960 HS, 65, passed away Monday, August 25, 2008.

Charles Thomas Closson, Jr. 1960 HS “Chuck”, age 70, following a long battle with sarcoma, passed away at home in Raleigh on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013. He was born in Laurel, MD, on September 3, 1942 to Charles and Eva Closson. His father perished when Chuck was an infant, and his mother later remarried Carlos “”Mac”” Creamer who took Chuck under his guidance and raised him as his own son. Chuck and his half-brother Carlos “”Butch”” Creamer grew up in New Mexico and Caracas, Venezuela. Chuck returned to New Mexico to attend the New Mexico Military Institute for high school, and then graduated from the business school at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CU, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, class of 1964. A consummate entrepreneur Chuck bought his first business, Tulagi, while still attending CU. For several years he operated Tulagi, the nation’s largest beer joint, and was a founder of another restaurant as well as a travel agency both also located in Boulder. He and his family moved to Northern California for a short period with his role at Xerox before returning to Boulder where Chuck’s career included new endeavors in credit insurance, commercial real estate, and commercial mortgage banking. He also worked for the Neodata Services Division of A.C. Nielsen Company, Centennial Funds, and the Strategic Financing Group at Ernst & Whinney. In 1989 Chuck left Colorado to become the President and CEO of The North Carolina Enterprise Corporation in Raleigh. He spent fifteen years managing what became one of the State’s most successful venture capital operations. Chuck was active in the North Carolina entrepreneurial community as President of the North Carolina Venture Capital Association and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. In addition to his business endeavors, Chuck appreciated the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter from childhood. He liked snow skiing and golf. In North Carolina, he especially enjoyed golfing with his wife and other couples. Chuck leaves Jennie, his beloved wife of almost twenty years; his son and friend Charles (“”Charley””) Closson, III of Longmont, CO; his very special daughter Lisa Sweeney (Brandon) of Menlo Park, CA; and his two step-daughters Bobbi Bass of Raleigh and Kim Fara (Marty) of Durham. He deeply loved and greatly enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren, Carter and Lauren Closson; Kathryn, Megan, and Bennett Sweeney; and Victoria Fara. He also leaves behind his mother-in-law and many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and his half-brother.

Larry Don Cox 1960 HS, 67, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2009 in Littlefield. Larry was born January 29, 1942 in Vernon, Texas to H. Paul and Ethel Rhae Cox. He graduated from Littlefield High School with the Class of 1960 and then went on to Texas Tech on the first music scholarship ever awarded. As a young teenager, Larry began his official music career in radio, as well as drumming for talent such as Buddy Holly. After marrying, he moved his family to Los Angeles, California in 1968 and continued his music career as a successful sound engineer and record producer. He also served as a member of the Board of Governors for NARAS, the Grammy Awards Association. In 1996, Larry moved back to Littlefield to care for his parents and began a new venture as an author. He has written and published two books. Larry was a gifted creator of music and words. His sharp sense of humor, intelligence, and authenticity made him admired by many. He lived by a strong sense of honesty and sincerity. Larry’s passions included writing, music, flying, and photography. He is survived by daughters, Gina Middleton and husband, Bruce, of Albuquerque, NM, and Julie Gillen and husband, Dann, of Simi Valley, CA; mother, Ethel Bussanmas; very special friend, Marilyn Parker; and grandchildren, Alec and Cade Middleton and Sadie Gillen. He was preceded in death by his father; stepfather, Harley Bussanmas; stepbrother Jody Bussanmas; and sister, Lynn Bussanmas.

George Timothy “Tim” Dawson 1960 HS, 71, of Columbia, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 at his home. A private celebration of his life will be held in May. Tim was born May, 23 1942 in Bradford, PA to George and Eloise Dawson. During childhood, he traveled the globe with his parents and for school, becoming fluent in Spanish and French. Tim used his talents in speech and debate during his career in sales and consulting. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Columbia’s Community at Old Hawthorne where they enjoyed playing golf and cheering for the Tigers. Tim is survived by his wife Janet, sons, Eric and Andre of Houston, TX, Pierce of Kansas City, MO and daughter Rebecca Spencer of Lee’s Summit, MO as well as many more loving family members and friends.

James W. Fanning 1960 HS, DDS, 67, died Saturday, May 15, 2010 after fighting a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Dr. Fanning was born in Elgin, Illinois in 1942 and moved with his family to Albuquerque in 1953. He was the son of the late Wallace A. Fanning, DDS and Agnes M. Fanning. Dr. Fanning graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and obtained a second Bachelor’s Degree from UNM. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri, Kansas City where he also completed a residency in Orthodontics in 1972. Dr. Fanning returned to Albuquerque to practice and met the love of his life, his wife Mary. In addition to Orthodontics, Dr. Fanning was passionate about waterfowl conservation and helped establish a chapter of Ducks Unlimited in New Mexico. He loved the outdoors and spent many happy hours with good friends hunting and fly fishing. He loved people and took a genuine interest in everyone he met. Dr. Fanning is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary Fanning; son, Michael Fanning, DDS and wife, Rachel Fanning, DDS of Indianapolis, IN; daughters, Jamie Fanning of Albuquerque, and Kathleen Fanning Leibowitz and husband, Jeremiah of San Antonio, TX; sisters, Patricia Farnsworth of Albuquerque, NM, and Mary Jo Maly and husband, Richard of Sacramento, CA; as well as nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Eberhard Arno “Fritz” Fichter 1958 HS-1960 JC, a long time resident of Coronado, passed away July 14, 2014 from a long respiratory illness, diabetes and other medical problems. He was born in 1939 in Munich, Germany and came to the United States with his mother Lisa in 1949. He learned English very quickly at the Coronado schools. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico and later served in the U.S. Army in Germany. While attending the University of Munich, he unfortunately contracted tuberculosis and suffered severe lung damage. He worked for many years as a bartender and traveled in Europe and Australia. He is predeceased by his father Ludwig Mocikat and his step-father Donald Renz of Coronado and his long-time love, Crystal. He is survived by his mother Lisa Renz, his half-brother Professor Dr. Ralph Mocikat of Munich, Germany and his 15 year old cat Charlie.

Dennis W. Floyd 1960 HS, 67, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2009, in Albuquerque, NM. He was born in San Antonio, TX, on June 23, 1942. He was a long time resident of Albuquerque, a Vietnam Veteran and a Retiree of Sandia National Labs. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Floyd and Myrtle Armstrong; and two sisters, Patricia Floyd and Marie Cornelius. He is survived by his wife, Emmalyne Floyd; his four children, Shawna, Stanley, Nizhoni, and Patrick Floyd, all of Albuquerque; and two sisters, Shirley Perkins of Weatherford, TX, and Belle Armstrong of Amarillo, TX.

Jeremy R. Glover 1960 JC, age 64, of Madison, died early on Friday, June 1, 2007, at a local hospital of pulmonary problems. Jeremy was the only son of Gene Adele (Frantz) Glover and Benjamin Howell Glover, Jr. He was born in Chicago, IL, but from his elementary school days onward, spent most of his life in Madison. He graduated from West High School and from Colorado State University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. After returning to Madison, he worked for the State Testing Service on the UW-Madison campus, in the days when computers still occupied entire rooms and scoring machine-readable exams was an all-night affair. He went on to a variety of positions in the wood industry, from cutting, splitting and delivering firewood to logging and sawmill management to selling large lots of veneer quality hardwood logs to European buyers. He retired from active business life in the 1990s, in large part due to the time he devoted to his parents in their final years, complicated by his own vision problems. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis early this year and declined rapidly, particularly during his final six-day hospitalization. He is survived by his life partner of 34 years, Karen God shall (and her family); by his sister, Sarah H. (David) Gaines of St. George, UT, and Troy, MT; by a cousin in the Madison area, David Harper; and by four other cousins and their families across the nation.

Robert “Bob” Philip Graham 1960 HS 65, of Kurtis town died Dec. 5, 2007, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pasadena, Calif., he was a journeyman carpenter. Survived by companion, Schatze Coleman of Vallejo, Calif.; daughter, Cassie Graham-Coleman of Kurtistown; son, Robert Graham, Jr. of Groton, Conn.; brothers, Richard Stephen Graham of Oakland, Calif., Jon Graham of Nahiku, Maui; four grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Byron Lee “Butch” Graves 1960 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.

Vannie Alton Graves 1960 JC, 77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and child of God, died Thursday, November 30, 2017. Following a career as a coach, teacher, athletic director, special education director and principal in New Mexico, he returned to the classroom in Kerrville, coordinating and then teaching special education students at Tivy High School. He retired in 2007. Vannie was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended New Mexico Military Institute where, as a member of the 1958 NMMI National Junior College Championship football team, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 1958 football team had a historic record of achievement as the only team from there to win the NJCAA National Junior College Championship and to be the only undefeated, un-tied team in the school’s history. Vannie continued on to Eastern New Mexico University, playing on their varsity football teams from 1959 to 1961 (Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity), and later receiving his Master of Education in Special Education there. He is survived by his wife, Paulette N. Graves; his children, Tol A. Graves (wife Carole) of Chandler, AZ, Tiffeni Graves-Cywinski of Sherman Oaks, CA, Treigh Graves Mulvaney of San Diego, CA, Tyson S. Graves and Travis S. Graves, both of Staunton, VA; and 7 grandchildren, Tanner, Tristan, Irelyn, Peighton, Skylar, Traxton, and Lincoln. Sister-in-law, Kay Graves of North Richland Hills, TX, and brother-in-law Joel V. Reitzer (wife Judith) of Fernandina Beach, FL, also survive, as well as nieces and nephew, Karee Daniel, April Roark, and Jason Reitzer; uncle, Houston (Hootie) Lambert; many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred A. Graves-Arrington and Charles (Tuffy) Graves; and brother, Foy Dean Graves.

Harry Kirby Heap 1960 HS was born April 18, 1942, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the first son of Harry Herbert Hub Heap and Billie Mae Heap. Surrounded by his devoted and loving family, Harry peacefully departed this life at the age of 65, December 23, 2007, at 5:07 p.m., into the open arms of his lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Harry was a good and honorable man, loved dearly by all who knew him like his father, Harry enjoyed listening to and telling a good story. He was also a faithful and loyal giver, generously donating too many charities and churches, and he treasured friends and family. Harry was a Marine and loved to claim Semper Fidelis was united in marriage with Vicki Lynn Britton Heap May 28, 1994, by Pastor James Dill at Rose Heights Church of God in Tyler. After moving to White Oak, Texas, in 1994, Harry and Vicki joined 10 other families and helped pioneer Rose Heights Church of God in Longview, where Harry sang in the choir, taught Sunday school class and helped support and launch numerous benevolent programs Harry was a noted and respected petroleum consultant, working through Dan Blocker Petroleum Consultants of Longview. Harry traveled extensively during his early career, touching down in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Nigeria. His most notable accomplishment, however, as he stated many times, was giving his life to Jesus Christ. Those who knew him well are witnesses to the difference the Lord made in Harry’s life’s Harry was preceded in death by his father, Hub Heap of Odessa, Texas; his son, Shane Heap; his maternal grandmother, Mattie Bell; paternal grandmother, Blanche Heap; nephew, Ben Heap; and good friend, Sam Clary.  Those left to treasure his memory are his beloved wife, Vicki, of White Oak; daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Allen Howell of Lake Cherokee; mother, Billie Heap of Odessa; mother-in-law, Colleene Britton of Tyler; sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Mark Fairchild of Midland, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Craig and Kim Heap of Odessa, Texas; granddaughters, Hunter Howell and Haley Heap; grandson, Lance Heap; and many cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Charles Tyng Higgins 1960 JC, 76, of Satsuma, passed from this life on Monday, January 9, 2017 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. Born in the British controlled area of Hong Kong as the son of missionaries, he resided in Putnam County since 2005 coming here from Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Tyng graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with his bachelor’s degree in Engineering. He had also played football with the Navy and with New Mexico Military Institute where he was a part of a national championship team. Tyng served in the U.S. Army (Vietnam) and with the Navy in Italy and France. One of his most memorable times in the Navy was his experience sailing on the Coast Guard Cutter, the Eagle, which was the largest tall ship sailing in the fleet. A man of many talents, he was also an accomplished actor and singer and was a member of the Actors Guild. Prior to moving to Putnam County, Tyng was a financial advisor and owned and operated Higgins Financial Service, Inc. in Chattanooga, TN for 28 years. He was of the Episcopalian Faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles A. Higgins and Mary Atkinson Higgins and a brother, Alexander “Sandy” Higgins. Tyng is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gail Higgins of Satsuma and 3 brothers, Ashley Higgins of Helena, AK, Dudley Higgins (Lisa) of Houston, TX and Stephen Higgins of College Station, TX.

The family and friends of Volney Erskine Howard, III 1960 HS all mourn his peaceful passing on July 14, 2016 in Heber City, Utah. Yes, he was a skier and no, he was not considering membership in the Church of Latter Day Saints…. Volney was born in San Francisco on November 28, 1941 and thrived in many of his favorite spots on earth: Calabasas, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Bainbridge Island, Mill Creek and even Costa Rica. He is survived by his wife Andee, his brother Alan Howard, his three children Volney Howard IV, Angela Howard and Ashley Howard, and his six grandchildren Volney V & Owen, Lauren & Colton, Alec & Kaden. Volney worked in the Los Angeles television industry for many years, both as a film editor and as a producer. With his wife, Andee, he spent years both as a wine grape grower and vintner in Sonoma Valley and selling and buying real estate in the North Bay. Volney was a “car-guy” and his real passion these past few years was drag racing. We all guess that since he had finally succeeded in driving his race car under 9 seconds in the quarter mile, he had accomplished everything he had always wanted to do…. He was a proud member of the Bohemian Club for over three decades and his number of friends who now mourn his passing could fill an old-fashioned Rolodex…. Many glasses of fine red wine will be hoisted in his name for more than a few years.

John Patrick Kinney, III, 1960 HS – Having lived well and loved well, John Patrick Kinney released his hold to life on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2018, following a short battle with metastatic lung cancer. John’s noble and embracing approach to the dying process was a gift to all he leaves behind. He chose not to pursue treatment but to live to the fullest until it was time to leave. His acceptance of his fate, and his grace and courage in sharing himself with those who loved him was a remarkable example and an act of the deepest kind of generosity. John Patrick Kinney, III, was born in San Antonio on December 3, 1941, to Jeanne Lane and Jack Kinney. He was the beloved older brother of his sister Delane. As a young man, John married Jennifer Miller (nee Thompson). Together they had three children, John “Josh” Patrick, IV, Jason, and Jill. Later in his life, John married Elizabeth Baker with whom he shared 28 happy years. Not only did he delight in being a father and grandfather to Josh, Jason, Jill and their respective children, he also became a central figure in the lives of Elizabeth’s three girls and grandchildren. With all who knew him, John freely shared his love and positive outlook. John graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and attended TCU. He served as a sergeant in the reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps. Throughout his professional life-which included stints in banking, auto leasing and insurance-his extraordinarily engaging personality fueled his successes. For the past 26 years, he worked as an insurance agent helping his clients navigate the maze that is supplemental Medicare. John loved the opportunity to serve his clients and had many funny tales to share about encounters he’d had in his work. An avid golfer and a TCU football fan, he enjoyed trips to Florida and Arizona with old friends for baseball spring training. John was a student of history and had a particularly keen interest in that of the American Southwest. Meandering by car, he and Elizabeth enjoyed many wonderful trips throughout the southwest. Survivors: John is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Baker; his sister, Delane Kinney and her partner, Deborah Boelter, of Dallas; his children and their spouses, Josh and Kari Kinney, Jason and Amy Kinney, and Jill and Gabe Cespedes, as well as his stepdaughters and spouses, Kendal King, Angela and David Kocher, all of Ft. Worth, and Stacey and Chris Haggard of Oklahoma City. Also surviving are his grandsons, Dylan and Elliot Kinney, Luke and Grey Cespedes, Sam Kocher, and Nicholas Haggard.

Philip Louis Koepsell 1960 HS, 68, of Mulberry died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, in Fort Smith. He was born Aug. 24, 1941, in Tahlequah, OK. He was of the Lutheran faith, employed with Whirlpool and an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and a son, Ronnie Koepsell.

David Richard Martin 1960 HS, 73, of Elk Creek, Va., was promoted to Glory on Sept. 8, 2016. He was a resident of Klamath Falls, Ore., for 16 years prior to moving to Elk Creek. Though born in Washington, D.C., David spent most of his life on the West Coast in New Mexico, California, and Oregon. He had a variety of life experiences, including time in the U.S. Navy, selling insurance, operating a Christian street ministry, building windmills, and ministering as a Salvation Army officer. His calling as a pastor was his passion and through his work in Mojave, Calif., Berkeley, Calif., Reno, Nev., and Oakland, Calif., he made a difference in countless lives. David leaves behind the love of his life, Sylvia; their daughter Hannah Martin and daughter-in-law Emilia Jones of Elk Creek, Va.; his son David E. Martin, daughter-in-law Stefani Martin and grandson Garrick Martin of the San Francisco Bay area; his sister Elaine and brother-in-law Dick Huntington of San Diego, Calif.; and sister-in-law Helen Martin of Lawrence, Kan. He was preceded in death by his brother Edwin John Martin. David was cremated; his only regret was that he wouldn’t have a tombstone to be engraved with “I told you I was sick!” Since the age of 27, he had been given less than a year to live on multiple occasions. A natural music-maker and jokester, David would make a habit of bursting randomly into song or drumming out a complex beat on the kitchen counter. His favorite games were cribbage and dominoes, but he could be cajoled into nearly any game. When he went fishing, he would bring a good detective novel instead of a fishing pole because that was the best part of fishing in his mind.

John “Johnny” Hugh Miller 1960 JC, long time resident of Sinton, Texas, passed away after a short illness on Saturday evening, March ll, 2017, surrounded by loving family and friends. John came in to this world on March 28, 1940, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Born to John Hobbs and Hilma Higholt Miller, he grew up with his sister Mary (Clanton).  He graduated from Sinton High school, and spent two years at the New Mexico Military Institute, before transferring to the University of Texas, where he finished undergrad and received his law degree. He married Josephine Welder in July 1967, and had two really amazing and exceptionally lovely children, Mary Catherine and George (equally favored) who will miss him. Last May, the Texas Bar confirmed John’s 50 years as a practicing lawyer. His family considered him a modern renaissance man, engaging in multiple hobbies and interests varying from making hot air balloons to fossil hunting to brewing beer. Recent activities included growing orchids, bird watching, and memberships in the Sinton Rotary Club, the Bromeliad, Cactus and Succulent societies and serving on the Board of the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens. He is predeceased by his parents Hon. John H. Miller (Hilma) and sister Margaret Moser. John is survived by his friend and former wife Josephine Welder Miller; children, Mary Catherine Miller of Austin and son George Hugh Miller (Theodora) of Richmond, Virginia; step-grandchildren Alexander Thomas Beale, Savannah Maria Beale; granddaughter Ariana Mary Miller; and loyal aide-de-camp Debbie Miller. He is also survived by his sister Mary Miller Clanton (John) of Corpus Christi. Numerous nephews and nieces of the Clanton, Hall, Knight, Moser, and Welder families remember him fondly. John was of a time and age that lost childhood friends to preventable diseases, which marked him.

David A. Myers 1960 HS, 65, of West Palm Beach, died Sunday, May 13, 2007.

Herbert “Herbie” Edward Pickett 1960 HS, 72, of Brownfield. Herbie passed away at his home in Brownfield on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 9, 1941, in Brownfield to A.T. and Kathleen (Perry) Pickett. He attended Brownfield schools and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He married Sharon Thomas on June 9, 1961 in Union. He was a pumper for over 30 years where he worked for Amoco, Fina, First Permian and then Energen Resources, retiring in 2011. The loves of his life were his grandkids, woodworking, ham radios, and horses. He was a past member of the Terry County Sheriff’s Posse and Terry County Amateur Radio Club. He was a member of Plains Baptist Church. Herbie is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon Pickett of Brownfield; three daughters, Rita Todd of Brownfield, Latrice Allison of Brownfield, and Wanda Hall and husband Kevin of Bryan; grandchildren, Jared Todd, Wesley Todd, Contessia Hernandez and husband Josh, Caleb Allison, Ryker Allison, and Caton Hall; great-grandchildren, Journee Hernandez and Jacksyn Hernandez; son-in-law, Ricky Allison.

Rex Eldean “Dean” Reeves, Jr. 1960 HS Age 74, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016. The angels took Dean home to heaven on November 11, 2016. He was surrounded by his family, and left with a smile on his face. Dean was born to Rex and Dorothy Reeves on June 4, 1942 in Clayton, NM. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and attended college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He married Sally Harris of Seneca, New Mexico on April 5, 1969. They were long time residents of Clayton, later moving around the southwest, they settled in Rio Rancho, NM in 1994. Dean was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy and father, Rex as well as his brother, Patrick Michael, and sister Patricia Michelle. He is survived by his wife, Sally; his children, Jubal Reeves and his wife Max Reeves of Houston, TX; son John Reeves of Rio Rancho; and daughter, Sarah Galarneau and her husband Adam Galarneau; as well as 4 grandchildren, Isaac, Ashton, and Aubrey Galarneau, and Jubilee Reeves.

Robert Harris “Bob” Ripley, Jr. 1960 JC, 76 of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Santa Barbara, died on March 26, 2015. He was born March 4, 1939 in Evanston, Illinois. In his toddler years moved with his parents, Janet Kirk and Hampton Ripley, sisters Lynn and Polly and brother, Peter to La Jolla, California and finally to Montecito, California in 1949. He graduated with the class of 1957 from Santa Barbara High School, where he played drums in the SBHS Band and SBHS orchestra. He was involved with the SBHS Ham Radio Club, plus was in the ROTC Rifle club. In the SBHS yearbook he states that his plans were to go into television production and electronics, which he did after he graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell New Mexico in 1963. His lifelong career was in various levels of radio and television broadcasting including owning and operating several radio stations, producing travel videos, working at Bank of America’s video department, and engineering at KEYT then retiring to Tucson, AZ. On his Facebook Page he identified himself as a “laidback old broadcaster”. Robert is predeceased by brother Peter, father Hampton, mother Janet Ripley Fargo, step-father, Edward A. Fargo, Jr., and step-brother Edward A. Fargo III. His sister Lynn Ripley Willmarth died nine days after he died, April 5, 2015. He is survived by his sister Polly Wadsworth and her daughter, Courtney Williams and grandson Matthew Williams of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lynn’s three children: Hampton Flanagan, Laura Flanagan Cooper and Peter Flanagan and their spouses, and step-sister Sara Fargo, of Santa Barbara. He will be remembered by his family and close friends as a good guy possessing a playful sense of humor, and a good listener, a kind man who will be known as a gentleman evermore.

Philip A. Ross 1960 HS, 66, of North Miami, FL, passed away on May 8, 2007.

Fred Allison “Buzz” Rowell 1960 HS, of Albuquerque, was born 9/11/1942 in Ft Leavenworth, KS to Fred and Betty Rowell. Buzz passed away peacefully on 4/25/2016. Buzz grew up in Roswell, graduating from NMMI before graduating from college at Texas Christian University. He used his marketing degree as Sales Manager for Pioneer Western Wear, Real Estate in Santa Fe and owned his own Landscaping Company for years. He volunteered in various organizations to help others by passing on life lessons through inspirational talks to those in emotional distress, including those that were incarcerated. Buzz was an avid runner, camper and hiker who loved the great outdoors of NM. He was an auto enthusiast and loved his two dogs Jazz and Marley. He passed along these passions to his children. He is survived by his sons Christian Rowell of Eugene, OR, William (Melissa Paquin) Rowell of Santa Fe; his daughters Allison (Sean) Tierney of Mill Valley, CA, Kirsten (Josh Tewksbury) Rowell of Seattle, WA; six beloved grandchildren; and former spouses Rosemary Rowell of Santa Fe; and Janel Larsen of Phoenix, AZ. He will be missed!

CPT Roger T. Sawyers, USA 1960 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action after aircraft was shot down near Lam Dong on 2 October 1967.

Craig M. Stevens 1958 HS-1960 JC, 78, passed away at his home in Scottsdale, on Sunday, December 31, 2017. He was born on September 29, 1939 in Denver, Colorado to Howard and Katherine. He married Sharon Ullstrom on August 6, 1960, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) and then Arizona State University in 1962. He worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years and retired from Crown Life as a Regional VP. He lived in Colorado, California, and then moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1993. Craig enjoyed football, baseball, and golf. Forever a die-hard Denver Broncos and Sun Devils fan. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon; his daughter, Kristine (Steve); his son, Kirk (Edy); as well as six grandchildren.

Wilfred Jarvis “Fred” Williams 1960 HS-1962 JC, 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.

Gerald E. Wilson 1958 HS-1960 JC, 68, a resident of Rio Rancho since 2005, and formerly of Silver City, NM, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Gerald was born October 19, 1940 in Santa Rita, New Mexico.

CPT John S. Wilson, USA 1960 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action near Bien Hoa on 23 February 1969.

Rolland A. “Butch” Wilson 1960 JC Age 67, of Bloomington, Minnesota; died on 8/25/07 after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ruth Wilson and his sisters, Phyllis and Joyce. Survived by his wife, Lou Ann; and his children, Scott and Kimberly, his step-children, Robert, Kimberly and Leslie, plus 6 grandchildren and 2 sisters, Betty and Clarice (Glenn) and nieces and nephews. Butch had been a champion basketball player in high school as a member of the Brush, Colorado, “”Beet diggers””. He served in the U.S. Air Force and became a disabled veteran. Butch played basketball with the MN Rolling Gophers in his younger years as well as becoming an accomplished downhill skier with the Courage Alpine Skiers. Butch enjoyed the horse races and loved music and travel. Rolland worked for many years in the auto parts business and later became a U.S. Postal Service employee – retiring some years ago.


CPT John K. Adams, USA 1959 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action after just three weeks in country on 26 March 1967. In Binh-Dinh.

Mr. Roy B. “Baker” Abshier 1959 JC, died on August 18, 2008. He was 69. “Baker” was born June 17, 1939 in Jennings, Louisiana and grew up in Lafayette, where he graduated from Lafayette High School in 1957. He also attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico and USL before joining the Army. Following his discharge from the Army, Baker lived with his family in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he became a Mason at Pulaski Heights Lodge No. 673. Business opportunities with the Burlington Northern Railroad led them to Wyoming where his love for the West was matched by his spirit of adventure. Baker is survived by his sister, Lynnel Downs, of Lafayette; and his three children, Brian Keith and his wife, Jennifer, of Baton Rouge; daughter Angela Abshier and son, Andrew Abshier, both of Las Vegas, Nevada; and grandchildren, Jeff Abshier, Alyssa Abshier, Addison Allen, and Christian Kesler, also of Baton Rouge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Heff and Barbara Abshier.

Patrick Martin Baird 1959 HS – (1941 – 2010) Patrick Martin Baird was born in Bakersfield on September 29, 1941 and passed away on December 4, 2010 in Seligman, AZ, traveling on his way to Bakersfield. He attended Bakersfield High School before joining the United States Navy. He served honorably in the Navy for two years and then continued to serve his country with the United States Postal Service in a career that lasted over 30 years. After retiring from the USPS, in 2004 he moved with his wife Diana to Pagosa Springs, CO, but they often returned as snowbirds to winter in Bakersfield. He is survived by two children, Patrick Martin Baird, Jr. and Wendy Ann-Marie Baird; two grandchildren, Kathryn Ann-Marie Barger and Brittany Baird; and two great grandchildren. He also leaves behind the love of his life, Diana Rue Baird, his spouse of over 33 years. He will be remembered fondly by extended family members and many friends.

Carl “Phillip” Barnes 1959 HS, 70, passed away December 13, 2011. He was born on April 3, 1941 in Phoenix, AZ, to Jack and Mabel Barnes. Phillip was a third generation cotton farmer in Queen Creek. Phillip is survived by his daughter Cindy son-in-law Keith, his brother William and sister-in-law George Ann, his sister Jackie and brother-in-law Elliot, sister, Linda and numerous nieces and nephews. In the late 1950’s he was an avid corvette drag racing enthusiast. Phillip was also was a crop duster with a love of aviation and flying. Phillip will be forever soaring.

Stephen Rogers Black 1959 HS passed away October 8, 2010. Preceded in death by his first wife Kathleen Leak Black. He is survived by his wife Linda Annell Anderson Gilley Black, children Patrick Rogers Black and Stephanie Black Riling; grandchildren Ian Rogers Black, Rebecca Kate Black, Kyle Derik Riling, Erica Whitley Riling; brothers Keith (Tammy) Black, Owen (Theresa) Black, sister Kathy (Clair) Carter; stepsons Rex Darren (Angela) Gilley, Ryan Bradley (Jo) Gilley; step-grandchildren; Jessica, Caleb, Issac, Joshua; brothers and sisters in law; Grady (Virginia) Anderson, Don (Linda) Anderson, Lynn (Dianne) Anderson, Bertha (Aaron) Shelton, Reba (Jodie) mcgriff, Jeannie (Wayne Douglas) Freeze; nieces and nephews Amber, Brandi, Elizabeth, David, Christa, Glenn, Kimberly and Chad; grand nieces and nephews Kelly, Ben, Daniel, Mary, Rebecca, Gavin and Zander.

John Paul Blanchard 1959 HS, 75, of Phoenix, passed away on September 9, 2014. John was a Phoenix native. He attended Scottsdale High School, the New Mexico Military Institute and was the owner of Medallion Electric. He is survived by his wife Mary of 52 years, children, Kathleen (Bernardo) Garcia, son Kevin, and Kristine (Joseph) Knapp, 11 grandchildren, his brother Allen (Elaine) Blanchard and many nieces and nephews.

Carl Robert “Bob” Brogan, Jr. 1957 HS-1959 JC died peacefully in his sleep in Santa Paula on Wednesday night, Oct. 24, 2007. Bob was born in Emporia, KS, on Sept. 27, 1939, to Helen and Carl Brogan. He was the third of four children. At six weeks of age, he was train-bound to Albuquerque, NM, where he grew up and nurtured his lifelong love of big skies, desert vistas and spicy New Mexico green chili. He attended New Mexico Military Institute for six years, then the University of New Mexico, where he met Nancy. They married after a brief courtship and promptly settled in Los Angeles, where Bob attended Mortuary College. While working at Charles Carroll Funeral Home, he and Nancy bought the Santa Paula Flower Shop in 1968. He went on to own and operate two other flower shops, a hardware store and several video stores. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying many trips for Newhall Land and Farming executives. Bob loved to fish and opened Lake Crowley many a year. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his wonderful quick wit and Irish charm. Bob will be missed! Bob is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, P. Kaye Crickett Stenshol and Shelley Rounds of Santa Paula; son, Rob Brogan of Medford, OR; grandchildren, Dylan and Stevi Rieder, Ashley and Meagan Wilson, Ace Rounds and Samantha Rieder; sister, Sally mcleod of Albuquerque, NM; and brothers, Carl of La Grange, GA, and Bill of Almagordo, NM.

William W. Burge 1959 HS passed away on Friday, August 3, 2001, following a long illness. He was born January 2, 1942, and grew up in Houston. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Texas, and the University of Houston. He graduated from the University of Texas of Law in 1966. Following graduation he clerked for the presiding Judge of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin. He then worked in the Harris County District Attorney’s office, first as a prosecutor and then as chief of the appellate division. During this time he assisted in establishing the Federal Public Defender’s office for the Southern District of Texas. In 1979 he entered the private practice of criminal defense law. In 1974 the Texas Board of Legal Specialization certified him as a specialist in the field of criminal defense law. Bill loved the law and showed this by his memberships and chairmanships of many committees in local, state and federal legal organizations. He served recently as chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of the State Bar of Texas, the Federal Practice Section of the Houston Bar Association, and a Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas. He was a member of the Houston Police Advisory Committee for several years, and he was an adjunct professor of criminal law at South Texas College of Law for seventeen years. Bill took great joy in his family.  He was married to Dorothy Vaughn in 1964 and had two children, Laura Burge Esparza and Bill Burge, Jr. He is also remembered by his father Curtis H. Burge, MD, Fernando Esparaza, grandchildren and, Alejandro and Antonio Esparza, Brother Charles Burge, Susan Staples Burge and Chris Gore. His mother, Velma Ann Conradi Burge died in 1997. His many interest included classical symphonic and operatic music, ballet, screenplays and the visual arts, the study of archaeology, anthropology, history. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Democratic Party and his advice was sought by many candidates for public office.

James Reed Callender, Sr., 1959 JC – Jim Callender died November 24 at his home after a long illness. He was 69. Mr. Callender grew up in Haynesville, Louisiana. He attended LSU in Baton Rouge where he received a B.S. Degree in Engineering and Geology. He was also a member of The Explorer’s Club since 1979. He was employed by Unocal (now Chevron) for 30 years and retired in 1994 as Worldwide Drilling Operations Manager. He then moved to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana where he consulted in the oil and gas industry as well as operating his cattle ranch. Mr. Callender is preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Mabel Callender. He is survived by his loving wife of eighteen years, Klaudya, and his four sons James Reed Callender, Jr., and fiance Irina Kotova of Shreveport, Guy and Sissy Callender, and Trey Callender and Zach Callender all of Claiborne Parish. He is also survived by one grandson, James Reed Callender, III, of Moore, Oklahoma.

William J. “Bill” Colvin 1959 HS, 71, died Feb. 17, 2012, at his residence after a lengthy illness. Mr. Colvin was born Nov. 16, 1940, in Chicago, the son of Thomas and Verena Mackin Colvin. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. After returning to the Chicago area he attended North Central College in Naperville, IL, where he studied business contract law. He was in promotional advertising for 20 years before moving to Texas with his wife, Kay, where they owned and operated a deli sandwich shop in southeastern Texas. After moving to California, he attended Las Positas College, where he studied psychology and counseling skills. He retired as facility manager from the Florida sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Bartow, FL. Mr. Colvin was of the Catholic faith but was a faithful member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Summit. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Jane Straub and a sister-in-law, Sherry Colvin. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Kay Didon Colvin of McComb; four sons and a daughter-in-law, General William Joseph Scott and Paula of Honolulu, and Sean, Greg and Tim Silletto, all of California; three daughters and a son-in-law, Jessica and Robert Ard of Tylertown, Natalie Peterson of Mesa, AZ, and Stacy Silletto of Ladera Ranch, Calif.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Dale dewitt of Frisco, Texas, Susan Colvin of Melbourne, FL, and Henry Straub of Downers Grove, IL; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Judy Colvin of Satellite Beach, FL, and Richard and Aurora Colvin of Pickerington, Ohio; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Bobby and Nora Didon of Jayess and the Rev. E.J. and Lisa Didon of Kentwood; 11 grandchildren, Lila, Katelyn and Tyler Ard of Tylertown, Natasha and Kristiana Scott of Honolulu, Brittania Anderson of Vancouver, WA, Amanda, Chase and Monica Peterson of Mesa, AZ, Ashley Silletto and Ryan Jacobsen of Ladera Ranch, CA; and numerous nieces, nephews and foster children.

Carlos Max Cunningham 1959 JC went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Carlos was born Jan. 14, 1939, in Lubbock, Texas, to Jesse and Vera Cunningham. Carlos married Carol Zeigler on June 16, 1962, in Artesia. She survives him at the family home. He moved to Roswell from Abernathy, Texas, in 1954 and graduated from Roswell High School. He attended McMurry and NMMI on football scholarships and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bacheloræs degree in accounting in 1961. Soon after, he earned his CPA. He went to work for Allman and Evertson Accounting and eventually became a partner in Evertson and Associates. Carlos later went into private practice where he remained until 2005 at which time he became associated with the firm of Andrews, Smith, Lowery and Company. Carlos served on several boards and committees and was a member of a number of organizations in the community through the years. He was a Past Master of Roswell Masonic Lodge No. 18. He was a Scottish Rite 33rd Degree Mason, Past Grand Commander of York Rite Bodies and a member of The Order of Eastern Star. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and delighted in the teaching of God’s word, which he did for many years. He loved his family unconditionally and was a loving and compassionate friend. His father Jesse Cunningham, mother Vera Cunningham, brother Harold Cunningham and father-in-law Earl Zeigler preceded Carlos in death. He is survived by his daughter Carlyn Hancock and her husband, Floyd Hancock Jr., of Portales and two grandchildren: Garret Hancock and Taylor Hancock, also of Portales; his mother-in-law Gladys Zeigler of Roswell, sister-in-law Eula Cunningham of Jasper, Texas, two nephews Jerry and Phyllis Summers of Burksville, Texas, Tom and Joyce Summers of mckinney, Texas, and three nieces Kathleen and Donnie Simpson of Clarksville, Tenn., Ann and Gary Biggs of Roswell, and Susan King of Clarksville, TN.

Richard Keyes “Dick” Davidson 1959 JC, 79, passed away on July 25, 2018, at the Rio Grande Inn in La Jara. He was born February 20, 1939 in Hobbs, New Mexico, to Barbara King Keyes and Samuel LaFayette Davidson, Jr. III. He married Janet Horton on May 24, 1986 and their marriage was later solemnized in the Albuquerque LDS Temple. Dick worked as a Banker and later retired from SLVDRG. Dick was a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association and was a Silver Beaver and Eagle Scout with gold palm. He served on numerous committees and boards both in Roswell, NM, and in Colorado. Dick was in the National Guard for over 8 years and attended the New Mexico Military Institute. He was a dedicated Rotary member and had over 22 years of perfect attendance. He was a co-chairman of the La Jara Rotary Club 4-H Buyers Pool which he enjoyed. Dick enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting and was also an avid hobby woodworker, junk and antiques collector. Dick loved his family. He is survived by his wife Janet; his son Richard “Rick” Fayette (Pam), and stepson Ryan (Annelee) Crawford. Also surviving are his granddaughter Nakole and step-grandsons Ruger, Gatlen and Traceyn. He is preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Mike.

Tommy “Tom” Quincy Davidson 1959 HS Our beloved, Thomas Quincy Davidson, of San Antonio, TX, went to be with our Lord on March 1, 2010, after a battle with Lewy Body dementia. “Tom” was 68 years old. He was born to the late Thomas Q. And Laura Christina O’ Docharty Davidson on March 11, 1941, in San Antonio, Texas. He grew up in Corpus Christi and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, before graduating from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi in 1959. Tom then attended the University of Texas where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. In 1970 he married Margaret Ann Dickson in Houston, TX, and relocated to San Antonio, TX, in 1987. Mr. Davidson enjoyed a long career in the life insurance industry before retiring in 1996 from USAA. Tom was known for his smile, laughter, and giving back to his family and community. He was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church where he served as an usher and participated in Bible studies and various other services. Additionally, he served as a Boy Scout Volunteer and ultimately became District Commissioner from 1992 – 1998. Tom loved outdoor activities including camping with and watching his sons play sports as well as restoring and rebuilding classic cars. His latest years were spent substitute teaching at several area San Antonio High Schools due to his love of teaching and interacting with the students. Tom is survived by his wife of 39 years Margaret Davidson, 4 children including sons Trey Litel, Crayton Davidson, Quincy Davidson, and daughter Dawn Murphy and one brother Charles A. Davidson. He also had 8 precious grandchildren, Collier, Charles and Conrad Litel, Nick and Tyler Murphy, and Maggie and Katherine Davidson.

Robert Neil Edegett, Jr. 1959 HS (February 13, 1941 to June 13, 2009) Bob passed away on June 13, 2009, from complications related to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and moved around a lot growing up, before settling in San Diego. A true ‘risk-taker,’ Bob managed to crash in or on most things that moved, including several cars, motorcycles, and a dramatic hang glider accident which he was lucky to survive! This real-world experience served him well in his professional life as an accident investigator for the San Diego Police Department (started in 1975) and, later, as co-founder of the company, American Professional Investigations (1984-1999). Bob was an avid bicycling and soccer fan. He generously volunteered his time coaching youth soccer for over ten years, and helped organize San Diego Velodrome Association events on a weekly basis. A ‘gear-head’ from an early age, Bob was passionate about his 1932 Model “A” ‘Street Rod’ and spent many weekend nights MC’ing at various Rod Run events. Even after Alzheimer’s disease started taking him away, Bob could still talk cars! Bob truly loved life, and was constantly giving of his time and experience. He was an inspiration to a host of young people in the community, while living in University City for over 12 years. He is most fondly remembered by his two sons, Jim and Alan. He is survived by Jim and Julie Edgett and their two boys in Dublin, CA, as well as Alan and Meg Edgett and their daughter and son in Irvine, CA; his brother, Steve Edgett and family in Mill Valley; and his sister, Sue Lane and family in El Cajon. We all miss you, Bob! Bob served in the U.S. Air Force (Sept. 8, 1959 to Oct. 23, 1961) and Naval Reserves (April 9, 1975 to April 8, 1979).

William N. “Bill” Fones 1959 HS was born on January 23, 1941 and passed away on December 9, 2009.

Jerry Glenn Hooks, 1959 HS 76, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2017, in Florida. He was born July 31, 1941 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and his family later moved to Amarillo, Texas.  He attended and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and Texas Tech University. He had many interests in business, oil and gas, as well as finance and banking. He held several positions in banks across Texas, including Security State Bank in Abilene. He loved golf and happily played many weekend and pro/amateur tournaments at Abilene Country Club and Fairway Oaks Golf Club in Abilene. He served in the United States Army, ending his service overseas as a 1st Lieutenant. His surviving family includes Kyle and Marie Hooks, Kara and David Dillman, as well as five grandchildren, who he adored.  Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace M. And Lorine (Puckett) Hooks, a brother, Howard Hooks, and uncle, Dr. Howard Puckett.

Maj James F. “Jim” Knowles, USAF (Ret) 1959 JC, 80, of Hereford passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at his home. James, son of the late Daniel Emmerson and Amy Dona (Fraser) Knowles was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 2, 1938. Jim graduated from Tucson High School and received his Associates Degree from New Mexico Military Institute. He served his country proudly for 20 years with the United States Air Force as a pilot and attained the rank of Major. While serving his country Jim saw action during two tours in Vietnam. Jim received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1970 and the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service for Leadership and Devotion. After his retirement from the Military, Jim flew for America West Airlines for 12 years and retired as a captain in 2001. Jim has resided in Arizona for the past 64 years. He loved astronomy and carpentry. His love for carpentry led him to build his home in Hereford where he has resided for the past 20 years. He also had a star named after him which is officially registered and located at RA150.1547018 and Declination32.083511 named in the honor of James Gun Fighter Knowles, in the Universal Star Catalog dated December 25, 2015. In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by a stepson, Michael Avery, his beloved companions, Tigger, Callie, Boss, and Moxie. Jim is survived by his wife Opal J. (Ward) Knowles; two sons, Kurt J. Knowles (Sandee) and James W. Knowles (Yvette); a stepdaughter, Teresa R. Cotton; seven grandchildren, Edward and Shelby Knowles, Tommy, Malissa, and Michael Knowles, Sariel Gauthier and Rodger Bute; two great grandchildren, James D. Gauthier and Kayla Knowles. There are no visiting hours.

Maruice R. McDonald 1959 JC (December 6, 1938 – December 15, 2007) Maurice McDonald, age 69, died peacefully in his home on December 15, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with cancer. He was proceeded in death by son, Robert McDonald, and is survived by his beloved wife, Paula Rhae McDonald; children, John McDonald, Heather McDonald, Michelle Kimbrell, Chris Tarpley, and James Tarpley; siblings, Richard McDonald and Diane McDonald; grandchildren, Samantha Bruns, Kai Bruns, Shea Ward, and Violet Tarpley; nieces and nephews, Kim McDonald, Randy McDonald. Heidii Vogue, and Shawn Vogue and his faithful companion, Lucky. He was born Dec. 6, 1938 in Albuquerque New Mexico to John and Helen McDonald. Maurice attended grade school and high school in Albuquerque as well as UNM and the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. After serving in the Coast Guard, he settled in Santa Fe, in 1969 where he worked in real estate. Maurice founded the Libertarian Party of New Mexico in which he was politically active his entire adult life. He was staunch supporter of American Indian Art and an avid collector. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and will remain in our hearts forever.

John Booker Parker 1959 HS, 80, died Sunday, July 13, 2008, at his home. Born in Orange County, Mr. Parker was the son of the late John Thomas and Mamie Harrison Parker. Mr. Parker retired from Hunter Douglas. Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Betty Wolfe Parker; two daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Andy Gates and Lora and Brian Cunningham, all of the Caldwell Community; two brothers Bill Parker and Melvin Parker, both of Rougemont; two sisters, Vera Clayton of Roxboro and Lois Evans, of Timberlake; four grandchildren, Adam Gates, Leah Gates, Brendan Cunningham and Evan Cunningham.

Edward William “Ned” Flohr, II 1957 HS-1959 JC -Proud lifelong citizen of Seattle, was born on November 22, 1938, and died in the same city on September 1, 2017. Ned was predeceased by Nancy, his beloved wife of 46 years, in 2008, and by their youngest son, Peter, in 2016. He is survived by his three children and their families: Jeanne & John Keckemet (Peter, Genevieve, Charlie) of Seattle; Michael & Julie Flohr (Amelia, Benjamin, Sophia, Jacob) of Lake Forest Park; Susan and Tom Harvey (Kate, Bridget, Michael) of Alantic Beach, FL; and by Peter’s children (Isabel, Wiley). Ned was many different things to many different people. He lived life on his own terms, and derived enormous satisfaction from community involvement, as an active member in Seattle and Ballard Rotary, The United Way, Junior Achievement, and Ducks Unlimited. Ned was always ready to offer help and advice. Beside his family, some of Ned’s fondest memories and proudest accomplishments include: attending the New Mexico Military Institute (1955-1958), and attending and graduating from Seattle University (1962), an Institution he continued to be involved with and support after his graduation, and until his death. He worked for many years with his father (Carlos) and uncle (Firmin) at Flohr & Co. Metal Fabricators in Ballard, until he and three partners bought the company in the late ’70s, and rechristened it Flohr Metal Fabricators, Inc. Ned served as the president of FMF until selling it in 1988. He was deeply involved at Ballard Community Hospital, serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees during the merger with Swedish Medical Center in 1992. Subsequently, he served on the Swedish Hospital Board of Trustees from 1992-2011. Ned’s longtime service as an usher at his parish, St. James Cathedral, brought him special satisfaction, as did his involvement with the West Marine Pacific Cup, both as a race participant and a boat inspector.

WO Jerry L. Harris, USA 1959 HS – Vietnam-Killed in action while conducting a helicopter reconnaissance flight on 28 August 1948.

Cornelius Frederick “Fred” Hecht 1957 HS-1959 JC, of Malletts Bay, passed from this life into the gentle loving arms of his Lord and Savior on Sept. 24, 2013. Born in Allentown, Pa., Jan. 12, 1939, he moved with his family to Mexico in 1946. The family often took trips to New York City to visit family, attend Broadway musicals and Yankee ballgames. At age 14, Fred and his mother took a steamer from the Yucatan Peninsula to New York City to attend a French pastry school. While living in Mexico, Fred became a member of the Boy Scouts of America, attending the 1955 Jamboree in San Diego, Calif. The family spent many vacations deep sea fishing in Acapulco and Zihuatanejo. In Fred’s junior year of high school, he returned to the states and enrolled at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M., where he excelled both academically and in rank. Fred’s career began outside New York City as an engineer with InterChemical Corp, and he attended night classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University, before joining IBM in Essex Junction as an engineer. After 30 years with IBM, Fred retired and began working part time at ACE Hardware and Agway. Fred was preceded in death by his father, Cornelius Tanis Hecht, mother, Anna Ruth Marquette Hecht, of Mexico City, Mexico; and brother, Col. Robert Craig Hecht of Sierra Vista, Ariz. Fred leaves his devoted and loving wife, Karen Sue; son, Frederick Anthony Hecht and fiancee, Becky Peters, grandson, Tyler Hecht, and extended family Amanda, Chelsea and Cole Haley, all of Fairfax; and daughter, Pamela Sue Hecht, granddaughter, Karen-Marie Tanis Peterson and husband, Ryan, and great-grandsons, Nathaniel and Elisha, of Fort Worth, Texas.

Melton B. Koch 1959 HS was born on August 4, 1941 and passed from this life on May 1, 2012 at the age of 70. He retired after 34 years from the Office of Comptroller of the Currency as a Senior Bank Examiner. Mel is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon; children, Melanie Dianne Koch-Mendez (Gabriel), Melton Barton Koch, Jr., Brian Randolph Koch; grandchildren, Reid Michael and Kristofer Melton Jakob.

Harry A. Krawetz 1959 HS passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the age of 72. Harry was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and received his B.S. degree from Texas A&M. He ranched most of his life west of Dilley, Texas and for many years was an air conditioning contractor in San Antonio. He was on the board of directors for the San Antonio Air Conditioning Contractors Association and National Association of Royalty Owners-Texas. He was also a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers and Texas Land & Mineral Owner Association. Surviving is his love of his life, his wife of 45 years, Patricia.

George Daniel Lewis 1959 JC, (Dan) died on August 4th, 2016, at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. He was a retired resident of Morro Bay on the California central coast. He was born on May 12, 1939, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Roswell, to George and Clara Lewis of Dexter, N.M. He was reared in Dexter, graduating as valedictorian from Dexter High in 1957, where his father was the long serving high school math teacher and basketball coach and his mother the librarian. He graduated from NMMI at Roswell in 1959, and finished his formal education with a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University at Dallas, TX, in 1961. He taught high school math for a year in Espanola, NM, then moved to Oakland, CA, where he worked for a decade at Kaiser as a financial analyst. He moved to Los Gatos, CA, near San Jose in 1973, and managed the Old Town Wine Cellar where he developed an interest in wine making. He started his own wine marketing business, that developed into his own winery in the early 1980’s, a business he pursued until his retirement some years ago. It was through their interest in wine that he met his wife, Sylvia Jordan, when they were attending an enology class at the local college in Los Gatos. He and Sylvia moved to Santa Fe, where he continued his wine marketing throughout west and central US, with his son, Stillman operating the winery and taking over the duties of wine maker. Sylvia was a teacher for the Santa Fe schools and they designed and built a home in the Cerrillos area. Several years ago, they returned to California to be near their son and grandchildren. Dan is survived and mourned by Sylvia, their son, Stillman and their adult grandchildren: John, Jake and Luke, all of Morro Bay; his brother Jack Lewis and wife, Kum Hee of Oakland, CA; two sisters: Flossie Blackwell, Jr. of Edgewood, NM, and Helen Ault of Buena Park, CA; and several nieces and nephews, including; LeAnn Sandoval and Lisa Reinecke of Dexter, NM, and Doug Reinecke of Jemez, Springs. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Don Lewis; his brother Wallace Reinecke; his mother and father and step-mother, Opal Reinecke Lewis.

Ralph Eugene Linck, Jr. 1956 HS-1959 JC passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 after valiantly battling a long-term illness. His fighting spirit and tenacious personality will be remembered by everyone who knew and loved him. He will be dearly missed. Ralph was born in Big Spring, Texas and later graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. A long-term resident of Pleasanton, he is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Patricia Rose Costello, devoted son, Ralph “Pace” Eugene Linck, III and his wife Tracy, of Pleasanton, and his two grandchildren, Jodie Rose and PJ Linck.

Dr. Thomas E. Meade 1959 HS, age 75, dedicated family man, local dentist, and inventor, passed away July 16, 2016.  A graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, Tom attended Tulane University before graduating from the dental program at Marquette University. Tom was awarded the Bronze Star while serving as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. After receiving an honorable discharge he opened a dental practice in Albuquerque. He has been recognized as a pioneer for his work on sleep disorders and held four patents for dental appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Tom was also known for his love of old cars and travel. He is survived by his wife, Caroline Oxnard Meade; his children, Gary Meade, Lori Caldwell-Carr (Tim), Thomas Meade, Jr. (Michele), Charles Meade (Julie), and John Meade (Lindsay); and his grandchildren, Russell, Adam, Sheridan, Celeste, Noelle, Benjamen, Scarlett, Ethan, and Sasha. His life was also deeply touched by so many others, especially Deborah Mann; the Eylicio family: Chancy, Manny, Dominick, Julian, and Hailey Jo; and so many others. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Frank; his mother, Viola; and his brother, George.

Donald P. “Pat” McPhaul, 71, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at his residence. He was born July 25, 1941, in Socorro, New Mexico. He married Shirley Ann Thurman May 2, 1959 in Acuna. Pat was involved in farming and the oil and gas industry. He retired as a land and ranch appraiser. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Colorado City. Survivors include his wife, Shirley McPhaul of Colorado City two sons, Rick McPhaul and wife, Tracey of Big Lake and Randy McPhaul of Sheffield one daughter, Julie Rogers and husband, Ronnie of Littlefield eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, John and Raye McGregor.

Orville Thomas Nye, III 1959 HS passed away Nov. 28 in Lake Havasu City at the age of 69. Orville was born on Sept. 2, 1941, in Ventura, Calif., to Orville II and Barbara (Selby) Nye. * Orville moved to Lake Havasu City two years ago from Hamilton, Mont., where he retired as a heavy equipment operator for Operating Engineers doing road construction. He was a member of Relics and Rods in Lake Havasu City. He is survived by his sons, Orville Thomas Nye IV and David Neil Nye; daughter, Deborah Joyce Beyer; brother, John Phillip Nye; sister, Marilyn Claire Ireys; and seven grandchildren.

John Booker Parker 1959 HS, 80, died Sunday, July 13, 2008, at his home. Born in Orange County, Mr. Parker was the son of the late John Thomas and Mamie Harrison Parker. Mr. Parker retired from Hunter Douglas. Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Betty Wolfe Parker; two daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Andy Gates and Lora and Brian Cunningham, all of the Caldwell Community; two brothers Bill Parker and Melvin Parker, both of Rougemont; two sisters, Vera Clayton of Roxboro and Lois Evans, of Timberlake; four grandchildren, Adam Gates, Leah Gates, Brendan Cunningham and Evan Cunningham.

Jerry C. Plattor 1959 JC – Jerry died in the loving arms of his wife, Rita Sue (Caudle) Plattor, son J.J., and caretakers at his bedside on June 12, 2017. Jerry graduated from Artesia High School in 1957. He attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1957 1958, Baylor University from 1958 1959 and University of New Mexico 1959 1960. Jerry and Rita married June 12, 1960 at the First Presbyterian Church in Artesia, N.M. They resided in Roswell, N.M. where Jerry operated “Will Travel Drive-In” until 1963. Moving to Midland, T.X. they opened Cliff’s Cafeteria which they operated until September 1964. Upon his father’s death they moved to Alamogordo, N.M. to help his mother run their Cliff’s Cafeteria. In 1966 they purchased Town House in Artesia and operated it until it was sold December 31, 1986. At that time Jerry attended Denver Floral Design School, graduating top in his class, Jerry and Rita then purchased and remodeled the house at 1010 West Main Street and opened Love Bud Floral and Gifts on March 15, 1987. Jerry is survived by his wife Rita; daughter Shelly Sue Lachmann and husband Ken and grandson Austin of Cape Coral, F.L.; son Jerry Clifford Plattor Jr. (J.J.) and his wife Kathy and grandsons Jerry Clifford III (J.C.) and wife Brittnie and great-granddaughter Brynn Everly all of Round Rock, T.X., grandson Dustin Plattor and wife Taylor and soon-to-be great-grandson Kase Ryan of Lubbock, T.X., grandson Kyle Plattor of Marietta, G.A.; also foreign exchange student Jonas Plitt of Ashville, N.C. and loving friend Shannon Gomez of Artesia as well as caregivers Helen Aguilar, Karla Guerrero and Norma Renteria. He was preceded in death by his parents Cliff and Oleta Plattor. Honorary pall-bearers will be his grandsons J.C., Dustin, Kyle, Austin and Jerry Butts, Bill Gray, Jessie Hilliard and Howard Morton.

LTC Philip B. Turner, USA (Ret) 1959 JC, 75, died Monday, July 13, 2015, in Savannah. Survivors are his wife, Linda Hooks Turner; son, Jason Lanier (Brandi) and four grandchildren, Aiden and Jocie Lanier, Kaylee and Kylee McGowan; and other relatives.

Michael David Vogel 1957 HS-1959 JC passed away on Friday, December 1, 2006. His health had been on a steady decline in recent years. Although ailing, he remained active in his many interests right to the end. He will be most remembered as a man of principle, who loved his family above all else. Anybody who knew him recognized him to be an extremely willful and intelligent man. He was also a sensitive and perceptive artist, a fly-fisherman, a lifelong mason, and a man of his word. Even as an adopted child, Mike’s family, his memory and legacy will carry on through all of the lives he has touched. He is survived by his wife, Alice; his children, Guy, Mary, Joshua, and Alicia; his sons-in-law, Ed and Sieglinde Potthoff; Mike’s brother, Wayne Wright, and his wife, Patty, their children, Tim Wright, Nate and his wife, Crissy Wright, their children, Guy Riley, Gary, and Natalie; an uncle, aunts, and several cousins; Mike’s brother-in-law, Stuart, wife, Julie, and their children, Amy Aldrete, her husband, Horacio and their children, Analisa, Isabella, and Stuart Horacio; Hope Trigg, her husband, Matt and their children, Tayler Rose and McCarley; Mike’s extended family at his “coffee spots” and in the legal community as well as Alice’s friends and colleagues. Thank you to all for your love and support.

Ralph Rust “Rusty” Wilson, II 1959 HS of Solana Beach, Calif. passed away on December 26, 2014. Rusty was born October 13,1941 in Kansas City, Mo. to Dr. Ralph R. and Betsy Henderson Wilson. After the death of his parents, Rusty and his sister, Mary Beth moved to Little Rock, Ark. to live with their aunt and uncle, Janis and DeMatt Henderson. Rusty was part of the Lost Class of 1959 at Hall High School and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute. He spent a semester abroad in Aix en Provence, France while attending Vanderbilt University, from which he graduated in 1963, and he graduated from Columbia Law School in 1966. Rusty served as Law Clerk to Justice Paul Ward of the Arkansas Supreme Court and practiced law in Little Rock for 25 years with his great friend and mentor Sam Laser. Rusty is survived by his wife of 38 years, George Ann (Yotter) Wilson. During their careers, George Ann and Rusty traveled throughout the southeastern United States for her work and his. After Rusty’s retirement in 1993, they enjoyed touring the Southwest in their RV and made their home in several places in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California. Rusty is also survived by his daughter Betsy (Jason) Meharg, of Lamar, Ark., his son, Ralph R, Wilson III of Fayetteville, Ark., his stepson Seth H. (Claire) McElvaney III of Raleigh, N.C., and his sister Mary Beth (Nick) Harkins of Jackson, Miss. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Abby, Jack, Lydia, Lily, and Josh Meharg, and Anika, Olivia, and Ethan McElvaney, and by loyal canine friend Elly.

Frederick Phillip “Fritz”Wolff 1959 JC– age 76, of Goodrich died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 27, 1939 in Menominee, Michigan, to George and Elizabeth Wolff. He graduated from Menominee high school in 1957. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico on a football scholarship, where he won a National Jr. College Championship in 1958. He completed his undergraduate education at Western Michigan University, graduating in 1963, with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. He later earned a Master’s degree in education from Michigan State University. In the fall of 1963, Fritz began teaching and coaching football at Goodrich. He would teach for 42 years at Goodrich High School, retiring in 2005. Fritz coached football at Goodrich for 47 years, as well as coaching 3 years at Grand Blanc, and 1 year at Swartz Creek. In 1994 he was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Fritz was a longstanding member of the Goodrich United Methodist Church. He enjoyed vacationing with his family, golfing, and reading historical literature. Fritz is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lynda; 3 children, Michelle (Dan) Hughes, Jeffrey Wolff, and Michael (Erin) Wolff; 4 grandchildren, Jordan and Kaitlyn Hughes, and Dawson and Brayden Wolff; 2 brothers, William and Kenneth (Dianna) Wolff. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Elizabeth Wolff, and his nephew Kenneth Robert Wolff Jr.


David William Anderson 1958 JC on April 19, 2013. After putting up a valiant fight against cancer, Dave left his earthly body to find eternal rest in the loving arms of his Savior. He is survived by his faithful wife of 50 years, Linda his devoted daughters, Amy (Joel) and Julie (Bill) and his adoring grandchildren, Alex, Nico, Elena, Liliana, Kara, Ryan, Michael, Blaine and Connor. Dave was born in Akron, Ohio to David and Ruby Anderson and raised in Burbank, California where he was class president and captain of the football team at Burbank High School (’56). He went on to play football at New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from San Jose State University (’61) with a business degree. He proudly served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1961 – 1963. He married Linda Martin in 1962. Dave began his own business, Anderson Air Conditioning, Inc. in Orange County in 1968. Dave was a well-respected business owner and mentor to many as well as an active member in his community and church. Dave enjoyed many things among them: classical music, sailing, football, travel, and his beloved California Angels. Dave was a principled and loving father and grandfather who served as the ultimate role model to the entire family. Later in life, Dave took an active role in his grandchildren’s lives and loved to watch their sporting events and support them in their education. Dave’s influence is far reaching and his legacy will live on through the lives of his many friends, family, and all who had the great privilege of knowing this wonderful man. Though his loss is greatly felt here on earth, comfort is taken in the fact that he is with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Joseph C. Berland, Ph.D. 1958 HS, cattleman, scholar-educator, golfer, charismatic peripatetic, father, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at his home in Moscow, Idaho. Joe Berland was born and reared in the family’s cattle enterprise in the Wallowa Mountains of Northeastern Oregon. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, Lewis & Clark College and the University of Manitoba. He was awarded a Ph.D. In Anthropology by the University of Hawaii for his three-year study of early childhood development amongst peripatetic artisans and entertainers (gypsies) in the Punjab of northeast Pakistan. His dissertation was published by Harvard University Press under the title “No Five Fingers Are Alike.” Dr. Berland was a noted educator, writer and lecturer. He was variously affiliated with Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.; Qaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan; The University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji; The Inter Cultural Institute, Kansai-Kyoto, Japan; Oxford University; and Evansville Day School. In Henderson County, he is remembered for helping delay the locally mandated closing of small but successful country schools, most notably Hebbardsville. Joseph was the son of Floris Sorensen Berland and Kelsay Edward Berland of Enterprise, OR. His daughter is Kelsay Sawyer Berland of Chapel Hill, NC; his son, John Francis Priest Berland of Henderson County; his brother, John Edward Berland of Portland, OR. For some time he was married to Virginia Sawyer Priest of Henderson County. He also fostered numerous scholars across the globe, including godsons Waseem Ahmad of Peshawar, Pakistan, and Indianapolis and Vasubandu Misra of Mysore, India, and Tallahassee, FL.

John Ellis Brady 1958 JC, 75, of Galesburg, died at 2:33 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Marigold Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. John was born Feb. 5, 1939, in Tucumcari, New Mexico, the son of Talbert Lee and Edith Pauline (Surguy) Brady. He married Martha Lynn Wilson on March 17, 1966, in Carbondale, and she survives. He was raised in Tucumcari and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico, in 1958. John served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963 when he was honorably discharged. He then attended Southern Illinois University and graduated with a degree in dental technology. John was a certified dental technician and was the owner of Brady Crown and Bridge Dental Laboratory. John was an avid sportsman, who loved to fish and duck hunt. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the NRA. John is survived by his three daughters, Edie (James) Lazzari and their children, Brad and Rachel of Peoria; Laura (Claudio) Herrero and their children Sofia and Colin of Ft. Myers, Florida; and Janet (Bart) Lammey and their children Kate and George of Normal. Also surviving is his sister, Pollyanne Mobley of Tucumcari, New Mexico; brother, Jack Lee (Laura) Brady of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Jean Colleen Brady.

Tyre Harris Brown, IV 1958 HS, 71, beloved husband of Rita Daniel Brown, died following a brief battle with cancer, June 8, 2011. They were nearing their 50th anniversary. Mr. Brown was born Dec. 8, 1939, in New Haven, CT. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and Albuquerque, NM. Because of his strong love of mountains, they settled in Flagstaff in 1970. He was quoted as saying when he saw the San Francisco Peaks, “I knew I had come home.” He completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in physical science at Northern Arizona University. During his career, he had worked as lab manager for the NAU Physics Department, at the Wire and Cable Division of W.L. Gore, and prior to retirement had been an educator with the Flagstaff Public Schools. His love of learning encompassed many subjects and he was a naturally gifted teacher in the sciences and math. As a member of the Steering Committee under President John Kavanagh, he was proud of helping to get the Coconino Community College for Flagstaff on the ballot. He was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, serving as an altar boy at age 12. At Church of the Epiphany in Flagstaff, he served most recently on the Vestry, the Finance Committee and Holy Folders volunteers. Mr. Brown was a great student of history, with a special interest in the Civil War. Growing up, his interest in sports included Western saddle horseback riding, expert level figure skating, Alpine skiing and hiking the Grand Canyon with the Prairie Trek. He and his family shared a great love of all kinds of music, especially classical and folk. He played the guitar and loved to dance. Mr. Brown was a great animal lover and especially intrigued with the endless variety of dogs, birds, fish and reptiles. He and Rita had spent many years rescuing abandoned cats in their neighborhood. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Rita; son Warren Brown of Colorado; daughter Halli Fossaceca (David); two grandchildren; sister Evelyn Tumlin (Bob) of Mississippi; two nephews; aunt Kathleen Toler of Washington; and several cousins, nieces and nephews throughout the United States.

Leonard “Len” W. Burford 1958 HS, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Norman. He was born in Lindsay on Oct. 6, 1935, to Earl Elmore and Faye (Webb) Burford. Services for Mr. Burford are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. 3rd St. in Lindsay, with Dr. Lavonn Brown and Pastor Randy Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Lindsay, with Masonic services by the Moore Masonic Lodge No. 539. Len married Tujuana Sue Wayland on June 8, 1957, in Maysville. They had three sons. In 1968, Len and his family moved from Lindsay to Norman. Len’s career was in farming and manufacturing. Len was a member of the First Baptist Church of Norman and a member and past Master of the Moore Masonic Lodge No. 539. He was also a member and past president of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and of the Oklahoma Trapshooting Association. He enjoyed quail hunting with his friends and family, flying, competitive shooting, golf, barbecuing, watching his Irish terrier, Kate, win shows, and being with his grandchildren and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Faye Burford. Len is survived by his wife, Tujuana Burford; his three sons, Leonard Michael Burford and wife Delcy, Jim Wayland Burford and John Elmore Burford; grandchildren John E. Burford III and wife Angie and Megan Len Burford; and two great-grandchildren, Karl Austin Hancock and Chase Edward Burford.

Edmund Burke, III 1958 HS, 71, died Thursday, June 10, 2010.

Ronald Brock Clark 1958 HS, 69, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1944, passed away into the loving arms of the Lord Sunday, September 26, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Clark, brother, Milton, Jr. Clark and brother, Douglas Clark. He is survived by his brother, Ed Clark. He was a contractor and builder of homes and apartments. He became a successful real estate investor and land developer. He was highly respected and loved by the business community. He lived a life full of excitement and adventure. He was a hot air and helium balloonist. In 1981 he was one of the four man crew to accomplish the 1st transpacific balloon crossing in the Double Eagle V. He was instrumental in the opening of the Anderson/Abruzzo balloon museum. He loved to travel, laugh, and eat good food, ski and ride rollercoasters with his children and grandchildren. Most important, he was married to the love of his life, Shirley M. Clark for over 51 years; He was an amazing father to son, Ronald M. Clark and wife, Sherry; son, Scott B. Clark and wife, Pamela; and daughter, Christie L. Humphrey and husband, Ron; The pride and joy of his life were his eight grandchildren: Amanda, Jillian, Shane, Cameron, Ryan, Alexis, Dylan and Brock. Ron Clark lived life to the fullest and he loved the Lord, his friends and his family with all his heart. He will be dearly missed. Services will be held Friday, October 1, 2010, 1:00 p.m., at Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna NE, with Skip Heitzig officiating. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cameron Humphrey, Ryan Humphrey, Ron Humphrey, Shane Clark, Gene Wilkins, Mike Anglin, Don Grady, Larry King and Mark Seider.

Woody Joe Clemmons 1958 HS, 75, passed away peacefully in his home on August 19, 2015 in Round Rock, TX. Woody was born December 14, 1939 in Pampa, TX, the son of Woodrow and Onieta Clemmons. He spent most of his childhood in Roswell, NM and attended NMMI. He moved to Albuquerque, and graduated from Highland High in 1958. He attended both UNM and Texas Western (UTEP) and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. His sales career started in El Paso with Carnation, Yardley of London in Dallas, Peter Pan Seafoods in Atlanta and Seattle and back to Albuquerque as VP of Marketing with Premier Distributing and finally in Roswell, NM for Rainbow Bread Dist. In 1999 he moved to Hamilton, TX where he retired and lived for 15 years. He married the love of his life, Kay Cloninger on June 28, 1970 in Hamilton, TX. They welcomed two beautiful daughters Kimberly and Amy. Woody had a passion for golfing, fishing, bowling, the Dallas Cowboys and spending time with his family and friends. His humor, singing and dancing gave joy to all. His grandchildren Breely, Jack, Hannah and Carlee completed his life to its fullest. Survivors include Kay Clemmons; daughter Kimberly Peterson and husband Brett; daughter Amy Sellers and fiance Coy Jones; sister Nanette Bolden and daughter Sara Ransom of Albuquerque, NM; four grandchildren, Breely and Jack Peterson, Hannah Sanchez and Carlee Sellers and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Woodrow and Onieta Clemmons. Woody and Kay recently moved to Round Rock where they became involved with the Age of Central Texas Adult Day Center. Woody called it his “job” and loved attending because of the great staff and friends he met there.

Capt Lee C. Dixon, USAF 1958 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action in a plane crash near Pleiku on 7 January 1966.

Lee D. Dodson 1958 JC, was born in Sacramento and was raised in El Segundo, California. The eldest of six children to Agnes and Herbert, Lee was raised in a modest two-bedroom bungalow where Lee attended school and was captain of the football team at El Segundo High. While at UCLA on a scholarship, Lee lettered in Football and Rugby. He was also a proud member of Phi Delta Kappa, KELP, ROTC, and graduated with a degree in Economics in 1962. After U.S. Army basic training, Ranger and Airborne schools, 2nd Lt. Lee Dodson was sent to Mainz, Germany where he became the officer in charge of the football and wrestling teams for the Army 8th Division. During his tour in Germany he met Marion. They were married in Basil, Switzerland in 1963. Captain Lee Dodson, was honorably discharged from the Army in 1964 and became a reserve Special Forces officer, Green Beret in Washington, D.C. area where Lee also became a top salesman for Revlon Cosmetics. Later Lee and Marion moved back to California where Lee became a mortgage banker. In April 1964, his son Eric was born and then came his daughters Katrina and Jolene. The Dodson’s moved to Solana Beach in 1971 and Lee continued to commute to Orange County. Ultimately, Lee decided he needed to be his own entity and founded LEDO Financial. Lee knew that athletic scholarships helped him early in life, and put his effort into establishing an annual LEDO Financial Golf Tournament to benefit various athletic programs. It later became known as the YMCA Golf Classic and over the years generated over two million dollars to help support athletic programs and children in the community. In his later years, Lee’s hobbies and lifestyle took a new direction. He became a proud grandpa O’Pa to his two granddaughters Amanda and Melody and polished his culinary skills at Sunday dinners at his home in Rancho Santa Fe. Lee was honored by the El Segundo High School Hall of Fame, Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA with a Red Triangle Award for Dedication, Unselfish Service and Inspiring Leadership and by the UCLA Rugby Hall of Fame as team captain and All American to the U.S. Rugby team. Lee Dodson is survived by his wife of 44 years Marion, his son Eric, daughters Katrina and Jolene, his daughter-in-law Sarah and two granddaughters Amanda and Melody. Lee was 69 (the same number as his UCLA football uniform), when he passed away peacefully on June 27th, 2007.

Charles Ervin Durham 1958 HS, 73, of Austin Texas passed peacefully on February 1st surrounded by family. Charles, known to friends as Charlie, was a native Austinite. He graduated from McCallum High School, attended the University of Texas, and was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. After military service he worked in the family business, Durham’s Business College, and later in Real Estate with his brother Glynn. Charles loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved his wife and family, pets, and many friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Charles is preceded in death by his uncle, Bill Durham of Waco and brother, Glynn Durham of Austin. Charles leaves behind wife Joyce, daughter Julie and husband Eric Hiegert, son Guy Durham, and grandchildren Seth Allen and Havana Hiegert, all of Austin.

George Victor Edwards 1958 JC, 72, of Wichita Falls died Wednesday, August 19, 2009. Mr. Edwards served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for Smith, Kline and French as a pharmaceutical representative with a vast territory where he spent a lot of time on the road. Survivors include wife, Cindy of Wichita Falls; daughters, Charlotte Tipton of Iowa Park, Michelle Sobay of Wichita Falls; son, Paul of Fort Worth; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one brother.

Roy W. Fouts, Jr. 1958 HS was born July 31, 1940 in Dallas, Texas to Roy & Mattie Ray Fouts. He passed away suddenly on September 8, 2012. Roy is survived by his loving & devoted wife of 23 years, Linda; son, Roy William Fouts, III, of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter & son-in-law, Dena & Grant Reid of Austin, Texas; step-daughter & husband, Jennifer & Chad Cage of Richardson, Texas; step-son, & wife, Joe & Jen Rozgay of Omaha, Nebraska; sister & brother-in-law, Mary Lu & Don Patterson of Midlothian, Texas; nephew & wife, Roy & Julia Armstrong of Taos, New Mexico; niece & husband, Mary Anne & Larry Ross of Midlothian, Texas. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, Jessica, Bonnie & Emily Fouts, Haley, Kellan & Josie Rozgay; Cole & Cason Cage along with numerous cousins. Roy attended school in Duncanville from 1st through 10th grades and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1958. He received his BBA from Southern Methodist University in 1962. After graduation he joined the US Navy. He was commissioned as Ensign, served on board the USS HENRICO and in Beachmaster Unit One. He retired from Exxon Mobile in 2002 after 34 years of service where he met and created many enduring and wonderful friendships. After retirement, he served on the Ellis County Appraisal Review Board and was currently serving as Chairman for the third year. Roy believed in and loved his God and country first and foremost. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather & brother. He always respected and valued the opinions of others and had a deep and endless passion to mentor and inspire others’ talents and traits, particularly his devoted wife who loved, respected and appreciated him the most. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Duncanville where he had many dear friends who he had known and loved since childhood. His parents and his sister & brother-in-law, Iris & Bob Armstrong, preceded him in death.

J. Phillip “Phil” Goodart 1956 HS-1958 JC, age 77, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in San Antonio. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Mildred Paskind. Phil is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Goodart; daughter, Kathryn Goodart-Hermans and husband, Michael; son, Joel W. Goodart and wife, Melanie; grandchildren, Judson, Tucker, Phillip, Corrie, Joshua, and Brandon; sister, Sally Chambers and husband, David; brother, Mike Goodart and wife, Diana.

Jerry F. Hall 1956 HS-1958 JC It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, Jerry F. Hall, 71, of El Paso, Texas and formerly of Anthony, on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. He was born November 19, 1938 in El Paso to John Franklin and Elvira M. Ramirez Hall. Jerry graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell; served on the Anthony, Texas Town Council as an Alderman and Mayor Pro-Tem for over 30 years; was a member of the txdot (Texas Transportation) Board and a member of the Jaycees. He also owned and operated Jerry’s Bull-n-Beer, formerly Hall’s Place in Anthony, Texas for 42 years. Jerry was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where he served as lector and communion minister, and was a member of the Anthony Cemetery Association. Those left to mourn his passing are his loving family that include his loving wife of thirty-three years, Sylvia Gonzales Hall of the family home; two sons, Joshua Hall of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jacob Hall; two daughters, Gina Guzman and husband Gilbert and their daughter, Kassandra Guzman all of El Paso, Texas and Marisa Hall of Phoenix, Arizona. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Hudson Hall 1940 HS and a sister, Jean Berrier.

Robert Warren Hatch 1958 HS – He was a joyous man who lived life to its fullest. He passed peacefully in the hospital from complications with pneumonia. A native to the Bay Area, Robert was born and raised in the Piedmont area of Oakland until his family moved to Woodside. Robert and his wife Penelope spent the majority of their lives together in Los Altos prior to their recent move to Santa Rosa. Robert was an active member of the Los Altos Village Association. He was always very energetic when it came to helping to plan and run the annual Los Altos Arts &Wine Festival and was very involved in the Los Altos community. Robert was a graduate of Menlo College, an avid Cal Bear Backer & Football fan, a sports enthusiast, and a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club for 41 years. He loved his Bernese Mountain dogs and always enjoyed great conversation, a good meal and fine wine with his friends and family. He loved his wife and children very much. Those that know him well would know that a part of him never truly grew up. He identified well with and loved the times he spent with his grandchildren and anyone who still has a bit of child left in them. Robert is survived and will be greatly missed by his loving wife Penelope of 35 years; his sister Bobby & brother Bud; his children, Leo, Rob, Josh, Leslie and their spouses; his loving grandchildren, Evan, Samantha, Heather, Mackenzie, Ashlin, Taylor, Camden, Elliana, Zachary, Lauren & Demi and many nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Robert was in the business of insurance for 35+ years. His kindness and enjoyment of life has touched us all.

Ddnis A. Heimerich 1958 HS died on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Suzanne (Perry) Heimerich parents, John and Audrey Heimerich and brother, Lynn Heimerich. Denis is survived by his wife, Kimberly sons, Russ Heimerich and wife Valerie of Sacramento, CA, Bruce and wife Cynthia of San Diego, CA and daughter, Janine Heimerich of Deer Harbor, WA. Grandson Ryan Heimerich, granddaughter Kathryn Heimerich, grandson Mathew Helms and granddaughter Katie Uecker and great-granddaughter Riley Helms also survive him. Denis was a graduate of the University of New Mexico and the University of Illinois. A veteran of both the Army and Air Force, he served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring from the Air Force in 1979. Following his Air Force career, Denis was an executive in the cable television industry.

William C. “Bill” Henderson 1958 HS, a member of Shreveport’s most prominent broadcasting family, died suddenly on Wednesday, March 10th. He was 70 years old. Bill was born in Shreveport on January 30, 1940 to William Carter Henderson and Gertrude Alverson Henderson. His grandfather, William Kennon Henderson, Jr. Founded Shreveport’s KWKH radio station and, as a prominent broadcasting pioneer, was very influential in the shaping of this nation’s communications industry. His father, Carter, continued in this tradition as one of the founders of KSLA television. From their arrival in Shreveport in the 1890’s, the Henderson family took on a leadership role in the town and championed its virtues throughout the land. A resident of Shreveport for most of his life, Bill shared this passion for the city and remained active in real estate management for the family’s Henderson Properties Company. Bill loved all manner of outdoor sports but was most passionate about fishing and golf. He was a regular fixture at the Palmetto Country Club and the State Line Hunting & Fishing Club where his quick wit, ever present smile and no-nonsense manner were endearing qualities to those that knew him best. Bill was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico and attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Bill is survived by his wife, Karen Edman Henderson; three children, Leigh Pozas of Bakersfield, California; Holly Citelli of Frisco, Texas and Clint Henderson and his wife, Charley of Allen, Texas; three step-daughters, Heather White and her husband, Trey of Denham Springs, LA; Hillary Doyal and her husband, Drew of Shreveport, LA; Haley Edman of Baton Rouge, LA and sister, Dixie Henderson of Frisco, TX. Eight grandchildren also survive Bill.

Thomas E. Jeffery 1958 JC, 73, a former resident of Olney, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2011, in Mansfield. Tom was born Aug. 2, 1938, in Fort Worth. He was the son of the late Ed and Maxine Jeffery. Tom was raised in Olney. He graduated from Olney High School in 1956 and continued his education at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and Tarleton State University in Stephenville. He served his country in the U.S. Army for three years. He also served on the Fort Worth and Arlington police forces. Tom retired from American Airlines ramp service, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. He was raised in Olney and was a true “Jeremiah Johnson” at heart; his love for the outdoors was never ending. Tom’s sense of humor, the stories and laughs he shared with family and friends will always be treasured. “At peace my love – no more pain.” Survivors: His memory will be cherished by his wife of 52 years, Jill; daughters, Dawn and husband, Joe Ruzic, Toni and husband, Scott Kreskai; grandchildren, Trey Ruzic and wife, Malisa, Paige Ruzic, Alexandra, Nicholas and Sam Kreskai; great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Ruzic; and a host of relatives and friends.

Dewey F. Knight 1958 HS, age 73, of Oklahoma City, died April 25, 2014. He was born June 4, 1940, in Santa Monica, CA to A.B. Knight and Irene Monroe Knight. Dewey was a businessman and a Master Mechanic. He went to school in El Paso, TX. He attended Ysleta High School and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1958. He also graduated from Franklin University in Columbus, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Jackie and Tommy Knight. Dewey is survived by his wife, Judy Lee Knight; children, David Knight (April), Mona Donahoe, Steven Knight (Deena), Steven Herriott (Kimi Cox), Salli Johnson (Randy), and Shelley Meisenburg (Chad); sister, Barbara Jarvis (Bob); brother, Bobby Knight (Donna); his children’s mother, Mary Hannon; 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Edward Ewell Koplan 1958 JC born on July 5, 1939 passed away Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the age of 69. As a heart transplant recipient of eighteen years, Edward lived a full and rewarding life. After his transplant, he continued his work as the Economic Development Director in Weslaco, Texas for eleven years. He also served as an Assistant City Manager for the City of San Antonio during Hemisphere. In addition he served as the Pecan Valley Economic Development Director in Brownwood, Texas from 1977-1987. He graduated from Central Catholic HS, New Mexico Military Institute, and St. Mary’s University. He was preceded in death by his parents, Olga and Herman Koplan. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Ann; children, Arlene B. Chalkley, Karen Chalkley Lashbrook and husband, Quinton; grandson, Quinton A. Lashbrook; and brother-in-law, Randall Perkins and wife, Maida of Williamsburg, VA. He will also be missed by dear friends Rita and Quentin Meyer and Mary Kathleen Beasley.

SFC David Henderson Malone, USA (Ret) 1958 JC, 72, died Oct. 26, 2009, in Madisonville. He retired from the Army, was a Korean and Vietnam War veteran and was a member of First Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Myran; daughter, Julia Sheppard; sons, Patrick and Devery Patterson; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Perry Connolly Maxwell 1958 HS, age 78, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He was born to Perry Connolly, Sr. 1925 JC and Virginia (Bell) Maxwell in Graham, Texas on January 9, 1940. Perry was the CEO and owner of Koelling and Associates, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. He had a long successful career in mechanical engineering consulting sales and became the best of friends with his colleagues and clients. Perry was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, scuba diving, skiing (both on the water and in the snow), and mountain climbing. He was not only an aviator, he was a member of Business Mens Flying ASSN. Perry will be remembered for the loving husband, father and grandfather he was, and that his favorite time of the year was every August when he spent time with his loving family at Estes Park in Colorado. Perry is preceded in death by his parents; left to cherish his memory is his wife of 31 years, Sandra Maxwell; daughter Melinda Maxwell Beane and husband Clif; daughter Stacey Maxwell Nardi and husband David; 5 grandchildren Alexander Beane, Michela Nardi, Madison Nardi, Maxwell Nardi and Miles Nardi; first cousin Sally Kay Maxwell Hemphill along with numerous extended family and friends.

Thomas O. Merritt Jr., 1956 HS-1958 JC Age 61, of Gila Bend Arizona, passed away June 3, 2000. He was a U.S. Army Veteran.

Owen Judson Neeley 1958 HS, 68, of Rexburg, died Friday, October 24, 2008, at the Rexburg Nursing Center. He was born May 28, 1940, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Oswald J. And Myrtle Munns Neeley. He attended Adams Elementary School and graduated from Madison High School. He also graduated from Utah State University. He married Darla Williams and had two sons, Jay and Jared. They later divorced. He married Sue Travis and they had a daughter, Kimberly. They also later divorced. He farmed and ranched with his father in Canyon Creek and later in Teton Valley. He owned and operated Neeley Flying Service dusting crops. He had a love for horses and raised and trained the Morgan breed. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and flying his planes. He is survived by his children, Jay Neeley of Littleton, CO, Jared (Angela) Neeley of Sugar City and Kimberly R. (Neil) Mason of Rigby; stepchildren, Thomas P. Travis of Danbury, CT, Joy E. Travis of Hobson, MT; a sister, Jacqueline (Lyle) Bowen of Idaho Falls; and longtime friend and companion, Faye Beesley of Tetonia. He is also survived by three grandchildren and six step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ina Lyman.

Samuel Gallitzen Newton, III 1958 HS 70, of Victoria, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011. He was born Aug. 11, 1940, in San Antonio, to the late Samuel G. Newton and Marie Louise Berman, both of San Antonio. He was a rancher. He is survived by his wife, Rita Susan Garcia-Newton of Victoria; son, Samuel G. Newton, IV of Austin; sisters, Carol Marie Berman, Charlotte Ann Safir, Willard Merle Samuels, and Laura Tobin Barber. Mr. Newton’s remains were donated to science to further the study of cancer.

Ronald Coe Perry 1958 JC, 77, of Ruidoso passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at his home. He was born January 21, 1938 at Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He grew up in Lincoln County graduating from Ruidoso High School in 1956 where he was very involved with all athletic programs. He owned and operated Perry’s Repair and Maintenance Service. At the age of 12 he was adopted by L.C. Perry Jr. who helped raise him. He married Jeanene Carpenter in May of 1977 in Ruidoso. He is survived by his wife, Jeanene; children, Bunny Medina and her husband Manny of Las Cruces, Tony Perry and his wife, Senida of Albuquerque, Anita Perry and her husband, Greg Fouratt of Albuquerque, Ronna Garcia and her husband Mike of Las Cruces, Kelly Chavez of Ruidoso and Rusty Hamilton and his wife Maria of Capitan; grandchildren, Michael, Elena, Amber, Melissa, Adrian, Steven, Vinny, Lindsey and Scout; his sister, Fredda Draper and her husband Carl.

Jack L. Power 1958 HS, 66, of Hobbs, NM, died November 17, 2006, at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He was born Sept. 11, 1940, in Lovington, NM. Mr. Power was the president and co-owner of Energy Group, Inc. He was a former member of the Jaycees. He was a graduate from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. Survivors include two sons, Dane L. Power 1986 HS and wife Susy of Phoenix, AZ, and Jason W. Power 1990 HS and girlfriend Thamis Macan Gabhann of Stillwater, MN; a brother, Gail Power and wife Glenda of Midland, Texas; a niece, Lisa Gail Skags of Knoxville, TN; and two grandchildren, Halie and Mackenzie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gail Borden Power and Fay Rhine Power.

Dr. Allan Seymour Rosenbaum 1958 HS, Denver; Husband of Judith Rosenbaum; Father of Stacey (Joe Utsler) Rosenbaum and James Ryan; Brother of Roberta (the late Morton) Miller; Grandfather of Zoe.

Dr. Laurence H. Rudd, II 1956 HS-1958 JC died on Dec. 17, 2015, in Lubbock, Texas. Larry is survived by his wife, Barbara of Arbela, N.M.; his son, William Bradley Rudd of Albuquerque, N.M.; and his sister, Ann Harrell of Dallas, Texas. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Lauren Rudd. Larry was born on Sept. 17, 1937, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to parents Mary Ruth Rudd and Laurence H. Rudd, MD, and was reared in Colorado City, Texas. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M., in 1956, from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1960 and from Baylor Dental School in Dallas, Texas, in 1964. Larry served two years in the United States Air Force with the rank of captain. Larry and Barbara moved to Lubbock in 1966 where he practiced dentistry for 44 years and where he attended many continuing education classes. Larry became a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1981 and a fellow of the International Academy of General Dentistry in 1988. Retirement began in 2010 in a new home on the east face of the Captain Mountains where the family had owned a vacation home for many years. Larry’s family and friends will always remember him for his welcoming smile and wide open door. A memorial is planned in the spring when close friends and family will scatter ashes near his mountain.

Fred Charles Smith 1958 HS, 60, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at his home in Sublette. He was born May 9, 1940, at Liberal, the son of Laverne C. and Edith Margaret (Gillette) Smith. A lifetime resident of Sublette, he was a farmer and a former transportation supervisor for USD 374 for several years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Sublette and belonged to the Sublette Jaycees for several years. Survivors include a son, Scott B. Smith, Sublette; a daughter, Diana Kay Metzler, De Beque, CO; two grandchildren; and several aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

John Winslow Sutherland, Ph.D. 1958 HS, Dr. John Winslow, 67, of Midlothian, died at his home on December 26, 2008. John is survived by Susan, his wife of 34 years; three children, John, Brenda and Karen; and two grandchildren, Leyton, 3, and Olivia, 1. He earned a Ph.D from UCLA in 1967 and taught at several universities, including VCU, where he has been teaching since 1980. John was full of vitality and derived pleasure from landscaping, rebuilding cars, fishing and family time. He was a generous man, and the home he created for his family is a testament to his deep devotion to his wife and children. We will remember John for his laugh, sarcastic humor, love of music, and disgust of “ill-conceived and poorly executed” movies. His sharp mind and many intangible qualities made him so unique.

MAJ Joe Anthony Trujillo, NMARNG (Ret) 1958 JC (April 11, 1937 – Sept. 6, 2012) I hear His voice, knowing that I have been called now to be with my Lord on Sept. 6, 2012. Joe Anthony Trujillo was born in Roswell, NM, USA, on 11th of April 1937. His parents Aida O. Trujillo and Antonio Fernando Trujillo (both deceased) were wonderful parents who worked hard to raise Joe and his brothers and provide each of them with a good education. Joe Trujillo was a capitalist in business. He had two brothers, LTC Arthur H. Trujillo, USA (Ret) 1961 JC (survived by his wife Minerva), and Gus A. Trujillo, who was an attorney at law (survived by his wife Piedad). In addition, Joe had two sisters, Josie (of Pittsburg, PA), and Beatrice (deceased). Joe was educated at Roswell High School (Class of 1956), New Mexico Military Institute Class of 1958), and Texas A&M University at College Station, TX. He joined the military, before he was drafted, and served in the Army and National Guard. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class (SFC E7) in nine years as a tank commander and platoon sergeant. He later attended Officer Candidacy School (OCS) at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and was commissioned an officer, 2nd Lt (Butter Bar). After graduating from OCS, he was an Infantry Officer, an Air Defense Officer, and then Operations Officer with the rank of Major (O4). Joe graduated from Command and General Staff College then the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He commanded an Air Defense Battery as Operations Officer at Santa Fe National Guard. He was involved in three civil disturbances, one prison riot (Santa Fe Prison) and one insurrection at Tierra Amarilla. He flew an airplane (SEL) fixed wing, and jumped out of one “only once” he said. About his military experiences, Joe stated, I had many friends, I learned a lot, and I thank God for allowing me to serve my country. Joe was a true American patriot, a tradition continued by his children and grandchildren. As a capitalist, Joe Trujillo owned and operated La Poblanita in Lovington, NM, a tortilla and Mexican food manufacturer, also operating under the name Trujillo Diversified Industries (TDI) in which other food was handled. His work force consisted of 52 for production and distribution to New Mexico, Texas, and eight other states. La Poblanita had great products including the super Chip, a tradition now carried on by his son, Michael A. Trujillo, at El Charro Mexican Foods in Roswell, NM. The Smithsonian Institute displayed his “Don Jose’s Salsa in 1985 in Washington and a major food trade magazine wrote a story about the business. In November of 1989, the Association of Commerce and Industry of NM bestowed one small business with a winning award, honoring La Poblanita. He was also awarded the governoræs Business Recognition of State Viva Award in Albuquerque. Joe Trujillo was a civil servant. He served as Vice President of the NM Federation of Independent Businesses (NMFIB). He served as President on the Lovington School Board, was past director of the Lovington Chamber of Commerce, served as Executive of Job Training Coordinating Council of NM in 1983 for Governor Tony Anaya, president of Region VI Housing Authority, and a director of New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Association. Joe Trujillo proudly served on the Nor Lea Hospital Board in Lovington, a rural hospital he proclaimed as outstanding. In addition, he served as executive on the Crime Stoppers Commission for the state of NM, Chairman of the Head Start Program in Lovington. He served as a Boy Scout Leader in Lovington and Scout Leader and Explorer Unit in Roswell. He served as chairman of Senator Schmitt Selection Board for candidates to the American Military Academies, vice chair of the Democratic Central Committee in Lea County, member of Oddfellows Post 441100F, a third-degree knight of the Knights of Columbus, was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, commanded a Civil Air Patrol Unit in Lovington, was a member of the NRA and last of all, served as Commander of the American Legion, Post 28 in Roswell. Of his civil service record Trujillo said, “all was not easy”. I had my ups and downs but I credit my God, my family and my friends for supporting me throughout the years. Thatæs why I was able to accomplish so much. Of his personal life, Joe said, I married a beautiful woman, my wife, Anna Maria Saldivar Trujillo and we raised four beautiful children together. Joe is survived by his son Michael A. Trujillo (local Business Owner of El Charro Mexican Foods and former County Commissioner) and his wife Mireya (RISD Principal); daughter Joeanna Trujillo Bueno (Director of Juvenile Justice Alternative Education) and husband Carlos (US Coast Guard); son David A. Trujillo (City Commissioner and former Lovington Mayor) and wife Maria; and daughter Sandra Trujillo Valles (Recovery Coordinator, US Marine Corps) and husband Erasmo (US Department of Defense). Joe said, my wife Anna, then went her way. I guess you can only put up with so much but I loved her very much. She made me a good wife. She helped operate the business and was a City Commissioner for Lovington. Later on I met my second wife. She was good looking, but I guess she could not see very well because she married me – Catalina Arenas Trujillo. She came with two small children, Lucy Arenas Acosta and Manuel Moreno. I accepted the whole package as it should be. They had a son Eduardo A. Trujillo, a Boy Scout and RISD student. He is also survived by his Aunt Blanche Stevens; cousins, Yolanda Edgett and Clifford Romero; 17 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Now you may think this cannot be; but, I have had 75 years to do this – and not all at the same time! I had many goals, including operating my own business, building my own adobe home, and I had family and friends that helped me along the way. All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me. I loved my country and my Catholic faith, as I did my family. My last request is that you pray for me and pray for my family.

Vance K. Vorhees 1958 HS – Born June 12, 1940, in Chicago, he died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, in Fond du Lac, WI. Mr. Vorhees was the owner of Spring Soft of Barrington. He was a member of the NRA and the Big Sand Lake Club in Phelps, WI. Vance was the husband of Gail (nee Wiltshire); father of Vance Kristopher (Marcia) and Kimberly Lou (Mike Cozza) Vorhees; grandfather of Kaitlyn Voegele, Julie and Jamie Vorhees; son of Vance E. And the late Corinne Vorhees; brother of Valorie Vanvorhees and Sue Van De Voort.

Capt Thomas T. Walker, USAF 1958 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action in a plane crash in Laos on 7 April 1966.

James C. “Jim” Westergard, III 1959 HS 77, of Idaho Falls, passed away August 3, 2018, at his home. Jim was born September 1, 1940, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to David Lloyd “DL” Westergard and Dorothy Scherb Westergard. He grew up and attended schools in the area and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1959. He also attended New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), Boise College, and Weber State where he studied Business and Management. On August 18, 1962, he married the love of his life, Jean Mills, in Idaho Falls. Together they raised three children: Janie, David, and Lynett. Jim and Jean made their home in Pocatello and later Idaho Falls, where Jim owned and operated Westergard Mayflower Moving and Storage for more than 30 years. He was an excellent businessman, was involved in Rotary Club and in the Elks Club. He also helped to develop the commercial area around Lindsey Boulevard. Jim enjoyed woodworking, fishing, photography, flying planes, skiing, welding, being in the outdoors, and was an avid golfer. He really was a “fixer of all things.” Most of all he loved spending time with his grandson. Jim is survived by his daughter, Janie (Glen Lozito) Westergard of Gilbert, AZ; daughter, Lynett (Chris Gibson) Westergard of Tucson, AZ; sister, Linda (Tom) Strickland of Evergreen, CO; sister, Mary Lou Schuldt of Fairfield, IA; and grandchild, Michael Gibson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean; and son, David Westergard. He had a quick wit and a generous soul. He will be missed.

James A. “Alan” Wylie 1958 HS,  was November 22, 1940 in Albuquerque, NM, and passed away on June 10, 2011, with his loving family at his side. He was a lifelong resident of Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Gina Wylie. He is survived by his wife Marion; sons George Wylie (wife Patty), Matthew Wylie (wife Laura), and Ty Newman (wife Eva), and daughter Tracey Wylie; sister Nancy Banes and brothers Claude B. Wylie (wife Julie) and Ken Wylie (wife Barbara); grandchildren Evelyn, Preston, Kristin, Rami, and Chase; and numerous nieces and nephews. Alan spent his life in highway construction and was co-owner of Wylie Corporation. He was Past President of Associated Contractors of NM and instrumental in the establishment of Sandoval County Flood Control Authority. Alan was a man of integrity, loved children, made a mean ravioli, and loved golf. He did “it his way” and would do it again if he could.


Robert Paul Bigelow, Jr., 1957 JC 71, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, in Tyler. He was born Sept. 3, 1937, in Monahans.He is survived by his wife, Shereene; son, Owen Craig Bigelow; daughter, Julie Diane Bookout; brother, Oren Glen Bigelow; and three grandchildren.

William H. “Bill” Blanchard 1957 HS, 74, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born in San Antonio on Aug. 19, 1939. His parents were William and Ethel Blanchard. His father went on to be a four-star general in the Air Force. Bill’s family moved to Fort Worth when his father was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base. He attended Monnig Middle School and Arlington Heights High School. He went on to the Air Force Academy and the University of Texas. Professionally he founded William H Blanchard & Associates, an insurance agency specializing in and serving the rental industry across Texas and Louisiana. Through the insurance business, he met and served what would turn out to be some of his closest friends. He and his wife, Sandi, still owned/operated the agency up until early 2013. Bill’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, golf, visiting the casino and enjoying life. The two places he loved to visit the most were fishing the long bar in the Laguna Madre off of South Padre Island and deer hunting in Mexico. He started hunting in Mexico in 1972 and was one of the first Americans to pioneer whitetail deer hunting in Mexico. Anyone who had the privilege of going with him to either was considered a friend. His passion for life and will to win will always be remembered by those who loved him the most. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christina Blanchard Bonnell; mother, Ethel Simmons Sims; and his father, Gen. William H. Blanchard. Survivors: Wife, Sandi Blanchard of Granbury; daughter, Diana Blanchard of Fort Worth; son and daughter-in-law, William and Beth Blanchard of Fort Worth; and grandchildren, William Downing, Macee Blanchard, Payton Blanchard, William D. Blanchard and Ellie Blanchard.

Larry Lewis Boyles 1957 HS, 69, died Monday, July 6, 2009. Born Feb. 24, 1940, in Houston, son of the late W.M. ‘Pat’ Boyles and Helen Copeland Boyles. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and Vanderbilt University. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Korea for two years and received the Army Commendation Medal. He was a mechanical engineer and served as vice president of Boyles Galvanizing. Larry was a member of Arborlawn United Methodist Church, Colonial Country Club and the Jewel Charity. Larry passed away from complications of diabetes, surrounded by his loved ones. His family always said the reason he had diabetes was because he was the sweetest man on earth. He will definitely be missed. The family wishes to thank Dr. Allan Kelly, Stonegate Nursing Center, and VITAS Hospice for all of their care, love and support. Survivors: His devoted wife, Jayne Landers Boyles; children, Kristin Boyles Sankary and husband, Mike, of Fort Worth, Amy Boyles Scott and husband, Tim, of Arlington, Heather Boyles Truong and husband, Lon, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Andrea Halbach of Fort Worth and Richard Payne and wife, Lea, of Fort Worth; five grandchildren who adored their ‘Zollie’; stepmother, Sandy Boyles of Mena, Ark.; and brother, Walt Boyles and wife, Norma, of El Salvador.

Charles W. Campbell, Jr. 1955 HS-1957 JC, 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday (March 29, 2017) at Hospice House Satilla in Waycross after an extended illness. He was born April 18, 1937 in Campbellsville, KY to the late Charlie W. and Flossie Colvin Campbell.  Charles served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960.  During that time, he was stationed in Africa, Turkey and Greece as well as several cities within the United States.  He worked at the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper until 1990, and retired after working there for 30 years.  He also owned Goldenrod Printing Company Inc. in Winter Park, FL until he retired and moved to Blackshear, GA in 1994.  He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear where he served as an usher and greeter.  He loved to travel, play golf and work in his yard.  Charles was always smiling.  He loved to make people laugh especially the grandkids.  Most of all he loved the Lord and his Emmanuel Baptist Church family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Campbell; and two sisters, Carrie Mae Phillips and Louise Roberts. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Betty Gilliard Campbell; one daughter, Sharie Maker (Kenny) of Florence, SC; one son, Jay Campbell (Chris) of Cincinnati, OH; three sisters, Nora Jarboe of Louisville, KY, Lena Harmon (Randall) and Helen Burris (Calvin) both of Campbellsville, KY; and his grandsons, Jeremiah Maker (Megan), Jacob Maker, Daniel Maker, Adam Maker, Kyle Campbell (Hayley), and Eric Campbell (Maegan); and five great grandchildren.

Edward Hunter Carrette, Jr. 1957 HS age 73, passed away March 27, 2013 in his home with family by his side. He was born February 16, 1940 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America to Edward H. and Thelma Smith Carrette. After beginning his educational career at Stanford University, he graduated from the prestigious School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Mr. Carrette was an alumnus of the New Mexico Military Institute, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1961 to 1967. He also earned a J.D. degree at the University of Texas School of Law and a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Houston. Mr. Carrette’s professional career spanned fifty years, developing and operating numerous hotel projects in Latin America. He was a lifelong Rotarian, joining the Club Rotario Ciudad de Guatemala in 1966, and continued his membership in clubs throughout Central America, California and Texas. A Paul Harris Fellow, he was recognized as Rotarian of The Year by the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club. Ed was always involved with many civic and charitable activities, including Children’s Miracle Network and Komen for the Cure, and was a charter donor to Rotary House International. During his final years, he was a Texas credentialed attorney mediator and volunteered as an Ombudsman at Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Mr. Carrette is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Kathryn E. Carrette; his children Edward H. Carrette, III 1978 HS and wife, Linda; Alan S. Carrette 1982 HS and wife, Anna; Jeffrey T. Carrette and wife, Silvia; Heidi B. Carrette Ghiringhelli, and husband Jeff; his brother John Carrette and wife, Charlotte, and 14 grandchildren, 1 niece and 3 nephews.

Donavan Guy Cotton 1957 HS, 67, a 31-year Silver Springs resident, died April 16, 2007, in Silver Springs. No local services will be held. Mr. Cotton was born Dec. 4, 1939, in Clovis, NM, to Guy and Ama Cotton. Before moving to Silver Springs, Mr. Cotton lived in North Hollywood, CA. He was a musician and an operating engineer. He served in the USO as a musician, and played for troops in Vietnam. He belonged to the Professional Musicians Local 47. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Frank and Lindy Cotton. Among his survivors are his ex-wife, Maxine Cotton of Carson City; sons Donavan Guy Cotton of Fallon and Jeffery David Cotton of Carson City; daughter, Kandi Lynne Carpenter of Denver; sisters Evelyn Drake and Marci Cillessen, both of Clovis; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous extended-family relatives.

Abbie Joe Downing, Jr. 1957 JC, 78, Wheat Ridge, Colorado passed away on October 18, 2015 after a long illness. He was an FBI agent, lawyer, and a really funny guy. He always said that one of the challenges he always faced in life was learning how, as a male, to live with the first name Abbie. Joe was born on October 7, 1937, in Wichita Falls, TX. Soon thereafter, he moved to Seymour, TX, where he met his future wife, Janay, while attending first and second grade together. They later reconnected at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and, soon thereafter, married. When Joe was eight years old, he and his parents moved from Seymour, TX, to Carlsbad, NM, where his father owned a drug store. Joe worked there as a soda jerk until he was seventeen. He also worked several summers during high school as a seasonal Park Ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. After graduating from high school in 1955, Joe attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He later continued his studies with an ROTC scholarship at SMU in Dallas, TX. While at SMU, he met Janay. They were married in 1960. After SMU, they moved to Waco, TX, where Joe attended-and later graduated-from Baylor Law School. From there, they moved to Abilene, TX, where Joe was the town’s Assistant City Attorney. In 1964, Joe began training in Quantico for his career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He was assigned as a Special Agent first in Seattle, WA and later in Los Angeles. In 1968, Joe and Janay moved to Denver where Joe accepted an offer to work as a labor negotiator at Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC). At MSEC, he represented employers-mostly mining companies across the United States-in labor negotiations. He retired from MSEC in 1996 and became a labor law consultant. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dr. Janay Young Downing; daughter Jonlon Bankert and son-in-law Doug; son Dr. Joe Downing and fiancee Dr. Veronica Calvillo; and grandchildren Diersen and Annika Bankert. He was predeceased by his grandparents, parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law. His personal pursuits included telling jokes and stories, playing golf, fishing, cooking Mexican food, watching sports, and spending time with his family. He was a long-time member of the Applewood Valley United Methodist Church (AVUMC). Also, he was very active in the Applewood Kiwanis Club where he loved selling hot dogs at the cemetery.

Harry Russ Fisher Jr., 1957 JC 69, of Costa Mesa, died October 14, 2006. Survived by son, Wayne and daughter, Christine.

LTC Daniel S. Gordon, USA (Ret) 1957 HS-1959 70, was born October 7, 1939 and died December 27, 2009. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, A. James and Dorothy Gordon and brother James H. Gordon. He is survived by his wife Connie, of the home and daughters Kelley R. Spencer and Husband Matt of Wichita, Kansas and Elizabeth Smith and Husband Doug of Phoenix, Arizona and grandchildren Kasey R. Spencer of Overland Park, Kansas and Dakota W. Spencer of Wichita, Kansas. Dan was a volunteer for the American Red Cross Disaster Team for several years, being awarded the Red Cross Volunteer of the year in 1999. He designed and created a monument for his father’s World War II 561st Field Artillery Battalion which was dedicated at Fort Sill on May 3, 2002. He has been a volunteer at the Tinker AFB pharmacy and ID sections and has received his 5 year volunteer award. He was a proud member of the VFW and the American Legion Post 9265 on South Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City. He was a collector of baseball caps, beer steins, and AWACS E-3A memorabilia. He treasured his friends, liked keeping company with the 7:30 ladies, and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with his friend David Brookshire. He was a good husband and father and will be sorely missed.

James “Jim” Edwin Harper 1957 HS, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, died Friday, July 27, 2007, at OU Medical Center, of complications from acute pancreatitis at the age of 68. Jim was born March 12, 1939 of Forrest Edwin and Doris Joanne Harper. Jim worked at Harper Oil Company and Harper Drilling Company until he and his family sold it in 1973 to Peoples Energy of Chicago, Illinois. Harper Oil Company was the successor of Harper-Turner Oil Company, which was founded by Jim’s father and by Roy Turner, former Governor of Oklahoma, in 1928. Jim then founded his own oil and gas and investment company, JEH Investments, which he ran until his death. In addition, Jim had extensive real estate holdings and engaged in real estate development, most recently Forest Creek Estates in Edmond, which is owned by Jim and his daughter, Gwendolyn J. Harper. Jim was an avid outdoorsman and trophy hunter, and traveled extensively throughout the world. He also had a passion for automobiles, owning many exotic and high performance cars and motorcycles. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. He was married in 1966 to Patricia Ann Jones, and although divorced in 1998, remained very close friends. Jim is survived by his daughter, Gwendolyn Joanne Harper, of Edmond, Oklahoma, and grandson, Ashton Harper Cooley. He is also survived by his loving nephews, Matthew Blair Hunt and wife Celeste of Atlanta, Georgia, F. David Harper and wife Penny, of Oklahoma City, and John Baird Harper, of Basalt, Colorado, and niece Holly Joanne Harper, of Oklahoma City. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest Edwin Harper and Doris Joanne Lytle, and by his sisters, Joanne Harper and Janet Chloe Harper, and his brother, F. Dail Harper.

J. Thomas Hodson 1957 JC, 79, of El Paso, Texas, passed away on Friday, May 20th, his family at his bedside. Tom was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Marvel A. Bohner Hodson and Richard J. Hodson, and spent his early years in Huntington, IN. A Deming resident since 1947, Tom graduated from Deming High School in 1955. He attended N.M. Military Institute in Roswell, excelling in sports. His 9.5-second record in the 100-yard dash at NMMI still stands. Following his 1957 graduation from NMMI he was awarded a track scholarship to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. While there, he and his team won many national track events, as well as at the British Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He later transferred to NM Highlands University, graduating in 1960. He was a Captain in the United States Army, serving active duty at Ft. Eustis, Virginia during the Berlin Wall Crisis. Tom was involved in several businesses in Deming, Albuquerque, and El Paso. He served as Vice President and CEO of the Auburn Rubber Company in Deming for several years. While in El Paso, he created, built, and was the leading partner in Classic American Homes, El Paso’s largest home builder. In 1994, he retired to Cape Coral, Florida, enjoying boating, beaches, and the many other outdoor activities available in southwest Florida. In 2008 he returned to live in El Paso to enjoy the company of family and friends. He is survived by wife, Diane; brother, John, of Cape Coral FL; 7 children: Merri Johnson and husband, Gregory, of Albuquerque; Richard of Rio Rancho; Kathryn of Deming; Derek of Raleigh NC; Jason and wife, Heather, of North Ft. Meyers, FL; Samira Franco and husband, Larry, of Houston, TX; and Erin of El Paso. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a niece and nephew of Florida. Tom’s father preceded him in death in 1989, and his mother in 1999.

Warren L. Johnson 1957 HS (Feb. 9, 1938-Jan. 2, 2010) Age: 71 Residence: Wheat Ridge, CO. Warren Johnson graduated from Greeley High School in 1956. Survived by his wife, Kay; children Nancy and Bill; grandchildren Molly, Megan, Shane, Nicholas; a brother Kenneth (Diane); and his children, Chad, Jeff and Christa. Throughout his life, Warren worked in heavy construction and was in business for himself. He built, owned and operated an RV park in Wheat Ridge.

Jere Langford Jones 1957 HS, 70, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at his Pinetop home. He was born Sept. 21, 1938, in Douglas to the late Everett J. And Wilma (Howard) Jones and has lived in Arizona his entire life, moving to the White Mountains nearly 20 years ago. He worked in the insurance industry for many years and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Jere is survived by his children, Julie (Mike Mitchell) Jones of Eagar, Chris (Diane) Jones of Peoria, Dana (Oscar) Acosta of Glendale and David Jones of Anthem; grandchildren Lindsey, Jeremy, Carly, Jennifer, Alex, Megan, Jessica, Brian and Jocelyn; and his former wife, Vicki Jones of Phoenix. He was preceded in death by son Brian Jones in 1970 and his second wife Sharman Jones nearly five years ago. Private family services will be held, however, his family would like to acknowledge those who express their sympathies through thought and deed.

Jeffrey J. Knaebel 1957 HS died on Jan. 26, 2011, near Jaipur, India. Born in San Francisco in 1939, he attended Cornell University and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1963, with a degree in mining engineering. He came to Alaska in 1969, to work for the state of Alaska’s Division of Mines. That field season, he mapped the geology of the Wrangell Mountains on horseback. In 1970, he, along with four other professional men, started Resource Associates of Alaska, a mining exploration company. His time with RAA was dynamic and pivotal, both for the state and the people he worked with. RAA had a team of enthusiastic men and women who were fundamental in finding and developing Alaska’s natural resources. Jeff had a deep desire to help other people succeed. He was inspirational to and supportive of many of his partners and employees who had successful careers as engineers, architects, geologists, planners and pilots. He was known for his ability to imagine boundless possibilities, be it in a hillside or a person. After his days at RAA, he was instrumental in the creation and operation of several joint ventures and partnerships, including Alaska Placer Development, which had a successful placer gold operation at Livengood for many years. Passionate and idealistic, he embraced several significant causes. He volunteered at Hospice of the Tanana Valley as a caregiver and at the Immaculate Conception Church soup kitchen, served on the steering committee of the Spiritual Unity of the Tribes and flew as a pilot for Lighthawk. He loved Alaska both as a beautiful piece of the planet and as a state of personal expression and freedom. He flew his Cessna all over the state, to explore, to escape, to help and to show it to his children. Seeking answers to the questions of world peace and personal spiritual enlightenment, he moved to India in 1996. There, his altruism branched out to causes of Vipassana meditation, the Tibetan government in exile, environmental preservation and women’s literacy. In the later part of his life, he dedicated himself to following the path of Gandhi. In the fall of 2009, he led a 1,000-mile trek across northern India from Jaipur to Sarahan, inspiring villagers to return to the teachings of Gandhi and self-determination. A consummate list-maker, he was never without a piece of paper and a pencil. He had an amazing memory for places and people and an endless supply of stories to tell around the campfire. He was a pilot, mountaineer, geologist, humanitarian, father and friend. He is survived by his son, Zack Knaebel of Fairbanks; daughter, Hannah Knaebel of Washington; brother, Stephen P. Knaebel 1958 HS of New Mexico; and step-brother, Terry McNulty of Arizona.

Albert “Al” Donald Maidt, Jr. 1954 HS-1957 JC, 80, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 At Circle Of Life Hospice In Springdale. He Was Born September 29, 1936 In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma The Son Of Louamma Edwards Franklin And Albert D. Maidt.He Served In The Us Army. Albert Enjoyed Hunting, Shooting Guns, And Tinkering With Cars. The Most Important Thing In His Life Was His Family And Spending Quality Time With His Grandchildren.He Moved To The Northwest Arkansas Area In 1983 After Moving From Woodland Park, Colorado. He Was A Member Of The Rogers Gun Club For Many Years, And Was A Mason. He Was Preceded In Death By: His Parents And One Sister. Albert Is Survived By His Wife: Patricia P. Maidt, Whom He Married December 27, 1959, One Son: Albert “Buck” Maidt III And His Wife Inthasone Phoumivong, Of Rogers, One Daughter: Patricia Maidt Baggett, And Her Husband Barry, Of Rogers, And Three Grandchildren: Gwyneth Baggett, Willem Maidt, And Maxwell Maidt.A Celebration Of Life Will Be Held Sunday, October 23rd At 4pm At The Maidt’S Family Home. Al Was A Wonderful Man! He Never Met Someone He Didn’t Call Friend. He Would Give You The Shirt Off His Back And Drive All Night To Come Get You If You Needed Him To. He Would Support All Your Endeavors Like A Fanatic. He Would Tease You Til You Laughed Or Cried. If You Know Him, Please Drink A Martini Dirty With Olives And Onions In The Next Few Days To Honor His Life.

Andrew C. Montgomery 1957 HS – Husband and father, passed away with his family around him on Monday, December 31, 2012 in Albuquerque. Born in Santa Fe, he was the son of Andrew K. and Ruth (both deceased) and brother to Seth D. and Nicholas H. (both deceased). He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and briefly enrolled at the University of New Mexico and the University of Oregon. In 1963, he joined the Peace Corps and served his volunteer duty in La Plata, Huila, Colombia where he met and married his wife, Rosa Emilia (nee Perez). Married for 47 years, they raised their four children: Ruth (Robert Dreyer), Andrea (Michael King), Susan (Joseph Collins), and Luis (Sarah Hunter) in Chicago, Illinois before retiring to Albuquerque in 1999. Andrew earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois – Chicago where he also worked as a professor and researcher in quantitative sociology. Prior to his retirement, he worked for the College of Nursing at the University. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. Andrew is survived by his wife, children, and 14 grandchildren to whom he was lovingly known as “Yoyo.”

Richard I. Moore 1957 HS, known to all as “Dick”, passed away on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at his home after a long illness. Dick was born on July 20, 1939 in Los Angeles, CA to Samuel Ivan Moore and Florence Ravia Gottlieb. His parents moved back to Albuquerque in 1942. During his school years, he attended Monte Vista Elementary School, Wilson Jr. High School and Colorado Military Academy. Dick spent three years at New Mexico Military Institute and graduated in 1957. He served in the US Army for three years, seventeen months of which were in Korea. He graduated from UNM with a BA degree in Business Administration in 1966. After graduation, he was recruited by South Central Bell Telephone Co. for the Middle Management Development Program and moved to Shreveport, LA. In 1971, he was transferred to Mountain Bell Telephone Co. in Denver, CO. Dick was then recruited by Computer Consoles (CCI) in 1974 and moved to Rochester, NY. In 1984, he joined the Moscom Corporation, also in Rochester, NY as VP of New Market Planning. In 1986, he formed his own consulting firm, RM Corporate Consulting, and was active until his passing. With two partners, he co-founded two telecommunication companies, LSSI and STI, which were based in NJ. Dick was a member of the Masonic Lodge Mesa #68, was Treasurer of the Ballut Abyad Shrine of New Mexico, was an active alumni of the New Mexico Military Institute and of many other professional and community efforts. He is survived by his wife, Julie, and his children, Andrea Collins and husband Eric of Naperville, IL; grandchildren Charles and Alexandra; son, Richard Moore, and wife Stacy of Plymouth, MI. He is also survived by his brother, Jerrold, and wife Mari Anne Moore of Florida; sister, Barbara McMath, and husband Clint of Texas; and many other family members and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Ravia Moore of Albuquerque.

Herbert Godfrey Morrison, Jr. 1955 HS 1957 JC, age 81, passed away on June 22, 2018. Herbert was born on December 10, 1936 to Marjorie and Herbert G. Morrison, Sr. 1930 JC. He graduated high school at the New Mexico Military Institute in 1955, junior college at the New Mexico Military Institute in 1957, and college at the University of Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1960. Herbert was president and owner of Coastal Bend Rent-A-Car. He was proud to be a member of the Avis and Budget Licensee families. Herbert enjoyed serving in a variety of roles in numerous organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Corpus Christi Yacht Club, Incarnate Word Academy, Corpus Christi International Airport Advisory Board, Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau, Our Lady of Corpus Christi, Texas State Aquarium, The King’s Men, and many more. Herbert will always be remembered first and foremost for his dedication, love, and unwavering devotion to Diana, his wife of 52 years. He was a loving father to his three children and cherished his eight grandchildren. Herbert was preceded in death by his father, Herbert G. Morrison, Sr. 1930 JC and mother, Marjorie C. Morrison. Herbert is survived by his loving wife: Diana Thomas Morrison, his brother: Ralph Waldo Morrison (Carlotta), his children: Diana Morrison Morgan (Michael), Herbert Godfrey Morrison, III (Sarah), and Victoria Morrison Anderson (Brad), and his grandchildren: Dincy, Cole, Quarter, Grace, Lillian, Clay, Rock, and Colton

Harry Edward Noelke 1957 HS-1959 JC– Hal 7h Ranch. The sign at the highway is the entry to a small piece of God’s country. From the top of a cedar hill in the West Pasture, the headquarters can be seen down in the valley near the Dutch Woman Draw. The Noelke’s have lived on Dutch Woman Draw since the 1800’s. This past November, doctors informed Hal that he has a short time left to live. Hal died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the 7h Ranch Headquarters in Irion County, surrounded by family and friends. This sunrise, or the next, you feel like he is going to back up his white truck from under the carport for a final run to pump his stripper wells, go by his shearing operation to check his counts, and end up in Mertzon eating lunch with a friend. Hal’s father, Harry Montgomery Noelke, and his mother, Ella Fries, moved to the ranch in the late 1920’s about the time his grandfather W. M. Noelke passed away. Hal was born in San Angelo, Texas, on July 28, 1939. He was raised on the 7h ranch, where he affectionately earned the nickname “Wart”. He attended New Mexico Military Institute. In 1961 he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and married Wynnell Emery. Hal left the ranch for several years when he joined the army. During his time in the military, he was stationed at Kaiserslautern, Germany, as an officer with the 3rd armored cavalry. He was very proud of the time he spent improving the firearm proficiency of his fellow soldiers, including one young man who later sent Hal a note that this instruction allowed this man to return from the war alive. Hal left the military and returned to the ranch in 1963. When his father died in 1967, Hal became the 3rd generation to manage the 7h ranch. Hal was very active in range management and was profiled in Time Magazine in 1982. During his tenure, the ranch was best known for the Maine-Anjou cattle, fine wool Rambouillet sheep and Angora goats. Hal has instilled a love for the ranch in his daughters, Elisabeth Noelke and Rebecca Noelke-Richey. Hal was also interested in oil and gas. He started a partnership, irioncorp, and had a successful oil and gas production company operating wells in Irion County. Wart was very active with the West Texas Boys’ Ranch, Texas Maine-Anjou Association, National Beef Cattlemen’s Association and Irion County 4H. He was also a member of the Confederate Air Force, Irion County Lion’s Club and the Bohemian Club in San Francisco, Calif. He is survived by his sister, Marian Atcheson; his nephew, Jim Atcheson; his nieces, Catherine Atcheson and Carol Atcheson Spooner; his daughters, Elisabeth Noelke and Rebecca Noelke-Richey; his grandchildren, Kahlan Dietz, Adric Dietz, Jessica Richey, Monica Richey, Brooke Richey; and his friend Ann Bailey and her family, David and Elizabeth Bailey, Aubree and Everett Bailey.

Frank Ortiz Y Davis, Jr. 1957 HS, 68, of Kingman died Sunday, June 10, 2007, in Kingman. He was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Santa Fe, NM.

Billy Dacus Parker 1957 JC (June 12, 1937 August 31, 2017) Billy Dacus Parker died August 31, 2017 from Alzheimer’s. Billy was born June 12, 1937 in Hagerman, NM, to Dacus Burton and Willie Faye Parker. Billy grew up in Hagerman and graduated from there in 1955. He was very active in 4-H and FFA, also in basketball and track. In 1954 he won state in track. He loved to play keno. He loved taking his sons hunting and fishing. He joined the NAVY in 1956 and was stationed abroad the USS INTREPID. In 1958 he married Betty Sue Troublefield, also of Hagerman. By then he was stationed abroad the U.S.S INDEPENDENCE. When his service was completed, they moved back to Hagerman and he started farming. Their first son Michael was born in 1963 and Mark was born in 1966. Billy took college courses part time while farming and finally got his degree in 1971. He moved the family to Las Cruces and took a job at La Tuna Federal Prison in Anthony, TX. He retired from there after 20 years of service. Billy is survived by his wife Betty of 58 years, son Michael (Denise), son Mark (Arlene), grandchildren Alan, Ashley, Heather, Healey, and Kayla. He is also survived by one sister, Jeannie Gibson (Colorado Springs) two brothers, Bob Parker (Diane), Dolf Nation (Cynthia) also several nieces and nephews.

COL William C. “Bill” Parnell, III, USA (Ret) 1955 HS-1957 JC, 71, former resident of Oklahoma City, died February 26, 2009 in Spring, Texas following a brief illness. Born November 17, 1937 in Jackson, Michigan, he was preceded in death by his parents, Colonel William C. Parnell Jr. And Catherine Witt Parnell. Like his father, he was a 32nd degree Freemason of the Scottish Rite. Colonel Parnell married Jane Carolyn Alexander (nee Barrow) on October 4, 1957 in Cushing, Oklahoma. He attended Classen High School from 1951 to 1955. From there, he attended the New Mexico Military Institute, graduating from high school in 1955 and Junior College in 1957. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University and his masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He also attended the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. Colonel Parnell’s military career included an assignment in Korea and two in Vietnam. He served at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. as well as at CINC-Pac, Honolulu, Hawaii. While stationed in Germany, he served as Secretary of the General Staff/Assistant Chief of Staff for the United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, as well as Commandant of the NATO Training Center at Grafenwoehr. He commanded the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry at Fort Hood, Texas and the Syracuse (NY) District Recruiting Command. During his distinguished career, Colonel Parnell was the recipient of numerous awards and medals, including 4 awards of the Legion of Merit, 5 Bronze Stars, Meritorious Service Medal, 23 Air Medals, 1 Joint Service Commendation Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals and 2 Purple Hearts. He also received several foreign awards, including Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Palm), 2 Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Gold Star) and the Grand Cross, Republic of Germany. He is survived by his loving daughters, Laura Hickok and husband Reg of Furlong, PA, Jennifer Frager and husband Greg of Lubbock, TX, Jaime Smith and husband Bryan of Overland Park, KS, his loving sister Patricia Frederick and brother-in-law Franklin P. Frederick of Evergreen, CO, six grandchildren, Matthew Hickok, Sean Hickok, Blake Frager, Jaxson Frager, Connor Robinson, Sidney Robinson nephew Kent Moore, IV, and niece Andrea Moore. Colonel Parnell was a true Patriot and a Great American.

W. Kenneth Paul 1955 HS-1957 JC Died Tuesday, November 12, 2013 after a short and unexpected battle with a malignant brain tumor. He was born November 1, 1936, in Louisville, KY, and moved to Albuquerque with his parents, John and Alba (Billie) Paul, in 1943. Ken attended Emanuel Lutheran School in Albuquerque as well as Trudell’s School in the legendary Huning Castle near Old Town Albuquerque. He graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and attended one year of college there. He earned a degree in business at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales where he met his wife, the former Paula Griffith of Stegall, Texas. He did work toward a master’s degree at the University of New Mexico. Ken was employed by Sandia Laboratories for 40 years as a computer analyst and retired in 2001. He was instrumental in helping Sandia Laboratories make the computer transition to Y2K. He also worked at sites in Hawaii during his career. Among his loves were his wife, children, and grandchildren as well as his airplane, a Cessna Cardinal, N12095, his dog, Smokey, dancing with his wife, and his Alma Mater, New Mexico Military Institute. Paula and Ken enjoyed many vacations traveling in his plane, and Ken also enjoyed skiing and the occasional snorkeling trip. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Col. COL Timothy S. Paul, USA (Ret) 1982 HS-1984 JC and wife, Linda daughter, Kristen Paul Dennis and husband, Lt. Col Bryan Dennis his grandchildren, Lauren Dennis, Austin Dennis, Shelby Paul, Savannah Paul, Bailey Paul, and Tanner Paul all of Albuquerque.

James B. “Jim” Peitcolas 1957 HS was born May 16, 1939 went to heaven on December 10th, 2010. His grandparents were pioneer El Pasoans, Judge and Mrs. W.M. Peticolas and Mr. And Mrs. J. B. White. His parents Mrs. M. White Peticolas and the late Dr. John D. Peticolas. He is survived by his wife of 35 yrs, Rose Peticolas, daughter Betsy Peticolas, brother Davis Peticolas, 2 nephews and 1 niece. He was graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and also attended Texas Western College, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He served in the Army for 2 yrs. He and his wife operated Petimor Truck Parts for 35 yrs. He was a truly Great American and great hunter. He was respected for his honesty and respect to all.

Mayor John M. Reid 1957 JC of Dexter passed away at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, on Nov. 22, 2008. The grandson of a pioneer eastern New Mexico family, John was born Feb. 6, 1935, on the family farm south of Dexter to John H. and Helen C. Reid. He attended Dexter schools and graduated with the Class of 1953. While in high school, he participated in all sports that were offered. His teammates elected him captain of the basketball team in 1952 and 1953. His team won the 1953 District Championship by defeating the Roswell High School Coyotes. He was elected president of his senior class and of the newly-organized Future Farmers of America chapter at Dexter. John was the first Dexter athlete to be named Greatest Demon. Following high school, John attended New Mexico Military Institute and was a graduate of the junior college. He received a Bachelor of Science from New Mexico A & M (now New Mexico State University). During this time, he was drafted into the Army and was stationed for most of his 28 months in the San Francisco Bay area. Mayor Reid began serving his community as a Little League Baseball volunteer in 1955 as a coach, umpire and grounds keeper. He and other Dexter alumni coached the league champion Dexter Dodgers. Mr. Reid was also involved in coaching Babe Ruth Baseball, leading the Dexter-Hagerman team to the league championship and then to the regional tournament, where they played with teams from cities such as New Orleans, Fayetteville, AR, Tulsa, OK, and Austin, TX. In 1966, John began his career as a social studies teacher and coach at Pueblo Junior High School in Roswell. The following year he came home to Dexter where he completed 29 1/2 years in the field of education before retirement. Coach Reid served as baseball, basketball and football coach, and activities director. During this time, he served on several committees for the New Mexico Activities Association. Coach Reid was selected district chairman for five years. In addition to his work in the schools, Coach Reid spent several summers working for crop spraying businesses. He eventually went into partnership with pilot Walt Liber as co-owner of Aerial Sprayers Inc., until he suffered a heart attack in 1979. Before retiring from the schools, John was elected mayor of the Town of Dexter in 1989, and was serving his fourth four-year term at the time of his death. Mayor Reid served on several boards and commissions in the past 20 years. He was elected chairman of the Southeastern N.M. Economic Development District and president of the Chaves County J.O.Y. Centers board of directors. He was a board member of the Chaves County Development Foundation, a member of the ENMMC Advisory Board, the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Advisory Committee and the Roswell Corrections Center Prison Release Board. John was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dexter most of his life. He had been ordained as an elder of the church and served three four-year terms on the church session. He represented the Dexter church in the Presbytery of Sierra Blanca. He was a member of the Republican Party of Chaves County and the Republican National Committee. John was a charter member of Character Counts! Of Chaves County, serving on the board since its inception and also as its chairman. He was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Reid was married to the former Margaret Mehlhop in January 1967. The couple raised three children, John Thomas Reid, of Dexter, Merritt McLaurin and his wife, Louise, of Hot Springs, VA, and Ginger, husband, David Kemp, of Austin. He also had one grandson, Justin Sims and wife, Ashley, of Buda, Texas; two granddaughters, Savannah and Alison McLaurin of Hot Springs; and one great-granddaughter, Kimberly Sims of Buda. John was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Reid. He is survived by brothers, COL Robert C. “Bud” Reid, USA (Ret) 1953 JC-1955 SC of Bethesda, MD, and Clifford Reid of Portola Valley, CA; and sister-in-law, Olivia Reid, of Dexter. If something was going on in Dexter, you would likely have found Mayor Reid there. He may have been running the clock during a girls’ volleyball game, announcing at a varsity football game or keeping the book for a high school baseball game. You might have found him judging the Cub Scout pinewood derby, speaking to the new inductees of the National Honor Society or telling a junior high school New Mexico history class what Dexter was like when he was a boy.

James K. Richardson 1957 HS, community leader and well-loved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend, passed away Nov. 5, 2008 due to complications of cancer. He was 69. Jim graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1958 and was affiliated with the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Subsequently, he served his country in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Munich, Germany. He had proudly attained status as Army Airborne, Ranger qualified. Following his service, Jim earned a graduate degree from the Thunderbird School of International Management in Phoenix, AZ and, later, a diploma from the Harvard Business School. Jim helped to build Nor-Lake Inc., Hudson, WI, a manufacturer of commercial refrigeration equipment. He served in a variety of positions, ultimately as Chairman of the Board. He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Jim retired to Cincinnati where he continued to be active in church and community. He enjoyed life to the fullest. An avid wood turner and photographer, Jim was also an expert skier and a pilot. Still his greatest pleasure was the company of others. There was nothing he liked better than sharing conversation over a meal, or telling a story to the grandchild who had climbed into his lap. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; son, Andy Richardson; daughter, Amy Timberlake; step-son, Trey Martin; step-daughter, Ani Dunn; brother, George L. Richardson 1960 HS.

Jack J. Rodden 1957 JC went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Born and raised in Roswell, he attended Roswell High School and NMMI. Following his 2 years at NMMI, he attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., receiving a Bachelor degree in International Affairs. Following his father’s death in 1963, he and his mother continued to operate Rodden’s Photography which was started in Roswell in 1918 by his grandparents. In 1967, he married Mary Vick, and in 1968 they moved to Dallas where he worked as a photographer for Gittings Neiman Marcus. He returned to Roswell in 1971 to reopen Rodden’s Photography which he successfully operated until his retirement in 2012. He was a respected member of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. Even though he retired, his picture taking days never ended. UFO Country, a book he recently published, contains a wide variety of his pictures of southeastern New Mexico. Jack had a wide range of cultured interested including music, art, literature, and history. He was a self-proclaimed “Jack of all trades, master of none”. He researched and learned how to do anything he needed to do. Jack was a long standing member of the Rotary Club of Roswell with a perfect attendance record and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a Master Mason and member of the Roswell Masonic Lodge. Jack served as a board member for the International UFO Museum and Research Center and spent many hours at the center supporting the administration and staff and promoting the museum. But most importantly, Jack loved the Lord. He shared his passion for Jesus with all those he knew. Jack truly lived Proverbs 22:6. He instilled this love and passion in his children, and his faith legacy continues through his grandchildren. Jack is preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Jack Rodden. He is survived by his mother, Lois Esther Avery Rodden of Farwell, TX; wife of 49 years, Mary Vick Rodden; children Alison and her husband Curtis Fischer and children Heidi, Jennifer, and Jonathan of Grand Prairie, TX; Alisa and her husband Bruce Vandevender and children Leanne and Ryan of Las Cruces, NM; Paul Raymond Rodden and his wife Mary and son McCollum (Mac) of The Woodlands, TX. Other survivors include his sisters Nancy and her husband Richard McKinney, Susan and her husband Dale Moorman, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cloid Howard Smith 1954 HS-1957 JC age 79, passed away Saturday April 25, 2015. Born in Iowa, April 1936, he was adopted shortly thereafter by Howard Cloid Smith and Marion deForest Smith of Sioux City, Iowa. He came, with his mother and sister, to Tucson, AZ in 1940 where he spent most of his childhood. A graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, he attended the University of Arizona where he met his future wife, Margaret. The family moved to Phoenix in 1963 where he became Director of Consumer Loan Division, Valley National Bank and retired in December 1992 as Vice President of Direct Loans, Valley National Bank. An avid fisherman and hunter, he also pursued his main interest by becoming a professional Golfsmith working for his friends and customers for many years. Throughout his life he never lost his cheerful smile and sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Margaret, son Dion with wife Anita, daughters Lori with husband John, and Lisa; five grandchildren: Rikki, Kyle, Daniel, Samuel, and Emily and three great grandchildren: Cassandra, Calysta, and Samuel Chance; Sister Peggy and niece Heidi; and a multitude of friends.

Daniel Bradley Snyder 1958 HS, age 71, passed away Tuesday. May 8th 2012, in Ozark, MO, following a long illness. He was born January 3, 1941, in Roswell, NM, to Mary Roberta (Bradley) and Dr. Chet L. Snyder. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1958, attended the University of Colorado (Boulder) and completed his degree in microbiology from Pittsburg State University in 1970. Dan’s career as a microbiologist spanned forty years: he worked for Upsher Laboratory, Oak Hill Hospital and retired from Via Christi Hospital (Pittsburg) in 2006. He married Mary Elizabeth Papp in 1963, who preceded him in death. He married Kay Cullers in 1989. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Kathy Love (Bill), Springfield, MO, and Kirsten Snyder (Daimon Eklund), Washington, DC; two step-sons, Cheyney Cullers of Joplin and Romney Cullers (Kate) of Cleveland, Ohio; and four grandchildren: Bradley, Johnathan and Sara Love, all of Springfield, MO; and James Cullers of Cleveland, Ohio. Dan was well-read and a true “Renaissance” man, musket shooter and Civil War re-enactor. His hobbies included photgraphy, water color painting, wood carving, canoeing, camping and playing folk guitar. His quick wit and clever sense of humor will be missed by family and friends.

Alton Cary Tomerlin, Jr., 1957 HS, was born January 8, 1937 in San Angelo, TX, and went to be with his Heavenly Father October 30, 2017. Cary graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, and served in the US Army. Cary had a strong work ethic and showcased that throughout his various jobs. This included being a Co-Owner of C&M Fuels (Butane Company), working for TH McCann delivering propane to drilling rigs, owning a Texaco Service Station, and finally opening up his own propane company, with his wife in 1971, which earned him the title “King of Propane”. Concho Propane, his legacy, is still going strong at almost 50 years. Cary seemed like a hard man, but he had a huge heart, and was always providing for others. Some of the joys of his life were taking his two sons and wife motocross racing throughout Texas. He loved fast cars and would put anything with an engine on propane. Cary was preceded in death by his parents Togo and Lessie Mae. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy of 57 years; his children, Toot Tomerlin, and wife Debbie of San Angelo, Tommy Tomerlin and wife Sheila, of Streetman, his four grandchildren, Erika and Kevin Weidner, Brittany and Steven Stober, Tyler Tomerlin of San Angelo, and Trent Tomerlin of Dallas, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Anthony “Tony” Treat 1957 HS October 16, 1938 – January 10, 2013 Ballard Funeral Home 910 South Main Roswell, NM 88203 Map to Funeral Home New Mexico Military Institute Foundation 101 W. College Blvd. Roswell, NM 88201 Tony Treat passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013 at La Villa Assisted Living, he was 74 years old. Tony was born October 16, 1938 to Bill and Ramona Treat both preceded him in death. Tony graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1957 and later from New Mexico State University in 1962 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. While at NMSU, Tony met his wife Joyce Maag, who preceded him in death October of 1999. Tony is survived by his brother, Jay Treat and wife Beverly of Odessa, Texas; son, Bernarr Treat and wife Dyanna, of Roswell and daughter, Toni Lynn Bourdon of Houston, Texas; and grandchildren Brianna and Haley Bourdon and Spencer and Collin Treat. Dear to him also were his cousins, Mona Rey Moiso of Beaverton, OR and Sally Treat McKay of Roswell. Tony was a fourth generation rancher in Chaves and Lincoln counties. Tony was known by fellow ranchers as a top producer of Debouillet sheep and wool. He won many awards for his wool across the US and an international award in Australia. Tony was also named Sheepman of the Year in 2007. Very special friends were his ranching neighbors; the Skeen, Goodrum and Joyce families. Tony was a partner in the Twin Butte Sheep Co. with Ed & James Goodrum. From 1982 to 1994 Tony and longtime friend Bob Naylor were partners in Roswell Wool and Mohair. Tony was a member of New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, NM Wool Growers (past president), served two terms on the NM Livestock Board, Chaves County Soil and Water Conservation District and on the Board of First National/United NM Bank. A special and heart felt thank you goes to Julie and Mike Adams, Meredith Murphy and all the caregivers with La Villa Assisted Living and Vista Care. Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in Tony Treat’s name to the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation; 101 W. College Blvd, Roswell, NM 88201 or memorial fund of your choice”

James B. Tucker 1957 HS of Hulett, WY, passed away following a brief illness November 28, 2010 in Sundance, WY. James was born in Ardmore, OK, on April 22, 1939 to Vic and Robbie Lee Tucker. He spent his early years growing up on his grandfather’s ranch in Oklahoma and later returned there to learn the cattle and oil business. He was a graduate of NMMI and attended Fort Lewis College and Colorado State University. He proudly served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He worked as a resident engineer for several major construction companies both in the U.S. and abroad. He married his wife, Laurie, on May 28, 1994 in Drake, CO, and they lived in Fort Collins and Cheyenne, WY, before retiring to Hulett, WY. He had a life long love for knowledge and truly was a student of history, religion, politics, and intensely studied law for the past 25 years. He enjoyed being a grandpa and the simple sounds of his grandchildren’s laughter always brought a smile to his face and warmed his heart. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Tucker. He is survived by his wife, Laurie of Hulett, WY,; a son, Adam, step-daughter Jennell Webster and her husband Michael of Cheyenne, WY,; granddaughters, Lauren and Kailey Acklin of Cheyenne, Wyo., Sydney Webster and grandson Michael Webster of Fairview, MT; his sister, Yvonne Mount of San Antonio, TX,; several nieces, nephews, and many special friends.

Clifford Ray Wingo 1958 JC July 20, 1939 – July 13, 2007 Beloved Husband, Dad, Grandad and Friend Resident of Moraga After a joy-filled life and a brave, inspirational two-year journey with ALS, Cliff died peacefully and with dignity, surrounded by his family on July 13, 2007. Cliff is survived by Maral, his loving wife of 46 years; his daughter, Kristi Corley and her husband, Chuck of Portola Valley; and his son, Brett Wingo and his wife, Cathy of San Jose. He adored his five grandchildren: Ryan and Jamie Corley, and Jake, Noelle and Brooke Wingo. He is also survived by his brother, Bob Wingo and his wife, Sharon, and extended family members. Cliff was born and raised in Red Bluff, California, and was the son of Paulyne Marinoff and Robert Wingo. His undergraduate studies were at New Mexico Military Academy, University of California, Berkeley, and Sacramento State. He was in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at UC Berkeley. After Cliff and Maral were married 1961, Cliff earned his MBA at San Francisco State. Most of Cliff’s career was in the business of pension and health fund administration. Cliff was very active in the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church for 37 years where he and his family made many deep friendships. He was also involved in the youth program, Center for Living Skills, and many other volunteer activities. Cliff was an avid sports fan who also loved to play golf, fish, ski, hike, and backpack. He and Maral were delighted to travel to near and far parts of the world, but their heart place was the family’s Donner Lake cabin where friends and family shared many wonderful outdoor activities together. Cliff will always be remembered for his love of people, his warm sense of humor and his enthusiasm. He was an incredible example of a life well-lived, and he was grateful to God for his many blessings. Cliff will be deeply missed, but his spirit lives on in the hearts of his family, his friends, and the people whose lives he touched.


Robert E. Baldwin 1956 HS died March 17, 2001 at age 73. Predeceased by his granddaughter, Samantha Baldwin. Survived by his wife, Erma; children, Yvonne (Scott) Horton, David (Jacqueline) Baldwin; grandchildren, Sarah, Robert, Katie, Jamie & Evan; sister, Beulah (Leonard) Holst; brother, Chalmers Baldwin; several nieces and nephews. Robert was a retiree of the Piano Works after 19 years and the Eastman School of Music after 23 years.

George W. Barnes, IV, 1956 HS was born on May 17, 1938 in Oklahoma City and passed away on June 5, 2007. George attended Nichols Hills Grade School, Casady School, was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, and had a degree from the Babson School of Business and the College of Emporia. George also served in the US Air Force Reserve. He started as a stockbroker with Harris Upham, then went to manage Kohlmeyer & Co., and was presently an independent broker. He was also an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange and a former member of the Chicago Board of Trade. George was one of the original Hockey Hounds, was a former board member of Junior Achievement, and served seven years on the Teachers Retirement Board. He served as a Chairman for Bishop McGuiness High School Campaign for Excellence. While residing in the Edgemere neighborhood, he was greatly involved in establishing Edgemere’s historical preservation designation along with preserving and restoring Edgemere School. In his recent years, his passion and continued interest was with wildcare, a wild life rescue and release facility in Noble, OK. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his daughter, Kelley Barnes of Sante Fe, New Mexico. George is preceded in death by his father, George W. Barnes, III and mother, Mary Harrell Barnes.

Gordon Wesley Bartow, Jr. 1956 JC, Gordy, 79, of Rancho Santa Fe passed away on January 25, 2016, in Rancho Santa Fe, California.He was born in Glendale, California, to Gordon Wesley Bartow Sr. and Jeanne Turner Bartow. He went to Brown Military Academy in Pacific Beach and Glendale High School. He attended college at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico.Gordy was the Corporate President of G.W. Bartow, Inc., the Southern California distributor for Zimmer, Bristol Meyers Squibb orthopedic division for 38 years and retired in 1997. He was a Founding Member of Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, Founder of Rancho Days and Parade, an original member of the Senior Soccer League, and served on the Open Space Committee, San Dieguito River Valley Committee, San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club 1968-1971, Historical Society President, Advisory Board of the Rancho Santa Fe National Bank, Boy Scout Leader, and Soccer and Little League Coach. He was a member of Rancheros Visitadores since 1994 and a member of The Rancho Santa Fe Village Church and High Ground Bible Study group.Gordon is survived by his wife, Susan I. Bartow of Rancho Santa Fe; children, Gordon “Wes” Bartow, Brett Dester Bartow and Michelle Lorraine Storm; brother, Keith Sterling Bartow; grandchildren, Haleigh Annette Bartow, Maile Irene Bartow, Abigail Kathleen Bartow, Holly Suzanne Bartow, Kaydence Terri Storm and Rilynn Brett Storm; nieces, Lisa Jeanne Kody and Cheri Bartow Jorgenson; nephew, Keith Sterling Bartow Jr.; and cousin, Lynda Ann Billington. He is predeceased by his parents, Gordon Wesley Bartow Sr. and Jeanne Turner Bartow.

Stanley M Breitweiser 1956 JC, Dec. 11, 1935 – Jun. 7, 2011 Stanley M. Breitweiser, 75, of Venice died Jun. 7, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Frances; a son, Stanley; one sister, Julie Wolfe and two grandchildren.

Daniel Watkins Burr 1956 JC 77, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM, died during the late evening hours of Thursday, June 21, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Juxi Burr; four children, Randall, Andrew and wife Kami, Erik and Sonya; and four grandchildren, Nicholas, Kali, Aleksander and Baylor. Mr. Burr was born and raised in Albuquerque, graduated from Highland High School in 1953, and attended the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Arizona. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. We are thankful that he is now at peace with the Lord following a three year battle with colon cancer. We will miss him greatly.

LTC Phillip A. “Phil” Campredon, Jr., USA (Ret) 1954 HS-1956 JC, age 64, of Reynoldsburg, went home to the Lord for perfect healing on September 13, 2000 at O.S.U. Medical Center. Vietnam War Veteran. Employed at D.S.C.C. and retired from U.S. Army Reserve 83rd ARCOM, Columbus. Member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Pickerington and various organizations including Columbus Koininia and A.S.Q.C.-Columbus Chapter. Graduated with a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University with his Under-graduate degrees from New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. Survived by loving wife of 39 years, Avon; daughters, Paula (Doug) Snyder, Hilliard, Patricia Campredon, Dublin; son, Phillip A. (Tara) Campredon III, Westerville; 2 grandchildren, Christian Snyder and Cameron Snyder; step-sisters, Joyce (John) Brolley, Los Alamos, New Mexico and Lynn (Claude) Henderson, Denver, CO; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Preceded in death by parents Phillip A. Sr., and Alice Campredon, step-sister Lee Fellinger and granddaughter Paige Campredon.

Jon Fielding Coll 1956 HS of Roswell passed away Friday morning February 17, 2017 at his home following a lengthy battle with Cancer. He was 79. Jon was the 4th son born to Max W. Coll and Lillian Hinkle Coll on December 3, 1937 in Roswell. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1956 and graduated with a BS Degree from Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa in 1960. He completed his MS Degree from the University of Arizona at Tucson in 1961. Jon was employed as a stockbroker for 43 years and retired from Merrill Lynch in 2011. He was also a partner in Coll Brothers Oil since 1964. He loved the great outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman, played golf and loved watching baseball. Jon was active in many community group and organizations throughout his life, often serving in leadership capacities. Jon was preceded in death by his parents and 2 of his brothers: Max W. Coll II 1952 JC and COL James N. Coll, USAR (Ret) 1955 HS . He is survived by his wife Theresa Marak Coll of the home and his brother Charles H. Coll 1955 HS and wife Linda of Roswell. Jon had 7 children, all surviving. Chris Coll of Lafayette, CA, Rick Coll of Roswell, Kimberly Coll Blanton of Noble, OK, Kenneth Coll of Sherman Oaks, CA, Jon Coll II of San Antonio, TX, Michael Coll of Phoenix, AZ and Bradley Collett of Minneapolis, MN. He has 18 grandchildren and 6 great grands.

LTC Sammy T. Cox, USA (Ret) 1954 JC-1956 SG, 72, of Louisville, died Sunday, March 16, 2008 at his home. He was retired from the U.S. Army having served two tours of duty in Vietnam, a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and was a former ROTC teacher at Eastern High School and a member of Middletown Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Cox; his sister, Marilyn McCall; his sister-in-law, Barbara Bird; and nieces and nephews.

Charles Dorman David 1956 HS, 75, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013. He was born on October 27, 1937. Dorman graduated from Lamar High School, attended The University of Texas and was a boxing heavy-weight representative in the US Army. He is an artist and native Houstonian. Dorman has been written about in the Texas Monthly (www.dormandavid.com/texasmonthlyarticle.com). he was also featured in The New York Times (www.nytimes.com/1989/12/10/magazine/lone-star-fakes.html) and many books such as “Eye Witness to Alamo”. Dorman was always ready for adventure. With a machete in his four wheel drive truck and a camera around his neck. He loved hunting for treasures and artifacts around Houston from antiques to beautiful views on the gulf coast. He always brought paper and something to draw with to a party and his eyes lit up when he explains the history of any treasure he has found. Dorman is filled with excitement and knowledge and his artwork reflects the love he has for life and people. He is preceded in death by his father Henry David, mother Grace McMillan David and sister Diane David. He is survived by his children: daughter Cadence Green and husband David Green; Gray Geiselman and wife Alison Geiselman; Michelle Hall and husband Alan Hall; Thaddeus David, Mac David and grandchildren: Channing, Ireland, Alexander, Bailey, Jonah, Gray, Penn and Ashley.

Carmel J. Eastham, Jr., 1954 JC-1956 SC 77, went home to the Lord Oct. 27, 2012, at Wilshire Place in Lubbock. Carmel was born Dec. 10, 1934, in Clovis, N.M., to Carmel J. Eastham, Sr. 1924 HS and Helen (Highfill) Eastham. He attended schools in Clovis and graduated valedictorian of his class at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Carmel met his bride to be, Lucy Whitehurst, at a dance at NMMI. They were married June 5, 1955. After graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as a captain. After his military service, they came to Dougherty, where he managed a grain elevator and a feed lot and began a lifetime friendship and business association with Wayne Rainwater. He was a highly respected and loved member of the community where he proudly raised his family. He farmed in the Dougherty and Lakeview area, where he retired in 1997, to provide care for Lucy until her death in 1998. He found great companionship again with Glenna Smith after the death of their respective spouses. Carmel and Glenna shared several years together until Mrs. Smith’s death in 2009. He was a loving husband, father, and devoted granddad who respected and cared deeply for the land that supported his livelihood. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Floydada, and was a member of the Floydada Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. Carmel is survived by his son, Martin and wife Machelle of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and two daughters, Sara and her husband Roger Coursey, and Jodie and husband Jerry McGuire, both of Floydada. Also surviving are his five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one brother, Mike and wife Irene Eastham of Temple, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy, and one brother, Harry.

Jerry Evrage 1956 JC 73, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at his home in Hobbs, NM. He was born Feb. 15, 1934, in Carlsbad, NM. Jerry attended New Mexico Military Institute and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from North Texas State in Denton, Texas. He had been a resident of Hobbs, NM, for more than 30 years. Jerry was a member of the Masonic Lodge approximately 50 years. He was also active in the Hobbs Bass Club. Mr. Evrage was a Methodist. Survivors include three daughters, Deb Chase of Artesia, NM, Donna Murrill of Hobbs, NM, and Deena Cabot of Bayfield, CO; six grandchildren, Chance Chase of Orlando, FL, Tiffany Murrill of Lovington, NM, Kendra Murrill of Dallas, Texas, Kali Murrill of Dallas, Texas, Jerid Cabot of Durango, CO, and Cassidy Cabot of Bayfield, CO; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, James Ray Evrage 1958 HS of Pinon, NM. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Faye Evrage of Carlsbad, NM.

Jay Eugene “Gene” Floyd 1954 HS-1956 JC of Midland passed away February 27, 2011 after a brief illness. He was born March 11, 1936 to Clay mclane Floyd and Laura Maxine Tom Floyd in Midland. Gene, a third generation Midlander, and grandson of B.W. Floyd and Mabel Hill Floyd and G.W. Tom and Irene Flanagan Tom, pioneer Midland and Martin County ranchers, graduated from high school and Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute and received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree from Texas Christian University in 1958. Upon graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the army. He was discharged with the rank of Captain upon completing his active duty and reserve military obligation. Gene worked for Continental Oil Company for ten years, resigning in 1969 as Division Landman in Continental’s Denver office. He then worked for Adobe Oil Company as manager of its land department until 1971 when he and Joel R. Miller formed the petroleum partnership of Miller & Floyd that endured until 1991 when it dissolved so the partners could enjoy semi-retirement. Gene, a Certified Professional Landman, was General Partner of Floyd Energy, Ltd., and manager of R.R. Herrell Properties, Ltd., both family partnerships, at the time of his death. Gene was an avid outdoorsman who particularly enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, a long time member of the American and Permian Basin Association of Petroleum Landmen, a former member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, a past president of the Midland High School Bulldog Football Booster Club, a past president of Midland Country Club, and a Racquet Club Board Member. In addition, Gene, a descendant of both paternal and maternal citizens of the Republic of Texas, was a member of Texas’ First Families, The Sons of the Republic of Texas and The Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. “Didi” played an active role in the lives of his grandchildren, attending as many sporting and school events as he could. He will be missed dearly. Gene, who married Sharon Lee Herrell of Midland December 23, 1956, is survived by Sharon, his best friend and wife of 54 years; his three children, Michael McLane “Mike” Floyd and wife Kim and daughter Shaina Weaver Dunn, her husband Ryan and their son Rayden of Ft. Worth, Robert William “Bobby” Floyd and wife Sharon and their children, Michelle, Robert, Michael and Coleman, all of Midland, and Shannon Elizabeth Floyd Board and husband Marty, and their children, Martin, Michael and Marshall of Midland. Gene is also survived by his sister, D’Aun Floyd Cunningham of Ft. Worth and several nieces and nephews.

John Jackson Garlinger, Jr. 1956 JC, 84, of Bentonville passed away Monday, October 10 in Springfield, MO following a traffic accident. He was born April 7, 1932 in Riverside, California to the late John Jackson Garlinger Sr. and Lois Allecia Schooler Garlinger. In his younger years he attended New Mexico Military Institute on a football scholarship, was the New Mexico Golden Gloves state champion and served his country during the Korean conflict. Following discharge, he returned to school at the University of New Mexico. John was especially proud of his achievements as a professional land surveyor, having assisted in many housing developments throughout California and building a successful land surveying company in Southern California with the love of his life, Judith Clow Garinger, who preceded him. Together for over 49 years, they worked side-by-side both in the business and at home. In addition to his parents and wife he was also preceded by his sister, Marjorie Watson; his brother, George Garlinger and his grandson, John Byers. John’s interest in football never wavered from high school to college, as a member of Army’s team and watching whoever was on TV today, he loved watching the game. In fact, games of most sorts. He especially loved playing board games and traveling across the country with his family… and often to visit extended family in the motorhome while whistling to big bands, Waylon or Willie on the 8 track. Following his retirement as a professional land surveyor, he continued to enjoy football, fellowship with Elks and his Tuesday night poker club. Survivors include his daughters, Heidi Scott and Suzy Byers (Robert) of Bentonville and Kathryn Wroten (Michael) of Maine; his brother, Earle Garlinger of Bentonville; grandchildren, Lauryn Garlinger, Grayson Scott (Jaime), Jared Scott and Rebecca Scott, Jack Wroten, Josh Wroten and Camryn Byers; numerous nieces, nephews, associates, poker buddies and dear friends.

MAJ Roy Charles Gentry, USA (Ret) 1954 HS-1956  JC was born on a farm near Dexter, N.M., on Aug. 10, 1935, to Roy and Neva Gentry. He married Gerry DeSmith Hardy on June 25, 1994, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Charles graduated high school in Roswell, N.M., in 1952 and New Mexico Military Institute in 1956. While attending NMMI, Charles was elected All-Conference in football for four years as well as winning the State Golden Gloves boxing heavyweight title. He was inducted into the NMMI Hall of Fame in 1986. Upon graduation, he entered the Army Corps of Engineers. During active duty, he flew Army fixed and rotary wing aircraft with four overseas assignments in Germany, Libya, Iran and Vietnam. Charles was medically discharged in 1966 as the result of wounds sustained when his helicopter was shot down in Vietnam. During his military service, he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous Air Medals. Charles graduated top student at Texas Tech School of Law in 1969 and served as a trustee of the Texas Tech Law Foundation. Before entering private law practice in Washington, D.C., Dallas and Austin, he served as legislative director for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, special assistant to the Attorney General as a White House Fellow, legal advisor to the National League of Families of POWs and MIAs in Vietnam, and director of the Clean Lakes Program at the newly created Environmental Protection Agency. In 1992 he returned to Washington, D.C., as Chief of Staff to U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. Upon public service retirement, he consulted in Washington, D.C., on public policy issues related to science and nuclear weapons. After retirement, he and Gerry logged thousands of miles in overseas travel, as well as domestic adventures in their RV. Their home was a log cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In 2005, they moved to Tierra Linda Ranch in Kerrville. Those left to cherish and honor Charles’ memory are his wife, Gerry Gentry of Kerrville; son, Geoffrey Gentry of San Antonio; daughter, Cheryl Estrada and husband, Noel of Lubbock; sister, Nancy Nalda; grandchildren, Maranda Buchanan, Jacob Estrada, Leahnna Estrada and Ryan Gentry; nephew, Scott Nalda; along with many neighbors and friends.

James Clifton Greathouse 1956 HS – (November 10, 1938 – August 3, 2010) – Born on November 10, 1938 in South Gate, CA, he lived most of his life in Huntington Beach, CA. He is survived by his loving family, Linda, his wife of 47 years, daughter Robin Lynn, sons James Ronald, Jeffrey Wayne, Wayne Martin, James Keith and Papa to 9 grandchildren. He attended schools in Santa Fe, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute & earned his degree in Business Administration from La Verne University. He was a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Jim joined Parker Aerospace in 1984 working in a variety of ever increasing roles within the Supply Chain/Operations over his impressive 20+ year career with Parker. Jim was also very active in APICS (American Production & Inventory Control Society) throughout his career. He served as Orange County Chapter President and eventually served in several roles on the APICS National Board of Directors including APICS Certification Committee Chair. Jim particularly enjoyed being a mentor to many during his career and was a nationally recognized expert in the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Jim was known for his love of family, his lifelong quest for knowledge, and his wonderful sense of humor. His family, friends and co-workers will miss him greatly.

MSG Francis Hamilton Gregg, USA (Ret) 1956 HS 72, formerly of Fayetteville, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. Survived by: Son, Francis, Jr.; daughters, Dee Cook and Jane Brown; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

1LT Robert H. Gross, III, USN (Ret) 1956 HS, 54, of Bethlehem Township, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in St. Lukes Hospice House. He was the husband of Maryann (Salamone) Gross. They celebrated their 29th anniversary last June 19. Mr. Gross has been Superintendent of Schools in the Salisbury Township School District since 2010, and has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Wilkes University since 2006. After receiving both a B.S. and M.M. from West Chester University, he began his teaching career in 1980 as Band Director and Music Teacher at Garnet Valley High School. He later became Band Director and Music Teacher at Emmaus High School, and was appointed chairperson of the East Penn School District Music Department. In 1991 he moved to the West Shore School District in Lewisberry, where he served in various positions leading to Assistant Superintendent. He was Associate Superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District from 2005 – 2008. He served as Superintendent of Schools in the Kutztown Area School District for two years until accepting his current position of Superintendent of Schools in Salisbury Township. Since receiving his Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification from Lehigh University in 1996, he has been pursuing a Doctorate Degree from Walden University. Mr. Gross held memberships in American Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Personnel Administrators, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, National Staff Development Council, Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, North American Educational Negotiators, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He also belonged to the Lehigh Valley Society of the Arts, Historic Bethlehem Partnership, and Friends of Music in Bethlehem. He was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Bethlehem Township, and the Knights of Columbus. Born in Fountain Hill, he was the son of the late Robert R., Jr. And Louise (Scott) Gross. Survivors: Wife, Maryann; daughter, Katrina delvecchio and her husband Adam of Wind Gap; son, Kyle R. Of Wind Gap; and grandsons, Kyler, Dominic and Landon.

Edwin P. Haefeli 1956 JC (March 28, 1936 – May 22, 2008) Age: 72 Residence: Greeley, CO. Edwin P. Haefeli was born in Greeley to Dr. Edward and Rose Haefeli. He graduated from Greeley High School, attended military school, and was in the U.S Army. After completing his military service, he attended CSU. Mr. Haefeli married Joan Femmenino in Greeley on Jan. 14, 1988. Mr. Haefeli built the Lincoln Plaza and opened the first Wendy’s in Greeley. He was active in real estate and owned Jeddies in Greeley. He was a hard worker and loved life. Mr. Haefeli was member of the Elk and 700 club. Mr. Haefeli died Thursday of heart failure. Survivors: His wife; a son, Matthew Haefeli; a daughter, Jennifer Haefeli-Eldander; a sister, Guida Beetham; two grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John H. “Jack” Hughes 1954 HS-1956 JC, 81, passed away October 16, 2017 after a sudden illness. He was born September 26, 1936 to TJ and Elizabeth Hughes and grew up in Cushing, Oklahoma. Following family tradition, Jack graduated from High School at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He then attended Southern Illinois University before entering military service in the United States Coast Guard. He was a proud patriotic veteran. Jack was a successful entrepreneur with a tenacious spirit which led him into many endeavors throughout his career. His extremely strong work ethic was one of his most admirable character traits. He also gave back to his community in various ways, among them, serving on the board of The Edmond Homebuilder’s Association, Chairman of the Edmond Planning Commission, Mobile Meals and St. John’s. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Michele of the home; son, Mark Hughes of Oklahoma City; brother and sister-in-law, Tom Hughes and wife, Sally of Tulsa; sister-in-law, Deanie Moore of Tulsa and brother-in-law, Pat Moore of Oklahoma City. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Paula Avery, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Autumn Leaves and Sooner Hospice for their care and compassion.

LTC James Edward Hunt, Jr. 1956 SC, 81, of Diamondhead, MS, passed away Friday evening, June 24, 2016 of cardio-pulmonary failure. Jim was born September 11, 1934 in Dallas, TX, to James Edward Hunt and Helen Margaret Hunt. He is preceded in his death by his daughter, Cary Allison Hegg; his sister, Carol Hunt; and his parents. He is survived by his wife, Gail Baker Hunt; his sister, Rita Maher; his children and their families: Kelly and Charlie Jinks; James Edward Hunt, III; Shannon and Rupert Wood; Cathy Kessler; Steven Hegg; eleven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jim attended Jesuit High School in Dallas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1956 from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the US Army and served as a tank commander in France and Berlin, Germany, and with the Texas National Guard. He also played football for his high school, college, and the US Army with the Berlin Bears. Jim married Gail Baker, also from Dallas, on October 7, 1961. He was the Vice President for Fieldcrest-Cannon with a very successful career of thirty-one years. With Fieldcrest-Cannon, the family moved from Texas to New York, Virginia, Atlanta, and finally back to Dallas. Throughout his career and required travelling, he always found time to be a loving, involved dad to his five children and to coach many of their sports teams in softball and football. Jim and Gail retired to Diamondhead where they have lived for over 20 years. Jim served as a Director and Vice President of the Diamondhead POA and President and Secretary of Fin and Feather for several years. After losing their home in Hurricane Katrina, Jim and Gail were determined to stay in Mississippi, and Jim worked tirelessly to help with the re-building of the Diamondhead Community. He was also involved with VFW , Most Holy Trinity, St. Thomas the Apostle, and Annunciation Catholic churches. His hobbies included tennis, golf, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family.

Donald “D.B.” Burnett Hurdt 1956 JC, 76, of Dickens, Texas passed away on December 24, 2012. Don was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on July 21, 1936. Don graduated from Hobart High School and continued on to New Mexico Military Institute and Texas Christian University. Don was married to Martha Annette Gass on June 14, 1955; they were married 31 years and had three children: John, Linda, and Cody. Don owned Hurdt Seeds where he created his own seed varieties; he and his dad, J.T. Hurdt, invented the Hydromist that puts moisture back into the ginned cotton prior to being pressed into a bale; and he had his own Delinting Plant for a majority of his adult life. He was also a rancher and loved the outdoors. He loved to laugh, pull pranks, and holidays (4th of July and Christmas!) What Don was best known for was his deep and faithful friendships throughout his life. All his friends are especially remembered for their love and support throughout the years. Don is survived by Edith “Boots” Joy Wells, Johnnie (son) and Mary Sue Hurdt, Rob and Linda (daughter) Winkler, Cody (son) and Karen Hurdt, Kim and Candy Vale, Melody Wells, Sheere and Robert Alsup, along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by Martha Ann Gass Hurdt Elliott, James “Johnnie or J.T.” Truby Hurdt, and Ann Elliott Burnett Hurdt,

Louis Griffiths James, Jr. 1956 HS passed away in Houston with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Louis was 77 years old. Louis was born in Dallas, Texas on April 12, 1938. He was the only child of Allena Duff James and Louis G. James. Louis grew up in Dallas, was a rodeo cowboy in his late teens and early 20’s, graduated from Texas Christian University and then worked in advertising before moving into the oil and gas industry where he spent the majority of his career. He spoke of a song from his youth with a verse about “those faraway places with strange sounding names” and his desire to see and be part of a world beyond Texas. His career took him around the world and his passion for travel is a treasured gift that he shared with his wife and passed on to his children. Louis was proud to say that he always followed his passion during his unique and interesting career. Louis was also passionate about golf. He was a scratch golfer when he was younger, hit his 6th hole in one in 2011 and reported that one of the best things about moving into his 70’s was that he started shooting his age with some frequency. After he retired, Louis was happy to play as much golf as he wanted and made many treasured friends on the golf course. Louis was a devoted husband to his wife, Lynne, of over 37 years, and very close to his two daughters, Lindsey and Lauren. He often said that being part of a family that he described as “radiating love and caring” was his greatest accomplishment. We remember Louis as a man who loved life fully and taught us that there are no limits to what one can accomplish and no adventure that shouldn’t be taken. Louis left this life as he lived itwith courage, determination, compassion and integrity. He will be greatly missed. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Louis G. James and Allena Duff James. He is survived by his wife, Lynne Karoll James and daughters Lindsey Kay James-West and Lauren Kimberly James, son-in law Marshall Travis West, in-laws Anne and Tom Schafer and Kay and Sandy Walker, and additional extended family.

COL Norman W. Kinder, USA (Ret) 1954 JC-1956 SC passed away at the age of 83 on Thursday, July 7, 2016. He was born in Hope, New Mexico on January 18, 1933. Norm graduated from Alamogordo High School and attained a BS degree from New Mexico Military Institute in 1956. He was Cadet Corps Commander, a Distinguished Military Graduate, and captain of the football team. Norm received his Master’s from the University of Utah in 1977. Advanced military education included Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Defense Language Institute, Monterrey, California. His family remembers him as a humble and honest man of integrity, a patriot, and an athlete who was unfailing in his love for them. He was quick to offer an encouraging word, quality time and a big hug. His 61-year marriage to Pat demonstrated to his family virtues such as respect, kindness, generosity and commitment, a model their children hope to follow in their own lives. Survivors include his wife Patricia Dow Kinder, son Steven Kinder of Hixson, daughters and sons-in law, Renee’ and Steve Farrar of Conyers, Georgia, and Sharon and Ken Bittinger of Marietta, Georgia, 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren and his sister JoAnn Maklary (Frank) of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his daughter Karen “Ashley” Fennell and son-in-law Fred, parents William Oscar and Lillian Greenwood Kinder of Alamogordo, New Mexico, brother Kenneth Kinder (Vera) of Alamogordo, New Mexico, and sister Alene Kinder House (J.P.) of Miami, Arizona. Colonel Kinder served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. A Ranger and Senior Paratrooper, his military decorations and awards include: the Legion of Merit with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Distinguished Service Medal. A personal career honor for Colonel Kinder was serving as a member of the Four Party Joint Military Commission sent to Hanoi to repatriate our POW’s from the Hanoi Hilton at the end of the Vietnam war. Following military service, Colonel Kinder enjoyed l0 years as Senior JROTC Army instructor at East Ridge High School. An avid golfer, Norm could often be found on the links of Valleybrook Golf Club. He was also active with the Racquet Club of Chattanooga and was a former officer in the Chattanooga Tennis Association. Norm was a member of Burks United Methodist Church and was inspired by the Pairs and Spares class.

Donald J. Lane 1951 HS-1956 SC, 77, passed away on October 12, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born on August 27, 1933 in Silver City, NM, to Dr. Russell and Maureen Lane. Don was a retired Funeral Director having practiced for 32 years at Strong-Thorne Mortuary and Riverside Funeral Home. He was a graduate of NMMI, UNM & Dallas Institute. Don Served in the US Air Force. He is survived by his cousin Toni Furman and her husband Bunkie of Arlington, Texas; two nephews, Mark and Dell Shaw of Texas; and many close friends.

Dale Preston Laverty 1954 HS-1956 JC, 80, Of Miami, Passed Away September 25, 2016. Survived By His Loving Wife Linda. Born 1/19/1936.

Billy Jess McKibben 1956 JC, 81, passed away due to natural causes on Aug. 4, 2017. Bill was born in Eunice June 2, 1936. He is a graduate of Lovington High School, NMMI, and New Mexico State University. Bill served his country in the Air Force during the V i e t n a m era. He also served in the New Mexico State Senate for 20 years. He was a real-estate investor and developer in Eastern NM and West Texas. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Sue; his daughter Kim McKibben of Albuquerque; his son, Billy McKibben and wife Helen of Lubbock. Three grandchildren, Hannah Johnson of Albuquerque; Hayes and William McKibben of Lubbock; and also his sisters, Dorris Yarbro and Betty Shipley, both of Lovington. His passions were his family, planting trees and cancer treat ment and research.

Michael Meguire Moore 1956 HS, A great man will be missed. Born in Seattle, WA; raised in Douglas, AZ. Mike came to Tucson in 1948 where he remained until his death. After graduating from the New Mexico Military Institute, he received his Undergraduate and his JD in Law from the U of A. Mike practiced law for over 40 years in Tucson. He began his career as a prosecutor for the City of Tucson and never lost a case. That earned him the nickname “The Young Perry Mason”. Mike even looked the part – big guy with his black suit, white shirt and skinny black tie. Mike’s biggest achievement however was his family. He is survived by Jo, his wife of 46 years and his children, Kevin (Lisa), Michael (Brenda) and Ashley (Joel). Mike was also blessed with four grandchildren, Courtney, Carson, Jake and Hunter. Dad, we want you to know that we loved you, respected you and we are the people we are today because we had you as a father, mentor and friend.

Roger B. Nielsen 1956 HS, 71, passed away in Mansfield on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Roger was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He is remembered for his big heart, strong sense of humor and wit, “MacGyver-like” ability to create, fix and improve anything, and his love of golf and photography. All his daughters jokingly referred to him as “Mr. Manners.” His love for his wife transcends all time and space; she was truly the “love of his life.” Roger graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1956, and his bachelor’s degree followed in electronics engineering from Northrop Institute of Technology. In 1970, Roger moved to El Paso, where he worked at Johnson Space Center, White Sands Missile Range, on the Apollo project. Following the cancellation of the Apollo program, he started Vogue Photography and was a partner in Keown-Nielsen Question Document Examiner for several years. He then became a real estate broker, opening Preferred Real Estate. He and his soulmate retired to Mansfield in 1998. Survivors: His beloved wife, Karin; daughters and sons-in-laws, Sheryl and Vince Roman of Franklin, TN, Michele and Eric Rachie of Springfield, VA, Trecie and Ted Paradeza of San Antonio, Becky and Jim Holland of Arlington and Amye and Reagan Pettey of Houston. Roger was adored as “Papa” by his grandchildren, Jaylee and Jayden Holland of Arlington, Mailisa and Mason of San Antonio, Hannah and Nick Roman of Franklin, TN, and Georgia and Emerson of Houston. He was cherished by his big sister, Carolyn Sedberry of Albuquerque, NM, and “sister” and “brother”-in-law, Linda and Andy Anderson of San Angelo. He was loved by wonderful nephews and niece, Heather Anderson of Abilene, Shawn and Chris Anderson of San Angelo and Leland, Bob and John Sedberry, all of Albuquerque, NM. He is remembered and loved by many extended family members and close friends.

George Philip Orr 1954 HS-1956 JC, 78, passed peacefully on August 28, 2013 at The Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Mr. Orr is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shar Riley Orr. They have lived in Elkins Lake for eight years after retiring and moving from California in 2004. He has four children from a previous marriage; a daughter, Kathleen Orr, and sons, Michael Orr, Dale Orr, and John Orr. He was born on July 21, 1935 in Fabens, Texas. In his younger years, he attended a military school in Los Angeles, California. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years. After his Navy years, he attended several Texas universities studying business, finance, management, and accounting. Mr. Orr’s professional career was spent working in the insurance business. He worked at the Allstate Home Office in Northbrook, Illinois and Cal Union Insurance Company in Los Angeles, California. For fourteen years, he owned Farmers Insurance Agency in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

David James Otto 1953 HS-1956 JC passed away March 15, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ethel; and son, Tim Otto.

Stephen E. Reynolds 1956 HS, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away in Redding, Calif., on July 30, 2018, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He requested no formal services, but the family will convene later in a private ceremony to scatter his ashes amongst the places he loved. Stephen was born on Nov. 23, 1937, in Long Beach, Calif., to Wallace Elmo Reynolds and Marjorie Eloise (Robertson) Reynolds. He was their fourth and last child and only son. When he was three, his family returned to New Mexico, where he remained until his move to Alaska. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1956, and later attended the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. In 1958, he married Gloria Jernigan and left college, joining the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish as a game warden in 1959. In 1969, he realized his dream to move to Alaska, where he joined the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as an enforcement officer/pilot. He retired from the Department of Public Safety in 1986 after having achieved the rank of Captain. This early retirement allowed him the chance to pursue other interests with his second wife, Judy, whom he had married in 1979. Although he continued to work as a security officer on Alaska’s North Slope for several years afterward, his true retirement years began in 1998 and were spent traveling in the fifth wheel, pitching in horseshoe tournaments in the U.S. and Canada, pursuing his passions to write books and create amazingly beautiful pastel portraits, and just generally enjoying every day. He and Judy finally settled, in 2003, on 50 acres in Montague, Calif., a place rich with wildlife, the perfect spot for a retired game warden. Stephen is survived by his wife, Judy; and his children, Stephen E. Reynolds II, G. Coleman Reynolds, Charles Reynolds, Cynthia McCoy, Karen Reynolds and Susan Buist; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters: Gail Reynolds, Nancy Reynolds and Ann Markovich. He will be remembered by those who truly knew him as a strong man with a sensitive nature, passionate about honesty and integrity, kind and fair, and caring. He leaves big shoes to be filled.

COL James “Jim” William Sawey, USA (Ret) 1954 JC-1956 SC 77, passed away on March 19, 2011 after a courageous battle with a devastating disease. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico on July 14, 1933 and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Jim held various command positions in Germany and Vietnam. He served in the office of the Army Chief of Staff as well as Chief of the National Guard Bureau Personnel Section in Washington, DC. Later assignments included the Presidio of San Francisco and Post Commander of Fort Douglas, Utah. After retirement he was employed by Wackenhut Services as Deputy General Manager at DOE Training Center, at Manzano Base and at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in New Orleans. Jim, Ann, and their daughter, Leslie enjoyed church, traveling, and outdoor activities. He was very active with Leslie’s special programs. Jim had a huge heart and loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughters, Leslie Sawey, Jane Castillo and husband, Chuck Castillo, MD.; grandchildren, James Davis and Alexandra Jane, from Phoenix, Arizona.

George R. Shilling, III 1956 HS passed away peacefully in his home on September 21, 2009 at the age of 71. He has been surrounded by his loving family and friends during his long illness. George was born on January 26, 1938 in Oklahoma City to George R. Shilling, II, and Ruth (Burns) Shilling. He was involved in the metal fabrication business for over 50 years. He had a love for the church, iron working, and do it yourself projects, cooking, and most of all his family. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jackie Shilling; his six children, 19 grandchildren and many adoring friends.

Richard E. “Dick” Smith 1956 HS – Dick played his last hand December 19, 2009 at the Veterans Hospital in Albuquerque, NM, with his sister, Dorothy, and a friend, Lewie Wickham, at his side. He died due to heart failure and complications from diabetes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carole; parents, John and Margaret Smith. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Hammond (Jorge) of Pena Blanca; a son, Jeremy Gordon of Taos; a niece, Susie Davis (Jeff) of Chandler AZ; a nephew, John Billingsley (Sherry) of Loma Rica, CA, and several great nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends across the country. He was born in Alamosa, CO, February 27, 1939. Moved to Los Alamos in the early 40’s, and grew up in the Pojoaque Valley; graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1956; served in the US Navy until 1963. Returned to the University of New Mexico to study Engineering, upon graduating he worked for the NM Highway Dept. and several surveying companies. He was a partner in a surveying business in Taos during the 70’s. Moved back to Santa Fe where he and Dean Williamson opened Smith & Williamson Surveying, during that time served as president of the New Mexico Surveyors Association, and retired in 2006. He and his wife Carole also owned the Travel Connection in Santa Fe. A special thank you to Willie Watkins, Beth Nolan, Carlos Asuna and Lewie Wickham for their support at the end of his life.

LTC Robert A. Snell, USA (Ret) 1956 JC 72, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2008 after a brief illness. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI, to Vincent Adellan and Suzanne Dillon Snell. He graduated from Central Catholic High School, attended New Mexico Military Institute, and graduated from Norwich University. LTC Snell served his country proudly in the U. S. Army for 26 years, and voluntarily served two tours of duty in Vietnam, as well as assignments in Europe, South Korea, and various locations throughout the United States. During his Military career, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier’s Medal (2nd Oaf Leaf Cluster) Bronze Star Medal with V Device, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal with V Device (2-5), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantry Badge. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Anne Marie (Nancy) Snell Mead. He is survived by Christine A. Snell and their children: Michael C. Snell, Matthew H. Snell and wife Staci L., and Scott D. Snell; brothers Arthur L. Snell, and COL Dillon Snell, USA (Ret).  He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Kohle and Duke.

George A. Strebe 1954 HS-1956 JC of Lewiston, 92, passed away Dec. 15, 2012. He was born on July 17, 1920, in Pontiac to Arthur and Eva Strebe. In November 1939, George went to work at Pontiac Motor Machine Repair and in 1942 was transferred to the tool room. He proudly served our country as a member of the U.S. Navy, spending two years in South Pacific at the end of World War II. In 1946, he married Bernice Tharaldson. In 1964, he formed Strebe Manufacturing and spent 1,200 hours as a private pilot. George retired Jan. 1, 1976, and moved to Lewiston in September 1977. Up until 2011, George spent winters in Florida. George enjoyed sports and played D,C,B baseball and loved ice and roller skating, swimming, fishing and spent quite a bit of time playing golf. He was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church, attending Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lewiston, and was an assistant member of Faith Lutheran Church in New Port Richey, Fla. He was a life member of VFW Post No. 6335 in Lewiston and a life member of VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids. He is survived by his son, Gerald ôJerryö Strebe; grandsons, Jason and Matthew Strebe. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Bernice, and his stepson, Milton.

Herbert E. Trevvett 1956 JC, 72, of Millington Avenue, died on November 6, 2008 at the Presbyterian Home, New Hartford, following an eight month illness. Mr. Trevvett was born in Utica on June 29, 1936, a son of the late Edward and Sara (Paull) Trevvett. He graduated from Poland Central School and furthered his education through the ROTC Program at both the New Mexico Military Institute and Norwich University, Vermont. Herbert graduated as 2nd Lieutenant with the U. S. Army in 1958 and served six months active duty and several years following in the Reserves. He started his career in 1959 with Commercial Travelers Mutual Insurance Company, Utica, which was founded by his great-grandfather in 1883. On August 13, 1960, he was united in marriage with the former Doris Glenister at the Community Baptist Church in Poland. He retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Travelers in 2005. Mr. Trevvett was a former Scoutmaster of Troop 20 BSA in Poland and past-president of the Poland Central School Board. He was a former moderator and treasurer of the Community Baptist Church of Poland. As a longtime supporter of the United Way, Herbert previously served as a board member and treasurer. He was also a former member of St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital Board. Survivors besides his wife of 48 years, Doris, include one daughter, Deborah Trevvett and her husband, Geoffrey Hamilton of Newberg, OR; two sons, Thomas Trevvett of Newport and Paul Trevvett of Cold Brook; one sister, Winifred Hall of Newport; one brother, James Trevvett and his wife, Barbara of Cold Brook; one cousin, Gordon Paull of Herkimer; and several nieces, nephews and in-laws. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Arvin and a special aunt, Grace Paull.

Victor Lamar Wyly Jr. 1954 HS ~ 1956 JC – Born August 27, 1936 in Roswell, NM, passed away in his sleep July 22, 2018, in Green Valley, AZ, age 81. He attended Roswell High, graduated New Mexico Military Institute and Arizona State University excelling as an athlete in tennis, golf and skiing. He and his surviving wife, Margie, married April 1957, celebrating 61 years this year. He was a successful and humorous salesman, which included a men/women’s clothing and ski shop in Roswell. He is predeceased by his parents, Aylene and Victor Sr., and his eldest son, Victor L. “Tres” Wyly, III 1976 HS. Survived by daughter, Leslie (Tim) Reeves, son Roger (Vicki) Wyly, brother, Richard R. Wyly 1959 JC, 5 granddaughters, 1 grandson and 3 great-granddaughters and beloved little dog Sunny. His patience and sense of humor was a gift to our world. We will all miss him.



On July 18, 2016 Lawrence R. Andrus 1953 JC-1955 SC  82 of Roswell was reunited in heaven with his bride of 61 years, Betty Andrus. While Alzheimer’s took his mind it never took his spirit, sense of humor, smile or his orneriness! An old cowboy to the end with his grace and bravery. He loved to tell his old stories about growing up in Hagerman and living on the Caprock Ranch; his years at the New Mexico Military Institute, graduating the last year it was a four-year college; serving the United States in the Army; bookkeeping and managing several businesses. And then there was Tastee-Freeze! He loved nurturing the young and took great pride as a Scout Master as many of the young men made it to Eagle Scout. He was also a proud Rainbow Dad of Zia Assembly #49 for over 15 years; always involved with the choral departments at both Roswell and Goddard High Schools. He didn’t stop there, becoming a substitute teacher at Washington Ave. Elementary during retirement for his granddaughter and all the other kids who learned from him. And finally, his rocks, much to the chagrin of his wife. Go Chaparral Rock Hounds! He is proceeded in death by his wife Betty Whitfield Andrus. Brothers Jess Medlin and Cork Andrus/Wanna B Andrus. Sister Lil Conley/Bob Conley. Brother-in-law Dr. Charles Whitfield. Parents James Perry Andrus and Eula ‘Jack’ Holden Andrus and one great granddaughter Isabella Andrus. Those left to carry on his stories are his Sister Billie Jean Goff, Sister-in-law Dr. Edie Whitfield. Daughter Betsy Winfrey and her husband Mike. Daughter Beth Andrus and Ron Devenport. Son Jim Andrus and wife Lori. Ten grandchildren and 8 ½ great grandchildren. His last months were filled with such love and joy with his caregivers which he jokingly called his ‘Harem.’ Thank you Brandi, Caitlyn, Angela, Eva, Jordon, Wendy, June and Gentiva Hospice.

James Benson Baker 1955 JC, 83, passed away on June 28, 2018 at his home in Artesia, New Mexico. James was born on September 8, 1934 in Artesia; the son of Curtis Arewood Baker and Ruby Pearl (Schmitz) Baker. On July 5, 1958 he married Sara Elizabeth Cole in Las Cruces, N.M. She preceded him in death on September 13, 2005. He was the owner/operator at Baker Stephens Tire Company and a lifelong resident of Artesia. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Billie Jean Vogt. Survivors include his son James Curtis Baker and wife Gina of Dallas, TX; step-daughter Shirley Murphy of Artesia; step-son Larry Murphy of Artesia; sister Stella Heathington of Artesia; 5 step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren; cousins Cheryl Welch, Johnny Angel and Mike Heathington.

Robert Saxon Baker 1955 HS, beloved husband, father, and grandfather; gifted legal counsel; and long-time volunteer advocate for law enforcement agencies, died at his home in Arcadia, Okla. on September 29, 2013, surrounded by his wife and children. He was 76. His family will celebrate his life and legacy in a private gathering. The eldest child of Thelma Louise Saxon and Marion Robert Baker, Mr. Baker was born on June 5, 1937 in Oklahoma City, Okla. In addition to a semester at the New Mexico Military Institute, he attended and then graduated from Classen High School in 1955. On September 16, 1961 he married Roberta Kay Wilson of Tulsa, Okla. Settling first in Oklahoma City, over the years the couple nurtured two girls, traveled internationally, and built homes in Edmond and Arcadia, where they recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. Mr. Baker is survived by his wife Kay; daughter Dr. Noelle Baker and her husband William Hare of Davenport, Iowa; daughter Julie Baker Braun and her husband Donald Braun of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren Ashleigh Braun, Bennett Braun of Ft. Lauderdale, and Captain Lawton Hare and his wife First Lieutenant Krissy Andis Hare of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister Mary Beth Baker Busby and her husband David Busby of Washington, D.C., and nephews Robert David Busby of Ada, Okla., and Jack Busby of Washington, D.C. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Baker attended George Washington University and the University of Oklahoma, majoring in history and political science. At the University of Oklahoma and thereafter in its College of Law, where he pursued his legal education, he assumed key leadership roles, among them vice president of Phi Delta Phi and case editor for the Oklahoma Law Review. Following his graduation in 1961, Mr. Baker joined Pierce, Mock, Duncan, Couch & Hendrickson. In 1973 he established his own insurance defense law firm, which he led for 25 five years. Admitted to practice law in the Northern, Eastern, and Western districts of Oklahoma, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Baker most recently served as of counsel for the firm Crowe & Dunlevy in the securities litigation practice group. During his esteemed legal career he masterfully defended national and international companies such as Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Motors Corporation, Nippon Kokan KK, and Remington Arms Company. Mr. Baker was also a respected member of a number of professional organizations, including the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, the International Association of Insurance and Corporation Counsel, and the Oklahoma Bar Association, for which he was a past vice-chairman of the Automobile Law Committee and past president of the National Junior Bar Association. Mr. Baker devoted his time and considerable skills unstintingly to the Oklahoma City community, serving as a first lieutenant and provost marshal in the Oklahoma Air National Guard before moving on to champion medical services, law enforcement, and social welfare in his city. Beginning in 1969, he taught as a visiting lecturer at the Oklahoma University School of Medicine, subsequently identifying a critical gap in community forensic services. Acting on that insight, he helped establish the Oklahoma Board of Medicolegal Investigations for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and he continued to play an integral role in forensic service through his 11-year chairmanship of that board. In related endeavors, Mr. Baker acted as general counsel to the Oklahoma Sheriff and Peace Officers Association and to the Oklahoma City and Edmond Police Departments, assisted the Narcotics Division, and served as a member of the Legal Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. In 1976 he co-founded the Committee of 100, a group committed to providing financial assistance to widows of state and local firefighters or police officers killed in the line of duty. Mr. Baker was also passionate about the welfare of at-risk children and young adults, taking instrumental roles in establishing the Make-A-Wish Foundation and actively participating in the Junior Achievement Program in Oklahoma City. Speaking in December 1977 on the occasion of the settlement of a lawsuit against a law enforcement officer whom Mr. Baker had successfully defended, District Judge Raymond Naifeh praised the “hundreds of hours” that Baker routinely dedicated to this individual and other officers, without pay. “The public should know there are attorneys like you,” declared Naifeh. “God bless you, Bob Baker.” Robert Saxon Baker will be remembered as a hard-nosed lawyer, compassionate defender, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved to sing, and his rich baritone voice filled church choirs, stages, and piano bars, and later crooned soft lullabies to his two girls. His passion for automobiles began with toys and go-carts, progressed to assembling and disassembling cars, and reached its zenith in amateur auto racing, especially in his favorite Jaguar, and in his avid attendance at the annual Indianapolis 500 road race. “Either lead or follow or get the hell out of the way!” was one of his favorite exhortations. Not surprisingly, therefore, in life Mr. Baker led with fervor and conviction in all he did.

William C. Bloomquist 1953 HS-1955 JC was born in Douglas, AZ, on February, 25, 1935 and went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2008 in Tucson. He is survived by his wife, Judy of Elfrida, AZ. In 1995, Barbara, his wife of 40 years preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister Helen Christine Bloomquist of Texas and his children, Bill, Jr., (Maryann) of Riva, Maryland, Nelda (Mark) Nichols of Tucson, and Linda (Dan) Denham of Flagstaff, stepsons, Timothy (Gloria) Frazier of Elfrida, and Brian (Greta) Frazier of Tucson. Bill has seven grandchildren, Brittany and Ethan Nichols, Brooke Bloomquist, Sydney and Parker Denham, Christian and Samuel Frazier. Bill joined the family business, Bloomquist Insurance Agency of Douglas in 1966 and later opened a second office in Bisbee and retired in 1998. He was past president of the Independent Insurance Agents Assn. Of Arizona and board member for Cochise County Planning & Zoning and Southeastern Arizona Medical Center. He was active in several community organizations such as the Lions Club, Mt. Moriah Lodge, Rotary Club, and Rainbow Girls. He was a committed Christian who served the Lord faithfully. He will be remembered by all as a generous, kind-hearted man who loved southern Arizona, its history and people. His family will treasure the many stories of growing up on the ranch, interest in our activities and successes in life. He was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and husband.

Rubel Don Bowman 1955 HS, 75, of Branson, Mo. passed away June 5, 2013. Don was born on Aug. 26, 1937 to Jack and Fern Bowman in Lubbock, Texas. Don attended school in Lorenzo, Texas, graduated from NMMI in Roswell, N.M., and later attended Texas Tech. Don leaves behind two children, Jackie Bowman of Tarzana, Calif. and Casey Bowman of Los Angeles, Calif.; his sister, Judy Miller of Lubbock; stepmother, Johnnie Bowman of Idalou; two nieces; and numerous friends. Don was a country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host. He recorded for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1970 and was the original host for the radio show American Country Countdown. In 1966 He won the Favorite County Comedy Recording of the Year award and in 1967 was named Comedian of the Year by the Country Music Association. Don served as DJ for several radio stations starting in local stations KDUB and KLLL, and later stations in El Paso, San Diego, Twin Cities, and Branson. As a performer he was the opening act for Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, and other country music stars.

Felix Bransford “Sonny” Bulls 1955 JC, 78, of Tyler, was born on March 7, 1935, in Pampa to Bransford and Kezzia Bulls. He passed away Dec. 28, 2013, in Tyler. After graduating high school in Monahans, he went on to earn a degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He spent over 30 years working for Amoco Production Company in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Texas. Sonny was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and enjoyed his time with his Men’s Bible Study Group. Sonny and Janet had many enjoyable trips with good friends following retirement. Some of his most cherished time was spent as a loving and caring “Chief” to his prodigious clan. He exercised tremendous amounts of love and faith to everyone that had the privilege of knowing him. Sonny is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet, of Tyler; sons, Felix and his wife Jan, of Frisco, Keith, of Tomball, David and his wife Susan, of Tyler, and Barry and his wife Glenna, of Cypress; sister, Jan and her husband Arthur, of Tyler; and his 10 grandchildren, Caleb, Ashleigh, Casey, Phoebe, Brady, Zoe, Haley, Landry, Brandon and Avery.

Jack Arnold Clark 1955 HS, 75, the son of Floyd and Mary (Winter) Clark, was born on Feb. 7, 1936, at Pampa, Texas. Jack was baptized as a young boy and confirmed in 1959 at St. John’s Lutheran in Denver. On Aug. 16, 1958, he was united in marriage to Dorris Antrobus at St. Johns Lutheran in Denver. To this union four children were born. Jack was retired from Qwest Communications in Denver as a project manager. He was a citizen of the Chickasaw National Tribe. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Katie Anderson. He is survived by his wife, Dorris, of Superior; children, Mrs. Tor Brunso (Mary) of Fayetteville, Ga., Tim Clark of Arvada, Colo., Mrs. Brett Anderson (Nancy) of Littleton, Colo., and Rod Clark of Henderson, Colo.; and 10 grandchildren, Karen, Karl, Brian, Justin, Jessica, Stephanie, Olivia, Steven, Victoria and Gabrielle. He is also survived by his aunt, Estelle Hill, and family of Ada, OK

Fred Wayland “Freddy” Coe 1955 JC lost his battle with ALS Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. He was born near San Angelo, Texas, Aug. 31, 1935 to Fred Earnest and Velma Blackburn Coe. Upon graduation from high school in Kermit, Texas, he entered the New Mexico Navel Institute. After one year, Fred received notification that he had been accepted to West Point, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Baylor University and a NROTC Scholarship to Tulane University. Fred was the first person to be accepted to West Point and Annapolis Naval Academy in the same year. Fred chose to further his education at the Naval Academy. Upon graduating from Annapolis, Fred served in various positions in the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet where he earned the National Defense Service Metal. Following his service in the Navy, Fred began a career of sales and marketing in the electronics industry. His career took him to Maryland, South Dakota, Charlotte, Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Ga. Fred retired to Statesville in 1999 with his beloved wife, Elizabeth, who survives him. Also surviving are daughters, Karen Loudermilk and husband, Roy, Moira Bogley and husband, Bob; sons, Sean Coe and wife, Cory and Brian Coe. He is also survived by grandchildren, Brendan Bogley, Mairaide Bogley, Roman Bogley and Tonya Loudermilk. Fred enjoyed skeet shooting, fishing and travel with his wife, Elizabeth.

Lloyd Leslie Davis, Jr. 1953 JC-1955 SC was born in Knox City, Texas on June 6, 1931, to Daisy and Lloyd L. Davis Sr. He died March 5, 2016 at home in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Lloyd attended elementary school in Knox City. He graduated from Lubbock High School, Lubbock, Texas, in 1949. He then entered New Mexico Military Institute where he completed Junior College 1953 and Senior College 1955 He was commissioned into the United States Army as a First Lieutenant and served in Germany from 1956 to 1958. He returned to Ruidoso and with his parents developed and operated Davis Developments. Lloyd was Mayor of Ruidoso from 1966 to 1972 and from 1974 to 1982 and from 1986 to 1990. He was General Manager of Ruidoso Jockey Club from 1973 until his retirement in 2006. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lottie-Beth Davis.Lloyd L. Davis, Jr.

MAJ Charles F. DeAmaral, Jr., USA 1955 SC – Vietnam-Killed in action while directing a helicopeter air attack on 4 October 1965.

Jack Lee Dean 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC was born in Moriarty and died Saturday evening in Los Lunas, at age 82, surrounded by the family that loved him so much. He is survived by his loving wife, Martie; sister Bonnie Evans of Albuquerque; brother John Sullivan of Bastrop, TX; and sister Debbie Carson of Prescott, AZ. His large family includes his loving children, son David of Willard, daughter Donna (Frank) of Irving, TX, son Adam of Mill Valley, CA, and son Jake (Colleen) of Dallas, TX; step-children Michael, Jennifer and Rob; numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a long list of friends who were lucky enough to know Jack Dean through the years. Jack was raised on his father’s cattle ranch the ‘X-Spear’, south of Willard. Living the life of a rancher and a true cowboy, he learned to ride horses at a very young age. His leadership and horsemanship produced two national collegiate polo titles, the first against Princeton, the other against Yale for his beloved New Mexico Military Institute, which he graduated from in ’55. For decades no other New Mexico collegiate team had won a national collegiate title. And having won two is an accomplishment that stands today. After college Jack served in the U.S. Army , Armored Division attaining the rank of First LT, he continued to play polo nationally, joined the Jaycees and was elected president of the Norman, OK Chamber of Commerce. He was a very successful manager of regional shopping malls before joining his sister to launch a thriving mail and storage venture in Albuquerque. Jack was very active with the alumni of NMMI, serving as president of their alumni association. He was a three time inductee into the Institute’s hall of fame and a founder of the Institute’s annual alumni trail ride. The number of people whose lives he touched is difficult to measure. Everyone who met him met an honest, loving, and genuine man. His family will love him and think about him every day. Family will receive friends Wednesday, noon-2pm at the family home.

George T. Demos, MD 1955 HS age 75, passed away October 12, 2012.

George Martin Dutton 1955 JC – George passed away at his home surrounded by his family on May 19, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 19, 1934, in Pryor, Oklahoma to the late John Joseph Dutton and Lazine Selby Dutton. George was enlisted in the Army stationed in Tokyo, during the Korean War. He worked at Johnny Baxter’s, Roy Smith’s, and Omaha Steaks. He was owner and operator of Dutton’s Auto Sales. George will be well remembered in the tennis community. He organized senior tennis leagues and raised funds used for purchasing portable Automatic Defibrillators for the tennis courts. In addition to his love of tennis, George enjoyed hunting, bike riding, fishing, camping, cooking, and most of all sharing his passions with grandchildren. George is survived by his wife Phyllis and children; Christina Erickson and husband Wayne, Shirley Vaughan and husband Mark, Jeff Welch and wife Beth; his eight grandchildren; Martin Kueny, Holly Welch, Norman Welch and wife Jessica, Brandon Erickson, Everett Welch, Sean Erickson, Augie Welch, and Derek Vaughan; also his 3 great-grandchildren; Garrett Welch, Zoe Welch-Ribeiro and Rylan Welch. He was preceded in death by his step father, two bother-in laws and a sister in law. He is further survived by his sister Sally Davis and her husband Stanley, his bother-in law Roy Drummond and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.

Billy Charles French 1955 JC, 79, beloved husband, father, and Poppa passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Bill was born in Levelland, Texas, on September 26, 1934, to W.O. and Mamie (Chick) French who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Elaine; son Alan French and wife Sarahjane of Ruidoso, daughter Delaina Franzoni of Roswell, daughter Davona Hickey and husband Robert of Roswell. Poppa is survived by seven grandchildren: Darin Franzoni and wife Laura of Aurora, Colorado; Alyssa Hopkins and husband Daniel of Bosque Farms; Kara Hickey of Rio Rancho; Caitlin Kipp of Ruidoso; Abagail Kipp of Ruidoso; Breanna Hickey of Roswell; and Erica French of Ruidoso. Pops was eagerly anticipating the birth of his first great-grandchild Ian Conner Hopkins. Bill was a gifted athlete and was a member of Roswell High School’s 1952 State Basketball Championship team. He went on to play basketball for the NMMI Broncos and ENMU Greyhounds. Pops often recounted stories about the exploits of his teams as they traveled around the country playing the game he loved so much. Upon graduation he was able to continue his love of the game as a coach. He was an assistant coach for the Roswell High state champions in 1962. He moved over to Goddard and was the head basketball coach until 1974. He moved to Dexter to become the Principal of the high school until his retirement in 1985. During his career he touched many lives and provided a living example of gentle strength and leadership. Bill was a past Exalted Ruler of the BPOE 969. He enjoyed the many friends and activities he was involved in while a member of the Elks. Bill has served the community in many capacities and enjoyed meeting and working with everyone. Bill discovered his passion for art after his retirement. He was a very talented painter with acrylic being his favorite medium. He was a member of and sold his work at The Gallery. He was also a member and past vice president of the Roswell Fine Arts League. Bill was confirmed into St. Andrews Episcopal Church in 1986. Through the years, he had enjoyed attending services with his children, grandchildren and many friends. He served on the vestry for many years and took great pleasure in being an usher for services. Bill had always felt he found a home when walking into the church for the first time. It was his wishes to have his ashes interned in the columbarium there. Bill has always voiced that his greatest pleasure in life has come from being a father and grandfather. He was very excited about becoming a great grandfather to Ian who is expected any day.

Alfred Lee Harrell 1953 HS-1955 JC – On Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 Alfred Lee Harrell, age 74, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away.

LtCol Jerry M. Holloway, USAF (Ret) 1955 HS, 73, of Winter Haven, passed away at home on Saturday, December 11, 2010 after a battle with cancer. Jerry retired to Winter Haven, 25 years ago after serving 25 years in the US Air Force. He was an alumnus of New Mexico Military Institute as well as the University of Florida. He was a true Gator fan and enjoyed yearly season tickets to watch the Cleveland Indian’s Spring Training. He is preceded in death by wife, Brenda “Joy” Holloway. Survived by son Andy Holloway (Deb), daughter Niki Bush (James), both of Orlando, and stepdaughter Kim Evans (Aaron), Louisville, KY. Also survived by first wife, Sandy Holloway, Orlando, and 7 grandchildren, Cory, Ben and Dakota Bush, Sarah Shope (Brandon), Sophia Whitfield, all of Orlando, Esther Whitfield, Miami, Ella Evans, Louisville, KY.

Jim L. Hooker 1955 HS left this world peacefully on June 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. He was a man with a brilliant mind and a heart of gold. The last 30 years of his life were spent recognizing disenfranchised individuals whom he could counsel and help get their lives in order so they could achieve confidence and peace through the Twelve Step program of AA. He had a special gift for discerning lost souls and never giving up pushing and encouraging them into productive and peaceful ways of life. Giving this help was his greatest pleasure.Jim was born in Albany, Texas July 13, 1937, the son of Alva Ruth and Fay Hooker, from a family long connected to Albany. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and graduated from St. Mark’s School in Dallas. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and attended an Executive Program at Rice University in Houston.Out of college, he worked for a few years for the IRS and with his father before going into business with Herschel O’Kelley in 1964. They operated Gibson Discount Stores out of Midland, Texas and eventually began investing in oil and gas with Jim’s father.Through the years, Jim was passionate about bass fishing, golfing and tournament bridge excelling as well as having great fun. In bridge, he was on the winning team in 1975 of the Grand National Tournament in Europe. He was an avid reader, art aficionado, and movie goer. Most of all, he loved and had a passion for people.Jim moved to California in 1977 and searched for and found a way to participate in helping with LGBT causes as a volunteer and philanthropist. He gave generously to the Williams Institute of UCLA , was on the Founders Council, and a tireless ambassador. This spring, he was celebrated by being presented with its “Institute’s Excellence in Service Award,” which was an acknowledgment of his work for the greater good.He loved a challenge and he loved people. Many friends and family will lovingly think of him and dearly miss the person of Jim L. Hooker. He cared for, saw about, loved and helped humanity by consistently giving of his mind, resources, and his time. He was both gentle and tough, accomplished and intellectual.Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Alva Ruth and Fay, brother Jack Hooker, and niece Shannon Hooker.He is survived by sisters Jane and Fay Jean, niece Jill, nephew Andrew Hooker, and aunt Jeanne Peterson.Jim will always be in the minds and hearts of untold numbers of lives that he helped, saved, or befriended.

Skillman C. “Kim” Hunter 1955 HS, born June 24, 1937 – passed away March 1, 2015. He and his wife, Myra, were married in Roswell, New Mexico in 1955. They were blessed with a wonderful family – Karen (George) Bird, Kevin (Gina) Hunter, Kelly (Warren) King and six wonderful grandchildren – Hunter Bird, Jacqueline Hunter, Cameron Bird, Matthew Hunter, Kaitlyn King and Ryan King. Kim received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University. After working for Air-Research Garret Corp. in Phoenix and KVB Consulting in Southern California, Kim formed his own company, Acrobytes Software. He enjoyed sailing, music and writing. In 2006 he wrote a children’s book, “The Little Cow in Valle Grande”.

Daniel F. Krause, Sr. 1953 JC-1955 SC March 11, 1934 – June 27, 2012 – Daniel F. Krause, Sr., 78, of Roswell. He went home to be with his dear Lord and Savior Jesus on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. He will be greatly missed. Dan was born on March 11, 1934 in Graham, TX, to Windell F. (Red) and Marie (Nonnie) Krause. He attended NMMI and then served his country well in the Armed Forces while stationed in Korea. He returned home to marry his sweetheart Dorothy (Dottie) Ann Blewett on January 7, 1961. They had two children Dan, Jr. And Kari Louise. He spent his life taking care of his family, working hard, playing golf, telling amusing stories, and ministering to others. He loved God and had great joy in visiting the dear men in prison. In his later years he enjoyed and loved his precious neighbors who tended to him so faithfully. He is preceded in death by his wife Dottie, his parents Wendell and Marie, and his sister Patricia. He is survived by his son Dan, Jr. of Ft. Collins, CO; daughter Kari and husband Tom, and their two children Anna and Josiah of Glen Rose, TX; and his many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

John F. Lane 1955 HS of St. Paul, MN passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in his home after a long illness. John was born in San Francisco and grew up in Southern California and post-WWII, Frankfurt Germany. Growing up, he butted heads with teachers and coaches and then became both teacher and ski coach in the late 1960’s at Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, MA. Throughout his life, John was a passionate champion of the civic causes he believed in, counseling teens considering service in the Vietnam War and volunteering to drive seniors to polls during elections. He traveled the world, birdwatching on five continents. He lived in Minnesota with his wife Renee and dog Dawson tending his koi and in Mexico listening to the jaguars. A man who loved dogs, he was also a counselor to recovering addicts, a friend to exchange students, a masterful model train collector. John met and married Renee Potts Petersen while a PhD student at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his beloved wife of 26 years, John will be missed by his step-daughter Aimee Petersen Schnabel, his son-in-law Eric Schnabel and his grandchildren Genevieve, McEwan and Kevin. John is also survived by cousins Joan and Catherine Jacobson, Paula Woolsey, Lisa Jayne, and Mac Teer.

Dr. James “Jim” E. Lankford 1953 HS-1955 JC On Jan. 12 in 1935, “Jimmy” was born at home in Hagerman, to Willie Lou and Royce Lankford. He attended school in Hagerman through the ninth grade. He graduated high school and junior college at New Mexico Military Institute. He acquired needed college classes at North Texas University in Denton, Texas, to enable him to attend and graduate dental school at Baylor Dental in Dallas, Texas. While in College at North Texas he met and married his wife Virgina of 55 years, who preceded him in death. Jim is survived by his children, James E. “Jay” Lankford, II 1976 HS and wife Laura of West, Texas, daughter Sherry Stovall of San Patricio. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Jarett Stovall and wife Megan, Jerami Stovall, Brad Lankford and Grant Lankford, a great-granddaughter, Paislee Ann Stovall; sister Dorthy Prince and husband Bill of Dallas, Texas. After graduation, he moved his wife and two children to Roswell to set up and practice dentistry for 51 years. Jim was a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, International Academy of General Dentistry, life member of the American Dental Association, New Mexico Dental Association as well as serving two terms on the New Mexico State Dental Board and being instrumental in developing the New Mexico Dental Health Care Board which he served one term. Outside of the dental world, he actively supported his children and grandchildren by attending their sporting events from all parts of New Mexico to Missouri, Montana to central Texas. Distance and time were never an issue when it came to watching one of his compete in their desired sport.

Leslie “Bert” Albert Layne, II 1955 HS, 78, passed away on 9/15/14 in Victoria, TX in a car accident. He was born on 4/8/36 in Houston to the late Max Emerson Layne and Blanche Olga Kinney. Bert graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1955 and earned a Business degree from SMU in 1959. His long career in oil field services included Layne and Bowler, Completion Services, OSCA and BJ Services. He is survived by Diana Layne, his wife of 28 years; stepsister Lynda Decker and husband John; stepsister Ginny Cottle and husband Will; daughter Terry Muschalek and husband James; son Kevin Layne and wife D’An; stepdaughter Darren Nelson and husband Young; stepson Schacht McCollum and wife Kaye; stepdaughter Carolyn Shimer and husband Scott; grandchildren Trey, Hannah, Sam, Kathleen, Emily, Kristina, Randi, Ryan, Madison and Leslie; great grandchildren Kennah, Christian, Case, Rhilynne and Avarie. Bert is preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother Pauline Andrews Layne, wife Mary Helen McGahee, and stepdaughter Cheryl Foster. He was a proud Friend of Bill W. and helped countless men and women in AA over the past 36 years.

James Lee “Jamie” Llewellyn 1955 HS – Local businessman and restaurateur passes at 72. Born in Wichita Falls, TX, on July 19, 1936 to George W. Llewellyn and Audrey Fey Daniel, passed away quietly in his sleep on Sunday August 3, 2008. James was married to Shelaine Llewellyn Fieber for 33 years and was father to William Leonard Llewellyn, Audrey Gene Llewellyn Craig; brother to Richard ‘Dick’ Llewellyn and Robert ‘Bob’ Llewellyn. He is survived by daughter, Jaime Lee Llewellyn; and grandchildren, Jack William Llewellyn, Emilee Shelaine Craig, and Sarah Marie Craig; along with brothers, William Llewellyn, Martin Zinn; and sisters, Sue Bricker and Mary Zinn, James attended the New Mexico Military Academy where he was the captain of the football team before attending Santa Barbra Junior College. James served as a cook for the Army in Fort Lewis, WA, during the early 1960’s. “JL” was an active restaurateur, bar owner, and businessman who began and ran a variety of establishments on the peninsula: most notably the El Patio in San Carlos, the Dog House in San Bruno and the House of Troy in San Carlos. “JL” was an active member and the house manager of the American Legion Post #585 in San Carlos.

John Widney Lodewick 1955 HS (August 18, 1937 – July 12, 2018) John Widney Lodewick passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. John was born in Roswell, New Mexico, on August 18, 1937, to Stanley Widney Lodewick and Laura Ballard Lodewick. A 1955 graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, John first came to Dallas that same year to attend Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of the Thundering Herd pledge class of Phi Gamma Delta. After graduating from SMU in 1959, John joined the Marines, where he attained the rank of Captain. While serving his time at El Toro Marine Air Base in California, he met his beloved wife of 56 years, Julia Ann Kuhn. After the Marines, he returned to Dallas and earned his law degree at SMU in 1965. Upon graduation, he began his law career which lasted over 40 years. Over the years, John spent countless fun-filled hours with his family and many devoted friends in Dallas, New Mexico, and Ferndale Fishing Club. An avid self-taught golfer since his youth in Roswell, he was a charter member of Royal Oaks Country Club, his “home away from home”, where he served on the board and continued to walk 18 holes. John was also an active member of the Salesmanship Club and the SMU Mustang Club. Predeceased by his parents and older siblings, Dr. Richard Ballard Lodewick 1951 HS-1953 JC and Laura Patricia Lodewick, John is survived by his wife, Julie; his children, Laura Lodewick Waterston and Patrick Widney Lodewick, their spouses Tass and Cindy; and four grandchildren – Megan, Elise, Miles and LainieAs his family and all who were blessed to know him will readily attest, “Papa John” never met a stranger and was loved by all.

Edward E. Patterson 1955 HS – Ed was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Tucumcari; the son of William Elmore Patterson and Lela Ethel (Haralson) Patterson. On Oct. 17, 1975, he was married to Martha Warren in Artesia. He was a longtime resident of Artesia. He served in the United States Air Force and was the owner and operator of Patterson Welding Works. He was a member of Eastern New Mexico Senior Golf Association, Artesia Country Club, Alto Lakes Country Club and the Artesia Senior Golf Association.He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ray Gwynne; and daughter Christy Patterson. Survivors include his wife Martha Patterson of the family home; sons Gary Gwynne and wife Barbara of Artesia, Rusty Gwynne and wife Nita of Artesia and Tony Bartley of Florida; daughter Kerry Callow and husband Kirk of Alaska; daughter-in-law Maxine Davis of Artesia; brother Tracy Patterson and wife Lou Ann of Artesia; sister Gaye d’Entremont of Artesia; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

COL Glenn W. Pohly, USA (Ret) 1953 JC-1955 SC, age 74, passed away on June 17, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. Colonel Pohly was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 28, 1933. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico, in May 1955. He was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned Second Lieutenant, Armor. Colonel Pohly entered active duty, Regular Army, in July 1955. During his 30 year career, his decorations and awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. After his military career, among other areas of expertise, he taught Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He was a Bexar County Master Gardener, an avid dancer with the Lamplighters, Revelers, Los Alegradores and the K Club. He was a lover of music being a member of the Opera Guild. A gifted artist in many mediums, he received awards for his stained glass and marquetry. Glenn was an extraordinary “out of the box” thinker and creator and lived life to its very fullest. All his life he was a superb athlete and runner, serving as a Scouting Leader for over 17 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. During his life, Glenn constantly stressed that it was his parents who taught him integrity, and a love of education and family. He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Glenn W. Pohly, Jr. and wife Kristin, Gregg Millard Pohly and wife Lori, Daniel Dean Pohly and wife Terry; daughters, Diana Rhea Pohly and husband Joseph Carty, and Debra Leigh Pohly; sister, Yvonne Chelew; 19 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; and 2 step children, Michael Romine Olive and wife Jennie, and Phillip Adair Olive and wife Nina.

LTC Joseph D. Posz, USA (Ret) 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. A lifelong resident of Roswell, Joseph was born on Sept. 18, 1933 to Lt. Col Joseph Albert Posz and Ruby Moen Posz. He and Nancy Thomas were married June 16, 1957; she survives him at the family home. Joseph attended New Mexico Military Institute receiving his high school diploma in 1951 receiving a Bachelors of Science degree from NMMI in 1955, and a Masters Degree from American Technological University in 1975. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Joseph was a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, serving from 1955-1976, service in West Germany 1959-1960, and two combat tours in Vietnam 1965 and 1970 (seven campaigns). Numerous service schools including the US Army Command and General Staff College. He received decorations including, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, oak leaf cluster, Metorious Unit Citation, and Vietnam Unit Citation, qualified Airborne Ranger and Aviation. He belonged to the Retired Officers Association, Association of the Army, United States Calvary Association, Military Order of the World Wars, and the NMMI Alumni Association, the VFW, American Legion, FOP, and ESGR. Joseph served as District Magistrate Division I, Chaves County Judge from 1987-1990. He was listed in the Who’s Who in the West 1982-1983, Who’s Who in American Education 1992-1993, and Who’s Who Among Teachers 1996 and in publications including article “A New Vehicle for Calvary,” Armor Magazine 1964, article “ To Train a Cavalryman” Armor Magazine 1964, article “Diamond Jubilee” New Mexico Magazine 1967, book “Military Heroes of New Mexico Military Institute” NMMI library 1994, and West Point of the West, A Family Odyssey, 2004. In addition to his wife, Nancy, Joseph is survived by his children, Joseph Thomas Posz 1977 HS and his wife, Anne Carroll, of Palm Harbor, FL, Julie Anne Posz Spangler and her husband, Bruce, and John F. Posz and his wife, Coetta, both of Roswell; grandchildren, Michele Nicole Posz 2008 HS-2010 JC and Jennifer Posz, Harley and Bruce Cody Spangler 2004 JC, and Derrick and Darrah Torres; great-grandchildren, Samantha Spangler and Alishia Torres; his mother, Ruby Posz Anderson (Honorary); sister, Cathy Posz Johnson and her husband, David E., of Dallas, TX; and his beloved cats. Joseph was preceded in death by his father, LTC Joseph Albert Posz, AUS (Ret) 1929 JC 

James Warfield Rodgers, Jr., 1955 HS, 75, of Dallas TX, died on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands TX. He was born February 2, 1937 in Memphis TN and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Martha Warfield and Harry Newman Rodgers, Sr., and Martha Doyle and Philip Michael Canale, Sr., his parents Therese Canale and James Warfield Rodgers, Sr., all of Memphis, and a son James Warfield Rodgers, III, of Houston, TX. He is survived by three daughters, Lelia Hussey Rodgers of Houston, Therese Canale Rodgers of Baytown, TX, and Harriet Warfield Rodgers-Stubblefield of The Woodlands, a sister Martha Doyle Rodgers Lund of Memphis and a brother Philip Canale Rodgers of West Memphis AR, two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In 1951, Mr. Rodgers graduated from St. Anneæs Catholic School then graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Mr. Rodgers attended Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN. He was affiliated with the family business, H N Rodgers and Sons Construction, Co., living in Texarkana, TX, before moving to Dallas to pursue independent contracting business.

Col Thomas D. Roff, USAF (Ret) 1955 JC age 80 years old, passed away on 29 April 2018. He was a resident of Colorado Springs, CO for one year and was formerly a resident of Redmond, WA for the past 30 years. Tom was born on 6 May 1937 in Topeka, KS to Donald and Katie Roff, formerly of Roswell, NM. On 24 June 1956, he married his childhood sweetheart, Carolyn Callahan, daughter of Griff and Eva Callahan in Roswell, NM. Tom and Carolyn were married for 61 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn, his son Tom and daughter-in-law Kim from Colorado Springs, his sister Jody Leonard and Niece Jere Smith of Roswell, his Niece Cathey Marchel from Cleburne, TX and Nephew Dean Fowler from Ruidoso, NM, his grandchildren Austin and Garrett Roff, his granddaughter-in-law Kristen Roff and his great-granddaughter Quinnlyn Roff, all from Colorado Springs, CO. Tom was raised in Roswell and graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in 1955. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico in 1960 and a Master of Science degree from Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri in 1975. Tom was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator and second lieutenant in June of 1960. He was assigned to the Military Airlift Command (MAC) at Travis AFB, California. During the next eight years, Tom accumulated over eight thousand flying hours in C-124s, C-130s and C-141s. From May 1970 until June 1971, Tom served as a forward air controller at Nakhon-Phanom RTAB, Thailand, logging over 600 flying hours during 152 night combat missions over North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In 1971 he returned to the Military Airlift Command and was stationed at McGuire AFB, New Jersey as Chief of Combat Operations. In 1972 Tom was assigned to HQ MAC, Scott AFB, IL to manage Airlift Control Elements and Combat Control Teams. During this assignment, he had extensive involvement in combined Special Operations Forces. Tom completed airborne training with the Navy SEALS in 1976 and participated in numerous joint operations during the next three years. He was promoted to Colonel in August 1979. Over the next several years, Colonel Roff held several positions in Contracting and Manufacturing for the USAF. He retired from the Air Force in March 1987. As a result of his outstanding service, Colonel Roff was awarded several awards and decorations. These include; the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished-Presidential Unit Citation, AF Outstanding Unit Award with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Combat Readiness Medal, the Antarctica Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters and the Vietnam Service Medal with 8 Bronze Stars. After retiring from military service, Tom and Carolyn moved to the Seattle, WA area where Tom worked for Boeing Aerospace as the Operations Manager for Defense and Space Material. He retired from Boeing in 1994. Tom and Carolyn enjoyed touring on his Harley motorcycle and supported several charitable organizations while living in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Claude H. “Pudge” Rose, Jr., 1955 HS-1957 JC – Claude Howard Rose, Jr., known as “Pudge” by his friends, age 74 of Throckmorton, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2011, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. His untimely death followed a very brief illness due to newly diagnosed cancer. He was born on February 21, 1937 in Lubbock, Texas to Claude Howard Rose, Sr., and Myrtle Evelyn (Gibbs) Rose. He was a second great grandson of Revolutionary War soldier, Richard Rose, 1759-1842, and a fourth great grandson of German immigrant, Nicholas Johannan Gibbs, 1733-1817. Raised most of his life in Farwell, Texas, Pudge went on to attend New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) his junior year of high school where he graduated with honors in 1955. Following high school he attended the junior college at NMMI, graduating as salutatorian in 1957. At the completion of his time at NMMI, Pudge held the rank of Adjutant and Major on the Regimental Staff (second in command). His higher learning included training at NMMI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Oklahoma (OU), Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy (SWOSU), and Texas Tech University. He held a combined Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics from OU, Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from SWOSU, and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Texas Tech. Pudge was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He trained at numerous bases including Fort Sill, Fort Hood, Fort Benning and Fort Bliss before being stationed as a field artillery officer (battery commander and recon) in Ansbach, West Germany. At the time of his honorable discharge, Pudge held the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He owned or worked in pharmacies in Lubbock, Texas (Rose Drug), Farwell, Texas (Rose Drug), Clovis, New Mexico (Walgreen’s), Muleshoe, Texas (Muleshoe Hospital), Throckmorton, Texas (Rose Drug) and Abilene, Texas (Hendrick Medical Center). At Hendrick Medical Center Pudge served as an instructor for pharmacists and students from the Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy in Abilene. At work he was a friend to all and well respected. There was a seemingly endless trail of Hendrick employees visiting him in the hospital literally to his very last breath. He was honored to have some many great friends. Pudge was also very active in the community youth programs in all of the towns in which he lived. He served in various Scout Committee positions and as Scoutmaster for both of his sons. He received the all-around leadership award at NMMI, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity lifetime member, Scoutmaster Training Award, Brotherhood membership in the Order of the Arrow (Kwahadi Lodge 78), two-time Citizen of the Year in Throckmorton, Community Builder Award in Throckmorton and numerous other military, professional, and civic awards. Just as he liked to work hard, he loved to play hard. Pudge was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved to teach his children and grandchildren how to hunt and fish, not only as recreation, but as a life skill. True to his Texas roots, Pudge was a loyal Dallas Cowboy fan. The last Cowboy game that he watched was on September 18, 2011, in which they won in overtime. He also loved to follow and report on the Throckmorton teams and band. He always wanted a big family. This was largely a consequence of having been raised as an only child. He had three children from his first marriage and inherited two more when he married Karla Joy (Lucero) Cooke in 1996. These five children have provided Pudge and Karla with a total of eleven grandchildren so far. Karla brought so much to his life and he loved her dearly. It took many years, but Pudge finally got his big family. Pudge was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one daughter, Teresa Gail Rose and one granddaughter, Rebekah Gayle Rose. He is survived by his wife, Karla Rose of Throckmorton; four children, Dr. John Rose and wife, Linda of Seymour, Charles Rose and wife, Donna of Seymour, Derrick Cooke and wife, Cyndi of Granbury and Dr. Shanon Cooke-Click and husband, Jacob of Dallas; eleven grandchildren, Michael John Rose of Kobi, Ajara, Georgia, Matthew David Rose of Wichita Falls, Meaghan Alyssa Rose of Seymour, Melissa Katelyn Rose of Seymour, Jesika Lashea Davis of Albany, Taylor Nicole Davis of Albany, Ashley Taylor Cooke of Granbury, Shanon Aleesha Cooke of Granbury, Landon Degory Cooke of Granbury, Grant David Cooke of Humble and Maddux Wayne Click of Dallas; and his mother-in-law, Luciana Lucero of Throckmorton. Pudge was held by family and friends and received the Lutheran Service for the Dying as he passed ito the next life. Those present provided tears and laughter as they prayed, told his stories, shared their love for him and finally told him that it was okay to let go to meet Jesus, his friends and family who passed before him. God provided a perfectly timed, comforting and beautiful sunset shining through the doorway during the service. One might wonder why the life of such a wonderful and generous man would come to such an abrupt ending. We must remember that God is a very wise farmer and knows how to pick his fruit when it is at the peak of ripeness. Surely Pudge was at his peak when he passed. If true wealth is measured by the love of his friends and family, respect of his colleagues, strength of his faith and the legacy that he leaves behind, he was the richest man in the world. Let us remember him well and share his stories. In doing so he lives forever in our hearts.

Donald Stewart Sanborn 1955 HS, 71, of Jacksonville, died April 24, 2009, at Onslow Memorial Hospital.  He graduated from the University of Maryland and served his country proudly with the U.S. Marine Corps serving two tours in Vietnam. He also worked for NASA in Greenbelt, MD, and assisted with the Apollo project. Survivors include his wife, Janice Midgett Sanborn of Jacksonville; daughters, Joanna Fear of Burton, Ohio, Marjorie Coffaro of Hamburg, NJ, and Donna Nebroskie of Pottsville, PA; son, Kenneth Sanborn of Sussex, NJ; 10 grandchildren; and brother, Alden Ream Sanborn, Jr. of Annapolis, MD.

Daniel W. Schrader 1955 JC died Feb. 21, 2007, of cancer at age 71. Mr. Schrader was born Oct. 25, 1935, in Green Bay, WI. He graduated from West Point and served 21 years in the Marine Corp. In 1995,