Ryan William Dement 2016 HS, Ryan was born in Staten Island, N.Y. 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.



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. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016, 3:00 p.m., at the University of New Mexico Student Union Building. To honor his legacy, we have established the Jeremy Antonio Hatfield Memorial Endowed Scholarship at the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation, Inc. Your tax deductible donations are very much appreciated and will be a perpetual tribute to Jeremy for the benefit of student cadets at NMMI. Donations may be mailed to: NMMI Foundation, Inc., 101 West College Boulevard, Roswell, NM 88201. (www.nmmi.edu/foundation)


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, Fla.; dad Jody Norton of Whitefield; brother Brian (Leanne) Rozell Sr. of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; nephew, Brian Rozell Jr.; grandmothers Dorothy Smith of Casselberry, Fla. and Natalie Rozell of Saratoga, N.Y.; 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. There will be a memorial service at Erskine Academy on March 13 at 1 p.m. Corey will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


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. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Thursday in Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a in Nathan’s name. 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, will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 12, 2010, at the Floyd School Gymnasium. Following the Memorial service, the family will receive visitors at Wheeler Mortuary from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday. Funeral services for Jake will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 13, 2010, at the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Liz Smith, Pastor Marcus Murphy, and Chaplain Jerry Hatfield officiating. Burial will follow at Floyd Cemetery with R.J. Berry, Seth Gibson, Kyle Gibson, Thomas Pena, Caleb Washburn, and Staniel Bagby as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers for Jake will be Zac Pack, Demas Ortiz, and the Floyd High School Graduating Class of 2009. 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.


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, was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 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.

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.

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. 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.

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 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, N.M. 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, Fla., and Greg and Jane Barby, Okarche, Okla.

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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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 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.


Michael Joseph Briere 1982 JC – Michael 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 Associates Degree In History And A Bachelors Degree In English. He Also Attended Cochise College, Graduating With An Associates 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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).

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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, N.C.

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.


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.



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, N.M., 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.

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.

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.


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”

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 tranfered 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. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway Ave., Fort Worth 76104. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to The Gladney Center, Broadway Baptist Church, Community Hospice of Texas, or a . 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.

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.


Lansing Gaylodr 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Jefferson R. Lawless 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).

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to KC Hospice. Have a peaceful journey to “Fiddler’s Green” My Handsome. . . .Always your Sunshine!


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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Service: 11 a.m. Monday in the Beth-El Section of Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: Mr. Cohn will lie in state on Sunday afternoon at Robertson Mueller Harper where family and friends will gather in the Great Room from 2 to 4 p.m. Honorary bearers will be Aileen Horan, Arnold Gachman, Neal Johnston, Jack Miller, Roy Rimmer, Henry Simon, Art Squires and Jim Teague. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to the Mayo Clinic or to the American Diabetes Association , in his memory, is suggested. 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.

Wayne F. Blackwill 1961 JC Age 70, Deputy IV, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, passed away on December 7, 2011. Mr. Blackwill joined the Sheriff’s Department on August 10, 1964 and retired from the Training Bureau on September 5, 1979.

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.

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.

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.

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, Fla.; plus numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A private service is to be held at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe and a celebration of Gene’s life will be held in early summer 2016. A special note of gratitude to his friends who have stood beside him throughout this journey; caring physicians, Alden Cockburn, Marc Steinberg and David Snyder; spiritual comfort from Rev. Mike Olsen, Rector of Saint James Episcopal Church; and his physical comfort care through hospice with Mountain Home Health Care. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Gene’s memory to the . Visit French Funeral’s online guestbook for Eugene at www.FrenchFunerals.com. Arrangements under the direction of French – University; 1111 University Blvd. NE; 505-843-6333. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

Ronald Lee Vernon 1955 JC passed away peacefully with his loving wife at his side on Monday, April 21, 2014 at his home in Seguin, Texas. He was 78 years old. Ronald was born to G.G. and Naoma (Heller) Vernon in Happy, Texas. He and his family moved to Plainview, Texas at the age of 10. Ronald graduated from Plainview High School and promptly moved to New Mexico to attend the Military Institute. After one year he moved to North Texas to attend college where he was a Delta-Sigma-Pi and earned a BBA in Business in 1957. Ronald then went to work in Dallas, Texas at Gaylord Container. After several years he moved back to Plainview and opened his own insurance brokerage company called the Vernon Agency. After thirteen years in business, he sold The Vernon Agency and moved to Birmingham, Alabama and began work as a court reporter. In 1966 he left Birmingham and moved to Corpus Christi. There he married Patricia Lee Ryan in 1981. They remained in Corpus Christi until they moved to Seguin, Texas in 1996. Ronald continued as a court reporter until he retired in 1998. Soon after retirement he began selling real estate for Mickey Ferrell Real Estate in Seguin. He retired again in January of 2014. Ron was an avid woodworker. He loved to build and finish furniture, went hunting every weekend, and enjoyed boating. Ronald leaves behind his wife of 33 years Patricia Harris Vernon, his children, Christopher Wayne Vernon and his wife Cheril, Gregory Glenn Vernon and his wife Renae; stepson Thomas Michael Harris and his wife Kari, stepdaughter Katherine Diane Harris, and stepson Jonathan Wetzel Harris. He also leaves behind his grandchildren; Bryan, Collin, Brandon, Bailey, Kaylyn, Kolton, and great granddaughter Nevaeh Vernon, as well as his former wife Patsy Ann of Florida. Ronald was preceded in death by his daughter, Jana Leanne Vernon, in 2006.

John Robert Wright 1954 JC-1955 SC, 82, of Lubbock passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015 in Lubbock. Mr. Wright was born on August 23, 1933 to the late Thomas Raymond and Lucy Adine (Campbell) Wright in Walters, OK. He married Gayle (Hunt) on June 9, 1956 in Lubbock, TX. Services for Mr. Wright will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Sanders Memorial Chapel with Rev. Randy Holman officiating. Burial will follow in the City of Lubbock Cemetery under the personal care of Sander Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Wright’s life was filled with the joy of the Lord and love for his family. He was known for his strength of character, strong values and love of his country. He proudly served his county in the United States Marine Corp. during the Korean War. He was a true friend and never met a stranger. He believed in living everyday to the fullest, and always had a positive attitude. Mr. Wright was always willing to help his family and along with his tremendous strength of character he had a tender heart and was a true inspiration to all who knew and loved him. He retired from General Motors acceptance Corporation (GMAC) after 34 years of service. During his time with GMAC he was the General Mananger of Northeastern Brazil, General Manager of Southern Brazil, and the President of GMAC of Mexico He is preceded in death by his parents, and beloved father and mother-in law, Homer and Floyce Hunt, and three brothers, and two sisters. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife; Gayle, son; Dr. Robert Eldon Wright and wife Carla, daughter; Shelley Wright Patterson Ed.D and husband Robert, and brother in-law; Robert L. Hunt and wife Audry. He was also blessed with four grandchildren; Jonathan Robert Lance and wife Tanya, Bennett John Wright, Jo Ruby Wright, and Maxwell Homer Wright. He also leaves behind one sister; Nelda Wright Hughes, one niece; Vicki Nutt, two great-nieces; Macy and Myca Nutt, and one great-grandson on the way from Jonathan and Tanya.

Thomas William “Tom” Yutz 1955 HS of El Paso, Texas, ended his years of struggling with Alzheimer on September 2nd. He was born in El Paso on July 11, 1937. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Priscilla (Prissy), brother David, sons, Sky and Mark, step children Joel and Lynn (Ducky), many grandchildren and Ron Carpenter, his lifelong buddy. He was preceded in death by his father Frank Yutz and mother Elizabeth Schulte. Tom started his career in the automobile business with El Paso Ford. It led to his ownership of the Sunrise Subaru dealership plus interests in others. He was on the board of El Paso Zoo and a member of the Sheriff’s Posse. Tom was a devoted animal lover with had a special affection for dogs, cats and horses. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and a graduate of N.M.M.I., Roswell, New Mexico.


Philip E. Aragon 1954 JC, 83 years of age, died at Kaiser Hospital in Ontario, Calif., on Feb. 9, 2017. He was surrounded by family members at his death. Philip was laid to rest on March 2, 2017, at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Calif., with full military honors. Philip passed away nine months after the death of Emily, his beloved wife of 60 years, and he is buried with her. Born April 4, 1933, in Belen, to Manuel E. and Maria C. Aragon, Philip graduated from Belen High School, where he was very popular and a star athlete in football and track. He was voted “Best Looking” in his senior class. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico Highlands University. Philip served three years in the U.S. Army, deployed to Alaska during the Korean War during part of his military service. He was on the boxing team while in the Army. His love and talent for the sport shined through with many boxing victories. He married his high school sweetheart, Emily Olguin, of Jarales, and shortly thereafter they relocated to southern California. Philip worked as a skilled machinist and as a bus driver with the Metropolitan Transportation System of Los Angeles County. He referred to this job as a labor of love, where he could lighten the day and spread good humor among his passengers. He is survived by daughters, Cynthia Aragon, Denise (Ron) Lewis and Patty (Craig) Thometz; and his son, Philip Aragon and wife Leslie, all residents of southern California. He was a loving grandfather to nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Richard E. Aragon (Mary); and sisters, Mary Lou Horcasitas (Fred, deceased), Bernice Salazar (Danny) and Rosella Natzke (Herb).He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Maria; and his brother, Robert. The family wishes to thank hospice Chaplain Randy Courtney for his spiritual guidance and steadfast counsel to the family during the period of medical difficulties suffered by Philip and Emily.

Donald Lewis Benton 1954 HS passed away July 18, 2017. He was born on December 29, 1936 to Freida Ivey and Lewis Benton. He lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Ivey in Fabens. He leaves behind a wife, Betty Benton and 3 daughters, Penny Hilliard (Michael), Brenda Prestangen (Kyle), and Wray Jean Chavez (Adrian). His blended family includes Shawndi Hickman (Grant), Stacy Smith (Johnny), Shelly Hurley (Jared) and Scott Smith. Together they have 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Donny has two brothers, Rodger Benton (Arizona) and Leonard Benton (California). Donny has numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in the area. Donny went to school in Fabens and graduated from High School at New Mexico Military Institute. He attended Texas Tech and graduated from Sul Ross with two degrees, BS and ME. He also received a Master’s Degree from Sam Houston State University. Donny served in the Army for 2 years. He was sent to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. where he worked in Bio Acoustic Research. Donny taught school and coached in Fort Hancock, Tornillo, Socorro, and Clint. He retired from Clint in 2001. Donny was a member of Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He was Worshipful Master from 2006 to 2009. He was also a member of Grand Scottish Rite and the Grand Lodge of Texas. He enjoyed spending time at his lake house at Elephant Butte and was an avid fisherman. As a member of the Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club, he also enjoyed hunting and shooting.

Dr. William “Bill” Benton, Jr. 1952 HS-1954 JC was born July 29, 1934 in Truth or Consequences, N.M. He was raised on a cattle ranch, later helping his dad and brother, John, run the ranch. He attended school in Roswell, NM, at NMMI for 3 years where he met his wife to be, Rojeanne. After Rojeanne graduated from high school, they married and moved to Las Cruses, N.M., where Bill worked to get his B.S. in agriculture. Placeholder After some overseas military service, Bill settled on and shared working the cattle ranch again. Eventually, Bill and Rojeanne decided to take the family to find the rain in the Eugene/Springfield area of Oregon, where they owned and operated Eugene Tree Spray for 20 years. After having cared for animals, then trees and yards, his next wonderful choice was to care for people through chiropractic care. Dr. Bill took over Gold St. Chiropractic in May 1994, then moved to Kresky in May of 2000, where he practiced until his passing. Bill is survived by his wife, Rojeanne, his son, Britt and daughters, Brenda and Bileejean and their families.

Edward George Brentari, Jr. 1954 HS passed away peacefully on January 22, 2017, at Sunrise Senior Living in Boulder, CO. A kind and noble soul, he will be greatly missed. He was born on October 5, 1936 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Edward George Brentari and Pearl Smith Brentari. He spent his youth in Belen, New Mexico, where his father was a dentist and his mother was active in Eastern Star. After attending high school at the New Mexico Military Institute, Edward enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955, where he served three years in Europe as a radio repairman. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1958, he entered the University of Colorado, Boulder, to study mechanical engineering and business administration. He became a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the honorary mechanical engineering fraternity and later joined the Scientific Research Society of America, or RESA, a professional scientific honorary society. While at CU, he worked part-time as a student trainee at the National Bureau of Standards or NBS (now called the National Institute of Standards and Technology) and was subsequently promoted to Mechanical Engineer in their Cryogenics Engineering Laboratories, publishing several articles on cryogenics. After graduating from CU in 1963 with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, Edward went on to study advanced engineering and mathematics courses at the University of Denver. Edward later returned to CU and earned a Masters Degree in Philosophy in 1970. His intellectual curiosity led him to continue his studies in philosophy, completing nearly all of the requirements for a Ph.D. in Eastern Philosophy. After completing his academic career, Edward worked as an engineer at Eaton Metal Corp. Some of the projects he worked on include, the construction of the Eisenhower tunnel on I-70, and the design of coal conveyer belts for Wyoming power plants. Edward married Marjorie Tarbell Demmer in the living room of their Mapleton Hill home in 1971, where they continued to live for over 43 years. In 2014, they moved to Balfour Assisted Living in Louisville and then to Sunrise Assisted Living in Boulder, where his wife, Marjorie continues to live. Edward was an avid traveler. He and Marjorie traveled throughout Europe, to Egypt, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. England was one of their favorite places. A meticulous planner, Edward’s hobby was creating scrapbooks. He created over 35 folio sized scrapbooks, detailing their life together over their 45 year marriage. Throughout life, Edward was dedicated to learning and self development in his quiet and unassuming way. He was truly a wise, generous, and loving soul. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Tarbell Demmer Brentari; step-son Byron Demmer; daughter-in-law Valerie Demmer; sister-in-law Shirley Tarbell; and niece Sueann Kirby.

LTC Richard D. Buttolph, USMC (Ret) 1953 JC-1954 SC – Richard Was Born In Boone, Iowa To Loren And Lillian Buttolph. He Attended Roswell New Mexico Military Institute. Richard Married Betty Elaine Yarbrough June 4, 1954, In Gainsville, Texas. He Entered The United States Marine Corp On September 6, 1954, Retiring January 7, 1974, As Lt. Col. Of The US Marines. He Is Preceded By His Wife Of 50 Years, Betty, Who Passed In September Of 2004. They Had Two Children, Bonnie Kay And David Dwight. In 2005, November 21st, He Married Shirley Mclaughlin, Residing In Oklahoma City And Traveling Until His Failing Health. Richard Leaves Behind Wife, Shirley; 2 Daughters, Bonnie and Melody; Son, David; Grandchildren, Jenna, Ashlea, Hope, Faith; Sisters, Dixie and Diane; and Brother, Dan; Many Nieces, Nephews, and Friends.

LTC Hugh C. Cate, Jr., USA (Ret) 1952 HS-1954 HC, 81 of Huntsville, AL, passed away Tuesday. Survivors include daughter, Stephanie Ryan Cate-Gibson (Mike) of Decatur; son, Hugh C. Cate III (Sabrina) of Huntsville; grandchildren, Hugh C. Cate IV, Heather Rachelle Cate, Ashley Ryan Cate and Jonathon Gibson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Allen Walton Jue 1954 HS – Ventura, CA Allen Walton Jue went to be with our heavenly father on May 20, 2015. He passed away peacefully in one of his favorite places, Honolulu, Hawaii. Allen was born at home on February 16, 1936 in Ventura, California, the son of Walton and Mary Jue. He attended Ventura High School and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Allen was a born leader and business person. After his schooling, Allen joined his father and brother in many business ventures, significantly Jue’s Market on East Main Street. Allen met most of the townspeople at the market and knew patrons by name. To him, it was a family community. Later, he joined six business partners in starting the American Commercial Bank in Ventura. Serving as chairperson of the board of directors of the bank, Allen was instrumental in the merger of several banks into American Commercial Bank. The merger created the largest independently owned bank in Ventura County. Upon his retirement, Allen traveled throughout the United States in a motor coach with his wife, Donna. With Allen’s vibrant and friendly personality, they met many travelers on the road. Allen and Donna also traveled internationally and had the great opportunity to visit his father’s and mother’s homelands in Nom Hing Lai and Hoi Hom Villages in China. Taking his family to see their roots was a highlight that his daughters will remember forever. Allen was an avid fan of college and professional sports. He held season tickets to the LA Rams football games. When the Rams left the area, he began rooting for the LA Raiders. Allen and his family were very close, and they visited each other as often as possible. He deeply loved his daughters, sons-in-law, and grandson. He proudly discussed their achievements and accomplishments. Allen is survived by his wife, Donna Riley; daughters and sons-in-law, Jonee Jue and Chuck Schuman, Valerie and David Francuz; grandson, Allen Francuz; daughter, Kristi Jue; brother, Edward Jue; sisters, Dorothy Jue Lee, Daisy Jue Yang and Jeanne Jue Wong.

LTC Henry Joe “Hank” Leisy, USA (Ret) 1950 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC, born January 29, 1930 in Panama Canal Zone, died February 28, 2014 in Greensboro, AL. Henry did undergraduate studies at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico with a degree in Military Science. While in college in New Mexico, he worked for the American Geodetic Survey for Central American Mapping Company. He was responsible for mapping assignments in the Darien Jungle…he loved the adventure of going into the jungle where no roads had been mapped before. He did Graduate studies at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania and American University in Washington, D.C. he studied Advanced Spanish in preparation for an assignment with The American Embassy in Bogota, Columbia; Military Professor at Valley Forge Military Academy in Valley Forge Pennsylvania; Korean War Veteran serving in the Honor Guard. During his Honor Guard Service, he was asked to escort President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was a Past Member of the Church of the Ascension, Montgomery Country Club and the Capital City Kiwanis Club in Montgomery, Alabama. He moved to Greensboro, Alabama in 1992. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Served on the Vestry and was Senior Warden for 2 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Etta and Henry Leisy. He is survived by his wife, Lutie J. Leisy; his children, Henry Eric Leisy (Melissa), Anna Marie “Mimi” Rush (Kenneth), Ann Harbin Leisy Nutting (William), Joseph Bryan Stickney (Margaret) and Lucie Stickney Wadsworth (Frank); grandchildren, Katherine Ann Leisy, Charles Henry Leisy, Anna Marie Nutting, Winston Leisy Rush, Joseph Bryan Stickney V, Jackson Bradley Stickney, Carrie Wadsworth Thornton, Jacob Howard Wadsworth and Edward Joshua Wadsworth and two brothers, Ralph Leisy (Rita) of College Station, TX and Colonel Robert Leisy (Delores) of Jacksonville, FL. He was a loving husband and father; and a wonderful outdoorsman.

William Sherrod Luttrell 1954 JC, 80, of Houston, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013 after a long illness. Bill was born November 13, 1932 in Mineral Wells, Texas to Pruett Sherrod and Ann Nora Luttrell. He grew up in Houston, where he attended Lamar High School, then graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. He later earned a business degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1955. While at Texas, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and made many lifelong friends from those times. After college, he served in the Army in Los Angeles, California before returning to Houston, where he met his wife, Ida Harbison and began a career in Real Estate and Insurance. He opened the Luttrell Insurance Agency in the Oak Forest neighborhood, where he served the community for the next 50 years from the office at 3205 North Shepherd Drive. While balancing family and business, he was also a devoted follower of the arts, especially American art glass and paperweights. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ida, children Bob and Courtney Luttrell, of Dallas, Anne and David Pope, of Leander, Bill and Lisa Luttrell of New Diana, Richard Luttrell of Austin and nine grandchildren, Gregory, Wyatt, and Lauren Luttrell, Joshua, James, and Jessica Pope, and Grace, Jack, and John Luttrell. He is also survived by his twin brother, John and wife Beverly, of Dallas. He was predeceased by sister Mary Elaine, of Mineral Wells, and sister Elizabeth Joan Reed, of Dallas.

James R. McGrath, Jr. 1952 HS-1954 JC, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday September 3, 2016. Jim was born October 24, 1934 in Dallas, TX to the late James R. McGrath, Sr. and Edna Jo McGrath. He lived in Dallas, TX, until he was 12 years old, at which time his family moved to Monterrey, Mexico. He attended his first 3 years of high school at a public school in Monterrey, then transferred to New Mexico Military Institute for his senior year and freshman year of college. Jim went on to graduate from Southern Methodist University. He served his country for 3 years in Montana with the U.S. Airforce. He was employed with the DuPont Company for 34 years, retiring in 1994 from the accounts payable department. Jim had a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carolyn Fellows and nephew David Fellows. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 40 years and soul mate Dorothy (Rash) McGrath; his children, Tracy DeFore (Bob) of San Diego, CA, Terry Laikko (Bruce), James R. McGrath, III (Irene) and Roy McGrath (Sue) all of Phoenix, AZ; step daughters Debrah Seward (Mike) and Robin Simpson (Rob) all of Wilmington; 1 sister, Barbara Stoddard (Richard) of Dallas, TX; 6 grandchildren, Wayne H. Murphy, Dorothy Weigel both of Wilmington, DE, Laura and Danny Laikko of Phoenix, AZ, Lucy and Jackie DeFore of San Diego, CA; 2 great granddaughters, Shianna and Olivia Murphy, 2 great grandsons, Edward and River Weigel and 1 great great grandson, A.J. Blansfield all of Wilmington, DE.

LTC Sylvester A. “Les” Merritt. Jr., USA (ret) 1954 HS, 78, of Merritt Island, FL, died on April 1, 2014. Les graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, received his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Nebraska and his MBA from Texas Tech University. In 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Les graduated from the Infantry OCS, and was an honor graduate of the C&GS College in Ft. Leavenworth. Les served tours in Korea, Germany (2) and Vietnam. After retiring from the military, Les worked 20 years at Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University as a computer analyst and purchasing manager. Les was a life member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC). Les was the Chairman of the Scholarship Corporation Board, was on the Board of Directors and an editor of the intercom newsletter. Les was secretary of the MOAACC Satellite Beach Investment Club. Les was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera. Les is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Cozette, his two daughters Colette (Iowa) and Constance (Florida) and son Sylvester III (Georgia). Les had eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Sylvester served with pride God, country and family and is at peace with God.

Arthur R. Nott 1954 JC Ron, 83, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, in Farmington. He was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Okla. to Arthur and Erma Nott. Ron grew up in Oklahoma City. After graduating from Capitol Hill High School, Ron attended Oklahoma University and later attended New Mexico Military Institute. Ron entered into electronic communications in the U.S. Army in 1958 and was assigned as an electronic instructor in the Ordnance-guided Missile School at Redstone Arsenal. Ron then pursued a career in radio and television engineering. Ron moved to Albuquerque in 1970 to establish a contract engineering business. In 1972 he moved to Farmington to construct, KIVA, a local TV station. Ron remained in Farmington for the remainder of his life. While constructing the TV station, Ron also began building his home on the La Plata Hwy from the ground up, and remained there until his passing. After completion of the TV station, Ron switched careers and became employed at Arizona Public Service Company working in instrumentation as a Senior Electrical Test Engineer. In 1982, while still employed by APS, he established a manufacturing business, Nott Limited LTD, for AM broadcast antennas, structure de-tuning equipment and lightning prevention products. In 1990, Ron retired from APS and began expanding the business to include consulting and designing for Broadcast stations and other manufacturers. After Ron sold his business he continued to go to the shop every morning to visit with the guys and act as a consultant. Ron had written and published many technical articles on antennas and related subjects in trade journals, magazines, and books and has produced YouTube videos on the subjects of lightening dissipation as well. By finishing Benjamin Franklin’s theory on how to prevent lightning strikes, Ron invented the Static Cat, a lightning prevention/dissipation device which is used worldwide on radio and television stations, as well as oil and natural gas equipment out in the field. Ron’s obsession for trains began in his youth. He spent many boyhood years playing at the railroad station in OKC. Ron’s hobby throughout his life was riding, building, restoring, reading about and playing with trains. Ron attended the locale train clubs and developed many lifelong friendships. Ron gave classes at San Juan College for several years about trains and the history of trains. Ron was very enthusiastic and proud to be a member of the Durango Railroad Historical Society and the National Model Railroad Association. Over the course of several years, Ron helped restore 315, the Locomotive that sits in Santa Rita Park in Durango. Ron was preceded in death by his wife Judy; both parents; and his sister, Susie. He is survived by two daughters, Rebecca and Mary; two step-daughters, Shawna and Becky; niece, Terri; grandchildren, Jeremy, Calista, Amber, Emma, Ashleigh, Abby, Hayden and Taylor; his very special friends Ted and Jess Swearingen; and his many friends in the community of Farmington and Durango. Ron has never been without a four legged friend and leaves behind his two closest companions Dina and Char.

Rev Hillyer Barnett Jackson, Jr. 1952 HS-1954 SC, “Barney”, lifelong resident of Oklahoma, died May 2, 2016, in Oklahoma City following an extended illness of COPD. Born March 23, 1934, in Oklahoma City, he was the firstborn of twin sons of H.B. Jackson and Roberta Banks Jackson. Being reared in Oklahoma City he attended Classen High School and New Mexico Military Institute, graduating with a High School degree in 1952 and a Junior College diploma in 1954. Father Jackson graduated from Oklahoma University with a degree in history in 1956, and from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest with a Master of Theology Degree in 1959. Following ordination in the Episcopal Church in 1959, he served 51 years in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, beginning as Vicar of St. Marks, Hugo, and St. James, Antlers, to 1964. Following assignments he was Vicar of St. Mark’s, Perry, and Church of the Ascension, Pawnee, from 1964-1966. He was commissioned a First Lieutenant as a Chaplain in the 45th Division National Guard until 1968. He was Assistant to the Rector and then Rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Enid, from 1966 to 1980, with a year at Cambridge University, England, as a James Mills Fellow from the Diocese of Oklahoma in 1967-68. In 1980 he became Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, and in 1987 he was appointed Vicar of Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, El Reno, where he remained until retirement in January of 2011. As Senior Priest in the Diocese of Oklahoma, Father Jackson has served on many of the committees and commissions of the Diocese. Three times a Deputy to General Convention and twice an Alternate, he has served as Dean of Senior High Youth Conference, Delegate to Provincial Synod, the Diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains and Chairman of that Board, Chair of the Division on Ministry Development, Diocesan Convention Planning Committee, Board of Trustees of St. Crispin’s Conference Center, Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Board of Trustees of the National Council of Churches, longtime member of the Oklahoma Committee of Indian Ministries, and the Anglican/Roman Catholic Commission in the Diocese of Oklahoma and the Roman Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Father Jackson will be remembered for his sense of humor and great love and respect for the life and history of the Episcopal Church in Oklahoma, and of the history of the state of Oklahoma. Preceded in death by his parents and twin brother, Bob, he is survived by three nieces, Gayle Jackson Stringer and husband, Rodney, Sharon Jackson Sanchez and husband, Rubin, and Janet Jackson Spaulding and husband, Richard, eight first cousins and their families.

Paul Dean Ware, MD 1954 JC, 80, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Visitation will be Friday, February 21, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Rose-Neath Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana. Funeral services are set for Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Rose-Neath Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana, with Dr. Steve Fowler of NorthPoint United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent’s Avenue. Paul was born in Haynesville, Louisiana, on January 5, 1934. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Centenary College and his Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed residencies in Psychiatry and Neurology. He was a member of the American Board of Psychiatrists and Neurologists, Shreveport Medical Society and was licensed in Louisiana, California and Wyoming. Paul practiced psychiatry and neurology for fifty years; he maintained a private practice for 45 years and retired after serving five years as LSUHSC-Shreveport Department of Psychiatry Chairman. Paul’s compassion and desire to help others was at the core of his being. He was profoundly optimistic and determined. Paul had incredible strength, remarkable courage and a generous heart. He had an innate ability to find the goodness in others and led many down a road of continued growth and discovery. Paul, above all, was a teacher. He shared his profound wisdom and was delighted when others could gain from his insight. As his dear friend and colleague, Taibi Kahler, Ph.D., recently shared with him, “You have touched the lives of thousands, and impacted the quality of generations.” Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Audie Pride Ware, his beloved daughter, Paula Denise Ware, and the mother of his children, Adele Ferguson Ware. He is survived by his wife of twelve years, Lisa Harper Ware; son, Paul Dean Ware and partner, D. Paul Babin, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; daughter, Dana Ware Hornby and husband, Michael, of Knoxville, Tennessee; daughter, Danelle Ware of Shreveport; son, Paul Derek Ware, M.D. and wife, Alisha H. Ware, M.D. of Gulfport, Mississippi; grandchildren, David Hornby, Daniel Hornby, Adam Hornby, Allison Ware, Cecilia Catherine Ware, and Mac Ware; brothers-in-law, Mike Harper and wife, Whittney of Minden; David Harper and wife, Kathy of Shreveport; Pat Harper and wife, Trish of Sibley; Jeff Harper of Bastrop, Texas; sisters-in-law, Judy Harper of Longview, Texas and Monica Harper of Shreveport, and numerous nieces and nephews. Honoring Paul and his family as pallbearers are David Harper, Michael Harper M.D., Pat Harper, Kenny Loftin, Travis Phifer, M.D., Charles Powers, M.D., Dean Robinson, M.D. and Greg Walker. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to Montclair Park, Bob Savory, M.D. and the team at Willis-Knighton Hospice, and special caregivers, Mark Jefferson III, VonEric McKee, Deassie Washington and Deborah White. A special thank you is also extended to the countless individuals who expressed kindness to Paul during his illness, particularly at Kayla’s Cafe in Coushatta.


LTC John B. Atwood, Jr., USA (Ret) 1951 HS-1953 JC passed away on March 20,2014, in Houston, Texas, after a prolonged illness. John was born November 4, 1931. John attended New Mexico Military Institute. He was a career officer, valiantly completing two tours in Vietnam. John served in many places throughout the world. John was Commander of Houston District Army Recruiting before military retirement in 1981. John is preceded in death by his sister Charlene and parents, J.B. and Winnona. John is survived by his loving wife Carolyn, children Melissa and John, stepdaughters Rebecca and Debra, multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Richard Louis Barnett 1953 JC – Dick was born in Bakersfield, California to Marie (Clerou) and George H. Barnett on May 5, 1933. He was raised in Bakersfield and enjoyed all of the elements back in the day. Dick entered Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield and was a member of the first freshmen class to graduate. He then attended Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. In 1956 he completed his education obtaining his Bachelors of Science Degree in Commerce from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. In 1961 Dick married his sweetheart and true love, Louise Marie Banducci. In his words, “I found the nicest girl in the world and then I married her”. He would say often that his greatest accomplishment is that Louise said, “Yes” to his proposal. Their love story together lasted 52 years and both felt blessed to live an idealistic life; Dick and Louise raised their three adored children in a close knit neighborhood of wonderful friends and created hundreds of precious memories to last a lifetime. Dick was a prominent and well-respected California real estate broker for over 45 years, including the brokerage of major farm and ranch transactions in the San Joaquin, Tehachapi and Antelope valleys of California. He was also a principal in several major housing, shopping center, industrial and hotel developments in California and Texas. Dick was known as a great conversationalist with a quick and humorous wit who made instant friends wherever he went. His favorite topics included his passion for his family, country, church, community and Notre Dame football. Always an advocate for others success, Dick relished in the support and accomplishments of others and was selfless in giving of his time and financial resources to those in need. An avid reader, Dick enjoyed history, biographies, spiritual writings and most recently his daily devotional, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. As Dick said, “This is a terrific tool along the pathway to peace. Read it for two weeks and just watch your life transform”. Through his treatment for Cancer, Dick never lost his champion mindset and approached each day with his signature winning attitude and zest for life. He lived every day to the fullest, until it was his time to “ring the bell”. Dick was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Those who had the honor of knowing and loving him will miss him greatly. Dick was called home to continue his love affair with his wife, Louise who preceded him in death on April 6, 2014. He is survived by his brother George Barnett, Jr.; son Richard Barnett, Jr. and wife Patricia and their children, Ross and Amber; daughter, Catherine Brno and husband Christopher and their children, Steven and John; son Joe and wife Francie and their children, Megan, Dinah and Michael along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  “Truly, I say to you, this day you shall be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

LTC Clarke Max Brandt, USA (Ret) 1953 SC was born on Sep 21, 1932 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. His parents were Helen and Max Brandt. He lived in Southwestern Iowa in his early years. When his father was called to active duty in 1940, they moved from station to station for the next 9 years. Clarke graduated high school in Coronado, California in June of 1949. Four years later he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army on June 2, 1953. He spent the next 28 years in the Army which included tours in Alaska, Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. He was awarded the Combat Medical Badge during his Vietnam Tour. In 1972 he attended University of Northern Colorado to obtain his Masters Degree in Education. He retired from the active duty in May of 1981 at which time he was awarded the Legion of Merit. After his retirement, Clarke became a full time instructor at the education Center at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, where he worked until the Post Closed. Clarke is survived by his 4 sons; Kim Brandt and his wife Maxine, Greg Brandt and his wife Renae, Jan Brandt and Trish, and Dane Brandt and his wife Lynn. He is also survived by his 2 brothers Craig Brandt and his wife Jean, and Drew Brandt and his wife Sharon. He is preceded in Death by a son, Bret Brandt and a wife Vivian Brandt. Clarke has ten grand children and 18 great grandchildren. Clarke is also survived by his friend and ex-wife, Trish Young and her son Brett. Clarke was a wonderful father and is loved deeply. He has now entered into heaven to be with his heavenly Father.

Greyson “Wheat” Collingwood 1953 HS. If Wealth Is Defined By Being Surrounded By Loving Friends And Devoted Family After A Long And Rich Life, Then Wheat Died A Very Rich Man. Wheat Defined Himself By His Relationships – His Relationship With God, His Loving Wife Of 46 Years, His Daughter And Granddaughters, And Every Person He Met (All Of Whom He Regarded As Friends).Wheat Was Born In Wichita, Kansas To Margaret Shannon Collingwood And Greyson Haslett Collingwood, And He Was The Youngest Sibling To Martha Bay (Black) And Otis Collingwood. Ornery From A Young Age, Wheat Became Infamous For Using His Sister’S Pearl Neckless As Ammunition For His B.B. Gun, Putting Sand In His Teacher’S Car’S Gas Tank, Putting A Snake In His Teacher’S Desk, And Other Mischief. It Was No Wonder That His Father Sent Him To The New Mexico Military Institute For High School.After Graduating From NMMI, Wheat Enrolled In The University Of Oklahoma, Joined Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, And Majored In Fraternity Studies. Attending Occasional Business Classes, Wheat Relished College Life, Making Life-Long Friends And Enjoying A Fanatical Devotion To Ou Football.After College, Wheat Returned To Wichita And Went Into Office And Industrial Equipment Sales, Eventually Starting His Own Business, Collingwood Office Systems, Where He Was Repeatedly Nationally Recognized For Sales And Service To His Customers. In 1958, Wheat Met His Nephew’S Kindergarten Teacher, Sally Carolyn Rice. Wheat Knew Immediately That Sally Was Out Of His League, So He Married Her On August 6, 1960, At His Earliest Opportunity.Wheat’S And Sally’S Only Child, Julie Anne (Blumenthal), Was Born In 1965. Wheat And Sally Raised Julie In Wichita. Never Has A Family Of Three Been Filled With So Much Love For Each Other. Their Warm Home Was Always Open For Pool Parties, Chili Dinners, Youth Group Activities, And New Year’S Day Football Games (Shown On Three Televisions At The Same Time).His Beloved Bride Passed Away In 2007. Mourning Her Loss Took A Toll On Wheat, But His Deep Christian Faith Kept Him Focused On His Family And Friends. In 2013, Wheat Moved To Prairie Village, Kansas To Be Closer To Julie And Her Husband, Michael Blumenthal, And His Granddaughters, Sarah Bay And Kate Grace. He Spent The Remainder Of His Life Doting On Julie, Sarah Bay, And Kate Grace, And Enjoying The Companionship Of His Friend, Dotty Watson.A Devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, And Companion, Wheat Always Took Interest In His Family, Listening Intently To Their Stories And Attending Their School Programs And Athletic Events. Wheat Was A Lover Of All Things Chocolate, Bud Light Over Ice, Ou Football, Jayhawks Basketball, And The Kansas City Royals.Kind, Gentle, And Funny, Wheat Was Loved By All.

Edward James “Ed” Fields 1953 JC passed away on Monday, August 24, 2015, at the age of 82. He was raised in Roswell, New Mexico. His family owned The Model, a local men’s clothing store. He graduated from Roswell High School and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He served two years as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. He worked as a computer scientist at White Sands Missile Range and retired after 25 years. He also taught computer programing at NMSU. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Boehms Fields, sons Edward James Fields Jr. (Kim), David Randle Fields, his daughter Janette Fields Boone (Jamey), his sisters Jeannie Barnes (Bob), Fran Layman, his brothers Spencer Fields Beth), Larry Fields (Judy), Chuck Fields (Carolyn) and his pride and joy, his five grandchildren Craig Boone, Alyssa Boone, Cameron Boone, Edward James Fields III and Thomas Fields. He was a loving husband, father, Papa and brother. He will be greatly missed. Ed had a great sense of humor and enjoyed golf, reading and his computers.

Walter Oren “Tito” Fitch, III 1953 JC – On October 17, 1933, Walter Oren “Tito” Fitch, III was born in Houston Texas to Walter Oren and Betty Spence Fitch. On September 22, 2017, Tito drew his last breath in New Braunfels, Texas and was taken from us after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.Tito grew up in Eagle Pass, Texas, attended New Mexico Military Institute where he was a distinguished military student. He then went on to complete his education at the University of Texas .He served his country in the military for a short period of time after graduating from school and then went into the Insurance business in Dallas. Eventually he headed back to Eagle Pass to become the business partner at the Style Shop where he worked until he retired.Tito was the true meaning of a gentle man. He was loved by his family, adored by his friends and respected by his colleagues. His love for God was obvious because of the way he lived his life helping others. He leaves behind his loving brother Hollis Fitch and his wife Candace, many cousins nieces and nephews.

LTC John E. Hartin Sr. USA (Ret) 1953 JC, 82, died Sunday, May 25, 2014. John was born March 6, 1932, in Alice to Joseph Eskridge and Audrey Faye Rountree Hartin. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. John married Susan Ann Mayfield on March 13, 1954. She preceded him in death in 1988. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in petroleum geology in 1956. He was a Lieutenant in the Army for a short period of time. John worked as a geologist and manager in the oil field for IMCO Services in West Texas. He and his family moved to Holland in 1968 to set up IMCO’s North Sea operations. In 1973, they moved to Amarillo and John owned his own geology consulting firm. Survivors include two sons, John E. Hartin and wife Vicki of Pampa, and Bruce Hartin of Fort Worth; a daughter, Melanie McKinney and husband Terry of Canyon; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

William “Bill” Hartwell Henderson 1953 JC, 83 of Aurora, passed away on July 3, 2016. He was born in Gainesville Texas, April 15, 1933 and graduated from North Texas State University in 1954 as a member of the Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity. Bill served in the U.S. Army right after the Korean War and moved to Denver in 1960 working the oil industry. In late sixties, he began working in the bio-medical field where he received numerous awards including his company’s “Man of the Year Award” in 1973. Bill’s favorite past times were spending time with his children and grandchildren, playing golf, barbequing (a true master), and cheering on his beloved Denver Broncos to three World Championships. He is preceded in death by his parents, William E. (Bill) and Eula Henderson, his brother Norbert and his son Keith. He is survived by his wife Emily of 47 years, son Kelly Henderson (CAPT, USN, ret) (Monica), daughter Holly Van Meter (Guy), grandchildren Candace and Kyle Young, Zeb (Capt, USAF) (Leesa) and Jeremiah Henderson (LTJG, USN) (Laura), Nina and Stasi Van Meter, great grandson Preston Young, brother-in-law Dr. Lewis House (Carol), nephews Eric, Spencer (Shelly) and Ryan House (Katherine), and his beloved kitty Baxter Murphy.

Allison Asbury Kelly 1953 HS, born November 10, 1935, passed peacefully on to a life of eternity with our Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ, and a multitude of friends and family on the morning of July 2, 2017, at the age of 81. Allison was the epitome of a cheerful but quiet giver. His giving and always helpful spirit for others was most often seen only through his tracks, as his life was lived with a giving purpose although never seeking the credit, many times helping those that too often go unnoticed. His family was his pride and joy throughout his life. In his early years, he grew learning the value of hard work on the family ranch. After attending Bristow Public Schools, he then transferred to and graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He then attended the University of Oklahoma, and thereafter transferred to Oklahoma State University from which he earned a business administration degree. Impaired eyesight prohibited his ability to serve in the military, although he was a steadfast patriot. During his college years he developed a love for flying, participating in the OU Flying Club through which he became a licensed pilot. He also possessed a love for music, and was active in theatre intermittently throughout his life. He had a passion for attending musicals, ballets, and an overall love for theatrical arts. He had a love for gardening, flowers, a good cigar, good food and drink, and was an exceptional cook with an ever discerning palate. Among all of the many foods that he enjoyed, he was renowned for his love of fresh Oklahoma peaches which he shared with people throughout the State. Following college, Allison began his career as a sales representative for a wholesale food company out of Bristow. Thereafter, with family interest in banking, he transitioned to serve as a federal bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for approximately 12 years, based primarily in the states of Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa. Following that service, he was then engaged to serve as President of Citizens State Bank from 1970 to 2005, continuing as Chairman of the Board to the date of his passing. He also served as a Director for SpiritBank for a number of years. It was evident that Allison had a real love and respect for all of his bank family. In 1959, he met Norvella Agee, who he later married in 1962. Together they have four children; Matthew, Trevor, Sara and Tabitha. They have 10 grandchildren. Matthew, married to Janna, has Amethyst, Ayden, and Avery. Trevor, married to Kendra, has McKenleigh and Carson. Sara, married to Dower Combs, has Tyler. Tabitha, married to Paul Cornell, has Joshua, Andrew, Rachel, and Caleb. Allison and Norvella lived in Okemah for over 50 years. He is preceded in death by a multitude of family members including parents Albert and Dorcas Kelly, brothers Albert, Tracy, and Levan, as well as wife Norvella who passed away in 2011. He is survived by his brother William Royce Kelly 1959 HS, and wife Julie, of Tulsa, as well as many other nieces and nephews. Allison was known for his robust beard, that began as part of a beard growing Chamber of Commerce fundraising event in the 1960’s in the Bristow Western Heritage Days festival. He had a keen sensitivity for others, and was unabashed in exhibiting emotion throughout his life. His ability to deliver a story with a punchline, without your seeing it coming, was beyond reproach. He always loved a well told joke. In spite of restricted mobility due to back injuries, he remained active by mentoring others throughout the community, teaching many including his children the value of hard work with an always expanding “to do” list. In the category of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, he persistently rescued and stored discarded items that were then made available for others use in their time of need. Consistently throughout his professional and personal life, Allison, with the support of his family, was involved in community, church, and civic endeavors. He exemplified the Rotary motto of “service above self”, without even being a Rotarian. Although a private person, Allison was a unique individual with exacting analytic abilities. He was a man of eclectic interest, lover of life and family, a man of integrity, mentor for many, lifelong learner, and observer of nature.

LTC Robert “Bob” Leisy, USMC (Ret) 1951 HS-1953 JC passed away March 28, 2014 at the age of 82. His journey began in the small town of Peter Miguel in the Panama Canal Zone, where he grew up with his two brothers Henry Joe “Hank” and Ralph Leisy. He was the son of Henry Theodore Leisy from Wisner, Nebraska and Etta Viola Long from Jicarilla, New Mexico. The Panama Canal Zone always had a special place in his heart, as he fondly remembered the mischief his brothers and he managed to create in the jungle. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1949, and always enjoyed attending their reunions. In an unfortunate coincidence, he lost his brother Hank suddenly on February 20 th of this year. In 1949, he attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM and graduated in 1953, receiving a commission in the Marine Corps as a Second Lt. Bob was to serve his country as a Marine for 26 years, including 2 tours of duty in Vietnam, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat “V”, Air Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, The Presidential Unit Citation with three stars, and flew over 640 Combat Air Missions. His other active duty included membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff panel on Navigation and as chairman played a key role in the early implementation of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as well as 5 years as executive officer at the Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF) at Cherry Point, NC. In 1979 he retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Lt. Col. His flying skills once qualified him for an invitation to fly with the Blue Angels, but he declined the honor because he felt the travel would take him away from his family too often. With his first wife Ellen Telfer, Bob had two sons Colin and Roy, who live in North Carolina, and a daughter Zoetta from California. In 1973 he married Delores Vernelson and they would have celebrated their 41 th anniversary this year. After living in New Bern North Carolina and Virginia, he moved to Key West, FL in 1986 with his wife Delores, and lived there for 19 years. He was involved in boating with the Key West Power Squadron, and remained active in veteran organizations, including acting as former Beam Man of the Key West Hangar of Quiet Birdmen, Past Commander of the Retired Officers Association of Key West, and Marshall of the Key West Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. He had a lifelong passion for fishing, sports and boating, loved telling stories and naughty jokes, and enjoyed his retirement years travelling the world with his wife Delores. He is survived by Delores; brother Ralph (Rita) Leisy; his children Colin (Susan) Leisy, Roy Leisy and Zoe (Alex) Romanoff; grandchildren Amanda (Ashley) Porter, Elaine and Brittany Leisy; and great granddaughter Julie.

Richard Ballard Lodewick 1951 HS-1953 JC was born to Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Lodewick in Roswell, New Mexico, on July 12, 1933. He attended Roswell Public Schools through the eighth grade. As a ninth grader he entered New Mexico Military Institute where he graduated from high school and junior college. While at NMMI he was awarded the honor of Distinguished Military Student. After graduating from junior college, he attended the University of Wyoming where he belonged to Sigma Nu fraternity and where he graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science with a concentration in petroleum geology. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army for two years, he entered the University of New Mexico, where he received his Master of Science degree; afterwards, he received his PhD from the University of Arizona, again concentrating in petroleum geology. He worked for Homestake Mining Company, Core Laboratories, and Oryx Petroleum Co., and taught geology at Midland Junior College and the University of Arizona. Dick was deeply loved by friends and family and will be sorely missed. At the time of his death he was living in Placitas, N.M. with Clydean, his devoted wife whom he adored. He is survived by Clydean; his children, Steven Ballard Lodewick and Mary Lee Schimmel and her husband Mark; a brother, John W. Lodewick and his wife Julie; and a sister, Laura Patricia Lodewick.

Joel N. Pahk 1953 HS, 76, of Honolulu, died April 13, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Retired from SERVCO Forklift & Industrial Equipment; U.S. Army veteran. Survived by wife, Marilyn; daughter, Amy Wong; brothers, Daniel and Isaac; two grandchildren.

Sid passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Sidney A. Parnell 1951 HS-1953 JC – passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. Sid was born Oct. 11, 1932, in Canadian to Garrett C. Parnell and Ophelia McAfee Parnell. He attended school in Canadian and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1951. He was a 1953 graduate of New Mexico Military Institute Junior College. He was a 1953 graduate of New Mexico Military Institute Junior College. In later years he was an active participant in the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Trail Ride. Sid cherished those times with many lifetime friends. He was a Veteran of the United States Army serving in Korea. He married Janet Forgey on June 30, 1957 in Canadian, TX. Sid was a rancher from 1963 to present. He was a member and past deacon of First Presbyterian Church. Sid was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Texas Farm Bureau. He was very proud of his grandchildren and their education from Texas Tech University. Jay received his degree in Petroleum Engineering and Kristin received her PhD in Educational Psychology. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Kim Parnell on November 30, 2012; two brothers, G.C. and Ben Parnell and one sister, Betty Jo Jamison.

Richard Curtis “Dick” Poe 1953 HS, 81, comforted by his family and friends, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 16. Dick Poe was born April 7, 1934, in El Paso and was a proud lifelong resident. He attended Dudley Elementary, New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from El Paso High School. He attended Southern Methodist University and graduated from Texas Western University (now UTEP), with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After college, Dick jumped right into the family business – automotive dealerships, which started with the A.B Poe Motor Company in 1928. Known for his unforgettable commercials and famous “Hi Folks, I’m Dick Poe” tagline, Dick expanded the Dick Poe Family of Dealerships to include: Dick Poe Chrysler-Jeep, Dick Poe Dodge-Ram and Dick Poe Toyota-Scion. He served on numerous boards over the years, to include State National Bank, Coronado Bank, Sandia Savings & Loan, and Mesa Airlines. He also owned Evergreen Cemeteries and several properties in the El Paso Area. His businesses now employ more than 400 El Pasoans. Dick Poe was an icon in the automotive industry and El Paso. A quiet philanthropist who shunned the limelight where charitable giving is concerned, his support included UTEP and the UTEP Athletics Department and The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce among many others. He was a member of various civic organizations to include the Masonic Lodge, El Maida Shrine and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. A man with few hobbies, except golf in his early years, Dick preferred to work hard, spend time with his employees and family and, when time permitted, he loved going to his cabin in Ruidoso. Dick Poe was preceded in death by his parents, A.B Poe II and Virginia “Meno” Poe, and his brother, Alton “Tito” Poe III. He is survived by his sister Claudia (Poe) Barry, his sons Richard C. Poe, II 1987 HS and Troy Stephen Poe. He is also survived by nieces and nephews including, Alton B. Poe IV, Richard Hopper, Faith Poe, Charity Poe-Rakes and Kellie Monticelli. Grand-nieces and nephews include Kameron Harris, Madison Poe, Rebecca Johnston, Jason and Blake Rakes. The family would like to thank all of those special people who touched his life in so many ways: To Jimmy Rogers Jr., his life-long friend since childhood, to Jim Paul and his amazing staff at Hospice El Paso for their compassion and support, to Dr. Branch Craige and Santa Fe Home Healthcare for their excellent care and the many special caregivers and support staff who worked so hard to help the family make his last days so comfortable. And to all his employees, who were like family to him and special to him in so many ways.

Donald J. Pundt 1953 HS, 80, died Saturday, May 16, 2015. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Minton Memorial Chapel with Chaplain Willard Kiper officiating. Burial will follow in Westlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. Mr. Pundt was born Feb. 16, 1935, in Lovington, N.M., to Joseph and Coral White Pundt. He was a teacher at Baten Unit in Pampa for Grace of God Prison Ministry. Survivors include his wife, Patsy Pundt; two daughters, Sharon Smith of Borger and Mary West of Pampa; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

LTC John D. Talley, USA (Ret) 1951 JD-1953 SC age 82, left us to join his beloved wife, Nancy on Monday, March 11, 2013. He will be buried beside his wife in Quantico, Virginia. John was born in Fort Worth, Texas and has lived in Brevard since the early 1980’s. John was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, Career Army Officer, Senior Army aviator; served two tours in Vietnam, and retired from the Army after serving in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics – Headquarters – Department of the Army. For his service, Colonel Talley earned the Legion of Merit Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters. John had six sisters, two brothers, two sons, and one granddaughter; along with their families and many lifetime friends. He will be missed.”

Robert “Bob” Scott Terry 1951 HS-1953 JC, 82, of Roswell, New Mexico, who passed away on June 9, 2014. There will be a come and go reception for anyone wishing to see the family at Pepper’s Bar and Grill on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Sudan Kid Bob was born on July 17, 1931, in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Sudan, Texas. He was married to Betti, and on June 3rd they celebrated 61 years of marriage. She survives him at the family home. He is survived by a daughter Sally, grand-daughter Jodi, grand-son-in-law and grand-daughter, Josh and Shannon and great grand-daughter Dillon. He is also survived by his brother Bill and sister-in-law Drew; niece: Druann and husband Barry and their 2 daughters; niece: Allison and husband Jim and their son. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in Bob’s memory.

Lewis E. “Ed” Tillman 1951 JC-1953 SC went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday July 10, 2015. Ed was born in Tularosa, New Mexico on September 12, 1931. He attended school in Tularosa and at the New Mexico Military Institute, graduating at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served the nation as an Armor officer in Germany and later attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, earning the rank of Captain while in the Army Reserves. Ed Tillman worked as government contractor and accountant with the Western Insurance Agency. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of 59 years, his son Martin and wife, Sharon, of Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eric David and Gladys Oxley Tillman, his brothers David and John Tillman, sister Mary Rose Thompson, nephew Michael and niece Sharon Tillman Henry, and nephew Harry Thompson along with his aunt Catherin and uncle Ed Sanders. Ed will be sadly missed by all who knew him and especially his family.


William L. “Bill” Arrington 1952 HS was born in Fort Worth on January 26, 1933 and died on November 11, 2016 at the age of 83 years. The services will be a celebration of life at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 727 West Browning Avenue in Pampa on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:30 PM. Rector The Rt. Rev. Sam B. Hulsey and Rev. Mark Lang will be officiating. His body was cremated and a part of his ashes will be inurned in the columbarium in St. Matthews. The rest of Bill’s ashes will be spread on his beloved Rocking Chair Ranche. Bill attended New Mexico Military Institute where he was an exceptional athlete. He graduated in the spring of 1952. On October 24th, 1997 he was inducted into the NMMI Alumni Hall of Fame at Roswell, New Mexico. After high school Bill had an athletic scholarship at the University of Oklahoma and pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He qualified for the Olympics and was sent to the Coliseum in Los Angeles. On December 27th, 1955 Bill married the love of his life, Margareta “Greta” Miller at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church. Bill was commissioned as Second Lieutenant Infantry in the United States Army. After college, he was hired by the Cabot Corporation as a Landman trainee in the oil and gas division in Pampa, Texas. After active duty, he transferred his commission to the National Guard and was promoted to Captain and commanded Company “B” of the 142nd Infantry of the 36th division in Pampa. After Bill finished his eight year obligation, he continued to work for Cabot as a Landman and finished his certification of becoming a Certified Petroleum Landman. After nearly nine years, Bill left Cabot to form his own oil and gas company. Bill was the owner of Rocking Chair Ranche, which maintains a commercial crossbred cow herd and a farming operation raising wheat, milo, corn and alfalfa. He was a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and served as an honorary Director. He was Chairman of the Board of Gray County Title Company, Inc. Arrington was a Certified Professional Landman; a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Oklahoma City Petroleum Landmen Association, as well as the Amarillo and Midland associations. He was a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was currently serving on the Executive Committee, was a Chairman of the Nominating Committee and was a member of the Compensation Committee. Bill was past vestry member and senior warden of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, past member and past president of the Pampa Independent School District School Board, being elected for two three year terms, past member of the board of directors of the Pampa Club and the Pampa Country Club, having served as president on both boards. Bill and Greta had two children, William M. “Buck” Arrington and wife Alexia of White Deer, and Melanie and husband Flavious Smith of Fort Worth; four grandchildren, William Lake Arrington II and wife Emily of Pampa, Elizabeth and husband Tyler Holland of Canyon, Hulsey Smith and Peyton Smith, both of Fort Worth; four great grandchildren, Evelyn Grace and William Lake “Tripp” Arrington III and Margareta Aston and George Warner Holland. He was also survived by his twin brother George Arrington of Canadian, Texas. Bill was preceded in death by his parents French and Ollie Arrington; his sister, Ann Arrington Webb; sister in law Jane Arrington; and his wife, Margareta Miller Arrington.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Bartheld 1952 JC, age 82, of McAlester, died Monday, June 15, 2015 at his home in McAlester. Dr. Bartheld practiced general dentistry in McAlester for over 45 years before retiring. Bob was a man of commitment and a leader of his community and profession, serving in many civic and professional capacities through the years. He is survived by 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, Judge Thomas McCann Bartheld of McAlester, Col. (Ret.) William Edward Bartheld, USANG, and wife Susan of Haymarket, VA, Joseph Lyle Bartheld of McAlester; 1 daughter, Elizabeth Lee Bartheld of Washington, DC; 8 grandchildren, Mac Bartheld and wife Ashley, Jacqueline Reynolds and husband Levi, Benjamin Bartheld, Miranda Bartheld, Rachel Bartheld, Rebecca Bartheld, Keaton Bartheld and Kooper Bartheld; 5 great grandchildren, Camryn, Kaine, Bentley, Suttyn and Daxton; 1 sister, Mrs. Barbara Bartheld Smith of Tulsa; a sister-in-law, Virginia Fitter and husband Pat of Edmond; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Karla Peppers and Les Williams; and Bob’s devoted staff, including Patty Turner, Sue Marchant and Donna Lewis; and his (man’s) best friend, Daisy. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Patricia.

Thomas Andrew Bradley, Jr. 1950 HS-1952 JC, 83, passed on January 6, 2016, after a long battle with prostate cancer. Tom was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. He attended Wichita Falls Senior High then graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico, in 1950. He completed four years ROTC at NMMI. Tom served in the U.S. Army 8th Infantry Division Signal Corps for two years and six years in the inactive reserve. In 1957, he graduated from Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Tom worked as a petroleum geologist until 1960. He then joined the effort to construct the Atlas F Missile Complex near Altus, Oklahoma as Site Engineer, and then the Titan II Missile Complex in Central Arkansas where he was Cost Engineer. Tom continued a career in construction management and became a consultant to contractors and law firms until his retirement in 2001. After “9/11”, Tom was asked by the contractor, J.A. Jones, to inspect and report on the construction and administrative aspects of the new U.S. Embassies being built in Tanzania and Kenya to replace those destroyed by terrorists in 1998. Tom served on the panel of neutral arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. He was active in the Wichita chapter of the US TOO Prostate Cancer Education & Support Organization. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn, and his son, Craig Bradley, now of Lake Mary, Florida. When asked what lessons he had learned in life, Tom answered, “read the contract.”

Max Welton Coll, II 1950 HS-1952 JC – Husband Father Legislator River Rafter Artist Lawyer Hiker Bird Watcher Santa Fe Living Treasure HE LOVED Politics Reading Murder Mysteries Good Food Dogs New Mexico Politics Sudoku Puzzles Fixing Things Poker Woodworking Politics Bolo Ties Cooking Movies Wildlife Politics Hardware Stores Gadgets Wild Places Gardening Politics HE DISLIKED Wearing Ties Pretentious People Wars Corruption Fancy Cars Shopping Big Cities HE IS SURVIVED BY Wife Catherine Joyce-Coll, Son Max W. Coll III (Tres), Daughter Melanie De Temple, Step-Children Lisa Wilkens, Brannigan Draic, Gillian Joyce, Brothers Charles Coll & Jon Coll and various grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Dogs Rory, Keeley, Zizi, Ming, LiAn and Cockatoo Sophia

James “Jim” W. Davis 1945 HS-1952 JC, age 86, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at the Veteran’s Center in Claremore, Okla. Jim was born on July 13, 1927 to Robert and Beaulah (Fry) Davis in Roswell, N.M., where he was raised and graduated from high school. Following high school, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and then was later drafted in to the Army, where he served in Tokyo. After returning home, he continued his education at Texas Tech and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of New Mexico. On April 3, 1955 he married Imogene Sawvell in Joplin, Mo. The couple moved to the Grove area in 1959 and became ranchers. Jim was one of the first people in Delaware County to raise free range turkeys. He was Baptist in faith. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one son, William “Bill” Davis. He is survived by: his wife Imogene Davis of Grove, one son Michael Davis and raised one grandson, Michael Lee Roy Davis as a son, both of Grove two sisters: Jean Owens of Austin, Texas and Jayne Bower of Las Crusas, N.M., two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

LTC David Leo di Lorenzo, USA (Ret) 1946 HS-1950 JC-1952 SC, 89, died June 21, 2016 in Colorado Springs. He was born on May 17, 1927 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He served 23 years in the U.S. Army . He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ginger, his children: Cathy, Nick, Maggie, and Leslie, their spouses, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Eugene “Oogie” L. Faulkner 1952 JC, 81, of Lubbock passed away on March 18, 2014, in Lubbock, Texas. A graveside service will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park on Friday March 21, 2014, at 10 a.m. He was born on July 25, 1932, in Lubbock, Texas, to the late William Paul and Ella Etta Faulkner. He attended the Peacock Military Academy, graduated from Lubbock High School, and attended Texas Tech and New Mexico Military Institute. Following his education he joined the Marines and served his country proudly. After his military career he joined the Lubbock Police Department, and later was the chief of police in Tulia. After his career as a police officer he joined the staff of Horkey Oil Company where he was the vice president. He enjoyed and lived a full life. His military experience gave him a great appreciation for routines; he planned out daily routines and followed them. He also enjoyed the game of golf and had a passion for sports in general. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gene Faulkner; his sister, Maejean; and a grandson, Justin. He leaves to cherish his memory: four sons, Steve Stephens his wife Cindy, Rod Faulkner, Stephen Faulkner his wife Kathryn, and John Faulkner his wife Joni; grandchildren, Chelsey Groves and husband Gregg, Seth Stephens his wife Julie, Dylan, Colton, and Trever Faulkner; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Paul Faulkner.

Jerrold Ernest Fisher 1950 HS-1952 SC passed away peacefully, on the morning of June 22, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Jerry was 84 years old. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; Ernest and Jewel Fisher. He has one sister, Jackie Fisher Moore, of Colorado. Jerry is survived by his supportive wife of 30 years, Pat, and his loving family: daughters Terry (Mark) Howard, Stephanie and the late (Bob) Williams, his son Daniel (Annette) Fisher, his step-daughters, Kelly (JB) Coulter and Kim (Ron) Bache, Melinda (Chuck) Blackwood and Mimi (Ed) Dorsey, as well as his grandchildren, William and Reese Coulter, Carter and Kasey Bache, Dallas Plater and Ridgely Dorsey. Jerry was born on January 13, 1931 in Wasco, Ca. He spent the first years of his life on his Grandfather’s dairy farm in Wasco, moving to Bakersfield with his family at age four. He attended elementary school in Bakersfield, where he met his business partner of 54 years, Bob Karpe. He played football for B.H.S. with Bob Karpe and Frank Gifford (ONCE A DRILLER ALWAYS A DRILLER!) Jerry attended college at New Mexico Military Institute, graduating in 1952. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served two years in Germany. When he returned home to Bakersfield, he enlisted in the Army Reserve and began his fifty-seven year career in rural appraisal. At that time, Karpe-Fisher Appraisal Company was formed; which later became known as Karpe Fisher Merriman Inc. Jerry’s hard work and dedication not only brought him immense pleasure, but also earned him a solid reputation and much respect in the industry. Jerry was extremely supportive of his local community, his alma mater, and many professional organizations. His community involvement focused mainly on youth, education and athletics. Jerry took great pride in having graduated from NMMI and was instrumental in recruiting others to the Institute. He was active in the Alumni Association, serving as a delegate on the alumni board. One of the numerous professional organizations he was involved with included: American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, where he served as president at the local, state, and national levels. Jerry’s family and friends were a high priority in his life. His annual Cayucos beach trips with the family and Saturday lunches with “the boys” were not to be missed. Some of Jerry’s greatest memories were: spending time with family at holidays, semi-annual golf trips, and traveling to watch the Green Bay Packers play.

Alfred S. Forsling 1952 HS, 82, of Hay Springs and formerly of Kimball, died at the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Cantrell Funeral Home with Pastor Caryl Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. The obituary can be viewed on line at www.cantrellfh.com and friends can leave memories and condolences for the family. Memorials have been established to either the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball or Pioneer Manor Nursing Home at 318 N. 3rd Street, Hay Springs, NE., 69347. The services for Alfred have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Alfred Sterre Forsling was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on April 13, 1934, the son of Elmer and Lucy (Vander Sterre) Forsling. Al spent his first 10 years living in Casper, Wyoming before his father moved the family to the Forsling homestead in Kimball. While in high school, Al transferred to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico where upon his graduation he enrolled in the University of Wyoming, studying Agriculture and engineering. In 1954 Al enlisted in the US Army serving in Germany as an ambulance driver for military families. In 1957, Al enlisted in the US Air Force, where for a second time, he was stationed in Germany, assigned to missile guidance and communications. It was in Lauda, Germany, that Al met his future wife, Renate Olga Schmidt. Upon being discharged and returning home, Al and Renate were married on December 20, 1960, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Al and Renate began their new life together on the family ranch, joining his father in the farming and livestock business. It was on the Buck Bush Ranch that they raised their three daughters. Al is remembered by his family for his sharp wit, strong character, loyalty to family, community and friends and for his strong moral compass. Although know to be a man of few words, his actions set the example that his family continues to follow. Survivors include his daughters Ingrid Forsling of White, SD., Andrea Scales and partner Chasity Pettit of Denver, CO., and Anita (Jeff) Brewer of Gordon, NE; sister Phyllis Forsling Miller of Mill Valley, CA; grandson Andrew (Anna) Loy, step grandchildren Jackie, Steven, Timithy and Robert; great grandchildren Mason and Carter Loy. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Frank L. Harris, Jr. 1952 HS went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at his home in Sherman, Texas, following many years of battling heart disease. He was born on May 19, 1934 to Frank Lee Harris, Sr. and Mona Skinner Harris in Dallas, Texas. He had one older sister, Shirley Harris Craycroft, who preceded him in death. He attended school in Dallas and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy in San Francisco and Guam. In 1962, he married Ann Walker in Lufkin, Texas. At that time he was a special agent with Floyd West and Co., Insurance Managers, and continued with them as agent and manager in Ft. Worth, Waco, and San Antonio. In 1969, he and Ann moved to Sherman, joining his father in his independent insurance agency. He continued in the insurance business as a CPCU until 2001. He also was a licensed real estate broker and managed a group of real estate investors in commercial real estate, having properties in Sherman, the Dallas metroplex, Wisconsin, and Colorado. He continued until liquidating in 2007. Frank spent many years in public service. He served on the Sherman City Council, Board of Directors of the Grayson County Airport, Texoma Regional Planning Commission, President of North Texas Insurance Agents, Chairman of Friends Division of Austin College, Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Board of Directors of the Sherman Boys Club, Chairman of the United Fund Individual and Industrial Division, Division Director Industrial Development Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the Bearcat Booster Club, and Board of Directors of Young Life. He received honors from the National Executive Council Aetna Life and Casualty Company, Effective Leadership Award from Sherman Chamber of Commerce, and Boss of the Year from the Insurance Women of Grayson County. He loved spending time with his family and friends, teaching his boys to fish, snow ski, water ski, play golf and recording all of their sports events through junior high and high school. He yearly took friends and family to Colorado to ski and to various golfing destinations. He was a founding member of Sherman Bible Church where he has faithfully served in many areas for the past 41 years. One of his greatest joys was being involved in growth and outreach in Christian service and fellowship. He is survived by his wife, Ann, of 50 years sons, Frank Harris III, Howard Walker Harris, and Larry Thomas Harris daughters-in-law, Salina Harris, Jennifer Harris, and Kimberly Harris and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous in-laws and their children and grandchildren.

Holt Benton Harrison 1952 HS, age 82, was born June 19,1934 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Surrounded by his family and friends, he died on March 14, 2017, at the Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans as a result of an injury on the tennis court. A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Holt was a long-standing member of Bocage Racquet Club, an ardent supporter of LSU football, a volunteer and mentor for SCORE, an LSU Laureate Foundation Society charter member, an original team organizer for Bishop Ott Manna Givers and the Founder of Fishing for Investments. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and LSU Law School. A successful real estate developer and lawyer, he was also a past co-owner in their family business, Harrison Paint Company. Holt proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and later became an accomplished private pilot. His passions included fishing and hunting and he loved the game of tennis to the very end. He is survived by his wife of forty years, Anne Marron Harrison; his children, Holt Trammell Harrison and wife Diana, Stephen William Harrison and wife Carrie, Katherine Danielle Harrison, Jeffrey Marron Harrison and wife Kelly, Susan Claire Harrison and beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Holt Trammell Harrison, his mother, Elmira Harrelson Harrison and his sister Anne Harrison Parnell Gregorie. His pallbearers will be his children. Honorary pallbearers include John Butler, Merlin Pritchard and John Luttrell.

James Earl Walden Haynes, Jr. 1952 JC was born on March 5, 1932, to Walden and Polly Haynes in Mercedes, Texas, and died on Aug. 29, 2013. He attended New Mexico Military Academy and graduated from Southern Methodist University. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain. Jim and family were transferred to Oklahoma City in 1967. Jim worked as an AMF bowling salesman until 1978 when he became owner of the legendary 66 Bowl. Jim maintained ownership of 66 Bowl until he retired in 2010. He was inducted into Oklahoma Bowlers Hall of Fame in 2005. He loved being around his friends and family. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Major Carl Seeger; and granddaughter, Angela Stevens. Survivors include his wife, Peggy; daughter, Cori Osborn and husband Hugh; sons, Trey Haynes, Mike Haynes and Mena Ganesan; granddaughter, Sarah Stevens; sister, Paula Seeger; nieces, Becky Seeger and Vicky Seeger; nephew, Jim Seeger; and great-nephews.

Jerry Lee Hooper 1949 HS-1952 JC, 83, passed away on March 17, 2015, at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jerry was born July 5, 1931, to Guy H. Hooper and Mabel E. Hooper in Hobbs, New Mexico. The family moved from Hobbs to Roswell in 1937. Jerry attended Washington Avenue Elementary school, graduated from high school, and then from junior college at NMMI in 1954. After earning his degree in Geology and a commission as a 2nd Lt. from Texas Tech University, he was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for the duration of his military service. Jerry married Margaret Adair Travis in 1953 in Roswell. He was employed by Lone Star Production Company and later Adobe Oil and Gas Company, before he formed his own independent oil company. Jerry and his wife enjoyed visiting their ranch in northern New Mexico near Las Vegas. They raised buffalo, llamas, and other exotic animals, kept their ponds stocked with trophy trout, and practiced sound land management methods to improve the quality of the ranch. After selling the ranch, they moved to El Paso, Texas. Preceding him in death was the love of his life, his wife, Mardair. Surviving Jerry are Michael T. Hooper, son, and his wife, Josie, of Presidio, Texas; Deborah H. Wachsmuth, daughter, and husband, Tom, of San Antonio, Texas; Robert G. Hooper, son, of Midland, Texas, and Jack P. Hooper, son, and wife, Diana, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Jerry L. Hooper of Socorro, New Mexico, Jessica Hooper of Tulsa, and Adair Hawkins and husband, Josh, of Dallas; and one great grandson, Sammy Hawkins, of Dallas. Jerry will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

George Josef Miskovsky, Jr. 1952 HS – On May 17, 2013, we said goodbye to our beloved father and grandfather, as he left this world to join his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in His eternal Kingdom. George was born on July 28, 1935, in Oklahoma City. He attended Grover Cleveland Grade School, William H. Taft Junior High, and Classen High School. George loved sports and was a lifelong athlete. He played Little League for the Taft Explorers, started as quarterback his senior year, was an All-City swimming champion, and played polo at the New Mexico Military Institute. He also loved to compete with words, and no one was surprised the year he won Oklahoma’s Ciceronian Oratory award. George attended the University of Oklahoma School of Law and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. In 1962, he was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association as well as the Federal Bar Association, of which he went on to serve as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. George was admitted to the 10th Circuit Federal Bar and Western District U.S. Court and retired to Senior Status after 47 years of active practice. George served in the United States Army. He completed basic training at Camp Carson (now Fort Carson), Colorado, and was asked to join the Officer Training Corps. He declined and entered into the Courts and Boards Division of Judge Advocate General. His JAG assignment took him to Vicenza, Italy, where he lived for two years. In his free time, George traveled throughout Europe learning all he could about its rich history and diverse cultures. Prior to being honorably discharged, George was a member of the Southern European Task Force and received a Good Conduct medal. George’s military service was a natural extension of his belief in democracy. He was a member of the Democratic Party all of his adult life and was honored to nominate Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator Robert S. Kerr as a candidate for President of the United States at the 1952 Oklahoma State Democratic Convention. An avid sailor, George loved racing yachts. He won races from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific and at many inland venues in between. He was a Past Commodore of the Oklahoma City Boat Club, the National Irwin 23 Association, and the United States Yacht Racing Union/United States Sailing Association “”Area F”” (Lake Texoma). He was a Life Commodore of the Oklahoma City Yacht Club and a member of the USYRA, USSA, and the Royal Alberta Creek Yacht Club. He served as a Senior Yacht Racing Judge for numerous local, state, and international regattas, most notably the Prince of Wales North American Men’s Championship (Vancouver, British Columbia) the E-22 International World Championships (San Francisco, California) the I-23 National Championships (St. Petersburg, Florida) and, the Canadian Men’s Championship. He was able to blend this passion into his work by serving as legal counsel for Schock Marine, Inc., and Hobie Industries, Inc. Of course, George’s favorite way to spend the day was on a golf course, and he played some of the finest in the world. At home, he had memberships at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club and Quail Creek Golf and Country Club. George’s Christian faith and his appreciation for the principles of loyalty, honesty, and morality drew him to Freemasonry. He was a Master Mason attending Blue Lodge #276 and earned both Guthrie Scottish Rite 32nd degree and York Rite at the India Temple Shrine. George married Kristy Diane Rowland, the absolute love of his life, on August 21, 1982. They met on a airplane in Chicago and knew immediately that they were true soul mates. Although they didn’t have any children together, George and Kristy greatly enjoyed raising their ever-growing brood of Norfolk Terriers: Spike, Trixie, Boo Boo, Rozi, Mitzi, and Twinkie. He cared for Kristy until she passed away from complications of rheumatoid arthritis on May 17, 2006. We are comforted by their eternal reunion, which is cause for great joy – and amazed they somehow managed to join the Lord on the exact same day, seven years apart! George was previously married to Margaret Douglas Rucks and Marie Elena Hinshaw. He and Marie have four children: George Josef III (Irina), Gregory Kristin (Krissy), Anne Marie (Doug), and Kristina Marie (Yale), all of whom survive him. He is also survived by two brothers: Gary Philip Sr. and Grover Lee a sister, Gail Marie Trice (Milton) his grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Josef Sr. and Nelly Oleta (Donahue) his wife, Kristy Diane and his granddaughter, Mara Elise Lois.

Jose Ortiz y Pino, III 1952 JC, descendant of a well-known New Mexican family dating back to the early 1600’s, passed away on January 17, 2016 at the age of 83, after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank and Mary Ortiz y Davis, his brothers, John and Frank Jr. and his sister Margaret Truscott. He is survived by Yolanda, his wife of 64 years, his son Jose Ortiz y Pino IV and wife Lori, his daughter, Maria Ortiz y Pino, his sister Maria O. Catanach, grandchildren Miguel and Estevan Padilla and Theodore Ortiz y Pino, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jose was born on May 2, 1932, and spent most of his childhood in Santa Fe where he attended St. Michaels School, later moving to NM Military Institute in Roswell, and NM State University where he received his BA degree. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army , serving for two years in Munich Germany, and was honorably discharged a First Lieutenant. He came home to Galisteo to ranch with his father and enter the field of politics, a long standing tradition in his family. Jose was a Santa Fe County Commissioner for two terms (1958-62), a State Senator (1964-66), and member of the Education and Judiciary Commission, Chairman of the State Parks Commission and Special Assistant to Governor David F. Cargo (1968-70). He introduced and passed the first anti-billboard law in the U.S. He was instrumental in building the Villanueva State Park in San Miguel County. While Jose was performing all his political duties, he and Yolanda owned and operated the famous La Mancha Restaurant on La Vega in Galisteo (1958-71) as well as a general store and bar in the Ortiz “hacienda,” where he also created the Galisteo Historical Museum. He finally retired to do what he loved best write and enjoy nature in his beloved Galisteo. He was the author of several books, including Don Jose: the Last Patron, The Herbs of Galisteo and their Power, and Curandero. He also owned the Remedios & Yerbas shop which he enjoyed very much. He was a loving and caring son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will always be remembered and hold a special place in our hearts till we are all together again as a family with our Lord God.

Father Omar William Pitman 1952 JC-1954 SC was born in Big Spring, Texas in 1933, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 in San Antonio. He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary Ellen, loving family members, and close friends. Omar was the oldest of two children born to Omar William and Daphne Bernice Barnes Pitman. His dear sister, Nancy Pitman Lohner, preceded him in death. Omar was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and of General Seminary in New York. While living in Philadelphia and employed as a social worker at Horizon House, he met his wife, Mary Ellen Engels, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where they sang together in the choir. Recognized by the City of Philadelphia as a Rising Star, he worked tirelessly on behalf of the mentally ill. They married in November, 1965, with a son, David William, arriving in November, 1969, and daughter, Margaret Ellen, in April, 1974. In 1984, Omar and Mary moved with the children to San Antonio to be closer to family. Omar was proudly active in the lives in his children, serving as President of theatre booster club at McArthur High School where David participated in the drama program, and on the Board of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio where Margaret played oboe. Omar was never far from God. Although he worked for many years in social work, education, and politics, he was called back to the priesthood in San Antonio. He served as the Associate Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for 15 years and, after a brief retirement, spent several years as Cannon Missioner at St. Stephen’s and Holy Cross. He was a long-time member of the Lion’s Club and, in full retirement, Omar was delighted to be accepted into the Sons of the Republic of Texas along with his son, grandsons, and cousin. He served as the Chaplain for the SRT Alamo Chapter and participated in various social groups at St. Luke’s, as well as being the Chaplain for the Verger’s Group. Most importantly, Omar and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children, grandchildren, nephews, cousins, and close friends in November of 2015. He accomplished a great many things and had a fascinating life, but he will be remembered most for his compassion for and devotion to others. His love for his family and friends is legendary. Omar is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Pitman; his son, David and his wife, Suzan; his daughter, Margaret Pitman McCoy and her husband, Mark; and grandchildren, Matthew William Pitman, Nace Benjamin Brown, and Daphne Rebecca Brown; as well as his niece, nephews, and cousins.

Edward L. Polly 1952 HS, 82, passed away May 8, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Hazel; sisters, Mae and Helen Ruth; son, James and grandson, Brent. Edward is survived by his wife of 62 years Jody; son, Terry and wife Paula; grandson, Travis; granddaughter, Candice and husband Justin; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Braydon, Justin and Eli; and faithful dog, Rascal. Edward went to college at the Military Institute. He enjoyed square dancing with Jody; worked in the family business his whole life and was a loving man.

LTC Dale A. Pursel, USAR (Ret) 1948 HS-1950 JC-1952 SC, born January 11, 1930 in Casper, Wyoming, died Friday, July 19, 2013, after battling heart disease for years. Dale graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute Senior College in 1952 and married the love of his life, Sue Cooper. After 2 years in the Army, they moved to San Diego and made Ocean Beach their home. He served in the Army Reserves for 30 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. In 1954, Dale began working at Neilson Construction Company. He was involved in many iconic building projects in San Diego, most proudly being the UCSD library and Sea World. Dale joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) in 1955 and began his long tenure of serving the community. He made many impacting contributions during his time, including helping to bring the Chargers to San Diego and belonging to the committee that founded the Aerospace Museum. He became a JCI Senator and was one of only five men, in that time, to be lifetime members of the Jaycees. During this time, he also served on the Board of Directors for Sheltered Workshops of San Diego along with being a board member for many San Diego Committees, including being active member of the Lion’s Club. After a major heart attack in 1989, Dale retired from Nielsen, but continued to serve on many boards and committees in San Diego and held key positions on many. Family and friends were most important to Dale. The family sport was waterskiing, spending countless hours on Mission Bay with their boat. Second to this for Dale was basketball. He played on recreational teams at the Muni Gym for 40 years until joining the Senior Olympics. Dale and Sue then traveled the country with the team for twenty years, playing with the National Senior Olympics, his last game being in 2011. Dale and his family had a tradition for over 35 years of “Beach Night” during the summer months. The extended Pursel and Rickling (Jim and Edna) families, and friends met at ski beach every week for what most families would be a once a year reunion. On July 19th, Dale attended his last Beach Night. There in Mission Bay, surrounded by family and friends, he took his last breaths and went to join his wife Sue, in heaven. Dale was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Sue; and is survived by his five children: Dalana (Diane), Sally Morgan (Doug), David (Debra), Robert (Cheryl) and Marie Hennessey (Mike); 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.

George L. “Dodd” Thorpe, II 1952 HS passed away in Fiddletown on September 26, with his family singing to him as he rested in his own bed overlooking the Gold Country oak trees that he so treasured. He was 83 years old. Dodd is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary, and their children, George Lynn and Laurel; Lisa and Jack; Laura and Drew; and their five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Tristan, Ivan, Francesca and Shay. Dodd was born to Mary and George Thorpe in Springfield, IL, on August 8, 1933. His itinerant childhood took him to New Orleans, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. As a teenager he headed West to join the U.S. Navy, becoming a member of the elite sub-mariner corps during the Korean War. While stationed at Port Hueneme in Southern California, Dodd went on a blind date with Mary Hendrix, who very soon thereafter became his bride. They married in her family’s church in Reseda, after which they moved to Wichita, KS, where Dodd attended college. They later returned to California for good, and Dodd began a career in education as a teacher in Fresno – first at Caruthers High School and then at Central Union High School. Primarily an English teacher, Dodd was also a dedicated track coach. In 1968, Dodd and Mary moved their family to Mountain Ranch, where their love affair with the Sierra foothills began. They were determined to reside above the fog line of the Central Valley, and below the Sierra snow line – and live in a place where they could garden, keep ponies and raise their children in wide-open spaces. Dodd assumed the role of Vice Principal of Calaveras High School before being promoted to Principal at CHS. Dodd’s education career later took him to school districts in Yreka, Colusa and North Sacramento. In mid-life, Dodd studied law, earning his JD degree in the late 1980s. He then practiced law for several years, while also setting his sights on returning to the Mother Lode. In 1986, Dodd and Mary bought a piece of land in Fiddletown and built the house in which they would happily reside for the better part of the next 30 years. Meanwhile, Dodd worked alongside Mary in her educational consulting firm. After they both fully retired, Dodd and Mary’s attentions increasingly turned to enjoying their land and spending more time with their children and grandchildren. Dodd became a blacksmith docent at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, spent a number of years working as a volunteer on the Pacific Rim Trail, and deepened his life-long commitment to physical fitness and reading, all the while closely following politics at all levels. He also helped Mary create and sustain her thriving fruit and vegetable gardens, and took great pride in the productive boysenberry bushes and potato hills that he tended on his own. Dodd was a die-hard 49ers fan, a devotee of the Harry Potter books he introduced to all of his grandchildren, and a connoisseur of any food that involved either sauces or chocolate. He knew how to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, sipping on good wine, watching the sunset from his Fiddletown porch with the love of his life, and reveling in a family who respected and adored him to the very end of his days.

John R. Warren 1952 HS, 82, passed away June 6, 2016, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. John was born on Feb. 7, 1934, in Pauls Valley, OK, to O.F. and Nora Sparks Warren. He was the youngest of four children. The family moved to Tulsa, where John attended Cascia Hall. In John’s senior year, he attended New Mexico Military Institute, where he won the Heavyweight Regimental Boxing Title. John attended The University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with a B.A. in business. John married Romayne Lukken in 1953. Well into earning a degree in law, he decided on a different career path in the oil business. He developed a successful independent oil and gas company in Oklahoma City, which became Warren Corporation, a company that has enjoyed a storied 50-year history. During those 50-plus years, he has had numerous successes in Oklahoma, Kansas and Pennsylvania and continued to be active in the oil business until his passing. He was very active in the Oklahoma City community and served on the boards of the First Bank of Bethany, the Oklahoma Zoological Society and the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. John believed in giving to the community and consequently, offered many financial scholarships to deserving young people. In his free time, John enjoyed playing tennis and videotaping his boys’ athletic accomplishments as well as becoming a proficient helicopter pilot. He enjoyed watching his boys on the football field so much that he would often hover his helicopter over the field to get a better view. In 1985, he married the love of his life, Karin. They enjoyed playing tennis at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and traveling the world together. John was preceded in death by his son, Ben Warren; his brother, Courtney Warren; his sister, Jo Layne Antry; brother-in-law, Jack Antry; his brother-in-law, Charles Smith; nephew, Mathew Smith; and his parents, O.F. and Nora Warren. John is survived by his wife, Karin; his stepson, Dirk and wife Kellie Harden; his sons, Courtney Warren, Mark Warren, and Ed and wife Mindi Warren; sister, Faith Smith; his nephew, Michael Smith; niece, Tracy Smith; nephew, Steve Antry; nephew, Bill Antry; niece, Kathy Marshall; his niece, Christine Davis Hunst; and his grandchildren, Jeremy and Luke Warren, Jackson Warren, Olivia Warren, and Natalie and Jessica Harden; as well as numerous cousins and friends.

Bobby H. Whitaker 1952 HS – Bob was born to William and Effie Whitaker in Roswell, NM on October 7, 1932. Bob was raised on a ranch in Arabela, NM. He attended school at LFD and Roswell High School. He continued on to attend New Mexico Military Institute. He was a trucker and a rancher, he loved to attend farm auctions and felt at home there. Bob loved his dog, Spot, who faithfully followed him everywhere. He is preceded in death by his son, Tommy M. Whitaker. Bob is survived by his wife, Colleen; sons, Jerry D. Whitaker and his wife Millie of Roswell, NM; Harold G. Whitaker of Roswell, NM and Roy Dale Whitaker of Austin, TX; daughter, Jeanette Whitaker of Longview, TX; sisters, Maxine “Mackie” Whitaker of Tinnie, NM and Idele Huey and her husband Pat of Capitan, NM; biological grandchildren, T.J. Whitaker, Ryan McCullough, Jared Whitaker, Amanda Whitaker, Kelsey Whitaker, Taylor Whitaker, Levi Whitaker, Cody Tarvin and Brandon Jones; along with numerous great-grandchildren.

LTC Maurice L. Willis, USA (Ret) 1950 JC-1952 SC, 87, beloved Dad, Granddad and Great-Granddad, passed away surrounded by his family peacefully into heaven on January 11, 2017. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico on September 24,1929 to Joe and Tommie Smith Willis. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1948; he attended and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952 where he was one of the Institute’s greatest athletes. He was a recipient of the Tom Harmon’s Little All-America Football Team in 1951. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He faithfully served his country for over 22 years. He served two tours in Germany and two tours in Vietnam. After retiring in 1974 from Fort Bliss Texas, he and his family came home to Roswell. l During his years of service, he received the following commendations: Army of Occupation Medal (Germany); Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal w/OLC; Vietnam Service Medal; RVN Campaign Medal w/Device; Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC; Bronze Star Medal w/OLC & “V” Device; Legion of Merit; Air Medal; RVN Armor Badge and Meritorious Service Medal (2d OLC). He is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Tommie Willis; his beloved wife Roberta Barbour Willis; sisters Evelyn “Babe” Willis and Ruth Willis; brother J.T. Willis; father in-law and mother in-law Dr. L.D. and Kay Barbour and brother-in-law Johnny Barbour. He is survived by his four children: Steve Willis, wife Paula, children Shannon, Erika and Steven; Dr. Donald J. Willis, children Sean, Jaren, and Jason; daughter Leaslee Willis Neff, husband Edsel, children Chris and wife Amanda, Alycia and husband Trent, great-grandson Pierce, and Cameron; John Willis, wife Samantha, children Jeremiah, Myranda, Jalyn and Charitee; sister Jean Willis, brother Ken Willis, wife Kay and family; brother-in-law Dr. L.J. Barbour, wife Nancy and family; sister-in-law Donna Barbour Fergeson husband Ted and family; Dottie Dye Barbour and family; Margy and son John Charles Barbour. Maurice loved and cherished his wife, children, grandchildren, family, appreciated sports, the arts and was a hardworking man. He loved helping others.


CAPT William R. Allison Jr., USN (Ret) 1951 HS Virginia Beach – William Rush Allison Jr. passed away surrounded by his family on February 6, 2014. Born September 7, 1933, in Abilene, Texas, Bill was the only child of Rush and Irene Allison. Receiving his diploma from New Mexico Military Institute in 1951 and degree from Texas A&M in 1955, Bill’s experiences are highlighted by a career in Naval Aviation, retiring with the rank of Captain in 1978. An avid sailor, he returned home to Abilene from the sea in 2002. He will miss his large family, many friends and acquaintances. Bill met and married Antonia Caricato in 1957 in Washington, D.C. Bill felt his finest accomplishments are his beloved children: daughter Nancy Turner and husband Drew of Colleyville, TX; daughter Laurie Jay and husband Gary of McKinney, TX; daughter Stephanie Swenson and husband Daryl of Arlington, TX; and grandchildren, Zach, Ian, and Olivia Turner, Ashley Jay O’Boyle and husband Matt, Anna and Eli Jay, Antonia, Isaac, and Elena Swenson, and great grandsons, Zeke and Liam O’Boyle. Miracle Turner preceded her grandfather in death in 1986.

Ronald Lou Bouchier 1951 JC, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away at his home in Houston on Tuesday, the 3rd of June 2014, following complications from Altzheimers/Parkinson’s Diseases. He was 81. Ronald Bouchier, son of Buena and Tom W. Bouchier, grew up in Post, Texas. He was active in sports, the Boy Scouts of America, and graduated Post High School at the age of sixteen. He continued on to New Mexico Military Institute where he made life-long friends, participated in sports, and revealed the leadership qualities that later defined him. Ronnie earned his degree in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas. He was inducted into the Cowboy Honor Society, and served as president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma, retaining those friendships through the years. Following graduation, Ronnie Bouchier served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, after which he was employed by Manhattan Construction Company of Houston, Texas. He worked in Houston for three years before being sent to Lubbock, Texas to open offices that would oversee construction of commercial properties in Northwest Texas and New Mexico. He married Linda Lott, the love of his life, in Post, Texas in 1960. The couple lived in Lubbock, Texas until 1967 when they and their three children, Blair, Ryla, and Lew, moved to Houston, Texas. Once in Houston, Ronnie began a successful career in real estate and commercial office building development. He was also active in banking and overseas investment activities. A consummate gentleman, Ronnie was also known for his integrity and his unwavering belief in the goodness and opportunity in the United States of America. He held a strong belief in education and was a generous and private donor of countless scholarships to young people through the years. He was an enthusiastic participant in the New Mexico Military Alumni Association serving as a Director for twelve years, and its President for three years. Ronnie also served as a member of the University of Texas Student Union Board, enjoying an active association with former and current students. He was an avid reader and collector of books on history, with greatest concentration of interest on military history, especially on World War II. He remembered with great pleasure his trips to Normandy on D-Day anniversaries, and being in the congenial company of other military scholars and historians. He was known for his love of travel, love of family, love of friends, his menagerie of pets, and his wonderful sense of humor. Ronnie Bouchier is survived by his wife, Linda; son Blair Bouchier and his wife Janice of Taos, New Mexico, daughter, Ryla Bouchier and her fiance, Frank Spagnoletti, of Houston and son, Lew Bouchier, of Austin. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Nicole Bouchier, of Chicago, Illinois and grandsons, Austin and Maxfield Bouchier, of Austin.

LTC Clarke Max Brandt, USA (Ret) 1951 JC was born on Sep 21, 1932 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. His parents were Helen and Max Brandt. He lived in Southwestern Iowa in his early years. When his father was called to active duty in 1940, they moved from station to station for the next 9 years. Clarke graduated high school in Coronado, California in June of 1949. Four years later he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army on June 2, 1953. He spent the next 28 years in the Army which included tours in Alaska, Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. He was awarded the Combat Medical Badge during his Vietnam Tour. In 1972 he attended University of Northern Colorado to obtain his Masters Degree in Education. He retired from the active duty in May of 1981 at which time he was awarded the Legion of Merit. After his retirement, Clarke became a full time instructor at the education Center at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, where he worked until the Post Closed. Clarke is survived by his 4 sons; Kim Brandt and his wife Maxine, Greg Brandt and his wife Renae, Jan Brandt and Trish, and Dane Brandt and his wife Lynn. He is also survived by his 2 brothers Craig Brandt and his wife Jean, and Drew Brandt and his wife Sharon. He is preceded in Death by a son, Bret Brandt and a wife Vivian Brandt. Clarke has ten grand children and 18 great grandchildren. Clarke is also survived by his friend and ex-wife, Trish Young and her son Brett. Clarke was a wonderful father and is loved deeply. He has now entered into heaven to be with his heavenly Fathee.

Harry L. Brown, Jr. 1951 JC was born August 29, 1930 to Harry and Louise Brown in Oklahoma City, OK. At two years of age, Harry won the Outstanding Baby Award at the Oklahoma State Fair. He was raised in the Fox and Ardmore area as a child and graduated from Ardmore High School in 1948. While in high school, Harry also attended the Georgia Military Academy and the New Mexico Military Institute. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the University of Oklahoma where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology. He then graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a Master of Science in Geology. Harry served in the United States Army on a two-year term as a tank commander. Upon completion of his education, Harry moved home to Ardmore and had three sons, Harry III, Larry, and Jim. As a businessman in the oil and gas industry, Harry also dedicated his hard-work and passion towards cattle ranching in southern Oklahoma, where he enjoyed bulldozing timber and building ponds. He later became involved with the Ardmore Little Theater where he met Carol McDaniel. The two were married in 1967 and lived in Ardmore. One of Harry’s most recognizable hobbies was his love for woodworking; a cradle and rocking horse for his grandchildren were some of his most memorable pieces of ingenuity. Harry also enjoyed traveling throughout the world, camping with his family and friends, sailing at Lake Murray, and scuba diving as a spear fisherman. Harry passed from this life on March 31, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alan H. Brown; and son, Harry L. Brown III. Harry was survived by his wife Carol of the home; sons Larry Brown and his wife Danielle of Ardmore and Jim J. Brown and his wife Leah of Ramsey, MN; brother Dr. David R. Brown of Oklahoma City; and grandchildren Cody, Lauren, and Kate Brown of Ardmore and Anthony and Michael Brown of Ramsey, MN. Honorary pallbearers include each of Harry’s highly regarded friends from the Arbuckle Stock Club: Guy Bacon, Lee Coffey, Sam Daube, Bob Grissom, Gene Hill, Mike Richardson, Lynn Watkins, and Rudy White.

Charles Brice Dowaliby 1951 HS passed away after a lengthy illness on Friday, June 30, 2017. A longtime resident of Roswell, “Carlos” (as he was known to his friends), was preceded in death by his father James Dowaliby; mother Evelyn Brice Dowaliby; as well as his beloved grandfather Judge Charles R. Brice; and grandmother Mary Evelyn Pruitt Brice.
Charles was born on April 15, 1933 in New York City and moved to Roswell when he was six years old. He attended public Schools in the city and later became a cadet at New Mexico Military Institute. He served three years in the U.S. Navy before enrolling at the University of New Mexico where he was a member of Pi Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He graduated with a degree in psychology and Spanish in 1960. He spent many years in Santa Fe where he wrote a political column for the Santa Fe New Mexican and was a special assistant to Governor David Cargo. Charles spent several years traveling in Mexico and later moved to El Paso, serving with the U.S. Border Patrol. Following his retirement, he moved back to Roswell where he enjoyed his final years visiting with old friends and enjoying the company of many pets. Charles is survived by his son Mark Dowaliby; brother James M. Dowaliby M.D.; by many friends including his faithful caregiver, Suzie Waldrip; his adopted second family, Sally, Lisa, and Ross Burkstaller, all of whom will miss his great sense of humor, generosity and loving concern for everyone.

Charles David “Chuck” Eaton, Jr. 1951 HS  passed away on March 18, 2016, in Tulsa, OK. Chuck was born in Pomona, California on August 22, 1933. He group up in Walden, Colorado, where his most treasured childhood memories were spending time working on his grandfather’s ranch. As a young man, he was an avid skier, and had a passion for flying, getting his pilot’s license in his teens. He was enlisted in the Navy, and worked in the aeronautics industry in California. He worked for American Airlines for 28 years, which brought him to Tulsa in 1967. He was very active in the Boy Scouts for many years, loved camping, hiking, sailing, photography and woodworking. He loved music of all kinds, especially opera. He was reunited with Peggy after 40 years, and married in 1988. They traveled extensively, spent time with many arts and crafts, spent time with friends, family, and doting on the precious grandkids. He lived an active, full life, and was a special man to so many. Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Charles Eaton, his mother Allene Eaton, and son Charles D Eaton, III. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, his daughter Suzy and her husband Kevin, his brother Phil Eaton, sister Jane Johnson, his grandchildren Kinsey and Brogan Eaton and Blake and Katey Burns, step-daughter Janene Lewis and her husband Paul, and their girls, Gabrielle, Olivia, and Alexandra. He will be greatly missed by all.

Richard Clyde Edmonds 1951 JC born June 28, 1929 in Lubbock, Texas, passed away December 28, 2013 in Sugar Land, Texas. After graduating from New Mexico Military Institute, Richard joined The United States Army and was stationed in Germnay. In his professional career, Richard was an auditor for the State of Texas, and later an executive in the construction industry. He was extremely active with the Shrine during his retirement years helping to support the childrens hospitals.

William T. (Billy) Graham, Jr. 1949 HS-1951 JC passed from this life on August 27, 2016 at home after an extended illness. He was born at Mimbres Hot Springs on December 28, 1930 and was delivered by his maternal grandfather, Dr. R. F. Stovall. Cremation has been entrusted to Baca’s Funeral Chapels. A memorial funeral service will be held on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon at Baca’s Funeral Chapels in Silver City, NM. Serving as honorary pallbearers are all of his many friends and family. He grew up on the family ranch on the Mimbres River where he loved to ride from a very young age. His parents were William (Bill) and Reina Graham. Billy went to school in San Juan, then Santa Rita and then Silver City where he boarded with Mrs. Setzler during his 8th and 9th grades. He then moved to Roswell, where he attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1947 to 1952. While attending NMMI he played polo, representing the institute across the United States, including Madison Square Garden in New York and Mexico City, Mexico. He graduated Junior College from NMMI and was drafted into the Army in 1953 and served two years at Ellsworth Military Base in South Dakota. After leaving the military he came back to the family ranch where he met and on August 16, 1957, married Beth Glenn. Billy adopted her children James (Bub) Graham and Victoria (Vickie) Graham. He attended New Mexico State University for a short while. In 1958 he moved back to Grant County where he worked for area ranches and completed his family with the birth of his youngest son, John (Bill) Graham. In March of 1966 Billy moved his family to his in-laws ranch in Hurley and began working for Kennecott Copper Corporation in the Smelter. Billy retired in 1985, and lived on the ranch until his death. He was a 4-H leader and a Grant County Fair board member for many years. He was a member of the Kiwanis, the Elks Club and on a bowling league in Hurley. Billy served Farm Bureau as President as well as a member of many committees. Billy had many friends and a large family that will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents William T. and Reina Graham and his brother, Richard Graham. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Beth Graham of the home; his daughter, Vickie McCauley and husband Joe of Silver City; son, Bub Graham and wife Gail of Silver City; and son, Bill Graham and wife Lisa of Floyd, NM. Grandchildren: Shaun McCauley and wife Annie of Tucumcari, Heidi Vermillion and husband Josh of Silver City; Ashley White and husband Tyler of Silver City; Autumn Robertson and husband John of Silver City; Brock Graham of Wamego, KS and Lauren Graham of Junction City, KS. Great Grandchildren: Lexie, Nolan and Riley Vermillion; Preston White and Wyatt Robertson. Sister-in-law, Jean Graham, her children Rick, Robin and Gail and their families. Sister-in-law Bobbie Turner and her daughter Lou Anna.

Michael Gomez 1943 JC 1951 SC, 80, a resident of Albuquerque since 1954, died Tuesday, September 8, 2009. He is survived by his two children, Anna Maria Craytor and husband, Steven of Gresham, OR and Miguel Gomez and wife, Jenny of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Miquela Craytor, Lana Craytor-Mabry and husband, Kyle, Samual Craytor and wife, Polly, and Maria Cristina Gomez; one great-grandchild, Israel Mabry; sister, Mary Dow and her children and grandchildren; and numerous relatives and friends. Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Pacheco Gomez in 1996. He was born in Roswell, NM on September 20, 1928 and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology. Michael served in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict, as a 1st Lieutenant. After moving to Albuquerque, Michael sold insurance for awhile. He then owned several businesses including Crown Lounge. When Michael retired, he volunteered in delivering prescriptions and meals to the homebound. Michael loved to help others. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Honorary pallbearers will be Miquela Craytor, Lana Craytor-Maybry, Samuel Craytor, Maria Cristina Gomez. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Charles Wells ‘Tod” Haren, Jr.  1951 HS79, Leawood, KS, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Saint Joseph Health Center. A Celebration of Tod’s life will held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Wesley Chapel at the Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave. Leawood, KS where a reception will follow. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to: CLL Global Research Foundation PO Box 301402, Unit 428, Houston, TX 77230-1402. Tod was born April 26, 1933, in Kansas City, MO the son of Dorothy and Wells Haren of Kansas City, KS. Tod attended Wyandotte High School, New Mexico Military Institute, University of Arkansas and the University of Kansas where he pledged Sigma Chi and became a lifelong loyal Sig. While at KU, Tod met his future bride, Nathalie Sherwood, a Gamma Phi. After KU, Tod served his country as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division where he was awarded a commendation for his service. Returning to Kansas City, Tod and Nathalie were married in 1956 and started their married life at Lake Quivira. Tod’s career in the construction business has focused on the Haren & Laughlin Construction Company which was founded by his father in 1932 and is now owned and operated by the third generation of his family, Wells Haren. Tod was an active community leader and served as president of the Ozanam Home for Boys, Variety Club, Rotary Club of Overland Park, Greater Kansas City Association of General Contractors, Saddle & Sirloin Club, and was Co-Chair of the American Royal Queen Committee and the Summer Gala 10 of the American Cancer Society. Tod had served as a member or director of the Leawood Zoning and Ordinance Appeal Board, Sigma Chi Alum Chapter, Summer Gala Committee, American Royal Board of Governors, American Royal Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America, Builder’s Association of Greater Kansas City, Johnson County Unit of the American Cancer Society, Barstow Board of Trustees and the Leawood Foundation Board of Trustees. Tod was awarded the National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Services benefiting the Greater Kansas City Community in 1985, named the Man of Year for the Ozanam Home for Boys in 1978, the Man of the Year by Women in Construction in 1975, made an honorary alum of The Barstow School in 2006 and inducted to the Waterfowlers Hall of Fame in 2010. Tod is survived by his wife, Nathalie Sherwood Haren, his children, Beth Haren Lynch and her husband, Robert, Atlanta GA, Nan Haren Hughes and her husband Gary and his sons Gary Jr. and Cory, Atlanta GA, Wells Haren III and his wife Renee, Stilwell, KS, and three grandchildren, Charles Harrison Haren, II, and his wife Cassie, Margaret Renee Haren and Jarrett Wells Lynch, a sister, Gail McMichael and her husband Robert, Sacramento, CA, and his first cousin, Helen Ro Haren, Overland Park, KS.

Robert Donald Jolton 1951 JC, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to countless died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at his longtime Manchester home. He was 84 years old. Born in Lamar, Colo., in 1931, Bob’s military service and longtime career as director of Jewish Federation was forever eclipsed by his devotion to his family, friends and community. Bob’s greatest passion was his wife of nearly 50 years, Judith; their sons, Jeffrey and Steven (Lauren); and his beloved “Grand-Jewels,” Isabel and Bailey, with whom he shared his last days. As strong as Bob’s love of family was his commitment to friends and community. He was unwavering in his devotion not only to Manchester’s Jewish Community, but the community as a whole. Bob passing has left an indelible mark on all the people and projects he touched throughout his life, and his contributions will be deeply missed as much as he will be.

James Henry (Jim) Lauderdale, Sr. 1951 JC passed from this life on November 9, 2016 . Born June 7, 1931 in Mercedes, Texas, his entire adult life was spent in the Rio Grande Valley where his legal practice and community service spanned over five decades. Jim was a graduate of Mercedes High School (1949); New Mexico Military Institute (1951); and, The University of Texas (1953). After two years in the U.S. Air Force, he attended The University of Texas School of Law (1959). Upon graduation, he was admitted to the State Bar of Texas. Throughout his legal career and community service, Jim served as General Counsel for Rio Farms, Inc., as Municipal Judge for City of Mercedes, on the Board of Directors of Knapp Medical Center, and on the school board for the Mercedes Independent School District.He is survived by his daughter, Sara Lauderdale Tippit and husband, John, of McAllen; his son, James H. Lauderdale, Jr. and wife Julie, of Budapest, Hungary; his sister, Laura Nell Lauderdale Cluett and husband, Pete, of Houston. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: John, Chris, and Michael Tippit of McAllen and Will and Katherine Lauderdale of Budapest, Hungary. He was preceded in death in 2008 by his wife Virginia (Ginger) Owens Lauderdale, to whom he was married for 49 years.

Here’s to the Gypsy, the self-proclaimed Soldier of Fortune. David Robert Ligon 1951 JC rolled into this life Sept. 13, 1931, in Alpine, Texas, and blew into the next one, late as usual, on the Ides of March, 2016, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. A boatload of merry souls welcomed him there, including his son, Robert M. “Pete” Ligon; grandson, Byron Ligon; sister, Dulcie Boykin; and his parents, Frances and Aston Ligon. Those who will catch up with him later include his daughter, Vicki Ligon; son, Mark Ligon; daughter-in-law, Carla Ligon; five grandkids; and four great-grands, plus his very lifeblood, friends from every walk, every strata, and every continent. David grew up in Fort Stockton, Texas, attending schools there, as well as New Mexico Military Institute, Texas Tech, and New Mexico A&M. But this nomad preferred the school of life, and learned early to follow his heart wherever it took him. He worked on windmills for a living, spending long hours in camps under the stars, teaching himself along the way to play guitar, speak Spanish, cook for crowds, sing a song, tool leather, time a joke, tell a story, and cultivate friendships. Those friendships, and an insatiable thirst for adventure, led him to producing his annual Nickel Creek Music Festival for 40-something years, drilling water wells in Hawaii, traveling the world over, bit parts in television, several marriages, and even selling brassieres (“we cater to the biggies”). He would try anything once, and a friend remarked, “If you don’t know David Ligon, sit down on any corner, anywhere, and I guarantee within 15 minutes, he’ll be by.” He taught folks to slow down, grab every moment and savor it, love your friends like there’s no tomorrow, sing loud, and LAUGH, often and hard!

John Hayden Morgan 1951 HS – John Hayden Morgan, aged 83 of Nevada, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, in Nevada. He was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Otho Elmer and Argie Isophine (Nelson) Morgan. He graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M., in 1951. He continued his education at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, graduating in 1955. While in college he met Jennie Bess George, whom he married in 1953. At the completion of his college degree in business, he entered military service. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army until 1957. Upon completion of his military service and Ranger training, Hayden and Jennie returned to Tulia, Texas, where they began farming and ranching. When the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, Hayden was recalled to active service and achieved the rank of Captain. The family moved to Nevada in 1965 where he continued farming/ranching. He served his community as a state representative from 1971-1976, then as Presiding Commissioner of Vernon County Commissioner from 1979-1982. Additionally, he served on boards of numerous community organizations. He was especially honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Quality Products, Inc. Hayden is survived by wife Jennie, of the home; two sons, John Morgan and his wife, Evelyn, Lexington, Mo., and Sam Morgan, Nevada; one daughter, Linda Thornburgh and her husband, Jerry, Roeland Park, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Taegan Morgan, Tyne Hulsey and her husband, James, Taylon Morgan, Melissa Wilkinson, Sam Morgan and his wife, Michelle, Jessica Chilcoat and her husband, Aaron, and Erin Thornburgh-Fast and her husband, Paul; seven great-grandchildren, Samantha, Gage, Brandon, Gavin, Hayden, Kinsler and Kimbrel; several great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; two brothers, George Morgan and his wife, Georgia, Tulia, Texas, and Roger Morgan, Tulia, Texas; and one sister, Marilyn Winborn and her husband, Dwight, Fredricksburg, Texas.

Charles E. Stott, Jr. 1951 HS – Charlie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Juanita, daughter Vicki (Koch), and sons; Charles, Tim, and Bruce. His seven grandchildren include Lauren, Kayla, Charlie (Koch), Joe (Koch), Matthew (Koch), Natasha, and Ben. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Sr. and Ethel, and sister Priscilla. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother, and valued friend to many others. Charlie was born to Charles Sr. and Ethel (nee McKnight) in El Paso, Texas, in 1933 and spent the first 15 years of his life with his parents and sister in El Paso, and Monterrey, Mexico, and other areas of west Texas and northern Mexico where Charles Sr. worked in mining exploration, mine development and mining production. As a high school student Charlie attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico after which he attended Texas Western College (now UTEP) in El Paso for his freshman year of college. He later transferred to the Colorado School of Mines from which he graduated with a degree in mining engineering in 1956, like his father 31 years before him. He met Juanita (nee Abell) while working for Phelps Dodge Corporation as a mining engineer in Morenci, Arizona, and they were married there in 1962. Their first child Charles Leo Stott was born in Morenci later that same year. Tim, Vicki, and Bruce were to follow after the family had relocated to the San Francisco bay area. In 1968 Charlie graduated with a Law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, which led to a position as counsel for Amax Mining Company. Departing the Bay Area in 1972, Charlie’s career with Amax took the family to Colorado, Arizona, Washington State, and Connecticut before returning to Colorado for good in 1986. It was during his tenure with Amax in Arizona where Charlie returned to mining operations management from corporate legal services. While at Amax he led the Mount Tolman molybdenum project in Washington State in the early 1980s. He was General Manager of Climax Mine near Leadville from 1982 through 1984. Later, Charlie was the first President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Amax Gold, Inc. from 1986 until 1989. In the following years he worked as an independent consultant in the mining industry, and served as President and CEO of Horizon Resources, from 1990 to 1993. He later served terms in several corporate board positions, chairmanships, and directorships of companies including Western Troy Capital Resources, Brigus Gold Corporation, Apollo Gold Corporation and Getchell Gold Corporation. He was a board member and Chairman of the Board of Hazen Research, Inc., of Golden, Colorado from 2002 to 2017. He was also a Trustee Emeritus of the Colorado School of Mines. Charlie loved to ski and run. He had completed the Bolder Boulder for more than 25 consecutive years, most often in Memorial Day tribute to his father’s military service during World War I. He enjoyed a Copper Mountain season pass each season since 1986. Charlie was always happy being in the Colorado mountains he loved, especially when accompanied by his family.

I. Joel Sullivan 1951 HS – Joel Sullivan, a gentleman and a cowboy, rode off into the sunset on June 18, 2017 at his home in Clint, TX with his wife Becky at his side. Joel was an honest, generous and fair man who loved his family and friends and didn’t know a stranger. He was born Ira Joel Sullivan on April 11, 1933 in Socorro, New Mexico to Ira H and Carla Sullivan. He grew up on the Bar A ranch in Dusty, NM. Joel attended the Colorado Military Academy in Denver, CO and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM where he was part of the equestrian and polo teams. He had adventures and built friendships at school that lasted a lifetime along with other New Mexico ranching families and businessmen. He served honorably in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict . During a visit to Las Cruces, he met Nita Drummond. They were married in Chamberino, NM and lived in Las Cruces and Hagerman, NM until Nita’s death 45 years later. He was an active leader in the H-C 4H club. Joel worked for the New Mexico Farm Bureau Insurance Co for 27 years before retiring and moving to Clint, TX. It was here that he met Rebecca Sykes and their love story began. They fit each other like a pair of gloves and shared their dreams of showing horses, roping and raising a few colts. They danced through life for a short 17 years. Joel was preceded in death by his parents, brother Connie, first wife Nita and his favorite horse Cotton. He is survived by his wife Becky and four children, Jody Sullivan and his wife Paula of Canyon, TX, Patrick Sullivan and his wife Patricia of Las Cruces, NM, Ryan Young of Clint, TX and Kyla Young of El Paso, TX. Two brothers, Charles Sullivan and his wife Bobbie of Winston, NM and Tay Sullivan and his wife Cheryl of Winston, NM. Six grandchildren, Erin Goad and her husband Justin of Albuquerque, NM, Sam Sullivan of Brighton, CO, Darby Sullivan and her fiance Hayden Campsey of Amarillo, TX, Brendan Sullivan currently in Milan Italy, Jordan Sullivan and her fiance Max Hoener of Rhinebeck, New York and grandson Xander Young of Clint, TX. Sister in law Nancy Lambert and her husband Tim of Rowlett, TX, and Sister in law Catherine Sykes of El Paso, TX along with many nieces and nephews.

Richard Vander Straten, III 1951 JC, 83, died peacefully on February 18, 2016, in Austin, Texas. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on August 24th, 1932, to Dorothy Hillje Vander Straten and Richard Vander Straten, Jr. His parents and both sets of grandparents were also born in Texas. After graduation from Alamo Heights High School, he attended the New Mexico Military Institute from 1949 to 1951. In the fall of 1951, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After graduation from UT, he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US. Army and served a tour of duty at Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas. Following a promotion to First Lieutenant, he was honorably discharged in 1956 and returned to Austin. As a young civil engineer in the Bridge Division at the Texas Department of Transportation, he met Betty Jane Russell. They married in Sinton, Texas, in 1960 and lived in Austin where they raised their family of 3 wonderful children. In 1986, Richard retired from the Texas Dept of Transportation after 30 years of distinguished service. He was active in the lives of his children, teaching them the value of a strong dedicated work ethic. He volunteered many years of service at Covenant Presbyterian Church where he was a member for 43 years. After Betty’s death in 2005, he married his high school sweetheart, Jacque Swope Riffle. They remained in Austin and celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day, 2016. Richard is survived by his wife Jacque, daughter Lynn Angermeier and her husband Glenn (Greensboro, NC), son Richard Vander Straten, IV, and his wife Mary (Syracuse, UT), son Dr. David Vander Straten and his wife Dr. Melody (Austin, TX); grandchildren Rachel Elise, Wesley Glenn and Charlotte Lynn Angermeier, Catherine Maric “Katie” and Richard Beck Vander Straten, V, and Teagan and Tryne Vander Straten; sister Emily Payne (Corpus Christi) and nieces Mandy Gotto and Beth Carrangelo; sister-in-law Patricia Wiles and her husband Dwight (Osage Beach, MO) and nephews Kerry, Kirk and Kyle Wiles.