A quote from the 1933 Bronco about a cadet, George O. Speer 1933 JC, who was killed in a Polo Game, is appropriate at this ceremony.
BUT IF THEY ARE GONE FROM OUR RANKS,
WE KEEP THEM ON OUR ROSTER,
AS VALUES ONCE INTIMATELY KNOWN
AND AVAILABLE IN OUR RECOLLECTIONS
AND IN OUR HEARTS.
THEY WILL REMAIN FOREVER YOUNG.
Baird, LTCOL (TXARNG) Kirk W. 1980 JC ~ 7-Feb-2022 Lt. Col. Kirk Wayne Baird, 62, of San Gabriel, Texas, passed into the gates of Heaven on February 7, 2022. Kirk was born on September 16, 1959, to Carolyn Faye Baird and Gene Kirk Baird in Taylor, Texas. Kirk attended Thorndale ISD, followed by the New Mexico Military Institute. Kirk graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Agricultural Economics. After earning his college degree, Kirk enlisted in the military. He served in the Texas Army National Guard (124th Cavalry, the 736th Maintenance Company as Company Commander, the 111th Area Support Company as Transportation Director, and the State Area Command as a Maintenance Officer). After his military service, Kirk worked his way up to a superintendent role at the Texas Army National Guard’s (TXARNG) Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES) program. He also worked as the Director of Maintenance for TXARNG. His service to Texas reflects his pride as a Texan. Kirk will be greatly missed by his family and friends who remember him as deeply rooted in the community. Kirk’s passions included working on the extensive ranch land he owned, spending time with his loved ones, joining in fellowship at San Gabriel Christian Church, and supporting his beloved Thorndale Bulldogs. Thorndale residents will remember the many times Kirk volunteered to help support area youth at sporting events. Family and friends won’t forget “Bubba” sipping coffee on his front porch, watching old Westerns, and cheering on the Aggies. Perhaps most importantly, Kirk will forever be remembered as a loving son and a supportive brother, uncle, cousin, and nephew. His siblings and other family members could always count on Kirk for mentorship, support, and love. His generosity and kind spirit will live on through the family and friends he touched. Kirk is survived by his mother, father, and sisters, Melissa Baird, Eva Baird, Michele Baird, and Misty Baird, and great-nephew, Marcus Shaw, along with many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ricky Baird. Visitation will be at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale, Texas on Monday, February 14, 2022 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be at San Gabriel Christian Church on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, starting at 10 A.M. Pallbearers will be nephews, Kenny Shelander, Kelly Knue, Joshua Ware, Brandon Jenkins, Jerrith Baird, and Braxton Baird. Memorials or donations may be made to the ALS Association at www.als.org.
Bell, William M. S. 1980 JC ~ 16-Mar-2010, 50, died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at his home in Riverside. Born in Munich, Germany, on February 27, 1960. Mr. Bell lived in Riverside for 35 years. He was CEO of Redcloak Enterprises, Inc. In Riverside. Mr. Bell graduated from Poly High School in 1978 and then earned a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Military Institute in 1980. He then served his country in the U.S. Army as a Company Commander in the 26th Infantry Division in Germany. He was a Knight Templar, a member of the Supreme Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, Grand Preceptory of North America. He donated much of his time to charity and was active in animal rescue. He enjoyed and played many sports, including tennis, basketball, swimming, football and golf. He is survived by his parents, Colonel (Ret) William H. And Suzanne S. Bell of Riverside; sisters, Suzanne (Javier) Bell de Garcia of Long Beach and Kathleen (Richard) Bell-Conine of Zebulon, NC; godson and nephew, Alexander Garcia Bell of Long Beach; uncles, Francis (Charlotte) Shanahan of Ft. Pierce, FL, and Daniel (Virginia) Shanahan of Carlsbad; several cousins and his beloved Cocker Spaniel companion, Precious.
Cox, (Watson) Virginia D. 1980 JC ~ 24-Mar-2019
Driskill, Matthew S. 1980 HS ~ 03-Aug-2011 49, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at his beloved KOA Campground in the shadow of Devils Tower. He was born Dec. 31, 1961, in Belle Fourche, SD, to Jesse T. And Ellen (Horton) Driskill. Matt attended school in Belle Fourche through fourth grade when his family moved to the Campstool Ranch at Devils Tower in 1972 and he transferred to Hulett School. He graduated from high school at the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell. Matt attended Sheridan College and served 10 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Wyoming Air National Guard. He served in the Persian Gulf War and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. In 1985, Matt married Brenda Clark and to this union, a daughter, Cheney, was born. Matt returned to Devils Tower in 1996 and began working with his mother at the Devils Tower KOA. On Feb. 14, 1999, he married the love of his life, Kathi Johnson, and together they operated the Devils Tower KOA for the past 12 years. The KOA recently received their 30-year award, which Matt was extremely proud of. In 2004, Matt and Kathi were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Jessee Loring, whom he loved very much. Matt enjoyed roping, hunting, golfing and an occasional poker game. He was well known for his cooking and catering skills. Matt was a member of the American Legion Roy Montgomery Post 80, Half Fast Roping Club, Devils Tower Tourism Association, Crook County Promotion Board and the Wyoming Tourism Board. Matt is survived by his wife, Kathi; daughters, Cheney of Edgemont, SD, and Jessee of Hulett; grandson, Dominick; father, J. “Jesse” T. Driskill 1950 HS; grandfather, Pete Smith of Sand Creek; Aunt Dorothy (Rondy) Dike of Bowen Island, Canada; brothers, Jesse K. “Tobe” (Peggy) Driskill of Rio Rico, AZ, and William Ogden (Zannie) Driskill of Devils Tower; in-laws, Don (Terri) Johnson of Hulett; brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, JR (Bobbi) Butler of Hulett; nieces and nephews, Andrea, Katerie and Lincoln Driskill of Devils Tower, and Austin, Dawson and Dalton Butler of Hulett; as well as numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen and his grandparents. Matt was a wonderful husband, father and friend who will be greatly missed.
Durazo, Joseph R. 1980 HS ~ 1985
Earp, Patrick J. 1980 HS ~ 28-Feb-2012, 50, a Miami Native, passed away February 28, 2012. Worked for the U.S. Treasury Dept. for 20 years. An avid outdoorsman. Survived by his wife, Malinda; precious daughters, Sarah and Charlotte; brothers, Robert and John; beloved niece, Melissa and nephews, Bobby and Jake. He was a loving husband and devout father and the love, joy, and laughter of our lives.
Erdmann, Carl M. 1980 JC ~ 21-Jul-2004
Flack, Gregory T. 1980 HS
Flood, Gregory B. 1980 JC ~ 26-Jun-2007
Fox, Charles D. 1980 HS ~ 02-Jun-2004
Gorman, Alfred Bailey, Jr. 1980 HS ~ 17-Aug-2009 Gorman died Aug. 17, 2009, in Phoenix. He was born June 22, 1961, in Ganado, into the Big Water People Clan for the Bitter Water People Clan. Gorman was a handyman. He loved rodeoing, steerwrestling and was a champion with C.N.R.A., AIRCA and N.N.R.C.A. He loved his daughter and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Julie Haskie; daughter, Tiffney Gorman Nelson; parents, Alfred and Elise Gorman; brothers, Allison Gorman, Adam Gorman; sisters, Alberta Gorman, Elberta Holt, Elfreda King; two grandchildren.
Grinnell, Philip A. 1980 JC ~ 09-Oct-2013 53, of Little Egg Harbor, N.J., formerly of Middlesex, NJ, 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, NJ. 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, FL; cherished grandfather to Christian, Gage, and Faith; dear brother to Chuck Grinnell, of Ortley Beach, NJ, 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.
Hale, Matthew S. 1978 HS-1980 JC ~ 19-Jan-2018 Matthew Scott Hale, 59 of Johnson Road, Elizabeth City, NC died Friday, January 19, 2018 at his residence. A native of Norfolk, VA, he was born in 1958 to Earle T. Hale and Meta A. Berry Hale and was the husband of René Combs Hale of the residence. Matt was an Eagle Scout. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University in Los Angeles. He was a member of the Bar in both California and Virginia; and an avid reader of the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Matt closely followed politics and was a certified pilot. In addition to his wife, René, Matt is survived by a daughter, Kelly Jones and husband Robert of Elizabeth City; grandchildren, Joseph Jones, Connor Jones and Allison Jones; sisters, Sharon Wintory and husband Randy of Richmond, VA, Kathleen Hale of Los Angeles and Ashleigh Hale of Richmond, VA; a brother, Christopher L. Hale of Ft. Benning, GA; a sister in law, Claudia Hale of Matthews, VA; niece, Charity Ungard and her children, Logan, Abigail, and Olivia; niece, Katherine Wintory; and nephew, Will Wintory. He was preceded in death by a brother, Christopher T. Hale.
Hansen, Daniel Laurence 1980 JC ~ 20-Apr-2016 45, of Olivehurst, CA, passed away on April 20, 2016 and was tragically taken from his family and friends in a motorcycle accident while commuting to work. He was born on May 5, 1970 in Newport Beach, CA. He worked for the Sacramento Truck Center as a diesel mechanic for 14 years. He resided in the Yuba/Sutter Counties since 1999. He is survived by his wife Sarah Ann Lowe Hansen of Olivehurst, CA; his children, Jennifer Gabrielem Katharina Hansen and Jessica Margaret Arlene Hansen of Algoma, WI, Deborah Laura Hansen, Isabel Reese Hansen, and Peyton Orion Hansen of Olivehurst, CA; his mother Lilly Hansen Williams and stepfather Billy Williams of Clovis, NM; his siblings, David Joseph Hansen of Bumpass, VA, April Terese Hansen of Marysville, CA, and Julianna Mitchell of San Angelo, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, Laurence Richard Hansen of Clovis, NM. He joined the Army in 1989 and served for three and a half years. In closing, Dan will be remembered as a loving, devoted father, brother, son and friend. He was adored and respected by many and we will truly miss him, and his love of the Raiders and passion of exploring the world with his motorcycle and buddies. May he rest in peace.
Hollis, James M. 1978 HS-1980 JC ~ 15-Jul-1998
Houtman, Armando 1978 HS- 1980 JC ~ 16 Jun-2018: 58 peacefully passed away on June 17th, 2018. His passing was on a Sunday morning; at home after watching a landmark world cup soccer game. His beloved team from Mexico, underdogs, beat Germany. His death was from complications of kidney disease which he had managed to battle over 15 years. Armando grew up in Santa Fe, NM, and attended NMMI as a HS junior and graduated in 1978. He continued his education at NMMI attending junior college. He later attended University of New Mexico and New Mexico State and earned a degree in accounting. Armando returned to Santa Fe to work with his father, Dirk Houtman. A few years later in Santa Fe, Armando owned his own business performing tax preparation, accounting and book keeping. He was well known and treasured by his employees and clients. While in Santa Fe, Armando raised two sons that mirrored his kindness, ethics and caring attitude. He was extremely proud of his sons. Armando often spoke of the life lessons learned at NMMI and the many friendships he developed while in Roswell. Armando inspired his younger brother, Troy Houtman to attend NMMI. It is easy to say that NMMI was a part of his family. He will be more than dearly missed by family, friends and cadets.
Hubbard, Brett C. 1980 HS ~ 12-Jun-2016 Our wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle and brother, Brett Charles Hubbard, passed away quietly in his Prescott home on Sunday, June 12th, 2016. He was born on April 7th, 1962 to Russell and Elaine Hubbard in Denver, CO. He attended high school at the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated in 1980. As time progressed, Brett attended college and used his knowledge to become an asset in the Mining Industry around the world, and later built several beautiful homes for his loved ones in Prescott, AZ. Amongst his years of dedicated, hard work, Brett met his loving wife, Tracy Hubbard. Brett and Tracy were married on August 1st, 1992. Together they raised a loving family and had numerous memorable years together. As a family, they experienced many enjoyable times together whether it be in the comfort of their own home, or on incredible vacations around the world. Brett enjoyed working hard and never backed down from a challenge. He was a very caring person and people who knew him, confided in his wisdom and guidance. Brett is loved by many and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his parents Russell (Elaine) Hubbard, siblings Mike (Laurie) Hubbard, Debbie (Steve) Dimmer, Todd Hubbard, wife Tracy Hubbard, children Tiffany (Lynn) Thomas, Tya Jackson, Bree Hubbard, and by many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Huntley, William B. 1980 HS ~ 11-Nov-2016, 54, of Chickasha, was born on May 14, 1962, in Russellville, AR, the son of bill Huntley and Deanna Faris Conrad. He passed from this life on Friday, November 11, 2016 at his home in Chickasha, OK. He married Pam White in 1987 and together they had two children, Matt and Josh. Brent’s early education was in Little Rock, AR, until the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1972. He attended New Mexico military institute, Roswell, NM, where he was on the dean’s honor list. He graduated El Dorado high school in Albuquerque in 1980. He was a fabricator of marble and granite in Albuquerque, where he received recognition and awards for outstanding work. He then took his trade to Pagosa Springs, CO, and Glenwood Springs, CO. He moved to Chickasha in 2009. He attended central Assembly of God Church whose members wrapped him in prayer throughout his sickness and where he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. He is survived by his two sons; Matt and Liz Weigel of Thornton, CO, Josh and Mallery Huntley of Grants, New Mexico; three grandchildren; Haley and Rachel Weigel, Josh Huntley, Jr.; parents Bill Huntley of Austin, CO, Deanna and Joe Conrad of Chickasha; brother Chris and Diane Huntley of Albuquerque; niece Tara Huntley of Satsuma, AL; Uncle Ken and Linda Faris of Overland Park, KS; Aunt Beth Schenk of Chickasha; step-sister Lori Conrad Inman of North Carolina and step-brother Jay Conrad of South Carolina; and numerous cousins and friends.
Jones, John R. 1980 HS – 03-Jun-2011
Judkins, Carlos D. 1980 JC ~ 29-Mar-2018 was born May 3, 1960, to Lillian and Proveb Henry (June) Judkins in Ft. Lee Military Hospital. On Thursday March 29, 2018, Carlos departed this life in VCU Hospital. He was a 1978 Graduate of Denbigh High School. At an early age he became a member of First Baptist Church Dendron. He attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1978-1980 then finished his educational career at Virginia Union University. Carlos as he was affectionately known had a talent and love of Basketball. Carlos leaves to cherish precious memories two daughters Sydney Judkins; grandsons Jet and Maverick and Shelby Judkins; mother of his children, Robin Judkins; mother Lillian Judkins; father Proveb Henry (June) Judkins; sister, Carmen Denise; aunt, Julia Bailey. A host of cousins, and close friends.
Lian, Douglas J. 1980 JC ~ 24-Jul-2007
Lorenzen, Andrew R. 1980 HS ~ 15-Jul-2015 was born in Albuquerque, NM to Mercedes and Bernhardt Lorenzen. He passed away surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer on Friday, July 15, 2016. He was 53 years old. Andrew was preceded in death by his father, Bernhardt Lorenzen. He is survived by his mother, Mercedes Lorenzen; daughter, Jerika Lorenzen; son, Jheridan Lorenzen; their mother, Brenda Leslie; granddaughter, Aryah Lopez Lorenzen; sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and Chris Hilleary; brother and sister-in-law, Lorenz and Colleen Lorenzen from Baltimore, MD; a niece, three nephews and many special and dear friends.
Marshall, Peter A. 1980 JC ~ 10-Jun-1998
Mathis, Joel C. 1980 HS ~ 15-Jan-2002 Joel Mathis, 39, was killed January 15, 2002 in a plane crash near Skagway, AK. Joel was doing what he loved, he was on his way to pick up two passengers in Haines, AK, when his plane went down. He is survived by his mother and father, Vic and Sue Mathis; his brother, Vernon Mathis and wife, Tina Mathis, their children, Travis Mathis, Matthew Lovato and Dallas Wallace; his sister, Shelley Mathis and Max all of Albuquerque. As well as numerous other family members. There will be no Funeral Services held in Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the people that risked their lives to recover his body, Skagway Volunteer Search and Rescue Skagway, AK, 99840. Joel out flew his Angels.
Montoya, A. Jeffery 1980 HS ~ 18-Sep-1990 A Jeffrey Montoya passed away on September 13, 1990 at age 27. A Jeffrey was born on December 17, 1962. There is no information about A Jeffrey’s family. We know that A Jeffrey Montoya had been residing in Pena Blanca, Sandoval County, New Mexico 87041.
Nelson, Steven D. 1980 HS
Orozco, Beatriz E. 1980 JC ~ 19-Nov-2015 was born Oct. 5, 1959; she was a good daughter, sister and awesome aunt to three adorable, rambunctious nieces. She would lead an exemplary life of devotion to faith and family. Beatriz, or Beat, as she was affectionately known, was the first and favorite of seven Mexican-American children from Juan and Maria de los Angeles Orozco. As the first born she became her mom’s little helper, assisting in cleaning, feeding and supervising the large brood of siblings. Because of her closeness to her mother, she would be the best at making gourmet dishes, at speaking fluent Spanish (her mother’s first language), and in being the wisest of them all. She graduated from high school at St. Mary’s Academy in Navoo, IL, was nominated for the Military Academy at West Point, NY, and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. Her dream to pursue a field as an architect would be sidetracked after her mother became disabled and severely ill. Physicians would bestow upon her the title of honorary doctor because of her significant contribution to her mother’s long-term care. In between she took great joy in caring for and playing with her nieces. After her mother passed away she was there to assist her father in his declining health. But soon, she would need to care for herself after being diagnosed with kidney failure and put on dialysis as her mother was before her. And like her mother, she would succumb to the disease. Man measures success in terms of power and wealth, but for those seeking a place in heaven, it is based on love, faith and sacrifice and by that measure she has earned her placement among the greatest of saints. Few ever come as close to repaying ones parents for all their love and sacrifices as she did. The family requests prayers for her eternal soul. She is survived by her father (Juan f. Orozco), six siblings (Juan C., Ruth, Mary, Gloria, Ana and David), and three nieces (Maria, Bebe and Jessica).
Peterson, Brent A. 1980 HS ~ 13-May-1998
Pomonis, Peter T. 1980 HS ~ 04-Mar-2003
Prieto, Dino A. 1978 HS-1980 JC
Pruett, Charles D. 1978 HS-1980 JC ~ 25-Dec-2003
Pruitt, Martin G. 1980 HS ~ 19-Jul-2005 PRUITT, MARTIN GLEN, 43, passed away July 19th, 2005. He was born March 28th, 1962 in New York City. He has joined his Mother, Viola Ruth Pruitt and his beloved Sister, Leslie Karen Pruitt. He will be greatly missed by his beet friend, his Father, Carl Jack Pruitt of Alto, New Mexico and his wife, Barbara, his Aunt Joyce Green and husband Frank of Stephenville, TX, and his many cousins, especially Margaret and his loyal and long time friends, George, Brad and Mark. He was in computer sales and was a long time Dallas resident.
Renteria, Jose J. 1980 JC ~ 31 Aug-2015
Ribble, N. Carson Jr. 1980 JC ~ 11-Aug-2018 Carson Ribble passed away the evening of August 11, 2018.
He was born in Albuquerque, NM, to Norman C. Ribble, Jr., and Dorothy Ribble. He lived, for his formative years, in Albuquerque. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, and graduated from Highland High School. He received his Bachelor’s from New Mexico State University, and his MBA from Texas A&M University. He was employed in a variety of industries, including construction, accounting. He was Vice President of Ribble Contracting, and later Comptroller of Quadco, Inc, in Brighton, CO. He was a CPA and currently President of N.C. Ribble Accounting. His true love was farming and ranching which he operated in Brighton, CO, as Ribble Land and Cattle. Carson was a life-long Mason, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him. He served as Master Councilor in DeMolay. He was a Scottish rite Mason and a Noble of El Jebel Shrine. He served as President of the Drovers Mounted Patrol and President of Daraja and was currently serving as Marshal of El Jebel. Carson was known for his infectious smile and gift of humor. He brightened any room which he entered and always walked in hand with his savior Jesus Christ. He was predeceased by his daughter, Caitlyn Ribble; and sister, Raulee Ribble. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Leeann; his daughter, Kylee; parents, Norman and Dorothy; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Robin and Kyle Harder and Renee and James Hall; as well as nephew, Garrett Harder and niece Raulin Harder.
Righter, Ronald Alan 1980 JC ~ 01-Oct-2011 51, of Lincoln, passed away suddenly in Baltimore, MD, Saturday, October 1st, 2011. Ronald was a Computer Programmer. Proud member of the Army National Guard Infantry. Proud graduate of The New Mexico Military Institute. He was involved with The Boy Scouts of America, and enjoyed Boating and Camping. Ronald is survived by his wife, Julie; Son, Robert Francis Righter; Daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Andrew) Roberts; Son, Seth Curtis Lacy (Abbey Noll); Granddaughter-to-be, Ava Elizabeth Lacy; Son, Alexander Alan Righter 2014 HS; Son, Aaron Benjamin Righter; Mother, Virginia Righter; Sister, Karen May; Nephew, Christopher May; Mother-in-law, Patricia Oestmann; Father-in-law, Melvin Oestmann; Sister-in-law, Allison (Larry) Bauers; Nephew, Chase Bauers; Niece, Maylea Bauers. Preceded in death by Father, Herbert Francis Righter, and Grandparents.
Shoultz, Mark A. 1980 HS ~ 25-Jan-1986
Skeen, Mikell L. 1980 HS ~ 03-Apr-2018 We honor and celebrate the life of Mikell “Mike” Lee Skeen, son of Joe and Mary Helen Skeen, who met his Savior face-to-face on April 3rd, 2018. Mikell was born on January 5, 1962. He grew up on the family ranch with his sister, learning the values of hard work, hard play, generosity and kindness. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He met his best friend and future wife, Gail Edwards in 1980. They were married in 1983 sharing 35 years of marriage. Mike inherited a love of the land and its animals (except for coyotes) from his parents. He has managed the sheep and cattle family ranch full time since 1982. Like his dad, he also inherited a love of flying. He loved the solitude life in the rolling hills of the Sacramento Mountains. His Lord and Family meant everything to him. Mike was a long time member of the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Roswell Elks Lodge, NM Wool Growers, NM Cattle Growers and the NMMI Alumni Association. Mike greatly cherished his beloved Australian Sheppard dogs: Sox, Patches and Shep, all kinds of music, competitive shooting, boating, motorcycles and hunting, especially predator hunting. Mike was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother Jim. He is survived by his wife, Gail Ann Edwards Skeen; son, Tyler Lee Skeen and wife, Sarah Lynn Martin Skeen; son, Clinton Santry Skeen and his love, Halee Dean; grandson, Lane Santry Skeen; sister, Mary Elisa “Lisa” Livingston and nephews, Richard Ross Livingston; Tristan Edwards, and Cooper Schramm; nieces, Samantha Shackelford, Andria Shackelford; mother-in-law, Dottie Edwards; sisters-in-law, Debbie Pompei and husband, Dave Pompei; Robin Shackelford and Donna Edwards. Many cousins on both sides of the family.
Stewart, Janetta B. (Foster) 1980 JC ~ 13-Dec-2007, 47, of Corona passed away Dec. 13, 2007, at her home in Corona with her loving family beside her. Janetta was born Oct. 24, 1960, in Belen to Claude and Anne (Black) Foster. Janetta married Gilbert R. Stewart, Jr., on July 16, 1986, in Corona. Janetta is a New Mexico Military Institute graduate and a PIMA Medical graduate and a member of the Corona Baptist Church. Janetta is survived by her stepfather, John Tracey; husband, Gilbert R. Stewart, Jr., of Corona; daughters, Sarah Stewart and Alexandra Stewart of Corona; sisters, Faith Hignight, Amy Nicholson, Phoebe Cogdill; and granddaughters, Angelica Stewart and Sophiya Golightly. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Treadaway, Thomas L. 1980 HS ~ 14-Apr-2002 He is survived by his loving wife, Judith; son, Benjamin Williams and his wife, Kate; father, DeWayne Williams; brother, Roddy Williams and his wife, Patsy; and sister Bonnie Williams. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertina “Bambi” Williams.
Williams, Patrick L. 1980 JC ~ 05-Feb-2018
Winkler, Timothy L. 1980 HS ~ 05-May-2015
Witcher, Blake B. 1980 JC ~ 14-Nov-2015 55, of Dallas, TX, passed away on November 14, 2015. He is survived by his two daughters, Elise Witcher, Meredith Witcher, mother Laura Witcher, all of Dallas, his sister Marla and husband Tom Velarde of Santa Fe, brother, Chad Witcher of Espanola, parents, Dr. Don and Alice of Santa Fe. He is also survived by aunts, nieces, cousins, many wonderful friends and colleagues. Blake was a graduate of Santa Fe High School, NM State University, and Oklahoma City University Law School. He was a practicing attorney in Dallas.
Amidzadeh, Navid 1979 HS
Archuleta, John G. “Archie” 1979 JC ~ 21-Feb-2019 age 59, of Roswell, New Mexico, who passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Deacon Chris Gutierrez will be the officiant. Archie was born in Roswell, New Mexico, on August 29, 1959, to John and Christine Archuleta. Archie worked for both New Mexico Rehabilitation Center and La Comida Restaurant as a chef. He enjoyed watching the Cowboys play football, playing golf, and spending time with his friends. Archie’s favorite place to be was with his mom and attending family functions. Survivors: Archie is survived by his son, James Archuleta; daughter, Michelle Archuleta both of Roswell; grandchildren: Isaac, Anthony, Emma, Nehemiah, Amoriah, Lovella, Elisa, and John Vincent. He also leaves behind his parents, John and Christine Archuleta of Roswell; sisters Angie and husband Linden Fulkerson of Roswell, Andrea and husband Edward Williams of Las Cruces, NM, and Laurie and husband Kameron Dudek of Roswell, NM. Also, in addition he had many numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be missed by close friend, Rosa Garza, of Roswell, NM. and all that knew and loved him. Preceded: Archie’s maternal grandmothers, Elizabeth and Semona Baiza, preceded him in death, along with his paternal grandparents, George and Aurora Archuleta. Honorary Pallbearers: Chosen to serve as Honorary Pallbearers are Linden Fulkerson, JR Williams, Kameron Dudek, and Ray Lujan. A reception will follow immediately at the home of Kameron and Laurie Dudek. Archie’s tribute was written in his honor by his family. “I’m Still With You Please don’t grieve now that I have left your side There is a peaceful place where I now reside. My life on earth is gone it’s true But always know that I’m still with you. The joys I have, the love-filled days, The happy moments, and many countless ways. Friendships so special, happiness and sorrows Make memories last and bring sunshine tomorrow God called me sooner and thought why We do not know. There is peace in knowing that it was time to go Winds gently blow, and the sun shines thru Remember I am free and still with you.”
Ballesteros, Domie Dean 1979 JC ~ 17-Mar-2015 age 55, born December 23, 1959 to Rosalina Tadio and Dominador Ballesteros in Lanai City, HI. died March 17, 2015 at 4:47 p.m., after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma proved to be more difficult than any war he fought in. Since 2002 he has been a loving, devoted husband to Marie Inez Ballesteros (ne: Drouillard); wonderful father to Matthew Tessier, Daniel Lauzon, Leilani Ballesteros and Marie Lauzon and grandfather to Warren and Phoenix Dawn. He is also survived by his brothers, Mark and Dave Ballesteros, their wives and many nieces and nephews. Domie served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, having served with distinction in the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg. He made many great friends while serving his country and his brothers in arms are also saddened by the loss of a brave warrior. Domie had been attending Weber State University, until the disease rendered him unable, to pursue a Masters degree in Psychology and Social Work in order to fulfill his dream to help his brothers in arms deal with the profound effects of war and all that entails.
Baumgarth, Eric O. 1979 JC ~ 16-Dec-1993
Bodin, Edward K. 1979 HS ~ 22-Aug-2002
Boles, Donald G. 1979 HS ~ 17-Nov-1996
Bornmann, John C., II 1977 HS-1979 JC ~ 05-Sep-2005
Brown, Baxter C. 1979 JC ~ 8-Mar-1993
Bruce, Larry S. 1979 HS ~ 27-Oct-2005
Caufield, Charles A. 1979 JC ~ 29-Sep-2015
Clark, Raymond J. 1977 HS-1979 JC
Cockrum, C. Conway 1979 HS ~ 19-Feb-1984
Costello, Timothy Hugh 1979 HS ~ 07-Dec-2018, age 57, a longtime resident of Las Vegas, NM passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018. He was born to his parents Joseph Eugene Costello and Ann Sherritt Costello on September 27, 1961 in Farmington, NM. He was a Catholic and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. Tim attended schools in Las Vegas before transferring to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He graduated from high school there in 1979. He enrolled in New Mexico State University and after a short time in Las Cruces, transferred to Highlands University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Tim worked in the hotel and restaurant management field in Las Cruces, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque and was a gifted chef. He moved to Ft. Collins, CO, where he was associated with Advanced Energy for 15 years. Tim’s passion for sports remained with him throughout his life. Growing up in Las Vegas, he played baseball and football. In college, he began playing golf and enjoyed following the national golf tournaments on TV. He loved watching the NFL and was an ardent and passionate fan of the Oakland Raiders. Tim returned to Las Vegas in 2011. He is preceded in death by his father: Joseph Eugene Costello. He is survived by his mother: Ann Costello of the family home; sister: Michelle Brown and Darrell of Artesia, NM; niece: Lynda Kirchner (Brian); nephews: Danny R. Brown (Lacy) and David Brown (Kerri); numerous: cousins and other relatives.
Cox, William David 1979 HS ~ 21-Sep-2020 William David Cox, 59, of Hot Springs, AR, passed away September 21, 2020 after a brief illness. Known as David, he was born May 12, 1961, in Galveston, TX to George W. (Bill) and Helen R. (Romayne) Cox. David attended Galveston’s Ball High School and New Mexico Military Institute. He was an avid athlete in his younger years playing high school football, basketball and water polo. Music was always important to David and he was an accomplished guitar player and played throughout his life. In his adult years, David joined the SGT community in Hot Springs. This community became David’s home base and the staff and clients were his family. In his years there his life flourished. He lived independently, took on a small part time job and formed lasting friendships. David was a member of the Hot Springs Baptist Church and attended Bible School. David had a special ability to see the world without judgements and always enjoyed the simple things in life, good meals and fun activities. He will be remembered as faithful, loving, and kind and as someone who made friends everywhere he went. He is survived by the many members of his home community at Small Group Therapy, his parents, and sisters Alison and her husband Rick Grellier (Old Greenwich, CT), Christy (Portland, OR) and Sara (Northampton MA); as well as 2 nieces and 4 nephews.
Day, Cyrus M., IV 1979 JC ~ 17-Mar-2013 54, known to his family as Russ, of Georgetown, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at his home, after a brief illness. Born July 15, 1958, in Louisville, he was the son of Joan Cralle Day and Dr. Cyrus M. Day, III. Russ was a graduate of Camp LeJeune High School (N.C.) and New Mexico Military Institute. He was also a U.S. Army veteran and a welder and electrician. Known for his generosity and kindness to strangers, he was a gentle soul who always put others before himself. He never realized his own goodness. He was preceded in death by his brother and best friend, David Lee Day. Russ is survived by his mother and father; sisters, Susan Day and Carolyn Day; niece, Vanessa Day; nephews, Tyler Kmetz (Sarah) and Dakota Day; and great-nephews, Dallas Day and Shawn Harness.
Dunlap, Shannon L. 1979 HS ~ 10-Apr-2009 49, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at his home.
Elliott, Raymond D. 1979 JC
Elvira, Eduardo B. 1979 HS ~ 21-Jun-2005
Farmer, Thomas C. 1979 HS ~ Nov-2014
Flores, Paul D. 1979 HS
George, Gordon W. 1979 JC
Harms, Jeffrey G. 1979 HS ~ 01-Oct-2004
Henderson, Daniel F. 1979 JC ~ 07-Jun-1999
Jameson, Brian S. 1979 JC
Lloyd, Lewis K. 1979 JC ~ 05-Jul-2019 Former Drake University basketball star Lewis Lloyd died Friday in Philadelphia at the age of 60. Lloyd was one of Philadelphia’s most celebrated basketball players. He began his college career at New Mexico Military Institute and transferred to Drake for his final two seasons. He averaged 30.2 points and 15 rebounds and as a junior and 26.3 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior while earning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors twice. He was also an All-American. Lloyd was a fourth-round draft pick of the Golden State Warriors in 1981 and played eight seasons in the NBA with Golden State, Houston and Philadelphia. Iowa State sophomore Tyrese Haliburton is now a gold-medal winning basketball star. Haliburton scored six points and had eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot Sunday as Team USA defeated Mali 93-79 in the championship game of the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece. For the tournament, Haliburton averaged 7.9 points and 6.9 assists, shooting 68.9 percent overall and hitting 10 of 18 shots from 3-point range while earning a spot on the tournament’s All-Star Five.
Masci, James R. 1979 HS ~ 29-May-2005, 43, died May 29 in Gamerco. He was born June 13, 1961 in Gallup. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell for three years and graduated in 1979. He also attended NMSU in Las Cruces. He enjoyed rodeo and the outdoors. He was an artist and liked to travel. Survivors include his mother, Mary Masci of Gallup, brother, John Masci of Gamerco, and sister, Venus Masci of Taos. He was preceded in death by his father, Corradino Masci.
McCracken, William H. 1979 JC ~ 23-May-1996
McGee, Robert David 1979 HS
McKeown, Michael K. 1979 HS
McKinney, Michael D. 1979 HS ~ 19-Jun-2017 55, longtime resident of Theodore, AL, died on Monday, June 19, 2017 at his home. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico and lived there for a number of years and also in Mobile. While in Roswell, he attended The New Mexico Military Institute. He loved fishing for the catch of the day and spending time with family and friends at Dauphin Island. Michael was a kind and generous person, always searching for and collecting gift type items for those he loved. Artistic and creative was always a good way to describe Michael. Playing the guitar, assembling model cars and drawing were his favorite things. He loved his family and he will be dearly missed. Preceding him in death, are his sisters, Deborah Hilliard and Valorie Citty. Surviving are his mother, Betty N. Evans of Fairhope; His father Richard E. (Nancy) McKinney of Charlotte, NC; 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, NC; his sisters, Donna (Jay) Boothe, Denise (Mike) Booker, Charlotte (Bo) Wilkinson, Lisa Denney and Michele Hart, Marjorie (Chris) Rosenberry; his brothers, Gus Allen McKinney and Andrew Mark McKinney and many other relatives and friends.
Michener, Edward R. 1979 JC ~ 01-Dec-2007 age 48, former Republic resident, died December 1, 2007, in Blythewood, SC, after a sudden illness. He was born October 9, 1959, to Paul and Donna (Stahl) Michener. Mr. Michener had worked for the Dana Corporation, and Allied Waste Management before moving to South Carolina. He received his MBA from the University of Toledo. He is survived by his mother, Donna Michener of Republic, OH; a sister, Paulette (John E.) Michener Bockert of Norwalk; a sister-in-law, Milly (Larry) Michener of Republic, OH; four nephews; a niece and three great-nephews.
Murnan, Richard D. 1979 JC ~ 07-Aug-2015 54, of Bartlesville, died at 10:15 P.M. on Friday, August 7th, 2015. He was a Bartlesville resident and was employed as a pipeliner with Union 798. Survivors include his daughter, Somer Nichole Murnan of Bartlesville, his father, B.D. “Wayne” Murnan and wife, Luann of Bartlesville, his mother, Susan Lorraine Eggleston and partner, Bill Grandstaff of Nowata, brother, Todd Murnan and wife Lisa of Pine, CO, two sisters, Kim Lopez and husband John of Cypress, TX, Lalaina Murnan Coppinger and husband Lance of Ochelata. Nieces and nephews, Autumn Broesel of Edmond, Stormi Swim of Cypress, TX, Lexi, Caleb and Blake of Ochelata, Greer and Connor of Pine, CO. Great nieces and nephews, Sydney, Kirsten, Mackenzie and Mason of Cypress, TX, and Conner of Edmond. His aunt and uncle’s Richard and Theda Thompson of Skiatook, Bob Murnan of Bartlesville. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Alva and Louise Murnan, his maternal grandparents, E.I. and Josephine Thompson. Aunts, Monte Murnan and Illa Jean Murnan.
Phillips, Keith A., “Tony” II, USAF (Ret) 1979 JC ~ 17-Feb-2016 56 passed away on February 17, 2016 in his hometown of Scottsdale, AZ. Tony was an American professional baseball player who had an 18-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career from 1982-1999. He played all positions on the baseball diamond except for pitcher and catcher. His most memorable notoriety is the play he made with the Oakland A’s against the Giants in the 1989 World Series making the last defensive out and sealing the championship win for the team. Love and gratitude to the Oakland Athletics (A’s) and Roswell High School for their contributions to the life and legacy of our Angel. The memories of his precious life will be cherished by his daughter, Victoria Antionette Phillips; granddaughter, Jada Nichelle Phillips; two brothers, Minister Leonard B. Phillips (Rhonda) and Donald Craig Phillips; one sister, Stacey Phillips-Coker; two uncles, Almond Robert Martin, Jr., and Larry Martin; four aunts, Patricia Ann Cook, Lanelle Peters, Rosa Elizabeth Hawkins, and Deborah Marie Jackson; one Great Uncle, William Tucker; one Great Aunt, Ethel Tucker, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Purifoy, William D. 1979 JC ~ 14-Oct-2013 53, of Homestead, passed away on Monday, at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Bill was the former Fire Chief of the Homestead Volunteer Fire Department. He leaves to cherish his memory mother, Frances Purifoy; three children, Sherisse Purifoy, Courtney Purifoy, William D. Purifoy; three grandchildren; three siblings, Cheryl (Albert) Bowe, Donald (Karen) Purifoy, Jr., Christina (Tim Shipman) Purifoy; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends too numerous to mention.
Quilliam, W. Reed, III 1979 HS ~ 09-Jan-2011 Mr. Quilliam died on Jan. 6, 2011. Due to mounting health problems, his activities have been restricted for several years. Reed was born July 6, 1961, in Beaumont, TX, the third child of W. Reed Quilliam, Jr., and Myrna Simmons Quilliam. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Monterey High School in 1979. He also attended Texas Tech University. An avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Reed shared his father’s enthusiasm for sports. He enjoyed rooting for the Red Raiders and loved attending Texas Tech basketball and football games. He was happiest during college bowl season and March Madness. Following his mother’s example, Reed took great satisfaction from serving as a volunteer at St. John’s United Methodist Church. For many years, he spent Monday mornings assisting the staff of the church in various duties. Survivors include his daughter, Amanda Elizabeth Quilliam; sister, Kathryn Quilliam Reeves and husband Jimmie L. Reeves; nephews, Kyle Chamberlain Gregory and Pierce Quilliam Reeves; and loving caregiver, Mary Mutai. Reed was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Mary Corinne Quilliam, who died in 1995.
Randolph, David E. 1979 JC
Rogers, Thomas I. 1979 JC
Rouchon, Fritz 1979 JC ~ 25-Jan-2008
Sartin, Stevin K. 1979 JC ~ 23-Jan-1999
Sitler, David M. 1977 HS-1979 JC ~ 24-Feb-2014 May 21, 1959 – February 24, 2014 Age 54 of Brooklyn Center, MN. Survived by wife of 33 years; Rozalinda; Children, Kristi (Ron), Jennie (Jonny), and Carl; grandchildren, Robert, Weston, and Lincoln; mother, Wanda; mother-in-law, Rose; sisters, Janet (David) and Joanna; sister-in-law, Rosemary (Chris); nephews, David, Brandon, and CJ; nieces, Alyssa and Brianna; and by John H., who was a brother from another mother. Predeceased by father, John and father-in-law, Steve. As a Captain in the Army, David was 3rd generation military and served his country proudly. That honor of service continued on through Scouting. His scouting accomplishments include Eagle Scout, OA Vigil, Scoutmaster and most recently he was very proud of what he accomplished as District Commissioner for the Northern Lights district. A celebration of David’s life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West hotel (3131 Campus Dr. Plymouth, MN. 55441). In lieu of flowers donations can be made in David’s name at Wells Fargo banks, the account number is 7984669189 (or brought to the service). All donations will go towards creating a disc golf course in his name at Rum River Scout Camp in Ramsey, MN. David will have Military Honors at Ft. Snelling later this spring.
Sturtz, Jacob E. 1979 HS
Torrez, Eddie J. 1979 JC
Vann, Rodney H. 1979 HS ~ 19-May-2006
Warman, Mike 1979 JC ~ 23-Nov-2003
Williams, Roosevelt 1979 HS ~ 13-Aug-1992
Amidzadeh, Kavah 1978 HS
Armstrong, Sam W. 1978 JC
Arnold, Jeffery B. 1978 HS ~ 19-Sep-2010
Aylesworth, Jeffrey L. 1978 HS ~ 21-Oct-2005 Jeffrey Lynn Aylesworth Jeffrey Lynn Aylesworth departed this world Oct. 19, 2005, in Abilene. He was born June 9, 1960. He attended schools in Plainview except for the last two years of high school which he attended at New Mexico Military School in Roswell, NM. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward W. Aylesworth, in August 1970. Survivors include his wife, Shelly of Abilene; his mother, Helen Aylesworth of Plainview; two sisters, Jackie and Pat Aylesworth, both of Amarillo; and a brother, Edward Warren Aylesworth Jr., of Melvin, TX.
Bearden, Joe L. 1978 HS
Blenker, Bob G. 1978 JC
Cannon, William C. 1978 HS ~ 13-Jun-1999
Chavez, Richard D. 1978 HS- ~ 07 Apr-2001
Churchman, William S. 1978 JC
Cisneros, 1LT John M. 1978 JC
Crane, Paul H. 1978 HS
Dawkins, John E. 1978 HS ~ 08-Apr-2021 John Elliott Dawkins, 60, from Placitas, NM, died peacefully in his hospital room Thursday, April 8, 2021. A private memorial service will be held Sunday, July 18, 2021, 11:00am, MDT, at Los Poblanos Inn in Albuquerque, NM, with the Rev. Dan Carter of Amarillo, Texas, officiating. John Dawkins was born May 30, 1960, in Amarillo, Texas, to Pattilou Puckett Dawkins and Thomas Elliott Dawkins. He attended St. Andrew’s Day School, Coronado Elementary School, Austin Middle School, and Tascosa High School where he was a member of the tennis team. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1978. He graduated from Arizona State University with a finance degree. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo, TX. John married Sona Newman on July 8, 1989. They lived in Phoenix until they established Tri State Music and moved to Placitas, NM, with their main office in Bernalillo, NM. In time, they developed offices in Tucson, AZ, and El Paso, TX, John developed lasting friendships, was quick with a laugh, and was always a gracious host. He will be remembered for his varied abilities. He could fix most anything and thoroughly enjoyed teaching his sons how to solder, fix cars and motorcycles. John was an amazing father and loved being with and working with his sons. He played the piano, and his friends called him the “lounge lizard” as he played the piano and sang with his beautiful baritone voice. John most enjoyed their condo in Mexico, where the family could bring friends, water ski, and be at the beach when the fishermen brought in fresh shrimp, and John would be there to cook them right there on the beach. John was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Elliott Dawkins, his grandparents, Lela Wolflin Puckett and L.H. (Cedar) Puckett, his aunt Nancy Puckett Berry, his uncle Marshall Hunter Puckett, and his cousin, Kyle Berry. He is survived by his wife Sona, of Placitas, his three sons, John Maxwell Dawkins of Albuquerque, Charles Wolflin Dawkins, and Thomas Waite Dawkins of Placitas, NM. In addition, he is survived by his mother Pattilou Puckett Dawkins of Amarillo, TX, his siblings, Lela Dawkins of Santa Fe, NM, Marshall Dawkins of Amarillo, TX, and Nancy Dawkins of Brooklyn, NY. Also surviving are cousins he loved and adored: Wolf Puckett of Amarillo, TX, Shelby Puckett of Sugar Land, TX, Brenda Berry of Peterborough, NH, Terry Phenicie of Redwood, CA, Brady Phenicie of Polson, MT, and Jain McClain of San Francisco, CA.
Dodd, CW4 J. C., USA (Ret) 1978 HS ~ 18-Jan-2018 Family and friends mourn the passing of retired CHP Officer, Jamie Coleman (JC) Dodd on Wednesday evening, 18 January 2018. JC lost his life in a helicopter crash in a rural area of New Mexico, where he worked as a personal pilot, along with four others. JC was born in Midland, TX, attended school at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and graduated with honors. He was a member of the USMC Reserves and the Army, where he rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4, flying helicopter missions in Central & South America. In 1990, JC joined the California Highway Patrol, where he did three years of duty on the road in Marin County before joining the Valley Division Air Operations Unit in Auburn as a search and rescue helicopter pilot. He was also a member of the National Guard 126th Medical Company (Air Ambulance). During his career, JC flew countless rescue missions, often in extreme conditions, saving numerous lives. His strong character and leadership skills made him a respected member of his unit. He received a number of awards for his skills as a pilot, and always made sure that his coworkers received acknowledgment, as well. Despite all his abilities and achievements he remained very humble, with an understated strength and sense of humor. JC was recognized nationally in 2005, when he was awarded the Jeep Hero Award, receiving a new Jeep Grand Cherokee. He donated that prize to Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, an organization that feeds the homeless. In 2010, JC was inducted into the Hall of Fame at New Mexico Military Institute, of which he was so proud. On a personal level, JC was a friend and mentor to many. He was a beloved husband and brother. He loved dogs, especially his three Yellow Labrador Retrievers; Jake, Sasha & Max. JC was skilled in woodworking, blacksmithing & welding and could build almost anything from scratch. He loved to ride motorcycles & ATVs and traveled extensively with Jacqueline, his wife of 25 years.
Doolittle, Barry B., Jr. 1978 HS ~ 19-Sep-1999
Evans, Peter N. 1978 HS ~ 09-Sep-2003
Ford, Gary W. 1978 HS ~ 18-Jan-2009
Hedgespeth, Keith A. 1978 JC ~ 05-Mar-2015 “Mr. H”, born March 7, 1958 passed away March 5, 2015. He was preceded in death his parents Spencer and Alba Hedgespeth. He is survived by his loving wife Janice, brothers Ken Hedgepseth (Brigitte), John Hedgepseth (Diane), niece Melanie Hedgespeth, and nephew Barry Hedgespeth. Keith was a graduate from Thomas Jefferson High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and RETS Electronics. He graduated from University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Keith was a member of Buechel Park Baptist Church and was employed at Fairdale High School. He was also involved in various Masonic Organizations: Buechel Lodge #896, where he served as Master in 1996. Member of the Louisville Scottish Rite, Kosair Shrine Temple (Past Master Unit, Hillbilly Clan #3), Past Maters Society, Royal Order of Scotland, Knights Templar, and York Rite Bodies. Keith was a Past Wise Master of the Louisville Rose Croix, and Past District Deputy of District 14 for the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. He was an avid Cardinal fan and benefactor member of the NRA.
Heidner, Michael J. 1978 JC ~ 15-Apr-2000 Michael J. Heidner, 43, of Port Orchard died April 15, 2000, of a heart attack suffered near Bremerton. He was born Sept. 12, 1956, at the U.S. Naval Base at Subic Bay in the Philippines, to Floyd and Andrea (Villar) Heidner. He was raised in Subic Bay, graduating from George Dewey High School in 1975. Mr. Heidner served in the Army from 1977 to 1978 and had attained the rank of sergeant when he received an honorable discharge for medical reasons. He also served in the Army Reserves for five years, achieving the rank of major. Mr. Heidner was working for M. Rosenblatt & Son/AMSEC in Bremerton at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Debra M. of Lakeside, Calif.; a daughter, Angela Heidner of Lakeside; a son, Michael, II, of Lakeside; his parents, Floyd and Andrea of Port Orchard; three brothers, Melchor of San Jose, CA, Salvador of Bremerton and Darren of Port Orchard; and a sister in Guam.
Hendley, Christopher J. 1978 HS ~ 12-Apr-2015 53 Died at home in Fort Worth, TX, 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, WA, where he worked for Holland America Cruise Lines. During this time they were able to take a cruise to Alaska. On February 13th, 1989 they welcomed their first son David. In 1990 it was time to move closer to family. They moved to Texas. He worked at multiple consulting jobs. He eventually started working for Southwest Airlines. He earned many awards, and made many friends while there. He worked for them for 16 years. During this time they welcomed into their family their second son Adam on April 12th, 1991 and their third son Aaron on October 18th, 2001. After leaving Southwest he worked at several companies including Curves International, Santander, and most recently Multi-View. He worked hard and made friends wherever he went. He loved his family and spent many hours with his sons doing whatever they were involved in. He coached little league baseball, was a scout leader, helped with archery, attended many football and baseball games, attended many band concerts, and was supportive in many more ways. Some of his hobbies included woodworking, coin collecting, he loved attending Texas Rangers baseball games with his family, watching and cheering for the Cowboys, he was an avid reader, and NPR listener, he especially loved anything science fiction, he enjoyed many types of music, and loved watching and going to movies. Chris is survived by wife Pamela, son David and his wife Heidi, sons Adam and Aaron, his mother Alice Jane Hendley, Sister Jana Sorroche and husband Joe, brother Greg Hendley and wife Mary Helen, Father in Law Milton Trayer, Mother in Law Darlene Trayer, Virginia Hendley, In laws Paula and Wayne Vaughan, Patrice and Steve Olsen, and Phillip and Aubrey Trayer, as well as many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and last but not least his dogs Ricky and Lucy. He was preceded in death by his father William Raymond Hendley.
Hutson, Robert L. 1978 HS
Jenkins, CPT Fredrick C., USAR 1978 JC ~ 31-May-2001
Jordan, Eric K. 1978 JC ~ 13-Mar-2009 Luna County District l Commissioner, Eric K. Jordan, 51, passed away March 13, 2009, at the home of a former classmate, Ellen Renee Charles, and her husband, Walter Butler, in Albuquerque. Eric was born Dec. 12, 1957, in Deming. He was a graduate of the Deming High School Class of 1976, where he excelled in athletics. In his senior year he was a leader in winning the state basketball tournament under his brother Thurman’s coaching. Following high school, he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and later worked in California for several years before returning to Deming and establishing his own business, namely Jordan Coleman Urethane. Most recently, he was elected to serve on the Luna County Commission. He is survived by his Mother, Virginia L. Coleman, five brothers, Colonius “Pee Wee,” and his wife, Lois Faye; Blackmon “JP”, and Leroy “Jerome,” all of Deming; Darrell and wife, Lynette, of De Soto, TX; and Gary of Tempe, AZ. One Sister, Ann of Deming, Cousin Alex Cordova and his wife Ruby of Blythe, CA. Nephews Aaron and Christian Jordan of Las Cruces and Albuquerque and many more cousins, nephews and nieces and many, many close and special friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thurman Wanzo Jordan, on April 30, 1978, and father, Leroy Jordan.
Koran, Steven A. 1978 HS ~ 02-Mar-2009 49, died, Monday, March 2, 2009, in Fort Worth. Steve was born Nov. 22, 1959, in Albuquerque, NM. He was the youngest of three brothers, with two younger sisters. He attended high school at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Steve served in the U.S. Navy from 1980 to 1984. He worked in private aviation maintenance and commercial construction in Texas and Florida. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, George T. Koran, Sr., and Mary C. Koran of Albuquerque, NM. Survivors: His daughter, Erica Leos; grandsons, Thomas Braden Hill and Joshua Tristan Hill of Roswell, NM; brother, George T. Koran, Jr. 1973 HS and sister-in-law, Trish Koran, of Northridge, CA; niece, Olivia Koran of Los Angeles, CA; niece, Emily Koran of Albuquerque, NM; brother, MSG Donald R. Koran, USAFR 1975 HS and sister-in-law, Darlene Koran, of Watauga; sister, Cathy Garlinger and brother-in-law, Bob Garlinger of Edgewood, NM; nieces, Elyse and Lauren Garlinger of Albuquerque, NM, and Bobby Garlinger of Edgewood, NM; sister, Kristin Cantrell and brother-in-law, Bill Cantrell, of Dallas; and cousins, Audrey Koran of Ancram, NY, and Lori Koran of Hackensack, NJ.
Mack, Clyde H. 1978 JC ~ 05-Mar-2004
McBroom, Arthur D. 1978 HS ~ 1980
McDaniel, K. D. 1978 HS ~ 10-Aug-2005
Miller, Bobby J. 1978 JC ~ 29-Jul-2004
Miller, Russell J. 1978 HS ~ 16-Mar-2016, 56, manager for the Allen Samuels Automotive Group for the past 10 years, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Funeral: 1pm Monday at First Baptist Church of Euless, 1000 West Airport Freeway in Euless. Visitation: The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm at Forest Ridge Funeral Home, 705 Airport Freeway. in Hurst. Memorials: In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that memorial donations be directed to 6-Stones, 209 N. Industrial Blvd., Ste: 241, Bedford, TX 76021. Russ was born Dec. 23, 1959 in Florissant, MO to Stewart O. Miller and Suzanne L. Turley Smith. He grew up in Roswell, NM, and attended New Mexico Military Institute. He returned to Florissant where he graduated from Central High School. Later he moved to Denver where he worked at the Aurora Athletic Club with his sister. Russ then moved to Dallas and attended Sheet Metal School and obtained his Journeyman in metal working. Russ was married to Kathy Welch in 2007. He was an active member of his AA chapter and had obtained 15 years of sobriety. Russ vowed to fight till the end and one of his final statements was he fought the fight, and it is nearly finished; the last two minutes of the 4th quarter and now more than ever, it is important to share his remaining time with family and friends. He will be truly missed. Russ was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors: Wife, Kathy Welch, children, Ashley Welch, Allison Welch Cox and her husband Tommy of Southlake and David Welch and wife Kerry and grandson Riley of McKinney; sister, Cindy Anderson of Denver; aunt, Leola Peed of Roswell NM; two cousins and four great cousins.
Miller, Russell N. 1976 HS-1978 JC ~ 21-Apr-2002
Mills, Joachim T. 1978 JC ~ 2012 ~ 16-Dec-2012
Morrisette, Dr. Michael E. 1978 HS ~ 26-Oct-2020 Dr. Michael E. Morrisett, was born on July 2, 1960 in Oklahoma City, OK, to Betty Jo Choate and Cecil Morrisett. He was called home to the Lord on October 26, 2020. Michael lived in Albuquerque for 32 years and was very proud of being a green chile eating New Mexican. He played football for NMMI, graduating from Sandia High School, (we went to rival schools, so Sandia sucks!). He received a degree in Instrumentation and Control from UNM. He moved his family to Las Vegas, NV, in 1992 and joined the casino world, working for Station Casinos for 14 years as a dealer, floorman and box man. He suffered a massive heart attack in 2002, while recovering from seven vessel bypass surgery he would walk to the school across the street to volunteer in a Special Education classroom specializing in Autism. There he found his calling. He went back to school full time, while working full time and taking care of his family, earning a PhD in Special Education from UNLV. He spent the last 14 years at Clark County School District in many specialized Special Education programs, including Region Special Education Facilitator, School Education Instructional Facilitator, but his heart was always in the classroom. Michael loved his students, giving parents his cell number and answering their calls anytime day or night, Michael loved to travel, play golf, he loved good whiskey and playing dominos. Michael was preceded in death by his mother and father, and brother Thomas Bender. He is survived by his loving wife of over 32 years, Heidi Morrisett, daughter Kimberly Mabry Bell and husband Jason Bell, son Aaron Morrisett, daughter Sarah Mabry Padovese, daughter Jordan Morrisett and husband Lucas Perez. Seven grandchildren who kept him young, Tabitha, David, Cobain, Monroe, Cash, Presley and Morgana. Brothers Wallace Bender II and David Bender, brother in law AJ Nichols, sister in laws Marti Sargent and Yvette Moran, nephews Wallace Bender, III, Brian Bender and Tony Bender All his wonderful golfing, domino, and most importantly, drinking buddies. Honorary pallbearers are: Greg Walker, Robert Valles, Paul Rochester, Michael Garcia, Mark Sticha, Odell Bailey, Steve Egenes and Brittany Egenes-Chavez Funeral arrangements by Davis Funeral home; viewing and funeral TBA. Flowers are appreciated for services, or donations to his favorite charity, Dell H Robison Best Buddies Program.
Nickell, Richard W. 1978 HS ~ 24-Apr-2007 46, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away suddenly Tuesday, April 24, 2007. Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Janet Guard Nickell Fegan and his sister, Karen Lynn Nickell. He is survived by his dear friend, Loretta Crossno; his father, William Nickell and step-mother Carole Nickell; his sister Cindy Miller, her husband Tom, Cindy’s son Loren, his wife Eva and children Serena and Ginger, Cindy and Tom’s daughters Julia Miller and Hazel Miller; Richard’s sister Connie Arnold and her daughter Chelsea Arnold; his brother Todd Arnold; his aunt Judy Nickell; and step-father Charles Fegan. Richard attended Manzano High School, New Mexico Military Institute and served in the US Army at Ft. Eustis, VA.
Olds, LTC Jeffrey D., USAR (Ret) 1978 JC
Padilla, Norbert R. 1978 HS ~ 25-Jun-2021 Norbert R. Padilla Norbert Roy Padilla, husband, father, son, brother and friend to many passed away unexpectedly on June 18, 2021. He was born September 25, 1960 in Santa Fe, NM to Alex and Ann Padilla. Norbert grew up in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1978. Norbert always pursued excellence in every aspect of his life. He loved to snow ski, motocross race and anything for an adrenaline rush. Norbert always had a passion for aviation and spent his life working with some of the most advanced military aircraft in the world. Later in life he obtained his pilot’s license and realized his dream of flight. Norbert also spent as much time as possible fishing in the mountains. Norbert was robust and feisty about his opinions as well as caring and protective to those who crossed his path. Norbert is preceded in death by his father Alex V. Padilla of Santa Fe. He will be deeply missed by Melanie Padilla (Kopatz) his loving wife of 31 years, his daughter Stephanie Padilla, his son Alexander Padilla ( and spouse, Ashley), Mother Ann Malone, sister Alexanna Padilla, brothers Mark Padilla (and spouse, Sandy) and Rick Malone (and spouse, Karen), four nieces, one nephew, three great nephews, and one great niece, as well as many friends.
Petersen, John A. 1978 JC ~ 07-Aug-2000 42, of Southlake, a Medical Sales Representative, went to be with the Lord Monday, August 7, 2000. John was born March 9, 1958 in Goldsboro, NC, to Edward L. And Suzanne Jaques Petersen. A devoted Christian man, his passion for life was accredited to his Christian beliefs. What gave John his greatest pleasures were his relationship with God, his loving wife and children, his dear family and friends, his love for sports, his gratifying career and enjoyment of jazz music. John fulfilled a lifetime of dreams and accomplishments in 42 years. Survivors: wife, Jana Petersen of Southlake; children, Jack, Victoria and Scott Petersen all of Southlake; father, Edward “Pete” Petersen and wife Alice of Arlington; mother, Suzanne Petersen Gardner and husband Flay of living; brothers and sisters-in-law, Chris and Jean Petersen of Piano; Todd and Karin Petersen of Plano; Mike and Renee Fowler of Arlington; Andy and Leanne Gardner of Colleyville; Kathy Gardner of Irving; Karey and Chuck Daniels of Allen; grandparents, John and Margaret Jaques of Irving; uncle, John Jaques, Jr., and wife Cindy of Flower Mound; father-in-law, George Meyer of St Louis, MO; sisters-in-law, Teri Renick, Christy Trunko and Judy Meyer all St. Louis, MO; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Price, Michael D. 1978 JC ~ 21-Jun-1992 ~ 25-Oct-2006
Prieto, Nahun R. 1978 JC
Pritchett, Richard K. 1978 HS ~ 16-Oct-2006 departed this life at home on Monday, October 16, 2006. He was born on May 15, 1959 in Houston to the late George C. and Irma Hughes Pritchett. He and his mother moved to Lubbock after his father’s death in 1965, his mother died in 1971. He was self employed. Survivors include one sister, Ada Jo Cantele of Houston; two nephews; his two uncles George H. Hughes of Irving, Bobby T. Hughes of Lubbock; and his special friends, Norma McKinley, and her mother, Laverne McKinley.
Renaud, Robert A. 1978 HS ~ 01-Jan-2003
Russell, Gary A. 1978 JC
Scarcelli, J. Chris 1978 JC ~ 22 Mar-2020 Sadly, J. Chris Scarcelli passed away on Sunday, 22 March 2020 in Las Vegas, NV. Chris attended ROTC basic training at Ft. Knox, KY in the summer of 1976 and then “ratted” in I Troop. He then attended Airborne and Ranger Schools at Ft. Benning, GA in the summer of 1977. Chris later served as the K Troop Trop Commander. He was graduated by NMMI in 1978 as a Distinguished Military Student and recognized as a “Who’s Who” in Junior Colleges. Two years later he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1980 from San Diego State University, CA where Chris was a member of the local chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Chris truly loved life and his many friends knew he lived larger than life. Chris is survived by his wife Marianne of thirty years and their three sons Garrett, Kyle and Spencer. Marianne was with Chris at the hospital until the end. Ranger Scarcelli always led the way for others to follow – Rest in Peace Chris.
Seeds, James D., II 1978 HS
Shearman, William K. 1978 HS ~ 15-Jul-1999
Smith, Marcus A. 1978 HS ~ 17-Sep-1994
Smith, Tim L. 1978 HS ~ 23-Jun-2011 52, of Amarillo died Thursday, June 23, 2011. Tim was born June 14, 1959, in Amarillo to Anne Riley Evans and Ralph Leon Evans. Tim was adopted after Leon’s death by James F. Smith, Jr. Tim attended New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell and graduated from Tascosa High School in Amarillo. He had a bachelor of art’s degree from Texas Christian University at Fort Worth and he also graduated from the Ranch Management School at TCU. Tim was an independent petroleum landman. Later, he was involved in the gold and silver industry, investments and real estate. Tim had a lifelong involvement with his Amarillo church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and his college alumni associations. Tim’s passions were his family, his friends, his work, his devoted pet dog and his BMW motorcycles. He was preceded in death by Ralph Leon Evans, Lola and M.C. Evans, Hollie and Earl Riley, Barton Riley, Robert Chandler Foster and Elizabeth Chandler Foster. Survivors include his mother, Anne Riley Northcutt and her husband Pat of Amarillo; his brother, Tab Smith and his wife Sandy of Bellaire; his sister, Jamie Anne Smith Stegman of Fly Creek, NY; Parker, Marshall and Sloane Smith of Bellaire; August and Sydney Stegman of Fly Creek; James F. Smith, Jr., of Dallas; Heidi Lancaster of Tulsa, OK; and Megan Martin of Denton. O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; You know my sitting down and my rising up; You discern my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139.
Trujillo, Patrick A. 1978 HS ~ 07-Nov-2020 Patrick “Pat” Trujillo, 60 years old, beloved son, special nephew, and friend passed away in his sleep on Saturday, November 7, 2020 in Santa Fe, NM. Pat was a graduate of NMMI, he was an outstanding artist, fine wood worker, metal machinist, leather worker, and caregiver. He is responsible for the design and carving of the Governor’s desk in New Mexico. He loved the outdoors he was an avid horseman, hunter with bow and arrow, tracker and fisherman. Pat is survived by his Uncle Tony, Aunt Lu, and Cousin Anthony Galez, and his significant other Katharine Menton. There were two organizations Pat was passionate about helping. He was a director on the Board Of Directors of the IHS Recovery Program, for recovery from active addiction. Pat also spent many many hours volunteering at the food depot. In lieu of flowers Pat would appreciate donations be sent to either IHS Recovery at www.IHSrecovery.org, PO.BOX 4144 Santa Fe, NM 87502 OR Santa Fe Food Depot at www.thefooddepot.org, 1222 Siler Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87507. Pats wishes are that we honor the CDC guidelines and not have a service at this time.
Ulrich, SGT Eliot W. 1978 HS ~ 21-Dec-2006 age 46, of Denver, passed away Dec. 21, 2006, He is survived by his wife Beth; Son Ian; and his father Robert; preceded in death by his mother Carol.
Wallace, William Alex 1978 HS ~ 16-Nov-1988
Watts, William D. 1978 JC
Wilson, Yuji 1978 JC ~ 05-Sep-2011
Winter, Mark K. 1978 HS ~ 23-Mar-2003
Zavicar, Richard W. 1978 JC ~ 09-Nov-1996
Zettel, William D. 1978 HS ~ 22-Nov-1995
Akima, Kiyoshi N. 1977 JC Kiyoshi Akima died on August 16, 2019 after a long struggle with cancer. Kiyoshi was born in Tokyo, Japan on May, 6, 1957. When he was eight years old, his father Hiroshi moved the family to Boulder, CO. He lived in Boulder County his entire life. He received his high school diploma from Boulder High School in 1975, an Associate of Arts degree from New Mexico Military Institute in 1977, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1981. He spent much of his career in the software industry. He married Hiroko Matsuda of Oda, Japan in 1989. The couple have no children. Kiyoshi was preceded in death by his father Hiroshi. He is survived by his wife Hiroko of Lafayette, his sister Hiroko of Tabernash, and his mother Mieko of Boulder.
Barker, Paul J. 1977 HS ~ 24-Oct-2010 born January 22, 1959, passed away October 24, 2010. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, James C. And Mary Fern Barker. Paul is survived by his son James, ex-wife Paula, sister Mary London and husband Roger, brothers Lee and wife Gina, Bill and wife Joan, and many nieces and nephews. Paul will be missed by his family and friends.
Blewett, Vernon A. “Andy” 1977 HS ~ 17-Oct-2007 48, of Midland, passed away on October 17, 2007 at the Hospice Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital. Andy was born on April 1, 1959 in Big Spring, TX. He grew up in Big Spring and attended Big Spring High School. Later he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He moved to Midland in 1995 from Dallas and worked as a waiter at various restaurants. Survivors include his mother, Louise Lawrence of Midland; his brother, Jesse Ladd Blewett and his wife Leta Fay of Midland; nieces, Carri Humphries and Leann Creed; and numerous great nieces and nephews and a multitude of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick Blewett.
Bowlin, COL Bennett G. USA 1975 HS-1977 JC
Colombo, Donald W. “Bill” 1977 HS ~ 02-Jul-2008 49, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in Brentwood, TN. He was born in Princeton. Surviving are his mother, Muriel Casey of Lady Lake, FL; his father, Donald J. Colombo of Mount Juliet, TN; and his grandfather, E.H. Schnicke of Boynton Beach, FL; one daughter, Christina Hoggard of Virginia Beach, VA; one sister, Catherine Scheiman of Chantilly, VA; one grandchild, Silas Hoggard of Virginia Beach, VA; and nieces and cousins.
Coombs, Matthew M. 1977 JC
Czujak, Kenneth 1977 JC ~ 12-Aug-2009 52 of Bayonne, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at his Bayonne residence. Kenneth was born in Bayonne and has been a life long resident. He is the beloved son of Alfreda ‘Rita’ Czujack (Nee Rucinski) and the late Richard Czujak. Devoted brother of Richard Czujak and his wife Janet. Loving Uncle of Christopher Czujak and Jeffrey Czujak.
Davis, R. Dustin 1977 JC ~ 24-Jul-2010 Ronald Dustin Davis March 27, 1957 July 24, 2010 Dusty died at home in El Paso, TX. His wife of 28 yrs, Beverly Ewan and son, Randy by his side.
Dawson, James L. 1975 HS-1977 JC ~ 17-Oct-2014 Durango resident died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Portland, Oregon. He was 59. Mr. Dawson was born to Jess and Pam Dawson on March 24, 1955, in Bakersfield, California. In 1989, he married Melissa Reeske in Santa Barbara, California. The couple had three daughters together before the marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Dawson did contracting work as a freelance carpenter. He had lived in Durango for several years. “James’ passion laid on the ocean, where he spent a considerable amount of time sailing with his brother,” according to his family. “He also enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hiking and riding his bike to nearby fishing areas in Durango. James had a true zest for life, and was loved by so many.” Mr. Dawson is survived by his father and stepmother, Jess and Sancy Dawson, of Bakersfield; daughters Hannah Dawson, Claire Dawson and Mattie Dawson, all of Portland; sister, Judy Canchola, of Bakersfield; and brothers Randy Fehrenbacher of Pagosa Springs and Mike Fehrenbacher of Moorpark, California.
Easterling, Ross E. 1975 HS-1977 JC ~ 02-Apr-2022 When Ross Easterling walked into the room, suddenly everything was brighter. He had a magnetic personality that drew people from all over the world into his life. Through his extensive travel and adventures, he connected with a variety of people. He had the gift of empathy. This gift allowed him to become a generous and philanthropic person. He derived tremendous joy and a sense of purpose from his devotion and generosity to others. A graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, where his love of polo was fostered. Summers were spent playing professional polo for Mickey Samuell. His considerable resume ranges from a ranch hand in Quemado to more recently managing the family oil company. Ross received a Masters of Hydrology from the University of Illinois. This education led him to be a city planner throughout Colorado. He worked in that field for several years. Then, Ross made a decision that forever changed his life; he decided to join the Peace Corps. He proudly joked, “I am the oldest member!” His extensive expertise as a planner proved critical in his Peace Corps assignment, which was to bring clean water to a small village in Honduras. There, his love of Latin culture intensified. He fell in love with the people, and dedicated his life to the health and welfare of the village. His influence quietly provided the opportunity for many citizens to receive an education they would otherwise be denied. Ross Eugene Easterling was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 28, 1956. His parents were Ross Eugene Easterling, Sr and Cornelia Magee Platt. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Samuell Easterling, his daughters Erin Edblom and Belkis Garcia, his sister Elizabeth Rectenwald. Ross’ extended family includes his cousin Lance and Jayne Easterling, their son Cole, Susan and Ken Swaim and their children Casey and Calley Jo, and many loving friends. Ross married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Samuell, and found a partner who shared the generous spirit of giving. Most recently they discovered HKIE, Expats Helping Kids in Ecuador. This small non-profit focuses on providing help, hope and healing to impoverished children in Equador. They sponsor life changing help through medical procedures. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Helping Kids in Equador: HelpingKidsinEquador.org/donate or mail to: Helping Kids in Equador c/o Rockefeller Capital Mgmt. 3560 Lenox Rd., S 1100 Atlanta, Georgia 30326 Public visitation will be held on Saturday April 9, 2022 from 10:00-11:00AM at Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home New Braunfels, TX. Funeral services to follow at 11:00AM Saturday April 9,2022. Graveside services will be in Pecos, TX Monday April 11, 2022 at Old Pecos Cemetery East A St.
Harvill, Christopher W. 1977 HS ~ 15-Jul-2004
Herman, David L. 1977 JC
Howell, Keith E. 1977 HS
Khoury, Donald Perry 1975 HS-1977 JC ~ 12-Feb-2013 56, of Bella Vista, AR, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 26, 1956, in Amarillo, TX, 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, TX; one daughter, Leah Deaun Hanson and her husband, Gabriel, of Fort Worth, TX; one niece, Megan Khoury, and one nephew, Rohan Thomas, both of Sydney, Australia; and his best friend, Mike Moser of Houston, TX.
Kingsley, Vernon D., Jr. 1977 JC ~ 28-Oct-2015 better known as “Del”, was born May 18, 1957 in North Carolina, the 1st of four children. His parents were Vernon, Sr., of Michigan and Germaine of Maine. He attended Lafayette Elementary, Hale Junior High, and Madison High School. Then Del went on to the New Mexico Military Institute. He has worked in the industries of Security, Tax Services, and Cabinet Hardware. Del loved working with his brother-in-law, Richie, at E.B. Bradley, which handles a variety of hardware for cabinetry. He also spent time with the Army National Guard as a 1st Lieutenant. Del married the love of his life, Dorothy Marie Fiorita, on October 5, 1985 in El Cajon, CA. 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 especially loved helping his friend Marty with celebrity bookings. As various celebrities would be in town for a book signing or other events, Del was able to help them out and get to know them at times. One of his favorites was Eric Roberts, brother to Julia Roberts. His all-time favorite TV show was Star Trek. And Del was also a big fan of the band Chicago, and the Righteous Brothers. Del is survived by: Wife, Dorothy Son, Preston (and his wife Linda) Siblings, Barbara, Vince (Lori), and Victor Nephew, Michael (Monique), and their children Landon & Parker Nephew, Chad Niece, Melissa Nephew, Eric.
Kling, Charles T. “Tim” 1977 JC ~ 24-Jun-2011 Charles (Tim) T. Kling 54, a resident of Las Cruces, NM, died at the Memorial Medical Center on Friday, 24 June 2011. Tim was born in Bisbee, AX, on 1 November 1956, the second of three children of Chuck and JoDean Kling. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, daughters Samantha, Valerie and Anna, granddaughters Nevaeh and Harmony of Las Cruces, NM, along with many other relatives and many great friends. Tim’s only real and true love in life were his girls; wife, daughters and granddaughters. Tim is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute (JC77) and a Veteran of the US Navy, honorably discharged in 1983 after serving for six years in squadron VA-75, The Sunday Punchers aboard the USS Saratoga, CV-60. Tim entered public service after leaving the Navy where he worked Law Enforcement in Silver City, NM, became the Chief Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office for 6th Judicial District which consists of Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties and later moved to Las Cruces, NM and became the Chief Investigator for the 3rd Judicial District for Dona Ana County. He then left public service for a short time where he co-founded a Private Investigative Service, Sunrise Investigations but Tim’s love for helping people was too great and for the past 18 years, has worked as Federal Investigator for the U.S. Courts, working for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Las Cruces, a job he truly loved. In life, Tim was an avid outdoorsman and sought every opportunity to camp, hunt, fish and backpack with his family and friends. Quick witted and an excellent sense of humor, he was well liked and considered to be the life of any social event. Tim jokingly said that when he died he wanted the following inscription on his headstone: “I told you I was sick”. However, per his wishes, Tim will be cremated and his cremains will be released in the Gila Wilderness at his favorite lakeside location. Tim doesn’t want a funeral service, only a wake. He doesn’t want sad people in suits saying sad words, speaking over him teary eyed, trying to say something nice. He wants a wake where his many friends who might not even know each other can gather and meet and see how blessed he was through his friends and family.
Larkin, Robert J. 1977 JC
Lucero, Lawrence P. 1977 JC ~ 15-Aug-1990
MacNeur, Blayde N. 1975 HS-1977 JC ~ 10-Mar-2006
Madrid, Henry E. 1977 JC ~ 01-Feb-2005
Maguire, Patrick Daniel 1977 HS ~ 14-Aug-1990
Medaris, Michael J. 1977 JC ~ 15-Jun-1976
Montoya, Robert N. 1977 HS ~ 13-Dec-1988
Moran, David E. 1977 JC ~ 10-Oct-2012 David Eugene Moran, 62, of Kelso, MO, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at his home. He was born May 29, 1950, in Linz, Austria, to Frank Ralph and Marjorie Talley Conaway Moran. He and Catherine Lucille Schabbing were married July 11, 1981. Moran was a mechanic with Nip Kelley Equipment. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, American Legion in Benton, MO, and volunteer at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was a graduate of Hillcrest High School in Memphis, TN, where he played on the football team, and was a graduate of Memphis State University. He was an avid golfer, New Orleans Saints fan, loved science fiction and old war films, fire arms enthusiast, certified scuba diver, and was actively restoring a 1947 CJ2A Willys Jeep. Moran served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Heather (Michael) Gurnow of Fruitland; a brother, Richard Ralph (Andrea) Moran of Largo, FL; and a nephew, Patrick Moran of Indianapolis, IN. He was a very loving and dedicated husband and father, who loved his family very much. He will be more than dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents; and stepmother, Helen McCoy Badon Moran; and a niece, Mary Katherine Thompson.
Moser, Charles C., “Chuck” Jr. 1977 JC ~ 26-Feb-2017 59, of Deale, passed away February 26, 2017, In Cocoa Beach, FL. surrounded by his family. he was born July 7, 1957, in Washington, DC, to Charles Carl, Sr., and Elsie Virginia (Landon) Moser. Chuck was raised in Calvert County and graduated from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA. Following graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he spent one year before transferring to York College in York, PA. Chuck graduated from York College with an Associates of Arts Degree. Chuck was employed as a steamfitter with local union 602 and traveled around the world working on navy bases. He married Heather Brady in 1980 and they lived in Calvert County for a short period of time before moving to Orlando, FL. Chuck moved To Deale in the mid 80’S and in his leisure time he enjoyed being on the water And fishing. Chuck is survived by his daughter Tonie Laryn Rosenberger and her husband Andy of Cocoa Beach, FL, grandchildren Jeannette, Morgan, Quinn and Rowan and parents Charles C,. Sr., and Elsie V. Moser of Owings. He is also survived by brothers William A. Moser and his wife Edith of Lusby, James W. Moser of Opp, Al and Kevin L. Moser of Sunderland, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews And cousins.
Munro, George F., III 1975 HS-1977 JC ~ 19-Mar-2009
Perkins, Stephen J. 1977 JC ~ 04-Mar-2021 Stephen Jay Perkins, age 64, passed into the arms of the Lord on March 4, 2021. Stephen was born to Lyle N. and Francis Davis Perkins on August 13, 1956 who raised him in the sleepy border town of Laredo, Texas . He graduated from Texas Military Institute in 1975 and later attended New Mexico Military Institute. He returned to Laredo and worked in real estate. In 1989 he married Linda Rose Mapus and moved to San Antonio, Texas. They had three children, Thomas Sterling of Marion, Texas, George Willliam of New Braunfels, Texas, and Melissa Rose of Norman, Oklahoma. Stephen worked in convenience store management before retiring in 2011. The greatest joy of his life was his family, who will greatly miss him.He is prceded in death by his parents Lyle N. and Frances Davis Perkins.Stephen is survived by his wife of 31 years, Linda Rose Perkins and his children: his brother; Lyle and his wife Josephina Perkins and sister; Debra P. Burch, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Peterson, Mark T. 1977 HS ~ 06-Oct-1997
Quintis, Robin P. 1977 JC ~ 07-Mar-2013 completed his earthly journey on Thursday afternoon, March 7, 2013. Robin worked at Holloman Air Force Base – at the Holloman Inn – for many years. He earnestly enjoyed and took great pride in his work. He spoke often of his love and respect for his co-workers. Robin was born at Holloman on Aug. 4, 1954. He graduated from Alamogordo High school and attended college classes at the Alamogordo branch of New Mexico State University and at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, AK. 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, OK, and his sister Frances I. Quintis and partner, of Greensboro, NC.
Servis, Jack H. 1977 HS ~ 01-Jan-2014
Smallridge, Brian O. 1977 HS ~ 26-Jun-1985
Stewart, Edward A. 1977 JC ~ 01-Feb-2005
Sullivan, Charles B. 1977 JC
Toles, Tyler P. 1975 HS-1977 JC ~ 06-Dec-2020 Tyler Penrod Toles passed away peacefully at his Albuquerque home on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the age of 62. A native of Roswell, New Mexico, Tyler graduated high school and junior college from New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI). During his junior year of high school, Tyler took flying lessons as a part of NMMI’s curriculum and received his pilot’s license, which led to his chosen lifetime career as a commercial pilot. Tyler started flying small commuter planes out of Roswell, but quickly moved to flying Learjet charters out of Albuquerque, which became his primary residence for more than 40 years. From Learjets, Tyler moved to flying DC-9 medical transport flights for Evergreen International Aviation. His work with Evergreen led to bigger opportunities, including receiving his type rating for the 747 before his 30th birthday, thus making him the youngest Captain in the world holding a 747 certification at that time. Tyler flew internationally for many years with Evergreen, South Korean Airlines, and EVA (a Taiwanese carrier), from which he retired in May of 2016. Tyler flew every type of 747 made by Boeing, logging 20,000 flight hours as captain and 30,000 total flight hours during his career. Tyler is survived by his mother, Sally Saunders Toles of Roswell; and brothers, Perry Saunders Toles (and wife, Sherri Moore) of Roswell, and John Harwood Toles of Denver, CO. Tyler was predeceased by his father, J. Penrod Toles, who passed away in January of 2017.
Vandine, James E. 1977 JC ~ 09-Nov-2008 51, survived by son: David Vandine; daughter: Michelle Vandine.
VanHorn, Thomas P. 1977 HS
Whitmore, Victor A. 1975 HS-1977 JC ~ 30-Jun-2010 age 53, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born in Roswell on October 20, 1956, the son of the late Walter E. Whitmore, Jr., and Ellen Whitmore. Victor is survived by his loving sons Jonathan Whitmore, Daniel Whitmore, and Jackson Whitmore of Albuquerque; his mother Ellen Whitmore of Roswell; brothers Karl B. Whitmore 1977 HS of Albuquerque and Wayne E. Whitmore 1971 HS of Las Vegas, NV; and, many nieces and nephews. He graduated from NMMI in 1975 for High School and 1977 for Junior College. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from NMSU in 1982. He was a businessman and Real Estate entrepreneur in Albuquerque. Victor was an avid outdoorsmen who enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Over the years he enjoyed sharing the outdoors with his sons, family, and friends. He was a supporter of Ducks, Unlimited and was a member of the Lions Club.
Wilson, George E. 1977 HS ~ 29-Dec-2014 55, of Bayfield, CO, passed away on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Farmington. He was born Aug. 31, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark., to George R. and Patricia A. Wilson. George received a master’s degree from Phoenix University and a bachelors of science degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He was a member of Vallecito Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force for five and a half years. George was a loving husband and best friend. George was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Christina Wilson; brother Robert L. Wilson; sister Jo Ann Wilson-Patterson and many other family members.
York, James B. 1977 HS
Alexander, William M. “Bill”, Jr. 1976 HS ~ 01-Feb-2004 , 45, of Amarillo died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, in Houston. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Tascosa Road Fellowship with Jay Roberson, pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Those close to Bill remember him as a loving father, son, brother and friend. Bill was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He had a great sense of humor and always had a great time in any situation. His philosophy in life was to “”live life to the fullest.”” He had a strong passion for his family. Nieces and nephews always looked forward to Uncle Bill’s holiday visits with great anticipation. Bill worked at Fabricating Specialties Inc. as the senior vice president of business development. His former occupation was an underwater welder, diving in the Gulf of Mexico. He was born June 9, 1958, in Boulder, CO. He grew up in Amarillo. Bill attended Tascosa High School and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. He attended the University of Texas for two years and served for a short time in the Marine Corps. Survivors include a son, William Mason Alexander, III; his mother, Adele Sherrill Alexander; his father, William Mason Alexander and wife, Carol; a sister, Mark Anne Alexander Millburn and husband, Jay; three brothers, James Sherrill Alexander and wife, Jennifer, Charles Bennett Alexander and wife, Cathy, and John Lockhart Alexander and wife, Kari; and 10 nieces and nephews.
Blaisdell, Josiah C. 1976 JC ~ 04-Sep-2012
Brackett, James V. 1976 HS
Burkett, Benjamin C., III 1976 HS ~ 02-Aug-2002
Byas, Robert D. 1976 JC ~ 07-May-2021 Robert Daniel Byas, 64, of Van Alstyne was called to his eternal home on Friday, May 7, 2021. Dan was born on October 30, 1956 in Fort Worth, Texas to James Floyd and Hortencia (Robles) Byas. He graduated from Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ohio and from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. After a 25-year career in Material Handling equipment, he earned his heating and air conditioning certification. Dan was the owner and operator of Absolute Heating and Air Conditioning in Van Alstyne. He is survived by his sister, Cynthia Underwood of Collinsville, brother, James David Byas and his wife, Rhonda J. of Dallas as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, James and Hortencia Byas and wife, Kimberly Ann Byas. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his honor to Home Hospice of Grayson County at 505 W. Center St. Sherman, TX. 75090. Funeral services honoring Dan will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Meador Funeral Home of Whitesboro, officiated by Pastor Jedediah Denman. Interment will follow at Collinsville Cemetery in Collinsville, TX. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, May 10, 2021 at the funeral home.
Coakley, Robert S. 1976 JC ~ 13-Feb-2006
Cotham, Mark P. 1976 JC ~ 13-Aug-2012
Cunningham, Toby L. 1976 HS ~ 31-Aug-2007 55, of Bayfield, CO, passed away on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Farmington. He was born Aug. 31, 2014, in Little Rock, AR, to George R. and Patricia A. Wilson. George received a master’s degree from Phoenix University and a bachelors of science degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He was a member of Vallecito Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force for five and a half years. George was a loving husband and best friend. George was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Christina Wilson; brother Robert L. Wilson; sister Jo Ann Wilson-Patterson and many other family members.51, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. Mr. Cunningham was a truck driver for Wal-Mart. Survivors include his wife, Sherene of Burkburnett; two daughters, Tiffney and Amanda Cunningham; two sons, Landon and Jordan Watson; one sister, Paula Ann Montgomery; and two grandsons.
Dudley, Ronald B. 1976 HS
Duncan, Jeffrey L. 1976 HS ~ 19-Jan-2003
Ford, Brad 1976 JC ~ 15-Jan-1989
Franklin, Floyd L. 1976 JC
Garner, William L., II 1976 JC
Gose, Donald P. 1974 HS-1976 JC
Grenelle, Michael J. 1976 JC ~ 22-Apr-1978
Hauanio, Anthony R. 1976 JC ~ 30-Jan-1988
Henson, James R., Jr. 1976 JC ~ 04-Feb-2017
Johnston, Michael S. 1976 HS
Jones, David S. 1974 HS-1976 JC
Jones, Ivan P. 1976 JC ~ 01-Dec-2004
King, Charles W. 1976 HS ~ 15-Feb-2015
Kuhr, John K. 1976 JC ~ 19-Apr-2017 age 60, passed away in Houston, TX, father was deployed abroad on a foreign assignment with the US Army. John graduated in 1973 from Robinson High School in Fairfax, VA, where he was a champion wrestler in the 1973 Northern Virginia Regionals. He was passionate about the sport and continued to follow wrestling closely throughout his life. After high school, he enrolled in New Mexico Military Institute (1974-1975), before pursuing wrestling again at Slippery Rock College in Pennsylvania (1975-1976). John went on to graduate from the Calhoon Maritime Engineering School in Baltimore, MD, in 1979. He rose quickly through the engineering ranks to become a USCG licensed Chief Engineer in 1996. For more than 32 years, he traveled the world shipping lanes on large container ships working primarily for Sealand Service, Patriot Services, E. R. Schiffart and Transatlantic Lines. Following his retirement in 2011, he spent several years in southern Brazil, where he loved the beaches, the food and the pace of life with the Brazilian people. John Kenneth Kuhr married Marise Patricia Perticone in Jacksonville, FL, 1985-2005. Together they had one daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Kuhr, of Atlanta, GA. John is survived by his daughter and his mother, Louise S. Kuhr of Chandler, AZ; his brother & wife, Richard A. And Linda Kuhr of Virginia Beach, VA; one sister, Shirley A. Kuhr and her husband, Samuel C. Lynch, of Lakeway, TX; and a brother & his wife, Gregory S. And Paulette Kuhr of San Antonio, TX; along with 6 nieces and 6 nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Richard E. Kuhr who passed in 1999.
Lang, Shawn M. 1976 HS
Lillie, Ray 1976 JC ~ 11-Mar-2015 68, of Mesa, AZ, passed away on March 12, 2012. Survived by his wife Deborah, two sons: Bert and Tim, also survived by his eight grandchildren: Raymond, Michelle, Gene, Marcus, Allison, Taylor, Alyssa, and Kristen. Also by two daughters in law Mary and Desiree as well as his mother Clarabelle.
Malapanes, Gregory V. 1976 HS ~ 15-May-1989
Maloof, Mike J., Jr. 1976 HS ~ 05-Jul-1987
Mehas, James A. 1976 JC ~ 11-Jul-1995
Miller, Walter G., Jr. 1976 JC ~ 16-Sep-2003
Noah, Jesse T. 1976 HS
O’Toole, Lawrence J. 1976 JC ~ 28-May-1982
Porter, John C. 1976 HS ~ 25-May-2005, 47, of Norman died Wednesday, May 25, in Norman. Mr. Porter was born April 20, 1958, in Honolulu, to C.W. “Bill” Porter and Christiana Charles Porter. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and Norman High School. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and worked in the construction business. He enjoyed fishing. Mr. Porter was preceded in death by his father C.W. “Bill” Porter, former Cleveland County sheriff, and mother Christiana Charles Porter. Mr. Porter is survived by his brother James S. Porter.
Price, Tyrone G. 1976 HS
Royer, Philip Gregg 1976 HS ~ 07-Jun-2019, 61, died June 7th, 2019 at his home in Quilcene, WA. He is survived by his wife Kristyn, his children: Mary (Ben), Matt, Robert Jason Royer 2005 HS (Emma), his grandchildren: Andrew and Angelina, his brother Wyman (Jana), his sister Fawn, his step-father Wallace (Sharon), his dogs Ruddy, Buster, and Misty, and his grand-dogs Girl and Boy. He has left behind his business Advanced Rentals and Sales in Poulsbo, WA. He loved fishing, golfing, and spending time with his friends and family. Go Hawks!
Savage, Daniel L. 1976 HS ~ 13-Sep-2021 Daniel (Danny) Leon Savage, 63, of Roswell, NM passed on September 13, 2021 in Roswell, NM. Danny was born in Roswell, NM to Leon and Rosie Savage on February 6, 1958. He grew up in Roswell and attended New Mexico Military Institute his freshman and part of his sophomore year and graduated from Goddard High School in 1976. After graduation he worked in the oil fields and then went to work at the family business, Southwest Engine rebuilding motors for numerous years and was the greeter at Home Depot until April 2021. He loved fast cars and car races, hunting, gardening, taking care of his numerous pets and music of all genres. Danny is preceded in death by his parents Leon and Rosie Savage and grandson Sebastian Savage-Sibley. Danny is survived by Tasha Marlow, spouse; daughters Kylara Savage (Corey Beare) of Midland, TX and Tatiyana Savage-Sibley (Ashton) of Roswell, NM; step-son Joshua Kimmey of Denver, CO; siblings Laura Becky Knoll (Curtis) of Roswell, NM, Mary Coker (Wayne) of Rock Island, Il, Julia Savage of Seattle, WA, Bill Savage, of Roswell, NM; grandchildren Malia Savage-Beare, Avery Savage-Beare, Jasper Savage-Sibley; and numerous nieces and nephews. Danny was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Memorials may be donated to a charity of your choice. The family of Danny wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Kindred Hospice. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression with Daniel’s family at www.andersonbethany.com. Daniel’s tribute was written in his honor by his family.
Searey, MAJ David C., USA (Ret) 1976 JC ~ 13-Jun-2009
Serrano, Dennis J. 1976 HS
Smallwood, Ricky J. 1976 JC ~ 06-Jan-2011 Ricky “Rick” Joe Smallwood, 54, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, born Friday, March 30, 1956 in Oklahoma City, OK, to Joe Smallwood & Zuma Jauree (Burford) Smallwood; passed from his earthly life Thursday, January 6, 2011 in Crosby, TX, with his beloved family by his side. Ricky or “Rick” or “Splinter” by his family and friends has been a resident of the Houston area for over twenty years; Rick worked for Shell Pipeline, LLP, in Baytown, TX, for over twenty years and was a member of the Bikers Against Child Abuse or BACA. In his free time he enjoyed sports, riding motorcycles and playing poker on Saturday night. But what he loved more than anything in the world were the times he shared with his family and friends; especially his grandchildren who he loved playing and devoting his time to. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him. Rick is preceded in death by his loving parents, Joe & Zuma Smallwood; and dearest friend, Stacey Davis. Rick is survived by his beloved wife of twenty-four years, Sheri Ann Smallwood; daughter, Jillian Baugh; son, Austin Smallwood; grandchildren, Leven Peters, Laila Peters, Johnathan Peters, Jaleigh Peters; sister, Shirley McCollun & husband Ken and numerous nieces, nephews, family & friends.
Sorenson, Victor A. 1976 HS ~ 26-Sep-2011
Spradlin, Edward K. “Kim” 1976 JC ~ 24-Apr-2003 died unexpectedly at home in Helper, UT, April 24, 2003. He was born October, 14, 1956 to Eddie and Nina Spradlin in East Ely, NV. Graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He worked as and employment counselor for The Department of Workforce Services in Price and was also on Helper’s City Council. Kim was a kind and gentle man who loved his family, music, and his dogs. Survived by his mother; children, Lindsay (Matt) Ray, Colby, Chelsea; brother, Marty (Stephenie); nephew, Tyler; Aunt Vicki and Uncle Udy; cousins, Barry, Loni, Elena, Brady, Stevi, Colton, Justin, Sidney, Skeeter; uncles, Gordon, Paul, Bill, and Carl, and other extended family members. Preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.
Stanton, George B. 1976 HS ~ 02-Aug-1999
Threadgill, Ronald R. 1976 JC ~ 19-Dec-1984
Umbarger, David G. 1976 HS ~ 15-Feb-2010 age 51, a resident of Alamogordo, NM, for the past 3 years and a long time resident of Las Vegas, NM, passed away on February 15, 2010 in Alamogordo, NM. He was born on April 4, 1958 to Frederick Neil Umbarger, Jr., and Mary Leona Condon. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping and fishing. He was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute in 1976. A lifelong Catholic, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was preceded in death by his parents: Frederick and Mary Umbarger; and brother: Frederick Umbarger, III. He is survived by his sisters and brothers: Carole Ann Umbarger of Las Vegas, NM; Philip Frank Umbarger, Marilyn Kay Wright (Kevin) and Janet Lee Grinage (Robert) all of Farmington, NM; Charles Michael Umbarger (Mary Lou) of Las Vegas, NM; and Paul Kenneth Umbarger of Austin, TX; aunt: Pat Condon of Chicago, IL; numerous: cousins, nieces and nephews.
Vinson, Robert C. 1976 HS
Walker, Johnny R. 1976 HS ~ 30-Aug-2014
Whitmore, Robert B. 1974 HS-1976 JC
Williams, Fred E. Jr. 1976 JC ~ 21-Apr-2020
Wyly, Victor L., III 1976 HS ~ 07-Jun-2019 Born in Phoenix, AZ, on June 2, 1958. Died June 7, 2016 in Plano, TX, at age 58. He was a commercial airline pilot, a land developer, and an award-winning luxury custom homebuilder for over 30 years. A graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and Colorado State University, he grew up in Roswell, NM, and Richardson, TX. He also lived in Estes Park, CO, and London, England. A world traveler, expert snow skier/boarder, rock climber, golfer, sailor, and guitarist, he was avid fisherman who built his own custom rods, as well. He leaves to celebrate his life a doting wife, Sharon Marsh-Wyly, his beloved daughters and their husbands Shannon Carlson (Rick) and Stacy Wyly (Jahvin Carlough), their mother and dear friend Janice Wyly, their grandmother Ernie Shelton, his granddaughter, Annika Carlson, parents Margorie and Victor L. Wyly, Jr. 1954 HS-1956 JC , siblings Leslie Reeves (Tim), and Roger Wyly (Vicki), stepson Sloane Marsh, nieces Malia Reeves, Krista Reeves and Taylor Wyly, nephew Dylan Wyly, special friend-of-the-family Helen Butler, his much-loved dog PJ, and a worldwide family of in-laws, cousins, friends, colleagues and neighbors.
Adams, (Medley) Thomas, N. 1975 JC ~ 03-Jul-2021 (See Medley)
Alley, LT Dennis J., NMMI 1975 JC ~ 18-Jan-2008 was born 11 April 1955, in Des Moines, IA. He moved with his family to Roswell when he was four years old, and resided there until his death. He passed away 18 January 2008 after suffering complications resulting from a stroke. Alley graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in 1973, and completed his associate’s degree at NMMI in 1975. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1976. Alley attended Eastern New Mexico University, earning his bachelor of business administration in 1979. He graduated with honors from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in 1982, and was serving as a police lieutenant with the NMMI Police Department upon his death. Alley devoted his energies and life to NMMI, where he took his duties as a police officer and as an alumnus seriously. He was known for his work with the NMMI Constabulary. The Constabulary members looked at Lieutenant Alley as a mentor and guide. He offered them advice, counsel and correction just as he would if they were his sons and daughters, and they respected him for the devotion he showed to them. He wanted to help them succeed. His lifelong love of music manifested itself during his cadet days in his position as a trombone player for the NMMI band, several years of playing with the Roswell Symphony, and playing the pipe organ in Pearson Auditorium. At one point, when the pipe organ was in need of extensive repair, he, along with other NMMI alumni, volunteered their time to restore it. Alley cared deeply about NMMI. He was a Life Member of the Alumni Association and encouraged every cadet he worked with to become a member. Alley collected pictures of owls and bald eagles, which represented to him wisdom and a love of America and freedom. He also had other interests which included a love of hot air ballooning. Alley took his first flight in 1985, and became an avid balloonist thereafter. He enjoyed motorcycling, camping and travel, was a short wave enthusiast, and loved to to do woodworking. One of his favorite activities, however, was just getting together with friends, having a cup of coffee and talking. Dennis is survived by his father, Dr. Kennith Alley of Roswell; sister, Diane Alley; niece, Jennifer Webb and her son Brekken, all of Liberty, MO. In addition, Alley has left behind many friends and thousands of cadets who were impacted by his life and service to others.
Andrews, Bradley W. 1975 HS ~ 01-Nov-1997
Armstrong, James Thomas 1975 HS ~ 13-Oct-1994
Aufill, Michael G. 1975 HS a longtime Yale resident passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Plano, TX. 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, NM, to William Robert and Katherine Elizabeth (Holley) Aufill. He grew up and attended school in Socorro, NM, then attended New Mexico Military Institute before moving to Augusta, GA, 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, TX. He loved his job and the Pioneer Family. Michael loved his church and his boys. Michael enjoyed fishing and hunting and especially O.S.U. He was very opinionated and had very strong political views. Michael was a charter member of the Fellowship Baptist Church and was very strong in his faith. Michael is survived by his wife Melody Aufill of the home, sons Gordon Aufill and Matthew Aufill, daughter Karen Donovon, brother Bob Aufill and wife Leah of Perkins, sisters Charlotte Bruce and husband Ron of California, Holly Perrow and husband John of Virginia, sister-in-law Mary Kliewer and husband Justin, brothers-in-law Neal Claborn and wife Nicki, Ben Claborn, parents-in-law Marion and Connie Claborn, grandmother-in-law Jo Korkoski, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Barnett, Daniel D. 1975 JC ~ 27-May-2010
Bowles, Richard H. 1975 HS ~ 14-Feb-2013
Brecheisen, Dwight V. 1975 HS ~ 12-Jul-2007
Bruce, Robert S. 1975 JC
Bruton, Michael B. 1975 HS – Gracious Lord, we lift Mike Bruton, HS75 NMMI Alum, to you as he has ascended to the Kingdom of Glory. Mike was the head of security for the Arkansas Razorbacks at the time of his passing. Mike was well-loved by not only his NMMI family but by many communities he lived in. Many kind words have been spoken. He also worked security for many years in Albuquerque and in the concert venues keeping people safe. He embodied the life of a cowboy that he grew up living in Lakeside, California where his father worked in the rodeo. We ask your peace and comfort over all who knew him and grieve his passing. Please especially be with his loving wife, Ginger, in this time of tremendous grief. We ask this in your name, Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Bugg, Alan H. 1975 HS ~ 07-Oct-2005
Burden, Jack S., II 1973 HS-1975 JC ~ 01-Aug-2015
Burk, Jack Lee 1975 HS ~ 03-Jan-2011, 54, of Amarillo died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Jack was born Oct. 17, 1956, in Elk City, OK, to John and Jimmie Burk. He lived his entire life in Amarillo and graduated from Amarillo High School. In 1979, Jack went to work for the Amarillo Fire Department and worked for 27 years, retiring in 2006. He loved sports, especially football and baseball. Jack enjoyed working around the house and being around his friends and family. He loved a good steak and playing and spending time with his dog, Cooper. He was preceded in death by his father, John Burk; his mother, Jimmie Zielke; and an infant sister, Deborah. Survivors include two sons, Ty Burk and wife Sara of Dallas and Tel Burk of Austin; a brother, Jim Burk and wife Trudy of Conroe; his stepmother, Genelle Burk of Ponca City, OK; a stepsister, Robbie Kirby of Ponca City; and two cousins, Nina Younger of Amarillo and Timmy McClellan and wife Lou of Elk City.
Chambers, Theodore 1974 HS-1975 JC
Chavez, Steven J. 1975 HS
Cox, Robert W. 1975 HS
Crossland, Richard A. 1975 HS
Dale, James E. “Jimmy” 1973 HS-1975 JC ~ 16-Feb-2020 James E. Dale, a resident of Oberlin, LA, was born on November 4th, 1953, and passed away on February 16th, 2020. He is survived by Norma Dale (his wife of 43 years) of Oberlin, LA; and his five children; William Dale of Brier, WA; Brian Dale of Oberlin, LA; Leah and Jason Guillory of Woodworth, LA; Melanie and Ronald Jacobs of Marksville, LA; and Hannah and Michael LeDoux of Sulphur, LA; and three grandchildren, Micaiah and Josiah Guillory and Jade Jacobs. He was preceded in death by his parents Sibley and Coonie Dale. James lived in Dallas, TX, during most of his childhood and was the only child of Sibley and Coonie Dale. He attended high school and junior college at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He was a veteran who served in both the Army and the National Guard for a total of 6 years and was a proud member of the American Legion Post 144. He tirelessly worked for countless people putting the welfare of others above his own. He showed with his actions that loving others is not just about talking to them but in doing for them what they cannot or don’t have the knowledge to do for themselves. The love of Christ over flowed from him as he completed work for others that they couldn’t do for themselves.
Davis, David Wayne 1973 HS-1975 JC ~ 24-Dec-2006 , age 51, of Carthage, Mo., passed away at 5:13 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, following an 18 month illness. David was born July 13, 1955, in Carlsbad, NM, and had lived in Carthage the last four years. He received an associates degree in business from the New Mexico Military Institute, his bachelor’s degree in accounting from MSSU and a master’s of divinity degree from Crown College in Knoxville, TN He was employed as an accountant for the Umicore Corp. in Quapaw, OK. He was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church, of Carthage and was director of the Crossroads Baptist Bible Institute. He married Cheryl Lilly on Dec. 2, 1978, in Denver, CO. She survives. Additional survivors include five sons, Brannon David and wife, Kimberly, Knoxville, and Samuel Davis, Jacob Davis, Bryant Davis and Jonathan Davis, all of Carthage; four daughters, Kathriann Brown and husband, Ted, Webb City, Mo., and Ada Mae Davis, Emily Davis and Suzannah Davis, all of Carthage; his mother, Roberta Davis Butz, Harlingen, TX; three brothers, Steve Davis, Colbert, OK, Bob Davis, Shamrock, TX, and Doug Davis, Aztec, NM; four half brothers, Harry Davis and Leslie Davis, both of Seneca, MO, Donald Davis, Grove, OK, and Richard Davis, Sarcoxie, MO; one half sister, Florence Jones, Seneca; and three grandchildren, Lilyan Brown, Benjamin Brown and Trystan Davis.
DeVargas, Raymond 1975 HS
Dobson, John W. 1975 JC ~ 15-Nov-1988
Eddins, John E. 1975 JC
Elson, William C. 1975 HS ~ 09-May-2001
Fisher, Ronald E. 1975 JC
Gager, Stephen M. 1975 HS ~ 03-Jul-2016 passed away peacefully on July 3,2016, accompanied by fireworks and surrounded by loved ones. He was 58. Stephen was born in The Hague, Netherlands on August 13, 1957; the son of Lem N. Gager and Yvonne M. Van Angelbeek Gager. Lem worked as an engineer for oil companies so Stephen grew up overseas, leaving the Netherlands at two for Saudi Arabia where he lived a happy childhood until age eleven when the family moved to Australia. He lived there until he was 15 and chose to attend New Mexico Military Institute as a boarding student. At age 17, he left and attended high school in Houston, TX. Stephen joined the Navy at 21 serving six years as an X-ray technician at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and as Head of Radiology in Portsmouth, VA and Dalgren, VA. He moved to Florida in 1985 where he enlisted in the Coast Guard. Stephen was active for four years before transferring to the Coast Guard Reserve where he served until his retirement in 2002 Stephen attended Hillsborough Community College. He earned an Associate of Science degree in Radiological Technology and, later, an A.S. in Radiation Therapy. He worked in the field around the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. A lifelong Christian, Stephen spent long hours studying the Bible. He was an active member of Countryside Christian Center for many years and later at Harborside Christian Church. His friends and family were all recipients of his knowledge and insights. Stephen enjoyed woodworking, kitchen design; which he did professionally for a while, and house remodeling of all types. He could turn his hand to almost any project from roofing to tiling and flooring. He also loved to shop and had a keen eye for a bargain. Stephen was married and divorced twice,. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aunt L:ois, Aunt Juanita, and Uncle Carem. He is survived by his brother, Raymond (Margaret) of Duncanville, TX, sisters, Karin Ylonka Wiggins of Tomball, TX, Bianca Gager Johnson (Bruce) of Sedgwick, KS and Yolanda Gager Hover (Jeff) of Midlothian, TX, nephews, Philipp and Brenden, nieces, Yasmine, Giselle, Sonya (Stephen), Trishia (Mike), and Megan, great nephews, Alexander, Bryce, Jackson and Kyler, and great nieces, Angelica and Ellyse, Uncles Shad, Tom and Anthony, Aunts Sophia and, Catherine and Joann, numerous cousins, his girlfriend, Catherine Swanson and several dear friends.
Garvey, Robert J., III 1975 JC
Harless, Steven A. 1975 JC ~ 29-Sep-2019 Steve A. Harless, age 64 of Arlington, passed away at his home on January 26, 2019. Born on October 2, 1954 in Sumter, SC, the son of Jim and Jean (Cordova) Harless. Steve married Brenda Gayle Ivey and they celebrated 43 years of marriage together. Steve was raised in Bristol, TN, and grew up listening to his father’s band and that inspired his love and appreciation for country and bluegrass music. Steve was a graduate of Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth and through his successes there received the first ever awarded Drill Team scholarship to the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI). He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran. Steve loved his Lord, his Country and his Family. In his spare time, Steve enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, collecting guns and historical memorabilia, playing the guitar and racing down the street in the latest Hot Rod he had built. Steve was a skilled wood worker and handcrafted many treasures that he shared with family and friends. He was also an avid student of history, a lifelong Master Mason, member of the Scottish Rite, and a member of the Moslah Shriners. In addition to his wife Brenda Gayle, Steve is survived by his son, Steve Harless, II, and his wife Elizabeth, grandchildren Dawson, Tera, and Colton Harless, and his mother Jean Harless. His father, and sister Victoria preceded Steve in death.
Hawkins, William O. 1975 JC ~ 29-Sep-2019, age 64, passed away peacefully, after a courageous battle with brain cancer, on Sunday September 29, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City , SD, to Blair and Juanita Hawkins. He graduated from Poway High School, CA in 1973. He enrolled in the New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM. He received a Senior ROTC scholarship and continued his education at New Mexico State University , Las Cruces, NM. He received a business degree and then entered the Army in February 1978. He received many medals, Meritorious service medal, Joint Service and Army Commendation medals, Army Achievement medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve medal, parachutist badge and Army Aviation badge. He had plenty of hobbies he was a huge fan of metal detecting all over Europe and the UK, a huge fan of Texas hold ’em poker, a huge history buff of WW1 and WW2 , walking marathons and he built and flew his own hot air balloon. Our Heavenly Father took him Home!!!
Howey, Warren A. 1975 HS ~ 31-Dec-2007 51, born September 24, 1956, passed away December 31, 2007, after a life-long struggle with disease. He is survived by a son, Joseph Paul Ulibarri (31); two granddaughters, Nichole Santini Ulibarri (13), and Autumn Call Ulibarri (12); sisters, Sandy Kimmons, husband John, Terrie Gorrell, husband Bob, and Dana Suazo, and husband Silas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Jo Ann Howey.
Huber, 2LT Glen M. 1975 JC ~ 01-26-1991
Jones, Jay L., IV 1975 HS
Lazos, Miguel C. 1975 JC ~ 12-Apr-1998
Light, Bradley T. 1975 HS ~ 23-Oct-2010 53, of Carlsbad, NM, passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Carlsbad Medical Center. Brad Light was born Aug. 23, 1957, to Robert S. And Jo Anna (Wills) Light in Carlsbad, NM. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1975. Brad returned to Carlsbad after graduation to join the family business. He served as president of the Wills Royalty, Inc. Brad loved the movie theater business. He bought and renovated the Fiesta Drive-in, which he has operated since the mid ’90s. Brad was an avid dog lover. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jo Anna W. Light; and brother, Robert M. Light. He is survived by his daughter, Sidney Joanna Light of Carlsbad, NM; father, Robert S. Light of Austin, TX; brother, Stanley W. Light of Dallas, TX; aunts: Elizabeth Wills, Kay Light and Ann Burns and husband, David; uncle, John Light; best friend, Steven Melero; and several cousins.
Medley, Thomas, N. 1975 JC ~ 03-Jul-2021 (Aka Adams) Tom Medley, 66, also known as Tom Adams, died July 3, 2021 in Caldwell, Idaho, of complications of COPD. He was born June 15, 1955 in Portland, Oregon. He is survived by his parents, Eleanor and Ken Medley of Chubbuck, and sisters Barbara (Norm) Schroder of Pocatello, and Nancy (Wade) Zurcher of Eagle. He was preceded in death by his long time companion DeAnna “Dusty” Muno; uncle Bob Modlin and nephew Jeff Knight.Tom spent most of his childhood in Pocatello, graduating from Highland High school in 1973. He was active in band and cross-country track. Tom was a member of the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol during his high school years. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute where he was active in band, Bugle Corp, and stage band.He was an accomplished welder of copper and stainless steel, working on many homes in the Ketchum area. When housing became impossible in that area, he became a long-haul truck driver until he retired. A private memorial service was held in Oregon.”The heart is never ready, the time is never right to say good-bye.” Tom, you are forever in our hearts.
Morton, Richard A. III, 1975 HS ~ 19-Jan-2020 age 62, of San Diego & El Paso, died unexpectedly on January 19, 2020 at Scripps Memorial Hospital of complications due to diabetes. There is no one more surprised than R.A.D. that he is gone. R.A.D. thrived at living, he gave his all & he gave to all. He commanded a room and filled it with laughter and love. R.A.D. was so fortunate to have found an exquisite woman as his lifelong mate, Jill Kremm Morton, his beloved wife of 23 years. Their 23rd anniversary was January 18, 2020, he is no doubt very disappointed in not being able to prepare one of his legendary gourmet feasts for Jill to celebrate his good fortune of a wise and gentle woman by his side. He looked out for his brothers and sisters & honored his mother & father. R.A.D. always stood up for the underdog. Ever the quiet leader, we knew he was always there for us. He loved animals and children. He took tender care of his ranch animals growing up in El Paso. He spent hours with his Quarter Horse, Thunder Bill, (he even slept in his stall on some cold nights). He trained and showed horses throughout West Texas and New Mexico with his mother, Alyn and sister, Margaret. R.A.D. was a brilliant dancer. We all wanted a spot on the dance floor with him. He made us all better. When R.A.D. wasn’t building businesses around the world, he was sharing his famous “Mexican word of the day”, revealing his Chihuahua roots. On his niece, Sara Maria’s 18th birthday, he had 18 pizzas delivered to her boarding school ~ she knew exactly who sent them. His godson Austin loved R.A.D.’s tales from afar & his nephews Max & Adin giggled the entire time they were with him, much to R.A.D.s glee. R.A.D. was one of six children. Born to Dunny (R.A.D. Morton, M.D. Jr.) and Alyn Brown Morton, 3 years after his beautiful sister Priscilla Anne Morton. Following R.A.D. were his boisterous twin sisters, Margaret Morton Krasovec and Maria Morton Woody. As if he wasn’t in enough trouble with 4 confident girls in the house, along came Andrew & Arthur, another set of twins to further torment R.A.D. He became the jolly leader of all and the gentle protector. R.A.D. graduated from New Mexico Military Institute & Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, where he became a legendary jokester and led his fellow merry men on escapades involving the city water reservoir for summer swims, downhill through the trees in deep powder, cliff jumping at Navajo Lake & other activities too ‘rich’ to be published. Professionally, R.A.D. had the ambition and drive to attract attention. He began his career with the Midway Group & then went onto Trammell Crow. In 1988 he founded The Morton Group in West Texas and Northern Mexico involved in industrial and retail development. Security Capital Group engaged R.A.D. in a variety of leadership roles throughout the United States. With R.A.D.’s international experience in Mexico he was tapped to lead acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand. He and Jill relocated to Sydney in 1999 where R.A.D. was managing director and C.E.O. of Millers Storage Group. R.A.D. and Jill fit right into the Aussie lifestyle. R.A.D. quickly became popular in their neighborhood of Mosman. He had a favorite bench on Balmoral Beach where he engaged with the locals in financial and political banter while sipping on a cuppa. They made lifelong friends entertaining their mates around his barbie at their beautiful beachside abode. They will forever call Australia their “home away from home”. When operations were sold to G.E., they made their way back to the U.S. and settled in Jill’s hometown of San Diego. There he founded InterTrust Holdings and Asian Development Group Real Estate with operations in Singapore and China. R.A.D. and Jill continued to travel the world including visits to Sydney. They spent special time with Jean and Andy Kremm, Jill’s parents and her three brothers, Steve, Tim and Peter and their families. The world has lost an elegant man ~ he was both sophisticated and down to earth. R.A.D. could and would talk to anybody. Friends & strangers are sharing sweet tales of R.A.D.’s kindnesses. We were so blessed to have him in our midst, however brief it was. He taught us about humility & grace & the importance of a pocket square. We will honor you, R.A.D. by carrying forth your goodness. Godspeed dear one.He is survived by his wife Jill Kremm Morton, father R.A.D. Morton M.D., Jr., his wife, Elizabeth Anthony, siblings: Priscilla Morton, wife Paula McMormick, Maria & Darren Woody, children Austin Woody & his wife Meghan Woody & their children James and Ava Grace, Sara Maria Woody and Margaret & Frank Krasovec, brothers Andrew & Elaine Morton, their children Adin and Max, Arthur Morton & Mimi Hinton and many more cherished family, too vast to mention.
Otero, David, Jr. 1975 JC ~ 06-Nov-2010 55, born August 19, 1955, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away Saturday, November 6, 2010. David is survived by his children, Manny Otero, Carlos Otero, and Dominic Otero and companion, Tara Lang; granddaughters, Denise Otero and Izabella Lang; father, David Otero, Sr.; brothers, Mike Otero and Daniel Otero; sister, Jackie Garza; mother of his children, Dolores Romero; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, Godchildren, cousins, and friends. David was preceded in death by his mother, Lora Otero. David was a graduate of West Mesa High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and a UNM alumnus. David was a UNM basketball player and high school basketball coach and a big supporter of high school basketball. David had a big impact on his family and the community, through his generosity and his big loving heart for everyone.
Peterson, Richard B. 1975 JC
Rightmire, Kermit A. 1975 HS ~ 28-Jul-2011
Rudeau, Peter M. 1975 HS
Sabatini, Richard A. 1975 JC ~ 09-May-2009 54, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Rick was born on Sept. 17, 1954, in Baltimore, MD, to Anthony R. Sabatini, a highly decorated veteran of World War II, who was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, and Elizabeth R. Sabatini, who also preceded him in death. Rick is survived by his daughters, Ariana F. Sabatini and Natasha G. Sabatini, as well as his ex-wife, Tambra Warner Sabatini, all of Titusville. He is also fondly remembered by his dear friends, the Rosemary and Dennis Winton family of Titusville. As a young child, Rick lived in both Italy and Germany and spent many days traveling throughout Europe with his parents, and eventually resided in El Paso, TX, where he graduated from Eastwood High School in 1973. As a distinguished ROTC student, he received many awards and honors. He was accepted into the New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, NM, where he was a member of the highly esteemed Goss Rifles Precision Drill Team. Following his graduation in 1975, he entered the Douglas MacAthur Academy of Freedom at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX, to complete his undergraduate degree, which he received in 1977. Rick entered the United States Army in 1977 and served at various locations throughout the United States as a Foreign Liaison Officer, finally leaving the U.S. Army in 1981 with the rank of captain while stationed at Ft. Lee, VA. Upon his departure from the U.S. Army, he entered duty with the Central Intelligence Agency in 1982 as a field agent assigned domestically. While with the CIA, he was personally chosen by the Senior National Intelligence Officer for Security and assigned to Agency Headquarters to be the Senior Intelligence Briefing Officer. He retired from his combined service with the U.S. Army and the CIA after 25 years of service to move his family to Pennsylvania. Rick was most recently employed as a substitute teacher for the Erie Central School System in Erie.
Sacomano, Michael J. 1975 JC
Shaw, Anthony D. “Tony” 1975 HS ~ 11-Dec-2012 55, of Midland, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, due to a car accident. He was born on May 17, 1957, in Midland, to Joy Moore Shaw and Henry Shaw. Tony received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. He worked as an accountant for Endeavor Energy Resources. He played polo for several years and he loved walking his dogs at the Polo Fields. Tony loved his job and was always willing to help out his co-workers. He is preceded in death by his mother, Joy Shaw, one uncle, and one aunt. Those left behind to honor and cherish his memory are his daughters, Alexandria Shaw of Midland and Ashley Shaw of Boynton Beach, FL; father, Henry Shaw and wife, Bobbie Ann of Midland; step-brothers, Lee Morgan and John Morgan, both of Midland; step-sister, Pam Morgan of San Antonio; aunt, Pat Shaw; and several cousins. He also leaves behind his four dogs: Annie, Dakota, Belle, and Riley.
Shull, Ralph E. 1973 HS-1975 JC ~ 29-Jul-2008 Ralph Eugene “Gene” passed away July 29, 2008. Gene was born to Paul Shull and Kathy Shull, October 31, 1955. Gene is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda Gardenhire Shull, his daughter Heather and son-in-law Scott Juneau, his son Treston Eugene Shull 2004 JC and one grandson Landon Juneau and his unborn grandchild that he would have met in December. He is also survived by his father, Paul Shull, mother Kathy Shull and brothers, Bert Shull and wife Janet, Gary Shull and wife Leann and several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his in-laws the Gardenhire family.
Sickles, Frank L. 1975 JC ~ 10-Feb-2013 58, of Big Spring, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Survivors include his wife, Laura Sickles of Big Spring; two brothers, David Sickles and wife, Linda of Albuquerque, NM, and Mickey Sickles and wife, Belen of Mesa, AZ; and seven nieces and nephews.
Sturgeon, Alan E. (Vrooman) 1975 HS ~ 05-Nov-2018 Alan E. Vrooman died peacefully Nov. 5, 2018, from complications due to an intra-cranial aneurysm (stroke) at Peace Hospital in Vancouver, WA. Alan was preceded in death by parents Eugene R. Sturgeon, Inge S. (Sturgeon) Vrooman, and Gordon E. Vrooman. Alan is survived by his wife Julie, son Ryan of Denver, CO, and daughter Bridget (Ryan Elsmore), granddaughters Sophie, Stella and Scarlett Elsmore all of Battle Ground, WA., and brother John Sturgeon and family of Richmond, TX, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins and friends. Alan was born in Thermopolis, WY, on Jan. 19, 1955. He lived in Hamilton Dome the first years of his life, moved to Thermopolis and eventually moved to Tripoli, Libya, for several years and returned to Cody. He attended school at Cody High School and the New Mexico Military Institute. He worked in Cody with his (adopted) father Gordon as a house building contractor. Alan married Julie Svetlik 41 years ago. They moved to Gillette, WY, where he worked for Meridian Oil Company as a completions professional. After Gillette, the family eventually ended up in Denver, where he attended Arapahoe Community College. Alan retired from Black Hills Exploration and Production as Permitting Director. For retirement Alan and Julie built a home in Phoenix, AZ, and have a town home in Portland, OR. They spent time in Phoenix during the winter and summered in Portland to be close to their granddaughters.
Tiernan, Peter A. 1973 HS-1975 JC
Tilton, Steve A. 1975 JC ~ 25-Jun-2001
Watson, Raymond O. 1975 HS
Wells, Richard W. 1975 HS ~ 29-Jul-17
Wommack, James E., II 1975 HS
Attmore, John C. 1974 HS ~ 28-Apr-1980
Banning, Deuard K. 1974 HS ~ 06-Jan-2014 was born on August 10, 1956, and passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014. Dueard was a resident of Oklahoma City, OK.
Barkhausen, William P. 1974 HS ~ 09-Sep-1999
Barnett, George H., III 1974 HS ~ 25-Apr-1985
Belanger, David A. 1974 JC ~ 01-May-1984
Brady, Scott H. 1974 JC ~ 15-Jun-2013
Brown, Harry L., III 1974 HS
Byrd, Michael D. 1974 JC ~ 02-Nov-2015 61, passed away Monday, November 2, 2015 in Roswell, NM. Pastor Cal West of First Baptist Church in Corona, NM will be officiating. Michael was born August 15, 1954 to Betty Dell Winstead and Bob H. Byrd. Mike spent his younger years in Roswell, NM while spending sometime at the Vaughn ranch. He attended high school and college at NMMI and finished up his college education in Dallas, TX. 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, TX, and then moved to Albuquerque, NM where he lived until his retirement and then moved to the ranch in Corona, NM. Mike loved watching his boys play sports, never missed a game while they were playing at Hope High School in Albuquerque. He also enjoyed coaching some Little League teams. Mike’s spare time was spent working on his vehicles; he had a love for making them loud and fast. Michael is survived by his son, Colin Byrd; his brother Bob H. Byrd, Jr., and wife Denise of Corona, NM; sister-in-law Judy Byrd of Vaughn, NM; nephews Robbie Byrd and wife Margaret of Amarillo, TX; Jason Byrd and wife Sarah and daughter Bree of San Antonio, TX; nieces Shannon Lightfoot and her husband Cody and son Hadley of Corona, NM; Candice Roberts and her husband Rusty and children Boone, Cooper and Jacey of Clovis, NM; and aunt Nancy Thompson of Amarillo, TX. He is also survived by numerous cousins from New Mexico and Texas and his ex-wife Martha McNally Robinson of Albuquerque, NM. Preceded in death by his son Christopher Byrd; mother Betty Dell Winstead; father Bob H. Byrd, Sr.; and brother Richard Allan Byrd. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Jim Stokes, Ronnie Adams, Greg Robinson, Randy Gibson, Charles Koslowsky and Doug Hariss.
Cheek, Byron L. 1974 JC ~ 04-Aug-2009
Chittim, Kevin R. 1974 HS ~ 11-Jul-2014 58, a longtime resident of Cedar Park, passed away from a long illness on July 10, 2014 in Temple, TX. Kevin was born in Wurzburg, Germany where his father, Reed, was stationed on Nov. 19, 1955. The moment his mother, Barbara, 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 (CA); Tim Chittim and his wife Gina (Austin), Teresa Chittim (NM), Virginia Chittim (NM), Bridget Chittim (Austin), Mary Fields (Austin), Margaret Blythe and her husband, JB (CO) and Charlie Chittim (San Diego) and their children. He is also survived by his aunts, Marilee Fattor (CO) and Margaret Bell (NY). He was predeceased by his father, Reed. Kevin loved music of all sorts and sports. He attended not only every one of his son’s football games but every practice and was an extremely involved parent with those teams. One sentence that would sum up Kevin’s life is: He had such a broad definition of “family” that included a wide array of special amigos and he was the surrogate father and brother to many. Mr. C’s house was the safe haven and caring place for many. Kevin absolutely believed that his granddads and his father were heroes and he made every effort to be a hero to his son. The biggest legacy he would want to leave would be to have his son be a hero to his kids in return. His extended family will miss Kevin’s outrageous, signature laugh and that twinkle he always had in his eye. “God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be so he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me” With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away and although we love you dearly we could not make you stay. A Golden heart stopped beating hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best”
Cohen, Allen J. 1974 HS
Colburn, James T. 1974 HS ~ 08-Dec-2003
Copeland, Charles L. 1974 HS ~ 02-Mar-2010
Crenshaw, Clifford E. 1974 JC ~ 08-Dec-2009 56, of Fayetteville passed away Dec. 8, 2009, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 8, 1953, in Tulsa, OK, to Clifford E. Crenshaw, Sr., and Jacqueline Sanders. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Cory Crenshaw. He is survived by his sons, Clifford E. Crenshaw, I, and family of Jenks, OK, Clifford E. Crenshaw, II, of Tulsa, OK, Courtney Crenshaw of Holden, OK; and his ex-wife, Sharon Crenshaw of Tulsa, OK; his sister, Selena Mobley of Tulsa, OK; his brothers, Eugene Crenshaw of Detroit, Tango Lee Crenshaw of Lincoln, NE, and Mark Crenshaw of San Francisco. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his loving partner, Donna Davis, of the home and her children, Jesse Davis and family of Springdale, Christopher Davis and family of Centerton and Lorna Wynn and family of Powell, MO. Clifford graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa as a gifted football star and went on to play football for the University of Arizona and the New Mexico Military Institute. After college he spent two years as a professional player with the Canadian League. After football injuries, he later worked as a draftsman and field supervisor for the Williams Oil, Co. In Tulsa, where he retired after 20 years of service. Clifford spent his remaining years in Bentonville and Fayetteville, doing landscaping and yard work as a hobby. He made friends wherever he went and was loved by all. He will be sadly missed and always loved by those who knew him.
Ellison, Charles A. 1974 JC
Franklin, Kenneth A. 1974 JC
Gabilondo, Jose L. 1972 HS-1974 JC ~ 28-Aug-2007
Graves, MAJ Donald R., USA (Ret) 1973 HS-1974 JC died Wednesday, Febuary 19, 1997 at Potomac Hospital. He retired in August 1996 from the U.S. Army as Major after 20 years of service. He was employed at General Research Corporation International in Vienna. He had a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Military Institute and a master’s from the University of New Mexico.
Harada, Dan K. 1974 JC ~ 28-Nov-2005
Harder, Michael E 1974 HS ~ 13-Jun-1979
Harding, Robert W. 1974 HS
Hendrix, William H. “Buck”, Jr. 1974 HS ~ 04-Apr-2015 Buck died peacefully on April 4, 2015 in Miami, Fl after a battle with leukemia. He was born on March 31, 1956 at Ft. Polk, LA. His family moved to the Seattle area in 1969. Buck attended Bellevue Jr. High School and transferred 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 fiancé Maria Rodriguez of Miami, FL. Buck loved a party.
Hougesen, Chaplain Bruce A. 1974 JC ~ 17-Jan-2009
Kemp, Andrew P. 1972 HS-1974 JC ~ 28-May-2016 62, a retired advertising executive with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, died peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Fort Worth after a long illness. Andy spent his youth in Dimmitt before moving to Fort Worth in 1965. He attended New Mexico Military Institute serving as squad leader and was honored with the Peter Hurd Polo Award as the result of his play on the NMMI polo team. Andy subsequently earned a bachelor of science degree from Texas Tech University where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and will remain an avid Red Raider in heaven. Andy met the love of his life, Teresa Bruegel, while working on the family farm in Dimmitt and married in October, 1980. Their son, Perry, was born in 1987. The family lived in Fort Worth where Andy worked initially as a commodities broker before serving 25 years in real estate advertising at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where he won multiple awards, including the Special Achievement Award in Outside Sales. He subsequently worked in land sales for National Land Partners. They frequently returned to Dimmitt where Andy helped oversee the family farm and livestock business, and would bring friends often to hunt. He loved World War II history, sports, cooking on the grill and horse racing. Andy was a faithful member of Broadway Baptist Church and an active member of the Adult 6 Wilson Class. He was a member of River Crest Country Club and the Steeplechase Club. A loving husband and father, devoted to family and friends, Andy will be missed by all those who knew him. Survivors: Andy is survived by his wife of 36 years, Teresa Bruegel Kemp; his son, Perry Kemp; his sisters, Carla Kemp Thompson and her husband, Kelly, of Fort Worth and Camille Kemp and her husband, Kevin Menk, of Dallas; and his beloved dog, Scout.
Kinnard, Michael W. 1972 HS-1974 JC ~ 28-Sep-1995
Krause, Karl W. 1974 HS ~ 08-Jan-2017 61 of Nacogdoches, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Nacogdoches. Mr. Krause was born on March 11, 1955, in Columbus, OH, 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, TX; sisters, Kimberly DeForest of Fulshear , TX, Karen Gilboux of Dallas, TX, and Katherine Krause Zahler of Dallas, TX.
Martinez, Rojelio “Marty” 1974 JC ~ 07-Nov-2015 age 62, died Saturday, November 7, 2015. He was born January 17, 1953 in San Benito TX to Cornelio and Nesia Martinez. Marty graduated from Hobbs High School, NM, attended Eastern NM University and New Mexico Military Institute. On April 1, 1973, Marty joined the United States Marines. He was a proud and dedicated Marine. After many years of serving his country, he entered into the oil and gas industry which brought him to Oklahoma. He worked for Citation, Dominion and Devon as a senior engineer tech. Marty enjoyed fishing and camping and was social butterfly, never met a person he didn’t like. His greatest passions was serving God and spending time with his family. Marty was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his wife; Flora, three sons; Robert, Anthony and Christopher. Christopher’s wife Judy and their children, Cylie and Micaela. His father; Cornelio, four brothers; Carlos, Jaime, Cornelio and William and one sister, Esther.
McCluskey, Patrick L. 1974 HS ~ 25-Jul-2005, 48, formerly of Flagstaff, died Sunday, July 31, 2005 at home in Accokeek, MD. Born Sept. 1, 1956, in Dallas, TX, Mr. McCluskey was raised in southern Arizona and attended high school in New Mexico. He was proud to have graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute. He continued his education at Northern Arizona University. Following college, Patrick worked 10 years for Digital Equipment Corporation in Tempe. He met his wife, Mary Alice, at Digital Equipment and they were married in 1982. They resided in Chandler, where their three children were born. Seeking a cooler climate, the family moved to Flagstaff, where Mr. McCluskey was employed by W.L. Gore for the next nine years. In 1999, he was offered a job with the U.S. Treasury Department. The family moved to Accokeek, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC, allowing him to pursue his childhood passion of coin collecting. He spent the last six years of his life getting paid to enjoy his hobby. Mr. McCluskey was involved in life. He lived each day giving of himself and his time to the young as well as the old. He was grateful to his Creator for his blessings and openly expressed his gratitude, and he willingly shared his zest for life with all those with whom he came in contact. He may have met a stranger but they would have parted as friends. Among his many strengths were his honesty, willingness, humor and never-ending positive attitude. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary Alice; sons Adam Christopher and Philip Patrick; daughter Jennifer Nichole; mother Joyce McCluskey Zink; and brother Steven McCluskey of Sierra Vista. He is also survived by his loving extended family members, mother-in-law Violet Allen of Scottsdale; sisters-in-law and brothers in-law; eight nephews; four nieces; and five great nephews.
McGill, Ricky W. 1974 JC ~ 13-Jul-1989
McKinley, Monty K. 1974 HS
Molyneaux, Gregory D. 1972 HS-1974 JC ~ 20-Oct-2007
Newton, John C. 1974 JC ~ 08-Apr-2008 of Midland, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2008. He was born August 26, 1954 in Rome, NY, to J.R. Newton and Virginia Ramsey. Johnny was raised in Midland, TX, and graduated from Lee High School. He later attended Baylor University, graduating in 1977. On March 29, 1980, he married Judy Reese in Midland, TX. Johnny was employed with Fractech Services as a West Texas Marketing and Sales Manager at the time of his death. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Johnny is survived by his loving wife of twenty-eight years, Judy Newton of Midland, TX; daughter, Allison Newton of Graham, Texas; son, Jeremy Newton of Midland, TX; daughter, Lori Newton of Abilene, TX; father, J.R. Newton of Lubbock, TX; brothers, Wayne and Jay Ramsey; father and mother-in-law, Lee and Nita Reese of Comanche, TX; and sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Weldon Swanger of Brownwood, TX. Johnny was a very loving uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Oberg-Berkshire, Gary B. 1974 HS ~ 27-Dec-2007 51, passed Thursday, December 27, 2007 at Anna Kaseman Hospice in Albuquerque after bravely struggling a grave illness. His beloved family was at his side. Gary was born on January 15, 1956 in Glendale, CA. The family returned home to New Mexico shortly afterward, and rented a ranch near Yeso, where Gary spent his first years in school. Later the family moved to his grandfather Homer Berkshire’s ranch in Estancia. He attended Highland High School in Albuquerque, then transferred to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, graduating in 1974. Gary’s beloved professional activities centered on ranching and horsemanship, including rodeo competition. He was a lifelong member of the New Mexico Cutting Horse Association and served as its president in the mid-1980. In the recent years, he managed the Berkshire Ranch in Estancia until his illness progressed too far. He briefly resided in Clovis before returning to the family home in Albuquerque, where his mother lives. Gary was preceded in death by his beloved father, Alfred Oberg, a World War II veteran, pilot and a prominent New Mexico rancher and political figure. Gary is survived by his wonderfully loving and supportive mother, Evelyn Jane Berkshire-Oberg of Albuquerque; his daughter Janell Oberg and granddaughter Rainy of Lyndon, WA; his son Kyle Berkshire of Albuquerque; his brothers Michael L. “Mike” Oberg 1963 HS of Gallegos Ranch, Logan, and Patrick H. “Pat” Oberg 1969 HS of Elephant Butte, and their families; along with numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces, and special friends.
Ortega, Matthew G. 1974 HS ~ 19-May-1996
Petchesky, Stephen M. 1974 HS ~ 09-Sep-2005
Provost, David R. 1974 HS ~ 29-Nov-1993
Reed, Anthony R. 1974 JC ~ 15-Jul-2002
Roney, Steven T. 1974 JC ~ 24-Jan-2018
Ruiz, Adrian, Jr. 1974 JC
Schrimsher, Keith L. 1974 HS ~ 28-Mar-2015 59, of Roswell, NM, who died unexpectedly at his beloved ranch Saturday, March 28, 2015. His wife, Micki, and his sons, Nathan and Lucas, survive him. His parents Ted Schrimsher and Vera King Schrimsher of Roswell, NM; his brother Jeff Schrimsher of Albuquerque, NM; and sister Devera Schrimsher Goss of Baton Rouge, LA, also survive him. Keith married Micki Sue Coley in 1988 and was deeply devoted to her until death. He was a loving husband and father. It was well noticed by everyone around him that he adored his family and took a continually active role in the lives of his two boys, Nathan and Lucas. He was very proud of his boys and worked tirelessly to make himself available to support and encourage them. Keith was a 1974 graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. In 1981, Keith earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University. He was a respected farm and ranch real-estate broker and appraiser; he loved New Mexico and the wild and open rangelands. He could identify each blade of native grass and flora and enjoyed tendering a habitat for the wildlife on his Chaves County ranch. He loved raising cattle and called many of them by name. He was a knowledgeable historian of the Land of Enchantment’s rich past and told intriguing stories of the people who settled the vast lands that he worked and studied. Keith loved the mountains and was an outstanding, fluid downhill skier. When people noticed his skill, he was often approached and asked for advice on how to improve their techniques. Keith was a believer and follower of Jesus Christ and a longtime member of Calvary Chapel of Roswell. His faith assures that he is no longer suffering the trials of this world, but is rejoicing in the arms of his Lord and Savior. His family is left to mourn, but we grieve with hearts full of hope, especially as resurrection Sunday approaches to remind us of the victory over death that Christ assured us by the Cross and resurrection. “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57.
Schwettmann, David S. 1974 HS ~ 16-Nov-2011 55, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at a local hospital. Mr. Schwettmann was born October 29, 1956, in Las Cruces, NM, to William and Katharine Schwettmann, and had been a resident of Tatum for the past 16 years. He was a surveyor and an active member of AA. He was an alumni of the New Mexico Military Institute. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Debbie Schwettmann of Tatum; son, Jesse Schwett¡mann and wife, Krissy, of Henderson; daughter, Stephanie Schwettmann of Kilgore; grandsons, Hunter and Payton Schwettmann; stepsons, Jason Geisler and wife, Kristie, and their children, Colson and Conner, of Columbus, TX, and J.R. Geisler and wife, Brandy, and their children, Brittany and Bridget, of Rock Island, TX; brothers, William H. “Bill” Schwettmann, III, 1967 HS-1970 JC and wife, Eileen, of Las Alamos, NM, and John Schwettmann of Albuquerque, NM; and several nieces and nephews.
Shikany, Gary A. 1974 HS ~ 27-Mar-2014 Born April 5th 1955 Entered into rest March 27, 2014 Gary is survived by his wife Dely Shikany & His loving sister Sharon E. Shikany, Brothers Walter Shikany Jr., and William Shikany & two sister-in-laws. Nephews, Christopher Thomas Green, William John Shikany, Walter Shikany, III, and Michael Shikany. Niece Megan Marie Shikany and many loving friends. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School, and attended New Mexico Military Institute where he was Cadet of the year. He was employed for many years with Burdines as Director of Security, and then went to work for Health Coalition after leaving he opened his own company Nations Medical Inc. His love was the waters and above all his fishing of which he gave the gift to his nephews. His ashes will be taken to Stiltsville, where Gary treasured, above anything. Rest in Peace Our Love.
Smith, Dennis W. 1974 JC ~ 15-Jul-2007 was born on Dec. 31, 1952, in Lubbock. He passed away peacefully at his home on July 15, 2007. Dennis graduated from Lubbock Cooper High School in 1972. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute on a football scholarship. Dennis worked as an auto mechanic for Brunken Toyota and Gene Messer Toyota for over 30 combined years of service. He worked the past six years as a service advisor for Smith South Plains in Levelland. Dennis loved drag racing. He competed at local raceways and in Abilene, San Angelo and Hobbs. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia; his parents, Eddie and Faye Smith of Lubbock; and sister, Connie Means of Lubbock. Dennis is survived by his wife, Joni; two sons, Dustin Smith and Chris Smith and wife Heather; one stepson, Quinton Hatfield and wife Heather; one brother, Rick Smith and wife Donna; four grandchildren, Destiny, Nadia, Boston and Tucker; two nephews, Clint and Kyle Smith; and two nieces, Tonya Bennett and Holly Metzig.
Spillers, Richard G. 1972 HS-1974 JC ~ 27-Jul-1973
Stark, Thomas M. 1974 HS ~ 20-May-2014 Tom Stark, born Thomas McCrary Stark, passed away May 20, 2014. He was born January 16, 1955, to Dick and Jane McCrary Stark at the Gainesville Sanitarium. He was the first grandchild to Tom and Dorothy McCrary of Waverly, TN, and held his position as angel until their death. He was also adored by his Grandmother Lucy Stark with whom he often fished and hunted. Tom gave with a golden heart seeing to it that those he loved and even stumbled upon were taken care of. He understood and always had compassion for those less fortunate. Known for his love of the outdoors, Tom was an avid hunter and fisherman. He graduated Gainesville High School in 1974, and completed the Farm and Ranch Management Program at TCU. Tom was co-owner and operator of Miller’s Cleaners for almost 20 years. Tom was father to beautiful daughters, Carly Kaye and husband, Kyle McKamie, and Hayley Jill and husband, Sean Loftice produced from a loving marriage to Tracy Ann Sluder Stark. Richard and Margaret Jo Stark, Dave and Leslie Ann Stark, Holly Stark, Lucy and Steven Sutton, several nieces and a nephew also survive him as does dear friends Shirley Paclik, Rudy Paclik, Roger Martin and Wally Cox. Preceding him in death are Jane Stark, Tom and Dorothy McCrary, Lucy Stark, Michael David Stark, and Randy Scott Sluder.
Steanson, Kirk H. 1974 HS ~ 17-Nov-2016
Taylor, Jeffery Desmond 1974 HS ~ 11-May-1974
Tortorice, Thomas J. 1974 JC ~ 07-Dec-2020 Thomas Joseph “TJ” Tortorice, age 65, of Hot Springs, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020. He was born on December 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama to Mike and Thelma Tortorice. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Jimmy Tortorice. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kris Tortorice, of Hot Springs; his daughter, Missy (Abram) Spohn of Denver, Colorado; his son, Morgan (Dolores) Jester of Austin, Texas; two granddaughters, Harper and Hadley Spohn, who were the joys of his life; his brother-in-law, Ritchie (Angela) Shields of Arkadelphia; two brothers, Sam (John) Tortorice and Tim ( Julia) Tortorice, all of Florida; two nieces, Jamie O’Bryant of Texas and Beth Shields of Virginia; and three nephews, Ben Tortorice of Georgia, Matt Tortorice of Alabama and Jake Tortorice of Florida. TJ never met a stranger, and he is also survived by a multitude of friends that he cherished. TJ got his early education in Birmingham and upon finishing Ensley High School, he received a football scholarship to New Mexico Military Institute. He learned how to make a bed and iron with precision which would make him the designated bedmaker and ironer in his family for the rest of his years! After college, he traveled the world, living in many countries while working on drill ships and in the oil fields. He often referred to those years as “Living like a Rockstar” and also the “Education of a Lifetime,” meeting people from all walks of life and from many different cultures. When he moved back to the US, he owned and operated a convenience store in Athens, Arkansas. When he met and married Kris, the love of his life and best friend, in 1996, he moved to Glenwood and inherited an instant family that he loved dearly. TJ beamed with pride whenever he spoke about Missy and Morgan, their families or their accomplishments! They moved to Hot Springs in 2005 and TJ sold automobiles until he joined his wife, Kris, in real estate, where his talents and sales ability proved instinctive. He worked as a home plan draftsman for eight years at Forest Lakes and then moved to Lake Hamilton Realty, where he and Kris worked as a team and enjoyed many successful and fulfilling years as Realtors with their Lake Hamilton Realty colleagues, whom he considered family! TJ had a fun-loving, energetic spirit and if you ever met him, you never forgot him. He loved talking to people and found something interesting about each one. His hobbies included history and travel and he was always an artist at heart painting, drawing and sketching everything from abstracts to animals and people. He was a big fan of an inappropriate four letter word, watching old black and white war movies, and he thought a bucket of chicken or pasta with sougal were the best meals in the world. TJ always looked at the world with different eyes than the average person and could have possibly been the most “out of the box” thinker ever! He was truly loved by many and there will be a large void left in the Tortorice family for years to come. He was not a worrier and one of his favorite sayings was “God has always taken care of me and I trust he always will so why worry?” He will live on, in the hearts of his family, until they are reunited with him again in Heaven.
Ulibarri, Charles 1974 HS ~ 12-Oct-2004
Varela, Michael A. 1972 HS-1974 JC ~ 19-Dec-2019
Vaughn, Richard T. 1974 JC
Webster, Owen D. 1974 HS ~ 02-May-2010 Owen David passed away at his home in Alamogordo, NM, on May 2, 2010. David is survived by his father A. A. “Web” Webster, Jr., and Carol Hensley Webster, as well as two brothers, Arthur A. Webster, III, of Longmont, CO, and Van A. Webster of Artesia, NM, and one sister, Winnie Webster of Augsburg, Germany. He is also survived by three nephews and two nieces. David was born February 11, 1956 in Artesia, NM, and grew up in Alamogordo, NM. He graduated in 1974 from Alamogordo High School, moved to Amarillo, TX, and began working for the Iowa Beef Processing plant. Later he became a laborer for a brick laying crew and worked his way up to Master Brick Layer. He loved creating elaborate designs with bricks. David enjoyed working outside, fishing, camping and hunting. He was a big fan of John Wayne, Lee Marvin, and Chuck Norris.
Wilson, Maple, II 1972 HS-1974 JC
Adams, Kenneth G. 1973 HS ~ 31-Oct-2006 died Oct. 31, 2006, at home in Camas. He was 50.
Allen, Danny H. 1973 JC ~ 02-Feb-2019, age 66. On July 8, 1952, Danny was born in Clayton, NM, to Elmer and Patricia Allen. He graduated from high school in Zuni, NM, and attended New Mexico Military Institute for two years. Danny completed his degree in Animal Science at New Mexico State University. While in college, he was on the rodeo team. Danny worked as a cowboy on various ranches in New Mexico and spent several years as a USDA Meat Grader. Danny and his wife, Ann (Spielbauer) Allen moved to Roswell, where they built their home in the country and raised their son, Ben. He was a self-employed horse trainer, custom bit and spur maker, and gun engraver. Danny loved all things cowboy and the outdoors. He was a calf and team roper, avid hunter, and loved camping with his family in the mountains. Danny raised many horses over the years and enjoyed showing them with his wife and son. Survivors: Those left to cherish Danny’s memory are his wife, Ann; son, Ben; and numerous cousins and in-laws. Preceded: Preceding Danny in death were his parents, Pat and Elmer Allen.
Allen, Keith C. 1973 HS ~ 15-Jul-1977
Bishop, Robert M., Jr. 1973 JC
Black, Reynold L. 1973 HS ~ 06-Jul-1985
Brisbin, Lansing G. “Gaylord”, III 1973 JC ~ 15-Mar-2015 62, son of Lansing G. Brisbin, Jr. 1944 HS and Joan Metzger Brisbin, died Sunday, March 15, 2015, at his home in Foley, AL, after a long and courageous battle with declining health due to a debilitating spinal injury. Gaylord was born on November 18, 1952, in Huntington, WV, baptized and confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church, and attended Miller and Cammack schools. He graduated from Saint Andrews School in Sewanee, TN, where he played varsity tennis, and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and Marshall University in Huntington. He was a PFC in the US Army, serving in Frankfurt, Germany, and Huntsville, AL. 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, FL, and Richard J. Brisbin (Vicky) of Coral Springs, FL; 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.
Bristow, Charles W. 1973 JC ~ 19-Jun-2019 Born in Presque Isle, ME, on February 9, 1953, Charles William “Bill” was the son of the late Charles Warren and Mary Hanagan Bristow. He was a graduate of Roswell High School. Prior to retirement, Bill worked as a car salesman and banker. He loved all sports, but his favorite ones were golf and his Denver Broncos. Bill loved to cook and was an avid book reader. He was also quite a character with an unlimited amount of useful and (sometimes) useless information. One of the greatest passions of Bill’s life was being a member of the Elks Lodge. His proudest accomplishments were his daughters. He was a man with a huge and generous heart that would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need. Bill will be greatly missed by his loved ones and those fortunate enough to have known him. SURVIVORS: Bill leaves behind his loving daughters: Jessica Hughes and husband Michael, Shelly Ballinger; grandchildren: Memory White, Sydney Ballinger; siblings: Bob Bristow, Kelly Lehto and husband John, Kim Sutton-Morr and husband Tim; aunt, Nancy Hanagan; niece, Mellissa Robertson; nephew, Nathaniel Bristow; and numerous cousins. PRECEDED: Preceding Bill in death: his parents, Charles Warren and Mary Hanagan Bristow; and grandparents, William F. and Lucille Hanagan, Charles L. and Winnie Bristow; and sister: Patricia A. Bristow.
Brittain, Robert D., III 1973 JC
Burgner, Russell W. 1973 HS ~ 06-Jul-1995
Burton, Charles B. 1973 JC ~ 01-Aug-1996
Cantrell, A. C. 1973 HS
Dodge, Glenn A. 1973 HS ~ 14-Jun-1997
Dowda, Dirk B. 1973 HS ~ 03-Jun-2008 54, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Dirk Dowda was born March 2, 1954, in West Helena, AR, to Van and Jessie Dowda. On March 15, 2005, in Dumas, he married Pamela Oldham. He was a welder. Dirk had been a resident of Dumas and Moore County for 35 years. Survivors include his wife, Pam; a daughter, Heidi Thomas of Biloxi, MS; a son, Hunter Glover of Greenbrier, AR; a stepdaughter, Corina Henry of Midland; a stepson, Wesley Henry of Dumas; and a brother, Ron Dowda of San Antonio.
Duncan, David P. 1973 HS ~ 13-Jun-2005
Durant, Jeffrey Sanders 1971 HS-1973 JC ~ 09-Aug-2018 (Aug. 16th, 1953 – Aug 9th, 2018) Jeffrey Sanders Durant was born in San Francisco, CA, and spent much of his youth in California. He attended San Ramon High School in Danville, CA, and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, following in the footsteps of his father Bartley S. Durant 1945 HS-1947 JC. He studied geology at the University of Arizona, passionately exploring the desert southwest as a young man. Jeff spent much of his life building a strong and loving family with his wife Jane and children: Alicia, Nathaniel Bartley Durant 2015 HS, Ryan, and Mark. Jeff’s had a strong passion for Triumph sports cars and motorcycles; allowing him to hone his mastery for the mechanical world. He went on to become a highly skilled engineer and manager who was deeply committed to his colleagues and craft. Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Jane, his proud children, Alicia, Ryan, and Mark. He is also survived by his brother Stewart Wootton Durant 1976 HS-1978 JC of Hercules, CA; brothers and sisters-in-law: Sue and Gary Davis of Chicago, IL; Julie Palmer of Portland, OR; MaryBeth and John Nawor of Chicago, IL; and his nieces and nephews: Craig Gore, Keith Gore, Katie Singer, Andy Durant, Charlotte Nawor, and Will Nawor. Jeff’s commitment to others, warm heart, and determined spirit will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Edgmon, Richard L. 1973 JC ~ 08-Sep-2015 (November 15, 1952 March 08, 2018) Richard “Dick” Len Edgmon was born on November 15, 1952, to Bob and Darline (Nation) Edgmon. Dick lived most of his life in the Higgins area. He attended the Booster Station School, Higgins School, and the New Mexico Military Institute. He graduated from Higgins High School. He went to Clarendon Junior College and Amarillo College. He married Mary Alice Stucker on November 3, 1978. He also became a dad to Kandy that day. On April 13, 1981, they were blessed with the birth of Randy Tell Edgmon. He worked for many years in the Higgins area. He moved to Oklahoma for a few years and recently returned to Higgins. He loved raising horses and ranching most of all. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Kandy Smith, son and daughter-in-law Tell and Ari, and granddaughter Shy Ann Smith.
Fisher, Roy L. 1972 HS-1973 JC ~ 15-Jan-1996
Graham, Curtis S. 1973 HS ~ 28-May-2004, 48, of Roswell, will be at 10 a.m. today, June 2, at South Park Cemetery with the Rev. Archie Echols of Roswell’s First United Methodist Church officiating. Mr. Graham died Friday, May 28, 2004, while participating in the preliminaries to the annual “Hang Glider Fly-in” in Alamogordo. He was born Jan. 3, 1956, in Salt Lake City, UT, to Sue S. Graham of Roswell and the late Robert L. Graham. A pioneer in the sport of hang gliding for more than 30 years, he invented a “boom bar” training simulator and expertly improved a truck-mounted take-off system enabling gliders to soar in flat land areas. He operated a hang gliding school headquartered in Hobbs that attracted soaring enthusiasts from all over the world. He was an avid and accomplished pilot who spent countless hours flying a variety of aircraft, including a single-engine Piper Cherokee, a Dragonfly ultralights, as well as his many hang gliders. Mr. Graham also spent many years on the slopes as a ski instructor at Ski Apache. His most recent work involved turning the Graham Pecan Farm into a thriving business. He used his talents as a craftsman, mechanic and engineer to rebuild the farm’s infrastructure and bring it back to life. He attended Roswell Public Schools, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, and continued his education at Oregon State and Colorado State universities. Survivors include his fiancé, Shippen Davis, with whom a wedding was planned for September; a sister, Jimi Gadzia, of Roswell; brothers Robert “Chip” Graham and Brook Graham, both of Denver, CO; a niece, Cori Gadzia; and nephews Graham Gadzia, Avery and Raven Graham. He was preceded in death by grandparents COL H.P. Saunders, Jr, NMMI 1912 JC and Mrs. Saunders; and his father, Robert L. Graham.
Gunderson, Richard H. 1973 JC ~ 15-Dec-1987
Hammond, Donald R. 1973 HS
Harmon, Gregory Scott 1973 JC ~ 31-Mar-2019
Harrington, Gabriel L. 1973 HS ~ 31-May-2019, 64, who passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 in Roswell, NM. Gabriel was born May 8, 1955, his parents are Herman E. Harrington and Sarah Louise Palmer Harrington, both parents have preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his grandparents Joseph and Delcie Palmer of Tennessee and Joseph and Hallie Harrington of Mississippi. Those left to cherish his memory are his brother Bruce E. Harrington of Westminster, CO. Gabriel was a faithful member of Country Club Church of Christ. He will be missed deeply by all who knew him and loved him.
Harris, Dale L. 1973 JC ~ 20-Dec-1999
Hartje, Andrew L. 1973 JC ~ 19-Jul-2001
Hebert, Pete C. 1973 HS ~ 17-Nov-2017 63, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017, while deer hunting in New Mexico. On May 24, 1954, Pete was born to Edward Armand Hebert and Idella Norine Hebert in Las Cruces, NM. He grew up in Roswell, NM. Pete graduated from Roswell High School in 1973, and went on to attend the New Mexico Military Institute’s Junior College. After working in the oil fields, Pete married the love of his life, Debra Peterson. Together, Pete and Debra purchased Demaree’s Pumping Service in 1983. He was the proud owner of Demaree’s up until his untimely death. Pete was an active leader and member of Grace Community Church. He also served as a Gideon for the area and loved volunteering his time to the organization. Pete also donated immensely to Harvest Ministries. Pete loved spreading the word of the Lord and was always happy to have a listening ear. He loved to go hunting and looked forward to spending each year’s hunt with his beloved brother, Paul. If Pete wasn’t in his truck working or at the Church supporting his Church family, he could be found visiting with family and friends. Pete’s generous heart and positive outlook on life were infectious and truly inspirational to all who were lucky enough to know him. Pete was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Debra Hebert. He is survived by his son, Brandon Hebert (Kristin); brothers: Tom Hebert (Betty), Paul Hebert (Melodie); sisters: Trudy Hebert, Lisa Woods (Ken); grandchildren: Lily, Remy Hebert; brother-in-law, Dusty Peterson (Pam); nieces and nephews: Serenity Gomez (Jason), Christy Soto, Ryan Hebert, Theresa Montoya, Destiny Herron (Joseph), Daniel Soto, Marissa Soto, Nicole Bridges (Justin), Logan Hebert, Dustin Peterson (Emily), Tyler Peterson; countless brothers and sisters in Christ; and friends that he dearly loved.
Hendrix, Dale L. 1973 JC ~ 16-Apr-2007 55, of Lawton, died Monday, April 16, 2007, in Oklahoma City. He was born Jan. 23, 1952, in Lawton, to Bert and Vivian Hall Hendrix. He grew up in Lawton and attended local schools, graduating from Eisenhower High School in 1971. He attended New Mexico Military Institute before returning to Lawton and attending Cameron University. He joined the U.S. Navy on Dec. 29, 1973, and served as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He served in the Pacific aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. He also served in the Mediterranean on the last voyage aboard the USS Roosevelt. He was honorably discharged on April 21, 1977. He worked as a locksmith at Jeff’s Key Shop and in other positions in Lawton. He was employed by Taylor Express as a long haul truck driver. He was a member of the Cache Masonic Lodge No. 391, the McAlister Scottish Rite, the India Shine, and the Lawton Demolay, where he served as master counselor. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Survivors include his mother, of the home; a brother and sister-in-law, Don B. And Tonya Hendrix, Chattanooga; an uncle, Kenneth Ulman, Oklahoma City; four aunts: Jogene Hendrix, Mount Pleasant, TX; Mildred Hall, Chandler; Lucille Abney, Oklahoma City; Ethel Hopkins Townsley and her husband, Fred, Chandler; and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Bert Hendrix; his grandfather, Charley Hendrix; his grandparents: Thomas F. and Ethel E. Hall, and Tovio and Bertha Hendrix Niemi; three aunts: Edith Ulman, Helen Harrison, and Faye Hendrix; and seven uncles: Joe Hall, Eutrice Hall, Wayne Hendrix, Darrell Hendrix, Phillip Abney, Albert Hopkins, and Lee Harrison.
Hill, Samuel G. 1973 JC ~ 06-Sep-2021 Samuel (Sam) George Hill of Southlake, Texas died peacefully on September 6, 2021. He was born in Big Spring, Texas to Lila Faye Blanton and Paul Hill on January 3, 1952. His mother, Faye, died when Sam was only nine months old, so he was raised for much of his life by his aunt Mildred Blanton and uncle Leonard (Blow) Morgan. Sam graduated from Cohoma High School (Texas) in 1970 and went to New Mexico Military Institute, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge as a First Lieutenant on June 5, 1983. In 1972 he married Debbie Hanagan and they had two girls, Mandy and Erin. He also attended University of New Mexico, graduating in May 1975. For years Sam worked in the oil and gas business as a landman, traveling all over the U.S. securing leases and eventually managing drilling sites in New Mexico. In 1983 he met Barbara Hoffman, and they married in 1985. After living in El Paso, Texas for a number of years, they moved to Dallas in 1988 where Barbara worked, and they had two boys Matthew and James (“Jamie”). In 1987, Sam found his life’s passion while working on his own sobriety addiction treatment counseling. He received a Master’s in Psychology in December 1991 from the University of North Texas and started his counseling career at Twin Lakes Hospital in Denton. For the next 27 years Sam worked in various treatment centers and outpatient clinics helping those struggling with addiction, depression, family matters, and other mental illness to find faith, hope, healing, and wellness. As a man living 34 years in recovery before going to rest, he had a true gift for understanding people and their struggles. Sam loved to hunt, fish, and play golf. He had a passion and skill for woodworking and jewelry-making, and could repair anything. Sam had a gift with animals and a special love for horses and dogs, breeding Labradors for many years. He was a natural horseman and loved to play polo when he was younger. Most of all he loved his children and grandchildren, coaching, playing baseball and other sports with them, never missing a game. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughters Mandy Ogan and Erin Holsonback, his sons Matthew Hill and James Hill, and his grandchildren, Logan Holsonback, Parker Holsonback, Nash Hill, and Wyatt Hill and extended family.
Lette, Gerald Curtis 1973 HS ~ 05-Apr-2016
Magleby, Darryl C. 1973 HS ~ 02-Jun-1991
Martin, Gregg S. 1973 HS ~ 07-Apr-1972
Miller, Robert M. 1973 HS
Nevarez, Michael F. 1973 JC ~ 09-Aug-1994
Oberwortmann, Mark J. 1973 HS
Rivet, Homer G., Jr. 1973 JC
Sanders, John M. 1973 HS ~ 19-Dec-2005
Shelton, Fred B. 1973 HS ~ 06-Dec-1996
Slaughter, Robert H. 1973 JC ~ 19-Nov-2011 “Bob” Slaughter of Tivoli died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in a car accident. Thankfully, no one else was injured. Celebration of life: and reception will be held 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Rio Mambo’s at Bryant Irvin Road and Interstate 20 in Fort Worth. A private memorial service led by the Rev. Marcos Kohlke of First Baptist Church of Tivoli was held Saturday, Nov. 26, at Bob’s home on the banks of the Guadalupe River in South Texas. Family and close friends traveled from British Columbia, Canada; Tampico, Mexico; UT; and many points in Texas. A friend from Victoria shared a letter from Bob written to her at her time of grief. He wrote, “seems the older I get an old analogy of the Tree of Life helps explain the cycle of life. Our families are like trees, growing and providing shade for others. Sometimes storms come and blow the leaves off. The leaves fall to the ground and return to the soil where the nutrients are pulled back into the tree to make it stronger. Why do some leaves make it and others don’t? I cannot say. Still the tree grows and the forest flourishes and the cycle continues” Bob was born Jan. 18, 1953, in Fort Worth. A sixth-generation Texan who spent most his life in Fort Worth, Bob was most recently residing in Tivoli, where he was building his dream vacation place for his large extended family. He was a longtime partner in several family partnerships, a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine officer and he enjoyed restoring vintage boats. Bob never met a stranger. His generosity and compassion were notable as was his fun-loving nature. In short, Bobby was a fun person to know.
Slusser, Gerald R. 1971 HS-1973 JC ~ 19-Jul-1996
Spears, James D., Jr. 1973 JC ~ 22-Jul-2000
Spykes, Kenneth D., Jr. 1971 HS-1973 JC ~ 09-May-2013
Stewart, Joseph M. 1973 HS
Stokes, T. Len 1973 HS ~ 14-Jun-1997
Studdard, Daryl G. 1973 JC ~ 14-Sep-1998
Townsend, Frederic William “Bill” 1973 JC ~ 02-Jul-2012, 59, of Amarillo died Monday, July 2, 2012. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., with Jeff Messer officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors. Bill was born Feb. 13, 1953, in Durango, CO, to Tom and Marea Townsend. He was a loving Christian father and grandfather, and he loved animals. He grew up in Shiprock, NM, and Amarillo. He graduated from Tascosa High School and attended New Mexico Military Institute and West Texas A&M University. He was a member of Rotary Club and a past member of Mavericks Boys Club board of directors and was Amarillo Advertising FederationÆs Man of the Year. His careers included advertising, real estate investing, and he was the previous owner of Big Red Furniture. He was presently an agent for Mass. Mutual. Survivors include a daughter, Angie Telford and husband Brett of Houston; a granddaughter, Keely Telford of Houston; four sisters, Lea Podzemny and husband Richard of Amarillo, Pam Coulter and husband Ron of Texline, Deborah Higgins and husband Mike of Amarillo and Hazel Wohlfahrt and husband Erhardt of Germany; Allyne Townsend and Valli Townsend, both of Amarillo; his nieces and nephews, Mandi Guffey, Jodi Coulter, Jeff Coulter, Micha Higgins, Denise Melon, Fritz Wohlfahrt, Marcus Wohlfahrt, Georgena Virga and Tommy Virga.
Trujillo, Francisco R. 1973 JC ~ 22-May-1993
Walker, Jerry L. 1973 HS ~ 23-Jan-2022 Jerry Lee Walker September 28, 1955 – January 23, 2022 Jerry Walker was an adventurer, entrepreneur, creative designer, musician, photographer, proud father, loving husband, and true friend. He left this world unexpectedly on January 23, 2022, absent from his body and now present with his Lord. Jerry was born in Roswell, New Mexico, and grew up there and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in high school. After a summer trip to Alaska that lasted ten years, Jerry returned to Albuquerque to study Architecture at the University of New Mexico where he met the love of his life, Beth Boxley. Jerry and Beth were married in 1992, moved to New Bern in 1999, and opened the doors of The Walker Group Architecture in February 2000. After a successful career serving local military bases, state entities, and local municipalities, Jerry decided to retire in 2021 to begin new adventures, starting with a trip to Antarctica. From the borealis to the australis, Jerry was a man known to the ends of the earth, belonging in the annals of adventurers to have seen both the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Circle. Jerry is survived by and will be missed by his wife Beth, son James, daughter Anna, sister Debra Walker-Lewis, sister Sharon Jaynes (Jim), brother Gary Creighton (Ginger), sister-in-law Becky Boxley, brother-in-law Clivie Boxley (Lisa), and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable contribution to your favorite charity in Jerry’s honor.
Widner, Charles D. 1971 HS-1973 JC ~ 19-Sep-2009 56, was born on September 10, 1953, in Clovis, NM, to the home of Bobbie and Robert L. Widner, and passed away on September 19, 2009, in Clovis, NM. Charles’ childhood and early school years were spent as the family moved about hunting the place where he could be healthy. He was born with asthma and spent much time in hospitals. He attended elementary school in New Franklin, MO. Then God sent the family to a wonderful desert community, Holtville, CA, where he went from third grade to the 10th grade. He then came to Roswell, NM, where he attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from high school and junior college. Charles became an industrial worker at Valley Nitrogen and then moved on in the Geo Thermal Industry. He was involved in the development of new plants and instruments for many years. He moved to Oregon in 1997, where he worked for the University of Oregon. Charles returned to New Mexico as his health began to fail. He spent the last years of his life in Portales, NM, and recently bought his home in Clovis, NM. He and his son, Chris, were avid outdoorsmen and spent much time hunting and fishing. He is survived by a son, Christopher D. Widner of Eugene, OR; his parents, Robert and Bobbie Widner of Portales, NM; a brother, David Widner of Purcell, OK; two sisters, Connie Moffat of Prescott, AZ, and Linda Cook of Madison, WI; and by many aunts and cousins.
Wohlgemuth, Calvin Mark 1973 JC ~ 27-Feb-2020 Mark Wohlgemuth, known affectionately as “Woggie,” passed away peacefully on February 27, 2020, surrounded by his family and caregivers. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Peggy; children Kyle Wohlgemuth and wife Jennifer, Lindsey Wohlgemuth and husband Dimitar, and Laura Sandt and husband Chris; grandchildren William and Emerson Sandt; brothers Mikeal and Max Wohlgemuth; many adoring nieces and nephews; and his favorite mother-in-law, Doris Stewart. Son of James Edward (the original Woggie) and Charlie Kathryn Wohlgemuth, Mark grew up in Dimmitt, TX, where he enjoyed boyhood as part of the 8 th Street gang. He formed strong bonds and fond memories with his teammates on the Dimmitt Bobcats Highschool Basketball team and other sports teams. Following his father’s footsteps, he also began his lifelong love of the game of golf starting at Dimmit Country Club, developing many more friendships and golfing buddies over the years. A devotion to friends, family, and education were the hallmarks of Mark’s life. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute (and forever shared many tales of his time there), but he really began to thrive when he arrived at Southwest Texas State. There, he met his sweetheart and future bride, Peggy, and became lifelong friends with his “Ballinger boys.” He completed his degree in Biology at the University of Houston and entered the field of industrial water treatment, where he helped provide safe and quality water to schools, hospitals, and other institutions over his 30+ year career. Between the Panhandle Plains and the ski slopes of the Southwest, Mark enjoyed many adventures with his family and friends before landing in Austin, TX. Together, he and Peggy worked hard to provide for their three children and enable them to pursue higher education and their own passions and dreams. Mark lived out loud and never knew a stranger. Known as “Mayor” of his street, he greeted every neighbor, child, postman, and pet that walked past, holding court from his country music filled garage. A meticulous lawn-keeper, able Spades partner, champion washer pitcher and coach, weaver of tall tales, grill master, and swan diving lake rat, he was as graceful on the dance floor as he was on the basketball court. He brought life to every party and laughter to his family, friends, and neighbors. He sailed his vessel to the very end, and in his wake leaves an enduring legacy of friendship, unconditional love for family, and proof that wit and grit can transcend stormy waters.
Yarborough, William B., Jr. 1973 JC ~ 19-Dec-2010 Age 57 passed away peacefully on December 19, 2010. Blake was a kind soul who was loved by all who knew him or had the good fortune to encounter him. Blake was born on June 2, 1953, in Midland, TX, to Katherine “Kay” Searcy Kleberg Yarborough and William “Dub” Blake Yarborough, Sr. Blake graduated from Midland High School in 1971. He also attended the New Mexico Military Institute and he is a graduate of the University of Texas. Blake worked in the family business as a rancher, investor, and landman. He was a fifth-generation heir to the King Ranch and was passionate about its history and legacy. He loved flying planes, watching sports, hunting, polo, but most of all spending time at the ranch with his wife and family. His favorite holiday was Halloween during which he would enjoy dressing up for the hundreds of trick-or-treaters. On October 15, 1996, Blake married the love of his life, Rebecca “Becky” Lacaff Yarborough. Becky and Blake were long-time supporters of numerous west Texas charities and community organizations. He was very involved with Meals-on-Wheels, where he looked forward to the opportunity to deliver meals every week. He is survived by his wife, Becky; son, Justin Blake Yarborough; daughter, Jordan Delaine Yarborough; step-daughters and son-in-law, Madeline Lyle Bailey, Annabelle Bailey Gardaphe and Chase William Gardaphe; brother and sister-in-law James Leonard Yarborough and Susan Keller Yarborough; sister, Linda Berkely Yarborough; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Ann Lacaff Detmering and Timothy John Detmering, Thedore Fisher Lacaff, and David Lewis Lacaff; mother-in-law Mary Jones Lacaff; nephews, Dub Yarborough, James Yarborough, Christopher John Detmering and nieces, Katrinia Yarborough, Brooke Yarborough, Mary Isabelle Detmering and Eloise Lacaff Detmering. He is preceded in death by his beloved son Taylor Raymond Kleberg Yarborough and his parents. Blake was a loving husband, father and stepfather, son, brother and friend. Blake will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Yerby, Kenneth J. 1973 HS ~ 27-Feb-2008 We are saddened by the loss of our family member who passed away Tuesday February 26, 2008 in El Paso, TX, at the age of 52. He was born here in El Paso December 16th 1955, went to White Spur Elementary then Coronado High School. Ken is survived by Paul Yerby, Ron and Becki Yerby, Dick and Carolina Yerby, Susan Davis (Yerby), His mother Pauline Yerby and many nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles. Ken was preceded in death by his father John W. Yerby. Ken was recently living and working in Rangely, CO, and was very interested in researching his family history. Kenneth will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.
York, Carey R. 1973 HS ~ 08-Jan-2002
Allen, SGT Rodney J. 1972 JC ~ 20-Feb-1989
Anderson, James V. “Butch” 1972 HS ~ 14-Jul-2009 58, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in Amarillo. Butch was born April 28, 1951, in Dalhart to Ada Mae “Sue” Davis Anderson and the late R.L. Anderson, Jr. He was a 1971 graduate of Canadian High School and then went on to attend New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He was a lifelong resident of Canadian and a member of First Christian Church. Butch was a truck driver for more than 30 years. Survivors include a son, Reson Lee Anderson of Canadian; a daughter, Tiffany Rhea of Amarillo; his mother, Ada Mae “Sue” Anderson of Pampa; a brother, Roy Lee Anderson and wife Barbara of Geronimo, OK; two sisters, Roberta Haines of Canadian and Eva McClellan and husband Gary of Wheeler; and numerous nieces, nephews and family.
Banks, Ray C., III 1972 JC
Barham, Monte L. 1972 JC ~ 10-Feb-2017 64, passed away February 10, 2017. Monte was born in Edinburg, TX, on April 21, 1952 to the late Lloyd and Betty Barham. He was raised in Roswell, NM and attended college at Western University in Silver City, NM, where he obtained his Degree in Business. He later moved from NM to Lakeland, FL, in 1988, and started working at Bartow Ford in 1991 where he retired after 25 years. He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter Sarah Ranae Barham. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Barham; children Barbara (Barham) James, Garret Barham, and Step-daughter Rebecca Hall; Siblings Scott (Susan) and Robin Barham; Step-mother Joan Barham; Step-siblings Lynn Boyle and Jack Cottrell; Grandchildren, Breanna, Dakota, and Sarah James.
Bell, Charles L., Jr. 1972 JC
Chapman, Russell W. “Rusty” 1972 HS ~ 07-Mar-2018 (August 25, 1954 – March 7, 2018) age 63, of Helena, formerly of Arizona, passed away on March 7, 2018. Russell was born in Morenci, AZ, on August 25, 1954. As a youngster, his family moved to Toquepala, Peru, where his father was employed. Russell attended New Mexico Military Institute for his high school education and graduated in 1972. Russell worked at San Manuel Mine in San Manuel, AZ, as a hoist operator and was a Lieutenant and EMT for the San Manuel Fire Department. After the mine closed, he was employed as a Mine Safety and Health Inspector for the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration in Helena, MT. Illness forced his retirement in 2015. Russell is preceded in death by his father, John Edward Chapman Jr., “Red”. He is survived by his wife, Paula Chapman of Helena, MT; his mother, Lilly Chapman, brother, Steve Chapman, both of Arizona; daughter, Jennifer (Erik) Hix, and grandchildren, David and Lilly Hix, all of Texas; stepson, Sven Offerson (Andrea), and granddaughter, Annistyn, all of Colorado.
Childs, Larry W. 1972 JC ~ 15-Jun-2017 Sergeant Larry Wayne Childs died unexpectedly after surgery in Aurora, CO, on June 15, 2017, at the age of 65. Sergeant Childs is survived by his wife, Jo Ellen Childs of Brighton, CO, and his son Jason Childs of Clermont, FL. 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, NM. After high school, he attended The New Mexico Military Institute for one year, and then moved to Florida to work in construction as a carpenter. Mr. Childs held an Associates Degree in Electronics and an Associates Degree in General Studies from Pikes Peak Community College. Sergeant Childs met his wife in the military and they were married while serving at Fort Benning, GA, in 1977. During the years of 1983 to 2003, Mr. and Mrs. Childs attended Rustic Hills Baptist Church, where for many years he served as a Deacon, Awana Leader, and Youth Leader. Sergeant Childs served two tours in the US Army: 1976-79 as a Military Policeman at Fort Benning, GA and Pirmasens, Germany; 1982-86 as an Infantryman at Fort Carson, CO, where he graduated 2 nd Distinguished Graduate of the NCO Academy Class No. 3-83 at Fort Riley, KS, in December 1982. In 1984, he received The Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service from July 1982-February 1984 for significant contribution in the renovation of the HHC, 5 th Battalion, 16 th Infantry Headquarter Building. He was Honorably Discharged February 1, 1986, and returned to construction. Mr. Childs has worked for Delta Drywall, Sprehe Interior Construction, and for the last 20 years, Spacecon Specialties Contractors. As a General Superintendent, Mr. Childs has overseen many well-known Denver commercial buildings. Some notable projects are the Denver Art Museum, Coors Field, CSU Concert Hall, Martin Luther King Library, Medical Center of the Rockies, and Anschutes Inpatient Hospital. In 2004, Mr. Childs received the National Excellence in Construction Award for the Edna Rizley Griffin Concert Hall, and in 2006, he received an Excellence in Construction Pyramid Level Award from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., for his contribution of the construction of the Denver Art Museum. In addition to his work on Coors Field, he also traveled to Scottsdale, AZ, to supervise the building of the Colorado Rockies Diamondback training facility project called Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in 2010-11. His current assignment was the construction of Bay Health Hospital in Milford, DE.
Craig, Randall D. 1972 HS ~ 11-Dec-2009 55, formerly of Plainview, TX, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. Mr. Craig was born March 18, 1954, to Weldon Ernest and Charlotte Doreen Ogle Craig in Plainview. He worked as a construction foreman and was a volunteer firefighter. Survivors include his mother of Clovis; a daughter, Tamara Leann Letcher 1998 HS-2000 JC of Albuquerque; a son, Ryan Desmond Craig of Ireland; and three brothers, Bryan Craig, Kyle Craig and Michael Craig, all of Clovis.
Cranna, Matthew A. 1971 HS-1972 JC ~ 1981
DeLacy, John A. 1972 HS ~ 04-Oct-2000
Eppers,Carl L. 1972 HS ~ 14-Sep-2020 Carl was born on September 16, 1952 in Las Cruces, NM, a son of Alice Long Eppers and the late Bud Eppers. He grew up in Roswell, NM, where he attended school and the New Mexico Military Institute. He proudly served his country in the United States Army for eight years where he was stationed at Fort Hood, Fort Knox and in Germany and received an Honorary Discharge. Carl lived in Gail and Lubbock where he was a rancher, ranch manager and a truck driver. On June 27, 2005 he married Kathy (Goen) Turner in Elida, NM. Following their marriage, they lived in San Angelo for a while and then moved to Muleshoe where they lived for 13 years. They had recently moved to Santa Anna. While living in Muleshoe, he was a member of the Lazbuddie Church of Christ. Carl was an outspoken, unapologetic Conservative and he never missed an opportunity to tell people about Jesus. His motto was “America Bless God.” He also enjoyed roping and was a member of the National Team Roping Association and well as the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed writing poetry.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Eppers of Santa Anna; his mother, Alice Eppers of Roswell, NM; three daughters, Delane Abbott and husband Craig of Strawn, Jeri Richardson of Stephenville and LaDon Wynn of Kingsland; three children that he inherited when he married Kathy; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas Eppers of Lubbock, Robert Eppers and wife Jackie of Las Vegas, NV; one sister, Cathy Crossly and husband Pat of Roswell, NM.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bud Eppers.
Gardner, Samuel J. 1972 HS ~ 19-Jan-2009
Gort, Maurice D. 1972 HS ~ 26-Jun-2011 went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 26, 2011.
Gulick, Chris W. 1972 HS ~ 20-Oct-1999
Hall, Lawrence J. 1970 HS-1972 JC
Hanagan, Joseph W. 1972 HS ~ 23-Jan-2003
Hance, William G. 1972 HS ~ 03-Oct-2006
Horn, Terry L. 1972 JC ~ 10-May-2019
House, John W. III, 1972 HS ~ 12-Apr-2021 John Wesley House III of Wolfforth, Texas passed away Monday April 12th. He was 66 years old. John was born on December 12, 1954 in Midland, Texas. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1971. He was a licensed irrigator with a deep love for gardening vegetables and everything nature related. He loved barbecuing, entertaining, snow skiing, golfing, fly fishing, storm chasing, bird hunting, playing poker, horseshoes, fireworks, Dallas Cowboys, University of Texas, Texas Tech University, and watching cartoons and playing video games with his son. He was an expert handyman who could fix just about anything and had a talent for carpentry and electrical work. He is survived by his wife Rita, her children and grandchildren, his son Dustin, and grandson Carson of Lubbock, Texas, sister Vicki, and mother Sue of Ruidoso, New Mexico. His father Jon Wesley House preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Hope Cottage at 609 Texas St, Dallas, TX 75204. Hope Cottage was the facility his father was adopted from as a child.
Isler, Mark H. 1970 HS-1972 JC ~ 12-Jun-2004
Jackson, Gary R. 1970 HS-1972 JC ~ 19-Sep-2003 passed away Friday, September 19, 2003 in Midland. He was born October 14, 1951 to Phil and Ann Jackson in Carlsbad, NM. Gary moved quite often growing up. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute High School and went on to Jr. College there before attending New Mexico State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Gary married Patti Hoskins August 5, 1972 and they were married for 27 years. He joined the Army and served a short time in active duty, then served the next 13 years in the Army Reserves earning the rank of Captain. Gary worked in public accounting for many years before moving to the private sector where he started his own firm in 1991, Jackson & Williamson Consulting. He was an avid gun collector and a military history enthusiast, Gary loved to play computer games of the Civil War and World War II. He enjoyed the challenges of working on projects with his hands. More than anything, Gary loved his children and he always stressed the importance of their education. His son, Luke Jackson; and his sister, Karen Morris, preceded him in death. Gary is survived by his son, Daniel Jackson and wife Christina of Lubbock, TX; his daughter, Kathryn Devey and husband Phillip of Midland, TX; their mother, Patti Jackson of Midland, TX; his parents, Phil and Ann Jackson of Littleton, CO; his sister, Phyllis Hoskins and husband Bill of Littleton, CO; his nephew, Phillip Hoskins; his nieces, Kim Barnes and Jackie Scheidler and their families; five great-nieces and nephews.
Jaramillo, Christopher G. 1972 JC ~ 14-Jun-2007 55, entered eternal life on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at Mountainview Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. Chris was born in Socorro, NM, on May 5, 1952 to Tony Jaramillo, Sr., and Gloria (Bowers) Jaramillo. Chris graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and went on to provide 20 years of dedicated service as a N.M. State Police officer. During his colorful career, he was an active member of the dive team, served as the vice president of the NMSP Association and was assigned to the Governor’s Security Detail, however, at heart Chris was a narcotics officer. He was instrumental in the establishment of the NM Narcotic Officer’s Association, and was currently serving as the association’s executive director. In retirement, Chris was an active member of the community, undertaking many endeavors including serving as the chief investigator for the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s office and establishing his own business as a prominent lobbyist and consultant. At the time of his death, Chris was looking forward to dedicating his talents to the newly formed Cold Case and Missing Persons unit of the Donna Ana County Sheriff’s office. Chris is survived by his loving wife, Martha Jaramillo, of the family home; son Ryan Jaramillo and his fiancé Kaylene; daughter Amanda Jaramillo-Dyer and her husband Matt; grandchildren Tucker and Lottie Jaramillo-Dyer; parents Tony, Sr., and Gloria Jaramillo of Socorro, NM; brothers Tony, Jr., of Lemitar, NM, Gary of Socorro, NM, Jonathan of New York, NY, Stuart of Albuquerque, NM, and Noah of Socorro, NM; sisters Berta Rivera of Bosque Farms, NM, and MJ Wilde of Albuquerque, NM. Chris’s grand personality allowed him to touch countless others, who will all miss him dearly. Honorary pallbearers include Gene Galassini, Kenny Kelley, Scott Stuart, Scot Martin, Clay Bush, Lonnie Mahres, Randy Stadjuhar and Kelly Corbitt.
Jones, William M. 1972 JC
Katsuleas, Jamie C 1972 HS ~ 12-Oct-2012 age 58, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away Friday October 12, 2012. James was born on April 29, 1954 in Petra, Greece to Nick and Sylvia Katsuleas. Mr. Katsuleas was a contactor for over 25 years working with his father at Nick Kay Construction. He was a member at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque. Surviving are his wife of 37 years Lupe S. Katsuleas; two sons Alexander Katsuleas and his wife Marlene and Christopher James Katsuleas; three grandchildren, DeAndre Romero, AnnaLise Romero and Mateo Romero; his mother Sylvia Katsuleas; and his sister Pamela Guise.
Keller, Kermit W. 1970 HS-1972 JC
Lake, Gregory G. 1972 JC ~ 23-Feb-1995
MacDonald, George Granger, Jr. 1972 HS ~ 17-Jun-2020George Granger MacDonald Jr., 65, of Kerrville, died on June 17, 2020. Granger was born January 18, 1955 in Austin, TX, to Jean Wiedenfeld MacDonald and George Granger MacDonald. He was a proud alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin, New Mexico Military Institute, and McCallum High School. While still in college, Granger first entered into his family’s home building business by running multiple framing crews in between attending classes. He later would become a partner with his mother, Jean. In the 1990’s, they began studying the unmet housing needs of Texas. That little research project would go on to encourage Granger that building affordable homes in rural communities was the best way to give back to his state while earning a living at the same time. In 1993, Granger developed his first multi-family community. By the early 2000s, The MacDonald Companies would become one of the nation’s leading homebuilders by specializing in multi-family developments in suburban, rural and sub-rural communities throughout Texas. Believing that he owed a debt of gratitude back to the communities and industry that had been so good to him, Granger volunteered and became a leader in multiple ways. As a young man still living in Austin, he served as a member of the City of Austin Environmental Board and Planning Commission while also volunteering for the Austin Aqua Festival and Laguna Gloria Art Museum’s annual Fiesta. After moving back to his family homestead in Kerrville, Granger served on the board of the Upper Guadalupe River Authority, the Board of Trustees of Schreiner University, the board of Habitat for Humanity, and on the Vestry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Perhaps his favorite accomplishment, however, was service to his fellow homebuilders. He spent countless hours and traveled the state and the country on behalf of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers, Texas Association of Builders and National Association of Home Builders. He eventually held the top leadership roles in all three of those organizations and treasured the time he spent with them and the lifelong friendships that he formed along the way. One of his proudest moments was being inducted into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor in 2019. Growing up spending time in the Texas Hill Country and Northern New Mexico, Granger developed a love for hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He continued this passion throughout his life, making many a friend while chasing a covey of quail or sitting around a campfire. He traveled around the world with his friends and fellow outdoorsmen, and loved every minute of it. Granger is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Kathy. After finding her, it was apparent to all who knew him that he had found true happiness. He is also survived by his son, Justin MacDonald and wife Courtney, of Kerrville; and by two daughters he thought of as his own, Christine Parker and husband Owen; and Sarah Wistner, all of Houston. He is also survived by grandchildren, Mary Kathleen MacDonald, Brooks Parker, and Finnegan Parker. Granger was preceded in death by his parents and Doug Wistner.
McCann, Bruce K. 1972 JC ~ 06-Apr-2004
McConnell, Stephen M. 1970 HS-1972 JC
McKinney, C. Michael 1970 HS-1972 JC ~ 12-Nov-2002
Meacham, Jeffres C. 1972 HS ~ 22-Mar-2003 died Saturday, March 22 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell. Jeff was born and lived much of his life in El Paso, where he attended Hughey Elementary, Ross Intermediate, and Burges High Schools. He graduated high school at New Mexico Military Institute. He moved to the Ruidoso area about 20 years ago and was most recently employed at Apache Casino at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, NM. He is survived by his mother Daisy Culley Meacham of Nogal, NM, and sister Genevieve Meacham Wenda of New Orleans. His father Cecil Meacham died 12 years ago.
Miles, Henry R. 1972 JC ~ 23-Nov-2019 left this world to his heavenly home, while surrounded by his loving wife and family. Henry Ray Miles was born March 5, 1952 to Henry Leroy and Betty Nell Miles as the second of three children and raised on the family farm in Hagerman. He attended primary school in Dexter and graduated in 1970 from Hagerman High School. During his school years, he was active in 4H, FFA, played basketball, and ran track. Ray enjoyed working on the farm, raising animals, and showing at fairs across NM. After high school, he attended NMMI and played basketball for the Institute. Next, Ray attended Texas Tech and later transferred to the University of Arizona to earn his Bachelor’s in Agronomy. Upon completion, he returned to the Pecos Valley and worked for Langenegger Feed Lot, Diamond A Cattle Co., and finally began his own custom farming and spraying business. Above all, Ray’s love and respect of the land remained his entire life, additionally, his children learned to love the land as well. November 1, 1992, Ray married his true helpmate, Ann Miles, and their two families became one. Ray wrote, “along came Ann and everything has changed to greatness!” He and Ann were made for each other as they embodied unity for 27 years. They treasured working side by side, no matter the weather. As a result, many precious memories were formed during their time together. Ray taught his children the value of hard work and he shared his love for animal husbandry. All five children were taught to raise and show lambs, goats, pigs, and cattle. He also supported their other endeavors as he coached basketball, little league baseball, Boy Scouts and attended dance recitals. As the kids grew he could be seen at all their games cheering them on and yelling at the refs. He loved all five children, however, it was blessings to have two sons continue the farming and ranching tradition as their profession. Spring was a time to sow corn in preparation for summer nights, which were spent in the hay field baling hay. Fall brought days of working cattle and harvesting cotton. No matter what the season, he was working the land with his family. One hunting trip Ray received the nickname “Big Bear” and it stuck. The name was fitting as he was tall, strong, and protective as a bear. Some days he could be a grizzly, however, most of the time he was a teddy bear. The ones who loved him most called him “Papa Bear.” Ray also supported the community by volunteering and serving as a member of the Chaves County Fair Board, Chaves County Farm Bureau, Hagerman-Dexter Soil and Water Conservation District, Hagerman-Dexter Co-op Cotton Gin, and as the Goat Superintendent of the Eastern NM State Fair. Ray Miles understood that he played a part in community in an effort to preserve his traditions. He is survived by wife Ann Miles, of the family home, children Bryan Miles and wife Marybelle and their children Chris Miles, Jaeven Grado, Brianna Saiz and husband Gavino, Janessa Grado, Allison Miles, Jaethan Grado and Jace Miles all of Artesia, NM; Andy Miles and wife Jessica and their children Ethan and Audrey Miles of Grapevine, TX; Travis Gray and his wife Heidi and their children Rowdy and Luke Gray of Hagerman; Jill Craig and her husband Nathaniel and their children Joseph, Lily, Grace and Abigail Craig of Soldatna, AK; and Trevor Gray and his wife Katie and their children Cutler and Ellie Gray of Hagerman and two great grandchildren, Aiden and Bryson Saiz. His mother Betty Nell Miles of Hagerman, brother Don Miles and wife Nancy of Dexter, and sister Nelda Munoz and husband Rene of Levelland, TX. His father and mother-in-law, Eddy and Fay Womack of Capitan, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles as well as his compadre, Alton Munson. Ray Miles was preceded in death by Henry Leroy Miles. Honorary Pallbearers are Alton Munson, Steve Carlson, Hugh Baker, Larry Hobson, Steve Lewis, Rance Miles, Jim Bob Miles, Justin Munson, Cody Munson, James Partloe, Steve Powell, and J.R. Shackelford. Ray was a great man, loving father, and adored Papa who will be greatly missed. Although he is gone, his memories will live on with all who knew him. “The rows go on forever, and the party never ends.”
Moore, Paul J. 1972 HS ~ 19-May-2019, 60, of Carlsbad, NM, passed away on May 19, 2014, after his recent battle with Valley Fever. Paul was born in Albuquerque, NM, on February 7, 1954. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and continued on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, in Socorro, in 1984. Paul was married to Brenda Cassady on February 7, 1976, in Socorro, NM; they were married 38 years. Paul recently worked for Intrepid Potash for three years. He enjoyed constructing and flying RC airplanes, as well as building hot rods, Harleys, and his experimental Zenith Aircraft. As a mine engineer Paul had gold fever and was an experienced gold detector, as well as the ultimate gold panner. Paul was an avid hunter and fishermen. He was also actively involved in the Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Foundation, where he raised awareness for a rare genetic disorder. Paul is survived by his wife Brenda, his son Joshua Moore, daughters Jaime Falcon and Katelyn Moore, grandchildren Kasia’h, Ireland, and Liv, his father Carl Franklin Moore, Jr., his brother Michael Moore, sister Karla Moore, nieces and nephews, and many other family and friends.
Motter, John C., III 1972 JC ~ 17-Sep-1975
Nelson, John D. 1972 HS
Odell, John F. 1970 HS-1972 JC ~ 01-Oct-2003
Payne, Sam F 1972 HS ~ 29-Mar-2004, 50, of Noble died Monday, March 29, at his home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at McMahan’s Funeral Home in Noble. Mr. Payne was born June 29, 1953, in Lamesa, TX, to Joseph and Roynell (Kayal) Payne. He was plant manager for ALC Inc. He enjoyed fishing and working on his truck. Mr. Payne was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Payne is survived by his mother, Roynell Payne; wife, Connie Payne; daughter, Dawn and husband, Scott Clyburn, of Denton, TX; granddaughters, Michelle “Lizzy” and Allison “Alligator” Clyburn, both of Denton; brother, Joey Payne of Midland, TX; sisters, Marsha Bonnell of Houston and Melody and husband, John Adams, of Lufkin, TX; and many nieces and nephews.
Peek, Garland R. 1972 JC
Plunk, Steven C. 1972 HS ~ Dec-1985
Pumphrey, Stephen Thomas 1972 JC ~ 25-Nov-1971
Randall, Bruce H. 1972 HS
Richards, Lawrence H., III 1972 JC ~ 06-May-2008
Sawyers, Joe W. 1970 HS-1972 JC ~ 15-Jun-2020 Joe Wayne Sawyers quietly left us all on Monday, June 15, 2020. Born and raised in Amarillo, and fondly called JoeJoe by many, he was a gentle giant with a warm, caring heart the size of Texas. He loved entertaining others with his guitar, gardening, and caring for his farm and horses. His education at New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Texas led him into a career in business construction consulting with projects throughout Texas and in Saudi Arabia ending with contracts at Pantex. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tanya Perkins Sawyers, his mother, Mary Wells Sawyers, and his brother, John Wells Sawyers. He is survived by his father, John I. Sawyers, his sister and her husband, Mary and Peter Van Ness of Santa Fe, his sister Susan Alice Sawyers of Amarillo, his nephew and wife, John C and Vanessa Sawyers & 3 great-nieces of Houston and his goddaughter, McKellie Rexroat of Colleyville.
Shapard, Thomas Craig “TC” 1972 JC ~ 15-May-2015 born July 27, 1951 in San Diego, CA, Naval Air Station, to Dr. E.R. Shapard, III, and Elizabeth Roberts Shapard passed away May 15 in San Antonio, TX. 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, TX, sister Bettina Plunkett and brother-in-law David Plunkett of San Antonio, TX. Nephews, Edwin J. Shapard, Christopher S. Plunkett, Andrew Shapard, nieces, Lauren Shapard and Elizabeth J. Plunkett. Preceded in death by his father Edwin R. Shapard, III. T.C. played football for N.M.M.I. and was an avid golfer, hunter, outdoor chef, balloonist, and friend of many. He was a longtime resident of Roswell.
Shumway, Michael H. 1972 HS ~ 09-Jan-1980
Smith, Clifford G. “Tipps”, II 1970 HS-1972 JC ~ 10-Jun-2007 loving father and dear friend, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away June 10th, 2007 at the age of 55. He was born April 15th, 1952 in Roswell, NM. Son of Jerry Newton Smith and Joan Jody Durant Walker Smith, he grew up playing baseball, camping, skiing and working on the farm with his father. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated with a B.A. in History from Louisiana State University. Throughout the years he has worked for Life Shares group, Inc., Strategic Advisors Inc., Trailside Galleries, and most recently, America West Airlines/US Airways. He had a love for sports (die hard LSU Tigers and Cowboys fan!) He was an amazing guitar player with a huge appreciation for all genres of music. He constantly surrounded himself with friends and family, and was loved by many. He is survived by his mother Jody Smith Leonard; sister Jere K. Smith of Denver; four children Lindsay Kathryn Smith Woods (Wes) of Phoenix, Hayley Anne Smith of New Orleans, Marbury Eliza Smith of Phoenix and son James Grey Smith of Phoenix; grandson Stone Tennyson Woods of Phoenix and many more extended family and friends. Not to forget his beloved kitty Eddley!
Smrt, Richard D. 1972 HS ~ 26-Feb-2002
Sotomayor, C. Ricardo 1972 HS
Stravlo, Donnie L. 1972 JC
Strosnider, Kenneth O., II 1972 HS
Talley, Christopher J. 1972 HS ~ 12-Dec-2006 52, a resident of Albuquerque and a beloved husband, father, and son, passed away on December 12, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 3 1/2 years, Lorraine Palacios-Talley; children, Santana, Maria, and Josh Talley; grandson, Jeremiah Talley; stepchildren, Jason Cordova, Marisa Cordova, and Michael Peralta; father, John Talley and wife, Joan; brothers, Peter and Mark Talley; sister, Emily Talley; and numerous relatives and friends that will miss him dearly.
Terry, Isaac H. “Ike”, IV 1970 HS-1972 JC ~ 14-Mar-2011 58, of Midland, TX, passed away Monday, March 14, 2011, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Ike was born March 24, 1952, in Houston, TX, to Dr. John E. And Margaret (Funk) Terry. He grew up in Midland, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1972 and attended Texas Tech University. Ike was a Lubbock Police Officer, worked many years for NCR, and was self-employed in the oilfield service industry. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Terry, and son, J. Max Terry; stepson Steve Markel of Austin, TX; mother, Margaret Terry; and sister, Helen Peetz and husband Bob, all of Midland; niece, Katie Petersen and husband Scott of Cedar Park, TX; nephew, Robby Peetz of Arlington, TX; brother, Jim Terry and wife Cheryl of Highland Village, TX, and children Robert Olsen of Greensboro, NC, and Second Lieutenant Cassandra Andrea, USAF; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. John E. Terry. Those who knew Ike will never forget his love for life, his sense of humor, and his outgoing personality. Ike never met a stranger. He will be missed by all.
Webb, Joe C., Jr. 1972 JC ~ 05-Dec-2013 61, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Lubbock. Mr. Webb was born May 16, 1952, in Wynnewood, OK, to Catherine and Charles Webb. He married Dee Meinzer in 1972. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Ashley Webb of Lubbock; and a son, John Webb of Atlanta.
Worley, Donnie H., Jr. 1972 HS ~ 01-Nov-1992
Abbott, Bob Edd 1971 HS ~ 25-Jun-1981
Anderson, Michael J. 1971 JC ~ 21-Jul-2001
Andrews, Mark W., JD 1971 JC ~ 24-Dec-2008 passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2008, in Granbury, TX. Mark was born in Houston, TX, on November 20, 1951. His family later moved to Roswell, NM, where Mark graduated from Goddard High School in 1969. After graduating from New Mexico Military Institute, Mark earned a business degree from the University of Texas in Austin, and his law degree from the South Texas School of Law in Houston. Mark made a career as an attorney in the oil & gas industry in Houston, San Antonio, and Granbury. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Albert Lee Andrews, Jr.; his beloved nephew, Andrew Whitley, and his best friend and constant companion, Rusty Dog (the flying Brittany spaniel). He is survived by his mother, Shannon Andrews of Kerrville, TX; his brother, Wally Andrews and wife, Bridgette of Buda, TX; his sister, Karen Whitley and husband, Allen, of San Antonio, TX, and his sister, Paula Rodgers, her husband, Greg and their children, Elizabeth and Ben of Allen, TX. Mark had a zest for life – some of his passions included cooking, his music, fishing, hunting, playing poker, telling jokes, and high-end cars. But most of all he lived for his friends and the times he spent with them. Mark kept in touch with all his high school friends and loved going back to Roswell to catch up on old times. His favorite places were the Pecos River near Roswell, the Bob Crosby Bridge, Bottomless Lakes, Ruidoso, and the Byrd Level Ranch near Carrizo Springs, TX. Mark’s razor sharp mind, quick wit, and untouchable sense of humor are only a small part of what we will miss. His love, loyalty and friendship can never be replaced. He was and always will be one of a kind. Goodbye dear son, dear brother, Uncle Markie and beloved friend.
Appledorn, C. Robert, Jr. 1970 HS-1971 JC ~ 21-Aug-2007 55, of Indianapolis, passed away August 21, 2007. He was a medical imaging physicist at the I.U. School of Medicine Department of Radiology, Indianapolis, IN. He retired in 2000 and was an avid genealogist. He went to high school and Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from University of New Mexico. He received his Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He is preceded in death by his father, Conrad R. Appledorn. He is survived by wife, Pam S. Stengel Appledorn; daughter, Angie (Jack) Hopson; mother, Lois Georgia Syreen Appledorn; sister, Barbara (Dennis) Offner; and brother, Roger Appledorn.
Autrey, Charles W. 1971 HS ~ 25-Dec-1980
Barber, James V. 1971 HS ~ 01-Jan-1984
Beck, Robert Cory 1971 HS ~ 17-Dec-2006, 53, died Sunday from a sudden illness. Beck had been publisher of the Daily Record for 19 years. Beck was educated in Roswell and Southboro, MA. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and received a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He also did graduate work at Bucknell University. As a young man, Beck worked at the Daily Record and the Albuquerque Journal. He also worked at the El Paso Times for three years and at The Daily Item in Sunbury, PA, for three years. He became publisher of the Record on Nov. 5, 1987, when his father, former publisher Robert H. Beck, stepped down. Survivors include his wife, Dana; stepson Stephen Foster; parents, Robert and Marjorie Beck; sisters, Carol Beck, Barbara Beck and Kate Beck; and five nieces and nephews.
Becker, Robert M. 1971 JC ~ 22-Dec-2003
Bindel, William J., II 1971 JC ~ 30-Oct-1978
Bird, David E. 1971 HS ~ 01-Jun-1985
Blake, Hugh G. 1971 HS ~ 05-Oct-2008 Born January 18, 1953, Portland, with a big smile and a thirst for knowledge; died October 5, 2008, Los Angeles. Survived by ‘favorite cousin’ and cherished friend, Julianne Blake, Katherine Blake; stepmother, Jacqueline Skarston; and stepsibs, John Dowling, Jim Dowling and Kathy Skarston; cousin, Afton Blake and her son–Hugh’s beloved godson, Doron William Blake; devoted friends, Cheryl Kline and Alba Vasquez; Liz Olson; Mark Katz, Paul Tellstrom and Carl Whidden; and also by scores of others from communities as diverse as sports, finances, metaphysics and health care.
Bruce, David E. 1971 JC ~ 30-Apr-2013
Carlton, James Clinton 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 09-Dec-2020 James C. Carlton aka ‘Jimbo’, ‘Tunes’ 11/06/1950 12/09/2020 After a valiant battle, James C. Carlton passed away early in the morning of 12/09/2020 from diabetes related, end-stage renal failure, with Covid-19 complications. Jim was preceded in death by his parents James L. and Nina S. Carlton, and by his brother Thomas L. (Tom) Carlton. In his final weeks, Jimbo drew to him a ‘crowd of angels’ in the form of Wyoming Medical Center’s ER personnel and most especially the nurses and staff of the 5th floor PCU unit. Of those, a large handful, “Angels of a Higher Order”, miraculously stood out from the crowd, providing exceptional care and kindness to him. For that, Jim’s family will be eternally grateful. Jim was born in Houston, Texas to James L. Carlton, Jr. and Nina Stephens Carlton, shortly thereafter moving to Casper, Wyoming in 1951. Growing up in Casper Jim was active in Little League baseball and in the early 60’s, a number of times, his team were the Eastern Division City Champions. Being active in the Boy Scouts of America, Jim earned and was awarded the ‘God and Country’ and ‘Order of the Arrow’ honors, and ultimately attained his Eagle Scout. A talented and accomplished musician, Jim marched with the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corp in 1968 and 1969. In 1968, they won the CYO Nationals (Lowell, Massachusetts) and the North American Invitational in Toronto and also placed 3rd at the VFW Nationals in Detroit. In 1969, the Troopers won their second CYO and won the North American Invitational and World Open (Lynn, Massachusetts). They placed 3rd at VFW Nationals and 2nd at American Legion Nationals in Atlanta. **(The Troopers performed at numerous events all over the country) ** ie: 1968 Denver Broncos Halftime Show https://youtube.com/watch?v=J3KKZfwJsQc&feature=share Jim attended Kelly Walsh High School (Sept. 1966-May 1968); graduated from New Mexico Military Institute Class of 1969; studied Music and Military Science, Class of 1970; studied Elementary Education New Mexico State (1970-1972); and studied Accounting and Business Management, Morse School of Business, Hartford, Connecticut (Class of 1976). He enlisted in the Army 11/1974, serving in Darmstadt, Hessen and Augsberg, Germany. Shortly after returning from Germany, he settled in Connecticut where he met his future wife and children’s mother, Susan Slattery. Jim eventually moved back to Wyoming to raise his children, with the youngest, Kelsey being born here in Wyoming. He continued his career in Computer Programming and IT Tech Ops, writing and maintaining COBOL programs, and providing tech support. Retiring February 01, 2010 enabled Jimbo to spend more time his grandchildren. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to everyone, Jimbo is survived by his wife, Denise Carlton (Casper), and his four children, Shannon Muire’ Foley (Connecticut), Ryan Austin Carlton (Utah), Scott Stephen Carlton (Casper) and Kelsey Marie Carlton (Casper), four grandchildren Jorge, Michael, Riley and Blaine. He is also survived by his aunt, Laura Jo (Gary) Schisler (Pennsylvania), his brothers Wm. A. (Bill) Carlton (Boulder) and John D Carlton (Casper), three nieces Dawn (Joe) Armatys (Portland), Hilary (Bill) Cage, Whitney (Peter) Lang, and four grandnieces. Additionally, ‘Tunes’ is also survived by his close personal friend, Eddie Morgan and his entire 2nd family of Brethren.
Clayton, Jim C. 1971 HS ~ 03-Dec-2008 was born to George and Edna Clayton on July 4, 1953, in Santa Fe, N.M. He was a Methodist and resided in Kingsville, TX. On Dec. 3, 2008, Jim was killed in a tragic accident. A loving son, Jim hospitalized his mother and after seeing to her care and comfort, started home. God chose instead to call him to His house. Jim spent his childhood in Pecos and Mentone, TX. He attended school in Mentone and Wink and completed high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, graduating in 1971. He attended Sul Ross University in Alpine. Raised on a ranch in Loving County, TX, Jim was a genuine cowboy and a true gentleman. He never met a stranger and treated everyone he knew with dignity and respect. He was well-known for his generous nature, his sharp wit, his dry sense of humor, his mischievous grin, and his gracious, neighborly ways. He worked in the oilfields of West Texas and as a surveyor. He later was owner/operator of a semi-tractor and enjoyed traveling the United States. For the past 10 years, he was employed as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad. Jim enjoyed a simple lifestyle and was most happy when sharing good times with friends and family. He is survived by his mother, Edna Clayton Dewees; four sisters, Jeriann Blair and husband, Billy, of Del Rio, TX, Judy London of Gainesville, TX, Cheryl Fletcher of San Angelo, TX, and Susie Joiner Pustejovsky of Kaufman, TX. Jim never married but his sisters’ children were loved as if they were his own. They are his nieces, Karen Blair Cypert of Midland, TX, and Jacqueline London Brenda and husband, Kevin, of Tempe, AZ; nephews Steve Blair of Del Rio, TX, Brody Cagle of San Angelo, TX, Jay London and wife Holly of Greenville, TX, Ryan Joiner, Tyler Joiner and Chad Joiner of Kaufman, TX; great-nieces, Jennifer Blair, Kassi Cypert, Lauren Davidson and Isabelle London; and great-nephew Seth Cypert. Jim had many friends who loved him as a brother. They include, but are not limited to, his cousin, Jerry Claton and wife, Dawn, of Alpine, TX, Jackie Hill of Gatesville, TX, Julie Canon of Pecos, TX, and the pallbearers who carried him to his final resting place. Ms. Veda Hickman, of Austin, TX, held his heart. His father, George Calvin Clayton, preceded him in death in 1971. It is said that a friend will bail you out of jail, but a good friend will be found in jail with you, ready to do it again. Jim Clayton was a good friend.
Compton, James C, Jr.. 1971 HS ~ 16-May-2020 James Carl Compton, Jr., 66, passed away on May 16, 2020 at his home in Porter, TX, after a lengthy battle with COPD. Jim was born in Carlsbad, NM, on December 27, 1953. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and continued his education at Menlo College in Atherton, CA, and Berkley University of California. Jim married Davie Marie Montes on December 13, 1982. They were married 37 years. They have one son, Michael James. Jim worked his way up in industrial construction for 40 years, starting as a pipe fitter’s helper and ending his career in Project Controls. He enjoyed working for TIC Steamboat Springs for many years. He also worked for Jacob’s Engineering, Kiewit, Primoris, James Construction, Corval, and two projects in Chile for Bechtel Engineering. Jim enjoyed working with wood and had an unfinished furniture store in his early years. He loved to fly, was fascinated by all things related to space travel and exploration. He never stopped studying and learning. Jim is survived by his wife, Davie, son Michael James, sister Jennifer Stillabower, brother Paul Compton, Aunt Joann Compton, and nieces and nephews. Jim is preceded in death by both of his parents, James Compton, Sr., and Phyllis Schreiner Compton, his sister, Judith Ann Compton, and his brother John Kendal Compton.
Cook, Monty L. 1971 JC ~ 06-Feb-2004 died Feb. 6, 2004, in Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, CO. 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, CO His father, Claude B. Cook, died in 1951.
Craghead, James D. 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 11-Dec-2012
Cullins, Mike D. 1971 JC ~ 09-Jan-2018 (August 12, 1951 – January 9, 2018) What we wanted this to say: Mike enjoyed participating, spectating and coaching sports, played Little League baseball, took Goddard High School to first state Baseball Championship, attended NMMI, coached boys’ and girls’ baseball at RAABC and basketball at the Yucca Center, made many deals on the golf course and worked hard for his family throughout his life in Roswell, Ft. Worth, Crystal Beach, Houston and lastly in Spring, TX. Among others he worked at: Transwestern, Shorty’s Gas Station, Builders Block and Stone, Ford Sign Company, Waples Platter, Wright Express, Schlumberger, (began foam career at) UCSC, National Coatings, Everest Coatings, Everest Systems, operated his own independent foam roofing business, consulted for Nikken, and most relaxing and closest to his natural passion-Home Depot Customer Advisor and Employee Safety Leader. He was proud to have traveled to Barcelona, Spain, taught at-risk youth at Seaborne Challenge, and that he maintained special clearance at: NASA, National Oil Reserves, Trinity Site at White Sands and The Department of Energy. He founded the USGBC (Green Counsel) in Galveston, TX, wrote exams for continuing education and his innovative designing eye brought about unprecedented advancements in the polyurethane foam and coating industry. There were many things he accomplished in his life, he: drove a train, drove a semi-truck, flew a private airplane, flew giant kites, enjoyed woodworking from furniture to dominoes, and was an honest master salesman who believed in his products. He created and invented many things but didn’t believe in patents. He loved music and country dancing with his wife, had a huge heart for dogs and cats, especially Brother, Sister and Cat-Cat. He is survived by his wife, LaRue, married August 13, 1971 for 46 years and 5 months. He always went above and beyond for his Children-Toby, Chris and Tory and Son-in-Laws: Bruce Van Valkenburg (his NASCAR/Coors Light Buddy) and Danny Neel (his Go-To Truck Salesman); 8 grandchildren-Tyler, Meghan, Hayden, Audrey (husband Tyler), Conner, Hannah, Brian (wife Heather) and Sara; and 5 great-grandchildren; Mia, Mckaylee, Lila (Pawpaw’s Pilgrim), MaryLee and Lauren. He is also survived by his Mother, Josephine Cullins of Roswell, NM, and Brother, Patrick Cullins of Las Cruces, NM, and many other Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nephews and Nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Leon Cullins, on January 3, 1998. Mike passed away in his home after a he fought cancer like a warrior – the only battle he ever lost, and he will be truly missed. What he wanted this to say: “Mike’s Dead.”
Curry, Thomas W. 1971 HS ~ 27-Jun-2006
Daniels, Arden R. 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 05-Jan-1984
Dollarhide, Thomas W. 1971 HS
Fincham, Craig E. 1971 JC ~ 11-Aug-1970
Fonner, Vernon B. 1971 HS ~ 14-Oct-2013 born Oct. 18, 1953, in Danville, died at Carle Foundation Hospital on Oct. 14, 2013, as a result of a car accident on Sept. 23, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlotte and Edwin Fonner. His sister, Sally Fonner, and brother, Chuck Fonner, survive. Vernon worked with his parents at Fonner’s Dry Cleaning, and helped establish Leisure Time Estates and Sparkling Springs in Danville. In the 19 years that he worked as a salesman, he remains the only person at United Laboratories to sell a million dollars in one year. Vernon devoted his life to his children and wife. He was the greatest father possible to his three children, Ann Button (Jim), Brooks Fonner and Vernon J. (V.J.) Fonner. He was the most loving, patient and caring husband to his wife, Misty Fonner. Our hearts are broken, but we remember him by the jokes that he would tell throughout the day; this was one of his favorites. – The Fly Above the Lake – “There’s a fly six inches above the lake; a fish spots that fly, thinks to himself, if that fly drops six inches, he could leap out the water and catch that fly. “There’s a bear, he spots that fly and thinks to himself, if that fly drops six inches, a fish will leap out of the water to get the fly and he can reach out and grab the fish. “There’s a hunter across the lake eating a cheese sandwich. The hunter spots that fly and thinks to himself, if that fly drops six inches a fish is going to leap out of the water, and the bear can reach out to grab the fish and the hunter can shoot the bear. “There a mouse behind the hunter. The mouse spots that fly and thinks to himself, if that fly drops six inches a fish will leap out of the water, a bear will reach out to grab the fish and the hunter will get up to shoot the bear and drop the cheese sandwich, and the mouse can go after the cheese sandwich. “There’s a cat behind the mouse; the cat that spots the fly thinks to himself, if that fly drops six inches, the fish will leap out of the water, the bear will reach out to grab the fish and the hunter will get up to shoot the bear and drop the cheese sandwich, and the mouse will go after the cheese sandwich and the cat will go after the mouse. “So what happens? “The fly drops six inches, the fish leaps out of the water, the bear reaches out to grab the fish, the hunter gets up to shoot the bear and drops his cheese sandwich, the mouse goes after the cheese sandwich and the cat leaps to get the mouse, but misses and rolls into the water.” Now what’s the moral of the story?
Gallup, William G. 1971 HS ~ 21-Jun-2008
Genuchi, Dr. Marvin C., II 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 19-Jan-2010
George, Sandor P. 1971 HS ~ 11-Aug-2005
Gordon, C. G. 1971 JC ~ 21-Nov-1994
Greenwalt, Craig T. 1971 JC
Gruger, Joseph A. 1971 HS ~ 17-Dec-2018 age 66, passed away at his home in Reed Point, MT, on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. Joe was born on Dec. 7, 1952, to Joann L. (Snyder) and William S. Gruger, III, in Boise, ID. Joe grew up in Tularosa, NM, with his four brothers and one sister. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. After high school, Joe went to work at the Presto Pressure Cooker Factory in Alamogordo. It was there he met his first wife Neva Thompson and moved to Montana working as a carpenter. Together they had a daughter, Haddy. Joe married Jacque Smith in Albuquerque, NM and had daughter, Brooke and son, Joseph. They later moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where Joe worked in construction. While in Las Vegas, he loved spending time with his family and weekends fishing and boating at Lake Mead. His sourdough pancakes were a weekend tradition. Joe came back to Montana in 2010, where he spent the remainder of his life with his love, Krista Brown. Joe was a wonderful son, father, brother and friend. He will be missed by all those who loved him. Joe loved spending time with his family and friends and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed fishing and being on the Yellowstone river. Joe loved cooking, working on the house, dancing, listening to classic rock, and camping. He is preceded in death by his father William S. Gruger, III, and his brother Jack L. Gruger 1981 HS. He is survived by his daughters Haddy Wanner of Billings and Brooke Gruger; his son Joseph (Wai) Gruger of Las Vegas; Chelsea (Gabe) Maroney of Missoula; grandchildren Cameron and Brady Wanner, Taylor Gruger, Micaiah and Ezra Gruger; mother Joann (James) Duran of Tularosa; brothers; Steve (Lee) Gruger of Albuquerque, Michael S. Gruger 1983 HS( Jennifer) Gruger and sister Jill (Steve) Gutierrez of Tularosa, brother Jon D. Gruger 1976 JC (Barbara) Gruger of Livermore, CA, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Harper, Kevin W. 1971 HS ~ 11-Mar-2000
Harrison, Thomas L. 1971 HS ~ 29-Nov-1983
Hedval, Stephen E. 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 02-Oct-2011 Age 60, Resident of Rio Rancho, NM, died on October 2, 2011. Stephen was born to Vivian Rae Thornton and Harold Hedval, deceased, on September 27, 1951 in Los Alamos, NM. Stephen attended primary school in Albuquerque, NM, and then graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1969. He went on to enlist in the United States Navy where he served as a Hospital Corpsman for six years. Following his honorable separation from the Navy, Stephen attended Yale University and received his degree in sonography. Steve had a true passion for helping others and worked tirelessly for over 30 years as an ultrasound technician in San Diego, CA, and New Mexico. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his sons and father in Chama Valley, NM. Stephen will be truly missed and is survived by his three children, Erik Hedval and spouse Alicia, Zachary Hedval, and Anna Maltese; by his sister Janet and her three children Kelly Jo, AJ and Simon, and by his fiance, Janice Kavanaugh.
Henderson, Dan R. 1971 JC ~ 22-Oct-2016 (1951 – 2006) Dan Ray Henderson, age 55, from Muskogee passed away Sunday, October 22, 2006. He was born June 28, 1951 to Gerald and Barbara Henderson in Willows, CA. Dan enlisted with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1970 and served his country until 1976. In the late 1980’s Dan began his career at Container Corporation as a machinist until his recent injury in 2004. He enjoyed going to the races any chance he could, but his most enjoyable time was spent with his son Tyler Henderson. Danny was a dedicated father that enjoyed coaching Tyler’s Little League Baseball and watching him play football. Dan was preceded in death by his sister, Lujuanna. He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his mother, Barbara Henderson of Oklahoma City; father Gerald Henderson of Eufaula; one son Tyler Henderson; one sister, Valerie and husband Richard Payne of Tucson, AZ; three nieces and two nephews; sisters in law, Cindy Kaiser, Jennifer Lee, Donna Lee, Vicki Clare, Lisa Martin, and Kathy Clare; mother-in-law Nanny Joannie; dear friend and companion Shelia Million of Muskogee.
Horvat, George A. 1971 HS ~ 29-Dec-1991
Houston, Robert T. 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 15-Jun-1982
Hughes, William G., Jr. 1971 JC
Irwin, Field H. 1971 HS
Jenkins, Rodney F. 1971 HS ~ 08-Sep-2003
Johns, Christopher E. 1968 HS-1971 JC ~ 14-Jan-2014 age 64, of Lewisville, TX, passed away January 14, 2014 in Fort Worth, TX, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 16,1949 in Roswell, NM, to James P. Johns 1941 HS-1943 JC and Amy Marriott Johns. He is survived by his beloved partner in life Paula Stanley-McCrary, both parents, two brothers, Kirk Johns and his wife Elizabeth, and Jim Johns, grandson Colton Eaker, step-daughter Jennifer Eaker and her husband Ronnie. Chris received his education at New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University earning a BS in Business Management. He served 3 years in the Army Signal Corps in Texas. After working for Coca-Cola for 18 years, he went to work at Xerox as a Supplies Sales Representative for 22 years where he earned trips to Canada, Mexico and all over the United States. He lived life to the fullest, inspiring others to do the same. His hobbies included go kart racing, water skiing, snow skiing, fishing, bowling, square dancing, traveling, NASCAR and reading. He had a vast love and knowledge of airplanes and boats; and loved racing anything on wheels. He was also a member of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division Descendants Association allowing him the privilege of visiting Italy to honor the World War II veterans that fought there. His absence will be ever present as he loved and inspired those he knew daily. Chris will be dearly missed.
Johnson, John Vernon 1971 HS ~ 01-Dec-2009
Jordan, Brad R. 1971 HS
Keeth, John J. 1971 HS
Kikuchi, Kikuo 1968 HS-1971 JC
Kuykendall, Teddy D. 1971 HS ~ 05-Oct-2009 56, of Roswell, passed away Oct. 5, 2009, at the Roswell Regional Hospital of heart complications. Ted was born Dec. 5, 1953, in Roswell to Radonna Kerr Kuykendall and David Kuykendall, of Dexter. His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Ian; and his six half-siblings, Bonni Bailey Smith, of Georgia, H. D. Bailey, of Hawaii, Dr. Bill Bailey, of California, Paul H, Kuykendall 1978 HS, of Arkansas, Myra Small, of Missouri, and Beverly Garner, of Roswell; and Uncle and Aunt Donald and Lorene Kuykendall, of Roswell. He attended New Mexico Military Institute through junior college and earned a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. A well-known art photographer, his works have been collected by numerous museums including the National Gallery of American Art at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. Ted was also a master carpenter and cabinet maker, working on many custom homes and museum installations throughout the Southwestern states.
Lewis, Steven R. 1971 JC ~ 26-Aug-2011
Lindberg, Barry K. 1971 HS
Manganaro, S. J. 1971 JC ~ 01-Nov-1990
Markley, Harvey C., Jr. 1971 HS
Mayer, Leonard W. 1971 HS ~ 07-Jan-1979
Mayfield, Gregg H. 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 22-Aug-2008 died August 22, 2008, at his home in Buffalo, NY. He died of natural causes at the age of 57. Born on July 29, 1951 in Albany, NY, Gregg grew up in Buffalo and Schenectady, NY. He received his high school diploma in 1969 from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he also graduated from Junior College in 1971. In 1974, he returned to NMMI to join the commandant’s staff as a TAC officer. Gregg will be remembered by his many friends and family as an energetic, creative person who befriended everyone he met. In addition to his many private ventures, he spent most of his professional life in advertising sales. Among his many passions was working to uphold the quality of education at New Mexico Military Institute where he was an Alumni Association Life Member. Surviving Gregg is his sister, Siri M. Pardi and her husband, Louis of Niskayuna, NY; and his brother, Mark R. Mayfield and his wife, Peggy of Upton, MA. His parents were the late Brita L. Male of Schenectady, NY and the late George H. Mayfield, of Eagle Bay, NY. Also surviving Gregg are his stepfather, Kenneth J. Male, Schenectady, NY; stepsister, Rebecca Ellsworth, of Windsor, NY; and many nieces and nephews.
McKnight, Thomas P. 1971 HS ~ 14-Nov-1984
McMillian, Earl T., III 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 16-May-2014 63, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014, in Kerrville, TX. 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, NY. Tom also is survived by his cousin and best friend, Don F. McMillian, Jr., of Albuquerque, NM; and his four siblings, Meredith, Lee, Jeff and Bonnie McMillian, all residents of Houston. His constant companion, his Labrador, Layla, will miss him. Tom was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and attended the University of Texas in Austin. Tom was known for being a wonderful father and friend. He possessed a huge love of the outdoors and adored animals. His engaging personality and warmth of spirit will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
Moore, CDR Michael D., USN (Ret) 1971 HS ~ 17-Feb-18 age 63, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home in Albuquerque, NM. He was born in Socorro, NM, on July 1, 1954, to Ernest and Elizabeth (Cronin) Moore. He enjoyed hunting and loved to deep sea fish, winning many fishing tournaments. Commander Dave Moore graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1976. He entered the Navy through the Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL, and was commissioned in January 1978. He completed flight training at NAS Beeville, TX, and was designated a Naval Aviator in July, 1979. Commander Moore’s first assignment was to Attack Squadron ONE TWO TWO (VA-122) at NAS Lemoore, CA. After completing his initial qualification in the A-7E Corsair, he was assigned to Attack Squadron NINE SEVEN (VA-97) on board the USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43). While attached to the squadron, he served as Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Branch Officer. Following this tour he attended Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and then was assigned as an Exchange Pilot with the Venezuelan Air Force. During this tour he qualified in three different aircraft and served as a flight instructor and officer in charge of the air-to-grounds weapons department. In 1986, Commander Moore was assigned as the Flight Deck Officer and Aircraft Handling Officer on board the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). His next assignment was to the Attack Squadron ONE TWO TWO (VA-122) flying the A-7E Corsair. Following graduation from the Strike Leader Advanced Tactics School at Naval Strike Warfare Center, Fallon NV, Commander Moore was assigned to Strike/Fighter Squadron NINE SEVEN (VFA-97) where he served as Safety Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer on board USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). During Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm he was selected as a Navy representative to the Joint Forces Air Component Commander under Navy Central Command. He also served as a member of the Navy Airborne Command Element. Following Desert Storm, he reported to Naval War College, Newport, RI, as a student in the Naval Command and Staff curriculum. Upon completion he was then assigned to Training Air Wing One (CTW-1) where he served as the Operations Officer responsible for the operational supervision of the Navy’s largest jet air wing. Commander Moore was then selected to attend the prestigious Inter-American Defense College, Fort McNair, DC. His last assignment prior to retirement, he served as the United States Defense and Naval Attache to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. He also served as Naval Attache to Haiti. Commander Moore retired in 1999. In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics he holds a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. During his career, Commander Moore logged more than 2,300 flight hours in tactical jets and accumulated 750 carrier landings on board four different aircraft carriers. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), United States Coast Guard Achievement Medal and various unit citations. He is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Ernest “Skipper” Moore. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth “Becky” Moore; niece, Kristina Ericksen Sobieski; nephew, Michael Ward and wife, Lily; great niece, Rose Ward; and great nephews, Benjamin Ward, Lucas Ward, and Gryphon Sobieski.
Nielsen, Robert W. 1971 HS
Odell, John R. 1971 JC
Packard, Harvey D. 1971 JC ~ 01-May-2012
Pritchard, Jr., Stuart M. 1971 JC ~ 04-Aug-2014 passed away August 4, 2014. Mr. Pritchard was preceded in death by his parents, Clarance and Winifred Pritchard, and by 1 brother and 4 sisters, he is survived by 3 sons Guy Pritchard and wife, Glenda of Amarillo TX, Stuart Marshall Pritchard, Jr., and wife Lois. from Newport, Oregon and Kim R. Pritchard and wife Helen of Roswell, NM. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 3 great grand children. He was preceded in death by one granddaughter.
Proctor, Robin S. 1971 HS ~ 01-Nov-2001
Redinger, Sparks V. 1971 HS ~ 14-Dec-2009 was born December 22, 1952 to Nell Marie and Quentin Redinger in Olton, TX. He was raised southeast of Olton on the farm that his grandparents Charlie and Nellie Redinger homesteaded in 1907. He attended Olton schools until his freshman year. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he proudly graduated in 1971. He attended South Plains College and Texas Tech. He didn’t quite receive his degree because he wanted to go back and farm with his dad and brother. In 1973, he met the love of his life, Mona Wright. They were married March 23, 1974, in Abernathy, TX. They never had children of their own, but had plenty of nieces and nephews to shower with love. A favorite thing to do was to load all the kids up and take them to Tech football games. He was preceded in death by his parents, Quentin and Nell Marie Redinger and his grandparents, Charlie and Nellie Redinger and Solon and Ida Higgins. Sparks is survived by his wife, Mona, of Plainview; One brother, Ronnie Redinger and wife Judy of Olton; sister Quenette Collins and husband Danny of Olton; and sister Tami Wylie and husband Len of Canyon. His beloved nieces and nephews, Colt Redinger, La’Danda Kauffman and husband Cody, Casey Collins all of Olton; Ronna Carson and husband Stephen and Kylie Lamberth and husband Adam of Amarillo and “best buds” Jonni Hutto and Alyx Wylie of Canyon. Also surviving are his mother-in-law and father-in-law Vallaree and Dan Wright of Abernathy, brother-in-law and wife Robin Wright and wife Sheryl of Buffalo, nieces Stacey, Jennifer and Brandy. Also the newest little ones that we love so much and keep us entertained, Hunter and Kasen Kauffman and Kashlee and Wyatt Lamberth. And a long-time friend who is loved like a brother Carrol Blackwell and his wife Cindy of Lubbock. Sparks was someone whose name fit him perfectly. He was always laughing and loved all his family and friends so very much. He was a farmer at heart and loved to raise the best crops he possibly could. The Weather Channel was always on, watching for hail storms and a good cotton shower. He loved watching Tech sports and always had a great time tail-gating with his many friends. NASCAR races were great fun for him, especially fun was a trip to Talladega with his friends Clint, Michael, and John. Sparks had a huge heart and helped anyone he could, in any way possible. Many times they didn’t know it had been him that was behind the help. He hugged everyone of us when we saw him and always told us how much he loved us. He will be missed so very much.
Rhu, Robert S. 1971 HS ~ 29-Oct-1970
Robertson, Bruce H. 1971 HS ~ 10-Nov-1990
Roland, Roger 1970 HS-1971 JC ~ 22-Oct-1971
Ryan, James M. II 1971 JC ~ 19-Nov-2019 born December 9,1951, in Springfield, MO, beloved son of James M. and Cathryn Allen Ryan, (both deceased), died peacefully at home in Austin, TX, on November 19,2019. His family, including sister Sarah Ryan Carpenter and brother Daniel Allen Ryan, lived briefly in Lockhart and Beaumont before moving to San Antonio in 1959. Jim, like his father, was a graduate of Alamo Heights High School (1969), New Mexico Military Institute (1971) and The University of Texas at Austin (1974). Jim, an excellent horseman and marksman, served as 2nd Lt. in the US Army Reserves. Jimbo, an armchair ref/sports announcer, was an avid Heights Mules, Cowboys, Longhorns, Spurs, Braves and Astros fan. A longtime resident of Austin, he was a member of the notorious Wild Bunch, and he and his wife Rhonda Colbert Ryan and son Mack were mainstays at UT baseball and football games for decades. Jim, a salesman by trade, was also “Mr. Mom” for years. An excellent friend to many, he played poker with friends weekly for about 40 years, up until just a few weeks ago. In October, he danced at his 50th high school reunion.
Sanchez, Juan P. 1971 HS ~ 09-Sep-2021 Juan “John” P. Sanchez (Johnny the Bull), passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the Heart Hospital with his devoted wife, Janice and two sons, Marcos and David at his side. John was born Wednesday, August 13, 1952 in Los Chavez, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by both parents, Sylvester and Isabelle Sanchez; brother, David Sylvester Sanchez; sister, Angela Sanchez; and his loving daughter, Marlysa Marie Sanchez. John is survived by his wife, Janice of 42 years who was his soulmate, strength, inspiration, steadfast rock, and love of his life. John is also survived by his sons, Marcos “Bubba” Sanchez and David Ray Sanchez; sister, Rose Candelaria; four grandchildren, Elion Torres, Elise, Elena Sanchez, and David Ray Sanchez II; and many cherished family members and friends. John leaves a legacy of life stories that will live on. John attended high school for two years at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and received his high school diploma from Belen High. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army where he was assigned as a door gunner in the Vietnam War. John was a very proud VET who received many military honors. John also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Education. Over the years, John pursued his passion for boxing where he individually won a State Golden Gloves Title, then becoming a professional boxer for six years. His enthusiasm for boxing led him to become a boxing coach where he won five State Team Golden Glove Titles. John received the Governor’s (Bruce King) Certificate of Achievement for his dedication and commitment to the sport of boxing for the youth of the community of Los Lunas. John was inducted into the Wall of Honor in boxing on August 25, 1999. John then joined and graduated from the Police Academy in Santa Fe where he eventually became Los Lunas Public Schools first police officer. John also had a passion for politics where he would debate anyone on any issue. He stood proud for what he believed in. John contributed to his community as an umpire for the Los Lunas Little League and coach for the Los Lunas YAFL football team, but John was impassioned with his own kids’ sports where he and his wife, Janice traveled and supported their children with pride. After retiring from the Los Lunas Public Schools, John spent his leisure time at various restaurants in Los Lunas reading his newspaper and enjoying his coffee and conversations with buddies, spending many joyous times with wife at the casinos, but the highlight of his time was spent with his grandchildren. He was an extraordinary grandfather. His joy of animals came with his kind, caring love for his best pet friends, Baby Girl his horse, and Sassy his cat, who both will miss John’s presence very much! John you will forever be in the hearts of many! A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m., at Calvary Chapel New Harvest of Los Lunas. A Private Burial will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. Pallbearers will be Caden Ortiz, Chris Crespin, Damir Pyle, Robert Gallegos, Ricardo Hernandez, and Jonathan Garcia. Honorary Pallbearers will be Aaron Pyle, Elion Torres, Elise, and Elena Sanchez.
Sartain, Charles J. 1971 HS
Sill, John B. 1971 JC
Simpson, William J., Jr. 1971 HS ~ 25-Sep-1997
Smith, David Lee 1971 HS ~ 25-Jun-2019, 66, passed away on June 25th, 2019 peacefully with family by his side in Austin, TX. He was born July 2nd, 1952 in Odessa, TX, to Gereld and Anne Smith. When David was five, his family moved to Anaco, Venezuela. He loved living there and was often seen with his pet parrot sitting on his shoulder. Three years later his family moved to Maracaibo, Venezuela. At age 15, David traveled to the US to attend New Mexico Military Institute. After getting homesick, he returned to Venezuela and graduated from Roberts School where he was voted most friendly and most class spirit. David loved Venezuela and made many lifetime friends while there. After a few years he was drafted into the Army and served two years. After that, and moving around a lot David settled in Roswell, NM. He retired after 30 years at the United States Post Office, which was his longest commitment in life. He always wanted to return to Austin and finally made it back in 2018. Throughout life David was loved by many. He was easy-going, kind-hearted, had a great sense of humor and was an avid animal lover. David was a loving “Dippy” to his four grandchildren who brightened the last years of his life. He never met a stranger and most likely would have been voted most friendly in life as he was in high school. He is preceded in death by his parents. David is survived by his daughter, Breanna and husband, Christopher Compian and their two children of Austin, TX; his son, Darr Acton Smith 2005 HS and wife Jeannie Smith and their two children of El Paso, TX; his older brother Gregg Smith of Austin, TX; his loving ex-wife, and mother of his children, Mindi Darr of Roswell, NM, and many other loving family members. David wished to remain in the mountains, so his ashes, along with the ashes of his favorite dog Badger, will be spread at a later date with a celebration of life.
Smookler, Gary A. 1971 HS ~ 10-Jun-2014
Speer, Dennis P. 1971 HS ~ 23-Aug-2003, 50, passed away on August 23, 2003 in Colorado Springs, CO, where he has resided for the past ten years. Dennis was raised in Corrales, NM, and was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam. He is survived by his son, Thomas; and daughter, Denise, who reside in Hobe Sound, FL, with their mother, Dee Dee Myers. In Albuquerque, he is survived by his mother, Mandy Nichols; stepfather, John Nichols; and sister, Glenna Hickman. His brother, Jack S. Speer 1970 HS of Houston, TX; and sister, Dena Zwingle of Burlingame, CA, also survive him. Dennis is also survived by his stepsister and stepbrother, Kay Griffin and Kevin Nichols of Albuquerque; as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, aunts, and cousins. His father, Thomas E. Speer, preceded him in death in 1986.
Stokes, Jimmy L. 1971 JC ~ 14-Feb-2001
Sunny, Kenneth W. 1971 JC ~ 1976
Talafous, Carl R. 1971 HS ~ 14-Jul-1993
Trujillo, Steve R. 1969 HS-1971 JC
Tucker, Merle H., Jr. 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 01-Mar-1982
VanDyke, Tyson P. 1971 JC
Welles, George H., III 1969 HS-1971 JC ~ 26-Oct-1993
Whatley, William J. 1971 HS ~ 21-Jan-2015
Wheeler, John D. 1971 HS ~ 01-Jan-2003
Wimsatt, Allen D. 1971 JC ~ 07-Apr-2006 55, of 173 Edwards Road, passed away Friday, April 7, 2006. Born in Alamogorda, NM, he was the son of the late Gordon and Gladys Robinson Wimsatt. Mr. Wimsatt was an operator for 27 years with the 3M Company, and attended Slater-Marietta Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, Janice Wimsatt of the home daughters, Kimberly Quinn and husband, Jason, Tracy Goodson and husband, Randy sons, John Gordon Wimsatt, Dwayne Hinton and wife, Deedee brother, Steve Wimsatt and wife, Dorothy, of New Mexico sisters, Rita Carr and husband, Bradley, of Arizona, Shella Carpenter and husband, Ron, of California grandchildren, Kassie Quinn, Heather Goodson, and Derrick Hinton.
Wood, Harris H. 1971 HS ~ 23-Jul-2016 Harris “Hunter” Wood, II, age 63, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Ketchikan, AK. He lived most of his adult life in the states of Oregon and Alaska. Hunter was born to the late Harris and Patricia Wood in Tucson, AZ, on May 24, 1953. Hunter is survived by his three children, Bonnie Silker of Crosby, MN, Kathryn Zasmeta of Aitkin, MN, and Harris Wood of East Gull Lake, MN. Hunter was also the proud grandfather of six beautiful grandchildren. He took great pleasure in bird watching, the outdoors and collecting shells and rocks on the beach to send his grandchildren.
Worrall, Alexander H., III 1971 JC ~ 03-Nov-2000
Wunderlich, Edward J. 1969 HS-1971 JC
Wyley, Clinton H., III 1971 HS ~ 17-Aug-2010