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.
Ortiz, Luis Miguel 2019 HS ~ 19-Dec-2019 Luis Miguel Ortiz, inventor, wonderful son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend, the Lord needed you in heaven at a much sooner time than we were all prepared for. But we are learning to understand that the Lord also needs strong charismatic young angels during trying times to help guide those young souls your age that may be struggling. Some of us were fortunate to really get to know the kind, caring, intelligent, unpretentious and humorous person you were and you will always be remembered for the joy you brought to all if us in just 17 memorable years. Your father Luis M. Ortiz, mother Sharon Ortiz, sisters Isabella Ortiz and Sofia Ortiz, grandparents Melisendro Ortiz, Victoria Arellano and Nelson Arellano, aunts, uncles and cousins whom remain here on earth will remember and honor you the rest of our lives. We love you Luis!
Rodriguez, Jr., Ricardo 2018 JC ~ 08-Dec-2018 Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr., was born April 26, 1998 in El Paso, Texas. He was the middle child and ironically the tallest of the entire Rodriguez family. He was named after his dad by myself, his older sister. He was my first best friend. Ricardo participated in youth football, playing for the Northeast Mustangs as #57. He was a lineman and loved every second of it, even if it terrified our mom to no end to see him out on the field. He never complained and always showed up to practice with a positive attitude, ready to take on anything and anyone. He eventually went on to play football in middle school and high school. He was a Cowboys fanatic and always promised our Dad he would one day take him to a Cowboys game promise he fulfilled Thanksgiving 2018, when he took the family to Dallas to see the game. He began his eventual lifelong love for band in the 5th grade when he picked up a trombone and essentially never put it down after that, passing on his love for music to our youngest sister. He hated practicing at home, but showed up to early morning practice ready to give it his all. Despite already being a part of football and band in high school, Ricardo decided to follow in my footsteps and join JROTC. I made him promise he would outrank me by the time he graduated and that was another promise he carried out. He eventually became the Cadet Command Sergeant Major of Parkland High School’s JROTC battalion. Even then, I was always the one behind the scenes, putting his uniform together before every inspection and board he went to. This became a tradition all throughout his high school years and persisted once he joined the Army. After high school graduation, Ricardo went on to attend New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He attended for about a year before enlisting into the US Army Reserves as a 68W Combat Medic, once again following in my footsteps. His ultimate goal was to pursue a PhD in child psychology. He had a natural talent for reaching out to people and wanted to use that to help others. In February 2018, he graduated AIT from Echo Company, 232nd Medical Battalion at Fort Sam Houston, the same company I graduated from. He then returned to El Paso to live with our parents and found a job at the same place as our Dad and was eventually able to move out and get his own apartment and buy a Mustang, his dream car he always wanted. In his spare time, Ricardo coached the Northeast Raiders, a local youth football team and continued to support his friends, wanting nothing more than to help them reach their dreams. Ricardo’s niece, Heidi, loved when he would come over to our mom’s house to eat. She was the light of his life, and also annoyed him endlessly, following him everywhere. He was her Tio Taco, and she loved to roughhouse with him. Ricardo is survived by our parents, myself, our youngest sister Melanie, his niece Heidi, his brother-in-law Christiaan, and too many friends to count, for whose never ending support the Rodriguez family is eternally grateful.
Dement, Ryan William 2016 HS ~ 24-Dec-2016 Ryan was born in Staten Island, NY, in 1998 and moved with his family to Alto in 2002. He is a graduate of NMMI (New Mexico Military Institute) where he played baseball for the Colt team. In 2013, he toured Australia with an international traveling team that won the championship. In the summer of 2014, Ryan was awarded a six-week scholarship to study Arabic in Morocco. He additionally attended a summer camp in north Georgia to also study Arabic and studied international relations at American University. He also served four years on the NMMI concert choir, the last year of which he was its president. This admired group traveled to such places as Colorado, Oklahoma, California and earlier this year performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Ryan graduated from NMMI in 2016 and was awarded the Daniel Fund Scholarship, an all-inclusive scholarship, bestowed annually to graduating high school students who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership and commitment to serving the community. He was attending the University of Denver where he planned to secure a BA and MBA in International Studies and pursue a career in U.S foreign policy or national intelligence. Among his other accomplishments, he did community service work for Congressman Steve Pearce in Roswell, New Mexico. In addition to playing baseball, Ryan was an avid Yankees fan and his favorite player was Derek Jeter. He enjoyed working on his 2011 Dodge Charger, playing guitar and piano, and spending time with his sister Jenna going to softball games and trips to Australia, Dublin and the Caribbean. He is predeceased by his father, William Dement, and survived by his mother, Barbara (Mulcahy) Dement, his sister, Jenna Dement, his grandmother, Beatrice Mulcahy, and many loving aunts and uncles – Pat Mulcahy, Janet Mulcahy, Arlene Khoury, Maureen Gerse, Karen Mulcahy, Kevin Mulcahy and Tom Mulcahy.
Pendergraft, Cade Duncan 2014-HS-2016 JC ~ 19-Sep-2020
Tuepker, Cody J. 2016 JC ~ 26-Jun-2019 was known as many things to many people. He was a loving son and grandson; a devoted brother, a trusted friend and his lighthearted humor brought much joy and laughter to everyone he met. Cody was born on November 18, 1995 at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He was the son of John Brian Tuepker and Michelle Danielle (Hull) Poblete. In addition, he leaves behind grandparents Deborah & Andrew Whiteford, Steven & Tammie Hull, and Donna Russell, 10 siblings, Savannah, Eryn, William, Hunter, Malaya, Bella, Gracie, Nicolas, Brandon, Connor, and nephew Sammy. As a young boy, Cody was an active child who took part in football, soccer, baseball, basketball and karate. Cody’s memorable achievements included 2nd place in the National Karate Competition, 3rd place in weapons, undefeated in Jr. Division baseball and graduated from the Devil Pups. In his teen years Cody attended New Mexico Military Institute and received the honor of “Special Team Player” twice, for football. He continued to enjoy dirt bike riding, hiking and hanging out with Earl (best friend) and Etta on their farm. His senior year Cody returned home and graduated from the Kingman Academy of Learning in 2014. Cody returned to New Mexico Military Institute, graduating Salutatorian with a degree of Associate in Science with Highest Honors on May 14, 2016. He was highly intelligent and was currently pursuing his degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was destined to impact the field of renewable electric energy as it pertained to his love of motorcycles. Cody was swift to aid a loved one in need. He brought us all joy with his humor, comfort with his words, and strength with his spirit. His beautiful smile and intense blue eyes shone brightly like the stars in the sky. Sadly, our star burned out all too quickly. Cody leaves behind a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will forever remember Cody John Tuepker. Cody passed away on June 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.
Durant, Nathaniel Bartley 2015 HS ~ 14-Apr-2018 (April 12, 1997-April 14, 2018) Nathan was born in Walnut Creek, CA. He lived in Livermore, CA, all his life. He attended New Mexico Military Institute for high school. Nathan graduated from high school with honors and the Silver Buckle award given to the cadet that best upholds the standards of the school; duty, honor and achievement. Nathan was attending college in Chicago, at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He loved riding his Ducati and spending free time with friends and loved ones. Nathan touched the lives of many with his caring and gentle heart. Nathan is survived by his loving parents, Jane and Jeffrey S. “Jeff” Durant 1971 HS-1973 JC, his devoted sister, Alicia and his caring brothers, Sean, Ryan and Mark. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles: Sue and Gary Davis of Chicago, IL; Julie Palmer of Portland, OR; MaryBeth and John Nawor of Chicago, IL; Stewart W. Durant 1976 HS-1978 JC of Hercules, CA; and his cousins: Craig Gore, Keith Gore, Katie Singer, Andy Durant, Charlotte Nawor, and Will Nawor. Nathan s big heart, huge smile and generosity will be missed by all.
Hatfield, Jeremy Antonio 2012 HS-2014 JC ~ 17-Jun-2016 Jeremy Antonio Hatfield, 22, of Minnetonka, MN, died far, far too soon while attending the University of New Mexico in June, 2016.Jeremy was born in San Diego, CA, and was a joyful young man who loved entertaining others. He was easy to know, quick to smile and sported a dapper handlebar mustache. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Michelle and Todd Coss; his father and step-mother, Leigh and Sandy Hatfield; and lots of extended family. Jeremy graduated high school at New Mexico Military Institute in 2012 and received his Associate’s degree from the Institute in 2014. He was pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. At UNM, he became a brother in the Beta Delta chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha with the Beta Zeta pledge class.
Asis Elizalde, Jose Alberto 2013 HS ~ 21-Sep-2013
Cook, Philip Douglas “Phil” 2011 HS-2013 JC ~ 17-Jun-2017 was a native New Mexican, born in Albuquerque on December 26, 1992. Phil loved music and was a gifted guitarist. From art to engineering nothing seemed beyond his ability to master. He was a thinker and a natural leader who positively impacted many people during his life. Philip cared deeply about truth and justice and was willing to stand up for his beliefs. During his early life Phil attended Academy Montessori School and Evangel Christian Academy where he received an educational foundation contributing to much of his later success. Following in the footsteps of his father Thomas R. Cook 1971 HS and grandfather Verne L. Cook 1931 HS, Phil joined the Corps of Cadets at The New Mexico Military Institute as a 6th class RAT in 2007. He was a natural leader, rising quickly through the ranks of the Corps, holding positions of increasing responsibility to include Cadet Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Sergeant Major, and ultimately Troop Commander. He graduated High School from NMMI in 2011 and graduated from NMMI’s Junior College as Valedictorian in 2013. Phil is remembered in the Corps for his leadership, integrity, and commitment to the well-being of his fellow cadets. He was a 2017 Honors graduate of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with minors in Optical Science and Engineering and Mathematics. Prior to graduation Phil was employed as a work study student by the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center in Socorro New Mexico, and had accepted a position with NavAir in California post graduation. Philip is survived by his parents Thomas and Annie Cook of Albuquerque, NM; his brother Gabriel Wheeler of San Francisco, CA; his sister Stephanie Thompson, brother-in-law Brian Thompson, nephew Bryland Garrard, and niece Holley Thompson of Round Rock, TX; his Aunt Karen and Uncle Bill Heaven of Amarillo, TX and his trusted companion “The Flea”, along with many beloved cousins, extended family and friends. Phil will be remembered by his family and friends at Homecoming 2017 and will be inurned at the NMMI Columbarium at 0800 on 27 October 2017. In memory of Philip, the family requests that donations be made to The Mind Institute, located in Albuquerque, NM in support of their ongoing research into mental illness.
Gibson, Tyler Aaron 2013 JC ~ 27-Dec-2019 Tyler Aaron Gibson “Gibby” went to Heaven on December 27, 2019. He was born on August 7, 1993 to Tammra and Jerry Gibson. Tyler attended La Cueva HS, NMMI, UNM, West Texas A&M. He is survived by his parents Tammra and Jerry, brother Zachary, sister Jasmine, sister-in-law Kathy, niece Londyn, nephew Nixon, grandmothers Gloria Wilson, Betty Gibson.
Crichton, Reginald “Reggie” Philip 2012 JC ~ 12-Jun-2021 Reggie Crichton January 1, 1992 June 12, 2021 Burial Date June 26, 2021 Funeral Home Russon Mortuary Syracuse Funeral Home for Reggie Crichton Reginald Phillip Crichton Sr. was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa on January 1, 1992. He returned to his Father in Heaven on June 12, 2021. Reggie leaves his loving wife, Elizabeth, and two children, Reginald Jr. and Lilieni. He will also be missed by his Father and step mother, Clarence and Oreta, his sisters, vast extended family and friends. The experiences of Reggie’s childhood and youth shaped the character of the friend, son, brother, husband and father he later became. The loss of his mother and sister in his teens instilled in him the importance of loving and nurturing every relationship in his life, because he knew how short this life can be. He hated contention and he knew all too well that you can never be sure when you might have your last words with a loved one. His smile could warm the heart of a stranger and brought comfort to all who had the privilege of associating with him. Reggie was an athlete and he excelled at every sport he tried his hand at. He loved rugby, soccer, basketball, and football. He played football through high school and received a full ride scholarship to play for New Mexico Military Institute. After two years of college Reggie made the pivotal decision to prepare to serve a 2 year full time mission for the Lord. He was called to labor in the Louisville, Kentucky mission from 2012-2014. Reggie was always the “favorite” missionary wherever he served. His companions were always so excited when they were assigned to serve with him, because they knew the members of the Church wanted Reggie in their home, so they would be fed every night. During Reggie’s time on his mission he developed a deep love for the South and the hospitality the people there showed him. Even at 29 years old, when he would get very tired, you could detect a slight Southern accent lingering from his days in Kentucky. The opportunity to share the Gospel and teach the Plan of Salvation and the blessing of Eternal Families deepened Reggie’s already strong faith and trust that he would see his Mother and Sister again one day. Shortly following the conclusion of his mission, Reggie moved to Anaheim, California to live with his Aunt and look for work. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Elizabeth Powell. After several run ins with each other at young adult church activities, and at the encouragement of mutual friends, Reggie finally got the guts to ask Elizabeth out. They didn’t spend much time apart from that day forward. Reggie won over every single one of Elizabeth’s friends and family members with his dazzling smile, warm countenance and his ability to keep Elizabeth’s attitude in check. Elizabeth’s Mom liked the last attribute the most. After a year and a half of dating, Reggie and Elizabeth were sealed for time and all eternity in the Newport Beach, California Temple on June 16, 2017. As newlyweds they lived in Southern California for a short time, then relocated to South Salt Lake, Utah. In marriage, Reggie lived by the principle of “never go to bed angry”. The one time he did, he dealt with a sleepless night and a miserable following day until he could talk to Elizabeth and put the contention to rest. He never let it happen again. Reggie stepped into the role he was born to play when his son, RJ was born on December 26, 2018. Reggie truly loved being a father. He mastered changing diapers, curing an upset tummy, and snuggling babies into a deep sleep. When his daughter, Lilieni was born on December 4, 2020 any tough exterior he had tried to maintain melted away to expose his tender softness for his little girl. He was the sole provider for his family and took great pride in caring for his wife and children. Reggie could often be spotted at the park with both kids pushing the swing for RJ with Lili in his arms. He was a full time wrestling companion for his son and could quickly transition to dancing with his daughter. He found deep joy in the family he had helped create and had a stewardship to protect and provide for. In February 2021 Reggie and Elizabeth purchased their first home in Tooele, Utaha goal Reggie had planned for and worked towards for years. He was so proud of this accomplishment and loved welcoming friends and family there. His love can still be felt within the walls of that home. Falling just behind his love for the Savior and his family came Reggie’s passion for cars. He never trusted any mechanic and did his own research so he could make any needed repairs himself. He never stopped his love of sports and he could often be found playing pick-up games with friends, nephews, and even strangers. Reggie had a deep appreciation for technology and always wanted the newest tech he could get his hands on. Reggie loved life, and you couldn’t help but soak up a little of that love and joy when you were with him. Reggie left this world so much sooner than his loved ones had planned on. He often referred to himself as “iron man” and considered himself invincible. The car accident that took his life has been a tragic reminder of how fragile and short life can be. We are so grateful he lived each day fully and was a light to those who knew him. While his spirit is separated from his body for a time, it is a blessing to know he has been reunited with his mother and sister. His goodness and joyfulness can be seen in the faces of his beautiful children. We find comfort in the promises of eternal families and know we will see him again one day. Memorial service to be held Saturday, June 26 th at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 481 E 300 N, Lehi, UT 84043. Following the service, Reggie will be laid to rest in the Lehi City Cemetery. Flowers can be sent through June 25 th to Russon Mortuary; 295 N Main St, Bountiful, UT 84010.
Fresnedo Gil, Pablo 2012 HS ~ 21-Dec-2012
Lafferty, Kyle James 2012 JC ~ 18-Sep-2017 age 25 of Mays Landing, New Jersey suddenly passed on Sunday September 17, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Kyle was born to in Somers Point, New Jersey on October 28, 1991. Kyle graduated from the prestigious United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York in 2015, through which he was able to travel the world making his returns home sweeter than one could imagine. He was a Lieutenant JG in the United States Naval Reserve. Kyle has worked as a marine engineer for Kirby shipping since 2015. A member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Kyle was known by many and loved by all. His loving mother Stephanie Callahan-Lafferty, proud father James Lafferty (girlfriend Michelle Seyler-Cabral), little sister Carlie Lafferty, half sister Tiffany Quein (husband Greg Quein), his fun-loving auntsJacqueline Callahan, Christine Schielzo, Rita Aaron, Deidre Shapiro, Melissa Finnegan, uncles George Aaron, Ted Schielzo, Harvey Shapiro, and cousins – George P. Aaron, Brianna Aaron, Alaina Geibler, Rachel Geibler, Ryan Geibler, Zachary Shapiro, Gabrielle Shapiro, Kira Finnegan and Gavin Finnegan, grandparents – Elizabeth Lewis, Robert Lewis, Patricia Lafferty and Mary Callahan, friends that he considered brothers, and his puppy Fin survive him. Kyle loved his friends and family, St. Joe Football, the Miami Dolphins, fishing, boating, being the life of the party, his truck ‘big baby blue’, being anywhere near an ocean, and his lifelong best friend and little sister, Carlie. Kyle was proud to represent our country, travel, and sing bad karaoke around the world. Kyle will be remembered as the loud, goofy, kind-hearted and amazing young man that he always was.
Rozell, Corey Scott 2012 JC ~ 21-Feb-2011 22, died tragically on Feb. 18, 2011, in an automobile accident in New Mexico. He was predeceased by his brother, Jason Rozell, in 2002. Corey is survived by his mother, Tammy Norton, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; dad Jody Norton of Whitefield; brother Brian (Leanne) Rozell, Sr., of New Smyrna Beach, FL; nephew, Brian Rozell, Jr.; grandmothers Dorothy Smith of Casselberry, FL, and Natalie Rozell of Saratoga, NY; and special friend Brittany Newman of China. He was a 2008 graduate of Erskine Academy. He has served in the Coast Guard since 2008; he was assigned to the USCGC Kukui in Honolulu. He was attending New Mexico Military Institute, where he maintained a 3.2 grade average. He had been accepted into the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, to become an officer. Corey was a true leader and was looking forward to a long career with the Coast Guard.
Plowden, Christopher Samuel 2011 HS ~ 13-Dec-2015 Age 22, passed away on December 13, 2015 in Springfield, MO after a brief illness. Christopher was born in Atlanta, GA, and was adopted at the age of 4 months. He lived in the Atlanta area until he was 18 months, then moved with his family to Albuquerque, NM where he lived for 5 years. In 1999, the family moved to El Paso, Texas, where he developed a love for sports and music. Christopher was a happy, beloved soul who made everyone around him feel good through his smile or one his friendly hugs. He attended and graduated from Mt. Franklin Christian Academy, went to Cathedral High School in El Paso and later transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA. He married in March 2012 and gleefully welcomed a son in December 2012. He is survived by his wife, Lupe Ramirez Plowden; son Angel Jeremiah Plowden, stepdaughter Brianna Ramirez; parents John and Katherine Plowden, and “baby sister” Claire. He is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Sam and Ruth Plowden, and Ed and Mary Ann Elliott, his aunt Lisa Ann Elliott and his great uncle Lee Johnson, also known as “Papa.
Allen, Max 2010 JC ~ 16-Feb-2014 Age 25, a Midshipman 1/C at the United States Naval Academy, was a victim of a fatal car accident on February 16, 2014. Born November 6, 1988 to CAPT Robert Allen USN (ret.) and Carmela Allen, Max was a graduate of Haverford High School in Philadelphia, PA. He was set to be designated as a Naval Aviator upon graduation this spring. Max is survived by his loving parents and sister “A.J.”
Fieldsted, Garrett Lloyd 2010 HS ~ 25-Nov-2011 Age 19, of Farmington, died on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Farmington. He was born Dec. 1, 1991, in Durango, Colo., to Kari Ilene Kind and Don Lloyd Fieldsted. Garrett had a love of hunting, sports, philosophy, outdoors, family and God. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and excelled in languages, math and history. He had a mischievous smile and a way of bringing out the best in everyone he knew. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Thurman Ray King, Mary Edith Martin Wheeler, Lloyd Wilford Wheeler, Dorothy Ilene Hinton Greenlee and Betty Laverne Thames King. Garret is survived by his parents, Kari Ilene King and Don Lloyd Fieldsted and wife, Dorie; sisters, Carley Fieldsted and Macie Fieldsted; grandparents, Carla High, Barry Michael King and wife, Marie, Dennis and Rose Fieldsted; great-grandparents, Don C. Fieldsted and wife, Belva; and a loving family of numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed by all.
Moore, Nathan Thomas 2010 HS ~ 23-Oct-2015 of Grapevine went to be with his Lord on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. He was 23 years old. Nathan was loved by all. He was a gentleman, mentor and encourager to those around him. Nathan was born in Arlington. He attended Grapevine High School and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 2010. Nathan had a passion for all sports, particularly for basketball and golf. Nathan attended Oklahoma University where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. The love he had for his family and friends was endless. Nathan was baptized in faith and loved the Lord. We know this is not goodbye, but see you again soon, dear son, brother and friend. Watch over us until then. Nathan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Edward Davis; his maternal grandmother, Mattie Belle Davis; and his paternal grandfather, Robert Ed Moore. Survivors: Parents, David and Debbie Moore; sister, Amanda Moore; brother, Tyler Moore and his wife, Taylor; paternal grandparents, John and Lyndon Boone; maternal grandmother, Melba Davis; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and countless friends.
Gustilo, Robert Ernst 2009 JC ~ 25-Aug-2015
Tisthammer, Jacob Samuel 2009 HS ~ 08-Dec-2010 age 20, of Portales died on December 12, 2010. Jake was born on November 10, 1990, in Clovis to Russell and Elvira (Chavez) Tisthammer and passed away on December 8, 2010 in Lubbock. He grew up on a ranch at Delphos, NM, and attended preschool at Portales High School and Kindergarten through 12th grade at Floyd Schools. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell his freshman year, 2005-2006, and made the Dean’s list and was awarded Superior Junior Cadet Decoration as the Outstanding Cadet in the class for the Academic year 2005-2006. He graduated from Floyd High School in May 2009. He was awarded full Scholarship to attend Eastern New Mexico University. He completed two semesters with a 3.5 GPA in Electrical Engineering. Jake was a proficient Fiddle player and computer enthusiast. He enjoyed football, fishing, and his many friends. He was a member of the Floyd High School National Honor Society and was happiest when with his friends. He attended Floyd United Methodist Church and has a loving church family. Jake is survived by his parents, Russell and Elvira Tisthammer of Portales; his two brothers, David and fiancé, Della and Aaron and fiancé, Michelle. Also surviving Jake are his niece, Davina Tisthammer and his great niece, Aubrey; his aunts, uncles, and cousins. A special thanks to his numerous friends from Floyd, Portales, and Lubbock. Also to his nurses and doctors from University Medical Center in Lubbock, who lovingly cared for Jake during his 7 month battle with Cancer.
Fishback, Justin Tate 2008 HS ~ 09-Apr-2017 passed away unexpectedly on April 9, 2017, in Salida, CO. Justin was born in Taos, NM on October 1, 1989. Growing up he played baseball and soccer and was a champion chess player. He attended NMMI and was cadet of the year. He graduated from Western State Colorado University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Recreational and Outdoor Education. Justin was happiest when he was in the mountains, whether he was skiing, rock and ice climbing, listening and dancing to music or just being with family and friends. Justin will be remembered for his beautiful smile and his enormous capacity to love. His love for his family, especially his brother Wesley was beyond measure.
Johnston, Trevor Warren 2008 HS ~ 20-Aug-2020
Murrell, 2LT Rhett Anthony, COARNG 2008 JC ~ 04-Nov-2010 A gift and a treasure, Rhett Anthony Murrell was born on June 18, 1987. His life on earth ended November 4, 2010 at the age of 23. Rhett accepted Christ in his early years and was a member of The First Christian Church of Waynoka. He was active in his church and ran the sound system for the Sunday service throughout his high school years. Rhett attended school in Cherokee, Alva and Waynoka, Oklahoma and San Antonio, Texas. During his seventh grade year in San Antonio, he took the college-level entrance exam (SAT) and achieved college level scores. These scores allowed him to take advanced courses in residence at the University of Denver and Texas Tech during the summer of his seventh grade year. He attended high school in Waynoka and played sports as a proud Waynoka Railroader, lettering in football, track and weight lifting. He was nominated for Boys State. Rhett loved his country and served proudly in the Army National Guard for six years. Rhett first joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard his junior year of high school and attended his basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia during the summer between his junior and senior year. Upon graduation from high school, Rhett received a joint ROTC/NMMI full scholarship to attend school and advanced ROTC training at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, New Mexico. He was a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard. In July of 2008, out of 125 cadets beginning the rigorous program, Rhett was one of 18 to complete his Associates of Science Degree and commission as a Second Lieutenant. Within the ROTC Cadet program at NMMI, he received a rarely achieved high ranking of Command Sgt Major. Following graduation from NMMI, he moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado and attended Colorado State University. He transferred to the Colorado Army National Guard and served as an infantry officer and at the time of his death he was serving as a staff officer in Battalion Headquarters. Rhett had a strong passion for the military and loved his country. Many times Rhett spoke of his passion and concern for the safety of the men who were in his command. Rhett enjoyed spending time with his friends, techno music, video games, cooking and working out. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Buddy L. Young and his grandmother Stella Murrell. Rhett is survived by his parents Richard and Connie Moore of Waynoka, Oklahoma; Tony and Janelle Murrell of Elk City, OK; a brother, 2LT Ryan Murrell, 1LT Ryan Wayne USAR 2011 JC of Roswell, New Mexico; a sister, Valerie Moore, of Santa Barbara, CA; his grandmother, Dorothy Young of Alva, Oklahoma; his grandfather, Buddy Murrell, Cherokee, Oklahoma; a nephew Dalton Moore of Oklahoma City; his loving aunts and uncles, Sherry Gruber and her husband, Tom, of Oklahoma City, Donna Brown and her husband, Lowell, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, David Murrell and his wife, Marie, of Duncan, Oklahoma, Andy Murrell of Cherokee, Oklahoma, Cyndi Burris and her husband, Jon, of Edmond, Oklahoma; many friends and relatives.
Schmille, Josh J. Randall 2008 HS ~ 19-Oct-2009
Fitzgibbon, SPC Timothy James, USA 2007 HS ~ 29-Jul-2010 born April 11, 1989, to Eva and Jim Fitzgibbon of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2010 in Evans Mills, New York. Specialist Fitzgibbon served as an Army Cavalry Scout in the 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division of the United States Army, stationed at Ft. Drum, New York. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and graduated in 2008 from Los Alamos High School. He participated actively in his high school NJROTC unit, as well as being a competitive marksman and an avid outdoor sportsman. Following a long-standing ambition of serving in the U.S. Army, Timothy completed his basic training on November 20, 2008 as a member of the 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Scouts at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Timothy is survived by his wife, Samantha, of Evans Mills, NY; and his parents, Eva and Jim Fitzgibbon; and sister, Victoria, all of Los Alamos, NM. His grandfather, Francis Joseph Fitzgibbon, Sr., who served in the Army Air Corps in WWII, preceded him in death. Timothy loved to be with family. He cherished Mom’s improvised sound effects, wrestling with Dad, and joining his sister in quality time. An amateur chef, he also enjoyed the movies and excelled at video games. Timothy’s held most dear those times spent in the company of his four and two legged family members around the warmth of a camp fire. Timothy’s large extended family from across the United States and overseas is extremely proud of Timothy’s honorable service in the U.S. Army. He will be remembered fondly and missed greatly by family, friends, and fellow soldiers.
Garcia, Aaron Rene 2007 HS ~ 30-Oct-2008
SSG Andrew Christian Marckesano, USA 2005 HS-2007 JC ~ 06-Jul-2020
Beck, Caleb Andrew 2006 HS ~ 11-Aug-2016 It is with enormous pain that we share the news with you: Caleb Andrew Beck 2006 HS was found dead by suicide August 11, 2016 in his Albuquerque home. Caleb was 28 years old. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Kenneth Beck, and his maternal Aunt, Jill Cooper. He is survived by his Mother, Judith Cooper; his father, Robert Beck; his sisters, Meg Hendricks and Hannah Beck; his Granny, Mary Alice Beck; his Grandma and Poppy, Rena and Ronald Cooper; his Uncle, Ronnie Cooper; his Aunts, Gladie Green and Kitty Martin; as well as many other beloved extended family members. Caleb was born December 3, 1987, in Clayton, New Mexico. He attended school at Texline ISD through 8th grade. Caleb then spent two-and-a-half years at New Mexico Military Institute, before attending and graduating from Clayton High School in 2006. Caleb had since lived in many places, including Tucuman, Argentina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Landmark College in Putney, Vermont; Disney World in Orlando, FL; and the University of Southern Oregon in Ashland, Oregon. He had completed his second year of UNM Law School before his death. Caleb had “high highs” and “low lows”, and struggled with learning disabilities and finding life balance. However, Caleb’s life included much more: he had a great sense of humor, a vivid imagination, loved animals great and small, and had the ability to make friends wherever he went. He loved and was loved by many throughout his life.
Bowen, Ruth Marigold 2006 HS ~ 10-Mar-2018 known to many friends and family as “Ruthie” was born in Silver City on Aug, 26, 1988, and died in her home in Guanajuato, Mexico, from complications associated with withdrawal from alcohol early Saturday morning, March 10, 2018. Ruth grew up and was home-schooled in Silver City, later attended the Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, NY, and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 2006. She moved to Mexico in 2007 and married Enrique Rodriguez Duran in Guanajuato in 2009. Ruth was a certified to teach English at the University of Guanajuato, taught English at the judicial branch of the state of Gunanajuato, or Poder Judicial, for many years. Her two children, Caleb and Hannah, were born in 2009 and 2013. Ruthie is remembered as a courageous, high-spirited, and loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend, whose life was short but passionate and generous. She is survived by her two children, Caleb Enrique Rodriguez Bowen and Hannah Sophia Rodriguez Bowen of Guanajuato; by her parents Julie Tower Gilmour and Susan Tobi Golightly; and her two older sisters, Zoe and Erica; as well as many members of her extended family.
Cardenas, Patrick Scott 2006 JC ~ 15-Nov-2016 of Edgewater Park, age 30 years, passed away November 15th, 2016. He was a native of Cinnaminson and a graduate of Cinnaminson High School Class of 2004. After High School he was an Army ROTC Cadet and full Scholarship recipient. Patrick attended New Mexico Military Institute, California State, L.A. and Burlington County College. Pat was employed as an EMT. He was a Drummer and loved music. He also loved to read History and was an authority on Mediaeval History. Pat was a person who turned no one away and even with his modest means did all he could for those he knew and those in trouble. Beloved son of Gerard & Kathleen ( Murtha) Cardenas of Cinnaminson, dear brother of Megan Cardenas & husband Dale Patrick, and Caitlin & Bridget Cardenas, and dear grandson of Ben Jr., and Mary Cardenas.
Lopez, Luis Angel 2006 HS ~ 10-Jan-2019
Marley, Taylor King 2006 HS ~ 10-Feb-2020 (32), a proud sixth-generation New Mexican rancher, passed away on February 10, 2020 in Roswell, NM, on the ranch he loved so dearly. Throughout his life, Taylor cherished the time he spent building a ranching legacy alongside his parents and grandparents and loved sharing this tradition with his beloved wife and daughters. Born on August 28, 1987 in Roswell, Taylor will always be remembered for his sweet and caring spirit, infectious laugh, mischievous smile, hilarious jokes and warm-hearted nature. He simply loved life and shared this with everyone around him. No one could light up a room more than Taylor. Whether he was creating a strategic business plan or showcasing his horsemanship and marksmanship skills with the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, Taylor was all in, all the time. Taylor’s competitive nature fueled him to win a Rifle World Championship title and two AQHA Reserve World Championship titles. A graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute in 2006 and TCU Ranch Management in 2010, Taylor was passionate about his alma maters. He loved watching his beloved TCU Horned Frogs play football and was the consummate tailgate host to his adoring friends. True and lasting friendships were an integral part of Taylor’s life, and he made everyone around him feel special and loved. Family meant everything to Taylor. His loving parents, Kathryn and Mark, and his treasured sister, Kate, along with Taylor, were the closest of families creating memories of a lifetime. Then, in 2014, Taylor married the love of his life, Molly McKinney of Ft. Worth, TX, to begin their own family on the ranch. Molly and Taylor were blessed with two precious daughters, Margot (3) and Charlotte (1), and he loved nothing more than spending time with them. He deeply cherished his roles as husband, father, son, brother, grandson and friend. Taylor Marley made a lasting impact on those he loved and will be profoundly missed. Taylor is survived by his wife, Molly McKinney Marley; his daughters, Margot and Charlotte; his parents, Kathryn and Mark Wade Marley 1980 HS; his sister, Kate Marley; his grandparents, Betty and John King, and Lauralee Marley McCrea, his step-grandfather, David T. McCrea 1954 HS; his in-laws Mary and Paul McKinney, his sister-in-law Harriet McKinney and his brother-in-law Charles McKinney. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Bob Marley. Taylor is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and loving friends and family.
Yankosky, Robert Nickolaas 2002 HS-2006 JC ~ 21-Nov-2016
Atighi, Solomon Ahmad 2005 HS ~ 28-Oct-2012
Force, Taylor Allen 2005 HS ~ 08-Mar-2016 was born in Houston on June 21, 1987, (Father’s Day), to Stuart and Robbi Force, and lived in Houston with his sister, Kristen, and parents until moving to Ruidoso, NM at the age of six. The family then moved to Lubbock in 1998. Taylor attended Smith Elementary and Irons JHS. Taylor began his scouting experience with Troop 505, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, graduating from its high school program in 2006. He was president of the National Honor Society, and ran track and cross-country. Taylor received a nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point from Congressman Randy Neugebauer, was accepted, and graduated and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in May 2009. While at West Point, Taylor raced on the ski team, a life-long passion that began in Ruidoso. As a Field Artillery Officer, Taylor completed one combat tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He completed his active duty commitment and applied to MBA programs. He was accepted at Vanderbilt University and began his studies in August of 2015. Taylor leaves behind his parents, Stuart and Robbi Force of Kiawah Island, SC; and his sister, Kristen Ann Force of New York City. Taylor also leaves behind his grandmother, Johnnie Sue Dayton (TuTu), of Lubbock, Texas, Uncle Kirk and Aunt Cynthia Gentry of Lubbock, Aunt LaDanna Gentry, also of Lubbock, Uncle Mike and Aunt Jackie Miller, of Charleston, SC, Aunt Nancy Southwick of Charleston; cousins, Chase Gentry, Maile Gentry, David Southwick, Jamie Southwick, John Bray and his wife, Jennifer, and Ashley Bohlman and her husband, Joe. Taylor was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Gentry of Lubbock, and grandparents, Stuart and Ann Force of Kiawah Island. Many special memories, good thoughts, and prayers from friends, classmates, and strangers are shared on social media sites.
Rivera, Heather Andrea (Zahn) 2003 HS-2005 JC ~ 13-Jun-2013 Age 28 of El Paso, TX passed away June 13, 2013. Heather was born in Torrejon, Spain on March 1, 1985 to Donna and Reinhold Zahn. Heather graduated with honors from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM in 2003. Heather married her high school sweetheart, Edgar Rivera, on December 28, 2004. Heather was an entrepreneur, owner of the online business “Fluff of Enchantment” where she sold handmade cloth diapers and other FLUFFY stuff for your little ones. She was active in the community of natural parenting and touched the lives of many women seeking a natural birth process. She was active in the International Order of the Rainbow for girls and Job’s Daughters in her early teenage years. Heather is survived by her husband, Edgar their four children, Ethan Roswell (5), Harmony December (4), Haven Sahara (2) and Hazel Aspen (2 weeks) Mother and step-father, Donna and Eric Smith, of Albuquerque, NM Father, Reinhold Zahn, of Albuquerque, NM Sister and brother-in-law, Amanda and Matt Zahn, and soon to be born nephew Riley Davin of Rio Rancho, NM Grandfather, William T. Beckett, VIII, of Alamogordo, NM, Grandmother, Magdelena Zahn, of Los Lunas, NM, great-Grandmother, Catherine Elizabeth Beckett, and Aunt Virginia Beckett of Deming, NM, brother-and sister-in-law, Jorge, Sr., and Juana Rivera nephew, Jorge, Jr., nieces, Roxana and Milagro, of Houston, TX, Sister-in-law, Ana Campos, of Houston, TX, and Brother-in-law, Julio Campos, of El Salvador. Heather is also survived by many extended family members and friends.
Spingler, Joshua Theodore 2004 JCP-2005 JC ~ 28-Dec-2006 age 21, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 22, 1985, in New Brunswick, N.J., to Kevin C. and Theresa (Seifert) Spingler. Mr. Spingler was a second-year cadet at West Point Military Academy, where he was in the top 20 percent of his class. He was a 2003 graduate of First Baptist Academy, Dallas, Texas, and a 2005 graduate of Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M., graduating third in his class. He was a member of the Grappling Club at West Point and was a paratrooper and advanced open scuba diver. Surviving are his parents, of LaPorte; one sister, Maggie, a student at Elon University, Elon, NC; and his grandparents, Al and Jean Seifert of Sun City Center, FL. His grandparents, Charles and Margaret Spingler preceded him in death.
Foster, Stephen 2004 HS ~ 23-Nov-2010
Lee, Jason M. 2004 HS ~ 26-Apr-2006
Salido Fourcade, Mauricio 2004 JC ~ 19-Oct-2003
Teague, Tyler Lee 2004 JC ~ 27-May-2004 July 9, 1985 was a day like any other until Tyler Lee Teague came into this world. Born to Ken and Judy Teague in Humble, Texas, Tyler began his life’s journey – a journey that would touch the lives and hearts of so many. When Tyler was six months old, he moved with Mom, Dad, and brother Travis to Denver, Colorado. The family returned to Fort Worth, Texas when Tyler was 2 1/2 and he later started school in Calgary, Alberta. Returning to Texas to finish the first and to begin the second grades, he was then on to Bakersfield, CA, which was home for eight years. After finishing the 9th grade in Bakersfield, the family moved to Orange County and Tyler graduated from Aliso Niguel High School. He received his diploma in the summer of 2002 – as member of 2003. And immediately in August 2002, he started his college work at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Tyler had dreamed from the time he was a young boy about being a Marine. He was a member of the Young Marines youth group and loved to discuss military history and politics. He was on his way to realizing his dream but something happened that changed his course. Tyler began the biggest battle of his life when he was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer, desmoplastic small round cell tumor – DSRCT, on November 1, 2002. What a valiant fight it was. Tyler’s courage, grace, and steadfastness in the face of such a formidable foe inspired all of us. Time and time again he faced treatment and surgery after surgery in his effort to beat this deadly disease. However, in his physical weakness, he became spiritually stronger. And yet his personality did not change. Tyler lost his battle with cancer on May 27, 2004. As the apostle Paul, Tyler had “”fought the good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith”” (II Timothy 4:7). Therefore, there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness. Tyler is survived by his parents, Ken and Judy Teague of Aliso Viejo; and his older brother, Travis of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by paternal grandparents, Silas Afton and Mary Nell Teague of Amarillo, Texas. Tyler was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Herschel Miller, but is survived by his grandmother Ann Miller Shields and Walt Shields of Idalou, Texas; along with a large number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Hobbs, Kedric Cofax 2003 HS ~ 07-Feb-2005 On Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, he was ushered to Heaven to worship at the feet of the true King of kings, the God of eternity. He is finally face-to-face with his Savior, for whom he lived, sang, studied and yearned to understand completely. While on earth, he saw through a glass darkly now Kedric sees clearly. During Kedric’s abbreviated life of 20 years, he desired not only to experience life to its fullest potential, but he made it his daily goal to model his life after Christ by serving others. Though a self-proclaimed introvert, there was nothing secret about his passion to assist those around him and to bring them closer to Christ. He was, at all times, a person ready and willing to help and play – never forgetting to bring his trademark smile and seemingly endless supply of energy fueled by his love for junk food! Kedric is survived by many friends and family members, grateful for the time God allowed Kedric to touch their lives. In particular, Kedric’s surviving family is as follows: parents Randy and Barbara Hobbs of Roswell, New Mexico, and siblings (and their spouses) Kyla and Justin Kendall of Frisco, Texas, Tamara Lane (Hobbs) Hansen 1998 JC and Aaron Hansen of Huntington Beach, CA, Madux L. Hobbs 2000 JC and Audra Hobbs of Roswell, Cougan Hobbs, 13, of Roswell, and Brodryk Hobbs, 8, of Roswell.
Mauck, Howard William 2003 HS ~ 01-Nov-2017 (December 14, 1984 – November 1, 2017) Howard William Mauck passed away on November 1, 2017 in Mokena, IL.
Perry, Finola Fern 2003 HS ~ 31-Mar-2020 Finola Fern Perry-Goldston, age 35, loving mother, daughter, niece, cousin, and friend, was called to heaven on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, to be with her Savior Jesus Christ. Finola was a truly selfless and beautiful soul. She was very caring, full of love for others, and that showed through her work at Lovelace Medical Center where she worked as a nurse for 13 years. She loved her job and excelled at it, becoming the youngest charge Nurse in the Neurology Unit. Her education included attendance at NMMI and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing from 2013-2015, and an Associates of Science in Nursing: Apollo College, 2004-2007. Her accomplishments also included BLS/ACLS/PALS Certification, NIH Stroke scale Certification, Foundations of Leadership Completion, Fundamental Critical Care Certification (FCC), Daisy Nurse Award Nominee, and New Mexico Nursing Excellence Award Nominee. She left a legacy of love to all of her friends who adored her, supported her, and stood by her throughout the precious time she was given to us. She absolutely loved the outdoors, spending her free time fishing, snowboarding, hiking, and camping. She often spoke of how much she enjoyed spending time in God’s creation. She also gave of herself to many charities such as United Way, the Ronald McDonald House and too many others to mention. She often gave of what she had to the homeless and fed them during many holidays. Finola is survived by her amazing son, Tristan (Rylee); mother Karen Goldston, and father Darin Goldston (Dana); her sister Ashley Tudesque, Brother Gunnar Oleson, step-brothers Ty and Zack, her precious dog “Libby”, and many other family members including her grandparents Richard and Pauline Perry, Uncles Ken (Diana), David, and Joe Perry, Aunt Donna Betzner, nephew Bradley Tudesque, and her cousins, Damara, Matthew, Christiana, Dyanna, Julia and Logan
Sanders, SGT Christopher Alan, USA 2003 HS ~ 09-Jan-2008 22, of Roswell, N.M.; sergeant, Army. Sanders was among six soldiers killed Wednesday when a booby-trapped home exploded in Sinsil Tharia, Iraq, north of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Vilseck, Germany.
White, SPC Raymond Loya, USA 2003 JC ~ 12-Nov-2004 age 22, of Elwood, died Friday, November 12, 2004 in Iraq. Global War on Terrorism-OIF-Killed in action in Baghdad on 12 November 2004.White was employed by United States Army and was a member of Frankton Bible Baptist Church. Raymond graduated from Frankton High School in 2001. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He was an officer in the New Mexico National Guard. Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Army in April of 2003 and was assigned to the Army’s 1st Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, and the 1st Calvary Division in Fort Hood, Texas. He was a member of the Lapel Masonic Lodge #625, and he was the youngest known Mason in Indiana. Raymond was escorted home Wednesday from Indianapolis International Airport with escorts from the Indiana State Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Elwood Police Department; and a Humvee from the Elwood National Guard Post. He is survived by his parents, Henry and Sharon White of Elwood; three brothers: Henry W. White and Jesse W. White, both of Elwood and Daniel B. White, of Kissimmee, FL; grandparents, Clayton and Clara Menefee of Artesia, NM; grandfather, John S. Francis of Roslyn, NM; nephew, Lance W. White of Elwood; uncle, William and Judy White of Guthrie, KY.
Heguertty Gutierrez, Jose Roberto 2002 HS ~ 28-Apr-2015
Saunders, Michael Charles 2002 JC ~ 21-Nov-2015 was born at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on June 3, 1981, the son of Denise (Stewart) and Dr. Charles Glenn Saunders. While attending Cleburne High School, Michael was a member of the Golden Pride Marching Band and graduated from CHS in 1999. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-2008. Michael was employed at Nic & Sam’s Restaurant. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Gene and Mildred Stewart and William and Kathleen Saunders. Michael is survived by his parents, Dr. Glenn and Denise Saunders of Mansfield, Texas; brother, Phillip Saunders of Richmond, Virginia; sister, Kristen Julin and husband, Josiah, of Arlington, Texas; and nieces and nephews, Jonah, Lydia, Isaac and Annabeth.
Davis, Brandon D. 2001 JC ~ 12-May-2001
Eudey, Brent J. 2001 HS
Findley, Jerome Kenneth “Kenny”, II 2001 JC ~ 08-Aug-2016 of New York City, NY, was born on December 27, 1979 in Houston. He lived his life to the fullest, a life that was ended too soon on August 8, 2016, due to complications following surgery. He was truly one of a kind with a unique blend of fierceness and kindness, confidence and humility, strength and gentleness. Kenny had a contagious and loving personality that made him a stranger to no one. His interest in travel and seeing the world took him on journeys spanning continents that most people only dream of, and he had been to more countries and seen more things in his short time than most people see in a lifetime. He loved the mountains, music, playing guitar, friends, family and his strong Catholic faith. A sixth generation Texan, Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Republic of Texas, Kenny grew up in Tyler and attended All Saints Episcopal School. He was an Eagle Scout which started his love for the outdoors. Kenny excelled in school and attended New Mexico Military Institute and received the highest honors, the Military Order of World Wars, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He continued to quench his thirst for knowledge and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he worked on Capitol Hill for Congress. Upon graduation, driven to succeed in the most challenging real estate environment in the country, Kenny moved to New York to begin a career in commercial real estate and enrolled in the New York University Real Estate Institute. He began his career at ABS Real Estate Partners in New York City and for the next 13 years made New York his home. He excelled in real estate and moved his way up to becoming the Director of Medical Leasing at ABS Partners, and later became a Managing Director at Transwestern Commercial Services. Just recently, Kenny was recruited and accepted a position as a Director at the prestigious international real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. His love for the city, music, people and good deals endeared him to everyone he knew. His smile, infectious laugh, big personality and love for any good adventure is remembered by everyone he knew and will be dearly missed. Kenny was preceded in death by grandparents, Doris and Howard Hinson, Michael J. Sterlacci, and Lucia Marie Garth. He is survived by his loving family and two loving parents, Annette and J. Kenneth Findley of Tyler and his best friend and brother, Kyle Findley of Houston; grandmother, Linda Sterlacci of Dallas; aunts and uncles, Heidi and Mike Sterlacci of Dallas; Susan and Peter Demiduk of Clearwater, FL; and Jacqueline Findley of Gladewater; cousins Michael, Christopher and Samantha Sterlacci; Ashlee Demiduk; Wendy and Richard Ramires; and countless friends from all over the world. A scholarship has been started in honor of Kenny’s love of music.
Gonzales, II, Albert M. 2001 JC ~ 30-Sep-2019
Marcon, Tory Gene 2001 JC ~ 02-Aug-2016