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Bob Breitenstein - Hi. I wish that I could speak with each of you, however what happened to me over the last ten weeks is a bit too emotional. As I told many of you at the reunion, I was going to solve my problem with my bad right knee, soon after the reunion. On August 28th I had total knee replacement surgery and appeared to be recouping fine until they discovered that I had thrown off a blood clot either during or soon after the successful surgery (the knee felt great). They immediately stuck me back in the hospital and started all kinds of IV's. During this time I developed a very low oxygen level and had to have several rounds of oxygen therapy to get my blood oxygen level up to an acceptable level. They then told me that I was anemic and that was the cause of the low oxygen level and so they have treated that for a month now. My right leg was so swollen that the healed stitches started to split, and they finally started me on lasik which is taking the fluid and swelling off my leg. All this time I've not had the ability to take anything but very shallow little half breathes which makes me feel that during any stress that the next breath could be the last. They have continued to run tests and now can tell me that I have a blood clot or fluids in my lungs and that is the reason that I can not inflate my lungs, and they have now even been so kind as to say that it's no longer life threatening. It's real good news when they say we know what's wrong with you and we can fix it! During this ten weeks of being in the hospital, or home in bed, or back to get more tests run and to doctor's appointments, I've managed to lose over 50 pounds, three pants sizes, four inches off my neck and most of my muscles have atrophied to nothing. I look forward to the task of rehab. I've got to go now, I am getting too shook up and I need to stop. I look like an old man compared to the pix you put on the web from the reunion. I just wanted to say how much I would have missed all of you and all my classmates if I had not made it.
Jerry Sims - I hope everyone had as much fun as Beth and I at the (40th) reunion. I was plenty tired after the barbeque on Sunday. It was great seeing everyone again. For those who didn't make it, you really are missing out.
How about that breakfast, wasn't that fun. I think John Arrington and I are going to do this again for all the '61 classmates in Farmington and all who want to come, some time in the future. When we set a date will let everyone know.
July 4, Beth's birthday we saddled up and rode to Crater Lake. Crater Lake is near Molas Pass going to Silverton, Colorado. It is 6 miles from the highway. For the first time in my life I saw a Barbery Sheep in the wild. I think it was the first time my horse had ever seen one too. We almost had a rodeo.
Hope to see all my friends soon. Jerry and Beth Sims.
Rita Aten (sister of Lynn Aten) - email@example.com Lynn Aten passed away this year (2005). Here is Rayford Lynn Aten's senior picture and a more recent one of him. He passed away in Tomball, Texas (North of Houston), on April 11, 2005. Age 62 years and 25 days. Wife at the time, Kathy. He was born in Texas and lived in Farmington, NM from 1952 until 1967. He married Sharron Ann McGee of Farmington and had one child, Vonda Rene. From high school he went to work at Justis Supply (not sure of spelling?). Then moved to Houston, Texas in 1967. I would like to attend your next class reunion; this year? Rita.
Virginia Long-Marlow is my mother. My mother remarried to a wonderful man Jerry Edmitson and was enjoying a wonderful life. To my sadness and great loss to my son Jeffrey my mom passed away on 12/22/06. I am hoping to make a very special scrapbook for my son to have forever. If there are any classmates that have pictures or stories about my mom "Ginni" please contact me at email: firstname.lastname@example.org I would appreciate anything someone may be able to add...more than I can ever express. Sincerely, Lisa Alden
Coach Tommy Campbell passed away May 30, 2007 in Mesa, Arizona. Services were held June 4, 2007 in the Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington. Final Resting Place Greenlawn Cemetery, Farmington, New Mexico.
Marilyn Wright, wife of Keith Wright writes: "9-6-07. Keith doesn't have an email. We only have our home address and phone number. Keith is in a nursing home. He has been for about 3 years. He is doing fairly well. He loves hearing about all the reunions and things going on. He has always told me what he did and how he loved living in Farmington and going to Farmington High School. He has told me of his friends and all he did when living in Farmington. I have seen Farmington once while on a trip to New Mexico. I enjoyed seeing what I heard Keith talk about. If he was able to come (to a reunion), he would I know. If there is any other information you need about Keith, I'll try to answer if for you. Just let me know. Yours truly, Marilyn Wright, Keith's wife."
Marilyn Wright, wife of Keith Wright writes: "11-15-09. I just wanted to let you know my husband Keith Wright, Jr. passed away Friday the 6th of November, 2009. He really enjoyed getting your letters. He always told me of his High School years and how it meant so much to him. Yours truly, Marilyn Wright"
Keith Roy Wright Jr. (1943 - 2009)
Keith, 66, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.
Keith Roy Wright Jr. was born Feb. 3, 1943, in Wichita Falls. Survivors: Wife, Marilyn; son, John; and a loving extended family.
Jeannie Wood-Faverino: I am still living in the Ignacio, CO area. I was forced to retire in August 2006, because of my husband’s rapidly failing health. Since that time all four wheels seems to have fallen off, and I have been so busy taking care of my family that I haven’t had the chance to experience “good” retirement. Maybe this is what it’s all about, I don’t know.
I retired from Human Resources – the Southern Ute Indian Tribe was my last employer. HR was a near perfect fit for me since I enjoy working with people and helping folks succeed. I am one of those nuts who enjoyed working, but I also enjoyed staying at home. I was fortunate enough to have jobs that were interesting to me and also challenging. That has always been the key to success for me. My biggest challenge right now is to stay active mentally and physically. I sold my last show horse in January, so I don’t have that outlet anymore. (I got to go to Ft. Worth last month and watch him compete in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Show, though.)
Like many of our classmates I’m beginning to face joint replacement. I’ll start with new knees this fall, but I’m sure that won’t be the end. My body has experienced excessive wear and tear for a long time, and I am getting close to Medicare age!
Well, you have my email address. If it changes, I will pass the changes along to you. Unfortunately, I don’t have anyone else’s address to give you.
Roger Scott: Contrary to rumors, Roger did not fall of the edge of the earth following the '06 reunion; he simply went under cover for awhile. (Reminiscent, we suppose, of those days he spent years ago in AF covert intelligence operations. Roger's destinations since the class convened in July '06 have included, Panama, Mexico, and several stopovers at locations throughout the good 'ole USA. He has recently sold his home in Albuquerque and has yet to locate another residence, so he may be hitting the road again in his motor home, "Joy Toy". Who knows, your driveway could be his next destination? Depending on how you feel about this prospect, you might want to e-mail or call him and let him know your druthers. Or simply don't leave the light on for him.
Hi Guys! Dale and I had a wonderful time at the reunion. One gets so warm and fuzzy and nostalgic.
With that glow, we headed up to Durango and Vallecito Lake just to take a look around. We also wanted to drop in on Don and Kara Kunitz who have a vacation home there. Wouldn't you know, there was a cute little cabin with a For Sale sign on it. It was being sold furnished, right down to the teacups. We could also rent it out...so we bought it! This summer we had a family reunion with all the kids and grandkids. There were 24 of us. The cabin sleeps 12, but you can fit a lot of little kids on the floor in sleeping bags. Dale and I had private quarters in our motorhome. (Yes, Roger...come on down!). We went to Silverton on the Narrow Gauge. It was a real treat to show them around, to go horseback riding and fishing. More generations to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the lake. I am sure we will spend time up there after the next reunion...so plan on coming up to see us! Penni Langston-Neely
Bill Driscoll. (Suffering from recurring Cancer.) Go ahead and pass info along. I just returned from Tulsa last night. I was over for 2 chemo treatments. They sure are getting rough. Not as young as I used to be. I go to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America located at US169 and 81st St. Will try to keep you informed. Bill
Hi Everyone. Just a note to update the Davis family. Sam and I are still together, healthy and well, will be 45 years this June. Can hardly believe it, but also can't believe the years have gone by so fast. I don't feel any different in the heart. I received my medicare card last week and I said that couldn't be me!!!!!!!!!! We are still in Broken Arrow, OK. We have 2 sons, their wives and 5 grandchildren living within 1 mile, and just down the street from us. We are so lucky to be close and really enjoy being a part of their lives. Sam just cut down to 3 days a week, is still a Pharmacist at WalMart in Tulsa, I work 3 days a week, and am still at Flowers by Sally Ann in Broken Arrow. Our oldest Grandson is a Freshman and plays football, so we are still enjoying all the games. Love to travel, golf, fish, and play Texas Holdem!!!!!!!!!!!! Let us hear from you. Would love to stay in touch. Til' next time, Linda Kay (Foster) Davis
P.S. I am really going to make it this time (to the 50th Reunion). It has been too long. I would enjoy seeing everyone. We haven't been back to Farmington in a long time. I still have a couple of cousins there. So hopefully we will still be alive and well then.
"I have an 'exclusive' for the website. The below song was written by Randy Sparks, based on a story told to him by an old-timer who was a cattle driver in the Four Corners area when he was a teenager. It was recorded here by Burl Ives in 1993, before he died in 1995.
The title is 'Armistice Day in Farmington'. Armistice Day being the anniversary of the official end of World War I, November 11, 1918.
The New Christy Minstrels sang this song for us last Friday night in Ruidoso at our mini-reunion, and their version was 'way better than this recording. I'll try to get a copy of it for the website.
We have permission from Randy to put the song and/or the lyrics on the website. Also, it has never been released, but it's still copyrighted. Randy said to make it legal, the following statement is to be published with the song:
'Presented by permission from Cherrybell Music Pub. Co., ASCAP'. Randy is the owner of Cherrybell.
I plan to put the song on the official Farmington website, but will wait a year or so, so we can have exclusive rights to it for awhile. I'll bet the folks in Farmington don't even know that there was a song written about their town.
Thanks, Joe VanHook
Turn off the background music at the top of the page, then click here to listen to the song:
Aug. 9, 1943 - March 4, 2008
Cecil Wayne Kreidler, 64, of Farmington passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at his home surrounded by his family. Cecil was born Aug. 9, 1943, in Seymour, Texas, the son of Charles Monroe Kreidler II and Wanda (Lou) Little Kreidler.
He graduated from high school in Electra, Texas, and later moved to New Mexico in 1955. Cecil married the love of his life and sweetheart, Shari Johns, in 1959 in Seymour. He was employed as a journeyman electrician and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, LU No. 611 for 48 years. Among Cecil's hobbies were golf, baseball and house boating on Navajo Lake. Cecil will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.
Cecil is survived by his wife, Shari Kreidler of Farmington; sons, Dave Kreidler and wife, Elaine, and Trick Kreidler and wife, Debra; mother, Wanda Lou Little Kreidler; brothers, Charles Monroe Kreidler III and James Edmund Kreidler and wife, Sara; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Cecil is also survived by his mother-in-law, Fay Jack; two brothers-in-law, Wayne Johns and wife, Paula.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Monroe Kreidler II; and a brother, William Richard Kreidler.
A celebration of Cecil's life was held Saturday, March 8, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, with burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Trenton Kreidler, Robert Lopez, Chad Roper, A.J. Roper, Scott Freidline, Dean Freidline, Stewart Blake, Derreck Roper, Jared Blake and Koleman Blake.
FHS1961 Web Site attracts viewers from "across the pond." Webmaster received an email from Phil pointing out an incorrect title and artist on the Jukebox. I responded and thanked him for helping us keep the songs accurate; he just came back:
I'm glad you took my comment in the spirit it was intended. I love the music of this era very deeply so naturally I like to see it listed correctly. I'm not trying to be a smart a.. but as I've spotted a few errors I'll e-mail them through to you 'in the fullness of time'.
I have no connection with Farmington, in fact I'd never heard of it until I stumbled upon the site, but that's not surprising as I don't even live in the good old USA. I'm from London, England though now I've retired down to Wales (I wonder if you know where that is and that it's its own country, not a part of England).
U.S. music from the rock 'n' roll era up to the start of the British Invasion has always been very popular in the UK and remains so to this day. I was pleased to see a few selections on your jukebox that I didn't know such as 'Tell Him No' by Bob & Travis and The Crest's version of 'The Way You Look Tonight.' I'm enjoying listening to those and other tracks from the jukebox right now and will get back to you with some corrections so long as you don't mind. Maybe some day I'll make some requests for additions to the jukebox but I don't want to presume to do that just yet.
Bye for now, Phil"
Dear Friends of Royce, I just wanted to let you know that Royce suffered a massive stroke on Thursday of last week. He is in Seton Main Hospital in Austin. He is in ICU right now, but will be transferred tomorrow to a room. The prognosis is guarded and it doesn't look good. Half his brain has been damaged and they say he will never speak again or understand the spoken word, but I think he still can understand what we're saying to him. He responds to us sometimes. He is in very bad condition and they say it will take two or three weeks for the swelling to go down in his brain. They cannot say how much improvement, if any, there will be until then. He has oxygen, a feeding tube, etc. Love you, Maridell
He was a wonderful man who will be remembered with love and fond memories by many.
You may contact the FHS1961 Webmaster to receive my mother's phone number and/or email address.
Thank you to all who have already called and sent messages. They are very comforting at this difficult time."
KINGSLAND, TEXAS — March 16, 1930 - April 13, 2008
Royce Allen Henry, 78, of Kingsland, Texas, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008. He was born to Sol and Zada Pearl (Reid) Henry on March 16, 1930, in Pernell, Okla.
Mr. Henry proudly served his country in the United States Army, and married Maridell Lambert on Oct. 21, 1960, in Farmington, New Mexico. He was a teacher and coach during his career. He taught in Farmington, in San Mateo, Calif., and in Austin, Texas. He loved to fly, travel, and ride bikes. He rode his bike 10 miles a day and knew every animal along the way. He would take snacks for all the animals and feed them during his ride.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Maridell Henry, of Kingsland; daughters, LeAnn Holloway and husband, Barah, of Tracy, Calif., Jan Brazell and husband, Delton, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tana Gray and husband, Murray, of Granbury, Texas; grandchildren, Brandon Holloway of Tracy, Yvette Marcum and husband, Larry, of Aztec, N.M., Britney Fox and fiance, Don Nodal, of Fort Worth, Jada Brazell of Austin, Cody Truesdale of Grand Junction, Colo., Shana Gray of Austin, Texas, and Casi Daugherty and husband, Wes, of Kyle, Texas; seven great-grandchildren, brothers, Forrest Henry and wife, Pat, of Lovington, N.M., and Wendell Henry of Corpus Christi, Texas; and sister-in-law, Jo Ann Henry of Lovington.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, brother, Jimmy Henry, and daughter, Joylyn Tillotson.
Greetings Sun Belt Correspondents:
February 5, 2008
Remember when the kid used to come to your door with a snow shovel and ask if he could shovel your drive for a few bucks? Awhile back he was at my door asking to shovel my roof. I chuckled and sent him on his way. I have recently called him back, along with two of his friends and a pack mule. Moral of the story: in Pagosa, when one asks if he can shovel your roof, he means the roof. (Giving myself credit for a bit of judgment, at the time the question was originally
posed, snow depth on my roof had not yet quite reached 3 feet; it is now 4 feet. It seemed like a sound economic decision at under 3 feet. But at over 4 feet-- well, YOU be the judge.)
The High Country continues to educate and humble me with lessons of sheer strength and beauty. These past couple of storms have been awesome, both in their ability to soften the mountains while bringing modern technology to an absolute standstill. During the 48-hour period of this past Sun-Mon, Wolf Creek Pass received 62" of snow. Not quite that much down here in Pagosa Springs; nevertheless, enough to make me call the kid with the shovel back. :)
It seems that I picked the harshest winter of the past 30 years to make my home in Pagosa Springs. And although there have been a couple of times I've wondered what ever possessed me to leave the mild south land, I only have to pause for a couple of minutes of reflection while skiing one of the many nearby trails to know why. At those times I am reminded of what a wise friend of mine once said: "All this and heaven too!"
Love to all, Rog
May 2, 2008
It has been quite some time since my last written correspondence (that having taken place during what shall hereinafter be referred to as the "WINTER Letters of 07-08"), so I thought I would dash off a quick spring line from the high
country and let you know that I made it through my first winter in Pagosa and I am no worse for the wear... I did learn some valuable lessons to carry forward into the next snow season. More on those lessons later...
In the mean time, the whole face of this gorgeous country has changed in the past couple of weeks, and so has the necessary hardware. I have traded in my snow blower (only one small pile remains in my front yard) and cross country
skis for the tools of river running. Yes, Ole Rog is becoming a white waterguy. (The degree of success of this transition from snow bunny to river rat remains to be seen.) I am doing a brief day-run on the Rio Grande with some of
my mentors and associates later today, and the middle of the month I will do a one week trip down the Green River in Utah. All of the snow that we had this past winter throughout the southwest has translated into beaucoup water (!!!)
and I am told by the old timers that the rivers are higher and faster than in many years. Which is all very exciting for this ole man, but a bit scary too.
Son Damon will be managing El Rancho Pinoso, a spectacular resort ranch a half hour from Pagosa in the high-high country, from June 1st thru the end of September. The Blanco River that winds its way thru El Rancho offers some of
the finest fly fishing in the world, and, needless, to say, Dad will be dropping by (or up, really) to offer sage managerial and fishing advice. Tough job, but somebody's gotta' do it. The idea of him alone up there for the entire summer is simply too much for a loving father to deal with.
Love to all. Come sit a spell... Rog
Since my last e-mail some of you have
requested photos. Which leads me to believe there
is a certain amount of skepticism among you regarding
the credibility of claims by the old man to have become
a river runner. I am
deeply hurt. Nevertheless, I am attaching snaps taken during the calmer portion(s) of a recent float (a very misleading term) down the Rio Grande. If these photos seem a bit tame to most of you, I might inform you of the
inadvisability of grabbing for a camera during untame moments. Captions are under the pictures for those of you that might not get the drift, no pun intended.
As a brief aside, because I know some of you are bound to be asking right now, YES, I did go in the water. Once. Since the water temp was 34 degrees F, that's all it took to thoroughly demonstrate the "exiting kayak under emergency conditions" maneuver to the rest of my party.
Trust me, the water is moving.
Yes, I was able to get the d... thing buckled
|Taking a break.
Yes, that is snow on the opposite shore.
Sharon, a former resident of Farmington, passed away of liver cancer at the age of 65 surrounded by her family in her California home June 19, 2008. She was born to Wayne and Helen Stradling on June 3, 1943, in Albuquerque.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, John McCabe; her four children, Brenda Herbert, Jeff Pollock, Debbi Fielding and John McCabe; her two step-children, Cindy Boisen and Jim McCabe; her 19 grandchildren; her father, Wayne Stradling; and six siblings: Jackie Wilkes, Sally Graham, Greg Stradling, Kim Stradling, Kennard Stradling, and Mary Beth Simpson.
She was preceded in death by her mother and one niece.
Sharon was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She also was a friend to may and spent her days helping and serving those in need. Many have considered her their "angel." She spent many hours of service in her church and was an active member of the Church of Jesue Christ of Latter-day Saints. She will be greatly missed by all.
Dear Classmates -
Time flies. I can't believe how long it has been since last we communicated. It is my bad and I am here to rectify the situation.
My stated goal to you was to communicate around the 4th of July each year and simultaneously remind/beg for web site maintenance donations. This 4th of July I was not available.
We have been gone most of the summer. Those of my classmates who are also residents of Texas can understand why; IT'S BEEN HOT!!!
We took the spiritual pilgrimage to Graceland during Elvis week which commemorates his death on August 16, 1977. We of course toured the Mansion, the planes, the car museum, the costume displays, etc. There were many gatherings in Memphis including tribute singer festivals and special exhibits. It was very moving and just the sheer nostalgia for the era that was conjured up was remarkable. If you have not been, put it on your "bucket" list.
I know the Class Web Site got a little stale during my prolonged absence but I am back and have cleaned up the latest administrative tasks and added news that had been delayed.
I have also been working fairly steady since last year to get the next Jukebox songs update ready. I have finally gotten the songs located, downloaded, compressed, uploaded, and entered the song titles and linked them to the songs.
I have added over 300 new "oldies" records to the Jukebox. Our Jukebox has been "discovered" and many people are forwarding the address to their classmates and their friends and acquaintances and the number of hits is quite remarkable. People are visiting from all over the world and the number of requests for songs to be added has grown exponentially. We now have about 638 records on the Jukebox.
Here are some tid-bits: Remember the movie "Blackboard Jungle?" We have most of Sal Mineo's records on the Jukebox. How about Marilyn Monroe's "River Of No Return?" Who has the original version of "I Believe?" We do -- it's by Jane Froman. How about versions of "My Boyfriends Back" by EIGHT different artists?!?!
Many of these latest songs will be most endearing to our older brothers and sisters since a large number are from the early to mid Fifties. Send your siblings the address and tell them to pass it along: www.fhs1961.com/jukeboxnew.html
I have also created a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page which has a link to it near the bottom of the Jukebox. I was getting so many questions and comments by email that I had to come up with a way to not have to answer each one individually. Check out the FAQ and it might shed some light on questions you have too.
Be sure YOU frequently visit the Jukebox and give the address to all of your friends and acquaintances too.
I mentioned that the Class Web Site got stale while I was vacationing this summer but actually it was already getting stale because I don't get any news from YOU to publish on the site. I get comments of praise from all across the land about how wonderful our site is but that it seems the news from classmates is not very current; they are right. Please drop a line or two and catch us up on you and yours. (I know there are a couple of you who DO send in news and you are appreciated; I wasn't talking about you).
If you have a new email or snail mail address, let us know. If you know of a new email address on any other of our classmates, let us know. If you have info on anyone from the "missing classmates" page, let us know.
And finally .... I wasn't around the 4th of July to send out my annual begging for donations email so this is it. One person "automatically" sent a donation this year (thanks Susan). I know the rest of you were waiting for this promised reminder so this is it.
If the Jukebox continues to grow we will soon run out of bandwidth and server space. We are currently paid up and some in advance but we need to stay ahead of the curve to ensure continued service and expansion. I think the web site provides a service to the Class of 1961 and it surely presents our class in a positive light to other classes in Farmington, other classes throughout the U.S., and to visitors from around the world.
Will you PLEASE make a donation today to keep the Farmington High School Class of 1961 Web Site up, running, and growing? I know you will so I want to thank you in advance.
The simplest way is to click on the "Donation"
button on the web site and send your donation
via PayPal. If you don't want to use that
service, I certainly accept cash, check, or
money order. Make payable to me and mail it
(send me an email and I'll give you my snail
Thank you !!!
Send a donation. Send some news.
Yours in service and friendship, Tommie Vaughn aka Webmaster, www.fhs1961.com
26 1943 -- April 22, 2009
Verna 'Joy' pratt, 66, passed from this life into eternal life Wednesday, April 22, 2009. She was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Long Beach, Calif., to Vernon John Schwarting and Norene Joyce Fincher.
Joy was a licensed beautician and loved to do ceramics and paint oil paintings. She is dearly loved and will be missed by her mother, Norene Williamson; son, Vandon Pratt and wife, Michelle as well as grandchildren and other family members.
We are VERY happy to announce that Leon McMillan is NOT deceased. Leon had been listed on the "In Memory" page for several years.
Leon sent a email explaining the report of his death is premature:
"My name is Leon McMillan. The same Leon McMillan that you list on you Web Site under In Memory Of. I would like to inform you that I have not DIED. I think that some one picked up the death announcement of my Father passing away with the same name, you see I am "Jr". I would like for you to change your posting that shows me as DEAD. You may contact me at email@example.com if you need additional information. Thank you, Leon McMillan"
Hopefully everyone can send Leon a short email to "welcome him back." I take this opportunity to apologize to Leon and any members of his family or friends who may have been negatively affected by this error. Tommie Vaughn, Webmaster.
Lloyd Ray "Butch" Cardon
Feb. 12, 1943 - Feb. 9, 2011
Lloyd Ray "Butch" Cardon, 67, of Farmington, went to be with his heavenly Father on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Farmington, surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 12, 1943, in Farmington, to Junius Wilburn "Wig" Cardon and Rose Foutz Cardon.
He graduated from Farmington High School in 1961, and received a financial degree after attending San Juan College and Transamerica Institute of Finance in 1965.
In 1963, he married his wife, Joyce Smith, in Farmington. They moved to Odessa, Texas, where he worked for El Paso Natural Gas Company, returning shortly after to settle in the Four Corners area. They spent the next 14 years working and owning trading posts on the reservation, while raising their family.
In 1976, they came back to Farmington, where Butch went to work at First
National Bank. He became the vice-president of the Shiprock branch and
retired after 26 years.
He loved the Native American people and their history, and made many friends because he spoke the Navajo language.
Butch was active as a coach for the Farmington Amateur Baseball programs for 11 years, coaching both of his sons to the Connie Mack World Series. He helped with the Shiprock Fair Kids Animal Auction and served as a leader for Cub and Boy Scouts in Tuba City, Ariz., and in Farmington.
He was an avid fisherman and spent many summers fishing at Vallecito Lake. Every summer he would plant his amazing garden; a skill he worked hard to pass on to his grandsons. He was the ultimate Cowboys fan.
He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Joseph H. Smith; sisters-in-law, Judy Davidson and Ramona Smith; and brother-in-law, Gary Smith.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 47 years, Joyce Smith Cardon, and his children, the joy of his life, sons, Donald Ray (Taresa) Cardon of Houston, Texas, and Kirk Duane (Margie) Cardon; daughter, Alicia Cardon of Farmington; six grandchildren; and his greatest glory, his three great-grandchildren. His great-grandchildren were the 5th generation born in San Juan County. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Jewel Smith, brothers, Kent (Helen) Cardon, Robert (Elouise) Cardon and Jack (Sandy) Cardon; sister-in-law, Jeannie Smith; special nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was also truly blessed with so many special friends. Butch touched many lives.
K. (Jerry) Hall
Nov. 26, 1942 - March 27, 2011
William K. (Jerry) Hall, 68, of Aztec, died on Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Aztec. He was born Nov. 26, 1942.
Then they scored another 20 or so. The final score was either 53-0, like the scoreboard read, or 57-0, like the winning coach tallied it up. Worse even than the 56-7 Highlands win over Samuell in football this past season.
It was the most lopsided prep baseball game in state history.
The game has gone beyond just another blowout between a suburban program stocked with kids whose parents can afford out-of-season training and a school struggling to field a team in a low-income neighborhood.
It’s already led to a change in the mercy rules in the local school district. Administrators hope it will bring attention to an often-ignored national rule that offers an easy way to end obvious mismatches.
Most of all, it reignited the discussion about sportsmanship in high school athletics, raising questions about how to handle being on either end of such a game.
Good thing, because the teams play again Friday night.
Lake Highlands coach Jay Higgins is among the dean of baseball coaches in Texas. His school opened in 1963, and he arrived in 1967, making this his 44th season. Last season, he made his 25th trip to the state playoffs, having gotten as far as regional finals twice. Also last year, he was inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.
He showed up to the Samuell game with 783 wins. Although his Wildcats arrived at Pleasant Grove Field sitting at 0-5, having dropped three games by a single run and going down 11-1 in another, there wasn’t much doubt his team would win.
Once upon a time, Samuell High was pretty good at baseball _ state champs in 1965, the only such crown for a Dallas school. But these days, the school doesn’t have enough players to field a junior varsity or freshman team. Samuell won only about three games a year when it played in Class 4A and this season was forced to join 5A, the biggest classification.
Still, first-year coach Mike Pena was 1-0 when he arrived for the home game against Lake Highlands. His Spartans had won 18-7 over a smaller-division school that hasn’t beaten anyone this season.
Neither coach returned calls to talk about the game. However, by all accounts, Higgins tried to do the right thing. Once his team was comfortably ahead, Higgins pulled some starters and emptied his bench. He let his hitters swing away, but told them not to take more than one base. They didn’t steal.
According to a community newspaper in Lake Highlands, the Wildcats had 44 hits _ 38 singles, five doubles and a triple. They didn’t have a single home run.
Samuell, meanwhile, didn’t have a hit. Two guys reached on errors, so it wasn’t a perfect game.
“We did everything possible,” Higgins told The Dallas Morning News. “The national federation, which is the rule book we go by, says you have to play five innings before the game is considered official. That’s what I was worried about if you stop after three innings and somebody comes back and says, `Well, you guys didn’t play an official game.’”
While Texas coaches follow the rule of ending any game when a team is up by 10 runs after five innings, or 4 1/2 if the home team is ahead, there is another provision that can apply. Rule 4, Section 2, Article 4 of the National Federation of Baseball Rule Book - used in Texas and most states - says a game can be ended early with the agreement of both coaches and the umpire.
“It’s not ever been used to my knowledge,” said Mark Cousins, interim athletic director for the University Interscholastic League, the organization that oversees public high schools in Texas, and a former associate director in charge of baseball. “We don’t necessarily publicize the rule, but it’s been in there for a number of years.”
Elliot Hopkins is the baseball rules editor and national interpreter for the National Federation of State High School Associations. He said it was irresponsible that coaches wouldn’t be more versed in game-ending procedures, but the umpires should’ve known the rule _ or done something.
“We don’t put common sense in the rule book, but we hope they use it. Nor do we legislate integrity, but hopefully they use that as well,” Hopkins said. “With a game like this, you worry that a kid wouldn’t want to continue. He might say, ‘We just got smoked. I’m done.’ Nobody wants any of that to happen.”
It didn’t. All 17 Samuell players returned for practice the next day.
The Lake Highlands campus is four miles from Covenant School, which drew headlines two years ago when its girls basketball team beat the girls from Dallas Academy 100-0. The winning coach was fired.
Darlene Wolf Moore doesn’t recall that game being mentioned in the stands as Lake Highlands was routing Samuell. Her son, Ben Wolf, is a senior and the starting left fielder, and she is a staunch supporter of the Wildcats.
“It was nice to win, but that’s not the way anyone wants to win,” she said of the March 8 baseball game. “It was somewhat uncomfortable. We would’ve liked for it to end sooner.”
As far as she knows, no parents or fans asked Higgins to end it. Instead, the Lake Highlands fans began cheering for the Samuell kids, she said.
“When a popped ball was going to the outfield, we were saying, `Get it, get it,’” Moore said. “When they would miss a fly ball, we’d groan, ‘Ohhhhhhhhh.’ We were disappointed. … They kept on coming out every inning. It couldn’t have been easy. It sure did make you admire their gumption, their stamina, their dedication to their team.”
Higgins did try to stop the bleeding by ordering his players to go one base at a time.
What else could he have done?
Some coaches let kids experiment at a new position, but that risks injury. Some coaches let kids bat from the other side of the plate or simply bunting back to the mound and not running out hits, but that’s akin to giving up
Hopkins has some other ideas. Different. More constructive.
“Tell the other coach, ‘We’ll take the win, you take the loss. Now, you want my help? We’ve got 30 or 45 minutes left. Let’s do some drills, let’s practice some scenarios,’” he said.
“The young coach would come away with respect for the older coach and have a basis for mentoring. The kids would learn how to do a hook slide, or get rid of the hitch in his giddy-up and have more control. The umpires would get to teach, which would make them feel a whole lot better than being part of a lopsided game. Fans get to listen and watch and learn, and be part of something that is really good.”
But, for a wayward program like Samuell, this might not be a one-time thing.
“So? If it’s 24 games and 24 clinics, you’d like to think they’re getting better, as coaches and players,” Hopkins said. “Maybe they’ll go tell their friends, ‘This guy taught me how to throw a slider,’ and a few more kids come out. Eventually, they can build a program.”
Hopkins recalled how special-needs players sometimes get into a basketball game and make a layup or score a touchdown in football. There was that college softball game three years ago where two players carried an opponent around the bases after she blew out a knee during a home-run trot.
He doesn’t recall any such heartwarming story in baseball.
“Playing high school sports is supposed to be a good experience. Kids have fun, play for their team, wear their school colors, learn time-management skills, respect for authority, all of that,” he said. “We didn’t see any of that in this contest. Everyone involved failed those kids. All the adults let those kids down. It doesn’t mean they’re bad people. We just need to do better and be better. And we have an opportunity do it.”
Two days after losing to Lake Highlands, Samuell lost again, 11-1.
The day after that, the Spartans won.
The score was 9-5. Like their first victory, it came against a team from a smaller classification with a program even more downtrodden than theirs.
Samuell has lost all seven games since then, the closest being 8-2. The Spartans were shut out in the other six, giving up at least 13 runs each time.
It can’t ever get much worse because district officials responded to the blowout by modifying their mercy rule. Games can now be called if there’s a 15-run margin after three innings. And, coaches are discovering the national rule book provision to end a game by a mutual agreement.
“It’s something that we as coaches need to be aware of,” said Brian Jones, head of the North Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and the coach at Dallas Jesuit, another school in the district. “We don’t want anything like that to ever happen again.”
As for the Lake Highlands Wildcats, they are 9-5 since the Samuell game. That makes them 10-10 on the season, needing a win Friday night to remain above .500.
“I’m not going to say that next time we are going to win, but I hope that we can play them better next time,” Pena, the Samuell coach, told the Morning News. “As long as I can get kids interested in baseball, I’m doing all right.”
Roger and Pam's wedding, August 7th, 2010.
"A small ceremony beneath the pines in the backyard. Monsoon cooperated and took a day off especially for the occasion."
WOW!!! Congratulations to Roger and Pam.
Farmington Daily Times Obituaries
Thomas "Mike" Brown
July 17, 1943 - June 24, 2011
Thomas "Mike" Brown, 67, of Odessa, Texas, passed from this life on Friday, June 24, 2011, in the Odessa home in which he was raised. Mike was born July 17, 1943, in Carthage, Mo., to Henry and Marcella Brown. He was raised in Odessa, and in Farmington, where he graduated from Farmington High School.
When he was 25, Mike and Donna Harris were married. They proceeded to have four children, Casey, Katie, Jenny and Shane Brown. Mike and Donna raised their children in Aurora, Colo., before they finally settled in Texas. Mike was a lead sales executive for National Supply Oil Field Supply Company for most of his adult life. He retired from his last job at Bridges Equipment in Odessa.
Mike was a voracious reader and spent many hours in his retirement devouring books. He also traveled to San Angelo to spend time with his kids and grandchildren and took small trips with his youngest son, where he enjoyed taking pictures and "piddling" along with no set plan.
Mike is survived by his five children, Casey Brown and wife, Eve, of San Angelo, Texas, Katie Mochmer and husband, Paul, of Elgin, Okla., Jenny Shelton and husband, Blaine, of San Angelo, Shane Brown of Odessa and Kelly Goodwin of Farmington; and seven grandchildren, Colton, Cade, and Conner Brown, Grace and Ryder Shelton and Madeline and Michael Mochmer. He is also survived by his sisters, Sarah Hicks and Barbara Head.
Mike was surrounded by his children and other loved ones at the time he went to be with the Lord. He left us the way he lived. Quietly and peacefully. A private family service was held at a place that was near and dear to his heart.
The family would like to thank Dr. George, Mellissa Howell, and the West Texas Cancer Center for their loving care and support during this difficult battle. They would also like to thank Home Hospice of Odessa, and the very loving care they gave not only to Mike but to his family.
Farmington Daily Times Obituaries
Sharron Ann Umbenhour-Torres
June 12, 1943 - April 11, 2012
Sharron Ann Torres, 68, of Farmington, entered eternal life on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, surrounded by her family, after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.
She was born June 12, 1943, in Henderson, Nev., one of three children born to Annabelle and Peck Hendricks.
Sharron devoted much of her time and energy to being a care giver, and for nearly 30 years dedicated her life to working in the medical profession. She touched the lives of countless people with her sharp wit, helping them cope with their physical and emotional ailments. She reached into our hearts and was a blessing to us all, and her presence in our lives is a gift for which will always be thankful.
Sharron's interests included spending time with friends and family, collecting fairy figurines and wind chimes, watching movies, reading, crocheting and playing cards with friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Sharron is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 44 years, Roland "Red" Torres; their precious children, Mandy and husband, Tito, Aimee and partner, Don, Andrew and wife, Trish; treasured grandchildren, Charles, Sam, Devyn, Zachery and Saige; brother, Weldon: and sister, Gail. Sharron will also be forever remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family in southern Louisiana, and countless friends who were blessed to have known her.
Sharron touched the lives of countless people with her smile and generosity, and maintained her trademark sense of humor until her last day. Cremation took place.
Farmington Daily Times Obituaries
Suana D. McDaniel-Malcom
July 30, 1942 - April 14, 2012
Suana D. Malcom, 69, of Aztec, died Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Aztec. She was born July 30, 1942, in Farmington, to Rusty and Anna Mae McDaniel.
She was one of a kind. Suana was an avid quilter and was a school bus driver for many years.
She graduated from Farmington High School in 1961.
Suana got married and had four children
She took great comfort in God's word, the Bible.
Suana was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Art Malcom; her son, Eddie (Tandra) Malcom and her daughters, Renee Thompson, Leslie (Leonard) Potter, and Amber Malcom and seven grandchildren.
Daily Times Obituaries
Feb. 9, 1943-April 3, 2013
James Birdsong, 70, of El Centro, Calif., passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at U.C.S.D. Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., surrounded by family.
Jim, was born Feb. 9, 1943 in Hugo, Okla. to the late John and Mildred Birdsong.
Jim married his high school sweetheart (since 10th grade) of 50 years Flora "Cokie" Sept. 7, 1962 in Farmington. He graduated from Farmington High in Farmington where he played football and basketball. He went on to graduate from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy in 1967. He worked as a Pharmacist for 45 years, both as a staff pharmacist and business owner over the years.
Jim's latest endeavor was Central Pharmacy and Central Home Medical. He was partner with his brother at Parker's Pharmacy in Holtville, Calif.
He is remembered by all who met him as a kind, mellow, patient, loving person always willing to be called by friends and customers in need of help. He loved his family and grandchildren very much. Jim loved woodwork, his sports cars, the History Channel, sports, collecting guns, his staff at the business, going to the casino, his cat and especially the dog, Jack and feeding his birds.
Jim is survived by his wife, Cokie; daughter, Becky Felder and her husband, Troy; granddaughters, Sage and Lauren, of Sacramento, Calif.; son, James Jr. and his wife, Megan and granddaughters, Meredith and Gillian, of San Jose, Calif.; son, Joel, of El Centro, Calif. and grandson, Seth, of Yuma, Ariz.; brother, Sam and sister-in-law, Mirna; nieces, Millie, Sadie and Brise and god-sons, Benny and Shannell Carter, of El Centro, Calif.
Farmington Daily Times Obituaries
- April 24, 2013
Gene passed away on Wednesday, April 24 in Tucson, Ariz. after bravely fighting cancer and emphysema for several years. He was born and raised in Tucson, Ariz. attending Flowing Wells Schools.
He graduated in 1961 from Farmington High School, where his father was transferred in 1958. Gene served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.
Gene spent his professional life working for United Airlines on the ground crew out of LAX until retiring in 2004. He was also owner and driver of a sprint car racing in California and Arizona. Before moving to Farmington he spent time at Washington Junior High where he set the shot putt record through strength and sheer determination even though he was the smallest member of the team. He then became an active member of sports at Farmington High School.
Gene was preceded in death by his father, Lual "Lu" Irwin in 1971; his mother, Faun in 1988 and his older brother, Sonny in 1992 as well as his maternal and paternal grandparents.
He is survived by sisters Sherry Irwin McElhiney, Jim, of Tucson, Ariz. and Tanni Irwin Bishop, Doug, of Farmington; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. He is also survived by his stepdaughter Melissa Nichols of Lake Havasu, Ariz.
It is pointless to list why people loved and liked him and enjoyed his company, you just did! He was blessed with a wonderful quick wit, sense of humor and generous heart.
Farmington Daily Times Obituaries
Joy Fay Carter
Aug. 29, 1943 - Jul. 11, 2014
Joy Fay Carter, 70, who was born
Aug. 29, 1943, to Donas and Sara Carter, in Tucumcari. She passed peacefully,
Friday, July 11, 2014, at her Flora Vista home. On this day the world lost a
very special lady. Joy was a perfect name; she had a way of making everyone's
life better through a special kindness that was all her own. That was the only
thing that was all her own as it always made her happier to do things for those
in her life than to do something for herself. Furthermore, when Joy did
something for someone she never expected anything in return. Joy was a very
appreciative and modest woman. She never hesitated to tell you how much it meant
to her for you to do the smallest of things, and never wanted to be a bother so
she often made do with what she had. Early in life the family moved back to
Farmington (1944) and this is where Joy grew up and with astonishing beauty,
graduated from Farmington High School in 1961. Shortly after graduating she
found herself in California where she married, had her son, and lived a life of
grand experience. The west coast appeal wore off and she returned to Flora Vista
in 1995 where she happily remained. Joy loved many things in life, certainly her
family. Though Joy lived much of her life surrounded by affluence she often said
that she was so lucky to be right here at home with family close by,
particularly her "best friend" and sister Dona and her brother-in-law Marshall
who she greatly appreciated. Joy had several pets throughout life that she
adored, but these were not the only animals she connected with. She loved
wildlife and had dreams of having a wildlife refuge. Joy loved beautiful scenery
and would often take pictures of flowers and animals. She even honed her skills
as a painter for some time. She enjoyed decorating her beautiful and immaculate
home. Joy loved horses and tennis and would rarely miss the next big match even
if it meant getting up at four in the morning.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents Donas and Sara Carter, and is survived by her son, James Kimbell; sisters, Dona (Marshall) Mead and Judy (Denny) Reeves; nephews, Franklin Thomas, Daniel (Karen Hall) Thomas, Rick Eaton and Jerry Stalcup; niece, Cindy Bodnar; grandnephew whom she considered a grandson, Franklin Jason (Kristy Howard) Thomas; grandniece, Brandi (Ray) Harrington and their sons Leo and Cory; numerous friends including, Sylvia and Marvin Strange, John Schwartz and Lane Peterson.
Joy is dearly loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.
A small private memorial was held on Sunday, July 20, in Flora Vista. Joy's care was entrusted to Alternative Choice, 804 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, 505-325-9611. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from July 15 to July 23, 2014
Farmington Daily Times Obituaries
Feb. 24, 1943 - Jan. 29, 2015
Dale Francis Reust, 71, of Bullhead City, AZ passed away January 29, 2015 at his home.
Dale was born in Elk City, OK, February 24, 1943 to William Austin and Ruth Elizabeth (Scott) Reust. Dale attended Farmington High School and was a member of the Class of 1961. Dale was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy 1960/1964. Dale lived in Bullhead City for 3 and 1/2 years, prior to that he lived in Longmont, CO, Aztec and Farmington, NM and Oklahoma City, OK.
Dale retired from Lexmark on 10/20/2010. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and loved vintage American automobiles.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Keven Reust. Dale is survived by his partner and longtime companion Carmen Francis, of Bullhead City, two sons Troy Dale (Brook) Reust, Nichols Hills, OK and Travis Dale (April) Reust of San Antonio, TX, two brothers, Neal (Kaye) Reust of Las Cruces, NM and Chris Reust (Bruce Noland) of Phoenix AZ, one nephew, Alan Reust, two great nephews, Alex, Michael, four grandchildren, Summer, Kaden, Kassidy, Roman. Cremation entrusted to Neptune Society.
Farmington Daily Times Obituaries
William Brent Christensen
Jul. 12, 1943 - May 4, 2015
Christensen, 71, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, May 4, 2015, from
complications of Alzheimer's. Born July 12, 1943, in Farmington, he was the
third and youngest child of William Ferrel and Ora Taylor Christensen.
Brent "Joe Blow" was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He was well respected by all who knew him. He spent most of his life in Farmington where he began working in his family's moving and storage business at age 5.
After graduating from Farmington High School as salutatorian in 1961, he served as a volunteer missionary in Scotland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1962 to 1964. He married Karen Colleen Evensen of Durango, Colo., on Aug. 18, 1965, in the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. This August would have marked their 50th wedding anniversary.
Brent had a gift for numbers and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1965. After initially accepting a position with Chevron Oil in Denver, Colo., he returned to Farmington in 1967, to take over the family business, Tri-City Transfer and Storage (Mayflower). He retired and sold the company in 2009 after running its daily operations for 42 years.
Brent enjoyed collecting cars and took pride in his profession, but his true love was his family. He had a unique ability to make people laugh and was known by others as a kind and approachable leader who selflessly fulfilled numerous church and civic responsibilities. He served in many leadership positions in the church, being called as a bishop at age 28, a stake president at 34, and a patriarch at 43, a position he held for 28 years. He and his wife Karen also spent four years serving in the LDS temple in Albuquerque two days a week.
Brent was preceded in death by his parents, William Ferrel and Ora Taylor Christensen; his sister, Erlene Richards; his brother, Bruce Ferrel Christensen; and his granddaughter, Maren Elisabeth Christensen.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; and six children, Jeff (Debbie) Christensen of Thornton, Colo., Tamma (Dan) Clarine of Northglenn, Colo., Kori (Terry) Johnston of Fredericksburg, Va., Kassy Clarine of Aurora, Colo., Tessa Christensen of Farmington, and Lenae (Mike) Torgerson of Annabella, Utah, as well as 18 grandchildren.
"Farmington our Alma Mater
Spirits ever bright.
Always loyal to our colors,
Hail the Green and White."
The great Farmington High School Class of 1961 is getting ready to party again.
The September 2016, 55th Anniversary Reunion Committee are holding their first planning meeting soon. This Reunion Committee's Co-Chairs are Ray and Nikki Sloan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Stan and Cheryl English (email@example.com). Classmates in the Farmington area are invited to contact them and volunteer to be on the Committee. The more the merrier.
Fifty-five years!! Can you imagine?!?! How many Reunions have you attended? How many have you missed? How many have you wished you had attended? How many times did you say you would attend and then didn't? How many times over the years have you seen something or had thoughts of something from your High School days that brought a smile to your face?
It's depressing to say but .... this may be your last chance!! Start planning now. Put a "Save the Date" on your calendar.
September 19 - 21, 2016 - BE THERE!!!!
SAVE THE DATE: September 19 - 21, 2016 the 55th Anniversary Reunion of the Great FHS Class of 1961 in Farmington.
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Mark your Calendar. Make plans now.
Anniversary Reunion of the Great FHS Class of 1961
Monday, September 19th
Meet and Greet: Courtyard by Marriott
560 Scott Ave., Farmington, NM 87401 - (505) 325-5111
No Host Bar - Complimentary Hor d'oeuvres - 5:00pm until open …
A Memorial display for our departed Classmates will be present.
Tuesday, September 20th
Brunch: John Arrington’s Ranch
1556 Hwy. 170, La Plata, NM 87418
15.5 mi. North of the junction of US 64 and NM 170. (La Plata Hwy)
10:00am until open ..
Wednesday, September 21st
Picnic: Kiwanis Park
3540 E. 30th St., Farmington, NM 87401
One block W. of E. Main St. on 30th - North side of 30th
1:00pm until 5:00pm
Please RSVP to Stan English at 705 E. Orchard Homes Dr., Farmington, NM 87401 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify which events you will be attending and include the total number of people attending. RSVP as soon as possible would be appreciated, but not later than September 1st.
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott is offering room discounts for only $89. Important - in order to participate in the discount, reservations must be made directly through the Courtyard Marriott in Farmington and not through Marriott’s national reservation service or other entities such as Trivago, Expedia, Priceline, etc. Please call (505) 325-5111 to make reservations.
FYI: Other than the No Host Meet and Greet (Mingle), there will be NO cost for any of the other events. There will, however, be an opportunity to make a donation (in memoriam) to defray future costs. Due to concern for the health and well being of all attending and considering the advanced ages of attendees, there will be no dinner/dance this year. Hip and other joint replacements are expensive and painful.
Oct 30, 1943-Jun 27, 2015
Sandra Carol (Cockrum) Hodge, 71, of Moore, Oklahoma passed away June 27, 2015. She was born October 20, 1943 to Virgle and Louise Cockrum in Shawnee, OK. Sandra loved the lord and made sure everyone knew God’s great word. Sandra had a lot of friends whom she still kept in touch with since elementary school. Sandra graduated from Farmington High School, New Mexico with the Class of 1961. She had a special love for animals especially dogs and she loved cooking for family get-togethers around the holidays. Sandra had a caring heart and loved her family especially her grandchildren whom she spoke to everyday. Sandra was a very patriotic person who loved her country. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Sandra is survived by 2 sons, Don Trammell and wife Marsha, John Trammell and wife Monica; grandchildren, Josh Trammell and wife Shayla, Jacob, Kiara, Makayla, Bailey, Karlee, Kate Trammell and Martha Kay Johnson, Shae Johnson; great grandchildren, Aden Johnson, Ryder Trammell and Hadley Trammell. 3 sisters, Cathy Hicks, Charyl Moyaert, Sheila Sulser; 3 brothers, Rod, Craig and Todd Cockrum. Sandra is preceded by her husband Jack Hodge; Parents, Louise Lemmons and Virgle Cockrum; grandparents, Coy and Ruby Flemmons.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, OK. Interment followed at 3:00 PM at the Spiro Cemetery, Spiro, OK. Please sign the Memory Book on the website at http://www.johnirelandfuneralhome.com/
March 7, 1943 - July 3, 2015
Louis Walter, son of Maurice and Reva Walter, survived by his devoted wife Caryn Carruthers-Walter, sister Sarah Robinson, son Adam and his children, Ramsey and Madelyn, son Aaron, "Mom" Lenora Reifman, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews, pets Gypsy, Romeo, Sonny, and O'Malley, and many devoted and loving friends.
Services to be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, at Sholom Mortuary Park Chapel, 13017 N. Lopez Canyon Rd., Kagel Canyon, CA 91342. Guest Book at http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/latimes/louis-walter-condolences/175221348?cid=full
(Kathy) Ruie Bramblette-Clark
(Dec 5, 1943 - Aug 17, 2015)
Kathleen Ruie Bramblette-Clark, 71, of Farmington, passed away on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Farmington. She was born Dec. 5, 1955, in Pierre, S.D. Kathy was a member of the Farmington High School Class of 1961.
Kathleen's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
(1943 - 2014)
Billie Hall lost her courageous battle to "NASH" liver disease on December 27th, 2014 at the age of 71. She is survived by husband Dick Hall; two children Rick Hall (son) and Brandy Haaland (daughter); son-in-law Robert Haaland; one grandchild Caitlin Hall; mother Bernice Springman; and two brothers William Mitchell and Robert McVay; sisters-in-law Linda Mitchell and Kay McVay; several cousins, nieces, nephews all from Oklahoma and the midwest; four brothers-in-law Ray Hall, Revere Hall and Kenneth Hall and Merle Thomas; sister-in-laws Norma Jean Thomas , Judy Hall, Velda Hall and Janet Hall all from the midwest. Preceded in death by her father Billy Buster Mitchell, Granny Rose Mitchelle and youngest brother Lynn McVay. Billie Jo was a member of the Farmington High School Class of 1961. She was cremated and a luncheon was held in her honor the following spring. Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday January 18, 2015
Mary Evelyn Hunt-Hibbetts
I regret to inform you that Mary
Evelyn Hibbetts (Hunt) died December 17, 2014. I am proud to state that I
was her husband. Our fifty-two years together were full and happy. I do and
shall miss her greatly, as do and will our two children. She is
undoubtedly remembered and missed by all who knew her. Respectively,
Ronnie Richey, 72, of Farmington died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. He was born on April 24, 1943, in Brownfield, Texas. He retired from El Paso Natural Gas with 35 years of service. He was a charter member of the Farmington Elks Lodge 1747. Mr. Richey is survived by his spouse, ...Judy; daughter, Melody Gage; son, Lincoln Richey; grandchildren, Andrea Gage, Tara Stimson, Shenandoah, Zachary, Mikala, Elijah, Connor and Saphina Richey; and great-grandchildren, Charles Michael Riley III and Anthony Blue Riley. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7 at the First Assembly of God Church, 805 Saguaro Trail, at the corner of Piñon Hills and Dustin Ave. Services will were conducted by pastor Dewayne Bardwell.
(Dec 24, 1942 - Nov 28, 2014)
Rodney Charles Pearson, 71, passed away at his home in Orem, Utah, November 28, 2014 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born December 24, 1942 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Lee Ricks and Dorothy Hazel Bird Pearson, the fourth of seven children. He grew up in North Salt Lake, Utah and Farmington, New Mexico attending High School there with the Class of 1961. He served a 2-1/2 year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweden in 1962.
Rodney attended Brigham Young University where he met his Swedish sweetheart, Britt-Louise Marianne Heine. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on May 9, 1967. They moved their family to Shiprock, New Mexico in 1970 where they operated his parents' service stations while they served a mission for the LDS Church. They moved their family to Durango, Colorado in 1978 and moved to Orem, Utah in 1984. Throughout his life he worked as a mechanic, owned and operated a grocery store and service station, worked in various capacities with the Durango and Provo school districts, and later became a real estate agent and broker.
Rodney is survived by his sweet wife, Britt, and their children, Jody Kirk (Rachael Kiyoko) of Kirkland, WA, Brittney Ann of Orem, UT, and Breann Marie of Lehi, UT; sister, Sandra (AI) Chapman of Bloomfield, NM; two brothers, Clayne (Muriel) of St. George, UT and Robyn (Karen) of Heber, UT.
Funeral services were held December 3, 2014 In Orem, UT.
Steve Stephens. Your reunion announcement was sent to Steve Stephens in Citrus Heights, California. Steve was my husband. I'm sorry to report to you that he died in April of 2012. Would you please take his name off the mailing list? Thank you, LaRue Stephens.
Michael Jack.Thank you for keeping in touch with Mike. He passed away May 29th of this year (2016). You may take his name off your list. Sincerely, Mrs. A.M. Jack
Jo Rose-Brackeen (Wife of Burr Brackeen)
1939 - 2016 Obituary
Evelyn Joann "Jo" Rose-Brackeen, 77, of Farmington, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Gintiva Hospice in Albuquerque. She was born Aug. 13, 1939, in Fittstown, Okla., the first child of Otis J. R. Rose and Joyce Melba Dixon Rose. On June 1, 1968, she married T. N. "Burr" Brackeen in Las Vegas, Nev. Jo had a very geographically diverse education: she started elementary school in California and finished in Oklahoma, attend junior high and started high school in Sterling, Colo., split her junior year between Farmington and Glendive, Mont., and then back to Farmington for her senior year. After high school she worked for Mountain Bell as a telephone operator at their North Allen Street office. This training served her well after moving to Las Vegas, Nev., as she worked as a switchboard operator at the Four Queens and Caesar's Palace. After Burr's career took the family to Arizona she worked for IBM, retiring in 1994. When Burr retired from Southwest Gas in 1998 they moved back to Farmington. Jo loved the University of Arizona Wildcats and rarely missed a football or basketball game and often traveled to out-of-state games. Once back in Farmington, Jo and Burr became regulars at Ricketts Park and spent many evenings there relaxing and watching Connie Mack baseball. Jo loved being with family and loved to entertain. It seemed that every special party or celebration was at her house where she was always the perfect hostess. "Jo, Jo," as she was known to her great-grandchildren, was a master practitioner of the art of spoiling her grandkids and was well on her way to perfecting those skills with her great-grandsons. She loved having them visit and it seemed like the only time she wasn't busy baking delectable goodies for them was when she was playing games with them or taking them to some activity. Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Otis J. R. Rose and Joyce Melba Rose. She is survived by her husband, Burr; brothers, Richard D. Rose and wife Cheryl of Las Vegas, Nev.; James D. Rose and wife Jane of Missouri City, Texas; and Michael L. Rose and wife Lilly of Farmington; son, Ty Brackeen and wife Tisha of La Plata; daughter, Angel Brackeen of Farmington; granddaughter, TSgt Tyla Rudin and husband SSgt Ryan of Alamogordo; grandson, Connor Trey Brackeen and wife Kenna of Wichita Falls, Texas; great-grandsons, Kaden and Ethan Monat; and aunts, Fluff Dixon-Smith of Duncan, Okla.; Eva Rose and Sharon Rose, both of Oklahoma City; and Julia Powell Smith of Shallowater, Texas. Also surviving Jo are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jo was a long-time member of Pinon Hills Community Church and had a passion for volunteering to help others. She was especially dedicated to the San Juan Center for Independence and the work they do for the disability community. The Center has been an invaluable resource for Angel and the family suggests that in lieu of flowers, you honor Jo's life with a donation to the San Juan Center for Independence, 1204 N. Dustin Ave., Farmington, NM 87401, or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Pinion Hills Community Church, 5101 N Dustin Ave. in Farmington. Jo's ashes will be interred later in the Pinion Hills Community Church Columbarium when it is completed.
Monte L. Gould
1942 - 2017
Monte L. Gould, (74) of Las Cruces, NM, passed away on September 12, 2017 in Las Cruces, NM. Monte was born in Globe Arizona, to Neoma and Harland Gould on November 7, 1942. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1961. Monte married Margo Fulk on August 31, 1963 at the Presbyterian Church in Farmington, New Mexico. He worked as a Welder and a Welding Inspector for El Paso Natural Gas for 31 years and as a contract Welding Inspector for 8 years. He also served in the National Guard for 4yrs. He was a member of Indian Hills Baptist Church in Silver City, NM. He is survived by his wife, Margo Gould, his children, Mechelle Gould, Lance Gould, Mark and wife, Dawn Gould, Melissa Kieser, his brothers, Calvin Gould and wife, Gracie, Gerald Gould and wife, Judy, his grandchildren, Zoe Gould, Stella Fejes, Malaney Gould, Sydney Fejes, Chance Gould, Maxton Gould, and Edith Fejes, and Tiffany Baugh and her children, Mark, Paul, and Jackson. Pallbearers: Lance Gould, Mark Gould, Sydney Fejes, Maxton Gould, Brett Off, and Cody Off. The Funeral was on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:00am, with a viewing from 10-11am. The location was at La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home, 555 West Amador, Las Cruces NM, 88005, with the burial at Mason Cemetary. Arrangements were with La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home, 555 West Amador Las Cruces, NM 88005. To sign the online guestbook visit www.LaPaz-Grahams.com.
1943 - 2016 Obituary
Gary Sower, born July 31, 1943, passed peacefully on December 4, 2016. Gary was born in Honolulu, HI to parents Milton and Ethel Sower. He grew up helping his family in their ranching business in southern Colorado and northern NM. He received a BS in Physics from New Mexico Tech, an MS in Physics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D in Atmospheric Physics from New Mexico Tech. He worked 30 plus years for EG&G, Inc. in Albuquerque, retiring in 2005. Gary loved the outdoors and nature, and spent much of his life skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and gardening. Gary is survived by his wife, Sarah; sons Daniel and his wife, Monica, and Thomas; grandchildren, Landon and Brooklyn, all of Albuquerque. Also survived by his sister, Kathryn and husband, Tommy; and brother, Carl and wife, Leslie, all of Belen, NM; as well as many other family and friends. Services were held Thursday, December 8, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at FRENCH Lomas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Presbyterian Hospice through the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, PO Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125. Please visit the online guestbook for Gary. Published in Albuquerque Journal from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2016.
Rebecca Valencia Elfmont died on July 16, 2017 after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 74 years old. Rebecca was born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico, the daughter of Peter Joe Valencia and Fedelina Trujillo Valencia. Her siblings are Peter Valencia Jr., a field representative for Representative Ben Lujan; Eugene Valencia, owner of Valencia Insulation; and Linda Valencia Martinez, an artist and craftswoman who lives in Albuquerque. Rebecca was blessed to have three wonderful children: Lena Elfmont of Los Angeles, Suzannah Modzelewski and her husband Dan of Phoenix, and Tomas Elfmont and his wife Samantha of Washington D.C. In addition, Rebecca loved her grandchildren Mattilyn, Samantha and Thomas. Rebecca also left behind her special friend and companion of long duration, Dr. Jon Hurd whom she loved very much. Rebecca will dearly miss all those in her life. Rebecca learned early in life that she loved to read, and it served her well. She received a Bachelor's of Science from the University of New Mexico, a Master's Degree from New Mexico State University and a second Masters from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She was a special educator for over 40 years in California and New Mexico and always strove to help those in need. In addition, Rebecca had what could only be described as an unusual sense of humor and affinity for the arts. In the final stage of life she said dying was "for the birds". You never knew what to expect when opening a closet in her house, which was often filled with gag gifts or macabre masks. Rebecca's children thought her pottery and art projects were weird beyond belief, but they embodied a spirit of life, a streak of independence and defiance, which made her stridently unique. Rebecca's Rosary was at 7pm Aug. 3 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Farmington. A funeral mass & luncheon followed the next day at 10am. Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 30, 2017
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