The only thing Cliff liked better than making new friends was visiting with old ones. On Saturday morning May 4, he went to make many new friends and to be reunited with old ones and with family who had gone ahead.
Clifton "Cliff" Milburn was born Nov. 14, 1937, to Joe and Albina Milburn of Dime Box, Texas, where he grew up. After high school, he attended Blinn Junior College before spending a tour of duty in the U.S. Army
. Afterward, he attended the Texas Highway Patrol Academy and was assigned to the El Paso area where he met and married the mother of his two sons. During the late 1970s, his family moved to Cloudcroft where he purchased the Texaco service station. Later he got his real-estate license and spent many years in that field - one that provided the opportunity to make many new friendships that lasted throughout his lifetime.
He joined the Minutemen when that organization was in its infancy. And he also helped it grow and become a factor in securing the borders along the New Mexico-eastern Arizona borders.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Donna, of the family home, his sons, Joe Milburn of Dallas, Texas, and Carl Milburn of Haskell, Texas. Carl's wife, Lisa, and their family includes daughter Crystal and Mike Casey and children Katelyn and Jake of Rule, Texas, daughter, Dacia and Brent Carter and children Haleigh and Ryan of Edmond, Okla., son, Geoff and Chelsea Phemister and children Braylee and Brooks of Canyon, Texas, and daughter Deshea and Doug Sorrels of Haskell, Texas. He is also survived by stepchildren Les and Joy Black and family, Randy, Chris and Allie, Stacie and Kevin and seven grandchildren, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; Linda and Doug Blake of Alamogordo and children David and Jessica Swan and children Elias and Lucia of Albuquerque, Kendra and Andrew Cox and children Aubriana and Baylynn of Okinawa, Japan, and Taylor Blake of Alamogordo; Kenneth and Rachel Black and children Amber and Mike Martinez and children Jereme and Ciara, Tyler Black and daughter Amaya, Nick Lynch and Morgan Black, all of Alamogordo; Donald and Annette Black and children Scottie Gallardo of Denver and Riley and Cassidy Black of Las Cruces. His is also survived by his sister, Joyce and Jimmy Hoffman and family of Cedar Creek, Texas, and his brother Donnie and Mickey Milburn and family of Lexington, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother and his constant companion, Foxy.
In 2005, Cliff made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, was baptized by his son, Carl, and joined Christ Community Church, where he reveled in his new-found joy.
His life centered around his church and the friendships he found there. He often expressed the happiness his new life brought, and he was always eager to share his testimony of how God healed him instantly from many years of unmanageable pain.
Cliff will be missed by his immediate family as well as his church family and his countless friends.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to all those who supported Cliff through his 10-month-long battle with the results of a major stroke. He never lost his zest for life.
Memorial services for Cliff Milburn will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Christ Community Church with pastor Jack Brock officiating.
The Milburn family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org