Arthur J. "“A.J.”" Price(1925-2013)

Arthur J. "A.J." Price, 88, of Westridge Road, Carlsbad, N.M., passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Landsun Homes.
There will be no visitation; cremation will take place. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Landsun Otto Chapel with Chaplain Sammie Ellis officiating. Interment will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, N.M. Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Arthur J. "A.J." Price was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Clovis, N.M., to Ed and Pearl (Reed) Price. He moved to Artesia, N.M., as a young boy. A.J. attended Artesia schools and played guard on the Bulldogs State Champion basketball team. He joined the Marines soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and spent a considerable amount of time in China. A.J. was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart.
After returning home from WWII, he worked for PCA and was active in organizing the unions for the mines. A.J. was also active with Carlsbad politics. After his retirement from PCA, he owned and operated the Sands Bar for a while. He will be remembered for his warm smile and steel blue eyes. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vera Price; sons: Steven Ray Price and Arthur Scott Price; grandsons: Craig Price and Robbie Young; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors are two sons: Reed Price and wife, Belinda of Carlsbad, N.M., and Jimmy Elwell of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three daughters: Brenda Campbell and husband, Mike of Artesia, N.M., Debby Ballard and husband, Harley of Carlsbad, N.M., and Paula Elwell of Ruidoso, N.M.; six grandchildren: Leslie Frintz, Arthur R. Price, Stephanie Canon, Kellie J. White, Garrett Price and Donnie Gibson; numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister, Kathleen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be past PCA employees and Trust Committee. Condolences may be expressed at

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Denton-Wood Funeral Home
1001 North Canal Street Carlsbad, NM 88220
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Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on May 23, 2013