Grant R. Willis, 47, of Chico Street, Carlsbad, N.M., passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Lubbock Heart Hospital in Lubbock, Texas.
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Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dan Boyd officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Gardens Memorial Park, Carlsbad, N.M. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Grant R. Willis was born Sept. 13, 1965, in Carlsbad, N.M., to J.W. and Winnie June (Smelley) Willis. He graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1984, and then completed a degree in physical education from Highlands University. Grant taught school in Las Vegas, N.M., Animas, N.M., and Moriarity, N.M., before returning to Carlsbad. He then started his long time career with the Carlsbad Municipal Schools, where he taught and coached in many elementary schools.
Grant was very involved in his children's education and sporting events and never turned down the opportunity to be with them. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the Dallas Cowboys. Grant also owned and operated G.W. Enterprises and was a member of BPOE Elks No. 1558. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters: Patricia Ferris and Barbara Morales.
Survivors are four children: Jaykan Willis of Carlsbad, N.M., Bobbie-Dawn "Tae-Tae" Willis of Carlsbad, N.M., Brianna Johnson of Carlsbad, N.M., and Franky Johnson of Cordimdera, Calif.; sister, Sue Pagano and husband, Richard of Carlsbad, N.M.; and two brothers: Wes Willis of Santa Acacia, N.M., and Garry Willis and wife, Peggy of Albuquerque, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be David Pagano, Angelo Pagano, Todd Looney, Clifton Forni, Neil Christopher and Bryan Prouty. Honorary pallbearers are Wil Willis, Grant Wesley Willis, Zack Willis, Lewis Willis, Louis Aguilar and Brad Alpers.
Memorial contributions may be made to a fund of your choice at the Carlsbad Community Foundation, 114 S. Canyon St., Carlsbad, NM 88220. Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.
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Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus from July 21 to July 22, 2013