Bill L. Sadler, 63, of Tanoan Court, Carlsbad, N.M., passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, at his home.
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A celebration of his life was held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2012, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Randy Land officiating. Denton-Wood Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Bill L. Sadler was born Dec. 3, 1948, in Carlsbad, N.M., to Billy F. and Lovenia (Lee) F. Sadler. He graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1966, later attending New Mexico Highlands University. In 1976, he became the first person to obtain a degree in police science from NMSU-C. Bill married Christy McAnally on Dec. 20, 1969, here in Carlsbad.
Bill began his law-enforcement career in 1970 as a jailer for the Eddy County Sheriff's Department, later serving as field deputy and administrative captain. In 1974, he began working for the Carlsbad Police Department as a patrol officer later holding positions as sergeant and lieutenant. In 1980, he entered the detective division as a sergeant, retiring in 1991 as detective captain. Later that same year, he began serving the first of three terms in the New Mexico Judicial System, being appointed as the presiding Magistrate Judge for Eddy County in 1995. Prior to his retirement from the bench in 2002, he received the prestigious Liberty Bell Award from the Eddy County Bar Association in recognition of his lifetime of service to the law. Bill completed several courses with the New Mexico Judicial Education Center as well as National Judicial College, where he later served as a faculty advisor. He was also a member of the Carlsbad Rotary Club and First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy F. Sadler.
He is survived by his wife, Christy Sadler of Carlsbad, N.M., son, Kevin Sadler and wife, Jamie of Bristow, Va.; twin granddaughters, Addison and Ainsely Sadler; mother, Lee Sadler and Wayne Carlson of Carlsbad, N.M.; brother, Joe Sadler of Reseda, Calif.; and mother- and father-in-law, Edna and Ed McAnally of Carlsbad, N.M.
Memorial contributions may be made to
, P.O. Box 1856, Clovis, NM 88101, First Baptist Church Building Fund, 112 N. Alameda St., Carlsbad, NM 88220 or a
. Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home
1001 North Canal Street
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus from June 18 to June 19, 2012