John William Begg, Jr. "Johnny," left us on June 28, 2013 at the age of 19, in Dulce. He was born smiling April 10, 1994, to John and Tonya Begg, in Farmington.
He was an adventurous kid with the mind of a prankster, the playful soul of a clown, and the headstrong will to match the men he admired. Johnny was very much a diamond in the rough, taking every chance he got to sparkle. He was a true ""April Baby"" through and through. He had an amazing talent for drawing and a remarkable way with creatures, fur, finned, feathered, or scaled. He had spent a recent amount of time in California, working alongside his father and uncles learning the ins and outs of the family knife business and was affectionately known as one of the ""Rugrats"". The time he spent there will be a cherished memory for many. He was passionate about so many things, from his family and friends, to his tattoos and favorite music.
We have always said that he never met a stranger. He could talk to a wall…and find a way to make it talk back!! He was known for doing things his own way, in his own time. He left us while fulfilling his wish to ""get dirty one more time"" working on the rig with his older brother. There are so many memories, stories, and precious moments that we always treasure, but we are so blessed to have been given 19 years with him.
Waiting to welcome him home are his grandparents, Bill Begg and Johnny Cunningham, Ann and Darance Ackerman, Leota Colley, Grace and Chas Cunningham, and Mertle Strom and his uncle, Robert (UB) Skaggs. He is survived by his parents, John and Tonya, grandmothers, Penny Colley, of California and Mary Carol Cunningham of Farmington, siblings, Jeramy (Chelsi) Espinosa of Alaska, Jeren (Brandy) Espinosa, Jaade (Steve) Plante, Justen (Jamie) Espinosa, Jenner Begg, and Jensyn Begg (Dustin Valadez) all of Farmington; his beloved nieces and nephews, Daren and Ashlyn Espinosa, Jereth Espinosa, Sheyla, Skylnn, Saige, and Sehvanna Espinosa, Jhae, Justin, Jr., Joey, and Janeice Espinosa. Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Todd and Bernie Begg of California, Tangela and Jake Hayes of Farmington, Tiffany Cunningham of Farmington, and Mark and Diana Skaggs of California. He also leaves behind numerous cousins and many friends, and his beloved dog, ""Yukon"".
We will miss your laughter, your smile, and your presence in our lives.
""Hey don't wait for me there, just find your own way. Hey don't wait for me there, cuz I'll be there soon enough."" ""Crossing Over"" lyrics by 5 Finger Death Punch.
Visitation will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 5, at Bethany Christian Church, 711 E. 30th St. in Farmington.
Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with interment in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jeramy Espinosa, Jeren Espinosa, Justen Espinosa, Jenner Begg, Jensyn Begg, Jaade Plante, Tonya Begg and John Begg.
Honorary Pallbearers are Jereth Pollock, Todd Begg, Mark Skaggs, Dylan Spencer, Harley Jessie James, Nick Haley and Brandon Defenbaugh.
John'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.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from July 2 to July 8, 2013