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Parker, Irving - Silver City  
Irving Fredrick Parker, 89, a resident of Mimbres, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, June 19, 2016 at University Medical Center in El Paso, TX. He was born April 23, 1927 in Watertown, MA to Irving Fredrick Parker and Margaret Belcher Parker. Irv was an adventurer and loved nature. As a young man he would work with his grandfather, fishing in the waters surrounding Boston. As a teen he spent an entire summer in the forest of northern New York. He joined the US Navy for a year and later transferred to the US Army. He was stationed in Germany as a surveyor. He met the love of his life in Germany sking in the Alps, his wife Chris. They moved several times between Germany and El Paso (Ft. Bliss). He fell in love with the Southwest. After raising four children and retiring he moved to his favorite fishing hole-Mimbres, NM. He spent the next 30 years enjoying hiking, fishing, mule rides, his friends and family. He leaves us better people knowing him. He is survived by one son, Irving David Parker of Las Cruces; two daughters, Audrey Jean Baker and husband Tim of Mimbres; Christine Margaret Roberts and husband Richard; seven grandchildren, Anthony, Christy, Jamie, Tommy, Katy, Johnny and Kristel; four great-grandchildren, Audrey, Elena, Connor and David. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Chris who died five years ago, one son, John Thomas Parker. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 25 at 11am at Rio Mimbres Baptist Church 29 Cactus Dr. Mimbres, NM. 88049. Come help us celebrate his life. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory "Trusted care for the one you love" ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 24, 2016
Woodward, Gerald - Graham  
Gerald Edwin "Jerry" Woodward, 82, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Abilene. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Morrison Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home. Jerry was born January 2, 1934 in Hatch, New Mexico to the late Clinton B. and Iris Elizabeth (Zant) Woodward. He married Barbara Elaine Kurtz June 14, 1953 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jerry was a veteran of the United States Army and owned and operated Woodward Lumber Company. He moved to Graham in 1998 from Las Cruces and moved to Abilene in 2013. Survivors include: wife, Barbara Woodward of Abilene; son, Gary Woodward and wife, Dana of Ruidoso, NM; daughter, Stephanie Lang and husband, Brett of San Angelo; son-in-law, Larry Teaff of Graham; son, John Zant of Lafayette, LA; brother, C.B. Woodward, Jr. of Las Cruces, NM; sister, Sylvia Merritt of Las Cruces, NM; grandchildren, Derrick Woodward and Mary Cathryn, Esther Early and Stephen, Gail Gomez and Eric, Ty Lang and Jackie, Charity Lang, Jessi Stumpf and Kris and Tanner Teaff; 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Terri Lynn Teaff. Visitation will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Oak Street Baptist Church Missions or Fellowship of Christian Athletes, P.O. Box 3711, San Angelo, TX 76902.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 24, 2016

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Araiza, Filemon - Las Cruces  
Our dear father, grandfather, and friend, Filemon Enriquez Araiza, age 94, of Anthony passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family just five weeks after his beloved wife, Carmen of sixty-six years. Filemon was born March 8, 1922 in Camacho, Zacatecas, Mexico to Isidro and Bernarda Enriquez Araiza. He came to the United States to work and provide a better life for his family. Mr. Araiza traveled around the states working through the Bracero program in places such as: Chicago, IL; Tacoma, WA; etc. At one point he also worked in the mines in Silver City, NM. He finally settled in the Mesilla Valley where he brought his family and worked as a farm laborer. His wife often shared stories of how farmers in the valley were always seeking him out to employ him because he was a very dedicated and hard worker. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. Survivors include three daughters, Rachel M. Wallace (Jack), Dr. Letty Mora and Lori Araiza; five grandchildren, Jeanette Edwards (Eddie), Jennifer Zapata (Ruben), Jeanine Yañez (Richard), Cynthia Cirello (Tom), and Jesus Mora as well as eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen Adame Araiza on May 11, 2016, a granddaughter, Joyce Olivas and son-in-law, Joe Mora, Sr. Visitation for Mr. Araiza will begin at 2 PM Friday, June 24, 2016 in St. Anthony Catholic Church, 224 Lincoln Street in Anthony where the Prayer Vigil is scheduled for 3 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow immediately thereafter with Reverend Andres Alava Celebrant. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow in Anthony Catholic Cemetery where he will be laid to rest alongside his wife in the family plot. Serving as casket bearers will be Ruben and Joel Zapata, Richard and Angel Yañez, Cristian Rangel and Jesus Mora. Honorary bearers will be Jeff "Eddie" Edwards, Tom Cirello, Richard, Jr and Serena Yañez, Zarahi Zapata and Isabella and Zachary Cirello. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces, 300 E. Boutz Road. 527-2222. For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 23, 2016
Hillman, Joan - Las Cruces  
Life celebration service for Joan Marie Hillman, 84, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, will be Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Joan was born November 5th, 1931, in Zephyr, TX, to H.J "Bob" and Elladale Crockett. Joan had three older brothers – Bobby, Dale and Ralph – and one younger brother Billy. In 1932, Joan's parents moved the family to Mullin, TX, where they survived the depression leasing farm land until 1943. Bob and Elladale again moved the family, this time to Odessa, TX, where Joan graduated from Odessa High School in 1949. She then attended Tarleton State College and was later employed by Gulf Oil Company. While growing up in Mullin, TX, she became acquainted with Jim Hillman when they were just in grade school. Their first official date, however, was not until 1949 and they dated off and on for several years. Jim attended Texas A&M, and following graduation, Jim and Joan were married on July 21st, 1952. Shortly after graduation, Jim was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force, where he served three years during the Korean War. In 1956, Jim was hired by Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Joan worked as the Associate Administrator for the NM State Fair, and later as the Operations Manager, retiring in 1988, after 32 years of dedicated service. During their years in Albuquerque, they were blessed with and raised three children, Steven (now deceased), Kenneth and Laura. Jim and Joan served the Lord faithfully at Hoffmantown Baptist Church. Joan was a Sunday school teacher for adults and children and was also very active with women's Bible Study Fellowship. In the late 1980's, the Lord led them to move to Las Cruces, NM. Upon arriving in Las Cruces, Jim and Joan joined First Baptist Church and became very active. Joan served in the Women's Mission Society and in the ladies quilt group, designing and sewing quilts for terminally ill church members. Joan also served as a member of the church Decoration Committee and as the Secretary/Treasurer of their adult Bible Study class. Of her many areas of service to the Lord and others, Joan's greatest joy and no doubt what she will be remembered for the most was supporting the Living Christmas Tree program where she worked hand-in-hand with the Music Minister in designing and making clothing and banners for the participants. The morning of June 18th, 2016, the Lord chose to bring Joan home, to the place He has prepared for all of us to share with Him. Joan is survived by her husband, James T. Hillman, children Kenneth Hillman, Laura and Ron Farmer, grand-children Travis and Jenna Hillman, Josh and Mandi Farmer and Amanda Farmer, great-grandchildren Mckinley and Kyler Farmer and Charlee Raye Hillman. Joan is preceded in death by her son, J. Steven Hillman. Graveside service to be held Friday, July 8th, 2016, at 10:00 AM. Sandia Memorial Gardens, 9500 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87113. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces NM 88001. To Sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 23, 2016
Sandoval, Matthew - Las Cruces  
It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Matthew Sandoval, 50, called home on June 19, 2016. Matt was originally from Alamogordo, NM and graduated from Alamogordo High School class of 1984. He then moved to and has lived in Las Cruces for the past 27 years. Those left to mourn Matt's passing are his parents Angie and Lou Sandoval, of Alamogordo. His wife, Kerry Sandoval of Las Cruces, their 3 sons: Majo his wife Ashleigh, Tyler, and Tres and their grandson Kolton Sandoval, his sister Cathy Ellison and husband Rex. Other survivors include numerous in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Services will be held in Dona Ana, New Mexico at Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church on Friday, June 24, 2016. Rosary will be held at 9:30 A.M. followed by funeral mass at 10:00 A.M.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 23, 2016

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Coker, Terry - Las Cruces  
Terry P. Coker passed away on June 1, 2016. Terry was comforted by family during his illness and at the time of his passing. He was born in Silver City, NM on Jan 28, 1945. He lived in Tucson AZ for a few years, where he toured with the Tucson Boys Choir, then moved to Flagstaff AZ, where he worked with his father Hollis in commercial construction and graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1963. Terry enlisted in the US Air Force after high school and served his country in Vietnam. After his military service, Terry rejoined his father in construction, acting as general superintendent for H.T. Coker Construction and then Aquatech. After obtaining his general contractor's license, Terry established his own commercial construction company in Las Cruces, NM. He eventually went to work as the construction manager for New Mexico State University and subsequently Las Cruces Public Schools. What marked Terry throughout his life was his love of family, appreciation for his friends, and belief in service to mankind. Terry was clear about his love for his wife Diane and how she complemented and enhanced his journey. One of his greatest joys was the pride he had in his sons Colin and Travis, and his grandchildren Terri, Robyn, Aaron, Erika, Logan, Hector, and Leo. Terry began reading voraciously in his youth and never stopped. He obtained a wealth of knowledge on many subjects and always enjoyed intelligent conversation. He never stopped learning and always stayed well informed not only about his career field but also current events. One of his greatest passions was music. Whether writing it, playing it on the guitar or piano, or listening to many favorites, music was always a lifelong companion. Terry is also survived by his younger brother Jeff, and sisters Beth and Tracy. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Getz Funeral Home at 10 am. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces NM 88001. To Sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 22, 2016
Young, Mary - Bastrop  
Mary Josephine Young, age 90, was born December 13, 1925 in Rankin, Texas to Robert & Etta Stephenson. Jo was called home June 16, 2016 in Bastrop, Texas, surrounded by her daughter and loved ones who cherish her memory. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Virgil Young, Lt. Col. USAF (retired), her son Stephen Andrew Young, and her son-in-law, David Landers. Jo is survived by her sister, Bennie English, and brother, Ray Stephenson; daughters, Jeanne Landers of Bastrop, Texas and the Rev. Andrea Andress of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren, Joel Andress, Nathan Andress, and Melanie Perry, as well as nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. The family appreciates the care offered by Kindred at Home Hospice during her final days. She will be interred with Virgil at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice in Jo's name.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 22, 2016

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Casares, Mario - Silver City  
Mario Casares was called by the Lord on June 17, 2016. He was born in Silver City, New Mexico, on January 19, 1932, to Enriqueta and Arturo Casares. He served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1951-1954 on the McCoy Reynolds DE-440. When returning to Silver City, he married Beatrice Trujillo in July 28, 1956. He worked various jobs until being hired at Phelps Dodge where he spent most of his time in Tyrone and a few years in Morenci. He retired from Phelps Dodge in 1997. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed working on his yard. Mario was a gentle soul and a man of few words who would do anything for anyone. He will be greatly missed. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arturo and Enriqueta Bermudez Casares. He is survived by his loving wife Beatrice of the family home; one daughter, Denise Bartlett and husband Don of Ft. Collins, CO; three grandchildren, Brian Bartlett and wife Beth of Greenlee, CO; Amanda Kaczmarek and husband Nate of Ft. Collins, CO; Andrea Hannah and husband Walter of Raleigh, NC; three great grandchildren, Arianna, Riley and Layla; two brothers, Ruben Casares and wife Janie of Santa Ana, CA; Edmundo Casares and wife Lupe of Silver City; one sister, Gloria Cota and husband Sal of Tucson, AZ and many close family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Amalia Silva and Belia Quintana; four brothers, Paul, Ben and Baldo Casares and Willie Bermudez. The holy rosary will be recited on Friday, June 24 at 9am at St. Francis Newman Center with Deacon Jerry Miller. The funeral mass will follow at 9:30am at St. Francis Newman with Father Jarek Nowacki officiating. Concluding services inurnment will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery with full military honors. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfunralchapel.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 21, 2016
Clark, John Robert - Las Cruces  
It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. John Robert Clark, 85 of Las Cruces, New Mexico, died May 11, 2016. John was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years, Frances Clark, by his parents Morris Tracy Clark and Frances May Peele Clark, and by his sister Martha Clark. Born on September 30, 1930 in Richmond, Indiana, John attended Richmond High School. He graduated from Earlham College in 1950. He obtained both his Masters degree and PHD in Psychology at Purdue University. As a member of Sigma XI since 1958, he could often be heard to sing the Purdue Football Fighting Song and remained a devoted fan. John's career included working as a psychologist at the VA Hospital in Indiana, the State of New Mexico Mental Hospital and as Deputy Chairman of the Psychology Department at the University of Otago, in New Zealand. In 1964 he began a career in teaching and research at the University of New Mexico at Highlands. He was a board member of the NM psychological Association. A student, who assisted John, as an EMT described Professor Clark as "a really good teacher". John published many papers in the field of psychology and paranormal beliefs. John retired in 1992. He taught chess and did public speaking on a variety of subjects. Several of his chess students have won awards. One of his chess students at the Munson Center, Manuel Arellano, has started a chess instruction group and now teaches seventy students. Manuel calls this John's legacy. Dr. Clark is survived by his brother Tracy P. Clark, his sister Cynthia Corsi, his nieces Julie F. Homyak, Missy McMinn, Kimberly Poley, Shelley McManus, Kitty DeFreeuw, Sue Anne Schmeda, Cheryl Corsi, and nephews Tracy R. Clark, David Corsi, and James Nagel. He also has six great nieces and eight great nephews. John was a great lover of history, politics, college football and his dog "Laddie". An expert of the game of chess, he won many awards including 1st place in the Oklahoma City Open Chess Association in 1973. We greatly miss John and his wonderful stories and sense of humor. Heartfelt appreciation goes to Stephen Tashiro, for his many years of friendship and advocacy. Thank you also goes from the family to all those who took loving care of John during his extended illness. The family cannot express enough, their gratitude for everyone's help and kindness toward John. A memorial service will be held on John's birthday, September 30th, 2016 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 518 North Alameda Boulevard, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005 at 1:00 pm.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 21, 2016
Lujan, Joe - Las Cruces  
Joe M. Lujan, 83, long time resident of Las Cruces, entered eternal rest Friday June 17 at Mountain View Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family. "How can we express our love For this giant we all know Who now has joined the angels Where God want to go Gentle giants don't come in bunches As flowers sometimes do We are lucky in a lifetime To meet just one or two Tis not to morn his passing Remember how tall he stood His life was no mere promise He gave the best he could Each life has its promise A rose garden isn't one Reward comes to only those Who work till task is done" -Unknown author To celebrate his life, visitation will be held in the evening, Wednesday June 22, 2016 at 6 o'clock in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 1240 S. Espina Street in Las Cruces, followed by Prayer Vigil at 7 o'clock. The Funeral Mass will be held in the morning, Thursday June 23, 2016 at 10 o'clock at Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Rite of Committal and Interment with Military Honors at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens 5140 W. Picacho Avenue. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Martha Ludwig Lujan and his two daughters that thought the world of him, Marlene Lujan Thompson, husband Joe of Los Lunas, and Lucinda Lujan Rivas, fiancé Peter E. Duran of Las Cruces. He had 5 beautiful grandchildren, Brandy Samaniego, husband Ignacio Castillo of Los Lunas; Kelly Fischer, husband Alexander of Albuquerque; Amanda Jo Rivas and companion James Vaccaro of Albuquerque; Tyler Rivas and Jace Rivas of Las Cruces; and 3 great-grandchildren: Juanito, Mallory, and Santiago "Beso." He also leaves behind brother, JJ Lujan; sisters, Beatrice "Lilia" Martinez, Jovita Madrid, Rosa Archuleta, husband Enrique, and Mercy Smith, husband William "Bill." Along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Maria Lujan; brother, Roque Lujan; sisters, Albertina Barela and Rosalie Carrillo all of Las Cruces. Joe was born in Mesilla, on December 29, 1932. At the age of 5, the Lujan Family purchased a farm in Hill, NM, just north of Las Cruces where he was raised and lived until his death. Joe is a graduate of Las Cruces High School where is participated in FFA and was an accomplished athlete in basketball and baseball. Shortly after high school, Joe was drafted into the United States Army (1954), sent to basic training at Ft. Bliss, the was sent overseas to Mainz, Germany with the 259th Missile Battalion. He proudly served until given an Honorable Discharge due to the death of his father. It was one month later that he met his soulmate and loving wife, Martha. He proposed on her high school graduation day and they were married a short time later on September 22, 1956. Joe and his brothers, Roque and JJ took over the family farm where they planted various crops, but earned their fame for being one of the 1st to sell New Mexico long green chile. Lujan Farms had the longest U-Pick farm in the Mesilla Valley where many generations picked their own fresh green chile and vegetables. Through this, Joe and the farm were featured on CNN's Headline News, The Associated Press wrote an article that was released in publications all over the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and had multiple interviews in local media. Along with his farming contributions, Joe managed two cooperative cotton gins for 31 years in Dona Ana and Mesilla. As an elected official, he served 2 terms as a Dona Ana County Commissioner (District 5) where he fought to revise ETZ ordinances for property owners and most notable, leading the fight against El Paso Electric seeking lower rates. After a year of litigation, a 10% rate reductions was negotiated. Joe also served as a President of the Mesilla Valley Ginner's Association, a member of NMSU Cotton Advisory Board and New Mexico Farm Bureau. In his younger years, he played baseball and managed the Dona Ana Dodger that acquired many fans that would follow the team. His love of sports continued through age. He was a devout Catholic and member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Our Lady of Purification. Despite his farming and professional accomplishments, to his family he was so much more. He was our rock, our light, our inspiration, protector and Hero. He expressed unconditional love for family, neighbors and friends, calling his sisters, brother, and dear friends daily. He would always greet you with a welcoming hand shake and good conversation. He was best known for his warm smile, giving spirit and hugs, he never met a stranger, and will be missed by many. Casket bearers will be Joe Thompson, Peter E. Duran, Ignacio Castillo, Alexander Fischer, James Vaccaro, Enrique "Kiki" Lujan, Robert "Bobby" Lujan, and Joe Val Barela. Honorary Pallbearers are William "Bill" Smith, Ernest Garcia, William Henry "Bill" Ludwig, Arthur Johnson, and Bill Garrett. The Lujan Family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces, 300 E. Boutz Road. 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care". For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
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