Daniel "Dan" Floyd Antes, age 96, while surrounded by family, went home to be with our Lord on March 6th, 2008 at Mountain View Hospital . He was a resident of Las Cruces since 1958. Dan was born December 30th, 1911 in Evansville , Indiana to Daniel Webster Antes and Lyda Wells Antes. He met the love of his life, Pearleen Martell Smith in Paducah , Texas while he was a geophysics engineer for Humble Oil (later Exxon-Mobile). They were married December 22nd, 1938 and celebrated nearly 63 years as loving husband and wife. Pearleen preceded him in death October, 2001.
Dan was a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He played an active role in his children's lives and education. He and Pearleen provided college educations for their three children and their grandchildren. He and Pearleen partnered with Exxon-Mobile in contributions to NMSU. He was a Christian man and a member of the First Baptist Church of Las Cruces where he taught Sunday School and coached championship church league baseball teams. In Farmington , New Mexico he helped build and served at Highland Baptist Church . He was an avid fan of baseball and in his youth he participated in sandlot games and was a member of a minor league team in Kansas City , MO. This interest followed him throughout his life.
Growing up in Kansas City he was never without a job, always seizing what few opportunities that existed during the lean years of World War I and The Great Depression. Graduating from high school and with little possibility of college, he became an employee of Humble Oil Company in 1935, an opportunity which changed the direction of his life, opening doors to a successful career that lasted almost 30 years. His work as a geophysics engineer in petroleum exploration carried him from Eastern Louisiana throughout Texas and New Mexico . The Humble Oil Engineering crew required frequent moves that took he and the growing family to many small towns. Where ever the family settled a wonderful home was created with all the comforts to make the family happy and secure. He retired from Humble Oil Company in 1963 and began a new career with the City of Las Cruces as the first Chief Codes Enforcement Officer. He was instrumental in modernizing and revitalizing the city's downtown district. He retired from the City of Las Cruces in 1976 but remained a building inspector for the VA/FHA until recent years. His life's stories and adventures were detailed and colorful, and were recounted numerous times to the delight of his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Carrine and Dorothy and his wife Pearleen. He is survived by his loving family: daughters Carolyn Antes Moore (husband Lonnie), Deanna Marble New (husband Don) and son, Daniel Floyd Antes II (wife Carniece), all of Las Cruces . Other survivors are his grandchildren: a much loved and special granddaughter, Stacey Leigh Marble, grandsons, Jason Scott New (wife Tina), James Elliott Moore, Dorian Lindsey Antes, Dustin Lane Antes, all of Las Cruces and Robert Lynn Moore of Albuquerque. The great joys of his later years were his great-grandchildren: Taylor Nicole New, Jaysen Cooper New and Kaitlin Marie New. His sweet spirit, sense of humor and joy of life will be deeply missed by his family and all who loved him. He is also survived by nephews and nieces.
A graveside funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, March 8th, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery 5140 West Picacho where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife. Dr. Maurice Hollingsworth, First Baptist Church minister, will officiate.
Pallbearers are Daniel Floyd Antes II, Lonnie Ray Moore, James Elliott Moore, Dorian Lindsey Antes, Dustin Lane Antes and Jason Scott New. Honorary pallbearers are Donald Ray New and Robert Lynn Moore.
Dan's family would like to express sincere thanks to the medical staff of 3rd floor-West at Mountain View Hospital , to Dr. Angelica Caglia and Dr. Kamran Kamali for their tireless efforts on his behalf. Their comfort and guidance will never be forgotten. Special thanks to dear friends, First Baptist Church and Adult IV Sunday School for their prayers and support.
Services have been entrusted to the care of La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home 555 West Amador Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005.