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Aubrey L. Dunn Sr. passed away on Aug. 23, 2012 at the family home in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was born in Alamogordo, N.M. on March 25, 1928 to A.L. Dunn and Irma (Shields) Dunn. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Betty Jo (McClendon) Dunn, his brother Bill Dunn and his wife Pat of Hobbs New Mexico, three children; Aubrey L. Dunn Jr. and his wife Robin of Lincoln County, N.M., Kelly O. Dunn and his wife Debbie of Las Cruces, N.M. and Jeree Stambaugh and her husband Jeff of Wichita Falls; 6 grandchildren, A. Blair Dunn of Albuquerque, N.M., Jamie Dunn of Albuquerque, Jed Dunn of Las Cruces, Katie Danner and her husband Matt of Albuquerque, Perry Dunn and his wife Nicole of Beaverton, Ore., Ben and Anna Stambaugh of Wichita Falls, and two great granddaughters, Harper Dunn and Addie Danner. Aubrey (also known as the Ole Apple Picker) and Betty Jo raised their family at Dunn's Cider Mill Farm in High Rolls Mountain Park, N.M. The Dunns were known for their hospitality, self-pick wormy apples, and scenic farm. Aubrey's business career started as business manager for the Alamogordo Daily News, where he later became partner with Billie Holder and continued as partners after the Daily News sold in 1983. Aubrey started his political career in 1954 as the Otero County Assessor and was elected to the New Mexico State Senate for Otero County in 1965. During his 15 years in the Legislature, Aubrey worked tirelessly for the citizens of New Mexico as chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee. His legacy can be credited to the financial health of New Mexico today and seen in the school equalization formula; therefore, helping struggling small schools throughout the state. Aubrey was instrumental in establishing the state severance tax fund which saved our oil and gas revenues to work into the future for his grandchildren and great grandchildren to make the state as solvent as it is today. He was a candidate in the Democratic Primary for governor in 1982. Aubrey was a member of Faith Village Church of Christ in Wichita Falls and through the years received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including Alamogordo Citizen of the Year. He played a significant role in the establishment of the International Space Hall of Fame and the naming of Aubrey Dunn Visitor Center. He also was a past president of the New Mexico Amigos. Over the past 16 years, Aubrey has fought a battle of multiple Myeloma cancer. He and Betty Jo have been passing out One Day at a Time cards and pens to friends and people they have met along the way. Memorial services will be held at Cuba Avenue Church of Christ in Alamogordo on Sept. 1, 2012 at 10 a.m. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Star Fish Foundation, helping children in Indonesia, Haiti and Sudan, P.O. Box 3696, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301 or New Mexico Christian Children's Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130. The Dunn family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 29, 2012
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