Mike Weatherly

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It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Mike Weatherly, 82, of Las Cruces, N.M. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, great-great-grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin, mentor and friend. He passed away on Aug. 27, 2012 in his home in Las Cruces, surrounded by his admiring family. He was born Jan. 16, 1930 in Waurika, Okla. to Rolla and Catherine Weatherly. He was raised by his loving sister, Fern, and her husband, Glen, in Ryan, Okla. after his mother passed away when he was 13 years old. It was in Ryan that he grew up across the street from, and fell in love with, Wilma Jo Betts, whom he has been proudly married to for 62 years. He took his first job delivering newspapers at age seven. He started driving at age 10 and eventually took his next job, during World War II, as a school bus driver at the age of 14. He bought and operated his own truck at the age of 19 and transported fresh fruit and vegetables. At age 20 he went to work for Haliburton in Snyder, Texas, cementing oil wells. Two years later he took a job with Standard Oil of California as a laborer and a natural gas plant operator. Simultaneously he began working at a dairy cow auction to supplement the income for his growing family. In 1960, at age 30, he opened a private sales yard for dairy replacement heifers, called CF&W Cattle Company, in Chino, Calif. By 1969 he also had a cattle truck business and had become a commercial broker selling ranches, farms and dairies. In 1973 he and five partners built Bright Star Dairy in Mesquite, N.M. In 1979 he and son, Michael, built Buena Vista Dairy, also in Mesquite. By 1982 he had sold the cattle broking business and moved to New Mexico, where he eventually bought and operated an additional dairy with son, Michael and daughter, Stacy. In 1990 he and a group of local businessmen bought the Bank of the Rio Grande. He remained on the board of directors at BRG for nine years. Mike also served on the boards for Dairy Farmers of America, two boards for United Dairymen Industry of America, and Milk Transport Service. After many years, he resigned from all six boards on the very same day. One of his true passions was horse racing. It began in 1986 when his son, Michael, gave him a quarter horse. On any given weekend during his 'retirement', one could find Mike at Sunland Park Racetrack or Ruidoso downs, betting the ponies or cheering on one of his own. Out of that passion eventually grew the Weatherly Horse Farm in Anthony, N.M. and a training center in Santa Teresa, N.M. Anyone who knew him could tell you Mike always honored his word. He was a mentor and leader for many in his community; business partners, family and friends alike. He was an icon of honesty and integrity. He is survived by his loving wife, Wilma; five children Michael, Johnny, Cathi, Sandy and Stacy; 16 grandchildren Michele, Joe, Clayton, Jennie, Christal, Jessie, Rae-Ann, Amy, Jeff, Kelly Jo, Kami, Ami, Thomas, Stephanie, Amanda and Christopher; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, as well as numerous extended family and loving friends. A visitation will be held on Thursday Aug. 30, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at Getz Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday Aug. 31, 2012 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church with entombment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Arrangement by Getz Funeral Home corner of Solano and Bowman Aves., Las Cruces, NM. 526-2419. To sign the local online guest book go to www.GetzCares.com.
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GETZ FUNERAL HOME - LAS CRUCES
1410 E. BOWMAN AVE.  LAS CRUCES, NM 88001
(575) 526-2419
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 30, 2012
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