William Lancaster

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William (Bill) Patrick Lancaster, 55, passed away July 31, 2012 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. He was born on Dec. 26, 1956 in Waukegan, Ill., the only child of Floyd Lancaster, Jr. and Mary Romero Lancaster Clark. Bill attended elementary and high school in both Reserve and Cliff, N.M. He proudly earned his Associates of Applied Sciences in Biomedical Electronics at Dona Ana Branch Community College of Las Cruces, N.M. Bill married Doris Elaine McConathy on June 7, 1985 in Deming, N.M. in a garden setting. Bill and Doris resided in the Silver City area for many years, before moving to Deming. Bill and Doris had two children Deborah Lynnette and Patrick Tyler. Throughout his life, Bill worked for Houston Lumber, the City of Deming, and Corre Caminos Transit. However, over 25 years was dedicated to the Chino Mines Division owned by Kennecott, Phelps Dodge, and Freeport McMoran Gold and Copper, where he was currently employed. Bill loved the outdoors, especially areas in the White Mountains, the Black Range and the Gila Wilderness, where he enjoyed hunting, camping, and fishing. He enjoyed archery and went to numerous 3-D competitions. He loved classic cars and attended many car shows throughout the southwest. He enjoyed feeling the wind in his face, as he drove a jeep, went four wheeling, or rode his motorcycle with his friend, Norm. He was known for his quirky sense of humor and always enjoyed a good laugh. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Rutilio and Sarah Romero; his father Floyd Lancaster; his stepfather Ralph Clark, and Paul Stagner; uncle, Larry Romero; aunt, Lydia Villejos; his father and mother-in-law, Boyce and Jewell McConathy; brothers-in-law, David William Wilson and John Edgar Murray III. Surviving him is his devoted, loving wife, Doris Lancaster, his daughter Deborah, and his son Patrick of Deming, N.M. His mother Mary R. Clark of Reserve, N.M.; his step-brother, Alan (Anne) Clark of Glendale, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Judy (Gary) Henley of Marana, Ariz., Kay Murray and Mary Wilson of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Becky (Bernard) Bartlett of Hurley, N.M.; an aunt Patsy (Gerri) Anaya of St. Johns, Arizona; uncles Wolford Romero of Phoenix, Ariz., Bernie (Helen) Romero of Albuquerque, N.M., Leroy (Clarinda) Romero of Los Lunas, N.M., and Fernie Romero of Reserve, N.M. Also surviving are numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, who loved and respected him. The family would like to thank Dr. Jose Hernandez, Dr. Bishnu Rauth, Dr. Raphael Fonseca, Mary Frosch R.N. and the nursing staff for their outstanding care and compassion during his brief fight against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at Mimbres Memorial Hospital, Memorial Medical Center, and The Mayo Clinic Hospital of Phoenix, Ariz. The family would also like to thank all of the friends and co-workers that have supported not only Bill, but his family during this very difficult time. Your kindness and compassion will be forever remembered and appreciated. A Memorial Service celebrating Bill's life will be held on Saturday August 25th at 2 p.m. at Baca's Funeral Chapel in Deming, N.M. with Pastor Mark Sprague and Lee Bouton officiating. Arrangements and cremation have been made through Best's Funeral Home of Peoria, Arizona and Baca's Funeral Chapel of Deming, N.M. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels. To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com. 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575.546.9671.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, 2012
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