Carl L. Roberts, 75, of Mesilla Park, peacefully passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at La Posada-Mesilla Valley Hospice surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Las Cruces on May 14, 1938, to Richard L. and Marion Pauline Roberts of Brazito; the eldest of two sons. Carl was married to the love of his life, Jackie Bullard Roberts, on Nov. 1, 1958 in Mesilla Park. They were married for 55 years. To this union, five children were born, and survive him; Susan (Roy) Garcia of Las Cruces, Barbara (Dan) Gross of Los Lunas, New Mexico, Robin (James) Widner of Melrose, New Mexico, Jeff Roberts and Jason Roberts, both also of Las Cruces. Carl graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1956 and from NMSU with a master's degree in 1965. He was employed at the Agronomy and Horticulture Department at NMSU for 35 years as a research agronomist. After his retirement, he worked for the USDA Cotton Ginning Laboratory as a consultant for 11 years. Over the years he experimented with breeds of cotton, chile, pecans, grapes, crambe and many other crops. His research and his family were his passions. Carl also enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, exploring and spending time with his grandkids. Carl was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James C. Roberts, and his father-in-law, Jack Bullard. He is survived by his wife and children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Grace Bullard, and sisters-in-law, Linda (Herb) Hearon and Margaret Rigsby and their families of El Paso, Texas. The family would like to thank Dr. Constance Wash and her staff, the staff at MountainView Regional Medical Center and the staff at Mesilla Valley Hospice, as well as all blood donors for the gift of life and for letting us have our husband, dad, papa, uncle and friend a little bit longer. The family would like to extend an invitation to Carl's Memorial Service on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Baca's Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road. 527-2222 For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.
Baca's Funeral Chapels
300 East Boutz Las Cruces, NM 88004
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 14, 2014