Richard Lee Breazell died peacefully on Jan. 28, 2013. Richard was born on Nov. 28, 1946 in Las Cruces, N.M. Richard was overcome by stroke and kidney failure complications. He was the second child of five children of Willie and Inez Lois Breazell who preceded him in death. Richard was named after his uncle Richard "Dick" McCrimmon who perished with his entire family in an auto accident in the early 1950s near Deming, N.M. returning to California. Richard is a graduate of Las Cruces High School, class of 1966. Richard was a true "Bulldawg." During high school, Richard was known for athleticism in football, wrestling and track. Many of the wrestling and track state records remain unbeaten after nearly a half century. Richard attended Colorado University briefly in 1966. Richard returned to Las Cruces and later moved to in the San Francisco area of California. While in central California, Richard became the owner of a small cable TV installation company called Falcon Cable Company with over 75 employees and several million dollars in assets. Additionally, Richard an avid cook became the owner of a restaurant specializing in down home southern style cooking and barbeque. Richard resided in Colorado Springs, Colo. with wife Maria "Lupe" Pallares circa 2005 to 2008 where he held government and private sector jobs as a cook and later exercising his entrepreneurial spirit he also ran a B & B green chile roasting business on weekends. He was a member of the Jehovah Witness church and attended church regularly when his health permitted. Richard's last wishes were not have any type of funeral. He will be laid to rest quietly near his father and other relatives. Richard leaves behind his loving and caring wife Lupe, stepdaughter Jeanette, of Phoenix, Ariz., sisters Ethel Lee Martin, of San Diego, Calif.; Beverly Jean Breazell-Ali, of Las Cruces; BettyJo Jones, of Colorado Springs; Patricia Inez Lucas, of Plano, Texas, and his older brother Willie H. Breazell , Sr. of Colorado Springs. Additionally, Richards leaves behind brother-in-laws former Colorado state Sen. Edgar Jones and Keith Lucas, an NMSU alumni, seven nieces and nephews who reside in Albuquerque, N.M., Plano, San Diego, Colorado Springs, Las Cruces and Tacoma, Wash. Richard a loving and caring brother, uncle, friend, husband and father will be missed by all of us.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 30, 2013