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Gerry Washburn


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Gerry Douglas Washburn, 78, of Fort Sumner, NM, died July 19, 2010, at his home following an illness. He was born March 31, 1932, in Cebolla, NM, to the home of Dee Owen and Mabel (Perry) Washburn.
Gerry graduated from Los Lunas High School, attended the University of NM and Eastern NM University where he received his BA, MA, and Phd. in Education.
He married Mary Ross Wilmeth on September 6, 1954, in Fort Sumner.
Gerry was a U.S. Army Veteran; he served during the Korean War as a Military Police Officer at Fort Carson, CO, and was honorably discharged in 1962.
Gerry worked for the NM Department of Game and Fish; he was a longtime NM educator and served as a High School science teacher at Roy, NM; taught High School science at Dora, NM; served as H.S. Principal in Dora; Principal and later Superintendent at Floyd, NM; served as an Assistant Superintendent and later Superintendent at Tucumcari Public Schools. He retired in 1986.
Gerry enjoyed hunting and raising Walker Dogs, Taxidermy, Rock Work, Sculpting, Painting, and working around his home.
Gerry and Mary lived in Tucumcari, NM, from 1976-1989 before making the Fort Sumner valley their home.
Gerry was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ross Washburn January 2, 2009; his parents; a granddaughter, Lilylynn Washburn; six brothers, Oswald, Gerald, Perry, Jerry, Max, and Norman Washburn, and a sister, Polly Penka.
Survivors include three sons, Gerry C. Washburn and wife, Audrey of Los Alamos, Scott O. Washburn and wife, Dierdre of Floyd, NM, and Bruce W. Washburn and wife, Crystal of Raton, NM; two daughters, Cindy K. Terry of Santa Rosa, NM and Debra A. Paul of Clovis, NM; a sister, Madeline Cooper and husband, Ken of Arizona. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday, July 23, 2010, at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 24, 2010, from Fort Sumner Cemetery with Gary Good officiating. Pallbearers will include Gerry T. Washburn, Zachary Washburn, Caleb Washburn, Grant Washburn, Shenandoah Terry, Shiloh Terry, Blake Washburn, and Ethan Washburn.
The family prefers memorial contributions in Gerry's memory to Parkinson's Research Foundation, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street, Fort Sumner, NM 88119, (575) 355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book, visit www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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