Houston Blevins McKenzie, age 98, passed away at his home in Tucumcari, NM on Sunday June 30th, 2013.
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Blevins was born April 20, 1915, in El Paso, TX to Eugene Waller and Laro Blevins McKenzie.
He spent much of his youth in Pecos County, TX learning the ranching business from his father who pioneered the ranch in the 1880s. At 17, after the death of his father, Blevins took on the responsibility of helping his mother run their ranches in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
He was a graduate of Texas A & M University and was a proud member of the Troup B Calvary. He loved the Aggies and it saddened him that none of his children became Texas Aggies. Blevins then went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Agriculture at UC Berley where he met his loving wife Marjorie Cato and over their seventy years together they had five children, twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with one on the way. Blevins bought a farm near Tucumcari in 1945 and took his family from the Palma Ranch near Santa Rosa, NM to Tucumcari to develop the farm, moving his family into town so the children could go to school. He was an avid pilot who began flying in the 1930s and continued until his wings were forcibly clipped in 2005 at age 88. He was a Scottish Rite Mason for over 70 years as well as an active Rotarian and Elk. He served on the Tucumcari School Board in the 1960s and was an active community member serving on many boards and starting several business. His loved his family and he loved ranching. His last words were "It's raining."
Surviving Blevins is his wife Marjorie Cato McKenzie, Daughter Marjorie Gene McKenzie and her children Laro McKenzie-Sims married to Clinton, Kenna Louise McKenzie-Young, Ray McKenzie-Young and wife Rachel Gelman. Son Houston Blevins McKenzie and married to Laura Latham McKenzie and their children Sarah McKenzie Downing married to Patrick Downing with children, Henry Morgan, Sawyer and Brenna Downing, and Lydia McKenzie May married to Anthony May with children Hayden, Mason and Cato May, Son John Raymond McKenzie and his children Tarrent Wade and Rayana McKenzie with daughter Violet, Son Douglas Raymond Cato McKenzie married to Betty McKenzie, Son Kenneth Malcolm McKenzie married Karen Dahl McKenzie and their children Travis Raymond, Malcolm Douglas, Madeline Clare, Colin Blevins and Scarlett McKenzie Hudson married to Trent Hudson and their daughter Karen Lorayne Hudson.
Services celebrating his life will be Wednesday afternoon July 3rd 2013 beginning at 3:30PM in the First Presbyterian Church of Tucumcari NM with Rev Amy Pospical officiating.
Interment services will take place at 2:30 PM in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery prior to the main service at 3:30PM with the Masonic Lodge presiding over graveside services.
Arrangements entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari, NM.
Published in the Quay County Sun on July 3, 2013