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Phillip B Bidegain


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Phillip B Bidegain Obituary
Phillip B. Bidegain, 92, Tucumcari, NM, passed away on April 2, 2016, after a well lived life.
Phillip was born in Willcox, AZ on February 11, 1924, to Bernardo Bidegain and Jesusa Dievignau. Phillip helped his father and brothers with the sheep and cattle while growing up. Phillip graduated from Benson High School in 1942 with 10 athletic letters in baseball, basketball, football and tennis. He was admitted to the University of Arizona (U of A) in September 1942, but withdrew on February 24, 1943, after he was drafted.
He entered Army active service on the same day. He was sent to California to prepare for the European Campaign. During the Battle of the Bulge he was captured and interned as a prisoner of war in Germany. After being freed, Phillip returned to the United States and was discharged at Fort Ord, CA on December 5, 1945. His Discharge Papers showed the following: Sergeant Co. C, 242nd Infantry, 42nd Division with World War II Victory Medal American Campaign Good Conduct Medal European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Stars Former Prisoner of War.
Phillip went back to the U of A where he met Yetta Hoover while taking agricultural classes. They married on April 9, 1948. The couple returned to New Mexico and the T4 Ranch living at Conchas Dam where Phillip took care of the cattle, horses, windmills, water gaps and so on, for the ranch in that area. In 1952 the family moved to the T4 Headquarters in Montoya and Phillip became ranch manager.
Phillip and many friends enjoyed team roping, golf, bridge and visits. Phillip and Lewis Kincaid roped and played golf together. They challenged the world to a 10 steer team roping and 18 holes of golf. There were no takers.
During this time Phillip became active in the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) serving on committees and becoming president from 1980 to 1982. He was also active in the New Mexico Hereford Association and the National Cattlemen's Association. He was also active in many local activities. He was a board member for the First National Bank, Northwest and Wells Fargo Bank until they discontinued their local board. Phillip was honored as the NMCGA Cattleman of the Year in 1987. Phillip has always been a loving family man.
He is survived by his bride, Yetta; son, Phil H. and his wife Laurie, Montoya; daughter Julee, Santa Fe; grandsons, Donnie and Scott Bidegain, Louis Carman and Dana Coffman; two granddaughters-in-law, Lacey and Brooke; three great-grandsons, Blake, Kiptyn and Conner; and three great-granddaughters, Haylie, Addison and Tenli, all Bidegains.
A celebration of Phillip's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Father's Forge Church, 622 South Lake Street in Tucumcari. At the family's wishes, cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Cattlegrower's Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 7157, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87194.
Published in the Quay County Sun on Apr. 6, 2016
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