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Robert Cleve Lumpkin


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Robert Cleve Lumpkin Obituary
Robert Cleve Lumpkin, age 71 passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at his home in Tucumcari, NM following a brief illness. His family was present as they were caring for him at this time.
Robert was born in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma on February 03, 1947, to Burtis Buck Cleve Lumpkin and Margarette Short Lumpkin. His childhood was like any normal child, fishing in the rivers and lakes around the area and playing baseball and football with his bothers and friends. He attended Ft. Cobb high school and at the age of 17, he wanted to defend his country and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1964 and continued his military service until 1967. Upon returning from Vietnam, Robert completed his high school education and then attended college at Southwestern State College, now Southwestern Oklahoma State University, in Weatherford, Oklohoma. Robert received his Bachelors degree in 1971. Later, Robert returned to college and received his Master in Education.
In 1968 Robert married Vicki Parks. They welcomed their first child in 1971 and Robert graduated that December. After Vicki graduated in 1972, Robert moved the family to Tucumcari, NM for his first teaching position as an Industrial Arts teacher. He continued teaching in Tucumcari and fully immersed himself in the community as athletic coach, student council sponsor and volunteer. In 1978, he welcomed a new child, Shannon into the family. Robert continued his illustrious career at educator in Tucumcari until his retirement in 1997.
Robert enjoyed retirement for a few years and in 1999 welcomed a son, Ryan to the family. He enjoyed a few years of retirement and then was called back to teaching at TMS after the passing of a fellow teacher.
After his second retirement, Robert threw his hat into the political realm. He advocated for such causes as wind energy, public land use, state water rights, city recreation areas and lobbying for such issues. This led him into being City commissioner. After 2 terms as an elected city commissioner, Robert was elected at Mayor of the City of Tucumcari. During his terms as city commissioner, Robert fought for state water rights, created a Frisbee Golf course in Tucumcari and worked to bring events to the area. After his run as mayor, Robert continued his politely career and served as commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem until his death.
Robert was proceeded in death by his parents, Burtice Buck Lumpkin and Margarette Short Lumpkin, Brothers, Buck Wade Lumpkin and Roy Lumpkin and a Sister in Law, Brenda Lumpkin. Surviving Robert are his siblings, Mark Lumpkin/Brenda, Scott Lumpkin/Tammie, Marceta Dirickson, Sallie Huyck/April, Rosie Lumpkin Brutis. His daughters, Bobbi Sandoval/Chris and Shannon Lumpkin and his son Ryan Lumpkin Warner. Three grandchildren, Camron Sandoval/Larissa, Corey Sandoval/Sierra and Christopher Sandoval/Anna. 7 great grandchildren Josiah, Riley, Chevelle, Huxley, Aaliyah, Amayarie and Arielle.
A Robert Lumpkin Memorial Fund is set up at First National Bank of New Mexico, 101 East Route 66 Boulevard, P.O. Box 1248, Tucumcari, NM 88401. The fund will be used for a Memorial at Tucumcari High School and/or City of Tucumcari.
Some would say that Robert wasn't just a politician but a "statesman". This is due to his advocation for the betterment of both people and the community.
Published in the Quay County Sun on Aug. 22, 2018
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