HOWARD IRWIN A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel for Howard Irwin, 89, who passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Villa Del Rey. Howard was born April 2, 1924 in Sulfur Springs, Texas to Clarence Guy and Bess Sadie Irwin. His parents preceded him in death. His wife, Barbara B. Irwin preceded in death In August 2012. Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Robert Howard Irwin and wife Veronica of Gillette, Wyoming, Retired LTC Daniel Bigbee Irwin and wife Norma of Lorton, Virginia; daughter, Pamela Brightwell and her husband William of Santa Fe, New Mexico; sister, Ruth Eberle of Artesia, New Mexico; and grandchildren: Sherryl Nens and husband John of Michigan, Kala Brightwell of Maryland, Amanda, Kimberly and Jennifer Irwin of Virginia, and Destiny Irwin of Wyoming. Howard graduated from Roswell High School in 1942; he attended ENMU before he left Roswell to join the Army Air Corps during WWII, afterward he attended University of Texas and later worked for GMAC, it was there Howard met and married his wife Barbara Bigbee on July 28, 1951. They moved to Alamosa, Colorado for a short time and then moved to Texas for 4 years and then back to New Mexico in 1959 and began working with local car dealers and then entered the banking business in 1967 with First National Bank of Hobbs as Vice President/Trust Officer. He soon became the General Manager of First National Bank of Santa Fe in Los Alamos, from 1972 - 1974, he became the Senior Vice President of First National Bank of Roswell in 1974. Howard retired as Executive Vice President of United New Mexico Bank in 1987 in Roswell, New Mexico. Howard was an avid golfer and carried a zero handicap for a number of years. He enjoyed playing with his many friends in Texas and New Mexico; he was a member of the Roswell Rotary and past president of the Roswell Country Club. Honorary pallbearers are: Robert Hannagan, Earl "Red" Worley, Phelps White, Jim Bruin, Mack Rattliff, Gilbert Licon, Harold Hensley, Stuart Shanor, Mack Chase and Phil Troutman. Following Memorial Service the family will receive friends at the Howard Irwin home. The family greatly appreciates the wonderful care their father received in the past eight months from the following medical providers: Villa Del Rey/Emeritus, Frontier Medical, one month at Mission Arch following a hospital stay, Dr. Adajar and staff, Gentiva Hospice, and Comfort Keepers in his final days. In lieu of flowers you may make donations to the Assurance Home Inc., 1000 E. 18th Street, Roswell, New Mexico 88201 Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900