THE HONORABLE HARL D. BYRD Passed away peacefully in his home on February 15, 2013. Born in Gallup, New Mexico on February 22, 1926, he graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and later served in the US Navy. Judge Byrd received his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico and was later appointed to the 1st Judicial Court by Gov. Bruce King. Harl was the house council for the Zia Corporation in Los Alamos, NM and also served as a County Commissioner where he was instrumental in having Los Alamos become an open community. In 1957 Judge Byrd joined the firm of Bigbee & Stephenson later becoming partner. He also was a partner with Campbell, Byrd, & Black. Judge Byrd concluded his distinguished career as a Special Master to the Federal Court of Judge Mechem and was appointed Judge Pro Tem to the Pecos River Judication. Judge Byrd left behind his loving wife of 63 years, Corona Byrd; children Shawn and Fred Brennan, Virginia Byrd and her husband Donn Wiese, Adam and Denice Byrd, James and Tracy Byrd, Mary and Bruce Gordon, and Daniel Byrd. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren. There will be a mass celebrating his life at Cristo Rey Catholic Church 1120 Canyon Road Santa Fe, New Mexico at 10:00 AM Friday, February 22 and the Internment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 PM. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the UNM School of Law.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2013