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James Richardson

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Richardson, James Ottis

James O. Richardson passed away at home with family by his side on October 2nd. Jim was born on June 16, 1927 on his parents' farm near Clovis, New Mexico, the only brother to three sisters. During World War II, he deferred his education to join the Navy and was in boot camp when the war ended. For the next 18 months, he traveled to Guam, the Philippines, Hong Kong and other exotic locations to a New Mexico farm boy. After his discharge from the Navy, he chose not to return to the farm and went to work for Mountain Bell. Working his way up to foreman, he managed crews installing telephone lines throughout New Mexico. During this time, he met and married his wife Barbara Boyd. Working in the Engineering Department, he continued a successful career with Mountain Bell. The family moved to Santa Fe in 1959. In 1977, he took an overseas assignment in Iran to design a new telephone system for the country. His time there was cut short, however, when the Shah of Iran was overthrown. He returned to New Mexico and retired shortly thereafter. Jim was an avid gardener and winemaker, loved "projects" and was a great fisherman. When one of his fishing buddies had a stroke, he invented a fishing pole that could be used one-handed. For this invention, he received a patent. He had a pilot's license and flew at every opportunity. Jim was a devoted member of the Santa Fe Church of Christ. He was a humble man with many accomplishments and a wonderful sense of humor. He loved jokes. Family was the most important part of his life and he practiced what he preached.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, Ottis and Eunice Richardson and his sisters Ione Reitzel and Priscilla Morris.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Boyd Richardson, three daughters, Debra Pritchard (Bob), Janet DiJanni (John) and Susan Petcoff (Matt), grandchildren, J. J. and David DiJanni and Katy and Libby Petcoff. He is also survived by his sister Bettye Moore as well as his beloved nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on October 8th at the Kiva of Light Chapel, 417 East Rodeo Road, Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the New Mexico Christian Children's Home, 1356 NM-236, Portales, New Mexico 88130.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 7, 2016
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