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Major, Kenneth Olwell "Sonny"

Kenneth Olwell "Sonny" Major, a former resident of Belen, NM died on December 10, 2015 in Prescott, AZ. He was born on December 29, 1925 in Magdalena, NM and was the fifth of eight children of Malcolm S. Major and Lily Field Major; who were pioneer ranchers in NM and CO. In his preteen years, Kenneth was a jockey; riding race horses for his father in NM and CO and "Doc" Pardee at the Arizona Biltmore Stables in Phoenix. He was a lifelong rancher in CO, NM and AZ and in the late 50's and 60's, he managed the Luera Ranch near Magdalena. In the 80's to 90's, he owned and operated Major Cattle Company, a livestock hauling business in Belen. Throughout his later years, he remained active; packing mules, guiding tourists on horseback and teaching the two-step to camp staff in Yosemite National Park; and working and branding cattle with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Kenneth "Kenny" C. Major; former wife, Edith Rogers Major; his sisters, Alyce Zancanelli and Eugenia Major Dixon; and brothers, Duncan K. Major and Malcolm "Buddy" Major, Jr. He is survived by his children: Daniel Major (Lyn) of Prescott, AZ, Denise Lyons (Garry) of Ballarat, VIC, Australia, Sindi Major-Martinez (Del) of Ashburn, VA, Sherri Goemmer (Shane) of Amissville, VA and his daughter-in-law Cheryl Major-Miller (George) of Gilbert, AZ. Kenneth has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also, he is survived by his sisters Helen Graham of Miles City, MT, Maria Major Linsey of Benson, AZ and Johanna Major of Albuquerque, NM and many nieces and nephews. Kenneth had a deep faith in God, and love for his church and country.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on December 28, 2015 at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, 101 N. 10th Street, Belen, NM. He will be inurned with military honors at 11am on December 29, 2015 at the Magdalena Community Cemetery, Magdalena, NM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Kenneth's name to Our Lady of Belen Church, 101 A North 10th Street, Belen, NM 87002 or the Los Lunas Public Library & Museum of Heritage & Arts; PO Box 1209, Los Lunas, NM 87031. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Noblin Funeral Service in Belen, NM.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 24, 2015
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