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Carl David White Jr.

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Carl David White Jr. Obituary
Carl David White Jr., of Alamogordo, died on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Thomason Medical Center in El Paso following a brief illness. Mr. White is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Mary Jac Waddell White; four nephews, Clint Kelly, Donald Thomas, David Thomas and Philip Thomas; three nieces, Colleen Talley, Candy Hoffman and Carol Costa; and a host of treasured friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl David White Sr. and Ruth Marie Elliott White; his twin sister, Ruth White Kelly; and his precious daughter Caren Denise.
Mr. White was born in Hopkinsville, Ky., on Feb. 2, 1926. After graduating early from high school, Mr. White was drafted into the Army and served in Gen. George Patton's tank corps during World War II. One of his most memorable experiences during his service was the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
Mr. White valued education, receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of New Mexico. He studied law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Mr. White met his future bride, also a law student at Georgetown University. The two joked about falling in love, marrying and ruining a beautiful friendship as well as two law careers.
Mr. White became an educator - a teacher and a principal in Alamogordo for many years. He also served as theater manager for the Rohovec Theatre at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo. Mr. White was active in civic organizations. He served as a seasonal park ranger at White Sands National Monument. He was both a Mason and a Shriner. He was on the board of directors for the American Red Cross and he was a charter member of the New Mexico Elementary Administrators organization. Mr. White was a trained and talented artist who generously shared the fruits of his artistic efforts with others. A good Christian, Mr. White was active in the First Christian Church in Alamogordo for many years, serving at various times as deacon, elder and trustee. For the past eight years, he had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Alamogordo.
A memorial service for Mr. White will be held Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at 4 p.m. at the Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home, 1334 N. Scenic Drive, Alamogordo. The family will receive visitors from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. prior to the service. Mr. White's ashes will be interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Grace United Methodist Church or to your favorite charity, in Mr. White's memory.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 29 to Nov. 13, 2009
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