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George Albert Westall
George Albert Westall, of Ruidoso, passed from this life to be with his father in heaven on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. George was born May 1, 1913, in Sumner, Ill., to Glen and Gladys (Griggs) Westall.
George left Illinois with his parents at age five. The family moved 19 times in one year following the oil boom to such towns as Ranger, Hogtown, Breckenridge, Brady and Borger, Texas. At the age of 9, George was run over by a model "T" in Sayer, Okla. Fortunately, the car was high enough that it passed over him and he was left with only minor injuries. In 1924, George moved to Artesia and in 1926 to Maljamar.
George attended high school in Lovington. As a senior, he was given an extra assignment driving the school bus daily from Maljamar to Lovington. George was a good student and a gifted athlete. He was the boxing champion in his weight class, a champion tennis player and track runner. He ran the 100 yard dash in 9.9 seconds, beating the Arizona state champion.
He graduated in 1931 from Lovington High School and received a full scholarship to Rice University for athletics and academics. However, due to the Great Depression, he was not able to take advantage of this opportunity. He and a close friend, Cecil Love, started a trapping business near Maljamar. The two started with 10 traps that eventually became 200. They sold furs for several years to survive the Great Depression.
George went to work for Maljamar Oil Co. in 1933. While working for the company, he met a beautiful young lady, Willah Mae "Billie" Joy. On July 10, 1936, they were married in Carlsbad.
George was known to be a very gifted water dowser. While in Maljamar, he and three other partners started the Caprock Water Co. that is still in business today. In 1947, Caprock Water purchased two small distribution companies in Ruidoso. One of those services was purchased from Bill Hart and the other from C.C. Chase.
George and Billie moved to Ruidoso in March 1947 and started the Ruidoso Water Co. In 1948, the water company purchased the Ruidoso Gas Co. In 1949, the water company was sold to the city of Ruidoso, with George retaining the gas company.
In 1951, the gas company was sold to Joe Hawkins. George and Billie built and operated the Ruidoso Dairy Queen from 1953 to 1978. George also partnered with James Capps in 1958 to build a drive-in movie theater across from Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino. He also had several other businesses through the years.
George and Billie became members of First Baptist Church in 1947 and remained members until their deaths. All the members of First Baptist Church were family to George and Billie. He became a deacon for First Baptist Church in 1949. George and Billie celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at the Inn of the Mountain Gods on July 10, 2006. The couple felt very blessed to live out their days in Ruidoso and always spoke fondly of the town.
George was preceded in death by his mother and father; two brothers; one sister; and his wife of nearly 74 years, Willah Mae "Billie" Westall.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Shirley Westall.
He is survived by his son Glen Richard Westall, of Midland, Texas; his daughter Georgianna and her husband, Charles Perry, of Artesia; grandchildren Glen (Rick) Westall Jr., of Midland, Kyle Westall and his wife, Molly, of Farmington, Natalia Campanella and her husband, Tony, of Tinnie, Roxana Newton and her husband, Kevin, of Artesia, and Nathan Perry and his wife, Traci, of San Antonio, Texas; great-grandchildren Brandon and Vanessa Campanella, Kaleb and Erica Newton, Bradley and Jordyn Perry and Dylan Westall. George is also survived by his great- great grandchild Jaidaa Estrada.
The family would like to thank the many caregivers who assisted George during the past months, especially his granddaughter Natalia, Traci Williams, Maria Young, Jane Morrison and Judy Ulate.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church, or to a church or charity of your choice. Funeral services for Westall will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at First Baptist Church, 270 Country Club Drive, in Ruidoso. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel of Ruidoso.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lagroneruidoso.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 17 to Dec. 17, 2010
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