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J. Stephen Riordan

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J. Stephen Riordan, 67
Longtime Otero County retired teacher, Stephen Riordan, went home to the Lord Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2010.
Steve's lifelong passions were teaching and history, especially the study of the West, New Mexico, the Tularosa Basin and the Lincoln County War. He combined these passions in a career of 38 years of teaching in Alamogordo and Tularosa. Equally dear to him were his hobbies of photography, reading and traveling to historical sites. Steve was considered a patriot by those who knew him, and after his retirement, he would border watch with the Minutemen.
He graduated from high school in Farmington and received his Bachelor of Science from McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, and his Master of Arts from Western New Mexico State University in Silver City.
He was a devoted family patriarch and is survived by his wife, Sandra Riordan; son Jerre J. Riordan, of Alamogordo; daughter Melissa Overman, of Georgia; grandchildren Brian, Michelle, David, Anna and Abby; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Gail Ames, of Arizona; three aunts; three nephews and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and one grandchild.
The Riordan family has requested donations in Steve's name be made in lieu of flowers to or
The Riordan family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 13 to June 13, 2010
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