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Jack Douglas Richardson

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Jack Douglas Richardson Obituary
Jack Douglas Richardson, of Hatch, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at the age of 93. Jack was born June 19, 1917, in Wichita, Kan., the eldest son of seven children, to Benjamin Franklin Richardson Jr. and Beulah (Jones) Richardson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and his son-in-law Joseph P. Casarez Sr., of El Paso.
Jack, a World War II veteran, is survived by his wife of 75 years, Helen F. Richardson, at the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences, and four daughters, Jacqueline Casarez, of El Paso; Claudette Ortiz, of Hatch; Julia and her husband, Lawrence Makinson, of Alamogordo; and Deborah and her husband, Vollie Thompson, of Chula Vista, Calif.
Jack and Helen have nine grandchildren: Steven Sandoval and his companion, Brenda Garcia; DPS Lt. Richard Henley and his wife, Kelly, of Alamogordo; Master Sgt. (retired) David Henley and his wife, Karen, of Alamogordo; Linda Makinson and her husband, Trevor Snell, of Alamogordo; Michael Casarez and his wife, Norma, William Ortiz and his wife, Kris, of Albuquerque; Carla Hoppe and her husband, Chris, of Mill Creek, Wash.; Elizabeth Casarez, Ph.D, and her husband, Lee Baumgardner, of El Paso; and Daniel Sandoval, of Casper, Wyo.
Jack and Helen have 17 great-grandchildren: Andrea Anderson, John Sandoval, Thomas Sandoval, Aaron Henley, Jordan Henley, Daniel Henley and James Henley, all of Alamogordo; Aurora Beans, of Bellmont, Wis.; Katrina Sandoval, of Cut Bank, Mont.; Marshall Henley, of Clyde, Ohio; Ava Baumgardner, of El Paso; Alissa Sandoval and Evan Sandoval, both of Casper; Katherine Ortiz, Paul Ortiz and Adam Casarez, all of Albuquerque; Parker Hoppe, of Mill Creek; and one great-great grandchild, Zoey Anderson, of La Luz.
Jack and Helen and their four daughters moved to Alamogordo in 1954 with Boeing Aircraft Co. Jack later worked for Ryan. After retiring, the couple moved around looking for the perfect spot. They returned to to Kansas, then moved to Hatch, Las Cruces and El Paso before settling on a pie-shaped piece of property in Hatch they called "The Funny Farm." Jack loved living along the Rio Grande under the pecan trees and beside the smells of green chile and onions. He served as an election judge for the Elephant Butte Irrigation District.
Being an ace mechanic, he enjoyed working on his friends' vehicles, including the senior citizen bus. He was also the groundskeeper, food server, maintenance man and treasurer for the Placitas Senior Center. Most of all, Jack and Helen loved cat-fishing near Rock Canyon at Elephant Butte.
A man of principle and a mentor for his family, Jack Douglas Richardson was loved and respected by all who crossed his path in life.
To celebrate Jack's life, his family invites friends and loved ones to his memorial on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Library Room at the New Mexico State Veterans Home, 992 S. Broadway in Truth or Consequences.
Cremation arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home Inc. and Sierra Crematory, LLC, 303 N. Cedar St. in T or C.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the New Mexico State Veterans Home. For online condolences, visit
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 26 to June 26, 2011
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