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Jesse Luther Hudman

1920 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Jesse Luther Hudman Obituary
Jesse Luther Hudman was born on Nov. 16, 1920, to Jesse Earl Hudman and Bessie Amanda Scott Hudman. He was born at the family home in Russia Canyon near Cloudcroft. He was the oldest of six children that consisted of four brothers and one sister. He attended school in Russia Canyon and Cloudcroft where he graduated as salutatorian of his 1939 class and was also a member of the winning team of the New Mexico State Championship in six-man football.
He began his life after school at an early age by working as a rancher and a dairy hand at Leon Green's dairy in Cox Canyon. The family was farmers and ranchers. Jesse did his part by helping with ranch chores, loading the truck with produce, traveling the southern part of New Mexico and some of west Texas, selling produce and even trading produce for other things the family would like. He later tried his luck as a lumberjack and there he met and married Clotha Willa Mae Fuller on Jan. 27, 1947, in Raton.
They came back to the ranch and started a family. Jesse and Clotha had four children -- all girls -- Carolyn Elaine, Viola Kay, Janet Lee and Wanda Fay. Jesse helped to construct tracks and build a landing where the train "The Cloud Climbing Railroad" could go up the hill from Alamogordo. It went as far as Old Wooten where it had to back onto the landing they built and make a fast run to the top of the mountain at Cloudcroft.
He was a cowboy, an excellent horseman, garage owner and mechanic. He worked for 26 years at "Land Air" Dynalectron Corporation at Holloman Air Force Base. Later in life he became a real estate agent and was New Mexico's Realtor of the Year in 1989. He was inducted by the Cloudcroft Historical Society in 2005 as an honoree of the Old Timers Reunion held in Cloudcroft every year. The village of Cloudcroft declared May 7, 2005 to be "Jesse Luther Hudman Day" in his honor.
Jesse is preceded in death by his parents Jesse Earl and Bessie A. Hudman, his wife of 65 years Clotha Hudman, daughter Carolyn Van Cleave, brother-in-law Harold Jr. Fuller, son-in-law William "Pete" Shockey, granddaughter Jessica Leigh Scott, great-granddaughter Angela Sage Van Cleave, and brothers, Aril Edward Hudman, Emmitt Hudman and William Scott (Bill) Hudman.
His surviving family consists of brother Lee Hudman, sister Frances Wallace Young, daughter Viola Martin and her husband Harold O Martin of Arkansas; daughter Janet Derrick and her husband Donald of Mayhill; daughter and long-time loving and patient caregiver Wanda Shockey. Mr. Hudman had 18 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial services for Jesse Hudman will be conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Bethel Baptist Church, 1316 Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, with Eddie Coleman officiating.
Pallbearers are Kelly Van Cleave, Rodger Van Cleave, Kenneth Shockey, Wayne Shockey, Gary Shockey and Michael Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse's remaining grandkids, great-grandchildre, great-great-grandchldren and his special friends that took him to coffee each day and to VFW breakfasts every Saturday morning.
Burial will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.
The family will receive family and friends at 3306 Robert H. Bradley Drive.
The Hudman family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 31 to Apr. 30, 2015
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