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John W. "Bill" Powell


1936 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
John W. "Bill" Powell, 75, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Hospice Family Care in Casa Grande, Ariz.
He was born Feb. 21, 1936, in Deming.
In 1956, he married Carol Dowding, of Hanover. Bill graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering. He and Carol then moved to Climax, Colo., where he worked for Climax Molybodenum Co. for 18 years and became an expert in the block-caving mining process. He also worked for Hecla Mining Corp. in Wyoming. In all, he spent 43 years in underground mining management.
A gifted musician, he played guitar, harmonica, some trumpet and piano. He played with many groups and family members in Colorado and New Mexico. He loved making music and was especially fond of jazz and dixie, although he could play most anything after he heard it a time or two.
When he retired in 2000 in Wyoming, he decided he was tired of snow and cold weather, so he and Carol moved to Alamogordo, where they resided for 10 years prior to their relocation to Casa Grande.
In New Mexico, Bill was active in the Alamo Senior Center, playing guitar and harmonica there and for various nursing homes in the area, and for St. John's Episcopal Church services. He was also active on the ASC Nutritional Council. Gardening and hulling pecans were other activities he enjoyed here.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Carol Powell; two sons, William L. Powell, of Casa Grande, and E. Scott Powell, of Laramie, Wyo.; a brother, Richard, of Brownwood, Texas; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at St. John's Episcopal Church. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Family Care Foundation, 1550 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ 85210; St. John's Episcopal Church of Alamogordo; or a .
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 25 to Apr. 26, 2012
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