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Morris Dale Calkins, Sr.


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Morris Dale Calkins, Sr. Obituary

Morris Dale Calkins, Sr., 79, our loving dad and grandpa, drag racing enthusiast, and all-knowing, legendary auto mechanic/machinest, came into this world in Ardmore, Oklahoma on Nov. 20, 1936. He enriched our lives and made it his mission to help others until his big heart gave out and he moved on to a faster racetrack on Feb. 20, 2016, in Alamogordo, N.M.

Morris loved his kids, his sons-in-law, his grandsons, his great grandchildren, his family, his friends, his shop, cars, drag racing, hot and spicy food and women, Dallas Cowboys, sports, coffee, Coors Light, dancing to country music, martial arts, and animals...and not necessarily in that order. He was well known for his automobile encyclopedia brain, helping everyone out, and for giving chances to the people and animals that most thought undesirable. He lived life his way.

Morris grew up in High Rolls where his parents, Kenneth and Sara (Robison) Calkins, owned the general store. He graduated from Cloudcroft High School in 1955. He served in the National Guard from 1954 to 1961. Morris attended El Paso Technical in El Paso, Texas. In 1965, he opened his own business, Morris Machine Shop, which he owned and operated for over 50 years, up until the time of his death. He rarely took a day off - being at the shop was paradise for Morris - but if he did, it was usually to go racing or to be a technical director for a drag race. At the time of his death, he served as the Director of Tech and Safety for the AHRA.

Morris is survived by his children Sheri Lemond, Morris Calkins, Jr., Betsy Keller and her husband, Ricky, Diana Laraway and her husband, Todd, Rebeca Calkins, and Kenneth Calkins; his grandchildren Richard and Gabby Keller, Corey and Shaena Kidwell, Cody Kidwell, Tanner Kidwell, and Andrew Laraway; and his great grandchildren CarolAnn Kidwell and Scottie Keller. Morris is also survived by his brothers Cecil (Leon) Calkins, and his wife, Anita, and Robert Calkins and his wife, Diana, and a special nephew Michael Calkins, his former wives and the mothers of his children, Linda Jergins and Dawn Corey, as well as several in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kenneth E. Calkins.
Morris leaves behind so many dear friends who are thankful in some cases that he is taking their stories and secrets to the grave.

A Celebration of Life event is planned for Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alamogordo VFW Bingo Hall to honor and reflect on a life well lived by Morris.
In true Morris style, please come casual and wear your favorite drag racing or sports related shirt. Please feel free to bring a photo or memory to leave and share with his family.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to the college fund for his two youngest children at Otero Federal Credit Union, Account Number 20054114.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 26 to Mar. 25, 2016
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