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Roger "Ernie" Yarbro

1945 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Roger "Ernie" Yarbro Obituary

Roger "Ernie" Yarbro, our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa-our wild man on the slopes, connoisseur of fine wine and music, #1 Yankees fan, and keeper of the home fires-slid peacefully from this life into the next on Jan. 17, 2016.

He leaves behind Shawna, his loving wife and confidant of 23 years; his brother, Charles Eugene "Chuck" Yarbro, and sister, Kaydene Yarbro Stanley, along with their extended families; his daughters, Megan Yarbro Armijo and Kristin Yarbro Tofani with her life partner, Keith Newberry, Brianna Jonnes with her husband, Ryan. Ernie is also survived by the apples of his eye; grandchildren Zachary Armijo, Ariana Armijo, Aidan Armijo, Bryce Newberry, Tiffany Franzoy-Tofani, Sadie Tofani, and Karsyn Jonnes, his former spouse, Susan M. Bennett, plus very close family friend; Erich Wuersching. As we wave teary goodbyes, we also celebrate his rejoining with son, Byron Caleb Ligon, his parents, Dora Lou Lackey Yarbro, Arvil Ray Yarbro, and Chester Eugene Riggs, and a host of other family and friends.

Ernie was born on June 21, 1945, in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He grew up in Loving on the family farm and graduated from Carlsbad Senior High School in 1963, where he played high school basketball. He earned his BBA degree in finance and economics from Texas Tech in 1969, followed by his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 1975. That same year, Ernie and family moved back to Carlsbad, where he worked for the law firm McCormick and Forbes before branching out with his own law firm, Marek & Yarbro. He expanded that firm upon moving to Las Cruces, N.M. in 1989, where it became Marek, Yarbro & Carter.

In 1991, Ernie established his own law firm, Yarbro & Associates and ultimately moved to Cloudcroft, N.M. in 1993. Home is where the heart is, and the mountains of Cloudcroft suited Ernie, Shawna and family perfectly. Ernie loved the outdoors and could be found working in his yard, hiking with his 4 legged friends, stacking wood for the winter, or his favorite pastime, flying down the mountain on his skis. When he couldn't be outside, he busied himself with his work, the stock market, or his favorite music just as loud as it would go. None of these loves, though, trumped his love for his family and grandbabies. We know he will watch over them always.

There was never an opponent Ernie hesitated to take on-he won some and lost some-but cancer was one he couldn't beat. It was a good and noble fight, Ernie, and you made us proud giving it your all. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome and can be made at

Private family services will be held at a later date, and we thank all our friends and family deeply for your continuing thoughts and prayers.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 31 to Mar. 1, 2016
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