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Stetson G. "Bubba" Reed

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Stetson G. "Bubba" Reed Obituary
Stetson G. "Bubba" Reed passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010, at his ranch in Tularosa surrounded by the love of his daughter Deborah, son-in-law Bill Lewis and their sons Cody, David, Brad, Stetson and his wife, Catrina, and a few close friends.
He is also survived by his son Perry; grandson Perry Thomas; son Stetson; and grandchildren Stetson Lee and Elizabeth.
Bubba fought cancer for more than two years. His funeral was held in Alamogordo. More than 30 officers from four constable precincts drove from El Paso to show their last respects in a very touching Texas peace officer salute and escort, awarding his family the American flag for his long service to the community.
Stetson graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. He went on to St. Mary's Law School and graduated with a degree in law in 1969.
However, his heart remained with the law enforcement division. He started his career as a game warden in Texas, switching for a brief time as an investigator for the sheriff's department in Odessa, Texas. He went back to San Antonio and joined the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, where he was promoted through the ranks and ended up as acting director of parks and wildlife for the law enforcement division.
Stetson went into the private sector of law enforcement. He registered with the Texas Department of Private Security and Investigations, where he started a school to train officers. He had businesses in Pleasanton, San Antonio and El Paso. He retired in 1998, but kept an active peace officer commission with the state.
He received a commendation for being one of five officers to hold one of the longest active commissions with the state of Texas. He held his for more than 57 years. Stetson was also a 32nd degree Mason in good standing for more than 50 years.
Stetson was cremated and, at a later date, will be placed in his family plot in Pleasanton. He wished to be buried next to his mother, Addie, and father, Perry D. Reed, whose footsteps he followed being a law enforcement officer.
His parents left a legacy to Bubba that superseded monetary values. They instilled in him an ideal of a way of life that drove him to the service of his state and the people in it so that he could make some small difference.
He, in turn, has passed that legacy, that desire, that ideal on to his children who have careers or have had careers of the same nature. He believes in God and that Jesus is his savior. He called his name.
Dad, we love you and until we meet again, we continue to miss you.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 6 to Sept. 6, 2010
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