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Patrick Herman Beckett

Las Cruces - Patrick Herman Beckett of Las Cruces, NM, died peacefully at home with his family from heart disease and Diabetes complications on November 20, 2020. He was 79.

After proudly serving in the US Marine Corps, Pat graduated from New Mexico State University and then received his Masters from Eastern New Mexico University. He became an archaeologist and eventually head of the contract archaeology program at NMSU.

Pat started Coas Publishing company in the early 1970s and in 1984 he founded Coas Bookstore, which with the help of his family grew into New Mexico's largest independent bookstore.

Pat deeply loved his wife Becky, to whom he was married for 56 years. He was very proud of his Irish as well as Hispanic background (which dated back to the 1600s in New Mexico), as well as his fellow Marines.

Light a candle, raise a glass of Bushmills, and salute with a hearty Semper Fi!

He will be greatly missed.

Pat is survived by his ever-loving wife Becky, son Mike Beckett (Veronica), daughters Kristy Lambert and Susan Beckett; grandchildren Brandon Beckett (Angela), Brett Beckett (Holly), Justin Lambert and Kacie Lambert; and great grand-children Ethan Wood, Emma Wood, and Jax Beckett.

Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88001. Please visit www.getzcares.com to sign the local online guest book.






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Published in Las Cruces Sun News from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2020.
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November 30, 2020
Dear Pat Beckett Family Members and Friends,
I offer my condolences at this time of great loss.
Pat was a great fellow who was always there for so many people. He was a great source of inspiration, knowledge, and service to all those who requested his assistance with archaeology and history questions, references, reviews, etc. He was especially a great colleague, researcher, scholar. He was always happy to answer my questions pertaining to particular historical and archaeological topics. His contribution as the founder of the independent, local bookstore (COAS) that has served the Southwest since the 1980s through today will always be remembered as well. Indeed, Pat will be deeply missed by all who knew this brilliant, kind, and generous human being. Vaya con Dios Pat.
Mark Calamia
Friend
November 30, 2020
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Dale O'Harra
November 29, 2020
Uncle Pat is a very loving man. I enjoyed his company. As a kid I remember him taking us out in the desert to look for arrow heads. (I think this equates to a snipe hunt, but it was fun). Love you.
Nona Letham
Family
November 28, 2020
Dear Beckett Family,
I am really sorry for your loss.
Pat started the Jornada and Mogollon Conferences (the founder). He always considered and helped New Mexico State University Museum (Kent Hall) and provided us crucial archaeological reports, books, etc. He was just generous, wonderful person. Thank you so much, Pat and will be missed.
Fumi Arakawa
Friend
November 27, 2020
I remember chatting with uncle Pat when I was a teenager about becoming an archaeologist. He suggested I consider another line of work because there wasn't any money in it! You could always count on him to give his unvarnished opinion.
Holly Gothard
Family
November 27, 2020
Our thoughts to Becky and the extended Beckett family. Pat was in our lives for so many years and he took such an iconic place in our community. Such a thoughtful, kind person.....smart and at the ready to help people know more about our history, area, origins. He helped us host a Hispanic Society delegation, with a contingent from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and enabled us all to appreciate our great foundation of culture and diversity within our desert landscape here in Southern New Mexico....maybe a surprise to some of our northern friends. He was just special and will be missed.
Ann and David Guiffre'
Friend
November 26, 2020
Our condolences to Mike, Kristy, and the whole family, Pat leaves the world and Las Cruces, a better place for all of us. COAS has been a huge part of what we love about living in Las Cruces, it’s a community not only a bookstore. Vaya con Dios, y muchas gracias Mr. Pat.
LeAnne & Eden Warner
Acquaintance
November 25, 2020
My COAS is truly a jewel. Thank you, Mr. Beckett.
Jon Davis
November 25, 2020
Although I have not seen Pat for about 20 years, I have no difficulty recalling his extraordinary generosity and leadership in making Mogollon conferences important places to learn and share. Great guy!
My condolences to his family and close friends.
RIP Patrick!
John Welch
Friend
November 25, 2020
To the Beckett Family: My sincere condolences to you on Patrick's passing. I will forever be grateful for his involvement in the restoration of our historic church in Dona Ana. He was responsible for bringing experts from the University of Arizona to do tree-ring dating on our historic vigas. Patrick helped me so much on my own studies in achaeology. Patrick is such an important and wonderful man who will always be remembered. God bless you.
Senator Mary Jane Garcia
Friend
November 24, 2020
Becky, Mike, Kristy, Susan,
There are no words to describe this loss. He was my friend, my mentor, a brother Marine. I will miss him forever. Semper Fidelis, Patricio. "It always rains at Pecos."
Joe Wesbrook
Friend
November 23, 2020
I shall always be grateful to Pat for how much he enriched our lives. When other archaeologists came to this area, for instance, the famed Scotty MacNeish, Pat was always the first one they looked up. We can all treasure what he brought to our memories and experiences.

Jay W. Sharp
Jay Sharp
November 23, 2020
a heartfelt nod to the becketts-and pat-for the goodwill of venerable coas all these seasons!
... you never know all the lives you touch, but here's to a true cruceno who put us on the map ...
m junior
Neighbor
November 23, 2020
Becky and Family, our sincerest condolences on Pat's passing. He was one of the smartest people I know. I loved shopping at COAS and visiting with him about the Chavez/Bombach family history for the past 40 years. He was a great Aggie and will live on in my heart as long as I live. Sending you love and prayers. God bless you. May Pat rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ!
Christina Chavez Kelley
Friend
November 23, 2020
For the last 40 years I have seen how important it was to Pat to keep knowledge of New Mexico prehistory and history alive. He was always willing to assist all those striving toward the same goal. Memories of his kindness and assistance will be carried by many into future research and writing about things New Mexican and will not be lost. That legacy hopefully will provide solace to Becky, his children and grandchildren.
Terry R Reynolds
Friend
November 23, 2020
My thoughts are with the Beckett family. Pat was responsible for my first publication, when he published the proceedings of Mogollon Conference. I spent hours in the archaeology room at COAS perusing the gems that were collected there. He was a force and yet a warm inviting soul. May your memories of him give you solace and may they bring laughter instead of tears. His legacy is incredible. With sympathy for your loss, Jen
Jennifer Payne
Acquaintance
November 23, 2020
Pat and Becky, and Reggie Wiseman, Mogollon Archaeology Conference 2018, NMSU
Dear Becky and the Beckett family, my sincerest condolences on your loss. Pat was an incredible man, mentor, and unfailingly kind to this new museum director when she decided to host her first Mogollon Archaeology Conference and through many years of friendship. Pat will be sorely missed by all who loved him and remembered for a life well-lived full of family, friends, archaeology, books, and laughter. Attached is a great photo of Pat and Becky and Reggie Wiseman taken at the Mogollon Archaeology Conference at NMSU in 2018. October 12, 2018.
Cynthia Ann Bettison
Friend
November 23, 2020
To Pat's family -- my deepest condolences for your loss. I remember Pat with much fondness and appreciated his warmth and friendliness, and his interest in carrying my books in his bookshop.
David Noble
Acquaintance
November 23, 2020
Dear Beckett Family
I am sorry for your loss. Pat was the first person to greet me into the archaeological community when I moved to Las Cruces in 1989. He was always a good friend and colleague willing to help me out and later the students I had in CRM at New Mexico state. He was a good researcher, historian and archaeologist but more importantly he was a good man.
Beth O'Leary
Friend
November 23, 2020
Buenos Dias! Patricio was a Renaissance man in many ways and that is why he was so important to our region. In addition, he was funny, kind, and he loved the history and heritage as well. A man for all seasons who will be missed. Lynda A. Sánchez, Lincoln, NM
Lynda Sanchez
Friend
November 23, 2020
Pat shepherded me through my first ever publication, in a volume of proceedings from the Mogollon Conference that he edited. I have never forgotten how kind and supportive he was to me, as a young and insecure grad student.
Ruth Van Dyke
Coworker
November 22, 2020
Becky, I'm so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. Grief is the other side to having loved much. It hurts. Will hold you and your family in prayer.
Mo Quigley
Friend
November 22, 2020
I’m so sorry to learn about Pat’s passing. Our family ties go back over 100 years to his Lucero roots. On our visits to the bookstore, Pat was always generous with his time in helping with my genealogy and history research. He was a gentleman with a permanent smile and a soft voice. His contributions to Southern New Mexico history were huge. Rest in peace, Pat. You made a difference.
Frank Brito
Friend
November 22, 2020
Beckett family, we grieve with you at the loss of Pat. He started a book reading and collecting movement in Las Cruces and I looked forward to visiting his store every weekend with my (now grown) children. I know he will rest in peace having his family carry on his legacy. Comfort and love to you all, we are sorry for your loss.
Teddie (Payne) Moreno
Classmate
November 22, 2020
Beckett Family,
My deepest condolence's for the great loss of Mr. Beckett. May you find comfort among friend's and family. I salute you Mr. Beckett...
Mary Wilson Gallegos
Friend
November 21, 2020
We are sorry for the loss of a husband, father, father in law, brother, and Grandfather! Mr. Beckett lived an honorable and loving life. He will be missed by his wife, family, friends, and employees. God and our Saviour and King Jesus Christ have welcomed him home forever. God Bless his Soul and his surviving family. Matt, Patty, Molly, and Ryan Olson
Matt Olson
Friend
November 21, 2020
I met him through his daughter Susan, and had the honor of listening to his stories and sharing a meal with him. May he Rest In Peace.
Yolanda Bacon
Acquaintance
November 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My son worked at Coas and introduced me to Pat.I remember talking to Pat in Coas when I was looking for books. He was such a nice man. Condolences to the family. Karen Hartman Hayes
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