Dr. Gary Mitchell
1948 - 2021
Steed-Todd Funeral Home
800 E. Manana Blvd
Clovis, NM
Services are scheduled for 2 PM, Saturday, October 9 at First Baptist Church for Gary Don Mitchell of Clovis, New Mexico.
Dr. Gary Mitchell, 73, died October 1, 2021, at Plains Regional Medical Center.
Pastors Tyler Hicks, Dan Pearce, and Jesse Cantu will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Lawn Haven Cemetery. Visitation will be at Steed Todd Chapel Friday beginning at 4:00 PM. Pallbearers are Nathan Flores, Estefan Flores, Caleb Mitchell, Terry Lomas, Shane Allen and Norman Kia. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Andrews, Mike Trower and Sam Pierce.
Gary was born February 18, 1948, in Clovis, the son of WY and Della Mitchell. His parents, by word and example, instilled in him a love for God, which encouraged him at 9 years of age to accept Jesus as his savior.
He lived much of his life in Clovis, graduating from Clovis High School in 1966. He attended and ran track at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX before transferring to the University of North Texas in Denton. It was at North Texas where he met the love of his life, Judy. They were married in December of 1969 and both graduated together from North Texas in 1970, where he received his BA in Journalism. He later earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
After earning his master's degree, he worked as continuity writer and director at a Dallas TV station operated by CBN before moving back to Clovis in 1978 to work as sports editor at the Clovis New Journal. After only a year, however, he felt called by God to serve as pastor of a local Baptist church where he and his wife ministered for 10 years.
It was from this unique perspective of being a writer and a pastor that inspired much of the Amos the Churchmouse poems printed in the CNJ while he worked there. He would later publish two books: "Amos the Churchmouse: a view from under the pew" and "Amos the Philosophical Churchmouse: another view from under the pew."
After 14 years at the CNJ in various writing positions, he began working at the Wayland Baptist University-Clovis campus as Assistant to the Dean in 2003 before becoming Executive Director and Dean until his retirement in December 2020. He cared greatly for all of the students and staff there. Even after his retirement, he continued teaching online undergraduate and graduate religion classes at WBU up until his passing.
He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Clovis, where he currently served as elder and deeply loved his church family.
Gary enjoyed spending time in the mountains with his wife, visiting and spending time with his daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids, and philosophizing with friends. He will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was a humble and kind friend to all and his gentle spirit will be deeply missed. Like Barnabas, he was an encouragement to those who knew him.
For those of us grieving, the closing lines of Gary's poem, "amos on perseverance," continues to remind us of the strong faith Gary had in the One who gives us hope:

sometimes boss
perseverance simply
means remembering who
we re resting on

He was preceded in death by his mother, Della Mitchell.
He is survived by his father, WY Mitchell Jr; his wife of 51 years, Judy Mitchell; his daughter, Mara Flores (Jessie Flores); five grandchildren, Thomas Andrews, Aubrey Andrews, Nathan Flores, Estefan Flores, and Andrea Flores; his brother ,Leon Mitchell (Angie Mitchell); his nieces, Kim Spivey (Stu Spivey) and Kristen Guthrie (Travis Guthrie); and nephew, Caleb Mitchell (Leah Mitchell) as well as several cousins and extended family.
We would like to express our deep appreciation for all those who cared for Gary during his hospital and rehab stays and all those who supported him and his family.

Published by Eastern New Mexico News from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2021.
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My condolences to the family of Dean Mitchell, may God give you all strength and comfort during this time. As a former student at Wayland Baptist University here in Clovis I had the privilege of studying under his teachings. He was, is, and will always be a great inspiration not only to me but to many.
Naomi Villa
November 3, 2021
WY Mitchell / Wayne Lomas/ and Family so sorry to hear of Gary"s passing. Here it is the 10/21/2021 and just got the news and feel so bad for not being there for your family. WY and Wayne don't know to reach you. Please just give me a call some time. 575-763-5449. With Love Larry H. family so so many years.
Larry Holland
October 23, 2021
Dr. Mitchell was a Christian inspiration and a teacher from whom I had the privilege of learning. I had the good fortune of taking two of his classes and being a part of his last, and there was no doubt even in a virtual environment that he loved his Lord and had a passion for others to better understand and grow in their communion with Him.
Luca Eickhoff
October 10, 2021
Gary and I were school Mates from Jr, High through High School.
We were both high jumpers in Jr. High and he was a fine friend
and team Mate. You couldn't find a better friend than Gary.
God Bless his Family and Friends and comfort them.

Ray Hess
Ray Hess
October 10, 2021
I am sorry to hear of Dr. Mitchell's passing. He made my time at Wayland very pleasant. My condolecen Please accept my condolences and may my prayers help comfort you during this time of sorrow.
October 7, 2021
I first met Dr. Mitchell when I worked at CCC in the Faculty V Office. He was our part time instructor for our Religion classes at that time. He was always so sweet and kind to everyone. Always enjoyed our talks. Even throughout the years, I would bump into him and would catch up on what had been going on since our last conversation. I will dearly miss you and our talks! Will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.
Grace Orozco-Logan
October 7, 2021
I worked with Gary many years ago at the CNJ. He was such a gentle and kind person. A perfect example of a Godly man.
October 6, 2021
Prayers of sympathy and loss. Karon sent me text regarding your loss.
Theresa Vernon Orn and James Orn
October 6, 2021
Gary was a gentle, kind person who humbly served God. He was the person to go to with Bible questions. He always had a God centered approach to life and his wife, Judy, were an example of God’s love. He is most assuredly with our Father but his love will continue to be with all who he knew and blessed!
Irene Harlow
October 5, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. My sincere condolences to his family. Gary was without a doubt one of the nicest and most kind hearted people I have ever known! I knew Gary as both "Gary" and "Dr. Mitchell" as he taught both of my Religion classes at Wayland Baptist University for my degree and he interviewed me as a reporter for CNJ several times when I was the Public Information Officer for the Clovis Police Department and his then Son-In-Law was also one of our Officers under my supervision. Gary's wife Judy also taught one of my Psychology courses at Wayland. I knew Gary for many years and although I am so deeply saddened by his passing, I have no doubt he has passed on to Heaven and and he lived a Servant's Life In Christ! Rest In Peace Gary!
Patrick Whitney
October 5, 2021
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