Bruce King
Bruce King Age 85, of Stanley, NM, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2009, at his ranch surrounded by his loving family. New Mexico's longest serving Governor, Bruce King was born to Mollie and William King near Stanley, NM on April 6, 1924. He graduated from Stanley High School, attended the University of New Mexico, and began his lifelong commitment to public service with service to his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. On returning to Moriarty, he met and married his lifelong partner, Alice Marie Martin King on June 1, 1947 at the Baptist Church in Moriarty, NM. He is survived by two sons, Bill and Gary; four grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Having enjoyed playing football at the University of New Mexico, Bruce continued as an avid supporter of high school sports and stalked the sidelines of Moriarty Pinto football games for his sons with such a gusto that he was often mistaken as the coach. He and his two brothers, Sam and Don, built their family homestead into one of the most successful farming and ranching operations in New Mexico. Bruce was dedicated to serving his community and New Mexico. Bruce's life in politics began in the early 1950's when he worked on Senator Dennis Chavez's campaign. In 1954, Bruce was elected to the Santa Fe County Commission. After two terms on the commission, Bruce ran for the New Mexico House of Representatives and was elected to the first of his five terms. In 1963, he was selected to the first of three terms as Speaker of the House, a job he always described as one of his favorites. Following his service in the Legislature, he was elected to the State's second Constitutional Convention and was chosen to serve as the President of the Convention. In 1970, Bruce was elected to his first term as NM Governor. Prevented from serving consecutive terms by the NM Constitution, Bruce ran and was elected for Governor twice more, in 1978 and 1990. Bruce did much to improve and modernize NM government including: creation of a professional personnel system, equalization of funding for education statewide, creation of the Severance Tax Permanent fund, creation of the environment department, and bringing all services for children and families under the direction of a single cabinet agency. His lifetime in politics is detailed in his book "Cowboy in the Roundhouse". His legacy also includes the appointment of many honest and capable judges in NM. Bruce served his community in other ways, including: the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, Wichita Farm Credit Bank Board, Sunwest Bank Board, and the Four Corners Regional Commission. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, a 4-H and FFA leader, a member of the Farm Bureau and NM Cattlegrowers Association, VFW, and an honorary life member of the Moriarty Rotary Club. Bruce was Chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party and Vice-Chair of the National Governor's Association. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents; and granddaughter, Caitlyn King; and his beloved wife, Alice. He is survived by his two sons, Bill King of Stanley, NM and Gary King and his wife, Yolanda of Moriarty, NM; brothers, Sam King and his wife, Che Sun Kim of Stanley, NM, Don King and his wife Dorothy of Stanley, NM; sister, Leota Brooks and her husband Jack of Libby, MT; grandchildren: Becky and Tom Spindle, Jenny and Josh Caldes, Stacy King and Eric, and Cameron Anderson; and eight great grandchildren. Former Governor Bruce King will lie in state at the NM State Capitol on Friday, November 20, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Funeral Service will be on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at the Moriarty High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. with Reverend Dr. Russell C. Lee, Lutheran Pastor officiating. Burial will follow at the Stanley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: David King, Sam King, Jerry King, Kenneth Lloyd Martin, Robert Glen Repass, Tom Spindle, Josh Caldes, and Eric Anderson. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Becky Spindle, Jenny Caldes, and Stacy King. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the New Mexico Children's Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to: Harris-Hanlon Mortuary "Our Family Serving Your Family" 505-832-6130

Published by Santa Fe New Mexican from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2009.
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My sincere condolences to the family. He was a great man and my Governor for many years. I will always remember him with the upmost respect and admiration. I reside in Kansas now but I'm looking forward to returning to the country (NM) that both Governor King and I love.
Karlon Cruse
December 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Frank Lay
December 15, 2009
Former Governor Bruce King spent his time and energy working for effective government. Take comfort in knowing that God's Kingdom will provide the best possible one, doing away with illness, sorrow, and death. (Revelation 21:3,4) I'm looking forward to meeting Bruce personally at that time in the near future.
With deepest sympathy, but with hope also, to the family,
Rosanna Gaskin
December 12, 2009
Dear and wonderful King Family,
Thank you for sharing your dear parents with the rest of NM.
Those we hold most dear never truly leave us... they live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives.
Though we know heaven has welcomed
a very special person,
Our hearts still feel the sorrow.
We are better people for haveing counted Bruce and Alice our friends.
Sincere Sympathy,
The Copeland Family
Nara Visa, NM
December 8, 2009
Our hearts break at such sad news, but remember that God is “near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34: 18).
M Kamil
December 8, 2009
My heartfelt condolences to the King family in the loss of their very special loved one, former Gov. Bruce King. He will always hold a very special place in the hearts and minds of many, in and out of New Mexico. Gov. King was the keynote speaker at many commencements in New Mexico. In 1991 he presided at the New Mexico Highlands University commencement during my graduation and I will always remember the care and inspiration he shared on that very special day. God Bless the King family as we all share in the memory of Bruce and Alice King.
Maria Sanchez
December 4, 2009
We extend our deepest sympathies to the entire King family, especially Bill. We were honored to be with Bruce, et al during a lunch with the American Hereford Assoc. in August.
Thank you for that time with your father.
Jerry & Maryann Huth
December 3, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
December 1, 2009
Dear King family, I was so sad to learn that Bruce had passed away. I was a summer missionary in New Mexico and stayed with Bruce and Alice for two weeks. I was so impressed with their sweet Christian spirit. Years later my husband and I were able to visit with Bruce at the Capitol when he was the Governor. I will always have fond memories of Bruce and Alice opening their home to me.
Gayle Verble King
November 30, 2009
To the King Family........

My thoughts,prayers, love and sympathies go out to you all on the lost of one of New Mexico's very special people. Yes, Bruce was a great politician, but always had an open ear to listen to a friend's or a citizen's problems.

Although I am a Republican I can proudly say that I always voted for him and was happy to serve on any committee that he wished to appoint me too.

Both Alice and Bruce (and the King family) did so much for our great state. I am just so proud that I was allowed to take part and see some of it.

Bruce, just keep following that bright and shiny staircase to our Lord and have earned it my dear friend.

Chuck Nashan
Chuck Nashan
November 29, 2009
My thoughts and prayers to the King family. I met Governor King in 1971 or 1972. I had met his son Gary at a Science Camp at Colorado College in the summer of 1971, and later went to New Mexico on a visit where I had the opportunity to meet Gary's family. Governor King was so warm and charming to me. I know his family is saddened at their loss and that Governor King will be missed by his family and by the entire state of New Mexico.
Jane Stafford Scott
November 29, 2009
My thoughts and prayers to the entire family. God bless the entire family. I now live in Texas,originally lived in New Mexico .Governer King will truely be missed
Delia Ramirez
November 28, 2009
Dear King family, My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. I fondly remember a story my father Ernest Ulibarri Sr. from Santa Fe told often when I was growing up. He would tell friends and family: "I was so honored when Bruce King called and asked if he could come over to my house and change clothes for his first election as Governor. He often talked about his friend Governor King. My father passed away 9 years ago, he was a Northern, New Mexico resident born in Tierra Amarilla, NM. I am sure he would have been very saddened by Mr. Kings passing. I will surely keep all of you in my prayers and ask dear dad for prayers also. Terry Medina
Terry Medina
November 23, 2009
Dear King family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief, we met Bruce after we moved to Stanley in 1994 what a wonderful and caring man. It was truly an honor to know him.
Keith & Becky Easley
East Alton IL.
formally of Stanley
November 22, 2009
My dad, Jose F. Hernandez, was a correctional officer. He worked with many governors, but he admired and respected Bruce King for his kindness to him as a prison guard, as well to the prisoners who cleaned and maintained the governor's mansion. I ran into Governor King many years after my dad's death, and I told him my dad had worked for him. He remembered him and asked how Jose was doing. Governor King and Alice King were very close to my mom's heart as well. They were SO into people and never into them being of such high rank for our state. Thank you!
Gloria and the Hernandez Family
Gloria Hernandez
November 22, 2009
Today, as they laid you to rest, I was working; I've landed a job where my chief responsibility is in taking care of other people's dreams, and believing in the power of human potential. I missed you, wanted to be with you as you went home, but I knew that I was where you would have wanted me to be, because you would have been there too if you had been able to.

I remember the moment when you became the first person who ever genuinely believed in what I was capable of becoming ... today, people stand in awe at what I can do, but if only they knew it wouldn't have been possible without you!

Rest, my dear, sweet friend. My heart is a broken, wounded thing, but my pain will pass, and after all, you are not truly gone from this place. I will keep my promise to you; I will serve, I will work, I will do my best for those who matter, no matter if I do or not. You loved them, and so do I. Thank God for what he created in you; thank God he allowed you to give some small part of it to all of us.

Someday, we will meet at the river on the far side of the veil and laugh as in times of old. I love you so, Mr. King; now that you are gone, the world will never be without that same love from those you inspired by your life.


Torres G. Leyba
Meadow Lake, New Mexico
Torres Leyba
November 22, 2009
Dearest King Family,

We remember when we moved to NM and had a moment to shake hands with the Great Governor at the El Comodor. He just beamed with enthusiasm. What a special human being. We are so saddened by the losses of Bruce and Alice. It must be so hard to lose them both so close together. At least they are together watching over us all now. Our heartfelt condolences.
Karen & Dana Robbins
November 20, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Al and Terri McBrayer
November 20, 2009
My prayers go out to the Family of Bruce King and the citizens of the Great State of New Mexico The Land of Enchantment. Our family's go back a long way and I will never forget my first time to meet and shake the hand of Bruce King in 1970 as I was a shy 5 or 6 year old girl sitting in a room with my Grandmother and brother when he entered the room and made his way to the row of chairs where we were sitting. I still have the picture. He had my vote from Hello and then on. I grew up around politics and campaigned in his next two elections as well as David King, Senator Jeff Bingaman and my own Father - Louis Gallegos. May you and Alice live happily ever after in God's Kingdom.
Sandra Miller
November 20, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jon Lowder
November 20, 2009
To the Family of Bruce King,

The Governor simply defined New Mexico for so many years. His heart-felt warmth and passion of everything New Mexico will be certainly missed. But most importantly his care and concern for fellow New Mexicans will forevere live on. He was a man who, with alce by his side, made everyone feel like they were part of his family. Vaya Con Dios our friend!
Kevin Cronk
November 19, 2009
November 19, 2009
I am so saddened by Governor King's passing. He and his wife were wonderful people. I had the opportunity to campaign for him for his first campaign as Governor and I continued to be on his side throughout the years. My sincere apologies and Blessings go to his surviving family. He was a great man!!!
Donna Storch Wallace
November 19, 2009
To the family of Bruce King, may you have comfort in knowing that the wonderful man Mr. Bruce King was, is now in God's Heavenly Kingdom with his lovely wife. On behalf of my daddy, Benjamin M. Sandoval, who was a very dear friend of Mr. King and admired him very much, we wish you peace and comfort through this time of sorrow.
Margaret Trujillo
November 19, 2009
Bruce was my mother's (Bessie Plumlee-Brice) first cousin and she sure thought alot of him. They are both in heaven catching up on the family news along with Alice. Bruce's life was filled with fun and excitement. He will be missed.
Darlene Brice-Kelly
Darlene Kelly
November 19, 2009
Sam, Gary, Don, David, Bill and our King Family in New Mexico. Governor Brue King belonged to New Mexico. He was truly New Mexico. My memories from being a little girl and always being with my father in politics there never was an event that Gov.King was not there. When he spoke to you, he made you feel like you were family, a part of his family and you know we were. Vaya Con Dios Governor King and ride your horse to meet your wife Alice.
Patsy Trujillo
November 19, 2009
To a great man,thoughts and prayers to his family. Stanley just wont be the same without Bruce and Alice.
John and Quenby Jacquez
November 18, 2009
New Mexico is a better place because people like Gov. King put their best efforts into making it so. My sincerest condolences to the family.
Alberto Roybal
November 18, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ronald R Beserra
November 18, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jan Bergeron
November 17, 2009
Cousin Bruce is going to be missed so much! But he's with his beloved Alice, and he's in Gods hands now. He was such a good Christian Man, with so much compassion for everyone.
Our Loss... is Heavens gain!
We send our Thoughts & Prayers out to all of you.
God Bless,
Georgia & Steve Collier
Georgia Collier
November 16, 2009
Peace and blessing to his family and friends. May your grief be soothed by the knowledge there is a grateful public who shared your love and share your loss.
November 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
November 16, 2009
I met Bruce King in 1971. In fact took care of his family car at Carl's Pont., Buick, GMC dealership in Santa Fe.
He was a wonderful, smart and joyous kind of person, down to earth kind of guy.
It was no wonder that he had three terms as govenor. And he did such a great job. It is too bad that he couldn't have been the governor in California. He was always my pick. Prays and condolences go out to his family.

The Bernie Leyendecker family.
Bernie Leyendecker
November 16, 2009
As a life long Republican, I voted for Bruce King for governor in 1978. It was the first time I ever voted. It's a vote I've always been proud of. Bruce King was good for New Mexico and will be missed.
Brett Stevenson
November 16, 2009
love the call family form burlington vt
david call
November 16, 2009
To all in the King family, we offer our deepest condolences. May your precious memories and "the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort," give you solace.
W Daniels
November 16, 2009
Good governor.Good man.My condolences to his family.Que vaya con Dios!
john kruse
November 15, 2009
My condolences to the King family. I recall meeting Gov. King on a Student Council field trip from Alamogordo Junior High in the early 1970's, boy was that exciting! I didn't know much about politics back then, but, I do know that I always heard about the good things that Gov. King was doing back in those days. May he rest in peace.
Veronica Baca
November 15, 2009
I remember Gov. King from my many years at St. Michael's High
School in Santa Fe. His visits to the school were always
appreciated by faculty and students; especially graduation exercises.
I can still remember his and his jokes. He will be sadly missed!
Brother Louis Welker, FSC
Provincial Emeritus
Louis Welker
November 15, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
don King
November 15, 2009
My deepest sympathy to Sam, Don, Gary, David, Bill and the King family. I am who I am today because of the influence that Bruce as well as Alice had on my life. I am greatly honored to have known them both while I grew up in Moriarty. They are now Angels with our Lord. The people have lost a very great man.
Monica (Chavez) Kerr
November 15, 2009
Bruce King was a friend, a good man and a colorful and effective governor.
My condolences to his family.
Larry Carter
November 15, 2009
Rest in peace Gov.Bruce King and God Bless.
louis carwell
November 15, 2009
We lived in NM for 19 years before retiring and come back to Kansas. Bruce King was Governor twice while we lived there and he was the BEST Governor that the state every had. He will be truely missed.

Freida Wells Grenola, KS.
November 15, 2009
I lived in Gallup, when Bruce was in office, and had the pleasure of seeing him numerous times. He was a fine man, and a "Good old boy" He was a honest and hard working public servant.
Ralph Royer
November 15, 2009
I met Bruce King when I was about 5 years old. It was a friendship that carried over for a lifetime. Birthday cards, graduation cards. Even an honorary "colonel aide de camp" for such a fine man. I couldnt have asked for a better role model. My thoughts and prayers go to the entire family. I am what I am today partially because of people like Bruce to look up to. Thank you SIR!
Chrissy Jacklin
November 15, 2009
Gary and the rest of the King family, my condolences. It was always great to run into the Governor to get that little punch to the arm...God bless.
Rep Nate Cote
November 15, 2009
I had the distinct pleasure of knowing this very fine gentleman. He will be missed but remember this, he resides in your future, not just the past so keep looking forward because that's where he and his lovely wife Alice are, in your future. Blessings to the family.
Bruce McFadden
November 14, 2009
The people of New Mexico were very fortunate to have this man as their leader. The world is a better place because of Bruce King.
Terry Sontag
November 14, 2009
Dear family of Bruce King I am so sorry for your lost. Let me share a scripture with you at James 4:8 were it says draw close to god and he will draw close to you.
November 14, 2009
To the the family of Bruce King - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow,I know that Bruce will be missed by many.
R Golay
November 14, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with relatives and friends of the lost and the injured. Veteran,US Army, 1954 to 1957.
Charles Martin
November 13, 2009
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