Obituaries (08/18/2012)

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TIGNER – George “Buddy” F. Tigner, 74, a resident of Magdalena  , passed away on Aug. 14, 2012, after a life time of ranching, raising children and serving others. He was born on Oct. 19, 1937, in El Paso, Texas, to Fletcher C. Tigner and Cleo M. Holder Tigner. Buddy was raised on the family ranch between Deming and Silver City. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 1959, where he majored in agriculture and minored in English. He taught agriculture at Deming High School from 1959-1962 and Socorro High School from 1962-1965. Buddy also served in the National Guard. In 1963 his family relocated to the present family ranch in Magdalena. He met and married his wife, Deborah Farmer in 1972. They raised six children and ranched in the Magdalena area for over 40 years. He loved ranching and being a steward of the land. He devoted his life to his family and found joy in being with his children, grandchildren and friends. He always said his greatest success was his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; his six children; 22 grandchildren; brother, James Tigner, of Hartville, Mo.; and sister, Patricia Moses, of Sandia Park, N.M. His children and their spouses are Fletcher and Heidi Tigner of Magdalena, Mary Anne and Jory Mirabal of Magdalena, Erin and Matt Napier of Albuquerque, Sarah and Jason Valenzuela of Sandia Park, Carrie and Dustan Sant of Magdalena, Becca and Stetson Herrera of Magdalena. His grandchildren are Dakota and Cy Kellis, Josie and Macey Tigner; Jorrell, Jaxson, Joren, Jorianne and Jewel Mirabal; Alec, Abigail, Aidan, Audrey, Aspyn, and Ashtin Napier; Sariah, Jason, Damin, Thomas, Jaida and George Valenzuela and Prescott Herrera. Buddy was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Services will be held at the Magdalena High School Gym in Magdalena on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at 10 a.m. Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc., 303 N. Cedar St., T. or C., NM 87901, (575) 894-2574. For online condolences go to www.kirikosfamilyfunerlhome.com.