GREEN — Dale W. Green, 85, beloved husband, father and grandfather, entered eternal rest on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. He was born April 10, 1928, to Furney and Della (Dawson) Green in McAlester, Okla.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Edwin, Ray, Ralph and James; sister Pauline; and son Ron. Dale is survived by his wife, Alma (Garrison) Green, of Socorro; daughter Janet Green and husband, Eddie, of Las Cruces; son Jim Green and wife, Yolanda, of Santa Fe; grandson Wesley Green; daughter-in-law Cindy, of Wichita, Kan.; nieces Nancy Powell, Beth Ogle, Joyce Ann Shepard, Kay Green and Linda Ward and husband, Bruce; and nephews Jimmy Duck and wife, Sherry, Robert Duck and wife, Kathy, Charlie Black and wife, Judy, and Ken Black and wife, Barbe. Perri and Randy Jennings officially adopted Dale as “Pops,” being a special member of the family, as well as close friend Georgia Seery. He has been graciously cared for by Donna Taylor and Renee Lopez.
Dale grew up in McAlester, graduating from high school and attending college in Wilburton and Miami, Okla. He lived in Las Cruces, El Paso, Texas, and Carrizozo before moving to Socorro in 1960. Dale was an Army veteran who served first in postwar Japan and then in the Korean conflict. He was employed as a civil engineer at White Sands Missile Range for 30 years, supervising facilities at Stallion Range Center for most of that time. He had an extraordinary work ethic and received numerous commendations for exemplary service. Dale capped off his career consulting on Department of Defense contracts for two decades with Cortez III and PMR corporations. Dale was inducted into the WSMR Hall of Fame in 2009.
He was appointed by Gov. Garrey Carruthers to serve on the International Space Hall of Fame Commission in the late 1980s. Dale was active in the Socorro community, having taught classes in the continuing education programs, as well as serving on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Socorro Men’s Golf Association and as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. Dale enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, watching University of Oklahoma football, Nancy and Beth’s barrel racing, Robert and Kathy’s Duck Racing and good New Mexican food. He followed New Mexico State University Aggie basketball for many years.
Dale loved his wife and family dearly, especially Wes, his only grandchild.
Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 304 McCutcheon Ave., Socorro, followed by interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m. Pallbearers were the Honorable Don Tripp Jr., Holm Bursum III, retired Col. Frank Geisel, Dr. Dennis Stanley, Jimmy Duck and Eddie Binder.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations be given in Dale’s honor to the Ronald Dale Green Memorial Scholarship at NMSU, in care of the NMSU Foundation, P.O. Box 3590, Las Cruces, NM 88002 or the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1155, Socorro, NM 87801. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Dale’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
BOYD — Richard Boyd was born to Dick and George (Davenport) Boyd in Santa Fe on July 6, 1923. He died in San Juan County, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 90 years young.
Richard’s family was of paramount importance to him, and he spent a lifetime, first, last and always as a New Mexico cowman/rancher. He spent the first part of his life in the Jemez Mountains, attending elementary school in Pena Blanca and graduating from Albuquerque High. He attended one semester at New Mexico State University-Las Cruces. When he received notice from Uncle Sam, he signed up for the U.S. Navy and became a radarman 1st class on the USS Geneva, a troop/prisoner of war transport in the Pacific.
When Richard was discharged from the Navy, he married the love of his life, Vera Mordasini, from Brawley, Calif. They returned to New Mexico and went back to work for Frank Bond & Sons, where he became cattle foreman working in the Valle Grande (now called Valles Caldera) during the summers and on different winter ranches, located from Santa Fe to west of Albuquerque. Other than his military service, a stint in Mexico working on the AFTOSA program for eradication of hoof and mouth disease, and one winter in Colorado working ranches, Richard spent his entire life in New Mexico. He and Vera raised four children and mentored many more.
In 1957, they bought a farm and moved to Sile, across the river from Pena Blanca. After a couple of years, he moved to Chama for the first time to look after steers on the Sargent country up the Chamita.
Richard leased country and looked after cattle from Highway 64 to Highway 17, and out west of Chama. From 1965 to 1980, the Boyds lived up the Canones, then moved west of town. Richard and Vera always spent the summers in Chama. During the late 1970s, they took their cows for seven winters to the Del Curto ranches in Socorro County. When he was 65 years old, they bought a ranch in the Largo Canyon, south of Bloomfield, and lived their winters there for 10 years, after which they moved to Blanco for the winters. Richard was a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers and New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, served on the ASCS board, and was active in the Acequias wherever he lived.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the Chama Community Church.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Vera; his sister Sally Hewitt (husband Frank), of Aptos, Calif.; daughters Toni Broaddus (widowed), of Magdalena/Chama, Linda Bierner (widowed) of T or C, and Molly B. Manzanares (husband Antonio), of La Puente; son Richard “Buzz” Boyd (wife Barbara), of Sherman, Texas; 13 grandkids, 27 great-grandkids and seven great-great-grandkids; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and so many very good friends and neighbors.