Obituaries (4/24/14)

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TAYLOR ­— Donna L. Taylor, 57, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 in San Antonio, N.M. She was born in Austin, Texas on March 3, 1957, to John K. and Edith F. (Maxwell) Davis. Donna grew up in Austin and moved to Socorro, N.M., in 1974 and received her GED in 1981. She worked at Supermart for 15 years and as a caregiver for the last 14 years. Donna married Alvie F. Taylor on Feb. 6, 1974. Donna was devoted to her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a very caring and giving person who will be missed by all of those that loved her and knew her. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of forty years,, Alvie F. Taylor; and her parents. Donna is survived by her loving children, Alvie Taylor Jr. and Tara L. Taylor; her brothers, John Davis Jr. and Richard Davis; sisters, Deborah Henderson and Janet Shaw, grandchildren, Kevin Kenneth Taylor, Antonio Garcia, Dustin Taylor, and Jerry Taylor. Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Daniels Family Funeral Services — Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield, Socorro with Rev. David McDaniel officiating. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Donna’s care has been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

TAYLOR — Alvie F. Taylor, 65, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 in San Antonio, N.M. He was born in Austin, Texas on January 16, 1949, to Alvie and Martha Rhymes Taylor. Alvie moved to Socorro in 1954 and attended Socorro High School. He was a excellent Diesel Mechanic before retiring. Alvie loved to fish and hunt and enjoyed playing his guitar. Alvie married Donna Davis Taylor on Feb. 6, 1974. He was a dedicated family man and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 40 years, Donna Davis Taylor; and his parents. Alvie is survived by his devoted children, Alvie Taylor Jr. and Tara Taylor; half brothers, Perry Tatum, David Tatum, and James Tatum; half sister, Pauline Taylor; grandchildren, Kevin Kenneth Taylor, Antonio Garcia, Dustin Taylor, and Jerry Taylor . Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Daniels Family Funeral Services — Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield, Socorro with Rev. David McDaniel officiating. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Alvie’s care has been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

FINLEY — James R. Finley 71, a long time resident of Socorro, passed away April 8, 2014, peacefully at his home in Florida surrounded by family. He was born July 19, 1942, in Tulsa, Okla. He honorably served our country in the US Navy. He invested in our future by serving in the areas of astronomics. He retired from Northrop Grumman after 45 years of service, many of which were spent as site manager for GEODSS at WSMR, where he made many great friendships. Upon retiring, he moved to Crestview, Florida. He loved the ocean, golfing, gardening and the outdoors. He was an avid reader.  Most of all, he loved his family. He was a beloved husband and father. Jim is survived by his wife and best friend of 37 years Mary, daughter Suzanne and husband Rick Kleinsasser of Pismo, Calif., daughter Kimberley and husband Clifford Moore of Crestview, FL, daughter Christine and husband Tim Gleason of Socorro, N.M., grandchildren Kim, Ashley, Jenna and husband Fred, Kandace, Jack and Nate, great grandchildren Sierra, Gaige, Monique, Sandra, Pierce and Nayeli along with many other relatives whom he adored. Jim was a wonderful, brilliant, and peaceful man that the world was blessed to have known. He is loved very much and will be dearly missed.

DUQUET ­— Robert Theodore Duquet died peacefully at the age of 84 on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Socorro, N.M. after a long illness.  He was born on September 17, 1929 to William F. and Marie C. Duquet in Sherbrooke, Quebec Province, Canada. William and Marie had one other child, Mary Frances, who is Robert’s beloved younger sister. Robert, known by many of his friends in Socorro as Bob, had a long and illustrious academic career, attaining both his BS and MS degrees in Meteorology in Montreal, Canada, and moving to the USA to attain a PhD in Meteorology at New York University. Although Bob’s studies were in Meteorology and he started his professional career as a Meteorologist at an airfield in Gander, Newfoundland, most of his career was spent in the emerging field of Computer Science. He was on the ground floor of computer science, studying and teaching classes in this new field at Penn State, and SUNY Albany, and was the head of the Computer Science Department for several years at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Bob helped to write the first SETI programs and even collaborated with luminaries in the field, Frank Drake and Carl Sagan. Eventually, Bob’s passion for Computer Science led him to work for National Radio Astronomy Observatory through Cornell University, first at Arecibo in Puerto Rico for 5 years and finally at the Very Large Array (VLA) just outside of Socorro County on the San Agustin Plains for 14 years. While working at VLA, Bob also taught classes in Computer Science at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM.  Bob retired in 1994. Bob’s first marriage was to Mary Alice Duquet with whom he had 5 children: Christopher, Mia, Paul, Kati, and Andrew.  Later in his life, he moved to Socorro in 1980 to work at VLA.  In 1986, he married Alice Harriet Caldwell, who had 3 grown children: Deb, Kimberly, and Madelyn. Bob and Alice were married for almost 28 years, during which time he also gained 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Despite Bob’s very busy life as an academic, computer scientist and programmer, father and grandfather, he also had several hobbies. He was a voracious reader his whole life, a lover of classical music, and a skilled gardener. He also enjoyed playing bridge, SkipBo, and Cribbage. Bob is survived by his sister and her spouse, Mary and Ian Cogan of Orleans, Ontario, Canada;  five children and their spouses, Christopher and Jinshil Duquet of Evanston, Ill.; Mia Duquet of Santa Cruz, Calif.; Paul Duquet of Puerto Rico; Kati and Scott Long of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Andrew Duquet and Suman Gill of Kensington, Calif.; his three stepchildren and their  spouses, Deb Caldwell and Don Boyd of Socorro, N.M.; Kim Caldwell and Kyle Miller of Leadville, Colo.; and Madelyn Caldwell of Las Cruces, N.M.; his six grandchildren, Christopher Shaunfield of Houston, Texas; Michaela Mabry of Las Cruces, N.M.; Holden Long of Phoenix, Ariz.; Emilie Duquet of Evanston, Ill.; and Ryan and Annika Duquet of Kensington, Calif.; and one great grandson, Maverick Shaunfield of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews who all reside in Canada. Funeral services for Robert Duquet will be held on Friday, April 25 at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, N.M., with the Holy Rosary being recited  at 9:30 a.m. and the Mass of resurrection following  at 10 a.m. with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to San Miguel Church Restoration Fund, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, N.M. 87801. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Bob’s care has been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530