Obituary for David O. Evans

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David Olin Evans

July 20, 2017

Jesus saw you were getting tired and parted the heavens for your loving soul to enter. You always gave when you did not have to give. No one could ever deny that you always went that extra mile in topics that you were passionate about (Union 412 and politics that supported the Union). You always had a joke or comment to make everyone laugh. His life was his Godson/nephew, Brandon Salaz and nieces, Maria Salaz and Marisa Littleford. His other passions included fishing and the Colorado Mountains. That is where he felt most at home with nature. He loved his dogs like they were his children. He made amazing friends, George during his lifetime and those friendships made footprints on the hearts of those involved. The footprints that Dave left on families hearts will forever be felt and he will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Our memories and love that we share will hold until we meet again in Gods’ Garden.

He is survived by sisters, Lisa Salaz and her husband, Sean and their children, Brandon and Maria, and Shawn Littleford and her husband Eric, and their daughter, Marisa; brother, Phillip McDonough and his wife, Rebecca, and their children, Jacob and Ashley. He is preceded in death by Janet McDonough, Walter (Phil) McDonough, Dora Chavez, Kenneth Evans, and Pasita (Mama) Chavez.

A Memorial Service for David will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Local Union 412, 510 San Pedro Dr. SE.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 25, 2017

Obituary for William H. Meloy

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William Meloy

  • Born: October 22, 1944
  • Died: June 17, 2017
  • Location: New Mexico

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William was born on October 22, 1944 and passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

William was a resident of New Mexico at the time of passing.

He graduated from Hobbs High School in Hobbs, New Mexico, and completed his degree in… The family of William Meloy created this Life Tributes page to make it easy to share your memories.


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Obituary for Roscoe Talbert Jr.

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Roscoe “Judd” Talbert, 95 years of age, long time Albuquerque resident, died peacefully on June 8, 2017 surrounded by numerous family and friends. Although our hearts are very heavy with sadness, we take solace in the fact that he was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus His Lord and Savior and that we will be joined with him again for eternity. We will miss Judd immensely as he brought us much laughter and joy with his great sense of humor and easy going manner.

He was born on July 27, 1921 to Harriet and Roscoe Talbert in Indianapolis, Indiana, and had six siblings. He was a WWII veteran, and he served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Merchant Marines. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, The Scottish Right, The Shrine Temple and American Legion. He was a 50 year member of UA Local Union No. 412. Judd’s life long career was as a superintendent and mechanical contractor in the pipefitting industry, and held positions worldwide. He retired from Holmes and Narver at Sandia Laboratories in the late 1990s.

Judd was preceded in death by his beloved first wife Barbara.

He is survived by his current wife of 27 years — Dolores (Dee) Talbert; daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Dick Makow, Lola and Adam Polley, Ken and Joanne Brown, Mark and Jodi Lynam, beloved brother Jimmy and wife Jean, immediate grandchildren (Allison, Tommy, Matthew, Michael, Austin and Haley), great-grand children (Brayden and Gabriella Morris), and many others.

Although “thank you” is an inadequate expression of what we truly feel in our hearts, we wish to extend our sincerest gratitude and thanks to: Ambercare Hospice for all of their amazing “angels on earth” — Nurses, Kirk, Catrina, Krystal, Barbara, Rusty, Social Workers, Francisco, Kara, Chaplains Joel and Joyce, Home Health Aides: Alex, Christian, DME staff and all others that made this difficult journey bearable and comforting. Please forgive us for those of you that we may have inadvertently missed you will never be forgotten and will be forever in our hearts. The family also wishes to extend our sincerest gratitude to: Jim and Carol Danek, Beverly Bayonet, Lynda Links, Terri and Jay, David, Greg and Jamy, and all those that offered up prayers, condolences, love and comforting calls, visits and heartfelt words. You all will also be forever in our gratitude and hearts.

Family will hold a celebration of Judd’s life in the near future.


Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 11, 2017

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Celebration of Life for Richard Johnson

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Richard Johnson passed away May 9, 2017.  His Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, May 21st at 11:00 am at Fenton Lake State Park.  A reception to follow at 2:00 pm at Turtle Mountain Brewing Company located at 905 36th Place SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.


Obituary for Ernesto Salazar

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On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, after 59 years, the loving and fun-filled life of Ernie Salazar quietly came to an end. Ernie patiently waited and pursued the love of his life Josie and throughout a beautiful 37 years of marriage they remained inseparable. Amongst a life of love and laughter together they raised two daughters, Tara, and Stacy. Ernie was a generous man both with his money and his time. Ernie devoted his life to his family, which included coaching his daughters in sports, barbecuing on the weekends, waking up early to cook breakfast for his wife, and traveling. Ernie has amassed an abundance of friends throughout his 59 years in which he has shared his love for the Dallas Cowboys and horse racing. Ernie was well known for his social nature and infectious laughter. He was his family’s rock and his friend’s life of the party. Ernie loved his immediate and extended family deeply and his caring and kindness for friends was heart felt. Not only was Ernie a loyal family man but also loyal to his employer Grant and Associates for 37 years as a Plumber’s Foreman. In his retirement, Ernie enjoyed the simple things in life by visiting his daughters, remodeling his house, and ultimately being the best husband for his wife. The family gives thanks to all who touched Ernie’s life, and thereby touched ours.

Ernie is preceded in death by his beloved grandfather, Tircio and grandmother, Ignacita Lopez; his uncles, Isias and Jerry Lopez; and his wife’s father and mother, Jose and Sarita Leyba. He is survived by his wife, Josie; his daughters, Tara and Stacy; and his beloved dog Pampers; his parents, Andrellita and Herman Madrid; sisters, Connie (Juan) Madrid, and Laurie Vigil; his brothers, Herman (Erica) Madrid Jr. and John (Amanda) Madrid. He leaves behind his cherished aunts, Domi Ulibarri, Lorraine Abeyta, and Virginia Lopez; and his dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins, the Leyba family, and countless friends.

A Rosary followed by a Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 24, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH – Wyoming. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Risen Savor Catholic Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque, NM. Honorary Pallbearers are Ronnie Ulibarri, Ted Ulibarri, Eric Lopez, Ray Madrid, Ronaldo Ulibarri and Nathan Madrid.


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Obituary for Winford Walker

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Winford L. (W.L.) Walker, age 91, a resident of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Audrey L. of the family home; daughter, Marsha J. Kirby and husband, Jack of Colorado Springs, CO; son, Gary L. Walker and wife, Cindy of Phoenix, AZ; step-daughter, Sandra B. Byer and husband, Randy of Corrales, NM; step-son, Steve W. Smith of Corrales, NM. He leaves three loving grandchildren, William Byer and wife, Rene, Kathryn B. Ortega and husband, Sam, and Buffy M. Keahey and husband, Brad of Gilbert, AZ; and six great-grandchildren who lovingly called him “Papa” – Kyle, Ryan Byer, Ariel, Eric and Ashlea Ortega, and Zac Keahey; and great-great-granddaughter, Charlea Ortega.

Born November 27, 1925 at Talmo, GA, to Irwin A. and Doris Walker, Winford was the 11th of 12 children and he outlived them all. W.L. was a proud veteran of WW II serving with the U.S. Navy and stationed at Perth, Australia for 16 months and then he spent eight months in Cape, Australia. A member of UA Local 412 Plumber’s Union for 70+ years, he retired in 1987 after 42 years working in construction and repair plumbing. He enjoyed bowling for a number of years and held a life membership with the Good Sam’s Campers club spending many years camping with families and friends of the IOF Campers and Desert Drifters Campers.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at FRENCH – Wyoming. Ennichement will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to a veterans organization of their choice.

Services for Rick W. Horton

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Services for Rick Horton will be held at the
Holiday Inn, Alamogordo
Friday, February 2, 2017
9:00 a.m.

George Robert “Bob” Goodwin, Jr.

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George Robert “Bob” Goodwin, Jr. 79, of Earth, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at the Lynwood Manor Nursing Home in Levelland. His body was donated to Texas Tech Medical School in Lubbock, for Alzheimers research. No formal services will be held, and at his request, his body will be cremated following the research.His ashes will be taken to Wichita, Kans., where he was born on Aug. 23, 1937 to George Sr., and Helen Edwards Goodwin. He graduated from East High School of Wichita, Kans, and later was the oldest member of the 1989 South Plains College Class to receive an Associate degree in Electronics Technology. At SPC, he was treasurer of the Teacher-Student Board, was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Fraternity, and an honor student on the Dean’s List in 1986, and on the President’s honor list in 1987 and 1988. He and Barbara “Bobbie” Thompson Burch were married July 26, 1970, when they combined his five children and her four children into one family. Bob was a long-time resident of Earth, after he moved from Lubbock to work at the Tolk Generating Station as an ironworker. He was a member of Ironworkers Local 412 Pipefitters/Plumbers Union of New Mexico. He retired in 2009. Surviving are his wife, Bobbie Goodwin of Earth; his two sons, Micheal “Mike” Goodwin of Rio Rancho, N.M. and Bill Goodwin of Lubbock; and three daughters, Jeannie Lolley, Lori Welch and Felicia Goodwin, all of Wichita, Kans.; 40+ grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jaci; and his step-children: Danny Bob Burch of Norman, Okla., Twyalia Voyles Crabb of Littlefield, Wesley Burch of Winfield, Mo., Jeffery Burch of Lubbock, and Robert Goodwin of Bledsoe.

Obituary for Larry “Rex” Brasell

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Larry “Rex” Brasell died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday November 17, 2016 of kidney failure at the age of 72. He was born in Seagraves Texas, but considered Lubbock to be his childhood home. He moved to New Mexico to join the UA Local 412 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union in Albuquerque and spent 10 years as a pipefitter before running for Secretary Treasurer of the Union. He served two three-year terms and then served two terms as Business Manager. He remained a loyal member of the union to the very end. He was a committed pragmatic progressive who believed in working within the existing political system to improve people’s lives. To this end he was the founding president of New Mexico PROPAC, a progressive political action committee, that had a positive impact on New Mexico politics that endured for many years. He served on many boards and committees, both in Albuquerque and nationally for his union.

Rex met his wife Elinor Gollay after retirement. They moved to St. Petersburg FL, traveled around the world, and eventually settled in Portland OR. Shortly after he learned his kidneys were failing. Elinor gave him a kidney and the two of them were able to continue their world travels for more than six years. Even as his health was failing, he continued to be an avid reader, to follow politics, and be a loving father, friend and husband.

He leaves behind two daughters, Brenna McJimsey and Rachel Lewis, three grandsons, Rowan and Malcolm McJimsey and Jonah Lewis, all of Albuquerque and his devoted wife, Elinor Gollay in Portland, OR.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the organization that saved his life with a kidney transplant:

Donations by check should be made payable to Good Samaritan Foundation, For: William M. Bennett Chair of Medicine Endowment, In Memory of: Rex Brasell

The mailing address is: Good Samaritan Foundation, PO Box 4484, Portland, OR 97208.

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2016