Obits Dec 31

Arturo S. “Casey” Martinez

Arturo S. “Casey” Martinez, 70, a well known educator and a resident of Las Vegas, passed away on Friday following an illness.
Arturo was born on Oct. 23, 1933 in Madera and attended Espanola Schools and graduated from Northern New Mexico Normal High School. He received his B.A. from New Mexico Highlands University and his master’s of education at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. and was in their doctorate program.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was honorably discharged after two years in the fields of communications and artillery during the Korean Conflict.
He play baseball for the San Fancisco Giants farm clubs, the Sooner State League in Muskogee, the Evangeline League, Lake Charles, La. and the Eastern League, Springfield, Mass. He taught at St. Peter’s High School in Roswell, Santa Cruz High School in Santa Cruz. He was dean of students at Mountain View and Awalt High Schools in the Los Altos School District in Mountain View, Calif., the assistant superintendent of minority affairs and staff development in the Los Altos School District in Mountain View, Calif. He was chairman of the health and physical education department and athletic director and head basketball coach at New Mexico Highlands University.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleofas and Senaida Martinez Sr.; three brothers, Cleofas Martinez Jr., Delio Martinez and Horacio Martinez; and by two sisters, Fortunata Chavez and Gloria Hopwood.
He is survived by his wife Onofre of Las Vegas; two sons, Daryl Martinez of Fort Gibson, Okla., and Barry Martinez (Elaine) of Muskogee, Okla.; three daughters, Elena Gutierrez (Roman), Christie Brown (Gerald) and Lea Martinez all of Muskogee; three sisters Henrietta Castillo of Mantica, Ohio, Nora Salazar (Gilbert) of Chamita and Cora Abeyta of Rio Rancho. Two brothers Andres Martinez (Mary Ann) of Santa Fe and Fernando Martinez of San Francisco; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are private.
Arrangements were handled by Gonzales Funerals.

Donald Rogers

Donald Rogers, 70, of Tucumcari died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003 in Amarillo.
He was born Dec. 17, 1933 in Lockmoore, Mich.
He was a member of the Tucumcari Elks Lodge 1172. He and his wife Janice moved to Tucumcari from Michigan in 1993.
Surviving him is his wife Janice of Tucumcari, one sister Beatrice Orchard and one brother John Rogers, both of Michigan.
Funeral services will be held at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. Rev. Jim Witcher, minister of the First Christian Church of Tucumcari will officiate.
Arrangements by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Thomas J. Azling

Thomas J. Azling, 87, of Logan died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003 at Dan Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari.
Thomas was born April 20,1916 in Hayden N.M. He had been a long time Nara Visa, resident. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He retired from the New Mexico Highway Department in 1979.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee. He was also a member of the American Legion post in Logan N.M.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Fay in 1992.
He is survived by two daughters: Sara Frances Stone of Nara Visa and Ivy Dell Wilson of Amarillo, one son Charles Azling of White Sands.
He is also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Nara Visa Community Center. Clifton Miller will officiate.
Burial will be at the Nara Visa Cemetery.
Arangements by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Cecil Eloy Mares

Cecil Eloy Mares, 83, of Tucumcari died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003 at Manor Care Heights in Albuquerque.
He was born in Tucumcari Nov. 16, 1920.
He served in WWII in the U.S. Army. He was a life-time member of the Beterans of Foreign Wars. He retired as a Southern Pacific Railroad employee and was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church.
He was preceeded in death by his wife, Josephine Mares.
He is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Vigil and husband, Joe, of Albuquerque and Ida Macias and husband, Tony, of Tucumcari.
Cecil had seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Rosary services will be held Jan. 1, 2004 at St. Anne’s Cathlolic Church at 7 p.m.
Mass of Resurrection will be held Jan. 2, 2004 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Rev. Father Leo Padget will preside.
Funeral services by Dunn’s Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Norm Stranton

Norm Stratton, 70, of Clovis died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003 at his home.
He was born on Aug. 20, 1933 in Tucumcari to Jewell and Winnie Davis Stratton. He married Suzie Reagan on Aug. 7, 1955 in Tucumcari. They moved to Clovis in 1969.
He graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. In 1959 he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and was recalled to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He worked for KTNM and KICA radio stations where he broadcast football and basketball games as the “voice” of the Clovis High School Wildcats and the Tucumcari Rattlers for many years.
In 1999 he retired from Allsup’s Corporate Offices after 17 years as manager of risk management and check intercept.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents. Survivors include a daughter Stephanie (Todd) Spencer of Clovis, two sons, Stuart Stratton (Terri) of Clovis and Steve Stratton (Ruth) of Las Vegas, Nev.
He is also survived by three granddaughters and four grandsons and two nieces.
Services were today at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Clovis. Rev. Steve McElroy will officiate. Burial will follow at the Quay Cemetery in Quay.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Special Olympics of New Mexico, Clovis Chapter.
Arrangements by Steed Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.