Leland Jay Mecham

Services: At 10 a.m. Nov. 24 there will be a a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church in Tucumcari.

Leland Jay “Lee” Mecham, 89, of Tucumcari died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007 while on a visit to El Paso,Texas.

Mr. Mecham was born Nov. 26, 1917 in Lockerby, Utah, to Leonidas Maroni Mecham and Jesse Bernice Peterson Mecham. He graduated from San Carlos High School, San Carlos, Ariz., attended the Teacher’s College in Flagstaff, Ariz. and graduated from Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanics Arts in 1940. Also in 1940, he married Mary W. Lutz (Sandy). He was a long-time and active member of First Presbyterian Church of Tucumcari and was involved with Helping Hands Hospice, the Art League and NARFE, as well as other organizations. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service in 1975. One of his many retirement activities was to help prepare the bronze dinosaurs for the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Maxine Corey, Opal Thompson and Evelyn Freeman; one brother, Ray Mecham; his beloved wife, Sandy; and one daughter, Carol Hearn and her husband, Pat.

Mr. Mecham is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Wayne) Huffman of Tucumcari; two sons, Gary Jay (Vonda) Mecham of Tyler, Texas, and Patrick Wayne (Melissa) Mecham of Elko, Nev.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He will be missed by his many friends and family members. A celebration of his life will be held at the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church after the memorial service in November. Please stop by between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to visit the family and share the story of his life. Memorials should go to First Presbyterian Church or Helping Hands Hospice.