Archive for: October 2015

In Loving Memory of Harold A. “Hal” Donovan

Harold A. “Hal” Donovan, 82, a resident of Rio Rancho, NM passed away on September 21, 2015. He was born October 10, 1932 in Raton, NM to Dr. Harold E. and Irene Donovan. He graduated from Arizona State University and joined the United States Air Force. After returning to New Mexico he was Associate Athletic Director in charge of Finance for the University of New Mexico. After leaving UNM he was the City Manager of Rio Rancho and retired in 1996. He loved to hunt and was an avid golfer for many years. He worked with the Senior Golfers of New Mexico for 20 years and currently with the Eastern New Mexico Senior Golf Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. and Mrs. Harold Donovan, two wives Jeanie and Carmen, sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Andy Gillespie, step-brother Don Stephenson and brother-in-law Warren Krause.

Hal is survived by his three children Cheryl Donovan-Wildes and husband David, Bill Donovan and wife Madeline, and David Donovan and wife Kathleen; grandchildren Kyle and partner Jennifer, Dianna and husband Ryan, Lauren and husband Andy, Zachary, Jacob, Olivia, Alexia, Sophia and great-grandchildren Donovan and Harper; sister-in-law Joan Fowler and husband Glenn, sister-in-law Shirl Edwards-Beery and husband Joe Walker, and sister-in-law Dolores Krause; nieces Donna Martin and husband Don, Carol Smallwood and husband Bill, Dacia Corder and husband Kent, Doug Krause and wife Ann, Hollace Stephenson; and nephew Shawn Stephenson and wife April; and great nieces and nephews.

donovanHal will be greatly missed by his family and many, many friends.

The family will have a gathering at 800 Palmas Altas Drive SE in Rio Rancho on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 2pm to 6pm for those who wish to help us toast this wonderful and amazing man. “Shorts Mandatory” in Hal’s memory.


Published in ABQjournal.com from Sept. 27 to Oct. 2, 2015– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/abqjournal/obituary.aspx?pid=175947697#sthash.7Zn7O8uH.dpuf

In Loving Memory of Robert Hernandez Sr.

Robert Hernandez Sr. passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on September 30, 2015 at the age of 61.

He was born in La Junta, CO., on October 16, 1953 to Della (Avalos) and Jesus Hernandez.

Bob Hernandez Jr.Bob owned and operated H.I.S.  He was a skilled contractor and carpenter.

His greatest loves in his life were his wife, children, family , friends and caring for their well being.

Bob will be missed by all who were fortunate to have had him in their lives.

He is preceded in death by parents Della and Jesus Hernandez, sister, Stephanie Tafoya, brothers Manuel Hernandez, Frank, Edward and Richard Albo.

Left to cherish his memory is wife of 41 years, Faith Hernandez of home address, sons Robert (Katie) Hernandez Jr., Brandon (Joey) Hernandez,  Mario (Carla) Hernandez, daughters Nicole (Dennis) Brock, Melissa Trujillo, grandchildren, Robert III, Jared, Kayla Ann, Summer, Gavin, Logan, Kaleb, Austin, Chance, Robyn, Jeremie, Genisis, Abram, Chanelle, Robert “Halo”, siblings, Maria (Lawrence) DeHerrera, Elena (Jerry) Romero, Jesus Hernandez,  Reyes Hernandez, numerous sisters and brothers in law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Mass will be Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 1PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Private family inurnment to be held at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Dr. Floyd James “Jay” Lark

Dr. Floyd James “Jay” Lark of Goodwell, Oklahoma passed into eternal life September 29, 2015, in Amarillo, Texas.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 47 years, Sue, of Goodwell; daughter Ivy and son-in-law Brad Griffey of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; son Stephen Lark and daughter-in-law, Amy Costner-Lark, of Edmond, Oklahoma; daughter Jennifer Lark, of Oklahoma City; granddaughter Lara Grace Lark, of Edmond; brothers Stanley and Ed Lark; sisters Sharon Hayes, Sylvia Clark, Sue Smith, Sheila Gray, and Shirley Stroik; one special aunt, Ruth Elaine Begio; and many beloved relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Margaret Lark, brothers William and John Lark, and sister Sharlene Morgan.

Born on September 15, 1941, Jay grew up in Raton, New Mexico, with a flock of siblings and cousins. He worked, played, and found all kinds of mischief in the mountains that always felt like his home.

jay larkHe earned a doctorate and taught on both the high school and college levels, finishing his career with 27 years as director of Agricultural Education at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Known as “Doc” to his students, he was a passionate teacher and especially enjoyed road trips to national competitions and conferences. He sought out students who did not have family nearby and usually invited them home for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. He created opportunities to teach every day of his life.

Jay was an active member of Panhandle Centenary United Methodist Church in Goodwell, where he served as the lay leader, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, visited shut-in friends, and served in any way he could for 35 years. He lived his faith and brought many people closer to God.

Jay never met a stranger and was famous for striking up conversations with anyone he came across. He had a special love for animals, from pet dogs to horses, and every single cow, bull, and steer in the Five State area.

Jay was involved in a variety of organizations including the Goodwell Lions Club, Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, and the United Methodist Men. He also served on the Goodwell Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Jay’s life on Saturday, October 3 at Panhandle Centenary United Methodist Church in Goodwell at 11 a.m. Jay will be laid to rest in the Johnson Mesa Cemetery near his childhood home in Raton, New Mexico, at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Jay’s family requests memorial donations to Panhandle Centenary United Methodist Church or the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Foundation, in lieu of flowers. Services are under the direction of Henson-Novak Funeral Directors in Guymon, Oklahoma.

In Loving Memory of Russell Coble

Russell Coble, age 24, died Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Mountain Time on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Pastor Mike Phipps, pastor of the Clayton Gospel Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Bertrand Cemetery in Felt, Oklahoma by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

cobleRussell Coble was born on December 24, 1990 in Boise City, Oklahoma to Charles Coble and Aurora (Mensay) Coble. He was raised in Felt, Oklahoma and attended school in Felt for eleven years and then graduating from Clayton High School in 2009. Russell was living in Amarillo where he was working for a gas company. He was planning on going to the police academy and then working with the police department in Borger, Texas. Russell loved spending time with his son Xavier and with all of his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Darrel and Clara Coble and Ervin and Mary Mensay.


PARENTS: Charles and Aurora Coble of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 SON: Xavier Coble of Clayton, New Mexico.

3 BROTHERS: Johnathon Coble and his wife Carrie of Boise City, Oklahoma, Matthew Coble and his wife Kisha of Pampa, Texas and Benjamin Coble of Clayton, New Mexico.

AUNTS & UNCLES: Keith and Robbie Coble of Stead, New Mexico, Lloyd and Valerie Coble of Boise City, Oklahoma, Tracey and Dave Brooks of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Alethea and Anthony Martinez, Anita and Robert Sanchez, Benjamin Mensay, Robert and Samantha Mensay and Astraea and Leonard Duran all of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NIECES & NEPHEWS: Asher, Elijah, Kate, Annie, Paisley and Kasen.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Russell’s memory to a college fund for his son Xavier at the Farmers and Stockmans Bank, 22 Maple Street, Clayton, New Mexico 88415.