Bruce Sterling

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Bruce Sterling
, 80, died on July 2, 2012, in Farmington.

Bruce graduated from Farmington High in 1951. He joined the National Guard and served during the occupation in Germany. He took on responsibility at an early age, as he was responsible for getting himself and his brother and sisters up, fed, and ready to cross the river horseback to catch the school bus and repeat the process daily. He also ran the ranch in the summers while his folks operated a trading post.

Bruce received an “”Honorary District Award”” from the FFA Vocational Agricultural Department while in high school.

Bruce was active with the County Fair, he encouraged 4-H children and supported the 4-H livestock sales. His cow herd started at the age of 3 when he was promised ownership if he could hold its tail through the branding process. His folks kept his herd intact until Bruce got out of the service. He grew the herd in numbers to his last days. At one time his herd was registered, and in recent years, he contracted the feed lot operation at NAPI.

His first job out of school was with El Paso for a short time constructing their first plants, then he operated the trading post at Star Lake and at Bisti Trading Post.

Working for someone else was not for Bruce. He bought a dozer and worked it on the farm, then he did jobs for the Indian Service and the Soil Conservation and the BIA.

In 1967 he formed Sterling Brothers Construction, Inc. The company has gone on to build water treatment plants, roads, bridges, subdivisions, dams, ripper laid pipe lines, oil field locations and many other “”things.””

Bruce was preceded in death by his biological parents, Al and Mable Palmer; his parents, Hugh and Iva Sterling; son Jeff; grandson, Jimmy; great grandson, Cyrus; eight brothers and sisters, Madge Gabeheart, Leon Palmer, Elmo Palmer, Lyle Palmer, Alma Ivie, Dale Palmer, Jack Palmer and Jimmy Palmer.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cathleen (Cathy) Sterling; his five children, Mike (Penny), Brice (Brenda), Edward (Angela) Sterling, Cindy (Bill) Morrow, Ronda Kinkade, and two step children, Chris Briggs (Robbin), Lana (Bill) Woodfill; one brother, Lynn Sterling (Barbara); two sisters, Virginia Piercey (Bob) and Ester Ludwick; eleven brothers and sisters, Ivin Palmer (Elma), Ruth Barnett (Earl), Perry Palmer (Darlene), Ragina Palmer, Charolette Laehy, Charles Palmer (Irene), Lillian Brady (Gary), Blanche Sego (Robert), Nora Boice (Ronald) Venda Cavender, and Clarence Adair (Shirley). There are numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing at Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 6. The service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 400 W. Apache Street.

Interment will follow at East Hammond Cemetery , 481 CR 4990 in Bloomfield.
Bruce is in the care of Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute Street, Farmington, 505-325-8688.

Published in Farmington Daily Times from July 3 to July 10, 2012


Geraldine Schenck Sterling

Geraldine Schenck - class of 1952 (2bb)Geraldine Sterling was called home to her heavenly Father on July 2, 2013, at the age of 78. She was born Oct. 13, 1934, to Edward Palmer Schenck and Vergie Mae King. She graduated from Farmington High School and attended Fort Lewis College. She later married Bruce Sterling. Together, they had six children, Mike (Penny), Jeff, deceased,(Vickie and Darold), Brice (Brenda), Eddie (Angie) Sterling, Cindy (William) Morrow and Ronda Kinkade. She had many treasured grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They ran the Bisti Trading Post for three years before moving to the family farm in Farmington, where they established Sterling Brother’s Construction and later Sterling Herford’s. She was quite busy taking care of kids and chasing cows for a number of years. She worked at San Juan County for over 20 years. She was also a member of XI ALPHA ETA, where she met many beloved friends. She was a very loving and caring person with a great sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Viewing for Geraldine will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 400 W. Apache St. in Farmington. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Geraldine’s care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.

Cheryl Cardon – in memory


Cheryl Cardon

Cheryl Ann Schofield Cardon passed away on April 18, 2012 in Tooele, Utah.

Born Aug.  8, 1926 in Manassa, Colo., she was the youngest of five children born to Eliza May Bingham and Charles Samuel Schofield. She married Herman Elwood Cardon July 22, 1944 in Farmington, where their five children were born. After living for two years in Roswell, the family moved to Los Alamos, then to White Rock and finally to the beautiful Jemez Mountains.

She was known for her love and involvement with music throughout her life, directing many children’s, youth and adult choirs.  She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving faithfully in a variety of church callings.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters Jane Elizabeth Schofield Christensen and Zoa Winona Schofield Hutchins. She is survived by two brothers Charles B. Schofield of Farmington; and Aldred E. Schofield of Provo, Utah; five children and their spouses: Cheralynn Wilson (Barry W.) of Albuquerque; Randall E. Cardon (Debra Taylor); Roger A. Cardon (Boni Parkinson) of the Jemez Mountains; Connie Jo Erdmann (Kenneth) of Springville, Utah; and Colleen (Kateni) Leakehe of Tooele, Utah.  She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel, 366 Grand Canyon, White Rock, preceded by a viewing from 12:30-1:45 p.m. at the same location.  Grave dedication will be at 11:15 a.m. Aprli 30 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Humane Society or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Humanitarian Fund

Herman Elwood Cardon

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Herman Elwood Cardon 82, prominent N.M. architect, passed away at his beloved Jemez Mountain home January 28, 2009.

Son of J.W. & Mae (Whiting) Cardon, he was born February 4, 1926, in Vernon, AZ, the 6th of 9 children. He married on July 22, 1944, in Farmington, NM, to Cheryl Ann Schofield.  He served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II and in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many positions during his life. He was preceded in death by his brothers, J.W Cardon Jr., Robert Cardon, LaMarr Cardon & Charles Dee Cardon.  He is survived by his widow Cheryl, sisters Irene Christensen & LaVerne Tueller of Gilbert, AZ, Ethelynn Russon & Carmen Tanner of St. George, UT; children Randall E. (Debi) Cardon, Roger A. (Boni) Cardon, Cheralynn (Barry) Wilson, Connie Jo (Kenneth) Erdmann, Colleen (Kateni) Leakehe, 35 grandchildren, 19.67 great-grandchildren and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.

A viewing will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th Street, Los Alamos, NM, followed by a funeral service at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 6th, 2009.  Interment will be in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the La Cueva Fire Department Auxiliary, 122 Twisted Juniper, Jemez Springs, NM, 87025 or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund through

Harold Henry Brown

Harold Henry Brown
July 8, 1919-Dec. 15, 2012

Harold Henry Brown, 93, long-time Farmington resident, devoted father, husband and a successful Four Corners petroleum geologist, died on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Albuquerque.
A fiercely independent man, Mr. Brown came to Farmington in 1959 when he was transferred by his then-employer Amoco. But by 1960, he struck out on his own, fulfilling his dream of establishing an independent consulting geology practice. After lean early years, he ultimately made oil discoveries in the Four Corners and Paradox Basin that helped establish his reputation as a dedicated, intelligent, persistent geologist.

Born in New York City on July 8, 1919, his early years were hard-scrabble, but he nevertheless remembered them with great fondness throughout his life. He was orphaned by age nine and spent his teenage years shuttling amongst his four older siblings who raised him in a variety of homes and apartments in different New York City neighborhoods. He dropped out of high school at age 16 to work in a silk-screening business, an occupation that instilled a love of art that he enjoyed his entire life. He continued silk-screening his own works throughout his entire life. He eventually became a dedicated collector of Southwestern art and was an early patron of local Navajo artists James Joe and Anthony Chee Emerson.

Mr. Brown’s interest in geology developed in his teenage years when he and his many friends would take camping trips outside New York City. It was on one of these trips that his unselfish and courageous nature was revealed when he saved two young boys from drowning. Reached by the New York Times after the incident, he was quoted as saying, “”It was nothing at all, except that I got my clothes wet.””

In 1940, at age 21, Harold joined the US  Army and after an early assignment in Alaska he attended officer-training school in Alabama. He spent the majority of World War II with the US Army Supply division stationed in India. Many of his most enduring memories were of his solo travels by train throughout northern India where he made friends with the locals and collected souvenirs and art works.

After the war ended, Harold formalized his love of geology with a Bachelor of Science degree from what was then called New Mexico School of Mines (New Mexico Tech) in Socorro. He also did graduate work at the University of Idaho, Pennsylvania State, and the University of Wyoming, where he met his future wife, Jean E. Knudson. They were married in 1950.

Harold started his career as a petroleum geologist with Pan American Oil Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1950 and stayed with the company after it merged to become Amoco and for a year after his transfer to Farmington. He had a deep and profound love for the Four Corners, which he relentlessly explored in his search for potential oil-producing areas. He was so passionate about geology that he never really retired, studying prospective oil and gas finds well into his late 80’s and sharing his knowledge with the community by volunteering at the Farmington Museum, setting up displays and giving talks.

Harold loved his family equally as passionately, quietly and unrelentingly devoted to providing their support in every way they needed. He deeply loved Jean, his wife of 62 years, and thrived on visits from his children and especially his grandchildren, with whom he shared his love of geology, art, and nature, as well as his goofy sense of humor. Harold Brown was a gentle man and a gentleman and he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean; his three children, Paul, Susan Bennett and Hollis Simmons; a daughter-in-law and two son-in-laws, Theresa Brown, Rick Bennett and Brad Simmons; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Julia, Jessa and her husband, Alex; Hunter and his wife, Kendall; Gracie, David, Addie and Lauren.

Per Harold’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

Jean E. Brown obituary

Jean E. Brown obituaryJean E. Brown

Jean E. Brown, a long-time Farmington resident, dedicated humanitarian and public servant, loving wife, mother and grandmother and true friend to many, died Aug. 21, 2013, in Albuquerque. She was 90 years old and was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Harold Henry Brown.

Of her many accomplishments, Jean was most proud of her civic efforts to improve life in Farmington. Over the last 50 years, her efforts spanned leadership roles in such causes as Meals on Wheels, the League of Women Voters and the City of Farmington Planning and Zoning Commission. In 1980, she was named Farmington’s Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce “for her unselfish and untiring efforts on behalf of our community through her leadership in service, charitable and civic organizations.”

Jean Elizabeth Knudson was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Driscoll, N.D. Growing up in a close-knit farming community instilled a belief in the inherent goodness of people and inspired a love of learning. Her early education was in a one-room schoolhouse that taught grades kindergarten through eight. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and subsequently became Assistant Dean of Women at the University of Wyoming, where she met her future husband, Harold. They were married in 1950, began a family and moved to Farmington in 1959.

Jean’s local public service began in the early 1960s. She was instrumental in building the then-new Trinity Lutheran Church on 20th Street and was District Chairman (San Juan) of the Girl Scouts of America. She was subsequently elected to the Board of Directors of the Chaparral Girl Scouts Council. She also served as President of the Farmington chapter of American Field Services (foreign-student exchange program).

In 1971, Jean became the first Chairperson of the Farmington League of Women Voters and two years later was elected to the statewide League of Women Voters where she served as Vice President, program chair and a member of the Board of Directors. She maintained her efforts to encourage public participation in the political process throughout her life. In 1980, she served as co-chair of the Complete Count Committee, the local census-organizing effort.

Above all, Jean was dedicated to improving the beauty of and living conditions in Farmington. In 1976, she became a Planning and Zoning Commissioner and for the next two decades she devoted herself to bettering the community as co-chair of the Farmington Growth Management Task Force (1979) and Vice President of the Farmington Clean City Committee (1981). In the late 1980s, she served on the Board of Directors of the River Reach Foundation, which developed the Riverwalk, and she also provided inspiration for the Farmington Bikeways Program.

Jean’s dedication to improving local living conditions extended to humanitarian work; she was instrumental in establishing the local Head Start preschool and Meals on Wheels programs, which she energetically supported for the next 20 years. It was for this unstinting work for the community that Mrs. Brown was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award in the early 1980s.

Despite the amount of energy and dedication she devoted to these community efforts, Jean always had the time to care for the individuals in her life, be they family members, close friends or casual acquaintances. She genuinely cherished each and every one of them, empathizing with them in times of difficulty and celebrating with them in times of joy. She nurtured her children and grandchildren, and she comforted and cared for friends and relatives approaching the end of their lives. She and Harold enjoyed entertaining, and they opened their home and spread a beautiful table to share good food and conversation with many, many people. Jean was an avid reader and a lifelong student of philosophy, religion and literature.

She is survived by her three children, Paul Brown, Susan Bennett and Hollis Simmons; two sons-in-law, Rick Bennett and Brad Simmons; a daughter-in-law, Theresa Brown; and seven grandchildren and their spouses, Julia Brown, Jessa (Simmons) Stevens and her husband Alex, Hunter Simmons and his wife Kendall, Gracie Brown, David Bennett, Addie Simmons and Lauren Bennett.

She and a group of close friends met routinely for several decades to discuss their readings and current events. Though progressive disease eventually took her ability to communicate, she held all those she knew very dear in her heart and so appreciated the letters and cards she received over the last few years. Jean is already missed.