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Eddie Belt, RIP


Eddie Wayne (Ed) Belt passed away on January 2nd, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.  Ed was born on December 3rd, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas to the late L. Wayne (Pete) Belt and Vivian Opel (Babe) Belt. He graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington, New Mexico in 1961 and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1966.

Ed worked more than 40 years in the ready mix concrete industry, spending most of his career in Phoenix, Arizona with additional stops in San Diego, California; El Paso, Texas; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He was passionate about football, and after a collegiate career, became an ardent supporter of the Arizona State University and, then, San Diego State University programs. He was even  more passionate about golf and played every day he was able, making some of his most cherished friends and memories at the Wigwam CC in Litchfield Park, Arizona and Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix.

In his recent retirement years, Ed filled his need for service and activity assisting special needs children and teachers in several Phoenix-area public schools.  The innocence and authenticity of these and other young people, and the dedication of their teachers, gave him new perspectives and touched his heart immensely.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Belt; sister, Vicki Jayne Belt; daughter, Tiffany Lyn Fisher; son, Bradley Wayne Belt and his wife Michelle; stepdaughter Michelle Battaglia; stepson Kevin Lawhorn; eleven grandchildren; and his first wife, Linda Kay Belt.

Memorial Services will be held at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona at 3:00 p.m. on January 9th, 2018. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, donations are encouraged to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Christ’s Church of the Valley.



RIP – Tom Dugan

Thomas “Tom” Allen Dugan, 91, of Farmington, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1925, in a small oilfield lease house just outside of Oilhill, Kansas, to his parents Sherman and Bess Dugan and sister Winifred (Dugan) Jacobs.
Tom spent his childhood hunting, fishing, playing football, and surviving the Great Depression. He graduated from Potwin, Kansas High School in 1943 and joined the U.S. Army, where he served during World War II for three years. Tom was with the Army’s 44th Tank Battalion stationed in the South Pacific during the Philippine Liberation. For his service and valor, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged.
After his military discharge, Tom graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, with help from the G.I. Bill. Tom met and married Mary Elizabeth Mott on Aug. 26, 1950. Tom considered 1950 the best year of his life. He graduated from college, got a job, bought a car, and married the love of his life.
Shortly thereafter, he moved to the Four Corners area to work for Phillips Petroleum. Later, he went to work for Pacific Northwest Pipeline Corp when they acquired the Phillips properties. Tom started his own company, Dugan Production Corp., from his kitchen table on Feb. 1, 1959. Tom threw his entire being into his business, working hard every day, expecting more and more from himself and the same from everyone else.


Through hard work, sacrifice, and strong leadership, Tom grew Dugan Production into one of the largest “very” independent oil and gas companies in the San Juan Basin. Tom said, “Keep your costs low and your profits will soar.” Tom, with the help of his loyal employees, grew Dugan Production into a major player in the San Juan Basin. The company won many accolades, including being named to the New Mexico Private 100 Group.


Tom and his friend Emery Arnold co-authored and published the book “Gas!.” The final product was enhanced by the editing skills of Dorothy Winer. The book chronicles the history of gas in the San Juan Basin, from its earliest exploration to the various boom and bust cycles and the continued growth throughout the rest of the twentieth century. The book has been widely circulated and printed in multiple languages.
Throughout their 47-year marriage, Tom and Mary Dugan were dedicated and active members of the Farmington community. They were charter members of Bethany Christian Church, where they taught childrens’ Sunday School for 30 years. They gave generously to many civic organizations, including the San Juan United Way, San Juan Regional Medical Foundation- Cancer Treatment Center, San Juan College Foundation and the Farmington and Aztec Museums. Tom was a lifelong supporter of education and contributed to the University of Oklahoma and Texas Christian University. He also continued his own education, attending classes at San Juan College well into his 90s. Tom was inducted into the Farmington Historymakers, Oil and Gas Hall of Fame, and the San Juan College Hall of Fame among many other accolades.
Tom was an avid Denver Broncos and Oklahoma Sooner football fan. Tom attended as many games as he could, including multiple Super Bowls and Sooners Bowl games. The family vacations often revolved around the dates of important Sooners and Broncos games.


Tom’s generosity has benefited San Juan County for decades, creating a lasting legacy and positive impact for generations to come. While Tom’s public acts brought him much acclaim and respect, he was probably most proud of the acts of kindness he did outside the public eye: the educations he paid for, the money he provided to make people’s visions come true, and the advice and support he freely gave to anyone who sought him out. These countless selfless acts of generosity and compassion are his real legacy.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Dugan (October 30th, 1998); infant daughter, Elizabeth Dugan; and son, Sherman Dugan (December 21, 2013). He is survived by his grandchildren, Sean (Adina) Dugan of Durango, Colo., Megan (Jason) Rains of Farmington; and great-granddaughter, Eleanor Elizabeth Dugan.


He will be missed by his family, friends, employees, and his Farmington community.
A memorial service for Tom will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the San Juan College Henderson Theater, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington with reception to follow at the School of Energy Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology, 5301 College Blvd. in Farmington.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the San Juan College Foundation in memory of Thomas Dugan.
Tom’s care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so

Dick Ledbetter

Richard “Dick” I. Ledbetter, 79, of Farmington, passed from this life Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Farmington. He was born March 4, 1937, in Tipton, Okla. Funeral services are pending. Dick’s care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at –

Gretchen Welsh Haase


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Gretchen Ann Haase
(July 1, 1941 – August 23, 2016)

Gretchen Ann Haase, age 75, a longtime resident of Portales, New Mexico, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by her family. Gretchen was born on July 1, 1941 in Crestone, Iowa and spent her childhood and teen years on Farmington, NM with her brother Peter and parents, Don and Helen Jungbluth Welsh. Her dad and mom purchased a Ben Franklin Store, known as Friendly Bennys, where she and her brother worked at the store while in High School. Gretchen loved horses, socializing and was a very talented swimmer. In high school, she was involved in Student Council and was known as a bit of a “class clown” and a practical joker, forming lifetime friendships with classmates. After graduating from Farmington High School, Gretchen attended the University of New Mexico. In 1962, she married and moved to Portales where she began her full time job as a devoted mother and wife. She was recognized as Mother of the Year in 1974, by the American Mothers Committee and again Woman of the Year in 1975. She was baptized at Central Christian Church, was active in the community and worked tirelessly for the American Cancer Society. Gretchen also established the Don C. Westfall Memorial Fund which raised money for cancer patients; she was highly involved in charitable fundraising and public education for cancer awareness. Gretchen enjoyed working with children and was the Director-Owner of Portales Preschool from 1978 through 2003. She was active with friends, family and volunteering throughout her life. Gretchen consistently gave gifts anonymously. She loved cooking for her friends, collecting books, music, travel, photography, as well as collecting and selling antiques.

Gretchen had a true gift for getting autographs from such people as Jimmy Stewart, Richard Bach, Chuck Yeager, Anne Rice, Bill Walton and Ronald Reagan.Gretchen was well known in the community for cooking for friends, in later years, for working with the elderly and taking care of people in need and animals. She will be fondly remembered by her family and friends for so many reasons, mostly her love, community outreach and generosity. Gretchen was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Tex Haase of Tucumcari, New Mexico and by her parents, Don and Helen Welsh of Pocatello, Idaho. She is survived by her three children, Scooter Haase and wife Deb of Lancaster, PA, Robin Billmaier and husband Mike of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Donald “Don” Haase and wife Kenna of Denver, CO; brother, Peter Welsh of Pocatello, Idaho; grandchildren, Dan, Justin and Haley Faith and great grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at Central Christian Church on South Main Street in Portales, New Mexico, on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Christian Church, 1528 S Main, Portales, NM 88130, to the Portales Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 695 Portales, NM 88130, or the Salvation Army of Farmington, NM., 319 W Broadway Farmington, New Mexico 87401. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008

Howard Chrisman

“I think when you learn to do something well, you just like to keep doing it.” -Howard Chrisman Howard Wesley Chrisman, 90, of Farmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and the prayers of those who could not be with him, Saturday, April 6, 2013. He was born to Herbert and Eva Chrisman, Nov. 3, 1922, in Alamosa, Colo. He was the youngest of three children. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Barbara McGuire and Virginia Bader; his sons, John and Van Lee Chrisman; and his loving wife of 67 years, Barbara Jean Chrisman.Howard received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. He met Barbara Jean Bristol through a cousin at a social at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. They married April 24, 1943 on an Army furlough in Manhattan, Kan. He enlisted in the Army-Air Force in November 1942 to proudly serve in World War II. During World War II, Howard was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army-Air Force. He was among a select group of B-24 pilots training for low-level reconnaissance flights along the Japanese coast. Prior to the planned Allied Invasion, their mission was abruptly canceled in August of 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. After the war ended he and Barbara Jean moved to Alamosa, Colo. to start his teaching career. There he was the instrumental music supervisor of band and orchestra for four years. His ambition as a young teacher was to develop a high school symphony orchestra. Howard was asked to develop a high school music program in Farmington in 1951 by Angelo Turano. Howard was the director of the Farmington High band from 1957 to 1972, and the orchestra from 1951 until his retirement in 1985. In the beginning years he started the Kelly Greens auxiliary marching unit at Farmington High School. He was also music coordinator for the Farmington School District. Howard was elected president of the San Juan Community Concert Association when the group was formed in 1953. He was founder and the first musical director of the San Juan Symphony.He was inducted into the Farmington High School Hall of Fame in 1991 and into the New Mexico Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in January 1994. Howard was the choir director for the First United Methodist Church in 1958 and carried that role for many years. He and his wife were also charter members of the New Covenant United Methodist Church in Farmington.

After his retirement in 1985, Howard continued to share his love for teaching music. He studied the Suzuki method of teaching and taught Suzuki Violin to many young students from 1983-2010. Howard is survived by his daughters, Suzanne Gettman and her husband, Gary of Logan, Utah, Sallie Riley and her husband, Jay of Navajo Dam and his son, Kurt Chrisman and his wife, Donna of Farmington; grandchildren, Shane Heard (Renee) of Albuquerque; Brandon Heard (Jade) of Farmington, Lindsay Gifford (Jeremy) of Justin, Texas; James Heard (Stevee) of Tulsa, Okla.; Scott Chrisman of Santa Fe, and Leigh Chrisman (fiance, Taylor Higgins) of Albuquerque; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Audrey, and Stephen Heard, Camron and Kylie Heard, Micah and Lylah Gifford and Gradie Heard. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Joe Pope and staff, LifeCare Center, Basin Home Health and Hospice, and we are most thankful to Rebecca Morgan, Jan Montanye of Namaste House, and the wonderful Namaste House staff. They are truly our family too. We would also like to thank Pam Prater, the Orchestra parents at Mesa View Middle School and Piedra Vista High School for their help at this difficult time. Cremation will take place and a memorial services will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the First United Methodist Church, 808 N. Monterey Ave. in Farmington.

“When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love.” The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mr. Chrisman’s name to your music program of choice or to San Juan College

Orchestra or Band, c/o Dr. Keith Cochrane, 4601 College Blvd. Farmington, NM 87402.

Howard’s care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.

Teddyanna Keith

Teddyanna Rae (Dennis) Keith left this earth to join her husband, Wesley on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. She was born March 28, 1941, in Carson City, Nev., to Lila Dennis.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Wesley Keith; her mother; son, Jay; her sisters, Sunny and Dollie; her brother, Bill; and her nieces, Melody and Susie. She is survived by her children, Denice (John) Miller of Bloomfield, Dennis (Kristy) Starkey of Billings, Mont. and Joe Welch; and stepdaughter, Kari Vaughn. Teddy is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren along with a nephew, Bill Woodard; and a niece, Pam Long.

Teddy and Wesley loved the Denver Broncos and went to all the home games. They spent many hours at Navajo Lake on their houseboat. For many years they owned and operated the Sportsman’s Inn at Navajo Dam. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Northwest New Mexico Hospice.

A memorial service for Teddy will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington.

Teddy’s care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

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Rusty Rambo

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Long time Bangs resident Howard Lee “Rusty” Rambo died on May 25, 2016 after a long illness.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Bangs Cemetery under the direction of Davis Morris Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Redmond officiating and Ben McCleery assisting.

Rusty was born in Brownwood on Jan. 21, 1940, to Roy Lee and Mildred Wagner Rambo. He graduated from Farmington, New Mexico High School in 1958. He later proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

He married Sharon Young on Aug. 6, 1966. Rusty was an employee of the Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years and told many stories of his adventures “riding the rails”. He was a member of the Bangs Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and the Bangs United Methodist Church.

Rusty leaves behind his wife Sharon; daughters, Laura Lee Gambino and Leslie; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to employees of Brownwood Regional Hospital, Oak Ridge Manor and Kindred Hospice who showed such kindness and compassion during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to West Texas Rehab, 4601 Hartford, Abilene TX, 79605, or charity of choice.

Arrangements under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home, Brownwood, TX.


Cheryl Kronig Nordstrum


Cheryl Janine (Kronig) Nordstrum, 53, of Farmington, left this life on June 1, 2016, leaving behind all those who loved her only to be greeted by her loved ones in heaven. She was born on September 1, 1962 to Allen and Sandra Kronig in Farmington. Cheryl attended school in Kirtland and Farmington. She married Jeff Nordstrum in 1986. She loved her family and her joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. Cheryl enjoyed camping at Vallecito Lake and swimming at her cousin’s pool with all the grandkids all summer long. She loved the Denver Broncos, Nascar races and Golden State Warriors. Cheryl enjoyed her time at CBS class and the fellowship and support of her friends.

Cheryl lost her battle to cancer on June 1st at home surrounded by her family. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her courageous spirit and positive attitude. Her quiet spirit and caring nature were always present, but shined brightest during the hard times.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her father Allen Kronig; grandparents Doc and Gwen Bolding; and special cousin Kim McDaniels.

She leaves behind her husband Jeff Nordstrum; daughters Krista (Thomas) Robbins, Jenny Locksley (Bryan Gordon) and Jessica (Gerrad) Rogers; brother Ron Kronig; bonus sister Val Karl; mother Sandra (Bob) Burnett; aunts Barbara Kronig, Pam Miller, Renee Parsons, and Sandra Topper; uncles Jim Pruitt, Mark Bolding, and Carl Parsons; grandchildren Olivia, Alaina, Shaylee, Luna, Gage, Champ, Gavin, Delaney, Lashay, Leandra, and Tierra; and two great grandchildren.

Celebration of Life will be at 10:30 am on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Pinon Hills Community Church Student Center, 5101 N Dustin Ave., in Farmington, with Pastor Keith Corley officiating.

Special thanks to our wonderful cancer center for their loving care. Dr. Kazmi, the nurses, and angel volunteers provided comfort during our journey. Their kindness will never be forgotten.

Cheryl’s care is entrusted to the Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.

John Justis

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John Wesley Justis, Jr., 76, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Oklahoma City, Okla. John was born July 22, 1939, in Kermit, Texas, to Imogene Janes Justis and John Wesley Justis, Sr. He grew up in Farmington.

John was a hard-working man who always made time for his children, especially their scholastic sporting activities. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing once retired.

John was a husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all of us including his many friends from his Farmington days.

He was preceded in death by his older sister, Kaye Justis Blacklock; his father, John Wesley Justis Sr.; his mother, Imogene Justis; his wife, Sylvia Dianne Wilcox Justis of 30 years; and younger sister, Elaine Justis Adair.

John is survived by his loving companion and best friend, Nan Harwood; daughter, Dianna Kaye Justis Fairhurst and husband David of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; Gary Dean Justis of Olathe, Kan.; Michael Ray Justis of Aztec; and his grandchildren, Caitlin Fairhurst, Chance Justis, Hannah Fairhurst, Steele Justis, Matthew Justis, Luke Knight and Alex Knight.

Pursuant to his wishes John was cremated. His ashes will be laid to rest at his favorite hunting spot in Cuba in a small family ceremony.

Integris Hospice’s compassionate care provided John the peace needed to leave this world, donations can made online at or mailed in John’s name to the following address: INTEGRIS Hospice, 4334 N.W. Expressway, Suite 106m Oklahoma City, OK 73116.

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Alton James

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George Alton James, 87, of Farmington, returned to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Albuquerque. He was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Toadlena, to Emer and Adah Currillie James.

Alton served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Central States Mission from 1947 to 1950. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1951 to October 1953. Alton graduated from OCS in April 1952 and was assigned to the 64th FABN of the 25th Division in Korea. He was a forward observer on “Harry’s Out Post,” battery executive and then battery commander. Alton worked for El Paso Natural Gas for 30 years as a laboratory chemist and safety inspector. For the next 15 years, he worked as a contract inspector for pipeline and gas plant construction, and hazardous materials clean-up.

Alton served his community all of his life. He served as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years. Alton was elected to the Board of Directors of the San Juan County Museum Association. He served for seven years as vice president and another nine years as president. Alton led the museum association in many things, including the purchase of the property containing the Salmon Ruins, obtaining funding from the New Mexico Legislature, passing a bond and establishing the Museum and Research Center as it is known today.

Alton’s daughter, Cheri, preceded him death in 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Myrtle LoRelle Hunter James; son, Rick and wife Retta James; son, David and wife Cindy James; and brother, Arthur and wife Kay James. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Apache Building, 400 W. Apache in Farmington. A service will follow at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farmington with Bishop Carroll Carter conducting. Interment will follow at the Kirtland-Fruitland Cemetery in Kirtland. Full military honors will be provided by VFW Post No. 2182 of Farmington.

Alton’s care is entrusted to the Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Apr. 29 to May 6, 2016