Hammond Jr., Lee

Lee Ross Hammond Jr., 85, of Clovis, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis.

He was born on June 10, 1919, in Clovis, to Lee and Grace Hammond. He was raised on the Lee Hammond ranch in Curry County. He attended school at Field and graduated from Clovis High School. He went to Washington & Lee University, Oklahoma State and the University of New Mexico and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He raised commercial cattle and wheat with his father and brother on a family ranch that was established in 1915. He also raised quarter horses.

He was a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, the National Cattlemen’s Association, the Outfit, and Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He served on several area boards. He was an active member of the Curry County Mounted patrol, a life member and director emeritus of the American Quarter Horse Association and was an AQHA horse show judge. He served as president of the New Mexico Quarter Horse Association and was honored as man of the year in 1975.

He competed in rodeo and is a life member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys’ Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, George.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; four daughters, Martha Richardson and Leigh Willmon of Clovis, Linda Turner of Borger, and Kim Mariano of San Angelo; sons-in-law, Mike Willmon, E. W. Turner and Lakan Mariano; grandchildren Katie Francis, Colby Turner, Ryon, Jory, Kiley and Kelsey Richardson, Clayton Barber, Reagan Jackson, Micah, Joshua and Rachel Mariano; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 200, Amarillo, Texas 79168.

Open graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis.

The Rev. Lakan Mariano will officiate the services.

Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.