Dewey F. “Doc” Langston, 85, of Portales, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center.
Born July 17, 1920, in Palestine, Texas, to Leonette and Cay Langston, he graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1943. He served in the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific during World War II, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He also served in the Army Reserve.
He married Dessie Rierson on March 7, 1941. He earned a master’s degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., and a doctorate from Indiana University. He taught health and physical education and coached at ENMU from 1951 to 1986. He was director of athletics from 1970 to 1975 and acting dean of the College of Education and Technology. He was a member of the Portales Rotary Club, and attended the First Baptist Church. He married Callie Wood on Aug. 24, 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, J. B., Denver and Melvin Langston; two sisters, Mildred Medlin and Hazel Allen; a daughter, Jackie Langston-Malone, and his first wife.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Judy Langston and Carol Wood, of Portales; a son, Chris Wood (and wife, Michelle) of Oklahoma City; 10 grandchildren, Carl Malone of Colorado Springs, Colo., Bryan Malone, J. C. Darrow, Woodrow Wilson II, Dewey F. Langston II, Cara, Caron and Matthew Johnson, all of Portales, and Sarah and Garrett Wood of Oklahoma City; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ralph Langston of Odessa, Texas, and Leslie Langston of Roswell.
Herbert Bergstrom will officiate services , assisted by the Rev. J. R. (Dick) Ross. Burial is at Portales Cemetery.
The family has suggested memorials to the Dewey F. Langston Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM 88130.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.