Published: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
Lamar Luna, 92, of Fort Sumner died Tuesday, May 2, 2006, following an illness. He was born Feb. 28, 1914, in Norman, Okla., to John R. Luna and Martha Lou (Humphrey) Luna. The family returned shortly to their homestead north of Fort Sumner, where he and three sisters were raised. He attended high school in Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner, graduating from the latter in 1932. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal husbandry from New Mexico State College, and served in World War II as a second lieutenant in the Army. He worked as a county agent in Silver City and later moved to Fort Sumner to head the office of the Soil Conservation Service there. In 1963, he decided to develop his herd of registered Hereford cattle, which became his greatest interest, according to his family. He served several terms as De Baca County assessor. He and his wife of 65 years, the former Melba L. Frost, enjoyed the relaxed life of the community through church fellowship and local activities, family members said. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. Survivors include his wife; children, Dwight (and wife, Pat), Kenneth (Kim) and Lou Ann Clark (Patrick); grandchildren, Scott (Tana), Ryan (Caroline), Nate, Anne and Evan; and great-grandchildren, Shannon and Dustin. The Rev. Wesley Holland and the Rev. Monty Leavell will officiate services. Burial will follow in the family plot at Fort Sumner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Scott Luna, Ryan Luna, Nate Luna, Evan Luna, Dale Miller and John Middleton. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Chavez Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 410, Fort Sumner, NM 88119. Arrangements are by Chavez Funeral Home of Fort Sumner.
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