John Fitzgerald

John S. Fitzgerald, formerly of Fort Davis and Marfa, passed away at his home in Sun City, Arizona at the age of 77 on January 20, 2019.

John was born to Johnnie S. Fitzgerald and Margaret Duncan Fitzgerald in Pecos, Texas on June 19, 1941 and graduated from Fort Davis High School.

On August 1, 1964, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Ann Weston. John and Ann were married 50 years.

He was the president of Fort Davis State Bank and was with the Production Credit Association before that.

John was a proud Vietnam veteran, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

John leaves behind two sons, Scott and his spouse Karmin of Tempe, Arizona, and Jeff and his spouse Alvina of Glendale, Arizona; his sister, Liz Posey of Rochelle, Texas; five grandchildren, Weston, Grant, and Jerry Fitzgerald and Tye and Jordan Ridgeway; and numerous great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Ann Fitzgerald in 2014.

Graveside services will be held at 11am Wednesday, January 30 in Hillcrest Cemetery in Fort Davis with Pastor Gary Mathis of San Antonio officiating.

Pallbearers are John Mahoney, Grant Fitzgerald, George Johnson, Johnny Wofford, Stormy Pruitt and Jim Carlberg. Honorary pallbearers are Dale Parker and Jim Walker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Polidori Hospice House in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Alpine Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

communities in Arizona and New Mexico gained roads, sewer, water, and other infrastructure. Gustavo was frequently commended for his work.

Gustavo Morales had a brown eye and a green eye. Even when he lost the use of his brown eye, he saw the visible and invisible world with the clarity few people have. He continued his every-day life, adapting to life and continuing his gardening, carpentry, work on the ‘57 Chevy, loving his wife of 63 years Frances, his kids (Alfonso, Adolfo, Alma) and their spouses (Manuela, Lana, Aric) and his grandkids (Cruz, Mattira, Mitchell, Kailey, Marcus, Olivia, Natalie, Nicole, Carl), and being the popular man he was his entire life, a life of simply doing his best, supporting others, enjoying and participating in local events like parades and festivals, and most important exemplifying gospel love.

He also saw what people did not see, he saw the consequences of poor political decisions, he saw the consequences of poor human decisions. And he wrote letters to politicians, he did what he could to make a difference in his home, in his community, and for this country. Why? How could he be so loving? Because he was a committed Christian and fully human, who in the face of disrespect and indignities he never failed to persevere, to do what he could do to be himself, enjoy his life, and be present to us all.

His integrity and love echo the love of God he accepted and practiced, and he lives in each of us. Military honors were accorded. Cremation was entrusted to Baca’s Mimbres Crematory.

Pallbearers were Teofilo Carrasco; grandsons: Cruz Morales, Mitchell Morales, Marcus Warner; godsons: Jamie Arrieta, Omar Morales, Freddy Salinas.

Honorary pallbearers were Belisario Alvarez, Nic and Javier Arrieta, Hector Morales, Julio Hartnett, Fred Nuñez, Ernesto CdeBaca, Onofre Becerra and Crisostomo Romero.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the American Heart Association in honor of his life.

Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels. Exclusive provider for “Veterans & Family Memorial Care.” To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575.546.9671.

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