Obituaries 2013

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Larry Ross Blue

Larry Ross Blue known to many as just “Blue” passed away May 23, 2013 in Medical Center Hospital due to heart complications. Larry was born February 19, 1936 to Ann & Earl Blue Sr. in Gordon, TX.

Survived by his wife Gracie and 3 children Jennifer, Benjamin and Elizabeth of Odessa, 3 stepdaughters DeeDee and her husband John Overton, Darla Johnson of San Antonio and Dana Johnson of Odessa, 8 grandchildren, his brother Earl Blue Jr. of Merkel, his sister Betty Lou Rodgers of Mingus, TX; Several Nieces and nephews with a special attachment to Cathy Lynn Blue of Merkel and Doug of Clyde, Texas. He also left behind Don Hooper and his entire family that loved him as theirs. Blue loved Don as a brother.

Larry was preceded in death by his Mother and Dad, 2 sisters Patsy Ann Williams and Shara Rainwater, 1 nephew and 2 nieces.

Blue joined the Marines at the age of 18 and served his country for 4 years.

After leaving the service he became a hairdresser. He was a great guitar player and loved music and had many friends in the entertainment business. Merle Haggard and Gene Watson were very close. Larry attended the Hank Williams Festival in Georgiana, Alabama every year he was able and met many people that became very close friends we can’t go without mentioning Darrel, Nelson and Smokey. Larry had a gift for life and never met a stranger.

Larry became a part of Don Hooper’s family in 1963 when he went to work at Continental Air Drilling with Don and they have been together ever since.

During the time they shared together they worked hard and played hard. From water skiing, rodeos, dances and Blue’s #1 love OLD CARS. Most of his time was spent chasing after trucks broken down on the highway and working side by side with Don.

Larry can be viewed at Acres West Funeral Chapel located at 8115 W. University, Odessa, Texas 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday, May 24th and 25th, 2013 or Sunday May 26, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Larry was blessed with oh so many friends that we are planning a memorial service in about a month and we invite you to share a moment in honoring his time here with us. Please send pictures or funny moments you shared to Kaye at Hooper Trucking Co.

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Patricio “Picho” Baeza Gomez 

Patricio “Picho” Baeza Gomez, age 77, of Odessa, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Hospice House.  He was born in El Mulato, Chihuahua, Mexico on April 17, 1936 to the late Prudencio Gomez Juarez and Tiodora Gomez Montoya.  He was a retired farmer and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Willcox, AZ.

Picho was a reserved man, but a jokester underneath it all.  He was a good husband, father, and grandfather who fought hard to stay with his family for as long as possible.  He was a warrior until the very end.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Maria Cruz Gomez Valenzuela of Odessa; three sons:  Jesus Gomez and wife Lina of Willcox, AZ, and Alonzo Gomez and wife Alma and Eric Gomez, all of Odessa; two daughters:  Juana Sierra and husband Angel of Odessa and Patricia Baltierrez and husband Jose of Willcox, AZ; brothers:  Fermin Gomez and wife Irma and Antonio Gomez and wife Manuela, all of Odessa, and Edmundo Gomez and wife Emma of Willcox, AZ; daughter-in-law:  Cruz Gomez of Odessa; sisters:  Carlota Gonzalez of Odessa, Elvira Madrid of Redford, Marialena Hernandez and husband Oscar and Magdalena Ibarra and husband Jose, all of Odessa; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter:  Irma Gomez; brothers:  Gonzalo Gomez and Juan Gomez; sister:  Delia Carrasco and husband Jose; and brothers-in-law:  Bonifacio Gonzalez and Ruben Madrid.

Rosary will be recited at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evening, May 28, 2013.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Father Patrick Akponobong.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Roy Allen

Albert Roy Allen, age 67, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at his residence.  He was born in Lamesa, TX on March 27, 1946 to the late Troy Lee Allen and Laura (Burrier) Allen.  Roy married Lou Ann Garrett in Odessa on September 26, 1977.  He worked in the oilfield trucking business.

He was a kind and loving husband and father. He enjoyed listening to Elvis Presley, fishing, and working outdoors. 

He is survived by his wife:  Lou Ann Allen of Odessa; sons:  Dean Allen of Lamesa and Raymond Freels of Odessa; four daughters:  Paula Lambert of Gardendale, and Marlene Allen, Connie Kelly and Kristen Fraley, all of Odessa; four brothers; one sister; seventeen grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Family and close friends will celebrate his life in a small gathering at the family home.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W University Blvd. Odessa, TX. 

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Juan Gomez Peña

Juan Gomez Peña, age 56, of Marathon, TX, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 at his home.  He was born in Marathon on November 5, 1956 to the late Casimirio and Guadalupe (Gomez) Peña.  He attended college at Sul Ross and worked as a welder until disability prevented it.

Juan loved taking care of his goats and his blue heeler, Jack.  He was a mama’s boy and a home body, who really like to relax at home.  He enjoyed going out to eat with his sister Pokey in Alpine.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sisters:  Herminia Peña of Odessa, Josefa Peña and Robin Rowe, both of Odessa, Pokey Carrasco and husband Tomas of Andrews, and Ferminia Peña of Odessa; nine beloved nieces and nephews; eighteen great-nieces and great-nephews; and three great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Friday, May 31, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at Marathon Cemetery in Marathon, TX, officiated by Shirley Williams.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Walter Ernest Spence

Walter Ernest Spence, a World War II Navy veteran who served on the U.S.S Dixie and retired special education teacher, died peacefully at his home on Monday, May 27, 2013. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

Born in Eagle Pass, Texas, Walter received his undergraduate degree from Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, Texas, and his Master's Degree from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. He met and married Eddie Ham in Odessa, Texas, where he worked as a special education teacher with the Ector County Independent School District for 30 years.

He devoted over 20 years of service to Odessa Meals on Wheels, serving on the board and personally delivering meals several times a week. He enjoyed traveling throughout the world and spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, Eddie Spence, he is survived by his son, Don and daughter-in-law, Meg, who reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and his daughter, Janet, from Cedar Park, Texas. Nothing made him prouder than his two grandchildren, David and Clare.

Memorial donations can be made to Odessa Meals on Wheels, The Humane Society of Odessa or St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

Clinton Dale Burnett

Clinton Dale Burnett passed away peacefully on May 29, 2013. He was born July 12, 1937, in Pittsburgh County, Oklahoma, to Jethro and Zora Burnett. He moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, and graduated high school there. He served 3 years in the military.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vernon Burnett, Velon Burnett, J.G. Burnett and Jack Burnett; and daughter, Brandi Burnett.

He is survived by his fiancé, caregiver, friend and companion, Audree Logan; children, Mark Burnett, Steve Burnett, Karla Passmore and Kanina McDonald; brothers, NC Burnett, Harold Burnett and Doyle Burnett; and sisters, Zellah Carlton and Argeelee Young.

Clint loved to dance, his favorites being country dancing and jitterbug. He also loved his Wranglers and his "gentleman boots."

Services will be held Monday, June 3, 2013, at St. Andrews Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Home Hospice or West Texas Food Bank.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Desiree Dell “Dee Dee” Anderson

Desiree Dell “Dee Dee” Anderson, age 43, of Odessa, joined her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Sinton, Texas on December 20, 1969 to Jimmy Sherman Guinn and L’Dell (Poyner) Guinn.  She had worked at Reedy Manufacturing and Repair as a machinist.  She was also a CNA and was once head of security for Southland Corp.

She met Norman Sweetser in 1997 – the love of her life.  They were each other’s saviors and he provided her with the life she had always dreamed of.

Dee Dee was tough as nails and stronger than most men (and could also drink most of them under the table).  She was her Daddy’s “Bird Dog” and grew up hunting and fishing.  She hunted deer and loved fishing in Breckenridge.  She was nicknamed Matador.  She was also known as her family “bulldog”.  Dee Dee was very protective of her beloved nieces, and although she might mess with them - no one else better bother them!  She could sit for hours coloring entire coloring books with them.  Dee Dee was a pristine, organized person, the family bookkeeper, who was very proud of her new home.  She loved her kitties and treated them like they were her children.

She could always be found at the End of The Line.  Dee Dee cherished her best friend Christie Huff Morales.

She is survived by her parents:  L’Dell and Jimmy Guinn of Odessa; husband:  Norman Sweetser of Odessa; brother:  John Guinn and wife Terri Oliver of Midland; and sisters:  Shannon Carstarphen and husband Michael of San Antonio and Suzanne Guinn of Beeville; nieces:  Ashley Carstarphen of Oklahoma City, OK and Cheyanne Carstarphen of San Antonio.

Memorial services will be privately held.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Maria Mercedes Zuniga

Maria Mercedes Zuniga, age 60, of Odessa, died Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born November 12, 1952 in Laredo, TX to Edward and Fransisca Zuniga.  She was a homemaker and a member of the United Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by her husband:  Cutberto Zuniga of Odessa; parents:  Edward and Fransisca Avila of Greeley, CO; three brothers:  Frank Saucedo and Christopher Saucedo, both of Greeley, CO and Javier Saucedo of Colorado Springs, CO; four sisters:  Rita Saucedo of Greeley, CO, Valentina Saucedo of Omaha, NE, Lupe Camarena of Weatherford, TX and Cecilia Wingfield of Odessa; close niece and nephew:  Angelica and Ruben Saucedo and numerous other beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 3, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, TX, officiated by Andres Cardoza.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

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Jose Luis “Vichy” Lujan

Jose Luis “Vichy” Lujan, age 57, of Odessa passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital. He was born October 28, 1955 in Manuel Benavides, Chihuahua, Mexico to Catarino and Silvestra (Galindo) Lujan.

Vichy enjoyed building classic cars and old trucks and also listening to Mexican oldies. He had a big sweet tooth and loved anything sweet; but the sweetest was his wife, Silvina, whom he met while working in Ojinaga, Mexico.

Vichy was always smiling and had a very friendly personality. He was a family man, always taking care of his kids, especially “Daddy’s little girl”, Liliana. For many years he worked as an insulator with two of his sons by his side. A favorite pastime was getting together with his brothers, sons and neighbors to play a few games of baseball, and spending time with his grandkids and his dogs. Jose enjoyed cooking and was good at it; he made the best asado around but very spicy.

He is preceded in death by his father; Catarino Lujan.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife: Silvina; three sons: Carlos and wife Evelyn Lujan, Sergio and wife Ereida Lujan and Auden Lujan all of Odessa; one daughter: Liliana and husband Alberto Ocañas of Odessa; four brothers: Auden Lujan of St. Helens, Oregon, Ovidio Lujan and Salomon Lujan both of Midland, and Bernabe Lujan of St. Helens, Oregon; six sisters: Delfina Spencer, Guadalupe Peña, and Beatriz Ramos all of Midland, Martha Galindo of Presidio, and Rosa Venegas and Elda Villa both of Ojinaga, Mexico. Jose also leaves behind 9 grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 10 AM Tuesday June 4, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, with Mario Peña officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Roxie Wilson-Patterson

Mary Roxie Wilson-Patterson, age 84, of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born August 14, 1928 in Crane County, TX to Darvin E. Thompson and Bernice Leola (Minyard) Thompson.  Roxie was a diminutive lady, only reaching a total of five feet.  As a child, they nicknamed her “Tiny” or “Cotton”.  She worked as a cosmetologist and respiratory therapist, but was a homemaker first and foremost.

Years ago, Roxie was a member of Morning Star Fellowship.  She loved to talk about Jesus and she could sing.  She was a loving mother who always sacrificed for the good of her children.  They grew up thinking the chicken neck must be awfully tasty for mama to like it so much, only to realize with maturity that she ate the neck so that they and their father could have the good parts.  Her home was always open and welcoming to others and she loved children. She was a people person, who never said a bad word about another person.  Roxie was a specialist at making wonderful pies and homemade ice cream.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her husband:  J. C. Patterson of Odessa; sons:  Jimmy R. Wilson and wife Mary of Garland, Stanley Wilson and wife Judy of Odessa; daughters:  Georgia Landers of Odessa, Darva Earnest and husband Cecil of Odessa, and Toni Perry and husband Kevin of Bonham; two sisters:  Esther Gray of Granite Shoals and Gwen Vernon of Salt Lake City, UT; twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband:  James Richard “J. R.” Wilson; parents: Darvin and Bernice Thompson; her brother:  Carroll Thompson; and one sister:  Ruth Sant.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Monday, June 3, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences to the family may be sent online at

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated.


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