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Memorial services and interment will be held at a later date in Artesia for Thomas Martin Boyd Jr.

Boyd, 83, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Albuquerque.

He was born July 28, 1932, in Happy, Texas, to Thomas Martin Boyd Sr. and Jessie Ruth (Lash) Boyd. He was a standout Artesia High School Bulldog athlete, including football, basketball, baseball and track.

After serving in the U.S. Army, he graduated with honors and bachelor of science degrees in petroleum engineering and geology in 1960 from New Mexico Tech.

A roustabout, then driller before college, he then worked for several oil and gas companies in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Canada before spending the majority of his career as an independent oil and gas operator, landman, and geologist in Roswell and Ruidoso.

He enjoyed hunting and fly fishing, and was an avid golfer. Several especially memorable experiencing included playing in the same foursome as Arnold Palmer and then with Jack Nicklaus, and he often played in the Oilmen’s Executive Association Golf Tournament. His favorite courses included the Alto Lakes Golf Course in Alto, and the Jasper Park Lodge and Banff Park Lodge, both in Alberta, Canada.

Survivors include son Darin of San Francisco, Calif.; brother Kerry and wife Rosina of Santa Fe; sister-in-law Linda of Amarillo, Texas; two nephews; and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bob; and a son, Kyle.

Memorial donations may be made to the New Mexico Tech Scholarship Fund, the Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of French Funerals & Cremations of Albuquerque. Condolences may be expressed online at www.frenchfunerals.com.