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Larry Jaquess

Memorial services were held Saturday, Dec. 16, at West Alameda Church of Christ in Roswell for Larry Dean Jaquess of Roswell.

Jaquess, 67, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Roswell.

He was born Oct. 23, 1950, in Littlefield, Texas. Larry lived with his five older brothers and one sister in Earth, Texas, until the age of 6, when the family moved to Roswell. Following his graduation from Roswell High School in 1968, Larry went on to further his education at New Mexico State University, graduating in 1972 with a degree in animal science.

Larry was best known there for castrating sheep with his teeth; at least that is what he liked to tell people. He always said that was his greatest talent and most noted accomplishment. Larry’s other greatest talent was endlessly entertaining family and friends alike with tall tales and self-deprecating humor. He was also a Licensed Urine Catcher at Ruidoso Downs. He held a deep love for animals throughout his life and was a uniquely talented dog trainer.

Larry worked as a construction inspector on many federal government projects and was a land surveying crew chief for Jaquess Engineering – now Smith Engineering – for many years. He also worked with his brothers on countless residential construction projects. Larry’s latest job was assistant to the assistant manager at Honey Depot in Artesia, where he was the Chief Gift Wrapper, specializing in hard-to-wrap items.

When obtaining comments from his family and friends, most everyone polled would say that Larry was hilariously funny. That he was such a very unique person – in a good way. Each had given an example of one of his random, selfless acts: bringing them food (a hummingbird cake, his famous “special meatloaf” or Cherrie-O Cream Pie, which everyone loves), just simply imparting wisdom at the very moment it was needed, or being there for them in their hour of need.

Larry made it abundantly clear to everyone around him that he genuinely cared about them, maybe not so much in word but in deed. He was a truly unique man and “he done what he wanted to do.” He will be profoundly missed by everyone, and the world is a little sadder without him in it.

Mourning his passing are his children, Justin Thyme Jaquess of Colorado Springs, Colo., Brian Cargill of Irving, Texas, and Michele Pete of McKinney, Texas; siblings Randal Jaquess and wife Brenda of Roswell, Lindel “Pete” Jaquess and wife Berta of El Cajon, Calif., Carolyn Douglass and husband Jimmy of Ruidoso, Virgel Jaquess and wife Anne of Roswell, John Jaquess and wife Janet of Las Cruces, and Jeanette Jaquess of Las Cruces; 15 nephews and nieces; and more friends than can be counted. All love him dearly and won’t stop just because he’s gone. Except one or two.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Bula Jaquess, and older brother Jerry Jaquess. He is surely with them now.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory of Roswell. Condolences ma be expressed online at andersonbethany.com.