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Dale Caton

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church for Lewis Dale Caton of Artesia.

Caton, 82, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018, in Artesia.

Pastor Monty Leavell will officiate the services.

Dale was born Feb. 14, 1936, in Clovis, the son of Wilford Barnie and Clemmie Norene (Thomas) Caton.

On June 28, 1959, he married Lynell Burns in Alamogordo.

He attended the University of New Mexico, where he played basketball for the Lobos. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from UNM in 1959 and 1963.

Dale taught physical education and coached in Carlsbad for eight years. He then taught and was the head basketball coach at New Mexico Junior College from 1968-77. After retiring from the coaching position, he became the director of Physical Education, Intramurals and Intercollegiate Athletics.

In 1982, Dale became the assistant superintendent of the Lovington Public Schools. He retired in 1991, ending a 32-year career in education. In 1993, he and his wife moved to Hobbs, and he became the Parks and Recreation director for the City of Hobbs.

While in Hobbs, Dale was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was very active in the church choir, serving on committees and teaching Sunday School. After moving to Artesia, he became an active member of First United Methodist Church of Artesia. He was an avid golfer and loved to watch his grandchildren play sports and other activities.

Survivors include son Crit Caton of Artesia; daughter Lynn Fanning of Artesia; grandchildren Kirstin Wachter, Koby Caton, Kyle Sundheimer and Kaitlyn Rand; and great-grandchildren Ella Rand and Emrie Rand.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynell Caton, on Oct. 27, 2007; his parents; and a brother.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.