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Rooster Spolton

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at West Main Baptist Church for Mark “Rooster” Spolton.

Spolton, 57, went to be with his Lord Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, after a long battle with cirrhosis. He was at home in the mountains he loved, surrounded by his family.

Pastor Jason Kraft will officiate the services, with interment to follow at the Spolton Family Cemetery in Lakewood. Pallbearers will be Shawn Martin, Tony Heady, Trent Spindler, Warren Roberts, Caleb Morton and Sonny Mann.

Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Rooster was born Sept. 29, 1960, in Huntington, England, to Ernest Jeffery and Barbara Louise (Gosling) Spolton.

On July 22, 1978, he married Tammy Webb, and together, the couple had three daughters.
Rooster came to the U.S. in 1980 and worked at Wooley Tool in Odessa, Texas. He later became a tester at T&C Tank Rental and Anchor Service.

He moved to Artesia with his family in 1989 to work in the Artesia yard of T&C. He worked for T&C for more than 15 years before eventually buying it, a true example of the American Dream.

Rooster retired in October 2015 and moved to Ruidoso at the beginning of this year, where he lived what we called “The Porch Life.” When he was well, Rooster enjoyed golfing, travelling, and watching Cowboys football while rooting for the other team.

Survivors include his daughters, Amanda Martin and husband Shawn, Tera Rodriguez, and Jamie Heady and husband Tony, all of Artesia; grandchildren Amber Spindler, Trent Spindler, James Heady, Lilly Heady, Ami Heady, Lucas Heady, Erin Martin, Kristen Martin, and goddaughter Sunny Mann, all of Artesia; sisters Monica Skinner and husband Colin, and Mandy Edwards and husband Eddie, both of England; special extended family Suzie Morton and Cody Price and husband Richard, all of Artesia, and Mandy Morton and partner Carrie of Melbourne, Fla.; and many beautiful nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the Encompass Hospice team and especially Beth St. Germain for the love and care they gave Rooster in his last days.

In lieu of flowers, Rooster and the family request memorial contributions be made to the Ruidoso Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 555, Ruidoso, N.M., 88355.

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