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1410 E Bowman Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88001-3001
Phone: (575) 526-2419
Fax: (575) 526-7944
Thomas Matkin

Thomas E "Tommy" Matkin

July 29, 1938 - June 7, 2019
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Tommy Matkin was escorted into the hands of his gracious Heavenly Father on June 7 surrounded by loving family. Tommy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lurana "Dutch" Matkin. He was the father of four children, Thomas Matkin (Sandy) of Pueblo, CO, David Matkin (deceased), Anna Matkin of Rio Rancho, and Diane Pearson (George) of Omaha, Nebraska. He was the loving grandfather of seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers Harvey, Lee, RL, and Harold, his sister Judith, and is survived by his two sisters Shirley Huston and Adrian Matkin.

Tommy was born on July 29, 1938 in El Paso, Texas. He grew up on Stahmann Farms where his very first job was being a ganserro (goose herder) at age eight. This job is where he found his love for the Spanish language, which he enjoyed speaking his entire life. He graduated from Gadsden High School in 1958 where he enjoyed FFA. He began his career as a lineman with El Paso Electric where he was a pole climber. In 1964 he left private industry and joined ranks with the civil service at WSMR. His work life at WSMR encompassed many great opportunities and growth. One of his favorite jobs was assisting in the landing of The Challenger at WSMR. He retired in 1993 after a fulfilling career in telecommunications. His "retirement" didn't last long as he did contract work all around the world changing military bases to fiber optics. He and Dutch spent their retirement years traveling the globe. His greatest joy was spending time with Dutch and their children and grandchildren.

His very full life included many hobbies and interests. Tommy was a very active member of the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Posse in the 1970’s, where he served as president for one year. His favorite memory of his time in the posse was rounding up cattle following a truck accident. Finding a lost teenager was also a very fond memory of those years. Following his years in the Sheriff’s Posse he enjoyed restoring classic cars and was involved in the Southern New Mexico Street Rod Association for many years. His most beloved car was his 1947 Mercury sedan. During his retirement, he and Dutch spent many years traveling with Three Crosses Travelers RV Club. These trips were often enriched by the addition of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was the master car driving instructor for the family and it all started on these great camping adventures. They will all laugh and tell you that they had to learn to drive backwards before they could go forward. The constant joy throughout his entire life was serving in the local church. Tommy served in many capacities at First Presbyterian Church where he maintained very deep friendships with people of all generations. His love for the Lord shone through in all that he did.

A Visitation is scheduled for Monday, June 10 from 5-7 PM in the Getz Funeral Home Chapel.
Services for Tommy will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, June 11 at 10:00 AM, burial will follow at Missionary Ridge Cemetery in Mesquite, NM.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 10, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 10, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Getz Funeral Home Chapel
    Address
    1410 E. Bowman Ave
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    First Presbytarian Church
    Address
    200 E. Boutz
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005
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    Officiant
    Rev. Norm Story
  • Interment

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    Missionary Ridge Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Mesquite, New Mexico
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    Going south of Las Cruces, exit 5.75 miles from where I10 and I25 join. Turn right and then right again onto the frontage road. Go 1.16 miles to the Missionary Ridge Cemetery sign, turn left on dirt road (Cemetery Road, County Road B049) and in 0.23 mile turn left. You should see the entrance and a single structure

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LillianGrijalva

Posted at 05:05pm
I was so sorry to hear about the death of your dear husband, Tommy. My mom always had a special place in her heart for you. You were always such a kind and loving spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you during this time. Always Lil Grijalva
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LillianGrijalva

Posted at 05:05pm
I was so sorry to hear about the death of your dear husband, Tommy. My mom always had a special place in her heart for you. You were always such a kind and loving spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you during this time. Always Lil Grijalva
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LillianGrijalva

Posted at 05:05pm
I was so sorry to hear about the death of your dear husband, Tommy. My mom always had a special place in her heart for you. You were always such a kind and loving spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you during this time. Always Lil Grijalva
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LillianGrijalva

Posted at 05:05pm
I was so sorry to hear about the death of your dear husband, Tommy. My mom always had a special place in her heart for you. You were always such a kind and loving spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you during this time. Always Lil Grijalva
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LillianGrijalva

Posted at 05:05pm
I was so sorry to hear about the death of your dear husband, Tommy. My mom always had a special place in her heart for you. You were always such a kind and loving spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you during this time. Always Lil Grijalva
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