Rick L Coats
November 26, 2017  -  November 19, 2017

Rick L Coats

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Ballard Funeral Home
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Friday, November 24, 2017
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
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First Presbyterian Church
201 W. 5th St.
Dexter, NM  88230
Saturday, November 25, 2017
2:00 pm
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Hagerman Cemetery
Morgan Road and Shoshoni Road
Hagerman, NM  88232
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Rick Coats of Dexter, NM passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017. Rick was born in Roswell, NM on November 26, 1949 to parents Richard and Faydean Coats.

He grew up in Dexter, NM attending Dexter Schools – he spent one year at Roswell High when his family moved to Roswell for a short time. Rick graduated from Dexter High School in 1969.
At the age of ten Rick started his work career. He shared wonderful stories about working while he was growing up in Dexter. When he was about ten years old he started delivering newspapers in Dexter on his bicycle, and in his teen years held different jobs from being a lifeguard at Dexter Pool, then to working at Wortman’s station, and then on to working as a farmhand. After graduating from high school, he lived in Portales NM. While in Portales he decided to become a truck driver. Rick traveled across the USA east, west, south, and north but Dexter was always his home. He moved back to Dexter in 1980. Rick started his sales career in 1988 with Les Francis Chevrolet Roswell Ford for twelve years, and home to Artesia Ford for the past thirteen years.

Rick loved his family and his friends. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years Sharon “Sherry” Coats; his son Richard Lynn Coats and wife Sharla of Roswell, son Aaron and wife Heather of Dexter. Grandchildren Savannah and Genevieve Duran, Connor and Lealund Coats all of Roswell, and Kaylee and Elias Coats of Dexter, and great grandson Luke Lodoza. Sisters Darlene Jarvis of Sikeston, MO, Debbie Wieseler of Omaha, NE, and Gail Henson of Roswell. He was preceded in death by his father Richard Coats, his mother Faydean Butts, and brother Britt Butts.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday November 25, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church 205 5th Street, Dexter with internment to follow at Hagerman Cemetery. Jimmy Derrick will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday, November 24, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers are Connor Coats, Ken Borden, Raul Rodriguez, Josh Luna, Jett Pilley, Damon Tuttle and Jim Tucker.


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  1. Bobby and Teri Moreno
    Dexter, NM

    Our thoughts are with our friend and neighbor, Sherry and her family. My husband knew Rick better than I did, but during the summers that we maintained their yard and property, I got to know Rick. I also had the pleasure of caring for him during a brief hospital stay some years back. He was a character, lol. I'll never forget how he gave the nurse a hard time about being hugged, lol. We will miss our neighbor for sure. Our hearts go out to you and your family, Sherry. We are here for you as neighbors always are. RIP, Rick.

  2. Janie Leonard
    Weatherford, TX

    Sherry and family. Rick was a great person, what a wonderful legacy to leave behind. A precious family, and a multitude of friends. He never met a stranger, helped anyone he could, and had a story to tell!! Bless you all!!

  3. Denise (Finch) Lake
    Santa Rosa, CA

    Sherry, I am so very sorry to hear about Rick's passing. He was a wonderful, loving man and was a huge part of my life growing up....very much like an older brother. My thoughts are prayers are with you and the boys (and family). Much love to each of you.

  4. Ken and Heather Borden
    Dexter, NM

    I have great memories with the Coats famliy. The hunting trip, Weddings and my best friend. Praying for everyone in the famliy. He will be missed

  5. AnnieB
    New Castle, DE

    Im sorry to hear of your loss and my deepest condolences are extended to your family. An encouraging scripture thats may help you through this time of great loss is Job 14:14, 15.

  6. Artina
    new castle, NM

    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Its never pleasant when you lose someone you love in death, it seems as though your whole world is turned upside down. Losing your loved one and not having that one in your life anymore can be very devastating. It is my hope that you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. I like to share this scripture with you, John 5:28, 29 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all those in the memorial tombs will hear his [Jesus] voice and come out, to a resurrection of life . What a joyful day that will be to see your dear loved one again. It will be a reality.
    For more information please go to jw.org.

  7. Tim &Cheryl Wafful
    Roswell, NM

    May God comfort and bless this family during this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Tim & CHERYL

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