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Donald "Pug" Ray Thigpen   I am a Veteran.
January 22, 1940  -  November 23, 2017


Donald ''Pug'' Thigpen of Roswell, NM passed away November 23rd, 2017. Pug was born January 22, 1940 to parents James and Marjorie Thigpen.
He attended Cottonwood school through 8th grade and then continued school in Artesia until he graduated in 1958. He was proud and honored to have played on the first Artesia High School State Championship football team in 1957. After graduation, he went on to serve 6 months in the Army Reserve. He began attending NMSU in the Spring of 1959 and graduated in 1963 with a degree in Agronomy. Pug was then offered a Fullbright scholarship to study in New Zealand, which he turned down to go to Graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Masters degree in Plant Genetics from there in 1967.
In 1967 Pug returned to the family farm in Cottonwood where he became a 3rd generation farmer. He was a prominent hay broker as well. Pug served as a state delegate and testified before the United States House of Representatives on behalf of the American Agriculture Movement. He served on the Eddy County Fair Board and the Eastern NM State Fair Board for many years. His hobbies included hunting, following the Artesia Bulldog football team & traveling across the United States competing in Tractor & Truck pulls.
Pug leaves behind three daughters, Lyn Harrison (Jerry) of Artesia, NM; Kim Klein (Jeff) of Roswell, NM and Dawn Thigpen of Roswell, NM. Sisters Norma Lorang (Bill) of Socorro, NM; Suzi Burke (Jim) of Loveland, CO. Grandchildren T.J. Harrison (Allie) of Artesia, NM; Kacy Brown (David) of Roswell, NM; Meghan Kukla (Dan of, Sacramento, CA; Karly Durbin (Eric) of Houston, TX; Dustin Ford of Denver, CO; Tori Cockrum of Lubbock, TX and Lexi Cockrum (Kyle) of Ft. Worth, TX and 12 great grandchildren. Pug's former wives, Penny Thigpen and Kathy Collier who both provided care and support to him when he needed it most.
The family would also like to express their appreciation to the people who work at Pug's favorite restaurant…..IHOP, for your kindness, service and caring spirit.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, November 27, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, 205 5th St., Dexter with Pastor Stephen Deutsch officiating. Reception following in the church social hall.
Donations can be made to Reins for Life, 370 Caddo, Dexter, NM 88230 or your favorite charity.

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