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1933 Max 2021

Max Tomlinson

June 21, 1933 — June 9, 2021

Max Clinton Tomlinson was born on June 21, 1933, to Andrew Clinton and Ella Christine (née Green) Tomlinson in Corsicana, Texas. The family moved to Hobbs, New Mexico in 1939 to escape the heat and pollen of Central Texas and for Andy to work in the oil fields for Humble Oil. Max graduated from Hobbs High School in 1951 then attended college at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. There he met and fell in love with a local ranching family’s daughter, Polly McKnight. He graduated top of his senior class at NMMI in 1956 and married Polly on June 2, 1956. They set up their household near Washington D.C. where he was stationed in the army. They subsequently moved to Fort Bragg, NC where son Max Clinton (Clint) Tomlinson, Jr. was born. Max then completed his active military duty but

remained active in the Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Captain. The family then moved

to Hobbs, NM where daughter, Mary Christine (Cristie) Tomlinson was born. In 1961 the family moved to Roswell, NM to join extended family in the Pecos Valley. Son, Mikell Andrew Tomlinson and daughter, Marlene Coral Tomlinson were born in Roswell. In 1969 Max completed a master’s degree in business at Texas Tech University and went on to work in the finance and accounting department of Texas Tech University and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, eventually retiring in August 1995 as the Assistant Vice President of Accounting and Finance. On June 2, 2002, Max and Polly remarried with their children and grandchildren in attendance. In the following 19 years they travelled extensively, including a world cruise and visiting all seven continents. Max and Polly attended innumerable grandchildren events, high school, college, graduate school, and medical school graduations. They experienced the joy of grandchildren weddings too. You could always count on Papa and Giggles (Grandma Polly) being there for every important event or get together of their children or grandchildren's lives.

Max went to his heavenly home surrounded by the love of his family on June 9, 2021, in Dallas,

TX. He leaves to continue his legacy his beloved wife, Polly of Flower Mound, TX; son, Clint and wife Carla, Carrollton, TX; daughter, Dr. Cristie Reeves and husband Jack, Tulsa, OK; son Mikell and wife Kim, Colleyville, TX; daughter Coral Brittain and husband Bill, Flower Mound, TX; and son Leslie Ebb Davis and wife Laura of Burleson, TX. Papa’s pride and joy were his 11 grandchildren. He also has an aunt, Jody Keys, Las Cruces, NM, and multiple cousins.

A graveside service will be held at Memory Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Roswell, NM on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 10:00 am. Doug Austin, Senior Minister of Country Club Road Church of Christ will officiate. A Celebration of Life and luncheon will follow at Country Club Road Church of Christ.

On behalf of the family, we wish to thank Dr. James Brugarolas and his team at UTSW for their outstanding care over the past 9 years, enabling Max and his family to enjoy his life to the fullest.

In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests memorials to Max Tomlinson be made to University of Texas Southwestern for Dr. James Brugarolas’ Kidney Cancer Research PO Box 910888 Dallas, Texas 75391-0888 or at

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

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