Alford Dean Corzine, “Al” was born September 26, 1935 in Mountainair, NM the eldest son to his parents Hubert Corzine and Pauline Carter.
The family relocated to the Portales, NM area where he attended school. There he met, courted and married Cleo Eminger, his high school sweetheart. Married for 66 years, their love for each other lasted to the end. They would have four children.
Upon leaving school, he enlisted in the US Navy. For much of his four years of service he was stationed in the Pacific Northwest area, finishing out his term aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown during the wrap up of the Korean war. Upon his honorable discharge he returned home to New Mexico. He settled with his family in Roswell in 1962.
In his younger years in Portales he was engaged in breaking horses, calf roping, and various rodeo activities. His dream was to mount a horse at sunrise, ride until sunset never leaving his own land. He was a cowboy at heart.
The Navy equipped him for a career in telecommunications, where he worked for Mountain Bell, AT&T and Phone Systems, his own business. A career that spanned over 40 years.
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Al also loved fast cars and was a founding member of the original Roswell Drag Racing Association. Volunteering his time and materials to construction of the first raceway at the old Roswell airstrip on the weekends. Drag racing and Mopar muscle cars were his passion. He ran his last race on this 80th birthday. This passion was ignited in his family with many family members engaged in this activity even today. Most days you could find him in his shop tinkering with cars. He loved telling stories, and after a day of drag racing the tales would fly. Of course, they usually got bigger with the retelling, but fun and laughs would abound.
Al was a man of his word. To him a contract was a handshake, his word his bond, and he could be counted on to live up to that deal. He was a good friend and family man, always ready to step up and help when called upon. During his children’s formative years at home, he was always present and engaged in their activities. From little league baseball, gymnastics, softball, and band he was there to support, coach, and beam with pride.
He is survived by: his cherished wife Cleo; children Cindy and Glenn Chamberlin, and Dee and Teral Crawford; his grandchildren Colton Chamberlin, Evan Crawford, Nicole Corzine, and Justin Corzine, brother Ray Corzine, sisters Myrnell Turner and Phylia Smith. He was preceded in death by his sons: Alford “Corky” Corzine, and Charles Drew Corzine and two Grandsons Anthony Corzine and Jordan Richardson.
Al left this world on May 26, 2020. His celebration of life service will be held on June 20, 2020 as 1:00pm at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory, 2609 S. Main, Roswell, NM.