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Kimberly Elaine Crockett


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Kimberly Elaine Crockett, 61, of Artesia, New Mexico passed away on January 15, 2021 at Artesia General Hospital from heart complications.

Kim was born May 17, 1959 in Artesia to Don and Janice Johnston. She was raised as a child in Christ, the daughter of rural Methodist minister. Kim’s father was an entrepreneur, in her high school years she held many jobs within his businesses. She spent her mornings before school, driving a truck for her dad delivering Golden Crust bread and Clardy’s milk throughout the Pecos Valley. On weekends she worked in his wood yard splitting and loading firewood.

In June 1978, she married William Crockett. Together they started Crockett Trucking where she worked as a driver and forklift operator in the oilfield, raising two sons. She later left Artesia, finding a home in Deadwood, South Dakota where she worked in the famous Saloon No. 10 as a poker dealer, gaining a reputation that led to her dealing twice at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, NV.

She returned to New Mexico to follow her passion to become a police officer. She graduated New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in 1994 quickly rising through the ranks to Detective. She spent most of her career with Roswell Police Department, later serving Tucumcari Police Department. Her greatest passion was protecting people, especially children.

In 2014 she returned to her hometown and continued working in the oilfield for companies including WRH, Inc., Frac Tank Rentals, Patterson Welding, 50/50 Backhoe Services before finding her place with her son as a Safety Officer at Crockett Crane and Rigging. Kim lived her life for her children and grandchildren. She beamed with pride when she spoke of them and spent all of her extra time smothering them with endless snuggles and love.

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She was survived by her children Doepp Crockett and wife Kristy of Artesia; Cutler Crockett and wife Laurie of Artesia. Grandchildren Hagan Crockett and Ella Crockett; Madison Pittman and Cason Crockett all of Artesia. Siblings Barbee Lux and husband Jim of Denver, CO and Don Johnston Jr. of Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Memorial services are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 23, 2021 at First Baptist Church, 322 W Grand Ave, Artesia, NM. Mark Smith will officiate at the services. Interment will follow the services at Crockett Ranch. Visitation/Reception to follow interment at First Baptist Church. Honorary Pallbearers will be her “boys” (you know who you are)….

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