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V. Eugene (Gene) Smith


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On January 20, 2021, Christ’s faithful servant, V. Eugene (Gene) Smith was called home at age 85. Gene was born on December 24, 1936 in East Grand Plains-Roswell, NM. Gene passed away in Grand Junction, Colorado due to Alzheimer’s and COVID 19.

Gene lived in Roswell from 1936 and retired in Grand Junction, CO. He earned a Bachelors Degree in 1963 and received the NMSU Certified Extension Education Service in Agriculture. Gene also served in the Army National Guard. Gene married Glenda Whitaker in 1968. Gene and Glenda were faithful members of West Alameda Church of Christ in Roswell.

For a time, Gene was a High School Agriculture Instructor in Gallup, NM and then worked in the agricultural field at the 3-C Cattle in Hagerman and in Roswell at Buena Suerte Ranch and Roswell Wool Inc. After moving to Grand Junction, Gene and Glenda purchased The Great Scents and Gift Shop.

Gene and Glenda were very active in the 4-H and FFA organizations in Chaves County. Gene earned many awards including the NM State Fair Commission, 22 years dedicated service in 2006, Meritorious Service t 4-H Chaves County 4-H Council in 1991, Chaves county 4-H Alumni Award n 1999, NM Hall of Fame Inducted in 2002 NMSU 4-H Youth Development among others.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Nirene Smith of Roswell and two great-grandchildren, Zoie Perez and Isabella Jo Meyers. Gene is survived by his wife, Glenda of the home, two children-Gregory Eugene Smith of Castle Pines, CO and Gayla Dawn Mattarocci Meyers of Grand Junction, CO. He and Glenda also have 5 grandchildren: Jimmy don Perez of WA, Alicia (lisa) Anne Perez of (CO), Michael (Bud) Lee MeyersII of CO, Melissa Meyers Soares, Canada, and Jessica Meyers Anderson, NB.

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They have 9 great-grandchildren: Preston Rylee Perez of CO, James Domenic Perez Woodard of WA, Brianna Renee Perez of CO, Saphira Smith of CO, Michael Lee Meyers III of CO, Elias Cole Anderson of NB and Aria Belle Meyers of CO.

Memorial services will be held at Edfast-Callahan Funeral Home in Grand Junction, CO on Friday, January 29, 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to your favorite charity or the NM Extension Services, Chaves County 4-H organization at 200 W. Chisum, Door 4, Roswell, NM 88203 for the Achievement Projects or Jr. Market Lamb/Breeding Sheep Project in memory of Gene Smith with notice to the family, or to The Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado in memory of Gene Smith with notice to the family at 385 Ridgeway Dr. – Grand Junction, CO.

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