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Richard Barton


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A loving husband, father and grandfather, Richard Edward Barton, 79 passed away on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 in Roswell, New Mexico. Please take a moment and share a kind thought or memory with the Barton family at https://www.lagronefuneralchapels.com/obituary/Richard-Barton

A funeral service for Richard will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, February 25th 2021 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

On November 11th, 1941 Richard was born to Ray Barton and Grace Baker in Albuquerque New Mexico. Richard grew up on the family ranch in Dunlap, New Mexico and graduated from Fort Sumner High school where he excelled in playing football, basketball and running track for the Foxes. From there he attended NMMI in Roswell to play football on a scholarship and then from NMMI he continued his football career at Western Colorado University in Gunnison Colorado where he graduated from college with his bachelors degree.

Richard met Julie Mask in Roswell NM. They married February 10, 1968. They had two sons, Bart and Buck. Throughout the boys life they supported them through school and all sports. Richard was very proud of his sons.

Richard got to live the American dream and became a self made business person. Richard owned car dealerships throughout his lifetime in Texas and New Mexico. His first dealership was a Volkswagen store in Corpus Cristi with a sister store in College Station. When he moved back to Roswell, he purchased the Toyota and Buick Dealership. He owned and operated dealerships in Roswell for 21 years. He was well known and took pride in owning these stores.

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Richard supported and helped start many local businesses in Roswell. Richard had a passion for the youth of Roswell and believed in giving back to support the youth and the youth athletics. This ranged from little league teams to both Goddard and Roswell High Schools. He had a passion for all sports and what they did for young people. As time went on, he would buy and sell several dealerships in Farmington NM, Clovis NM and Slaton TX before eventually slowly retiring around 2009 and moving back to Roswell.

Those left to cherish unforgettable memories of Richard are Julie Barton his wife of 53 years and their sons; son Bart Barton and wife Krystle Barton and their children Reagan Crenshaw and Trey Barton of Edmond Oklahoma; son Buck Barton and wife Katie Barton of Edmond Oklahoma and their son Jackson Barton.

Richard is proceeded in death by his father Ray Barton, mother Grace Baker, sister Gail Dinwiddie and brother Robert Barton.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com

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