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Edwin S. “Dusty” Huckabee

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Edwin S. “Dusty” Huckabee, 73, so named by his grandmother upon the day of his birth due to his dusty rose complexion, flew away from his beloved Roswell on Friday, May 14. Dusty was born on May 6, 1948, to his parents, Ed and Dorothy Huckabee, in Amherst, Texas. He didn’t let being a Texan deter him when at 3 years of age he moved to Roswell to see just how rambunctious he could grow up to be. He has two brothers, Michael P. Huckabee (wife Michelle) and Jeffrey B. Huckabee (wife Jenni). Dusty has eight nieces and nephews.

Dusty married Heidi Hickman in 1978 in one of the wildest wedding ceremonies ever to hit Roswell. To a thunderous round of applause, the forever friends joined hearts. Not too many couples decide to have their reception the night before the wedding, but Dusty never really followed a lot of traditional rules as he and Heidi grew in their life together. He liked to throw parties! Many family and friends attended their reception and then the wedding that followed and a riotous time was enjoyed by all.

Dusty did indeed grow up to be the apple of his parents’ eyes as he pursued cub scouts and grade and middle school with many, many friends. By the time Dusty graduated from Goddard High School in 1966, he was ready to venture forth west and moved to the Haight in San Francisco where he became quite the hippie figure. Returning to Roswell in a daze, he went to work for Holsum Bakery where he drove a delivery truck. He also attended ENMU and earned an Associate’s degree.

His calling to be rambunctious didn’t wait long as he found a bit of trouble in his life during the late 60’s. During the serving of two and a half years in the NM State Penitentiary for drug related events, he went on a successful talking circuit visiting with middle and high school kids about the dangers of drugs. When released, he persevered changing his life into one of service and duty to Roswell. He then worked at KBIM TV. An FCC first class license called to him because he became enamored with radio and television, so he moved to Houston, Texas, to obtain that at Elkins Broadcasting Institute. Coming back to Roswell armed with an education, he began his long climb toward a career in communication and service to his hometown back at KBIM.

Dusty loved our city with a vengeance and made it his life’s work to keep it thriving, communicating and better than he found it when he discovered as a young teenager that Roswell was worth saving. He worked at KBCQ radio station, then moved back to television, helping to build the KOB-R TV affiliate here. He next moved into travel and tourism when he became the director of the civic center and forced that into bloom. And bloom it did. Dusty gave wonderful speeches all over Roswell and New Mexico about Roswell’s history. People everywhere loved to hear him speak.

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Dusty had vision and drive, so everything he touched became part of his legacy. Moving into his illustrious career as our Roswell MainStreet Director for many years, he rightfully earned the title of MainStreet Executive Director Emeritus. His accomplishments are varied and way too many to list. He was perhaps proudest of his ability to bring Roswell the ongoing Chile and Cheese Festival honoring our agricultural heritage. His goal in his many festivals was to bring people together and provide entertaining events that allowed everyone in the community to set aside time to interact and just plain enjoy each other.

He had so much love and caring in his heart. He loved the city, his dog, Lennon, his beautiful historic home, his little white pickup truck, marijuana, chile and cheese, the UFO phenomena, listening to a good fiddler, ice cold beer, striding up and down Main Street sidewalks visiting with everyone he encountered, gardening, especially tomatoes, chatting at Roswell Seed and Finishing Touches, his coffee group at Martin’s, and most importantly, he loved Heidi, his partner and friend, with that same vengeance. Together they celebrated 45 years in a union that bloomed beautifully.

Roswell residents who knew and loved Dusty need not be missing him because Dusty is in every corner of Roswell’s heart and soul. Just look around to see Dusty’s loving signature on our city. Dusty’s “Flying Away” memorial will be held on Saturday, June 5, at the NMMI chapel at high noon. Masks and social distancing are required by NMMI. Heidi and friends will be receiving come and go company after the memorial. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity of your choice.

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