George “Herman” Coffey 1928-2014
George “Herman” Coffey, age 86, a resident of Belen, NM was called home because it was supper time, on Saturday, July 5, 2014 surrounded by his family. He always said, “I was born in Texas, but they got me outta there before it ruined me.” He grew up a farmer, joined the Army twice, became an auctioneer, worked on the Santa Fe Railroad, and in 1958 he started the trailer business. He also tried his hand at ranching for three and a half years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. He started the Navajo Weavers’ Association Rug Auctions in Crownpoint, NM and was the auctioneer for over 30 years. He was the county fair auctioneer for the Valencia County Jr. Livestock Sale and for the Bi-County Fair in Prewitt, NM for over three decades. He was an avid team roper, built an arena on his property to run team roping events on a regular basis. One of his fondest memories was heeling for his daughter, Connie English, at the New Mexico Championships. Horses and roping were his true callings.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 ½ years, Thelma Danforth Coffey; children, Wes Watson and wife Cindy, DeAnn Hoffman, Max Coffey and wife Kim, Connie English and husband John; grandchildren, Casey Canada, Dustin Watson and fiancée Marie, Katie Robbins and husband Denver, Trevor Coffey, Dillon Coffey, Connor Coffey, Sterlin English and Stran English; great grandchildren, Danika Coffey, Vance Watson and Manuel and Kali Curry; and siblings, Leon Coffey and Wanda Jean Richmond and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch in his name, www.theranches.org