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Posted on Oct 10, 2014
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Jim “Tot” Etcheverry


 Jim “Tot” Etcheverry, 88, of Acoma Road, Carlsbad, NM passed away, Sunday, October 5, 2014 at his home. 

Tot was born November 30, 1925 in Carlsbad, NM to Jean Batiste “Jim” and Floretina (Arreguy) Etcheverry. He then married the love of his life, Oleeta Cummings. Tot grew up helping his father on their ranch in Dog Canyon. He joined the military and was a Naval Gunner for the Navy. He was a Scout and Raider in today’s time that would be classified as a Navy Seal. Tot served from February 21, 1943 to February 21, 1946. He was an electrician, miner, deputy sheriff and a cowboy. He was a member of the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse, B.P.O. Elks # 1558 and numerous other organizations. 

 As a young man Tot was a member of the PRCA and was an outstanding calf roper and steer wrestler, later years a team roper. His passion was breaking horses and mules. Tot loved trail riding in the mountains spending time with family and friends.His favorite past time was watching grandsons compete in rodeo and roping events . 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Oleeta. He is survived by sons: Etienne and wife, Kathy of Truth or Consequences, NM, John and wife, Brenda of Carlsbad, NM, Adrinne Laney Verkler of Artesia, NM, Jim Eubank of Las Vegas, NV. He was a loving grandfather to grandchildren: John Pete Etcheverry and wife, Dayna of Mesquite, NM, Tommy Etcheverry and Melanie of Carlsbad, NM, Tai Etcheverry of Carlsbad, NM, Ben Etcheverry and wife of Deming, NM, Melissa Griggs Webb and husband, Robert of Austin, TX; great-grandchildren: Laney Webb, Spencer Laney and wife, Tiffany, Sid Laney, Reagen and Reiley Sokolosky, Baylee and Celee, great-great-grandchildren Aden and Noland Laney; sisters: Mary Bauder and husband, Marvin of Albuquerque, NM and Cecilia (Baby) Wigley of Austin, TX.

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