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H.R. “Buddy” Adair 1946 - 2021

 H.R. “Buddy” Adair  1946 - 2021

Buddy Adair, of Westbrook, Texas, passed away in Colorado City, Texas, Wednesday, January 27, 2021.


Buddy was born December 14, 1946 in Hugo, Oklahoma, the third son of Joe H. Adair and Ruth Nell (Neill) Adair. He attended elementary school in Boswell,  Oklahoma, before moving with his family to Hagerman, New Mexico in 1959, where he finished his schooling.

He graduated from Hagerman High School in 1965 as class valedictorian, while winning a number of awards, including a national mathematics award. He was President of both the Student Council as well as the local chapter of the Future Farmers of America.

In FFA, he was also a state farmer and served as a New Mexico state officer, while winning the FFA state public speaking contest. As an athlete, he was a starting guard on the Hagerman Bobcat basketball team that was state runner-up in 1964, with Buddy being named second team all-state.

He continued his education at New Mexico State University, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Extension Education, with a minor in Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

Raised with horses as a daily part of his life in both Oklahoma and New Mexico, his goal throughout his life was to be involved with livestock, horse training, and ranching. As he wrote a number of years ago, “…constantly desiring to learn more, my experience with livestock has been truly a labor of love.”

He worked in virtually every aspect of that life, from managing a veterinary supply store, to doing all manner of cowboy work, riding pens for feed lot operations, and working cattle on various ranches. He also worked at numerous race tracks in the west, breaking colts, being a jockey’s agent, and serving as an outrider. Throughout his life, he had a passion for team roping, a sport in which he was very competitive, and for which he trained numerous horses.

From the late 70s through the late 80s, Buddy taught math and science, and coached boys’ and girls’ basketball, at Patton Springs High School in Afton, Texas.

In 1990, he was hired to assist in the acquisition and management of the horses to be used in the Television Mini-Series “Son of the Morning Star.” He was also hired to instruct the actors involved in the production.

He returned to teaching in the 1990s, teaching math and coaching girls basketball at Lake Arthur High School, Lake Arthur, New Mexico.

In 1976, Buddy married Lisa Karson, and they raised three children, Jackie,   Sylvia, and Joshua.

Buddy was an avid sports fan and coach at heart.  He loved playing, watching, and studying football, basketball, baseball, rodeo, and anything else his kids and grandkids were doing.  Buddy was always ready for a road trip and was happy to share his wisdom. He had literally hundreds of friends throughout the West who have expressed their love for him and appreciation for having known him. He touched many lives.

Buddy was preceded in death by his father Joe H. Adair and his mother Ruth Nell Adair, of Hagerman, his brother Joe Adair, Jr., and brother Robert Z. “Bobby” Adair. He is survived by his daughter Jackie White and her husband Steve, of Colorado City, daughter Sylvia Walters and her husband Hayden of Colorado City, son Joshua Adair of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and brother Rod Adair and his wife Dana of Roswell, New Mexico; Grandchildren Kody and Cheyenne Porterfield, Cody and Schelli Jackson, Hadley White, Jacob and Colton Walters, and Karson, Suri, and Stella Adair, and one great-grandchild Klaire Porterfield. He is also survived by nieces Julie Adair Stack, Alicia Adair Hughes, and Lauren Adair, and by nephews John Wisener, and Ian Adair.

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