Michael Ray Jones
February 9, 1954  -  April 25, 2017

Michael Ray Jones

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, May 04, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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I served in the Coast Guard.

Memorial services are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 4 at Terpening & Son Mortuary Chapel for Michael Ray Jones of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Mr. Jones, 63, passed away on April 25, 2017 at his home.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Michael was born on February 9, 1954 in Odessa, TX; the son of Henry Ray and Joyce Yvonne (Gibson) Jones.

After graduating from Artesia High School in 1972, he worked locally for a few years before enlisting in the United States Coast Guard in 1976. He served in the Coast Guard for 4 years, earning the Good Conduct and Expert Rifle Medals along with Pistol Marksmanship and Guard Unit Commendation ribbons.

After the Coast Guard, he was employed at Agave Energy in various positions and ultimately as a Plant Operator.

Michael was a member of the Elks Lodge in Carlsbad, the NRA, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Michael was an avid gun collector, hunter and fisherman as well as a die hard Dallas Cowboys and Artesia Bulldogs fan.

He was preceded in death by his sister Terri Steggs.

Survivors include his parents Henry and Joyce Jones of Artesia, NM; daughters Stephanie Jones-Hall of Carlsbad and Denise Jones-Horn of Artesia; step-children Kathy McCombs and John Pinson both of Artesia; brother Kelly Jones of McKinney, TX; grandchildren Alyssa Horn, Victoria Hall, Caleb Horn and Sydney Hall.


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  1. Lola Mortensen Dial
    Naples, FL

    Prayers to Mike's family and friends. Mike was hilarious. He was always cutting up in the halls in high school and loved to make us laugh. His comedic humor is surely appreciated in heaven. To his children, what a great man your father was.

  2. Pam Allen
    Midland, TX

    I just want to say to all of Mike's family...just how very sorry I am to hear about Mike's passing. My thoughts and my prayers are with each of you and I pray God will give you His comfort and His peace in the days and weeks ahead. Psalm 23:18...'the Lord is close to the brokenhearted...'
    May God bless you all.

  3. Lou Ann (Beasley) Ehret
    Albuquerque, NM

    I remember Mike from all through Junior High and High School.
    He was a friend and a classmate with a great sense of humor.
    I lost touch with him a while after graduation but I thought of him often.
    Another classmate of ours and I were talking about him a few days before
    his passing and we wondered where he was.
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
    I am sorry for your loss.
    He will be missed.

  4. Dorletta Baize Hildebrand
    Tomball, TX

    So sorry to hear about Mike. He was a good friend in Jr. High and High School. He was always telling jokes and making classes fun. I can't remember a day he was ever cross or mad at anyone!!

    Prayers to the Jones family

  5. Paul Ragsdale
    Roswell, NM

    Sorry for your loss. The Jones family is in our prayers. Mike was my friend and co-worker and I am saddened by his passing.

  6. Rhonda Blount Coggin
    Andrews, TX

    Dear Jones Family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Mike many years ago and saw that he was a hard worker and great guy. Praying you all feel my prayers of comfort during this sudden unexpected death. Sincerely.

  7. Pam (Boyer) Sayre
    Herriman, UT

    So sorry to hear about Mike's death. He was my classmate in junior high and high school, and I always found him to be so friendly and energetic. May God comfort your family at this very sad time.

  8. patsy lyles
    lakewood, NM

    Joyce and Family,
    Extending my sincere sympathy and the loss of your Michael Ray~~~~~~
    May God bless each of you with comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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