D. Mark Worten Jr.
Services: Have been held.
Mr. D. Mark Worten Jr., 53, of Portales, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at his home.
He was born on April 2, 1950, in Mangum, Okla., to Virginia and Don Worten Sr.
He graduated from York High School in York, Neb., in 1968. He graduated in 1973 from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles with a degree in kinesiology. He worked with the Spastic Children’s Foundation in Los Angeles for several years and later became a bus operator for Los Angeles County, where he was employed for 17 years.
He married Raquel Soto on March 3, 1990, in Pasadena, Calif. He received a medical retirement in 1995, and in 1996 he and his family moved to Chama. They moved to Portales in 1997 and purchased a small farm. In 1998 he established a custom baling and swathing operation for area farmers. He was a member of the Faith Family Christian Church in Clovis. Family members said he enjoyed bow hunting, archery and fishing.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Aaron James Worten of Portales; two step-sons, Calvin Griffin Jr. of Portales and Chris Tostenson of Georgia; his parents; and two sisters, Fran Flores of Justin, Texas, and Terry Flewellyn of Lubbock.
The Rev. Joe Watson will officiate the services.
Honorary pallbearers will be Don Worten, Hal Jilek, Glen Johnson, Ted Sharp, Lanny Hester, Calvin Griffin, Aaron Worten, Nester Jr. and Josephine Soto, Ted Flores, Ernie Scotti, Gary Padilla, Dr. James Jex and the hospice nurses.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.