Pye Jr., Marsden

Mr. Marsden M. Pye, Jr., 74, of Portales, died Oct. 6, 2005, at his home west of Portales.

He was born Nov. 28, 1930, in Harrisburg, Pa., to Mae and Marsden M. Pye.

He graduated valedictorian from Wattsburg High School at the age of 16. In 1948, he worked on refrigeration units at an electrical company. He moved to Alaska to work until his early 20s. He joined the Army during the Korean War, served in France, and was trained as a surveyor. After discharge he returned to Alaska, worked with Bechtel Construction for 28 years on construction sites all over the globe including Saudi Arabia and Hawaii, where he met Sadie Allen. They were married on Aug. 16, 1963, in Las Vegas, Nev. In 1985, he left Bechtel Construction and went to work for Howe-Baker Engineering. He was assigned to Portales, where he worked until his retirement in 1996. Since then, he and his wife have traveled the world and have lived part time in New Mexico and part time in Hawaii where they own a home. Family members say his passion for fishing made him travel to foreign countries, and that he was also a voracious reader as well as a gourmet cook who enjoyed playing bridge with his wife and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clifford; and two sisters, Marietta Perry and Margie Brewer.

He is survived by his wife, Sadie; a daughter, Malia Whalin (and husband, Perry) of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Erica Whalin, Jami Whalin, and Ian Whalin; and a sister, Betty Heckler of Pa.

The family plans to return him to Hawaii where services and burial will occur at the Auwaiolimu Congregational Church on Oahu. The family may be reached at their home in Portales.

Announcement by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.