Chad Thomas James, 29, died Oct. 26, 2005 in an automobile accident in rural Mora County.
He was born June 9, 1976, in Los Alamos. He attended Santa Fe High School for three years. He moved to Corona for his senior year and played football and basketball for the Corona Cardinals. He graduated valedictorian in 1994.
He was a student at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and spent a year working on the university ranch near Corona. He studied at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences.
In April 2000, he was a wildlife conservation officer with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He served as district officer in Datil for three years, in Las Vegas, N.M. for a year, and in Mora. He was an area representative for the New Mexico Conservation Officers Association, a member of the Elk Management and the Deer Management Committees, and an instructor in defensive tactics.
Family members said he patrolled wilderness areas on horseback, joined in bighorn sheep transplants, loved wildlife, and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his yellow Labrador, Rooster Cogburn.
He is survived by his parents Alvin and Sandra James of Corona and Gary and Laura Read of Los Alamos; two sisters, Tana Luna (and husband, Scott) of Chugiak, Alaska, and Natalie Griffin (Brian) of Silverdale, Wash.; a niece, Shannon of Chugiak, Alaska; three nephews, Luke and Ty of Silverdale, Wash., and Dustin of Chugiak, Alaska.
Memorials may be given to the New Mexico Conservation Officers Family Fund, Chad James Memorial, at Los Alamos National Bank, P.O. Box 60, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.