Sawyer, John

John Sawyer, 82, of Portales, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at his home.

He was born May 25, 1923, in Sawyer Flat, Texas, to Nannie and Andersen Sawyer. He was the youngest of 12 children.

He married Bobbie Lacy on Oct. 30, 1943, in Seminole, Texas. He farmed at Sawyer Flat until 1947 when he moved to a farm southwest of Portales in the Dora community. He retired in 1998 and moved to Portales.

Family members said he enjoyed his work and was a successful farmer because he always made a crop in good years and in the dry ones. He was a mechanic, welder and inventor.

Family members said he was well known for successfully “witching wells” for area farmers. He also enjoyed working in his wood shop and visiting with his friends for coffee in Dora and later in Portales.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alfred and William Sawyer; and five sisters, Catherine Buhman, Lilly Kirk, Rosa Young, Anna Stewart and Clara Meier.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Richard “Dickie” Sawyer (and his wife, Teresa) of Dora; a granddaughter, Crystal Payne (Casey) of Portales; a great-grandchild, Shaelei Brooke Payne of Portales; and three sisters, Mary Meier of Clovis, Lena Upton of Seminole, Texas, and Nancy King of Seagraves, Texas.

The Rev. Clyde Davis will officiate

The family will be at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today for visitation.

Owen Smith, Harvy Lacy, Kenneth Craig, Terry Varnell, Guy Merrick, Leroy Radcliff, Jack Holt, Ed Miller, Spook Wilcher and Bennie Taylor will be honorary pallbearers.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the First Presbyterian Church in Portales.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.