Five county residents inducted into 4-H state hall of fame

CNJ Staff

Five people from Curry County were inducted into the state 4-H Hall of Fame recently at New Mexico State University, according to an NMSU news release.
They are among 15 new inductees.

This year’s Curry County inductees include C.J. and Nancy Blackburn, Gene and June Locknane, and the late Dorothy Marks, according to the release.

The Blackburns served as leaders for the Grady 4-H Club for 16 years.

According to extension officials, they encouraged youth to be active in 4-H contests and activities, and as a result, youth in the Grady club have won numerous awards at the county, district, state and national levels.

“They gave unselfishly of their time, providing cattle for judging contests, assisting with record books or simply taking photos,” Phillip Zuni, NMSU freshman and state 4-H president, said during the induction ceremony.

June and Gene Locknane have a combined 4-H service of 57 years. The couple provided guidance and encouragement to members of the Blacktower 4-H Club.

“Whether it was writing skits or teaching members to sew on a button, which Mrs. Locknane did at the beginning of each 4-H year, this couple motivated youth to achieve their goals and help them acquire skills that would last throughout a lifetime,” Zuni said.

The late Dorothy Marks was the leader of the Cloverettes 4-H Club in Curry County for 34 years. Zuni said she encouraged her club members to complete every project they signed up for, even having workshops at her home for each project. She motivated members to exhibit projects at achievement days and fairs, and to get involved in contests and other 4-H activities.

“Mrs. Marks was always willing to help a child,” Zuni said. “She lived and breathed 4-H for more than three decades and countless young people are better citizens today as a result.”

Butch Marks accepted the award honoring his mother.

J.M. and Fay Jeffries and Floyd McAlister of Roosevelt County were also inducted.

Established in 2002, the Hall of Fame honors New Mexicans dedicated to 4-H, according to the release.