Hugh Demar Motto, 70, of Bloomfield was a cherished husband, dad, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He was uplifted to his heavenly Father on Friday, September 2, 2022 due to natural causes. Hugh was born in Farmington, NM on September 26, 1951. Although he will be dearly missed by all; we are happy that he has found peace and care in the arms of Jesus Christ. Hugh served the Air Force over sea in Europe and returned home, to fall in love and marry Judy, his wife of 46 years. Other surviving family are sons, William Demar Motto (Teena) and Dametre Lamar Motto; daughter, Camille Marie Smouse (Gary). A very proud Papa to Quinten Motto (Bailee), Brooklyn Motto, Jacob Smouse, Ashley Smouse, Brittany Taylor (Justin), Brantley Motto, Kayla Ellison, Sara Ellison (Corbin Phelts), great grandfather to Grant Taylor (Bonnie Nicolee), Hudson Taylor, Carolyn Taylor and Celena Phelts; brother, Gilbert Motto (Misty); Brother-in-law, Alfred Sowells, Sister-in-laws Bonnie Higgins and Bette Stahle (Tom); Brother-In-Law Newell Huck Morris Jr. (Kathy). Also, numerous nieces and nephews, Heather Klatt (Rick), Eric Klatt, Cadence Klatt, Kristen Waller, Matthew Higgins (Caley), Michael Higgins (Kris), Brian Stahle (Angela), Kimberly Stahle (Branden), Michael Baker, Austin Baker, Juliet, Gavin, Ori, Jase and Nevaeh. Hugh also has numerous extended family members and friends across New Mexico and other US States.
Hugh loved the outdoors while listening to music on his deck, loved his pets, good intellectual books, taking care of the family property, fishing, baseball, camping, watching sports, watching his grandchildren play their favorite sports, dancing with his lovely wife, laughing with family and friends. He dedicated his time serving the youth and their families for 17 years as a baseball coach, officer, manager and State Representative of the Bloomfield/Farmington baseball leagues. He also helped coach Demar’s Farmington A’s Connie Mack Regional team in 1989. Hugh touched and changed many lives on and off the baseball diamond, along side Judy who coached softball and ran the baseball concession.
He attended Technical Survey College in Albuquerque, New Mexico where they also resided for several years while he worked at Fred Denny & Associates, Inc. They later moved back to Bloomfield, NM where Hugh went to work in the oil/gas industry for El Paso Natural Gas Company which was later bought out by Enterprise Products Partners. He met many wonderful friends and retired after 32 years. He was a Measurements Data Specialist with Enterprise Products.
Family members who preceded Hugh in death are his father, Bloomfield Mayor Victor A. Motto; his mother, Joyce Faye Motto, his sisters Vicky Waller, Terry Sowells; grandson Jacob Jordan Motto, nieces Marissa Sowells, Nicole Wynn and Alaricia Louise Higgins; nephews Frankie Horner and Kian McDonald. Father-in-Law, Newell Huck Morris SR. and Mother-in-Law, Vivian Morris.
Friends and family were always greatly blessed by Hugh’s never-ending love, care, advice, humorous personality and encouragement. His laughter is already dearly missed.
The celebration of Hugh’s life will take place September 16, 2022 at 2 pm located at Desert Heights Church 1835 East Main Street, Farmington, NM 87401. (505) 325-2923.
In lieu of flowers Hugh has asked for donations be made to Desert Heights Church where he attended church.