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On Wednesday, November 30, 2022, Jack Little passed away at age eighty-six. Jack was born in North Dakota and moved to Roswell, New Mexico, with his family. This move to New Mexico was a dramatic transition for twelve-year-old Jack. Unfortunately, Jack was unaware that his father was terminally ill and shortly after their move to Roswell, his father, Forrest Little, died.
Jack's mother, Myrtle, worked as an RN at New Mexico Military Institute. In 1954 Jack was valedictorian at Roswell High School. He was active in Boy Scouts and earned Eagle Scout rank. He received a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering and finished #1 at the University of New Mexico College of Engineering.
In 1958 he was elected student body president of UNM
After graduating from UNM, he worked at Westinghouse Electric for sixteen years. His focus was sales and marketing.
Jack married Patricia Dickinson in 1959. Jack and Patty moved to various communities while he worked at Westinghouse. They lived in Houston, Dallas, Bloomington, Indiana, and Pittsburgh from 1960 to 1975.
In 1974 he became co-owner of Woods Insurance Services in Farmington, New Mexico.
Jack was civic and community-minded and strove to work to effect positive social change. He was involved in several civic and faith-based projects.
Jack was the Chairman of the San Juan United Way in 1975 and continued his involvement for the remainder of his life. He raised significant funding to build the Farmington Public Library. In addition, Jack was the President of the New Mexico Independent Insurance Association. He served several terms as a vestry member of St. John Episcopal church. He was also a member of the University of New Mexico Popejoy Society.
Jack was an avid reader of politics and history. As a lifelong learner, he and Patty traveled to Europe on several occasions, which they enjoyed.
He was an enthusiastic tennis player and spectator. Jack was known for his quick-witted humor, fierce determination, and generous spirit.
He is survived by his wife Patty, his sister Mary of Longview Washington, and his two sons Russell and Jon (and their spouses Silvia and MariSol.) He had four grandchildren; Alba, Maya, Ana, and Soren.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 2:00 PM at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 312 North Orchard, with the Reverend Guy Mackey officiating. Farmington Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.
Instead of giving flowers, please consider donating in Jack's memory to the San Juan United Way or St John's Episcopal Church Endowment Fund.
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