James M. Fowler
James Milton Fowler, 80, of Farmington, passed away at home Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, surrounded by his loved ones in Farmington. He was born Dec. 23, 1935, in Logan, N.M. to Milton Blake Fowler and Anna Lois (Bishop) Fowler, the eldest of six children. James married the love of his life, Lucille Bacca on Jan. 19, 1958, sharing their lives for over 58 years. James worked at several endeavors before opening JaLu Fasteners in 1981. James and Lucille were always supportive of their grandchildren's interests, 4-H, Rodeo, and a yearly buyer at the San Juan County Junior Livestock Sale. James proposed the Non-Sale Add-On Program for the exhibitors and contributed yearly. James was instrumental in acquiring the National High School Rodeo Finals in 2001 and 2002. He was a very hard worker and took excellent care of his loved ones. He pursued his passion for raising horses with the purchase of Itty Bitty Ranch in 1996, where he moved his Dad into the ""Bunk House"" and overseen his care until his death at the age of 98. He spent his retirement enjoying old country music, caring for his animals, and garden at the Itty Bitty Ranch. He will always be remembered for his perpetual good nature and witty sense of humor. James was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Marion C. Fowler. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; son, James (DeeDee) Fowler; daughter, Johnnie (Eldon) Walker all of Farmington. He was a wonderful grandfather to Crystal Walker of Bloomfield; Sterling (Cy) Walker of Phoenix, and Paul (Camber) Fowler of Farmington. James was a loving big brother to his sisters, Edna (Leo) Noyes and Dixie (Bill) Slack of Farmington and JoAnn (Ralph) Dalton of Orlando, Fla.; and brother, Donnie (Darlene) Fowler of Farmington. James is also survived by sisters-in-law, Katherine Pickett, Ginger McDonald and Leticia Fowler. Special family and friends Shelley Pickett, John and Jimmy Schultz and Rita Gibson. Several nieces and nephews. All of who benefited by James' generous love and support. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at San Juan Regional Cancer Center and Basin Home Health and Hospice, who did their best to keep James comfortable and always laughed at his jokes. In lieu of flowers, James has requested donations be sent to either ASPCA or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at McGee Park in the Multi-Use Building, 41 Road 5568 in Farmington. Funeral arrangements are with Farmington Funeral Home, 2111 W. Apache St., 505-325-2211. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at farmingtonfuneral.com.
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