Tommy Ray Bouldin Dies

The longtime New Mexico horseman was 69.

Clovis News Journal

Longtime New Mexico horseman Tommy Ray Bouldin died on December 24.

Longtime New Mexico horseman Tommy Ray Bouldin died at his home in Portales on December 24. He was 69.

Bouldin was born in Portales to Opal (Noland) and Trice Bouldin on June 27, 1947. He grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1965.

At a very early age, Bouldin began working at the local livestock sale barn. He later worked in Clovis at Ranchers and Farmer's Livestock Sales. In 1982, he moved to Roswell, where he worked at the Roswell Livestock Auction for 18 months before returning to Portales to purchase the local sale barn.

Bouldin operated Portales Livestock until '98, when he sold it to pursue his true passion of breeding and raising race horses. At his farm in Clovis, he stood Jess Marmeta, last year's leading New Mexico-based freshman Quarter Horse sire. Bouldin he established Frontera Auquatread in El Paso to rehab injured race horses.

Bouldin married Donis Gonser on On August 2, 1975, in Melrose. He received his greatest fulfillment and enjoyment from centering on his family, especially his grandchildren. He made it a point to attend all of their sporting events and programs, and he lent his full support to whatever they were involved in.

Bouldin is survived by Donis; a son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Laura Bouldin of Portales; a daughter and son-in-law, Lacey and Chris Miller of Portales; eight grandchildren, Rowdi Jarvison, Bennett Bouldin, Shaun Miller, Lauren Bouldin, Lexie Miller, Kinsey Bilberry, and Kaylee and Tanner Barron; a great-granddaughter, Evelyn Barron; two brothers, Jimmy Bouldin of Lubbock and Donnie Bouldin of Dora; two sisters, Virginia Gore of Clovis and Melba Brown of Elwood, Nebraska; and four sisters-in-law, Charlene (Mrs. Pete) Bouldin of Portales, Karen Gonser of Clovis, Devra Tibbets of Jal, New Mexico, and Doris Bolton of Clovis.

Bouldin was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Pete Bouldin, a sister, Pat Bouldin, and a son, Randy Bouldin, who died November 24, 2013. Those desiring to make memorial contributions can mail them to the New Mexico Christian Children's Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, New Mexico 88130.

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