Carl Curtis Foster


Carl Curtis Foster

NOV. 13, 2001 Services for Carl Curtis Foster will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Hermosa Drive Church of Christ. John Schneider and Michael Joiner will officiate. Viewing is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Terpening & Son Mortuary. Burial will be at Twin Oaks Memorial Park.

Foster, 81, passed away Nov. 10 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque.

He was born Nov. 16, 1919, in Hagerman. He was a lifetime resident of the Pecos Valley area.

He married Gladys Angell on Feb. 9, 1946.

He was a survivor of the World War II Bataan Prisoners of War. He was one of the original organizers of Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in Artesia in 1950. He helped organize and was the first president of the Optimist Club. He was the manager of Artesia's New Mexico State Employment office for 19 years and farmed southeast of Artesia. In 1969, he bought Mobil Oil Distributing and operated and managed it for 21 years. In 1986, Carl purchased Foster Ranch. He was a member of Church of Christ.

Survivors include: wife Gladys of the home; brother Kenneth Foster and wife Shirley, three sons, Eugene and wife Jean of Carlsbad, Curtis and wife Sharon of Grapevine, Texas and John and wife Della of Artesia; 12 grandchildren, Doug Santo, Brian Santo, Rebecca Santo, Regina Santo, Jeremy Foster, Misty Foster, Micah Foster, Brooke Foster, Bron Foster, Clay Foster, Cherry Henry and Chip Foster; great-grandchildren Anthony Santo, Timothy Santo, Chelsea Santo, Kaz Foster, Colton Foster, Kasen Foster, Britton Henry, Brady Henry and Summer Guerin.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mattie Boyce Foster, his father, James Foster, one brother, James Jr. Foster and one sister, Lois Smith.

Pallbearers are his grandsons: Doug Santo, Brian Santo, Clay Foster, Chip Foster, Jeremy Foster and Micah Foster.

Honorary pallbearers are the Bataan survivors of Carlsbad and Artesia.


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