CARLSBAD â€” A memorial service for Martel Jerome â€œJerryâ€ Priest, 71, of Carlsbad, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at West Funeral Home Chapel, Carlsbad.
The Rev. Dan Boyd of First United Methodist Church will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the Carlsbad Veteransâ€™ Honor Guard. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Jerry passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at his home. Services are entrusted to West Funeral Home. Jerry was born to Virgil Priest and Loretta Liston Priest on June 27, 1939, in Roswell.
He was raised and educated in both Roswell and Carlsbad. Jerry joined the Navy in 1956, and proudly served his country for four years. Jerry was employed as a purchasing agent for the New Mexico Department of Transportation in Roswell and returned to Carlsbad following his 2003 retirement.
Jerry was a member of the First United Methodist Church, B.P.O. Elks No. 1558 and North Mesa Senior Citizens. His favorite pastimes included dancing, golfing, playing pool and drinking coffee at The Blue House.
He is survived by his mother, Loretta Weldon; brother, Randy and wife, Kathy A. Weldon, all of Salem, Mo.; nieces, Krista L. Culbertson, and family of Buckner, Mo., and Aimee Campbell, and family, of Rolla, Mo.; numerous cousins including Connie, and husband, Jere Reid, of Carlsbad; and special friend, Dorothy Thomas, of Prairie Grove, Ark.
Condolences may be expressed at westfuneralhomellc.com.