A â€œBlue Jeanâ€ memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Roswell, for John Michael Hale, 24, of Roswell and Edinburgh, Scotland, who passed away May 29, 2011, in Ruidoso. The Rev. Jason Kraft will officiate.
John was born in Roswell, June 19, 1986, to Robert Hale and Michelle Adams Hale. He married his high school sweetheart Brandlyn Suzanne Dunn on June 9, 2007, in Ruidoso. She survives him at the family home. John is also survived by his parents, a niece Kesa Joann Hale, and a nephew Aiden Edward Hale. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Edward Hale and Bertha Alfrieda Hale, and Louie Lee Adams Jr. and Madeleine Adams. John attended Gateway Christian School in 2003- 2004, where he was honored as Mr. GCS.
He graduated from Goddard High School in 2005, and from NMSU with a degree in agricultural business and economics in 2009. Living their dreams, John and Brandlyn spent the past 9 months living in Edinburgh, where John volunteered at the Drum Riding for the Disabled Academy and was due to begin working with the Scottish Wildlife Foundation.
They were preparing for a move to Abu Dhabi in August. John was a journeyman electrician, a certified EMT and award-winning photographer, who loved flying, traveling, hunting and archery. He was a member of Ruidoso Lodge No. 73 and also a dual member of DoÃ±a Ana Daylight Lodge No. 78 in Las Cruces and the Scottish Rite of Las Cruces. Although they enjoyed traveling, Johnâ€™s very favorite place was the Hale Ranch near Ruidoso Downs, where he spent as much time as possible working the ranch and enjoying its beauty.
John loved people. He was genuine and authentic, never wasting a day and always living life exactly the way he wanted. Condolences can be made online at lagronefuneralchapels. com. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up at Pioneer Bank for the benefit of Johnâ€™s niece and nephew Kesa and Aiden Hale. Make checks payable to the Kesa and Aiden Hale fund. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.