Leslie “Les” Langston

May 2, 2012 • Obituaries


Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2012, at 10 a.m., at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, for Leslie “Les” Langston, 85, who passed away at home on May 1, 2012, surrounded by the love of his family. Doug Austin [auth] and Bob Cates of Country Club Road Church of Christ will officiate, with interment to follow in South Park Cemetery.

Les was born in Palestine, Texas, on March 25, 1927, the youngest of eight children to Kay Carl and Leonette (Kite) Langston, who preceded him in death. He was predeceased also by a son, Larry Myron Langston; a granddaughter, Tammie Williford; brothers, J.B., Denver, Dewey and Melvin Langston; and two sisters, Mildred Medlin and Hazel Allen.

Les married Nancy Eunice Lovett on July 3, 1947, in Hobbs. She survives him at the family home.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Green and her husband Jesse, of San Angelo, Texas, Peggy Langston, of Carrolton, Texas, Debbie Gannon and her husband James, of Azle, Texas, and Evelyn Williams, of Dayton, Nev.; brother Ralph Langston and his wife Betty, of Odessa, Texas; six grandchildren, Shannon Rosales and husband Joe, of San Angelo, Robin Moreno and husband Alex, of Ft. Worth, Texas, Christi Langston and partner Rose Cheney, of Roswell, Tiffany Gratts, of Azle, Casscade Williams, of Grass Valley, Calif., and Sierra Williams, of Roswell and seven great-grandchildren, Rachel Williford, of San Antonio, Travis, Isabel, Anthony and Jonathan Rosales, of San Angelo, and Makaila and Tristen Gratts, of Azle.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Green, James Gannon, Alex Moreno, Joe Rosales, Travis Rosales and Kim Hutton. Honorary pallbearers will be Wesley Williams, Robert Smiley and Casscade Williams.

Leslie served in the U. S. Navy in World War II as seaman second class in the boat division operating landing craft. He traveled to the Marianas and other islands in the Pacific Theater on the USS Feland APA 11. All of his brothers and brothers-in-law served in various services and all survived the war. After the war, he went to Texas Tech at Lubbock, for three semesters, then ENMU-Portales for one semester.

Les worked for Humble Oil Co. (now Exxon) for 12½ years in Texas and New Mexico. He then went into business for himself for several years in two service stations and a trailer house rental business. He and Nancy moved to Portales in 1965, and both went to college full time while working, until they both graduated in 1968 and 1969. He went to work teaching vocational subjects at ENMU-R and continued college until 1970, graduating with a master’s degree in education administration. He was supervisor of all Voc Tech programs for a time, then established the Oilfield Training Program and became chairman of the department. Leslie retired from the university in 1983 and went to Egypt to work as a curriculum training specialist for 2½ years. He came back to Roswell and taught again at ENMU-R until 1990, when he went to New Zealand to teach oil field subjects for five months. When he returned from New Zealand, he taught part time again at ENMU-R until he was 80 years old. Leslie was a member of Country Club Church of Christ. He was also a treasured member of the High Prairie Poets.

Leslie was active as a Boy Scouts of America leader when he lived at Hobbs. He raised an entire generation of boys seeing them through Scouts and Explorers. He was a Girl Scout leader in Roswell one year. In addition, he had several hobbies, which included welding art objects. He built five drilling rigs representing various historical times. His rigs have been displayed in several states, the New Mexico Roundhouse, and locally. He also wrote poetry and is a published author of a fiction book and a technical manual about oil field subjects for the state of Oklahoma.

Friends may contribute to the charity of their choice.

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Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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