Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Traylor Gym in Capitan, for Lowell C. (L.C.) Cozzens, 90, who passed away on June 2, 2012, in Roswell.
L.C. was born Nov. 18, 1921, in Tulia, Texas, to Seymour “Primo” Cozzens and Sallie Goode Cozzens. The family moved to the Nogal Mesa area in 1924. He attended public school in Capitan, where he was a stellar athlete in all sports. He attended the University of New Mexico on a basketball scholarship, where he lettered and was named to the All Border Conference basketball team in 1947. In 1943, while at UNM, Cozzens joined the United States Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He returned to UNM and graduated in 1947 with a degree in education. He later obtained a Master of Arts, also from UNM.
Following graduation, L.C. taught social studies and physical education and coached basketball and football in the Lovington School District for 10 years. He was a coach of the 1951 State Champion football team. Also in 1951, he was recalled to active duty in the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He married Mary Lou Cooper in December 1952, in Lovington.
In 1959, the Cozzens family moved to Dora, where L.C. was superintendent for six years. During this time he passed his first bond issue and rebuilt the Dora schools.
In 1965, Mr. Cozzens was named the Portales Municipal Schools business manager, and in 1968 became the Portales superintendent, serving 17 years before retiring in 1985. While in Portales, he passed bonds to renovate every school in the district.
Cozzens returned to education in 1987 when he was the interim superintendent of the Capitan schools for six months.
L.C. was a founding member of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a member of the Capitan Methodist Church.
On May 25, 2012, L.C. was honored when the Portales schools renamed its administrative office the L. C. Cozzens Administrative Offices.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Mary Lou (Cooper) Cozzens, daughter of the late Hampton Joseph Cooper and the late Jessie (Foreman) of Silver City.
L.C. is also survived by four children, Gary and his wife Shirley Crawford, of Capitan, Glenda Sears and her husband Jeff, of Flower Mound, Texas, Gail Scott and her husband Dickie, of Olney, Texas, and Grace Moore and her husband Mike, of Rio Rancho; two sisters, Cornelia Grannis, of Monrovia, Calif., and Marilyn Cozzens, of Roswell; two brothers, Doyle, of Roswell, and Ken and his wife Pauline, of San Marcos, Calif.; brother-in-law Jack Cooper and wife Margaret, of Wilton, Conn.; sister-in-law Billie Cooper; seven grandchildren, Kristi Crawford, of Roswell, Sydnee Scott, of Stephenville, Texas, Lauren Moore, of Las Cruces, Jack Sears, of Lubbock, James Sears, of Flower Mound, Shawn Moore, of Rio Rancho, and Kodee Scott, of Olney; and one great-grandchild Ridley Crawford-Rains, of Roswell.
L.C. was preceded in death by five siblings, Wayne, of Albuquerque, Eileen Parsons, of Roswell, Franklin, of Capitan, a baby brother, of Capitan, and Jane, of Roswell; and brothers-in-law, Walter Grannis, Bob Parsons, Hampton Cooper and George Cooper; and sisters-in-law, Jean Cozzens and Jo Cooper.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.