Gerald “Wayne” Lightfoot was born Oct. 20, 1947, in Cabeza, and passed away after a short fought battle with cancer on the night of Nov. 9, 2012, in Ruidos. He was born the fourth child to Waymon and Dorthy Lightfoot. “Waynie,” as he was known in his hometown of Corona, lived with his Mama and Daddy, two brothers and one sister at the El Paso Natural Gas Camp, Lincoln Station. He was a loving husband, father, papa, uncle, and friend to all.
Wayne’s school days were spent both in Ancho and Corona, prior to being drafted by the U.S. Army in 1967. Most of his service time was spent in Germany as a tank gunner. Wayne received numerous awards and medals for his service to the United States. Wayne’s most cherished times were those days horseback gathering cattle, hunting, fishing, team roping and providing advice to the family.
Wayne is survived by his mother Dorthy Lightfoot, of Corona; wife Karen; five children, sons, Travis Lightfoot and RoeAnne, of Corona, Tye Lightfoot and wife Julie, of Las Cruces, and daughters Tonja Martinez, of Roy, Billie Latham and husband Lance, of Canyon, Texas, and Tomee England and husband Michael of Logan; grandchildren, Ashley, Aaron, Kallan, Dani, Kassidy, Brinley, Lyndi, and J’lee; numerous brother and sister-in-laws; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father Waymon Lightfoot; sister Dorothy Nell Lightfoot; and brothers Edward “Diddle” Lightfoot and George Lightfoot.
A viewing will be held at the Corona School Auditorium in Corona on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Corona Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to: Harris-Hanlon Mortuary, “Our Family Serving Your Family,” 505-832-6130, Moriarty & Mountainair, New Mexico, Harris-HanlonMortuary.com.