Tony Treat, 74, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at La Villa Assisted Living. Tony was born Oct. 16, 1938, to Bill and Ramona Treat; both preceded him in death.
Tony graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1957 and from New Mexico State University in 1962 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. While at NMSU, Tony met his wife Joyce Maag, who preceded him in death October 1999. Tony is survived by his brother Jay Treat and wife Beverly, of Odessa, Texas; son Bernarr Treat and wife Dyanna, of Roswell; daughter Toni Lynn Bourdon, of Houston, Texas; and grandchildren Brianna and Haley Bourdon, and Spencer and Collin Treat. Dear to him also were his cousins, Mona Rey Moiso, of Beaverton, Ore., and Sally Treat McKay, of Roswell.
Tony was a fourth-generation rancher in Chaves and Lincoln counties. Tony was known by fellow ranchers as a top producer of Debouillet sheep and wool. He won many awards for his wool across the U.S. and an international award in Australia. Tony was also named Sheepman of the Year in 2007. Very special friends were his ranching neighbors: the Skeen, Goodrum and Joyce families. Tony was a partner in the Twin Butte Sheep Co. with Ed and James Goodrum. From 1982 to 1994, Tony and longtime friend Bob Naylor were partners in Roswell Wool and Mohair.
Tony was a member of New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, NM Wool Growers (past president), served two terms on the NM Livestock board, Chaves County Soil and Water Conservation District and on the board of First National/United NM Bank.
A special and heartfelt thank-you goes to Julie and Mike Adams, Meredith Murphy and all the caregivers with La Villa Assisted Living and Vista Care. Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in Tony Treat’s name to the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation, 101 W. College Blvd., Roswell, NM 88201 or to a memorial fund of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.