H. Kay Preston, 91, longtime resident of Roswell, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Kay was born in Electra, TX to Otha and Maude Preston on May 16, 1922. In 1931, Kay moved with his mother and sister Wanda to Dexter NM. During the Depression, Kay helped his mother by picking cotton for $.15 an hour and later working at Wortman’s service station as well as helping on his uncle’s farm.
Upon graduation from Dexter High School in 1940, Kay began his collegiate studies at NM Highlands University in Las Vegas NM. Like many of his generation, Kay’s studies were interrupted with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and Nazi invasion of Europe. Kay proudly served his country with the US Army as part of the 104th Infantry Division, the Timberwolves. He saw combat in Northern France, the Rhineland, and Central Europe with a battle of note being his participation as a 60mm Mortar man at the Battle of the Bulge. Kay was discharged from the US Army in January 1946 and less than a month later, on February 14, 1946, he married his sweetheart, Rosemary Martin, of Dexter NM. Kay finished his studies at NM Highlands and at Colorado State University. He taught industrial arts in the schools of Tatum NM, and later in Roswell NM. Kay also served as an elementary principal in the Roswell Independent School District and retired with 36 years of service. He was active in the Elks Lodge #969, Cactus Sam’s, First United Methodist Church, and he regularly participated in the National Timberwolf Association gatherings, the reunion group of the 104th Infantry Division. Kay also looked forward to travel with his love, Rosemary, to places such as Europe, Alaska, and Hawaii. Together they made many trailer trips to many points in the southwestern US making sure many of the trips allowed for plenty of time to fish and to spend time with family.
In 2007, Kay and Rosemary moved to Las Cruces to be near to family.
Kay is survived by his wife Rosemary Martin Preston married 68 years, daughter, Jan D. Archey and husband, James of Las Cruces NM, and son, Daniel Kim Preston of Bernalillo, NM. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeb Archey, wife Mindy and great-granddaughters Katy and Addison of El Paso, TX, and Joe Archey and wife Rebecca of Colorado Springs, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Wanda Stone. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Celebration Of Life Well Lived will be held at Cottonbloom Assisted Living in Las Cruces NM on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:30pm with refreshments to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Roswell NM 88201-4666.