James “Jim” Leon White, 69, of Moriarty, passed away Oct. 2 at his home. Jim was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1946 and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1963. Throughout his career he worked in water well service and airplane mechanics as well as engineering for Arab Trading Supply, working overseas for many years. He owned a café in Dalhart, Texas with his wife Jeannie before his move to New Mexico in 1990, when he became a full-time truck driver for Consolidated Freightways, ultimately retiring from ABF in 2014. Jim was a kind and passionate man and was beloved by all who knew him. Jim loved his family above all else, and never missed the punchline on a joke. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, C.B. and Bessie White; his wife, Jeannie White, and his grandson, Nicholas Durant. Jim is survived by his daughters Kim and her husband, Bobby Garcia, and Misty Miller; and sons Wayne and Nita White and Brian and Tammy White; eight grandchildren, Amber Garcia, Brandon Garcia, Robert Garcia, Skyler Miller, Zachary Durant, Samual White, Taylor White, and Trevor White. A viewing will be held Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, followed by graveside services at 1:30 p.m. at Mountainview Cemetery. The family will receive visitors for food and memories at Jim’s home in Moriarty following the graveside services. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.
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