Larry David Fechter, 60, passed away Oct. 16 in Moriarty. He was born Nov. 10, 1956 in Merced, Calif. Larry loved motorcycles and was an avid classic car fan. He is survived by his parents, Leonard and Charlotte Fechter of Albuquerque; son, Larry Fechter and wife Stephanie of Center, Colo.; daughter, Vanessa Riley and husband Davy of Edgewood; brother, Leonard Fechter and wife Drusella of Albuquerque; sister, Linda Rook and husband Robert of Toledo, Ore. and six grandchildren.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.