Noel James Pachta, 82, passed away Oct. 15 in Albuquerque. He was born June 3, 1935, in Raton to the late Roman and Elizabeth (Vensina) Pachta. Noel was a member of the U.S. Navy and considered himself a jack of all trades. He worked for the National Park Services for 27 years in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Alaska, North Carolina, Mississippi, New York and the Virgin Islands. Noel was a member of the Moriarty Lions Club and an officer of the Moriarty Historical Museum Society. He was also preceded in death by his wife Rosalyn “Sammie” Pachta; brother Bobby Pachta and sister, Albina Evelyn Pachta. Noel is survived by his sons, Bruce Pachta of the Virgin Islands and Glen Pachta of Hobbs; brothers, David Pachta and wife Darla and Darwin Pachta and sisters, Roma Ann McGehee, Carol Lynn Munoz and husband Freddie and Katheryn Harrison and husband Michael; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Per the family’s wishes no services have been scheduled at this time.

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 [email protected]