obit paul partin cropPaul Michael Partin “Putz” born Oct. 3, 1979, passed away April 4, succumbing to his injuries from a motorcycle accident Nov. 2, 2015. He was a loving, thoughtful uncle, brother, son and friend. Even with his own pain and suffering he would light up a room. He loved hunting, camping, fishing and working on his high school truck and motorcycle and most of all family and friends. A great storyteller, he always lived his life in the fast lane. Paul was a master electrician by trade and HVAC Journeyman owning his own company, one of his biggest accomplishments. Paul was survived by his parents, Mom Carolynn Dulaney, Dad Lloyd Partin, Stepfather Jeff Dulaney, Stepmother Wanda Partin, brothers Jeramiah Partin, Cory Partin and Jefferson Dulaney; sisters Mattie Partin, Sarah Partin and Alex Partin; niece Bailey Partin; and nephews Logan Sanchez, Brady Partin, Colton Partin and Gage Partin. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kendra Partin. A viewing and funeral services were held April 8 at First Baptist Church in Moriarty. Burial was at the Estancia Cemetery followed by lunch at Immanuel Baptist church in Estancia. Giving thanks to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary, First Baptist Church and a special thanks to Dennis Garcia and Immanuel Baptist Church.

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.