Gary W. Johnson
Gary W. Johnson, 74, of Russell Street Carlsbad, New Mexico passed away on Monday,
January 4, 2020 in Las Cruces, New Mexico with his family by his side. Gary was born on
August 29, 1946, in Carlsbad, New Mexico to Lillard “Bill” and Shirley Johnson.
Gary grew up in Carlsbad and graduated from Carlsbad High School. He then married the
love of his life, Suzette Huber on November 8, 1968. Gary was always a hard worker, and
started off his long career at Dawson Geophysical in Texas, New Mexico, Utah, and
Wyoming. Then after moving back to Carlsbad in 1969, he worked at Kerr McGee, PCA
and Mississippi Potash mines, he also worked as a bondsman for Zeke Hernandez. Gary
then became the owner and operator of Accredited Detective Agency Merchant Patrol and
Security Service in Carlsbad. Finally, he was a lease operator for Grace Oil Company and
then EOG Resources, where he finally retired. Gary enjoyed car racing, including building
and racing cars, especially circle dirt track racing where his whole family participated. He
was a lover of the outdoors, and took every opportunity to go hunting, fishing and camping.
At times during his life, he raised Tennessee Walking horses. Gary was a lover of animals
and fed every stray cat in the neighborhood. He could never turn away a hungry person or
animal. Gary will be dearly missed and never forgotten
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Suzette Johnson of Carlsbad, NM; son, Billy Johnson
and wife, Jennifer of Las Cruces, NM; three grandchildren: Matthew Morgan, Kyle Johnson,
and Aaron Johnson all of Las Cruces, NM; brother-in-law, Joe Huber and wife, Faye of
Carlsbad, NM; brother-in-law, Jim Huber of Payson, AZ; two nephews: Les Huber and
Christopher Huber, both of Carlsbad; and one niece, Jamie Joe Huber of Payson AZ.