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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.

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