Jul 042012

Thomas Haddox, 75, was granted his cowboy spurs on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. A celebration of his life will be held in the White Mountains in the spring of 2013.

Tom was brought into the world on July 15, 1936, and was specially gifted to Delbert Richard Haddox and Ruby Lee Haddox in El Paso, Texas, and spent many years in Fallon, Nev.

He worked as an operating engineer in the Coachella Valley for over 35 years, and made numerous brothers and sisters through his Local 12 Chapter.

On Sept. 3, 1955, Tom married the love of his life, his wonderful wife, Patricia Lee Haddox.

Tom’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His gentle smile, hard handshake and great sense of humor brought so much joy to everyone. Although he had a long battle with lung cancer, he gave us all such courage and hope, and reminded us of the preciousness of life.

Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia Lee Haddox of Joseph City; his son, Bobby (Vickie) Haddox of Indio, Calif.; his three daughters, Penny Jo (Don) Hubbard and Dowanne Valdez, both of La Quinta, Calif., and Mary (Scott) Carter of Indio; his brother, Ronald Martin Haddox of Joseph City; his sister, Sandra Yvonne Mercer of Joseph City; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in the memory of Tom Haddox to the Taylor House, 1200 N. Beaver St., Flagstaff, Ariz. 86001.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.