Clayton Jack Lasher, born August 30, 1946 (73) to Clayton Dell Lasher and Charlene Jacqueline Blevins, in a logging camp in the Zuni Mountains, near Grants, NM, he passed away in his home in Animas, NM on June 13, 2020.
Jack (AKA Papa Jack) was raised in Grants, NM, family moved to Concho, NM in 1956, then to Alfield’s Ranch (Cloverdale NM), in 1958, Jack and his sisters and brother would stay in Douglas during the week to attend school and then the ranch on weekends and summer breaks, until 1961, when he started attending school in Animas, NM. Jack graduated from Animas High School in 1965, he was a member of the Panther Basketball team, Baseball team, and FFA. After graduation from Animas High School, Jack enlisted in the United States Army. While stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX, Jack met the love of his life, Rose Mary Temple and wed in 1967. After serving 4 years in the United States Army Jack was Honorably discharged in 1969. From there they moved back to Animas where Jack worked for the Diamond A Ranch. In 1974 Jack began working for Phelps Dodge mining company in Playas, NM as a security guard. He worked his way up to a pipefitter and at the end a Heavy Equipment operator. He retired from Phelps Dodge in 2005. Not only did Jack get to help build the Playas smelter, he also got to tear it down.
Throughout Jack’s life he belonged to multiple services and programs, in Playas and Animas he loved his community and loved to give back to it. For over 30 years, he was involved with the Animas Fire Department, Hidalgo County EMS, and also an Officer Medical Investigator (OMI) department out of Albuquerque NM. Once his grandchildren were old enough to walk, ride, play sports, and show animals, Jack was on the go! From PYRA days, working cattle, sports trips all over the state, attending many county fairs and Southern New Mexico State Fairs, State 4-H shooting and High School Shotgun Competitions, Jack was there, not only for his grandson’s, but for all the young men and women in our community, he cheered them all on. Once a year for the last 20 years he would dress up as one of Santa Claus’s helpers, he loved seeing the kids eyes light up. Jack’s passions were his grandson’s, being there for his community in the good times and the bad, dancing, and most of all working cattle.
He is preceded in death by his parents Clayton Dell and Charlene Lasher, Brother Charles Jerry Lasher, and his son Otis Dell Lasher. Jack is survived by his Wife Rose Mary Lasher of 53 years, son J.T. Lasher (wife Danielle Darnell), daughter Shannon Lasher, grandson’s Colton Allen, Patrick Lasher and Darren Edgar (Jordan Edgar), two great-grand daughters Addison and Hailey Edgar, Sister’s Paula Samples (Leon Samples) and Beverly Fralie (Ernie Fralie) and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jack was one of a kind, he would do anything to help you out if you need it. He loved his family and his community.
Clayton Jack Lasher was cremated according to his wishes.
Services will be held on July 11, 2020 at 10:30 am at the Animas Community Center. Potluck to follow.
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