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Official Obituary of

Terrance James Fritz

January 17, 1944 ~ March 30, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Terrance Fritz Obituary

Terrance James Fritz, 80, a resident of Deming, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Las Cruces with his loving wife by his side. 

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024 with a gathering beginning at 10 o’clock in the morning for family and friends at Baca’s Funeral Chapel. The service will follow at 11. Services will be live streamed for family and friends who cannot attend. Cremation has been entrusted to Baca’s Mimbres Crematory.

Terry was born January 17, 1944, in Philadelphia, PA, to Elvin and Dorothy Louthan Fritz.  He grew up in Millington, MI, graduating in 1962 and attended Michigan State University, obtaining a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.  He practiced Veterinary Medicine for 40 years in Lapeer, MI, specializing in small animal care where he was loved and respected by all.  Terry was a very intelligent man with a variety of interests and hobbies.  As a child, he spent summers at his grandparents’ farm, where he acquired his lifetime interest in growing vegetables and fruit trees.  During college he enrolled in an ornithology course which led to his lifetime love of bird watching and becoming an expert birder. Throughout his life, Terry travelled throughout North and South America on birding trips and eventually guided birding tours in Costa Rica. Throughout his life he was an avid chess player, participating in chess tournaments around the United States. Terry loved to read Science Fiction and Westerns, with Louis L'Amour his favorite author.  As a young child he saved his allowance and purchased his first telescope.  With his passion for astronomy, he and his wife retired to Deming, New Mexico, where he was drawn to the dark, clear night skies.  His most important and proudest accomplishment was being a father to Luke and was always ready to share with everyone Lukes personal and professional successes.   

Survivors are his wife, Terry Jurrens; son Luke Fritz (Sarah Duyck) and his 3 siblings, Elvin (Margaret) Fritz II, Herbert Hoban (Kathy Hoholik), and Lynne (Michael) Cappellucci.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Elvin Fritz, and Dorothy Hoban. 

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Memorial Gathering
April 13, 2024

10:00 AM
Baca's Funeral Chapel
811 S Gold Ave
Deming, NM 88030

Celebration of Life
April 13, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Baca's Funeral Chapel
811 S Gold Ave
Deming, NM 88030

Video is available for this event


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