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    Jerry Pat Pruitt was born on April 21, 1940 in Mountainair, New Mexico to Walter Pat Pruitt and Gracie Thelma Beevers. He passed away in Roswell, New Mexico on June 12, 2020.

    A portrait of the late Jerry Pruitt

    Jerry spent his school years in Melrose, New Mexico, graduating from Melrose High in 1958. Jerry married Patricia McCutchen in 1959 in Clovis, New Mexico. To this marriage was born Tom, Bill and Jerry Neil.

    Jerry started in heavy equipment construction first with his dad and then with his brother, Neil, building reservoirs for the ranchers and roads in Utah and New Mexico, later building trails for seismic crews in the oil field.

    This led to seismic exploration drilling in Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. Jerry and Pat settled in Moab, Utah in the late 1960s. Jerry went on to be owner/operator of Jerry Pruitt Drilling, with his son, Bill, joining in the endeavor. Jerry and Pat later divorced.

    Jerry met Janice Clark in 1992 and they married in June of 1994 in Moab. From this union Jerry was blessed to gain two more children, Steven and Todd Pfnister. Jerry and Janice then moved back to his beloved New Mexico later that year. Jerry started doing heavy equipment construction again, building locations and doing reclamation work with his partner, Robert Chaves.

    Jerry retired in 2003, leaving behind a career of many experiences and 43 years of exceptional work. His word was a better than any document.

    Jerry enjoyed playing horseshoes, fishing, visiting friends, playing dominos and helping others. Jerry helped many people in need without expecting anything in return or anyone knowing. Jerry’s kind, gentle and generous heart was known to many, especially his family.

    Surviving him are his wife, Janice; sons, Tom (Jeanne) Pruitt, Bill (Ellen) Pruitt, Jerry Neil Pruitt, Steve Pfnister and Todd (Petenia) Pfnister; brothers, Mickey (Alice) Pruitt and Terry (Tina) Pruitt; grandchildren, Cameron, Chase and Rylee Pruitt, Stephanie Christopherson, Michelle Kujaczynski, Caitlin Riddle and Megan Pfnister; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

    His parents; his grandson, Christopher Pruitt; siblings, Peggy Laney, Neil Pruitt and Keith Pruitt preceded him in death.

    Services are being held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2020 at Waymaker Church in Roswell, New Mexico, followed by a graveside service in Melrose.

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