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 DeSoto Woodrow “D.W.” Laughter

DeSoto Woodrow “D.W.” Laughter

Death 25 Jan 2007 (aged 90)
Burial Amarillo, Randall County, Texas, USA
Plot Section RG Lot 136 Space 1
Memorial ID 17722297 · View Source
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D.W. "Dub" Laughter, 90, of Amarillo died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Amarillo South Church with Jerry Bell, chaplain at Ware Living Center, officiating. Burial will be in Llano East Cemetery by Cox-LaGrone Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive. A second memorial service will be at 2 p.m. MST Tuesday in First Baptist Church of Clayton, N.M., with the Rev. Billy Rammage officiating.

Mr. Laughter was born Feb. 25, 1916, in Harding County, N.M., near the town of Roy to Madison and Mittie Livingston Laughter. His dad died of pneumonia when Dub was age 4 and his uncle and aunt, Oscar and Rhoda Kidd of Roy, mainly raised him. He graduated from Roy High School in 1935. He attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, receiving a bachelor of science degree in agriculture with a major in animal husbandry in 1940. He was an active member of the stock judging team at NMSU.

He served as a county supervisor for the Farm Security Administration from 1940 to 1947 living in Clayton, Lovington, Fort Sumner, Estancia, Espanola and Alamogordo, N.M., during this time. He married Mildred Oliver on Dec. 30, 1945, at her parents' country home near Clayton. Dub and Mildred farmed near Felt, Okla., for some eight years before taking over the cattle ranch operations of Mildred's parents' southwest of Clayton on Jan. 1, 1957.

Dub ran a cow-calf operation on nine sections of ranchland on Carrizo Creek, with its stream-cut terrain, cedar trees and sand hills. He also raised forage sorghum that served as livestock feed. He was considered to be one of northeastern New Mexico's finest cattlemen. Dub and Mildred lived on the ranch until 1967, when they moved into Clayton for health reasons. Dub commuted to the ranch each morning to run operations until finally retiring at age 87.

Dub became actively involved in civic activities once they moved to town. He was one of the founders of the Clayton Medical Offices, built in 1970 to support the local medical community, by enticing doctors to move to Clayton. He served on the board of directors of the medical offices for 14 years, including six years as president. He served on the board of directors of KLMX radio station for 16 years. He served on the Clayton-Union County Chamber of Commerce and its Rodeo Board. He was one of the original organizers and members of the Clayton Lions Club. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Clayton.

In 1990, the Clayton-Union County Chamber of Commerce honored Dub for his lifetime contributions to the rural lifestyle in northeastern New Mexico by naming him "Old Timer of the Year" and presenting him with a pair of trophy spurs at the July 4th festivities.

Dub loved his family and was very proud of his two sons and their families. He enjoyed being "Pop" to his boys, his grandchildren and his great-granddaughter. He also enjoyed an occasional hunting or fishing excursion.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his special uncle and aunt; a sister, Florene Porterfield; and a brother, J.W. McAnally.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Steve Laughter and wife Lesli and Larry Laughter and wife Janet, all of Amarillo; a brother, Harry McAnally of Sparks, Nev.; three grandsons, Cy Laughter and wife Rose of Savannah, Ga., Ross Laughter of Dallas and Clay Laughter of Amarillo; a granddaughter, Ashley Laughter of Amarillo; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Laughter of Savannah; special cousins, Skeets Cline, Champ Kidd and Babe Kidd, all of Roy; and a special niece, Mary Etta Filbin of Mertzon.

The family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church, 223 Oak St., Clayton, NM 88415.

The family will be at 4605 Greenwich Place in Amarillo.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cox-LaGrone Funeral Home in Amarillo.

Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 28, 2007

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  • Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
  • Added: 28 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17722297
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for DeSoto Woodrow “D.W.” Laughter (25 Feb 1916–25 Jan 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17722297, citing Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Randall County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Kenneth D. Bogard (contributor 46562702) .