Obituary for Lloyd J. Honeyfield
Lloyd J. Honeyfield passed away from this earth peacefully on November 5, 2017. Lloyd Honeyfield: husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and loyal friend. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Honeyfield of Raton. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Jo Honeyfield, having been married for 61 precious years. Lloyd is also survived by a brother, Harold Honeyfield and his family of Davis, California and three proud sons and their families; Mark and Kathy Honeyfield of Raton and their three daughters Kalee, PharmD, Claire Fuierer and husband Sepp of Colorado Springs, and Maggie of Albuquerque; Scott Honeyfield of Amarillo, Texas; Eric and Janice Honeyfield of Las Cruces and their four children Jaclyn Hollingshead and husband Noah and their children Aizlee and Kash, of Las Cruces, Renee Varoz, MD and husband Jesse, DDS, of Albuquerque, and John and Patrick of Las Cruces.
Born in Raton, he arrived in this world January of 1935, son of Eddie Honeyfield and Elizabeth Black. The youngest of four brothers, he spent most of his youth hard at work on the family homestead located on Johnson Mesa; proud to be the fourth generation to work this land homesteaded circa 1890; a place he came to love and cherish; until taking his very last breath.
In his final years of high school, while working as a carry-out at the old Safeway Store; he met and courted Wanda Skaff, his future bride. He, in fact, was always eager and quite willing to carry her groceries - all the way to her apartment nearby!
Upon graduation from Raton High he joined the US Navy, achieving the rank of Gunner’s Mate, 3rd Class, while serving his country for four years. He and Wanda soon married; celebrating 61 years together this past August. During this time, they successfully raised three boys to be successful men.
Lloyd retired from the New Mexico Highway Department after a 25 year career as a heavy equipment operator. Winter months at work would include keeping Raton Pass open during snow storms. Either from those cold nights on the Pass or from the freezing winters here on Johnson Mesa his favorite motto was “it’s easier to sweat than it is to shiver!”
He lived by a standard of perseverance and a firm conviction that most of life’s troubles could be solved by a little innovation and hard work. This philosophy served Lloyd well and often during his life of 82 years - a philosophy he instilled in his family. Some have said we just lost a good man but, he is not lost! We know exactly where he is…a place where we long to join him someday. So, while we must grieve, let us also celebrate his life and the humble example he set for us all.
Visitation will be Friday November 10, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Graveside services will be Saturday November 11, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. at the Johnson Mesa Cemetery located on State Highway 72 approximately 18 miles east of Raton across the road from the Little Rock Church.
In lieu of flowers it is Lloyd’s wish that donations be made to the Raton Animal Shelter.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Lloyd J. Honeyfield are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.