Kenneth Don Gartman left this life to be with our Lord January 28, 2020.
He was born July 12, 1936 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. In 1949 the Gartman family moved to Hobbs, New Mexico where Kenneth graduated from High School in 1954. Ken worked as a dry wall contractor, house painter and-then as a plant foreman for Shell Oil Company. He married Carolyne Webb in 1956. They had two children-Kenny and Kathy. In 1969 they moved to McCamey to take a position with Shell Oil Co. where they raised their family. Ken was then transferred to Denver City, TX. and retired from Shell in 1993. He and Carolyne traveled all over the United States. He was multi-talented and a perfectionist. He could build a hot rod from the ground up. Draw plans for a house and then build it. He was happiest when he had a project. Ken was a quiet person with a dry sense of humor and very much a realist He loved his family very much and had a special love for his dog, Toby.
He is survived by his loving wife of the home, Carolyne. A son, Kenny and wife, Laura, of Youngsville, N.C. their three daughters, Kendra, Lacy and Candace and their families. He is also survived by his daughter, Kathy and her husband, Frank of DeLeon, TX. Their son, Terry and wife Jennifer and their four children, a daughter, Diana and husband, Dave and their two children. A sister, Kay Gamer and husband Benny of Hobbs, N.M. and a brother, Raymond and his wife, Star of Florida. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bea and Bessie Gartman and a sister, Claudine at 18 months.
The Celebration of Life service was held February 1, 2020 at the First Methodist Church in DeLeon, TX. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. This would have pleased Ken very much.