Procopio “PD” Torres

PDtorresProcopio Donaldson Torres
Born: 24 Apr 1907 – Grant County, NM
Died: 8 Mar 1996 – Deming, New Mexico

Procopio P.D. Torres, 88, a lifetime area resident, passed away Friday morning at Miinbres Memorial Hospital. Visitation will begin at 2 this afternoon at Baca’s Funeral Chapels in Deming and the vigil service will begin this evening at 7. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 10 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Deming with the Rev. Alfred Galvan, pastor, officiating. The rite of committal will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest.

Procopio was born April 28, 1907, in Dwyer to Francisco Torres and Andrea Gurule Donaldson. At the age of 15, his parents moved to California, but he chose to remain behind in the Mimbres Valley, continuing the operation of the family farm. He began cowpunching at the Nau Ranch and shortly thereafter on Sierra and Luna County ranches. It wasn’t long until he filed for open range and went into business for himself, working the family farm and running his own cattle. In 1934, he married Paula Almeraz and three children were born to that marriage. He served on the Dwyer board of education and was a deputy sheriff in Grant County for three years. In 1941, he sold the family farm and relocated to Aketa, then, later, to a farm near Deming. In 1944, he went into partnership with Hubert Ruebush. He bought the Wilson Ranch which had been in his dreams since his young adult days when be participated in the annual cattle drives from the Mimbres Valley to the railroad. After dissolving the partnership the Wilson Place became the Torres home for the family.

PD and Paula's children - Henry (3), Elsie (2) and Beatrice "Bea" On the family homestead in Mimbres, NM.

PD and Paula’s children – Henry (3), Elsie (2) and Beatrice “Bea” On the family homestead in Mimbres, NM.

After the children left home, Mr. Torres be came became active in civic affairs. He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, was a charter member of the Luna County Fair Association, and served faithfully on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Committee as well as the Farmers Home Administration Board. Gov. Jack Campbell appointed turn to the State Fair Board and be was reappointed by Gov. David Cargo. He served on the New Mexico Border Commission under the administration of Gov. Bruce King and was elected twice to serve on the Luna County Commission. Survivors include a son, Henry Tortes, and his wife, Carolyn, of Silver City; a daughter, Elsie Torres of Deming; four sisters, Lucy Torres, Eva Chavez, Ida Parson and Esther Saldana, and a brother 1 Antonio Torres, all of Los Angeles; four grandchildren, Valerie Smith, Andrew and Elias Estrada, and Paula Fortenberry and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula Torres, in 1975, and a daughter, Beatrice Estrada, in 1995. Pallbearers named are Andrew and Elias Estrada, Pete Seguija. G.X. McSherry, Adam Baca, Oscar and Luis Alarcon, Danny Torres, Fernando Castaneda, Smokey Smith and Regis McSherry. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the P.D. Torres New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Memorial in care of the funeral home. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels of Deming.

Taken from his obituary 1996.

Paula and PD Torres, circa 1960.

Paula and PD Torres, circa 1960.