James Alex (Buddy) DeSoto was born in Pelican, Louisiana to Isaac and Ettie DeSoto on May 4, 1928. He passed away Sunday January 14th in Plainview, Texas at the age of 89 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
Buddy moved to the oil fields of West Texas to find work at a young age. He worked as a driller until he was able to enlist in the Army on February 2, 1945. He served in the 71st Signal Corp during the final days of WWII and as part of the Japanese Occupational Forces. Upon discharge in July 1947, he moved back to southeast New Mexico where he met and married Mary Cecilia Becker.
Buddy made a career with Skelly, Getty, Texaco Oil Companies retiring with 33 years of service. Some of his great joys were farming, ranching, hunting, fishing, horse riding, and horse trading. He was one of the founding leaders of Boy Scout Troop #45 in Hobbs, a member of the Lea County Sheriff’s Posse, and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus where he served as Chancellor.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, baby brother Richard, sister Edith Fields and his wife Mary.
Memories of his, will be shared by his children; daughter Sheila Thompson and her husband Marcus of Odessa, Texas; daughter Kathleen Pryer and her husband Ronnie of Hobbs; son Richard DeSoto and his wife Jo Beth of Plainview, Texas; dear friend and caregiver Inez (Juanita) Hillman of Plainview. Grandchildren are Michael Thompson of Dallas, Texas and John Thompson of Ruidoso, N.M.; Laura George and her husband Carl of Hobbs; Kirk DeSoto of Roswell, N.M.; Libby Wilhite and her husband James of Odessa, Texas; and Ross DeSoto and his wife Sealey of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Great grandchildren are Danni and Kaya George of Hobbs, Caden and Luke Wilhite of Odessa, Texas.
Mr. DeSoto was an inspiration to me when I was a teenager. He went out of his way to take my horse to the county fair and gave me the opportunity to ride in the grand parade at the rodeo. At that time, it was a dream come true for me. He will be missed. He bought hay from my dad, W L Gassaway.
Vera OwenHobbs, NM
I have many memories of a great friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with you and you have my deepest sympathy.
Delia WerthmannEl Paso, TX
Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sadness. Have known and loved this family for many years. They always made me feel so welcome. I always enjoyed hearing the stories Sheila shared about her family, especially some of the funny ones involving her dad. Those wonderful memories will be especially comforting right now.
Darla & Freddie GandyLogansport, LA
Your smile and love for the outdoors that you shared with me will forever be imbedded in my life. You will be missed..
Doris CalderonSugarLand, TX
What fond memories I have of the DeSoto family. I remember moving our cattle from our farms and Dad would have lots of help including the DeSoto’s. I also remember the many times “Buddy” cane over with his boat for us Bindel “kids” to water ski in Carlsbad. There are lots of wonderful family memories (Bindel’s / DeSoto’s).
We love you and our hearts and prayers go out to the DeSoto family,
Francis BindelSugar Land, TX
So sorry for your loss.
Gregg and Cathy DavisHobbs, NM
I will always remember meeting Buddy at UNM when Libby was a newborn. He and Mary drove up in that motor home and parked in the hospital lot like he owned the place. He lived life large and had a fierce love for his family.... His grand kids especially! He welcomed us into his family and we always felt very honored by that. Psalm 116:15... "God welcomes the death of one of His children.".
Tom and Melissa ThomasOlathe, KS
So sorry for your loss.
David & Marian Wright
Marian WrightHobbs, NM
Enjoyed knowing Buddy for the years we were neighbors in Hobbs, my deepest sympathies for his family.
Greg & Charlotte ShoultsAndrews, TX
We are praying for you during this time of loss.
John AyersHobbs, NM
So very sorry for your loss.
Sharon CallawayMidland, TX
So sorry. He always made me laugh loved his stories. Hearts and prayers. We’re there for you.
Brad and Grace HackfeldHobbs, NM
So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Amber CrowHobbs, NM
Both Saul and I have great memories of your Dad, Mom, and all of our families at Villa Madonna. Those were some very special times.
Saul & Eileen MonroyJal, NM
We are sorry for your loss. Praying for your family during this time.
Kara and MikeOdessa, TX
Brenda and I are very sorry for your loss. Buddy was a good friend and mentor to our family when we lived in Hobbs.
We are praying for your family. Please let us know if you need anything.
Monte & Brenda DuncanMidland, TX
You were a great man.
Artie JenkinsHobbs, NM