Raoul Lee McPeters, 69, left his earthly bounds on Saturday, April 7th, at his home following a
brief illness. Raoul was born in Hobbs, NM, on February 24, 1949, to Kenneth and Deron
Raoul grew up in Hobbs, graduating in 1968 from Hobbs High School where he was
active in A Capella choir, track, and FFA. It was at Hobbs High that Raoul met the love of his
life, Sandra Fleming. In August 1969, Raoul and Sandra were married in Hobbs.
Raoul joined the Air Force in March 1970 and was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, where he
served as a fire protection specialist. During his time there, Raoul earned law degree through
college courses made available through the Air Force.
Following discharge from active duty he returned to Hobbs where he worked for Baroid
as a mud engineer until he joined the Hobbs Police Department in 1973. During his time at
Hobbs PD Raoul served as a patrol officer, motor officer, SWAT team member, detective and
crime scene investigator until his retirement in May 1992.
Following retirement Raoul worked as bailiff at Hobbs Municipal Court, transport officer
for Lea County Sheriff’s Dept., investigator for Wackenhut Corrections in Hobbs, and ended his
active career as a background investigator for Hobbs Police Dept., where his career began.
Raoul joined Knowles Fire Dept. in 1991 and was subsequently elected Assistant Fire
Chief, a position he held until his death.
Raoul was a 40+ year member of Fraternal Order of Police, Lea County Lodge #9. He
served many years as State Trustee, representing the local lodge on the state level.
Raoul was active for many years in Boy Scouts as a leader of Troop 97 in Hobbs, where
he enjoyed very much working with youth.
Raoul was preceded in death by his mother, a sister, Rhonda (McPeters) Valdez, an
uncle and aunt, Bob and Wanda McPeters, and his mother-in-law, Dimples Looney.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra, of the home, his dad, Kenneth McPeters of Hobbs,
their son Kenny (Kana) McPeters of San Diego, CA, Toby (Robin) Flores of Las Cruces and
their 3 sons, Scotty, Austin, and Kendrick, and adopted grandchildren Jessica and
Kenyon Singleton of Hobbs.
My prayers for Sandra and family. Sorry I wasn't able to make it, but you know where my heart stands with Raoul and you. I truly miss him. What a great gentleman he was. I never saw anyone that Raoul didn't get along with. A real jewel. To God be the glory!
Mark KirkKnowles, NM
Sandra and Kenny. Megan and I are so sorry for your loss of Raoul. I was thinking about him and realized that you and him were the first people I met when I moved to Hobbs so many years ago. I remembered being at the park with Marshal and "Fritz" while they worked the dog. It was the start of a great friendship. Love to both of you.
Debbie Pruitt & Megan RuffnerHobbs, NM
Hugs and Prayers! Working with Raoul at the court he was always a sweet kind spirit! Very happy and pleasant such a wonderful guy.
Pam RobinsonHobbs, NM
Sandra and Kenny, we were so sad and in disbelief to hear of Raoul's passing! Even tho we hadnt seen you or Raoul for a long while, your friendship meant so much to us and our hearts are broken! What a kind, wonderful man and friend he was! He will never be forgotten! Condolences to you, Kenny, Raoul's father and to all who knew and loved Raoul!
Gilbert and Jeanne CuaronAlbuquerque, NM
We know there is nothing we can say or do to help lessen your pain at this time. But know that our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with you and your family.
Howard and Kathye KotarskiArlington, TX
Sandra, I am so sorry for your loss. I love you and Raoul so much! You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. You and Raoul have a special place in my heart. He will never be forgotten.
Jennifer DunfordHobbs, NM
Sandra: I am very sorry to hear about Raoul. He was such a kind person. He will be truly missed.
Cathy StewartKerens, TX
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Raoul. He was such a kind and thoughtful man. I never saw him that he did not have a smile.
Val SeayHobbs, NM
It is with a heavy heart to find such a good man has left us. I know that God has wrapped his arms around Raoul and there is no more pain. Susan and I send our Prayers out to Sandra. Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue.
So very sorry for your loss, Sandra....Raoul was a jewel of a man & was always so good to me. He will be missed by many. God bless you all.
Donna Williams FisherGeorgetown, TX
Raoul touched many lives and will be missed. Our thoughts are with the McPeters family.
Sean & Kelly BatesMcKinney, TX
My dearest Sandra. I’m so sorry for your loss. Raoul was such a wonderful guy. My heart hurts for you and your family. Prayers for all of you. Love ya.
Francine PerryWaxahachie, TX
This was one of Hobbs Police Departments outstanding officers and he was an amazing person. Raoul touch so many lives and it was an honor to know him and count him as a friend.
Sandra ClaunchHobbs, NM
So sorry for your loss. You and your son are in our thoughts and prayers.
Richard & Betty MichalesonNorth Fort Myers, FL
My condolences to the family. He will be missed.
Ruth ParkerHobbs, NM
A very dear friend and fellow police officer for whom words cannot even begin to express our loss. Those of us who were fortunate to know and love Raoul will never forget what having him in our lives meant to us. To say he will be missed seems so understated.
Fred & Shaunda JenkinsHobbs, NM