James "Butch" Cummins

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James "Butch" Cummins

Farmington - James "Butch" Cummins was born June 15, 1940 in Cedarvale, NM to Vergil Cummins and Allison Kendall. He passed October 2, 2021 at the age of 81.

Butch was a life-long resident of the Four Corners area. His childhood years were spent largely in the Ignacio area where he graduated high school in 1959, after which he attended Fort Lewis College in Durango. He moved to Farmington in 1965 where he began his 45-year career in the oilfield, initially as a pumper with Pan American Petroleum Corporation and retiring as a drilling consultant in 2010.

In addition to the many lasting friendships created during his long career in the local oil business, Butch established numerous close bonds through coaching in the Farmington American Amateur Baseball Congress from the late 60's through late 70's. Parents and children alike appreciated his passion for the game, which was surpassed only by his compassion for the kids and his calm and supportive demeanor on the field. Unless there was a bad call, of course. Many of the kids he coached maintained a strong bond with him into adulthood that persisted until the time of his death. Other community activities include membership in the Masonic Lodge, where he was a 32-degree Freemason, as well as being a member of the local Shriners and Elks Lodge.

In his later years Butch enjoyed fly-fishing, gardening, golfing and woodworking. He took great pride in his wood shop and had a true talent for the craft.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Vergil and Allison Cummins, his brother Waylon, and sons Gary and Brett. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, sister Donna Kay Garrison (Beecher) son Eric Cummins (Harper), daughter-in-law Lisa Cummins, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Farmington Animal Shelter, Four Corners Equine Rescue or charity of your choice.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 16 at St Mary's Catholic Church in Farmington. Following the services, a lunch reception and celebration of Butch's life will be held at Mesa View Baptist Church located at 4 Road 5323 between Farmington and Bloomfield.

Posted online on October 11, 2021

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Obituaries in Farmington, NM | Farmington Daily Times

James "Butch" Cummins

Farmington Funeral Home.

James "Butch" Cummins

Farmington - James "Butch" Cummins was born June 15, 1940 in Cedarvale, NM to Vergil Cummins and Allison Kendall. He passed October 2, 2021 at the age of 81.

Butch was a life-long resident of the Four Corners area. His childhood years were spent largely in the Ignacio area where he graduated high school in 1959, after which he attended Fort Lewis College in Durango. He moved to Farmington in 1965 where he began his 45-year career in the oilfield, initially as a pumper with Pan American Petroleum Corporation and retiring as a drilling consultant in 2010.

In addition to the many lasting friendships created during his long career in the local oil business, Butch established numerous close bonds through coaching in the Farmington American Amateur Baseball Congress from the late 60's through late 70's. Parents and children alike appreciated his passion for the game, which was surpassed only by his compassion for the kids and his calm and supportive demeanor on the field. Unless there was a bad call, of course. Many of the kids he coached maintained a strong bond with him into adulthood that persisted until the time of his death. Other community activities include membership in the Masonic Lodge, where he was a 32-degree Freemason, as well as being a member of the local Shriners and Elks Lodge.

In his later years Butch enjoyed fly-fishing, gardening, golfing and woodworking. He took great pride in his wood shop and had a true talent for the craft.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Vergil and Allison Cummins, his brother Waylon, and sons Gary and Brett. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, sister Donna Kay Garrison (Beecher) son Eric Cummins (Harper), daughter-in-law Lisa Cummins, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Farmington Animal Shelter, Four Corners Equine Rescue or charity of your choice.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 16 at St Mary's Catholic Church in Farmington. Following the services, a lunch reception and celebration of Butch's life will be held at Mesa View Baptist Church located at 4 Road 5323 between Farmington and Bloomfield.

Posted online on October 11, 2021