Wednesday, March 21, 2012

William Dixon "Bill" Brockman 1928-2012

William Dixon “Bill” Brockman AGE 83, DIED Monday, March 19, 2012, at his home on the Tramperos Ranch southwest of Clayton. Mr. Brockman is the father of Carol Wilson, Rex’s wife.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 23, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton with Rev. Billy Rammage, pastor officiating. Lunch will follow and burial will be held at 2:30 PM at San Juan Batista Church Cemetery on the Tramperos Ranch. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. Please visit to view the online obituary and sign the guestbook.

BACKGROUND: Bill was born September 1, 1928, in Roy, New Mexico. He was the eldest son of William D. “Mark” Brockman and Lucile (Pursell) Brockman of Mills. His grandparents came to New Mexico in 1909 to homestead land near Mills. Bill was the eldest of five children. He attended school at Mills until the school was consolidated with the Roy school. After graduation from Roy in 1946, he drove a truck, moved houses and served a tour of duty in Okinawa. When he returned to civilian life, he met his future bride, Violet Atchley while completing his Civil Engineering degree at New Mexico A and M, which later became New Mexico State University. The couple moved to the ranch temporarily to help his father-in-law and never left. In 1960, Bill and Violet moved to the Tramperos Ranch, which was their home for the next 52 years. Bill’s Civil Engineering skills were used to develop the ranch. He designed a series of dams on the Tramperos Creek and built fields and a water system to irrigate the ranch and water the cattle. He and his father-in-law, Forrest Atchley, worked closely to develop the ranch into a well diversified farming, feeding and cattle operation. He was an active member of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau on the state and county level, serving on the State Board of Directors for many years. His work in Agriculture was also his hobby. Bill was preceeded in death by his parents, Mark and Lucile Brockman; his father-and-mother-in-law, Forrest and Ruby Atchley: a brother, Gene Brockman and a brother-in-law, Wayne Atchley.


WIFE: Violet Brockman of the home.

3 DAUGHTERS: Cheri Goodan and her husband Jon of Des Moines, Carol Wilson and her husband Rex of Ancho, and Allison Tcherneshoff and her husband Bob of Miera.

2 SONS: Bill Brockman and his wife Cathy of Miera and Forrest Brockman and his wife Ruth of Mills.

2 BROTHERS: Jim Brockman and his wife Nelda of Dallas, Oregon and Larry Brockman and his wife Louise of Pine, Colorado.

1 SISTER: Judy McCallister and her husband Orville of Placitas, New Mexico.

5 SISTERS-IN-LAW: JoAnn Brockman of Tucumcari, Teena Atchley of Odessa, Texas, DeAnna Richardson of Sedan, Elaine Aschbacher and her husband Leon of Edgewood and Martha Atchley of Amarillo, Texas.

21 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

MEMORIALS: The family suggests that memorials be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Cards may be sent to:

Carol Wilson
SR 1-53
Carrizozo NM 88301

I have many fond memories of Bill as we worked together when he was on the board of the NM Farm & Livestock Bureau. May he rest in peace.