Cecil Howard Tate
November 14, 1932  -  March 2, 2019

Cecil Howard Tate

Memorial Service
Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount
121 Mescalero Trail
Ruidoso, NM  88345
Saturday, March 9, 2019
11:00 A.M.
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I served in the Army.

Dr. Cecil Howard Tate of Ruidoso, New Mexico passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was born November 14, 1932 in Clovis, New Mexico to Judge Cecil Henry Tate and Cora Ada (Jackie) Barrington Tate. He grew up in Muleshoe, Texas and graduated from Muleshoe High School. He participated in several sports during high school. He remarked he did more bench warming than playing during competitive games. He attended Baylor University while there he met his future wife, Patsy (Pat) Miller. He and Pat They married in December 1953 and have been together for 65 years.

He completed his undergraduate degree at Baylor University and continued his studies at Baylor University Dental school in Dallas. He graduated in May 1957 and immediately began his military career as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Ft. Polk, Louisiana for two years as a dentist. Following his career in the U.S. Army, he moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico in 1959 and began building his dental practice, which continued for 48 years. He loved dentistry and regarded all his patients as his friends. He and Dr. Sally Waters practiced dentistry sharing an office for 25 years.

Howard participated in Lions Club, Rotary Club, served on the Ruidoso School Board for 12 years, Ruidoso Library Board for 12 years, served twice on the Episcopal Church of Holy Mount vestry where he was an active member.
In addition, Howard enjoyed going on several medical/dental missions to Mexico sponsored by Rotary International Club. He had a passion for snow skiing, wood working, making stain glass, caving, flying his airplane and astronomy.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Tate, and children, Rick Tate (De’An) Spring, Texas and Kerry Tate, Richardson, Texas. Grandson, Nic Tate (Kelli), Horseshoe Bay, Texas and other grandchildren, Rex Barnes, Nicona Castillo, April Hasse and Jerod Lennox and 10 great grandchildren.

Howard was a friend to everyone he met and a strength for all who knew him. Celebration of Life will be held on March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of Holy Mount.

Donations may be made to Ruidoso Rotary International Club, Box 495, Ruidoso, NM 88345 or Episcopal Church of Holy Mount, 112 Mescalero Trail, Ruidoso, NM 88345.


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  1. Anita Klein Ordorica
    Ruidoso, NM

    My deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Tate, he was my dentist for many years and would always go out of his way to accommodate my schedule as long as it didn't interfere with his skiing that he loved so much. Loved him and his family very much! went to school with Rick and Kerry and always enjoyed seeing Pat around! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Such a Beautiful Family, I am so blessed to know you!

  2. Greg Lane
    La Mesa, NM

    Doc Tate,

    To a gentleman and a friend.

    You will be missed.

    Yourself, Doc Horton, Dub Williams, Bone Wright, my Dad and many other made Ruidoso a great place to be and grow up.

    Pat, Kerry and Rick,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Greg Lane

  3. Craig Horton
    Midland, TX

    Im so sorry to hear about Dr. Tate.....Long time family friend....He was a remarkable Man !! Prayers to the family....Craig Horton

  4. Kim Kannady Atwood
    Ruidoso, NM

    Dr. Tate was a great person with a good heart and a lot of patience. I am sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers will be with family and friends.

  5. Ellie A Noe
    Kim, CO

    It was a great privilege working for Howard. I truly enjoyed going to work. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Bernice Morris (nee McLoughlin)

    I was honoured to live with the Tate's as a Rotary exchange student in 1983. Howard & Pat were both such a tremendous influence on me. I feel so privileged to have so many wonderful memories of Howard. May he Rest in Peace.

  7. Peggy Holly
    Edgewood, TX

    Dr. Tate was a wonderful man. He will be missed.
    So sorry for your loss, Pat.

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