John Edward Commander
April 23, 1930  -  April 27, 2018

John Edward Commander

Memorial Service
Canaan Trail Baptist Church
105 Canaan Trail
Angus, NM  88312
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
11:00 A.M.
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Ft. Stanton Cemetery
Ft. Stanton Road
Ft. Stanton, NM  88323
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I served in the Navy.

John Edward Commander, age 88, of Ruidoso, NM, left this world and walked through the gates of Heaven on April 27, 2018.

John was born April 23, 1930 to Edward Forrest Commander and Hazel Clara Taylor Commander in Fort Worth, TX. As a youth he enjoyed spending time with his grandparents and going to work with his grandfather at the Fort Worth Stockyards, where his grandfather was a cattle buyer. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in June of 1950. He finally settled in Odessa, TX where he met the love of his life, Billie Wynell McPherson. They were married on January 22, 1952 in Lovington, NM, and spent 66 wonderful and happy years together.

John spent many years as a truck driver for Dale Meyer Trucking and Parker Drilling. He started in sales for Tesoro Land & Marine Rental Co and then spent 18 years as a District Manager before retiring in 1988.
John was involved in many organizations and held many positions that allowed him to help many people and touch many lives. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, Potentate of El Maida Shrine in 1989, Emeritus Member of the Imperial Registration Committee and the Imperial Marshals, President of the Texas State Shrine Association 1988-1989, Chairman of the Board of the Shriners Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston, TX, Chairman of the Board of the Ector County Medical Center for 3 years, was a Board member of the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo, Odessa Crime Stoppers, and the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Texas Tech University School of Nursing for 10 years and also served as a Silver Haired Legislator in the state of Texas.

John and Billie had 5 children including 2 sons; Joe and wife Tina, John Jr and wife Cathy; and 3 daughters; Susie Bishop and husband Charlie, Sharon Mireles and husband Johnny, and Janie Powers and husband Wyman.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brother Red Commander, and sister Carrie Ellen (Cokie) Hackworth.
John and Billie were blessed with 7 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He truly loved spending time with all his family and numerous friends.
John is also survived by his sister-in-law LaFon Commander, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 1, at Canaan Trail Baptist Church on Highway 48 in Angus, NM. A Masonic graveside service with VFW Honor Guard will be held at a later date at the New Mexico State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Stanton, NM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shriners Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston, TX.


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  1. Babs Hanna
    Nogal, NM

    Billie: I was so sad to hear of John's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve your loss. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared with him comfort you now and in the days ahead. He was such a pleasant man and I am honored to have had the opportunity of knowing him. Babs

  2. Janie Powers
    Ruidoso, NM

    The best Dad there was. I am going to miss him so much, I love you Dad

  3. David Harwell
    Washington, DC

    So very sorry to hear of Mr. Commander's passing. He was a great role model growing up and I always knew that he was never far away if John and I got into trouble. Condolences.

  4. Sandy McGlothlin and Ron Choat
    Ruidoso, NM

    I just saw this, Billie, I'm so sorry. John will be missed by all. Love and prayers sent to you and your family.

  5. Marjorie Smith
    Livingston, TX

    My deepest sympathy to you, Billie, and your family. Trust in the Lord, things will get better. You never forget but you get thru!

  6. Janie Powers
    Ruidoso, NM

    The best Dad there was. I am going to miss him so much, I love you Dad

  7. Melinda Dow
    Harper, TX

    So sorry to hear of your loose. What a good man. He will be missed by many. Sending all of you, love and prayers.

  8. Kolenna Smith Strange
    Odessa, TX

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Margie Smith, Rodney and Karen Maynard and Ray and Kolenna Strange

  9. Rodney & Nedra McDonald
    Odessa, TX

    Billie, we were so sorry to hear of John's passing. We are keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Billie, we were so sorry to hear of Johns passing. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


  10. John glidwell
    Sherman, TX

    Joe and family sorry for the loss of your dad.

  11. Dale Holloway
    Odessa, TX

    Billie, Joe, Skeeter, and all family members:
    My heart go out to you! John was a piller of this community and meant the world to me. I have always admired his contributions to his fellow man, both as a citizen and a Mason! We will all miss him.
    Dale Holloway

  12. Linda Stewart
    Forney, TX

    The Commander family have been like family to me for as long as I can remember... I have many wonderful memories with this family..❤️❤️...Big John you will be missed! Billie, Joe, Susie, Sharon, Janie and Skeeter...your in my heart and prayers...much love to you all!

  13. Susan Glass
    Odessa, TX

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family.

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