It is with sadness that announce the passing of long time Music Educator Bill Maxey.
William (Bill) Dean Maxey, 85, of Las Cruces, NM, went to be with his Lord on September 9, 2021.
Bill was born on December 18, 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas and adopted by William A. and Alvena M. Maxey. He was a graduate of Hot Springs High School, (T or C, NM) and received a Master’s degree in Music Education from ENMU (Portales, NM).
During his career he worked as a Band Director for Zuni High School (Zuni, NM), Lynn Jr. High School (Las Cruces, NM), Catalina High School (Tucson, AZ), Mt. View Jr. High (Roswell, NM), Roswell High School (Roswell, NM), and Zia Jr. High School (Las Cruces, NM). Bill was also a veteran of the NM National Guard.
He married Naomi Bernice Cellan on September 3, 1955 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Most of Bill’s life was spent in New Mexico and Arizona. He and his wife spent summers and vacations at their lovely cabin in Alpine, AZ. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Naomi Bernice Cellan Maxey. He is survived by his children William R. Maxey (Aurelia) Las Cruces, NM, Richard D. Maxey (Teresa), Las Cruces, NM and Kerri L. Price (Dennis) Los Lunas, NM. He is also survived by grandchildren Naomi C. Molina, Eagan, MN, Kenneth W. Maxey (Kana), San Diego, CA, William R. Maxey (Lindsey), Las Cruces, NM, Rachelle A. Maxey, Albuquerque, NM, Miles C. Maxey (McKay), Salem, OR, Mariah Hamilton (Josh), Jordan, UT, and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Karen Smallridge, Novato, CA, two nephews and one niece.