HOBBS, N.M. — Samuel Robert Etter Jr. passed away Saturday July 28, 2018 in Lubbock. He was 80 years old.

Born July 25, 1938 to Samuel Robert and Ruby Pauline Etter in Coleman, he grew up in Brownwood where attained his Eagle Scout award before graduating high school in 1956. He then attended Texas Tech University and proudly joined the U.S. Army. In 1964 Sam moved to Hobbs, New Mexico where he married Betty Sue Harris a year later.

During his time in Hobbs, he worked as a Manager at Gibson’s Discount Center, owned Crosby’s Camera and eventually retired from American National insurance. Sam was an avid outdoorsman and craftsmen, who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents; his dear wife; granddaughter, Destiny Etter; and grandson, Johnny LaReau.

He is survived by three daughters, Deborah Dutton (Charlie) of Hobbs, New Mexico, Cheri LeReau (Andy) of Roswell, New Mexico and Anita Culver Carr of Hobbs, New Mexico; son, Samuel “Trey” Etter (Stephanie) of Hobbs, New Mexico; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Sam will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at First Baptist Church with burial to follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin Funeral Home, with family present to great friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.griffinfuneralhomehobbs.com, services are under the care of Griffin Funeral Home.