Richard M. Carleton, 60, of Dallas, passed away Friday afternoon at the Western Hills Nursing Home in Comanche following a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in First Baptist Church of Blanket with Brother Jim Looby officiating.

Burial will follow in the Proctor Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

He was born Dec, 17, 1946, in Dublin, Texas, the son of Rufus G. and Bettie Tatum Carleton. He graduated from Odessa High School and later attended Odessa College prior to transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington. He worked as an accountant in the hospitality industry and was working at the Gaylord Texas Resort prior to his illness.

He lived most of his adult life in Santa Fe, N.M., where he raised his family, and later moved to Dallas. He had been living in Comanche for the past month to be near his family during his illness. He was a Baptist and associated with the First Baptist Church of Blanket where his brother-in-law, Jim Looby, is the pastor.

He is survived by his daughter, Charlotte Cochran and husband Dean of Long Beach, Calif.; his son, Keith Carleton and wife Hollie of Santa Fe, N.M.; his mother, Bettie Carleton of Early; three grandchildren, Norah and Ethan Cochran of Long Beach, Calif., and Lozin Cochran of Santa Fe, N.M. his sister, Elizabeth Looby and husband Jim of Early; and two nephews, James C. Looby of Stephenville and John T. Looby of Jacksonville, Fla.

Friends are invited to sign the guestbook at