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Malcolm Harral

December 22, 1925 — January 8, 2016

HARRAL, MALCOLM C. - A Graveside Service will be held at 11.00 a.m. Monday, January 11,2016 at South Park Cemetery for Malcolm C. Harral age 90 of Roswell who passed away peacefully at home on Friday January 8, 2016. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held 2:30 p.m., Monday January 11, 2016 at Bethel Baptist Church. Reverend Don Hayhurst and Tim Arlett will officiate.

Malcolm will lie instate on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

Malcolm was born December 22, 1925 in Lubbock, Texas to Henry Lewis and Edith Kate (Crow) Harral. He grew up and graduated high school in Wayside , Texas . While at a community function at Milnesand, New Mexico, a sweet young girl of 14, asked if he would "pretend" to be with her to ward off the attention of unwanted suiter, and he said YES! That was the start of their courtship. After his service in the Army, he returned to marry the love of his life, Loretta Fay Watson on June 7, 1947, in a small ceremony in Portales, and honeymooned in Clovis. They were married for 68 ½ years. He and his new bride started their new life together farming in Milnesand, and later ranching in Melrose. In 1963 he bought his first ranch 13 miles east of Roswell where they raised their family. Then later he partnered with his two sons and they ranched in the Roswell, Encino, and Corona area.

Malcolm was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved GOD and served his LORD and SAVIOR throughout his life. He was a man of great integrity, and ranching was his occupation and his love.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and his sisters, Billie Harral Byrd and Wanda Wharton Ehlers. Malcolm's legacy lives on with his surviving wife, Fay; sons, Ronnie Harral and his wife Sharon of Corona, Leland Harral and his wife Suzie of Encino; daughter, Ladonna Pirtle and her husband Randy of Roswell. Nine Grandchildren Alena Brandenberger and her husband Jeff of Corona; Jerrod Harral and his wife Brittani of Roswell; Montyne Cox and her husband Wayne of Hobbs; Clay Harral and his wife Jill of Encino; Marla Jo Grissom and her husband Jeffery of Uvalde, Texas; Ryan Pirtle and his wife Kerri ; Jack Pirtle and his wife Lindsey; Cliff Pirtle and his wife Aysia; Keri Pirtle and her finance Isaiah Lawson all of Roswell, Twenty-One Great-Grandchildren with another due February 2, 2016; Aubrey, Koelle, and Kourtney Brandenberger of Corona; Sydne and Adyson Harral of Roswell; Tyler and Tanner Cox of Hobbs; Bradi, Stacy, CJ, and Ava Harral of Encino, Baylee, Kylen, and Callee Jo Grissom of Uvalde, Texas; Travis, Avery, Molly Mazie, Josie, Emmett, and Exekiel Pirtle of Roswell.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Our family would like to thank all the caregivers for their love and care with Malcolm; Debbie, M.J., Belen, Anita, Stacie, Jessica, Dr. Stilller, and Carrie Flury, PA-C. We were so blessed by all of you.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Portales Baptist Children's Home, 2200 S. Avenue I, Portales, NM 88130 or to Bethel Baptist Church, 2420 N. Garden, Roswell, NM 88201.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at


Graveside Service

South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Monday, January 11, 2016
11:00 a.m.

Memorial Contributions

Bethel Baptist Church
2420 Garden Ave.
Roswell, NM  88201
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