John Douglas Powell, 64,
of Taos, NM, passed away September 6, 2007, after a valiant struggle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) complicated by Lyme disease.
Born in Abilene, Texas, he graduated from Abilene High School in 1961. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1964 with a BS degree in Business and Distribution Management. He served in the US Navy in DaNang, Viet Nam, where he was admiral’s aide and flag lieutenant. He achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant. In 2000, after 27 years with Xerox Corporation, he and his wife, Olivia, moved to Taos, NM, where they founded Aspen Business Systems, Inc., a Xerox sales agency serving seven counties in Northern New Mexico. He was a member of Good News Christian Fellowship and Taos Milagro Rotary Club.
He enjoyed fishing, hiking and woodworking. He was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe Powell. He is survived by his wife, Olivia Pinion Powell of Taos, his mother Rebecca Powell of Abilene, Texas, a sister, Patty Williams and her husband Joe, also of Abilene, two nieces, 5 great nieces and one great nephew. He is also survived by his cousin and friend Paul Ungerer and his wife Cheryl of Denver. Interment will be held on Friday September 14, 2007 at 3 PM at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial Services were held on Saturday September 15, 2007 at 10 AM at the Rio Bravo picnic area in Pilar. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the ALS Association, P.O. Box 16495 Albuquerque, NM 87191-6495 or The Lyme Disease Association, P.O. Box 1438, Jackson, NJ 08527. Arrangements by Rivera�Hanlon Funeral Home.