Woodrow E. “Woody” Haynes

Woodrow E. “Woody” Haynes


Woodrow E. “Woody” Haynes, of Belen, lived a full, happy 83 years, when he passed peacefully in his loving home, April 27, 2022.

God blessed Mabel and Woodrow Haynes with a spirited son, Woody, on Feb. 23, 1939, in Albuquerque. He spent many hours milking cows on the family dairy in Los Lunas, and helping with Woody’s Tavern in Jamez Springs, all before he graduated from Albuquerque High School.

He married Mildred Oliver on April 19. They lived in Grants as newlyweds, then moved to make their home in Belen, where they shared many adventures, raised their family and spoiled their grand babies with love.

He worked for US West telephone company for 34.75 years. He was then retired for 30 years, and then worked diligently in the saddlery industry. He created beautiful chaps, breast collars, saddles and numerous other leather masterpieces for the local sheriff’s posses, family and friends.

He was meticulous in all his endeavors, whether it be building a fence or rewiring electricity in a house, listening to a toddler’s story or restringing a fishing rod for a teen. He passed a legacy of love for animals and outdoor activities.

His greatest joys in life were hunting, fishing and time with family and friends. His adventurous prankster spirit led him on many wild escapades that he cherished and shared with any one of a like mind. He will always be known as a kid at heart.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Ellen Ortiz and Margart Martindale; parents, Mabel J. Haynes and Woodrow Haynes; and in-laws, Edwin and Pearl Oliver.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mildred Oliver Haynes; three children, Debbie Jaramillo and spouse, Joseph, Donna Hammer and spouse, Fritz, Woody Haynes and spouse, Sherriel; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, three great great-granddaughters and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either Ambercare of Belen or the Alzheimer’s Association. We would like to thank everyone for reaching out and sharing your stories.

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