Col. Ron Godbey,USAF.(Ret)
Ron started his military career as an enlisted airman in the 40th Bomb Squadron at Walker AFB. He later trained to be a meteorologist and eventually attained the rank of Colonel by retirement. He did not stop there, he completed law school, praciced law, held political office, and was a T V Meteorologist.
His last achievement, along with Gene Pettit, President of the 40th Bomb Squadron Reunion Group, was to concieve and erect, the monument to the crew of Abbot 27 that crashed near Sterling City,TX, killing all 15 crewmembers onboard. Sadly, both the lives of Gene and Ron were cut short, after the completion of the monument.
MARCH 4, 2008
Governor Bill Richardson Lowers Flags in Honor of Former State Representative Ron Godbey
SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Former State Representative Ron Godbey who passed away Sunday, March 2, 2008.
“Ron Godbey’s service and dedication to New Mexico will be remembered,” Governor Bill Richardson said. “Representative Godbey was a man of conviction, who shunned partisan politics in favor of doing what he believed was right for the state. My condolences go out to the Godbey family.”
Ron Godbey served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1999 until he resigned in August 2004. He represented District 22, which covers parts of Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties.
During his tenure in the state legislature, Godbey worked to pass criminal-justice legislation such as strengthened DWI penalties, lengthy sex-offender probation, and truth in sentencing. He also sponsored legislation to ban cockfighting in New Mexico.
Representative Godbey is survived by his wife, Martha Godbey, son, Gary Godbey, daughter, Julie Thompson, brother, Robert Godbey, sisters, Glenda and Kay Godbey and three grandchildren.
In honor of former Representative Ron Godbey, Governor Richardson signed an Executive Order directing that state flags be flown at half-staff from Wednesday, March 5, 2008 until sundown on Thursday, March 6, 2008.
The text of the executive order follows:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2008-007
FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING
OF FORMER REPRESENTATIVE RON GODBEY