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Jerral James Holden of Caballo, New Mexico peacefully passed away December 3, 2018 at the age of 76, in his home.  Jerral was born in Oklahoma City on September 26, 1942. 

Jerral was raised on the family ranch in Caballo, New Mexico.  Once he retired from White Sands Missile Range, he and Nina (wife of 45 years), purchased a home in Caballo.  He loved gold panning, treasure hunting, working with wood, hunting, gardening and anything he could do outdoors and with his hands.  He was a collector of many things, but his coin collection was his most treasured. 

Jerral was drafted into the US Army soon after graduating high school, and proudly served his country in the Vietnam War as an infantryman in the 1st Division. 

Jerral was met at heavens gates by his wife Nina Mae Holden of 45 years, his daddy Joel J Holden “Joe Buck”, step mom Beulah Holden, sister Kathleen Hills and brother in law Earl Hills, sister Patricia Spitzer and step father Charles Crockett. 

He left here on earth his step son, James Justin Tharp (Jay) and his wife Dina, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; his two granddaughters: Cheyenne Molinar and husband Kurtis of San Antonio, Texas and Dakota Lopez and husband Greg, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; his two Great Grandsons, Kason James Molinar and Braxton Blaine Lopez; his mother Madiline Crockett; sister Betty Nuanes and her daughter Bree Jaramillo and his niece Joleen Baughman and her daughter Lana and son Tyler. 

Jerral loved his granddaughters and great grandsons.  They were the highlight of each and every day.  When the girls sent text messages with videos of the boys, Jerral (granddad) would watch the videos over and over.  If he was having a bad day, he would just watch videos of the boys and smile.  He loved his great grandsons so much and even when his health was failing he always did everything he could to spend time with them.  His day was not complete until he said goodnight to the grand girls, great grand boys and son Justin. 

Jerral (granddad) will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of meeting him. 

Cremation has taken place and Jerral will be laid to rest at the Caballo Cemetery on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at a Graveside Services officiated by Rev. Thomas P. Jones. The family would like everyone to join them at the Caballo Church, 14664 NM-187, Caballo, NM directly following the services.


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  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018
    Enjoyed our visits with Jerral & Nina when they came to stay with us in Oklahoma. He will be missed but glad he is with the love of his life. We treasure the beautiful wood carvings Jerral gave to us over the years. He had such talent! Love you..Hayden & Jean
    ~ Hayden & Jean McCasland   Norman, OK
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018
    Enjoyed our visits with Jerral & Nina when they came to stay with us in Oklahoma. He will be missed but glad he is with the love of his life. We treasure the beautiful wood carvings Jerral gave to us over the years. He had such talent! Love you..Hayden & Jean
    ~ Hayden & Jean McCasland   Norman, OK
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    You will be dearly missed Uncle Jerral. I love you, but I know your heart was to broken to live on without Nina. Rest in Peace.
    ~ Synthia Campbell   Blanchard, OK
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    Deeply saddened to hear of your passing. Wish we could have had that cup of coffee. Your Son.
    ~ Mike White   Corrales, NM
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    Jerral, you will be missed. I can't believe I knew you for 42 years. Now you can have all the pie you want. I can see you and Nina dancing... love you, Bobby & Vi
    ~ Viola V Holley   Las Cruces, NM
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    We were very fond of Jerral, our Aunt Nina's husband. He was so good to her and Justin. Family was everything to Jerral, and it breaks our hearts to know his time with Justin and family was cut short. We are happy he and Nina are together. -- Steve, Jean, Jake, & Will
    ~ Steve Presson   Norman, OK
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    So grateful to have been able to spend time with Jerral and his family prior to his passing. He always enjoyed teasing me - and that will be sorely missed. You were a good man on this earth and I suspect you'll be an even better angel in heaven.
    ~ David & Jodi Presson   Denver, CO