New Mexico's

"Home on the Range"


Bill Brockman

1928 - 2012

Bill Brockman, age 83, died Monday, March 19, 2012,at his home on the Tramperos Ranch Southwest of Clayton, New Mexico.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 23, 2012 atthe First Baptist Church in Clayton with Rev. Billy Rammage, pastor officiating.Lunch will follow and burial will be held at 2:30 PM at San Juan Batista Church Cemetery on the Tramperos Ranch. Arrangements areunder the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.Bill was born September 1, 1928, in Roy, New Mexico. He was the eldestson of William D. “Mark” Brockman and Lucile (Pursell) Brockman of Mills.His grandparents came to New Mexico in 1909 to homestead land near Mills.Bill was the eldest of five children. He attended school at Mills until the school was consolidated with the Roy school. After graduation from Roy in1946, he drove a truck, moved houses and served a tour of duty in Okinawa.When he returned to civilian life, he met his future bride, Violet Atchley while completing his Civil Engineering degree at New Mexico A and M,which later became New Mexico State University. The couple moved to the ranch temporarily to help his father-in-law and never left. In 1960, Bill and Violet moved to the Tramperos Ranch, which was their home for the next 52 years. Bill’s Civil Engineering skills were used to develop the ranch. He designed a series of dams on the Tramperos Creek and built fields and a water system to irrigate the ranch and water the cattle. He and his father-in-law, Forrest Atchley, worked closely to develop the ranch into a well diversified farming, feeding and cattle operation. He was an active member of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau on the state and county level, serving on the State Board of Directors for many years. His work in Agriculture was also his hobby. Bill was preceeded in death by his parents, Mark and Lucile Brockman; his father-and-mother-in-law, Forrest and Ruby Atchley: a brother, Gene Brockman and a brother-in-law, Wayne Atchley.Survivors include his wife,Violet Brockman of the home; three daughters: Cheri Goodan and her husband Jon of Des Moines, Carol Wilson and her husband Rex of Ancho, and Allison Tcherneshoff and her husband Bob of Miera; two sons: Bill Brockman and his wife Cathy of Miera; and Forrest Brockman and his wife Ruth of Mills; two brothers: Jim Brockman and his wife Nelda of Dallas, Oregon and Larry Brockman and his wife Louise of Pine, Colorado; one sister: Judy McCallister and her husband Orville of Placitas, New Mexico; five sisters: JoAnn Brockman of Tucumcari, Teena Atchley of Odessa, Texas,DeAnna Richardson of Sedan, Elaine Aschbacher and her husband Leon of Edgewood and Martha Atchley of Amarillo, Texas; 21 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.