In a moving tribute to Mr. Ortiz the law enforcement agencies and court staff held a ceremony Feb. 26 on the courthouse grounds. The tribute included presentation of the U.S. flag, a bailiff retirement badge and the casings from the 21-gun salute in his honor to his widow, Becky. Mr. Ortiz was the first person of the Midland law enforcement agencies to ever receive a retired bailiff badge. People far and wide knew him as a decent, honorable and hardworking man.
Joe and his wife, Becky, had recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. While Becky hailed from Lone Camp, the two met and married in Mineral Wells. Faith and family were very important to Joe. His hobby was spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them about prayer and faith. He served as president of the West Texas Amputee Support Group and was a mentor to many through this organization.
His memorial service was held Feb. 27 at Fairmont Park Church of Christ. He was a part of a wonderful extended family that includes mother Mrs. Erlinda Ortiz, of Millsap; sisters, Nicki Presser, of Millsap, and Dorothy Hall, of Cool; brothers, Bernardo, of Millsap, Tony, of Germany, Johnny, of Spring, and Albert, of Porter. His sister, Linda Weiss, preceded him in death. Condolences to all family members.
The Soda Springs/Mountain River Community lost a well-known resident with the passing of Harley Scott.
For many years Mr. Scott worked around the state for the Texas A&M Extension Service. He was a very dedicated member of the Mountain River Volunteer Fire Department, serving in the capacities of president and training officer.
To honor his years of faithful service, the substation of the Millsap VFD was recently named for Harley and Joyce Scott. Mr. Scott’s wife, Joyce, preceded him in death in 2003. Condolences to son Brad, of Millsap, daughters Lezle Ashcraft, of Salesville, and Serita Damico of Millsap, and other family members.