Kevin Hargis

December 9, 1947May 9, 2022
Obituary of Kevin Hargis
Note: Kevin wrote most of this himself. Kevin Morris Hargis was born, together with twin brother Kenneth, on December 9, 1947, in Carlsbad, New Mexico and died on May 9, 2022 in Abilene, Tx. Our parents were Porter Hargis and Loretta Miller Hargis. Together with our older sisters Glenda and Shelba, our addition completed our family. Our parents were loving and caring and made many sacrifices on our behalf. There were three things that they stressed: work hard, get an education, and don’t use tobacco in any form. All four of us were successful in meeting these goals. I graduated from Carlsbad Senior High School and from New Mexico State University with a degree in electrical engineering. I served 6 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. On August 25, 1967, I married my high school sweetheart Shirley Callaway. This was the best and most important decision of my life. Shirley has been a dedicated, caring and faithful wife and mother for 55 years. She has always put her family first. We had one son, Blake, and one daughter, Jessica. I am very proud of both Blake and Jessica, not only for their educational achievements but also for the adults and parents they have become. I liked being an electrical engineer and I never got tired of it. I led the electrical engineering design on a number of power plants and high voltage substations. I was a licensed professional engineer in Texas and 13 other states, as well as the province of Alberta, Canada. I was a life senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. For many years I was an avid skeet shooter and quail hunter. It was always a thrill to see one of my English Setter dogs go on point at a covey of hidden quail. I was also a lifelong gardener and reader, and interested in landscape photography. I was predeceased by my parents, sister Shelba (Shelly) Murphy, nephew Scott Hargis and in-laws James and Wanda Callaway, whom I came to love as parents. I am survived by sister Glenda Williams (Bill), brother Kenneth Hargis (Barbara), wife Shirley Hargis, son Blake Hargis (Trudi), daughter Jessica Quist (Bryant), granddaughter Vivian Hargis, grandson Jude Quist, and grandson Jack Hargis. I want to thank again my sister Glenda for the care she provided to our mother the last months of her life. I know she and Bill made many sacrifices in order for her to do that. I want to thank my twin brother Kenneth for our lifelong friendship and the many activities we have done together. I want to thank our friends John and Adrienne Meyer for their companionship, the many trips we made together, and their support. Also, I want to thank Steve and Janet Shaeffer for their continuous friendship and support, our trip together to the Florida Keys, invitations to their ranch, and Steve’s many photography tips. Steve also introduced me to clay target shooting. Our friendships with both couples now span 50 years. The following were friends at various times of my life. I respected and admired each of you: Robert Blohm, Richard Jourdan, Mike Denison, Hugh Lenox, Dick Tucker, Dail Fields, Levene Hughes, Don Mattern and especially Gary Young, my Abilene friend for over 45 years. I have had an affinity for crows since I had one for a pet growing up. If you are so inclined, think of me when you see a crow. Maybe I will be flying with him. (I wish!) I am an organ donor and I encourage everyone to do the same. It costs nothing and can help many people. My remains will be cremated. There will be no service due to the pandemic. At some time in the future there will be a family meeting to reminisce about my life.

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