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John Edgar Cain

December 29, 1950 — January 10, 2022

John Edgar Cain

John Edgar Cain, 71, of Carlsbad, NM passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022. John was born on December 29, 1950, in Birmingham, AL to Joe Cain and Tommie Cain Carlson.

Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 PM to 7 PM Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will then take place, and a memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home Chapel.

When John was just one year old, his family moved to Carlsbad, NM. He attended school there until graduating CHS in 1968. That same year, John married his high school sweet heart, Bette Provancha and they began a family together. They then moved to Perryton, TX where he started working for the Bell Telephone Company, which later brought him back to Carlsbad. John then worked at the Gibson’s Store before going to work for Constructers, Inc., where he worked as a mechanic (Grease monkey) for 38 years. John then met Karen Dickman in 1992, and they lived happily together until his passing. John was an avid outdoorsman and nature photographer. He loved spending time at the family cabin in the mountains near Weed, NM, and just being in the stillness of nature. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing; and spending time with his dog Sable. He was a great cook, and he was known for his beer can chicken, burritos, and salsa. But most of all he loved his family, spending precious time with his daughters and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

John was preceded in death by his father, Joe Cain; mother, Tommie Cain Carlson; step-father, Walter Carlson; brother-in-law, Dale Oney; and dog Baby.

John is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Karen Dickman of Carlsbad, NM; three daughters: Cynthia Lester of Casa Grande, AZ; Jonna Williams of Boaz, AL; Tasha Broach of Roswell, NM; eight grandchildren: Kendra Lester, Jesse Lester, Tiffany Bleeker, Wilma “Kylene” Cain, Haley Broach, Jarrod Broach, Jr., Marshawn Broach, and Nevaeh Broach; ten great-grandchildren; three step-children: Sean Likens of St. Louis, MO; Tonia Mitchell and husband, Glen of Santa Rosa, CA; and Jason Dickman and Jeannie Desrosiers of Sommers, NY; and two step-grandchildren: Kiera Mitchell and Ella Mitchell; brother, Joe Cain, Jr. and wife, Lolita of McAllen, TX; sister, Jennie Oney of Carlsbad, NM; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and his friends and colleagues at Constructers, Inc.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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