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310 Old Santa Fe Trail,
Santa Fe NM 87501


Royce Maples

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State Trust Lands Advisory Board Member Pancho Maples represents the general public.

He served as an Air Defense officer in the U.S. Army and New Mexico Army National Guard. His last assignment was as Commander, 1st Bn (Avenger), 200th ADA. After retirement in 2002, he returned to his agricultural roots on a small farm near Roswell and worked for several years with an irrigation contractor installing irrigation systems all over SE New Mexico. He currently manages the farms for a large dairy in Roswell as well as taking care of his own farm.

Married to Susie for 40 years, they have one son, Bert, who currently resides in Oglala, NE with his wife (Somer) and their 3 children, Whitney, Drake, and Natalie. Pancho has been an active sportsman, hunter and guide throughout his life. Since retirement, Pancho has been active in his community. He has served one term as President of Roswell Rotary and 5 terms as President of the Southern New Mexico Chapter of Safari Club International. He is an active supporter of 4-H and FFA programs in Chaves County and currently serves as the Breeding Beef Superintendent for Eastern NM State Fair.

He has also served on the Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission for several years and is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International. Formal education includes an AA Degree from El Paso Community College and a BS Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Management from Park College. He also benefited by numerous training opportunities during his military career to include the Command and General Staff College.

Pancho’s passions, in priority, are his family, his farm, and the betterment of his community. Hobbies include shooting his shotgun in Sporting Clay matches and hunting all over New Mexico and the world. His most recent hunt was for whitetail deer in Texas where he was fortunate to take a mature 12 point buck. Senator Cliff Pirtle of Roswell sponsored Mr. Maples.

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