Bluford Ash Thornton was born August 18, 1933, in Pecos, Texas to Mary Wilson and William Bluford “Blue” Thornton. After his birth his father became known as “Daddy Blue” and he became known as “Little Blue”. Blue was the oldest of five children. After graduating High School in Kerrville, Texas from the Shriner Military Institute in 1951, he then entered New Mexico A & M in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1955. Blue served as a pilot for the United States Air Force until 1958, where he was stationed in Keflavik, Iceland and flew a F89-D All Weather Interceptor. After finishing up his military career he worked for the Texas A &M Health Commission and then was an extension agent for the United Pueblo Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. In 1966 Blue came back to the ranch in Pyote.
Being 3rd generation to live and grow up on the family ranch he wanted to raise his children on the ranch as well. The love of his life was being a cowboy and working on that ranch, from working cattle, checking waterings and just making sure everything was in order, Blue made a good living riding a mule and there wasn’t anyone that could do it much better. When Blue was ever asked about his life he would say that “He lived for today, don’t have time to worry about tomorrow.”
He also served on the Board of Directors at First National Bank and Security Bank of Monahans and he was a very big supporter in the local 4H programs in Ward and Winkler County for many years.
He has lived a very unique and amazing life, full of adventure and experiences that most only dream of. As a family, we will continue this legacy to the best of our ability.
Survived by Linda Sue O’Dell of Monahans, Tx, daughter Debbie Slaughter of Pyote, Texas and son Jimmy Thornton of Cresson, Texas, his brother Jim Thornton and wife Mary Ann of Santa Fe, NM, brother Gene Thornton and wife Barbara of Hillsboro, NM, sister Genora Canon and husband Gary of Roswell, NM.
Granddaughter-in-law Kama Slaughter of Wink, Tx, granddaughter Casie Granado and husband Joseph of Gardendale, TX, Dakotah Barnett and granddaughter Cayla Slaughter of Wink, Tx grandson Tate Slaughter and wife Claire of Mule Creek, NM, granddaughter TyAnn Slaughter of Pyote, TX and 13 great grandchildren.
Blue was preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother Bill Thornton and his grandson Coby Slaughter.
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My condolences and prayers to you Debbie and kids. He was such a good man. I love You guys🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️
Candy CarrollWink, TX
Debbie so sorry for your loss asking God to give y’all strength and comfort during this time . Enjoyed the time I spent with Bluford .
Jesse CookMonahans, TX
Jeanie ClarkstonPecos, TX
Linda....Debbie and all the kids, so sorry for your loss...truly the end of an era. You’all are in my thoughts and prayers ❤️
Karen WhiteGatesville, TX
Ive known Blue and all his family since I was a little girl and remember how he loved to give all the kids a hard time at the stockshows. He'd scare the dickens out of you then poke you in the ribs and give a big laugh! If anyone needed help - Blue was there helping. He had a big heart for our community and will be missed. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Cacy Cooper GreenMonahans, TX
Debbie, Jimmy, Linda Sue, Jim, Gene, Genora and family:
I was so sad to read about Blue’s death in the paper this morning. I admired and respected him so much! I can hear his infectious laugh right now. He will be issued by his many friends, but his loss is so much more immediate for his wonderful family. I think of Blue and the Thornton family often and with great memories. It was always a special privilege for me to represent the family.
Bob WorcesterRio Verde, AZ
Prayers to the family for comfort and strength through this difficult time. He was a good friend to those that knew him.
Karen KeithGrandfalls, TX
Happy Trails Cowboy! You will be missed and you are loved. Til we meet again.
Kelly PoeGranbury, TX
Jacqueline ButlerRichardson, TX
Very sorry to hear of his passing
David DempseyWaxahachie, TX
The many years spent at the ranch, long hot summers, the very best Thanksgivings a child could ever have and that was me! The Thornton’s, Rainbolt’s and Taylor’s were such a tight knit family! Uncle Chet, Ant Cherry, cousin Dave and Momma are having such a great time right know! Love you Blue and the many lesson’s you tought me! Tell every Hi for me! Debbie and Jimmy I send my love your way!
Linda Taylor McKinneyPonca City, OK
So sorry for yalls loss, I know ( Curley beard) dad and him are running things up there. 😘😘😘
Dawn beardMidland, TX
So so sorry your loss
Johnny & Monica CashWellington, CO
Blu,, was so unique there will never be anyone like him,, Coby and Blu, are checking the cattle together again, our Prayers surrounding the Family...
Bruce and Gidget TreadawayBalmorhea, TX
Blue was One of a Kind!!! My grandbabies thought he was the Greatest Pappy of all!!!!
Andria CallowayPyote, TX
Very sorry to hear about the passing of Blue Thornton. Known him for many years. A very good man. He well sorely be missed by all that know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. May God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow and take you in his arms and comfort you and your family amen!
Clint McMullenMonahans, TX