By Kevin Wilson
Ed Dendy loved his family, he loved to fish and he loved to travel.
“He was hard-working. He traveled a lot,” said his daughter, Judy Privett. “He was always on the road, either traveling salesman or a truck driver.”
With thousands of travel miles logged in throughout his 80 years, Dendy helped his family on their journeys by teaching them the value of a strong work ethic.
“When he was home,” Privett said, “he always instilled how important it was to be hard-working, and to do the job right the first time.”
Dendy died June 18 at his home.
Dendy was born on Sept. 2, 1923 in Olustee, Okla., to Bessie and Carl Dendy. At the age of four, the family came to Portales, which would be his final place of residence eight decades after his birth.
In between his original move to Portales and his final years, he did his traveling. In 1943, he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard until the end of World War II.
Dendy lived in several places — including a five-year stint in Bovina, where he owned a glass business for five years. While he lived in Bovina, he was a member of Bovina Baptist Church and served as a deacon.
Dendy returned to Portales in 1968, but didn’t stop his travels by a long shot. He drove trucks for Joe Ray and Welch Trucking, then traveled as a salesman for Associated Milk Producers Inc.
When he wasn’t on the road for work, he was on the road with his family. Privett said family gatherings usually consisted of camping trips and cookouts, and his younger brother Jack Dendy traveled with him all the time to enjoy nature.
“We hunted and fished together all the time,” Jack said. “We were always really good friends.”
Jack said he had been visiting Ed on a daily basis once he got sick. Ed couldn’t do as much traveling due to heart problems, and instead made his travels through the use of television. He was an avid fan of Atlanta Braves baseball and Wheel of Fortune, watching both whenever they were on.