House Memorial 9 (HM 9) remembers Johnny Cope and recognizes his community service.
HM 9 finds:
• Johnny Cope, a long-time New Mexico businessman, was born in Midland, Texas, and grew up in Hobbs, New Mexico;
• He earned a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU);
• Although Johnny wanted to pursue a career in banking, he took a finance job in a prominent Hobbs family’s oil field pipe and supply company;
• By 1978, he bought out his partners in Lasco Construction and established Hobbs Rental, an oilfield service company;
• Johnny’s career spanned forty years and included ownership of a construction company, involvement as a partner and investor in numerous oil and gas investments, oil and gas service companies, security companies, and manufacturing companies that employed hundreds of people throughout the country;
• His companies and investments contributed to the economic health of the community by providing hundreds of jobs, and his philanthropy benefited many institutions and organizations;
• His goal was to make Lea County a diverse economy during oil downturns;
• His philanthropic contributions included a learning center in Ruidoso, a center of recreational excellence, a new golf course, and the Zia Crossing Housing Project;
• Johnny contributed to a number of Lea County economic projects;
• His public service included sitting on the NM Community Assistance Council and on the State Transportation Commission;
• Johnny valued loyalty and friendship above all and gave anyone the opportunity to befriend him;
• He wanted people to know you can start with zero and make it happen by following your dreams;
• He was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church; and
• Johnny is survived by a brother, daughter, stepchildren, nephews and grandsons.
HM 9 requests:
• Johnny Cope be remembered and recognized for community service; and
• His family members receive copies of HM 9.