House Memorial 9 (HM 9) remembers Johnny Cope and recognizes his community service.


 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.

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