Samuel Paul Fodge, Jr.
April 24, 1972  -  June 12, 2018

Samuel Paul Fodge, Jr.


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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Faith Baptist Church
401 S. 20th
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, June 21, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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I served in the Army.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 21 at Faith Baptist Church for Samuel Paul Fodge, Jr. of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mr. Fodge, 46, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Artesia.

Pastor Robby Ballew will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joshua Fodge, Hiram Ortega, Juan Zamarron, Kane Wyatt, Ted Sandoval, and Morgen Fodge.

Visitation will begin Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Paul was born April 24, 1972 in Memphis, Tennessee the son of Samuel Paul Fodge and Rose Hanks.

He served his country in the United States Army from 1991-1997.

Paul moved to Artesia in the early part of 2005 from Idaho Falls, Idaho. He attended the Border Patrol Academy at FLETC and met his love of his life Sally Berdoza. On December 10, 2005 he was married to Sally in Artesia. He worked for several agencies with law enforcement including Artesia Police Department from 2005-2006, Loving Police Department in 2007 and later transferring to the Carlsbad Police Department from 2007- 2012, and finally with the Eddy County Sheriff's Office from 2012-2018.

He was an active member of Faith Baptist Church and had a heart of service for his community and his church. Paul volunteered at the Artesia Little league and was a very giving person of his time and efforts and would do whatever was needed for anyone. He was a loving father and family time was important to him.

Paul was preceded in death by his grandparents.

He is survived by his wife Sally of the family home; sons Joshua and Samuel Fodge of Artesia; daughter Desarae Herrera of Artesia; father Samuel Paul Fodge and wife Deneice of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; mother Rose Hanks of Missouri; brothers Josh Fodge, Morgen Fodge and wife Rebekah of Bonners Ferry, and Jeremy Hicks and wife Heather of Missouri, numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and a host of church and law enforcement family.


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  1. Megan L Jenkins
    Artesia, NM

    My Deepest Condolences For The Fodge Family Deputy Fodge was an amazing person he was very very caring and he always had a smile. Lots of hugs and prayers.RIP

  2. Monica McDowell
    San Angelo, TX

    We are very sorry to hear about your loss. when we lived in Artesia for a short time your family took very good care of us, you became more than just our friend you became part of the family, you have impacted our lives forever. You're family is in our prayers and we hope that you can always remember the good memories you made.

    McDowell family

  3. Keneisha Brooks
    Artesia, NM

    I just found out about Officer Fodge passing yesterday. I had the pleasure of meeting officer Dodge once and only once. He was on duty sent to my home. He was a very genuinely respectful, kind hearted and down to earth guy. He invited me and my family to visit Faith Baptist which we hadn't yet. His passing sits heavy with me, a sad reminder of how quick our journey can be. Prayers for all affected by his passing I am glad I was able to meet him.

  4. Ernest Brown
    Artesia, NM

    Sorry for the lost of a good husband, father and friend.

  5. Gerardo D. Chavez
    Carlsbad, NM

    Farewell my friend. I will not forget you as my trainee, co worker, and Brother officer . I will miss and I won't forget that you were one of only two from the Sheriff's office who attended my dad's funeral services a year ago.

  6. Maurice Pruitt
    Carlsbad, NM

    My condolences to the Fodge family during this difficult time. Paul was a good man, a good law enforcement officer and a good friend. He will be missed by so many.......RIP my friend.

  7. Melvin & Cynthia Livesay
    Artesia, NM

    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in God during this difficult time. Love and prayers to all.

  8. Jeff Ash
    Artesia, NM

    Paul was such a good person. I will always remember him as a person who made me feel uplifted and more happy after talking to him. He will be greatly missed!

  9. Daniel and Melissa Boone
    Artesia, NM

    We love you Fodge and Herrera families! We hope the memories, unconditional love, and the promise of a new day will help heal your broken hearts. Praying for you and with you. Hugs, The Boone family

  10. Keith Gerace
    Artesia, NM

    Another hero called home. So sincere so gracious. Blessings to his family no words can dimmishish the loss. But the world is a better place because he touched it. Siempre Listo mi amigo

  11. Gabriel J. Mauldin
    Artesia, NM

    Deputy Fodge was such an outstanding individual. So sorry for the Fodge families loss. Fodge and Sgt. Wyatt are a big reason why I’m pursuing a law enforcement career. I hope to one day be as great of a man as Fodge was.

    Rest easy and be assured that your brothers have your watch, sir.

  12. Ruby Parker
    Artesia, NM

    So sorry for the loss of Paul. All of us are grieving with you, knowing that he will be missed in so many ways. May God give you HIs comfort and grace.

  13. Ginny Howard
    , ID

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, SIR. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU; WHO HELP US BE SAFE.

  14. Dick & wauneta Dawson
    Bonners Ferry, ID

    So sorry

  15. Candice J. Fodge
    OVERLAND PARK, KS

    Paul was loved by many people, some he hadn't seen since being a kid. I will always treasure what little time I had with him. Love you , my monkey.
    Aunt Candy

  16. Tammy douglas
    Lakewood, NM

    Im so very sorry for your loss.paul was a great man and friend.he came to the aid of my daughter 3 weeks ago and i will forever be grateful.

  17. Sybil R Scarbrough
    Artesia, NM

    My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Fodge. I work for Eddy County in the Records department at the detentions center. I am not a correction officer, not a police officer, not a deputy, but we are still one family.

    May the Lord be with you at this time of grief. May the Peace of Jesus surround you. May the Holy Spirit comfort you now and the days that follow.

  18. Royce Pearson
    Artesia, NM, NM

    I came to know Depity Fodge will serving on the County Commission. He responded to
    An alarm at our home one evening. He was always a consummate professional with a kind disposition. He was very kind and always willing to serve the citizens of Eddy County.
    Top shelf person that will
    Be
    Missed

  19. John Beasley
    Artesia, NM

    My condolences go out to the Fodge Family as well as extended Law Enforcement family.
    "In this Family, no one fights alone"

  20. Curtis & Kaye Teel
    Artesia, NM

    We feel your loss as we have lost a friend and grieve with you. Praying for God to wrap you and your family in His arms of love and comfort.

  21. Tina Burgess
    Artesia, NM

    Paul was such a wonderful friend! He was always quick to help and give hug. I will miss the laughter when he would stop by the shop to see Rob & me. You will be missed.

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