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Former state Supreme Court Justice dies

Harry Stowers is seen in Los Rancho de Albuquerque Village offices in this file photo. JOURNAL FILE

Harry Stowers is seen in Los Rancho de Albuquerque Village offices in this file photo. JOURNAL FILE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Harry Stowers, a former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice and a long-time member of the Albuquerque legal community, died Wednesday morning at age 89.

Stowers, a native New Mexican who grew up in Madrid and graduated from Silver City High School, served on the Supreme Court from 1982 to 1989. Prior to that he worked as a prosecutor and city attorney in Albuquerque, as a judge in the 2nd Judicial District and an attorney in private practice.

After leaving the Supreme Court, Stowers was elected Mayor of the Village of Los Ranchos for one term and then went to work for the Branch Law Firm in Albuquerque until June 2014, said his wife, Joyce Stowers.

Joyce said her husband worked until he was 88 years old because of his love for people, from his adversaries in a court case to a constituent in a small town.

“He always had a joke, ready in a moment, for every situation,” said Elizabeth Vigil, Stowers’ daughter.

Stowers was in a car crash in June 2014, and when doctors were treating him they discovered cancer, Joyce said. He ultimately died Wednesday of complications from the disease.

Harry Stowers is survived by his wife, Joyce, daughters, Faye McAfee and Vigil, son, Joseph Stowers, and sister, Karen Mangum.

Vigil said her father was proud of his service in the Army in the mid 1940s.

“It changed his life’s course and direction,” she said. “It instilled discipline and support for something larger than himself.”

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