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Obituary for Fred T. "Fred" Hensley

Fred T. "Fred"  Hensley
Frederick Turner Hensley was born October 11, 1936 in Portales, NM and died October 1, 2018 in Austin, TX, where he had been living for the past few years. Fred was a 1954 graduate of Portales High School where he played football and basketball. He began his college career at Oklahoma State University and joined Sigma Nu Fraternity. His education was interrupted by a car accident, and he completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Eastern New Mexico University in 1960. He went on to study law at the University of New Mexico in 1961. Fred completed his law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1964. While in law school, he was a member and president of the Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity and president of Chicago-Kent College of Law Student Bar Association from 1963 to 1964.
Following his graduation, Fred moved to Santa Fe, where he was court clerk for Justice David Chavez, Jr. in the New Mexico Supreme Court. From 1966 to 1967 he was Special Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the State Engineer in Santa Fe. When his father was appointed as Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals, Fred returned to Portales to enter private practice. In 1972 he was elected as District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District, and he served in that capacity until he was elected as District Judge in 1976.
Judge Hensley was a graduate of the National College of District Attorneys in Houston, TX. He also completed courses at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV and served as a faculty advisor in the summer of 1983. Fred also taught criminal law courses for a number of years at both Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University. Fred retired in 1996 after serving as District Judge for two decades, but he continued to act as Judge Pro Tem and also oversaw domestic violence cases for several more years. He retired fully in the early 2000’s.
On August 15, 1964 in Chicago, IL, Fred married Linda Mueller. The couple has three children. For many years Fred served as Sunday School teacher and board member for Living Stones Community Nazarene Church in Clovis. Fred was a member of Rotary International and served as President of the Portales Rotary Club in 1969. He was also very active with the United Way and the American Cancer Society. Fred was an avid runner and handball player.
Fred is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda, of Austin, TX; his three children, Susan (Tom) Stone of Austin, TX, Amy (Jack) Ingram of Austin, TX, and Rick (Shelly) Hensley of Franktown, CO; eight grandchildren, Olivia, Charlie, and Will Stone, Ava, Eli, and Hudson Ingram, and Hagan and Cate Hensley; and two brothers, Jackson Hensley of Springfield, IL and Bill Hensley of Albuquerque, NM. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

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