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POMROY MONROE NEIGHBORS Pomroy Monroe Neighbors, known to most as "Roy," passed on Dec. 19, 2017 with family at his side. Roy was born in Entiat, Washington on July 11 in the early 1920's. As a young man, Roy grew up in a variety of settings. As a very young person, Roy moved from Washington to Southern California, where he lived in McKinley School for Boys, prior to beginning his lifelong love of the mountains of Nevada. In 1939, Roy would come to live with the Ford family, where he began working at a mine at a young age. Undoubtedly, this was the beginning of a lifelong love of prospecting for gold--gold would be on his mind for the rest of his days. Roy's mining days were interrupted when the United States became involved in World War II. Although he was too young to join up, Roy enlisted in the Navy anyway, and embarked on the next great adventure of his lifetime--flying fighter jets. Roy would become one of the first enlisted men to be trained to fly fighter planes for the Navy. He served again in the Korean War, and left the Navy as a Senior Lieutenant, having had a distinguished career and risen high above his humble beginnings as the minor miner from Tonopah. In 1958, Roy began what would be a long and storied career serving the people of Nye County. He began as a deputy sheriff at the test site. By 1962, Roy was working as an assessor for Nye County, and began the process of assessing a use tax for the federally-owned equipment at the test site. Roy's assessments would eventually form the basis for a case litigated all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, and ultimately for a multi-million dollar judgement in favor of Nye County. The judgment would fund schools, public services and a new law library for the District Attorney. On the heels of the Supreme Court victory, Roy would ascend to become the first County Administrator, working directly for the Nye County Board of Commissioners, where he would serve until his retirement. Having served the people of Nye for decades, Roy would elevate his service to a huge swath of central Nevada as a Nevada State Legislator, where he would serve five terms. Roy would retire from public service in 2000, and would continue his great passion for mining. Roy spent all the days he could up at his claims near Tonopah, prospecting for gold in the mountains of his youth. The mine was the great passion of his life, and fueled his dreams his whole life long. Roy was predeceased by daughter, Anne and son, Tim. He is survived by his companion, Betsy Neighbors; his children, Miles, Mickey, Sonny, Colleen and Patty; his step-children Cody, Nick and Patrick; and many grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Services will be held Friday, January 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Mountain View Mortuary, 425 Stoker Ave., Reno, Nevada.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Jan. 3, 2018
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