Silver City Life 2000

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a politi Tommy Foy “From our prisoner of war camp in Roca Rochi,

Bob Martin confided his decision to retire from the

Japan, I saw the smoke from the burning cities of

State House of Representatives. “I made a lot of

Hiroshima, and three days later, Nagasaki. We had

friends on both sides of the aisle over the years,

been told that if the Americans tried to land, we would

which was important for passing needed legislation.”

be executed.

Tommy chaired the Judiciary Committee for 16 years,

Many of the New Mexicans who survived the

and was appointed to the National Conference of

horrors of the Bataan Death March returned to fill

Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 1987. When

leadership roles for their state. Grant County’s Tommy

he left the legislature in 1998, a bill was passed

Foy received his battlefield commission on January

allowing him to continue on the committee.

19, 1942. He came home upon his release by the

The Lions’ Club has been Tommy’s venue for

Japanese to continue his law practice, to launch his

community service. He is the last remaining charter

illustrious careers in banking and politics, and to raise

member of the Bayard club, and has an impressive

a family, who continue to move the community.

record of 60 years of perfect attendance.

“The mining district was in need of a bank in

On the personal side, Tommy proposed to Joan

1946,” Tommy says, and he drew up the papers

Carney in Deming, during November, 1945. This was

establishing the Grant County State Bank. He became

their first meeting after the war. Did she

one of its first officers, and served as Chair of the

immediately succumb to the young war hero?

Board for fourteen years.

Tommy laughs, “She thought I was crazy. We didn’t

Tommy leaped into state politics in 1970, when

get married until November 17, 1948.” Tommy and

Foy served 28 years in


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