Floyd Wayne Best, Age :72

Apr 04,1948---Nov 18,2020

Floyd Wayne Best passed away from complications associated with COVID-19 on November 18, 2020, in Albuquerque, NM, at the age of 72.  Floyd was born in Fort Sumner, NM, on April 4, 1948. 

   He graduated from Clayton High School in Clayton, NM, in 1966.  He was a Brand Inspector for many years for the Colorado Brand Inspection Division and the New Mexico Livestock Board.  He was owner of Best Trailers in Artesia, NM, where he manufactured and repaired trailers.  He made frequent donations of trailers and other items he constructed to youth groups and other worthy causes.  He enjoyed showing and training horses, was a skilled team roper, and loved the rodeo.  Unfortunately, he suffered a traumatic injury while team roping in 1998, which ended his rodeo career.  For 14 years following the accident, he was cared for by his parents and numerous healthcare workers in Fort Sumner, NM.  In 2012, Floyd was moved to Albuquerque and cared for by the wonderful staff at Princeton Place. 


   He was predeceased by his parents Frank & Nadine Best of Fort Sumner, NM & sister, Shirley Ruth Medford.  Survivors include his brother Troy Best of Fort Sumner, NM.   Nephews, nieces:  Bryan Best of Fort Sumner, NM; Frank Howard & Vickie Best & Jaqueline Best of Auburn, AL; Kelly & Jill Medford & Kasi McDaniel of Albuquerque, NM; Kellby Medford of Goodland, KS; Kayla & Joe Lavene of Weatherford, TX; Lisa Medford & Korie & Shon Gibson of Taylor, AZ.  Those who knew Floyd will remember him as a hardworking, generous, loving, honest man with a quick wit and a heart of gold. Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque, 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, (505) 764-9663.  Due to COVID-19, private services will be held at a later date.  

Arrangements entrusted to:
Riverside Funeral Home
225 San Mateo Blvd.


Katrina Nov 21 ,2020

Friend of family ,Angel Fite ,New Mexico

May God give you strength as you mourn the loss of your beloved Floyd. May he Rest In Peace

Jerri Lusk Nov 26 ,2020

Jill's Medford's sister ,Aurora ,Colorado

I will forever miss you Floyd. I will always cherish the Happy Birthday song you sang to me and thank you for making us laugh at Christmas. I hope you're roping and flirting and hugging your parents and sister right now. RIP Dear Floyd

Marilyn Dacy Oney Dec 01 ,2020

Friend ,Clayton ,New Mexico

I graduated high school with Floyd. I had not seen him since 1996, I believe. Asked others about him with no success all these years. I hate to hear of his traumatic injury team roping. Please accept my sincere condolences. Bless his heart and yours.

Dale Oldham Dec 02 ,2020

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Floyd snd I were schoolmates and Im saddened by his death. My Uncle Adrian knew Floyds grandparents and parents before they moved to Clayton. Condolences.

Woods Houghton Dec 03 ,2020

Freind ,Carlsbad ,New Mexico

Floyd was a good person and freind! I have missed him for a long time, may he have peace.

Marilyn Dacy Oney Dec 05 ,2020

Classmate & friend ,Clayton ,New Mexico

Please accept my sincerest condolences