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By Betty Williamson
Local columnist 

Vern Witten: Remembering a workhorse

Retired math professor led a remarkable life


August 5, 2020

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Vern Witten played Simon the Zealot at least 10 times.

Seven years ago - on a February evening in 2013 - the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce surprised Vern Witten by naming him Workhorse of the Year.

"To be honest," he told the Portales News-Tribune that evening, "I wasn't sure they were talking...

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