Honorable Don Maddox

Don Maddox is director emeritus of the J.F Maddox Foundation, an organization he has served for over 40 years in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Born in Bristol, Virginia, and raised in Gastonia, North Carolina, Don Maddox received a Bachelor of Science from Pfeiffer University in 1964 and went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1967.

Maddox and his wife, Susan Leigh, have two children—Ann Maddox Utterback of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Ben Maddox of Taos, New Mexico. He and Susan also have four grandchildren.

After graduating from law school, Maddox moved to New Mexico, and he has lived in Hobbs ever since. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of New Mexico, U.S. District Court, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Appointed as District Judge for the 5th Judicial District in 2000 by Governor Gary Johnson, Maddox was elected without opposition in 2000 and was retained in subsequent elections until his retirement in 2010.

Maddox has received the Trustee in Free Enterprise Award from the University of the Southwest and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Pfeiffer University. He has also been named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In 2011, Maddox and his brother, Jim, received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Leadership New Mexico for their numerous contributions to Hobbs, the southeastern region, and the state of New Mexico.