ROSWELL, N.M.—Ralph Shamas, a 5th Judicial District Court judge since 2005, died after a monthlong battle with cancer. He was 65.

Shamas died Thursday, said Tamra Gibson, officer manager for Ballard Funeral Home.

Shamas had a varied law practice that focused on representing individuals before being appointed a judge by then-Gov. Bill Richardson, the Roswell Daily Record ( http://bit.ly/YdatcR) reported.