Craig Engel, 71

Craig Marlyn Engel passed away Dec. 29, 2019, at the age of 71.

Born Feb 1, 1948, in Hutchinson, to Duane and Marilyn Engel, he was one of four children.

Craig grew up on a dairy farm in Howard Lake. He was an athlete throughout his school career, and eventually obtained a bachelor’s degree in business education.

He went on to marry Sandra Luhman, his high school sweetheart, in 1968.

They had a daughter, Lisa, and a son, Matt, along with two other babies (a son and a daughter) taken to heaven as infants.

Craig was the kind of guy who was always interested in the next adventure.

He joined the Air Force in 1970, traveling to Texas, Maine, Japan, and Washington.

He went into sales and management after his four years in the military, and owned three businesses.

Craig bought a hobby farm, where he raised chickens, pigs, calves, and dairy goats while working full time.

A few years later, he bought the farm he grew up on and had dairy cows and farmed the land.

He then took his family to Texas, where he was an assistant manager at a truck stop in Big Spring, TX.

From there, he was offered an assistant management position at a truck stop in Denver, CO. He went on to work at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the biology department.

At the announcement that he was to be a grandpa, he and Sandy moved to New Mexico to be near their grandchildren.

Craig worked in Placitas, where he helped start up and run a new grocery store and market.

He worked for French Funeral Home, where his boss was influential in his buying a cabin in the Jemez Mountains. His favorite place to be was at his cabin, where he loved to hike, play croquet with friends, and cut a whole lot of firewood.

Craig and Sandy owned a Christian bookstore and flower shop, eventually moving the flower shop into their home.

He was a real estate broker and flipped houses with his family, until his retirement in 2011, when he and Sandy moved to their cabin full time. Here, he took up a new essential hobby of cutting firewood.

Craig spent five summers in Minnesota, working on his sister and brother-in-law’s sod farm.

He was the water operator for his Horseshoe Springs community for many years.

Craig worked on many different fundraisers for Athletes Beyond Boundaries, to help benefit and build a school gym for Paradise Christian School, that his grandchildren attended.

Craig enjoyed a number of strategic games, such as chess and dominoes, and playing cards with friends throughout the years.

He started playing fantasy football in 1992. He won two championships and three second-place finishes over the years.

Craig was preceded in death by his father, Duane Engel; his father-in-law, Bernard Luhman; his mother-in-law, Kathryn Luhman; and many other family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; his daughter, Lisa Stevenson and husband, Jim; his son, Matthew Engel and wife, Sheila; his grandchildren, Gabriel Stevenson and his wife, Maggie, Jeremiah Stevenson, Micah Stevenson and his wife, Morghan, Kate Stevenson, Elijah Stevenson, Chace Engel and Joshua Engel; his mother, Marilyn Engel; his brother, Bruce Engel; his sisters, Cheryl Stueven and husband, Gerry, and Robin Hoffman and husband, Bob; his sister-in-law, Elaine Stueven; his brothers-in-law, Stan Luhman and wife, Rose, and his brother-in-law, Dave Luhman and wife, Connie; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service took place Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at 4 p.m., at New Song Christian Fellowship at 6013 Paradise Blvd. NW, Albequerque, NM 87114.

Memorial contributions may be made to Athletes Beyond Boundaries (ABB), PO Box 45731, Rio Rancho, NM 87174-5731.

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