Alan K. Stoker

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ALAN K. STOKER Alan K. Stoker, 69, of Iowa City, IA and Santa Fe, NM, died suddenly at home on January 24, 2014. Alan was born October 24, 1944 in Hollywood, CA to Irmgard and Marion Stoker. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Santa Fe, NM where he grew up and attended school and lived most of his life. Alan graduated from Occidental College with a degree in physics and attended graduate school at Stanford University, graduating with degrees in environmental engineering. Throughout those years and continuing throughout his entire lifetime, photography was his passion. Many of his other facets and interests included: opera, theater, film, physics, mathematics, music, hiking, skiing, dance, travel, woodworking, construction, teaching, ecology, hydrology and geology. His work in New Mexico and Iowa encompassed: photographer for the Santa Fe Opera, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, the University of Iowa Theater and Dance Departments, math and science teacher at Santa Fe Prep, environmental scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and many years as an independent art and architectural photographer. Alan is survived by his wife of 24 years, Rebecca Crutchfield, and their children, Francesca of Northfield, MN; Ian (Amy) and their children, Levi, Lena, Gavin, Dean of Rio Rancho, NM; Cameron (Jaime) and their children Andy and Sebastian of Albuquerque, NM; his sister, Sally Stoker (Paul Stevens) of Santa Fe, NM, and her son Alan C. Dessauer of Denver, CO; Alan's sister-in-law, Mary-Jo McGrane (John) of Cedar Rapids, IA, and their daughter Emma of Ames, IA and son Tim (Jenny) and their son Landon of Cedar Rapids, IA. Alan was preceded in death by his parents. As a warm and patient father he spent many hours teaching music, math, physics, literature, craftsmanship and sledding to his children. He will be deeply missed. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, IA. A private burial in Santa Fe, NM will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Alan K. Stoker Memorial fund.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Feb. 7, 2014
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