Cary Neal McMinn, 62, of rural Fort Morgan, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013, of natural causes, at his home on Blessed Creek Farm. It was a beautiful Sunday morning when he went to be with the good and gracious Lord Jesus Christ in his eternal heavenly home.
Cary was born May 31, 1951 in Roswell, NM, to John "Jack" and Naomi McMinn. His father was in the oil business and the family lived in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado for Cary's youth.
He married Cathy Baca and together they had a son, Grant. Their marriage ended, but Cary continued to be an involved father as the custodial parent. He attended Arizona State University where he earned a degree in Architecture with a minor in Industrial Design. Cary then worked in Colorado for various architecture firms. In April of 1985, he took a job as an Architectural Draftsman with the commercial interior design firm of Victor Huff & Associates in Aurora. On his first day of work, he met his future wife, Shari Howard.
Cary married Shari on December, 17, 1988 in Denver. They lived in Montclair neighborhood for many years, beginning their family and becoming involved in local school and community efforts as volunteers. Cary continued to practice architecture on his own and began teaching at the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver in the Industrial Design, Interior Design and Digital Technical Graphics departments until retiring from teaching in the fall of 2012.
A lifelong learner and avid reader, Cary continued furthering his higher education by working 5 long years on his MBA-Finance from Argosy University. It was his honor to walk for his diploma with his son, Justin, who earned his MBA-Marketing in the same ceremony.
In 2001, the McMinn family moved to their remote farm. There, they began to practice sustainable farming techniques, raising heritage breed livestock for farm to consumer bulk meat sales. The past few years, Cary and his family teamed with the Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) to host their Homestead Bootcamp and Homestead Family Day for homeschool families to learn about farming. He was an active volunteer in Morgan County 4-H, Conservation District, and Homeschool Network Groups. He loved giving his time to people and sharing what he had with others.
Cary volunteered his Architectural services for Christian foreign mission endeavors. During the 1990's, he took several trips to Chile with his son, Justin, to help with building repair and construction. In December of 1999, to welcome Y2K, he and his family traveled to the Papago Indian Reservation in Arizona to work with his in-laws on a mission outreach. In 2012, he went to Tanzania with his oldest daughters for EMI, to help survey and design an addition for an orphanage. His most important Christian outreach was to the pro-life and adoption movements. He helped contribute to projects as Casa de Fe in Shell, Ecuador, A Caring Pregnancy Center in Brush, and had recently started an adoption support group, Families By Grace, in the Morgan County area. He took seriously the call to Christians in James 1:27 to "visit widows and orphans in their distress."
Though Cary was a registered architect, farmer and teacher, his pleasure in life came from spending time with his family. He was a beloved husband and father. Cary loved being outdoors doing all kinds of activities with his wife and children. He enjoyed all types of animals, especially horses, and never rode enough as he was so busy with the details of life. Cary enjoyed working with all of his children on their various 4-H projects, and gardening with his wife.
Cary enjoyed meeting with and talking to men wherever he went, encouraging them to be better men of God, husbands and fathers. He truly cared for and loved people of all ages and had a heart for children, especially the fatherless in this world. Cary spent his last week of life attending a farm auction, purchasing a truck, driving in the mountains with his wife, and spending his last day of life on earth at Water World with all of his children.
A creative genius, Cary loved all forms of art, music, history, and politics. He was an ardent conservative, and staunch supporter of the constitution as written by our nation's God fearing founding fathers.
Cary was a member of Reformation Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock. He loved to read his Bible and was an enthusiastic follower of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Shari; and 10 of his children, Grant, Justin and Hayley, all of Denver, Megan of N. Miami, FL, Zane, Eddie Destiny, Taryn, Jesse and Madison, all of Fort Morgan; a sister, Megan Heil of Roswell, NM; a brother, Rory McMinn of Lincoln, NM, and his in-laws, Robert and Joanne Howard of Wolcott, CO. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Abby, and his parents.
A memorial service will be Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Church in Fort Morgan. The service will conclude at the church. Private interment will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver at a later date. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Cary McMinn Memorial Fund, c/o Heer Mortuary, in Fort Morgan.
Published in The Fort Morgan Times on June 4, 2013