Stephen Craig Bornmann passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, at his home in Gila, N.M. He was born Sept. 10, 1948 in Miami, Fla. to Albert H. and Helen J. (Stephens) Bornmann. He is survived by his father, wife Donna (Cuker) Bornmann, daughters Kelly (Craig) Brantner of Palouse, Wash. and Kari (Tim) Girard of Aurora, Colo.; son Jupe Bornmann of Las Cruces, N.M., brother Brent (Debbie) Bornmann of Spring Branch, Texas, former wife Kris (Koch) Gurney, and four grandchildren Trinidy, Alaura and Hunter Girard and Calyn Brantner. Craig graduated from Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, Calif. and studied psychology at University of San Francisco and earned a bachelor's degree in public safety. He served in the Army, stationed at the Presidio, San Francisco. Craig served on the police forces and fire departments of Sunnyvale, Calif., Joseph, Ore., and Grant County, N.M. He was a detention officer in Phoenix, Ariz., and owned both construction and woodworking businesses. Craig was very in love with God and showed this through his Baha'i faith. His charisma and charm were the perfect delivery system through which he shared this love. He didn't even need to know a person to want to help them and show them a kindness, but his friends and family knew they could always count on him in any situation at any time to do anything he could. He loved all animals and they adored to him. He wrote beautiful music that was inspirational, and also made up alternate lyrics to songs that could make a person laugh until tears flowed. He was a gregarious man who expressed great joy in time spent with family and friends, meaningful conversations, spending time outdoors, and building a stronger relationship with God. To honor Craig, the family asks that you take time to tell your friends and family how much you love them and help a friend or a stranger in any way that you can. A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Terrazas Funeral Chapel in Santa Clara, NM with a gathering/pot luck to follow at the Bayard Community Center. All are welcome.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 11, 2013