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Stansell, Mark* - Las Cruces  
Mark left this world, hand in hand, with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday July, 26 2016, in Las Cruces NM at the age of 60. Mark was born to Olvin and Marie Stansell on October 31, 1955, in Clovis NM. Both of his parents have preceded him in death. Mark had an array of talents and skills quivered at his ready; prepared for any situation he was relaxed in all circumstances and felt comfortable with anyone anytime. Mark had a natural talent in the kitchen. He worked and created dishes out of instinct and intuition. He seasoned his food with bold flavors and abandonment using spices artistically to make each dish shine. He was disciplined and practiced, much like a composer creating epic musical overtures, he mastered his craft and everything he made was infused with love and passion. He didn't compromise his creative processes in order to make food stretch but rather gave each portion, each meal, the time and attention that would be worthy of his stamp of approval. He was the chef at First Baptist Church Ruidoso and was in charge of cooking the Wednesday night meals and special events. Cooking for seventy people, and on a tight budget, could be a daunting task but Mark made it look easy. His wife Cynthia worked with him side by side and with a small crew of church volunteers they made sure no one went hungry. His famous Popo-Burger (his affectionate nickname "Popo" was given to him by his grandchildren) was his signature burger and was usually served at community events. Mark came from a family of entrepreneurs and this trait rubbed off on him. His family had owned Stansell Butcher Shop in Clovis NM and Mark learned as a young child to be self-sufficient. He ran a KBobs franchise in Las Cruces NM where he became an expert of cooking steaks and burgers. He learned the business side of a restaurant from managing people to maintaining budgets. Later Cynthia and he traveled the country going from place to place selling rubber stamps from their family owned venture. He truly enjoyed traveling and seeing the USA with his wife. Mr. Stansell loved wood working. The challenge of carving and creating something from the raw wood appealed to his meticulous nature. The time invested into each project carved into him the lesson of patience; holding back the demand of immediate gratification as the process could take hours or days to complete. He loved to make ink pens from his wood working. Mark had countless friends and never knew a stranger. His heart was kind and open, he took every opportunity to meet someone knew, and never let someone stay a stranger for long. This tender and loving spirit came from his love for God. Mark took the time to become a disciple for the Lord and studied the Word every chance he had. This love for God manifested itself in his life completely and the fruits of his love for others were evidently lived. Mark embodied the scripture of 1 John 4:7, Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He was a generous of his time, talent, and treasure who made sure his priorities were God, family, and friends. Mark is survived by his wife, Cynthia Stansell of Ruidoso NM; children, Timothy Stansell and Shauna of Phoenix AZ, Shannon Anderson and Brian of Las Cruces NM, Kerry Lang and Chris of Las Cruces NM; his in-laws, Joe and Dana Bolin, Barbara and Dave Bodner, Terri and Brian Weber; eight nieces and nephews; grandchildren Carson, Morgan, and Jaioen Anderson, Sadie and Levi Lang, Simon, Eli, Kyla and Shilon Stansell. He is preceded in death by his parents, O.C. and Marie Stansell. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church Ruidoso on Saturday 07/30/2016 from 2pm to 5pm, funeral service at First Baptist Church Ruidoso on Sunday 07/31/2016 at 4pm with burial to follow at Gavilan Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Monday 08/01/2016 at 10am. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry may be accessed at
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Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on July 30, 2016
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