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Craig McDowell

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Craig McDowell Obituary

Craig McDowell, 53, passed away, June 3, 2016, at his home in Alamogordo, N.M. Craig was born May 16, 1963, in Payson, Ariz., to Mary Jane and the late Ray McDowell and moved to Alamogordo at three years of age.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Jane McDowell of Alamogordo; a sister Jody Lynn McMurry and husband Ted of Ozark, Mo.; nieces, Erin McMurry of Marshall, Va., and Kristin Tallent and husband Aaron of Fremont Hills, Mo.; nephew, Ty McMurry and wife Alicia of Nixa, Mo.; Aunt Jean Lee of Alamogordo, Uncle Jim McDowell and wife Rose of Reno, Nev., Aunt Audene Gregerson of Fillmore, Utah., Uncle Jack McDowell and wife Betty of Albuquerque, N.M., and Aunt Elizabeth Althaus of Lubbock, Texas.

He was a star athlete in Alamogordo High School football and track where he achieved all-state honors in both disciplines and attended Panhandle State University on a football scholarship. He began a long career in the airline industry as a flight attendant in 1985 until his retirement from American Airlines in 2015.

Craig's passions in life included spending time with family; outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing; playing Santa Claus on the front lawn on Christmas Eve; rooting on Norte Dame football and the Green Bay Packers; and his ever faithful companion, Duke, a black Labrador retriever. We will miss hearing of the many fond memories and hunting stories with his father, family members, and friends, and many fishing and travel experiences with his mother.
He was a thoughtful and generous man with a soft heart for the underdog. He valued tradition and felt great respect and honor for our military veterans and service members. We will miss his humor and many stories.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the .

The family will greet friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home .
The funeral service for Craig McDowell will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday June 8, 2016, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home Chapel with Joe Burton officiating.
Burial will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Bebo Lee, Ted McMurry, Ty McMurry, Aaron Tallent, Brandon Althaus and John Galloway. Honorary Pallbearers include Leighton O'Quinn, Roger Powell, Terry Goldsmith, Jeff Whiteside and Bob Helvin..

The McDowell family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 7 to July 6, 2016
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