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Neil Wayne Mitchell

1964 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Neil Wayne Mitchell Obituary
Neil Wayne Mitchell passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010. He was born in Clovis on April 28, 1964, to parents Richard and Mary Mitchell. The family lived for a short time in Albuquerque and Moriarity, where Richard was employed with the state. They found their way back to the Mitchells' beloved mountains in 1968 and built Chalet Camper Village, an RV park located five miles east of Cloudcroft on U.S. Highway 82.
Neil attended all 12 years of his schooling in Cloudcroft, becoming a second generation graduate of Cloudcroft schools in 1982. He then attended UTI in Phoenix, where he received his automotive diesel mechanic certification. Upon completing his training there, he returned to his home in Cloudcroft and was employed in Alamogordo with Milne RV. During this time he married Jonell Myers and they made their home in James Canyon. To this union were born six children. He soon left Milne RV to assist Richard with the operation of Chalet Construction, eventually taking over as sole owner of this enterprise. Neil was very skilled at his work and loved his job. From septic tanks to roads, placement of mobile homes to snow removal, you name it, Neil was the man to call. He is known and respected throughout the southern mountain communities. He strived to please and loved nothing more than to know that he had done a job well.
He married his present wife, Cressie, whom he called his ROCK, in January 2005. They made their home in Mayhill on land that has belonged to her family for eight generations. Together they fulfilled their dream of creating their beautiful mountain home. He so effortlessly made so many of their dreams come true and they were blessed with many wonderful memories of working together, side by side. One of their greatest joys was vacationing in Colorado each summer where Neil enjoyed a break from his hard work. He bravely allowed Cressie to chauffeur him on many beautiful Jeep trails, again a man of much patience.
A man of few words, a gentle giant, Neil could move mountains and DID! He was a great friend, mentor, son, brother, grandfather, father and husband. You only had to meet him to love him. He was very involved in his community and served on the Cloudcroft school board. He was a great supporter of his children and attended many a band concert, ball game and track meet. Neil lived to support his children, and they were one of the most important aspects of his life. To them he also passed on his love of agriculture and supervised the raising and showing of their fair animals. Neil loved his heavy equipment and it wasn't just a job, it was a passion. A good day for him involved any day that he was driving his truck, that is what he loved. Neil has left a mighty impression on the lives of many and some big boots to fill, a great example for his children. Neil lived life happy every day and is glad to be in his new home. Let us celebrate him reaching his destination and beginning his walk with God.
Romans 8:18: "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."
Neil is survived by his wife, Cressie, of the family home; his six children include Jared Wayne, of Alamogordo, Justin Neil, of Tularosa, Jordan Ely, of Portales, Jessica Marnell and her husband, Josh Ham, of Tularosa, Brittney Jerrica, of Las Cruces, and Trever James, of Cloudcroft; two granddaughters, Sadie Lynn and Saige Marie, also of Alamogordo; father, Richard and his wife, Deneice, of Cloudcroft; mother, Mary Mitchell, of Alamogordo; sister Carla and her husband, Gary Jones, of Cloudcroft, and their children Kayln and Trent; brother Lawrence Mitchell, of Washington state; and numerous other extended family.
A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2010, at Cloudcroft Methodist Church with Eddy Coleman, the Rev. Bill Sharp and Bill Boverie officiating.
Pallbearers include Dwayne Brown, Lynn Ellison, Mike Crokovic, Gary Jones, Vance Myers, Ridge Watson, Billy Davis and Frank Batte. Honorary pallbearers are Carey Cook and Jim Robinson.
Interment will follow at James Canyon Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Neil Benefit Account at First National Bank, Cloudcroft.
The Mitchell family has entrusted their loved on to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 15 to May 15, 2010
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