Kirk A. Lucero
1961 - 2021
Kirk Anthony Lucero

Kirk Anthony


November 10, 1961 - January 9, 2021

You may notice the night sky is brighter tonight… that is because there's a new star shining in the Heavens. That star is Kirk Anthony Lucero, whom the Lord asked to join him, following a long illness and hospital stay. Even though Kirk's surname, Lucero, literally means "Bright Star" in Spanish, his life and his contribution to this world is really what is making the sky brighter. Kirk passed peacefully with family by his side in Seattle, Washington, on January 9, 2021.

Kirk Lucero was born in Farmington, New Mexico on November 10, 1961, and grew up in Albuquerque from 1964, when his parents, Al and Eva Lucero, moved back to their hometown. Kirk graduated from Manzano High School, where he lettered on the wrestling team. He went on to earn his BS Degree in Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Kirk married his college sweetheart, Jeanette DeTevis, shortly after they completed their degree work at UNM. Kirk was ambitious in securing a job right out of college, trying to fulfill his ambition of designing automobiles, but while unable to connect with Detroit, he finally accepted an offer from McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach, California, designing airplanes, instead of cars.

Kirk and his new bride moved to Long Beach, where they quickly began a family with the birth of their first child, Samuel, in 1987. When McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing, Kirk transferred to Seattle, where he designed Boeing aircrafts, being responsible for many of Boeing's aircraft innovations, until he retired in 2020. In addition to doing design work on some of Boeing's major aircraft creations in Seattle, Kirk's expertise was called upon to help with Boeing projects in Moscow and South Korea. He retired as a Senior Design Engineer at Boeing, having devoted his entire adult lifetime as an award-winning design engineer for the company.

As their family began to grow with the birth of Andrew in 1989, Kirsten in 1990, Katie in 1992, Patricia in 1998 and Matthew in 2002, Kirk and Jeanette became active members of their church and neighborhood communities in Bothell, Washington, as well as supporting their children in their school activities. Kirk is remembered as being an awesome baseball coach and announcer for Andrew's baseball team and for Sam's wrestling team. He had a bright, booming personality and was always making jokes and telling humorous stories. He would sometimes answer the phone with hilarious impressions. It makes sense that he had many great friend connections at work and in his personal life, as his sense of humor was enjoyed by friends and family alike. He had a soft side and a huge heart. Kirk was a kid at heart, for sure. He was an avid car racing fan, having maintained a huge interest in Formula-One racing since his childhood, and coveted being able to attend some of the biggest Formula-One races, including the Indy-500 and Watkins Glen. His dream weekend was taking his sons to a big auto race. He also loved making and collecting amazing car models and vintage toys throughout his life. His car and toy collection was meticulously organized and spoke to his love of cars and racing, and he enjoyed driving his sporty candy apple red convertible Mustang around town.

Kirk was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and caring friend. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him dearly. He will especially be missed by his wife of 34 years, Jeanette Lucero, who described, and truly felt, that her husband was "the love of her life." Kirk is survived by his mother, Eva Kurtz, his father and step-mother, Al and Laurie Lucero, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Kirk gave his whole life to supporting, raising, and loving his six children. Kirk was a wonderful grandfather and was a light to those around him, with a warm smile whenever he was around children. His "child at heart" personality came out to his grandchildren JJ and Ella Rae, Remington and another little angel on the way. Kirk is also survived by his sister, Kym Lucero Haskins and his brother Nicholas Kurtz, two siblings whom he loved dearly.

A private and special family memorial service took place in January of 2021, in honor of Kirk's memory. Kirk was taken too soon, but Kirk's memory and beloved life will shine on in the hearts and souls of those who loved and knew him, forevermore.

Published by Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 18, 2021.
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We had many great lunches and parties together. He was a wonderful guy and his passing saddened me greatly. I talked to him only weeks before his passing and he gave me no indication. I will miss him and pray for the family.
April 21, 2021
God be with your entire family my friend.
Robin Wood
April 20, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He sounds like he was a great guy and a blessing to all who knew him. Jeanette, I am sending a big hug to you and your family. Take care my friend and remember that you may rest in the arms of our Lord.
Robin Morrison Fox
April 19, 2021
Dear Jeanette, I'm so sorry for your and your family's loss. Sending my prayers for comfort during this sad time. May your heart be filled with sweet, sweet memories to cherish.
Laurie Martin
April 19, 2021
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
Earnie Ray
April 19, 2021
It was an honor getting to work by your side.
April 19, 2021
Kirk was a great mentor, and I was fortunate to fly under his wing for many years. I learned a great deal from Kirk. From designing airplane components to investigating engineering issues during production phase, Kirk was always there providing guidance and great suggestions. Kirk was so fun to be around. His laughter and fun loving spirit was contagious. Thank you, Kirk, for all the lessons and laughter.

Jannette and family, my deepest sympathy to your great loss.

Cuong Le
April 18, 2021
I was so sad to hear of Kirk's passing. He was a classmate and my friend. He will be truly missed.
Continued Prayers for you Jeanette and your family. May GODs LOVE comfort you each and every day❤
Rest Kirk .... in the arms of our Heavenly Father ✝❤
Catherine (Sitch) Thierry
April 18, 2021
I was lucky to have met Kirk at Douglas Aircraft but quickly our friendship grew because of our common passion for F1 Indycar and model building. I also got to see him become a father and see the joy and love he had for his Family. We could talk about pretty much anything and laugh,boy did we laugh. Jeanette I was glad Kirk was in my life and that I got to meet you and 3 of your kids. He was taken to early but yes his light shown very bright. We were both blessed to have know Kirk,his larger than life personality and that one of a kind voice. He will be missed.
David Pemberton
April 18, 2021
What a great guy! Great memories from childhood!
Mo Hymer Jacobs
April 18, 2021
I’m so sorry Jeannette to hear of the loss of your husband!! He sounds like such a wonderful guy. I’m so glad you and he got to create such a great family. God be with you and your family as you begin a new part of your life. I have many reasons to love you, Jeannette, but never more than now. You were a great friend to Sheila. ❤
Judy Simpson
April 18, 2021
Jeanette, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Prayers for you all.
Natalie Fronczek
April 18, 2021
Kirk’s kindness and compassion were infectious. We will always cherish the fun and humor he put into any event. Kirk was loved immeasurably and left a legacy of true friendship and sincere respect. Our prayers are with Jeanette, the kids and all others who loved him.
Jean and Don Sarcletti
April 18, 2021
What a great friend Kirk was.... I was a Mat Maid for the MHS wrestling team. Many a laugh on the bus traveling to matches in 78-79. Fly high Kirk!!! God bless your family, live and prayers to y'all
Kim Elson Chapman
April 18, 2021
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