The world dimmed itʼs light on Monday, March 14th with the passing of Tim Eckerdt known by many as “Crowbar” in Albuquerque, New Mexico at University of New Mexico Hospital. He was surrounded by his wife, two children and granddaughter.
Timothy Harold Eckerdt was born February 18, 1952, to Rita and Garret Eckerdt in Worland, Wyoming. He attended grade school in Gillette, WY and high school in Plentywood, Montana. He attended college in Billings, MT and the University of Montana, Missoula before moving to Denver where he met his partner and wife of 48 years.
They lived and worked south of Denver in Parker Colorado for a time managing a thoroughbred horse ranch and Vicki worked as a veterinary technician at Parker Animal Hospital. Later an opportunity presented itself and they decided to take the chance and move even further south to Ruidoso, New Mexico; where Vicki has a dog grooming business and Tim was a Building Contractor and owned and operated Crowbar Construction until the day he died. According to many he built the finest homes in the Lincoln County area and beyond and helped many clients and friends to realize their “dreams” of mountain living. He transformed what was once known as the old roadside Hart grocery store on Highway 70 outside of Glencoe, NM to the beautiful family home and property it is today; infused with his love and elegant craftsmanship. He was a connoisseur of fine woods, master crafter and always saw art in nature with his distinct ‘eyeʼ for the right piece for the job. All his projects whether cabinetry, furniture, framing or creative art pieces are still admired and cherished.
Tim loved listening to music and roasting his own green chile. The radio was always on and he spent a life of attending festivals, concerts and shows. He especially loved the Blues and Rock & Roll. Anything with a little bit of soul. His favorite local festival was the Chile Cook Off in Ruidoso where he became a yearly judge of the finalists, surrounded by the cool pines, listening to good music, eating good food with a cold beer. He was an avid outdoorsman spending many years jeeping, hiking, and camping throughout Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico. He had a passion for animals and always cared for and rescued dogs and cats. His favorite was always Great Danes.
Tim was an amazing athlete and competed at a high level throughout his entire life. Be it basketball, baseball, fast pitch softball or slow pitch softball, Tim was always playing, coaching, and helping to bring people together through sports in the community. He played an integral role in starting the mens slowpitch softball league in Ruidoso as well as physically helping to establish the Eagle Creek Sports Complex where he actually helped lay the sod! He coached softball and basketball, Menʼs, Womenʼs, Co-Ed, and Recreational Youth Teams where he won many state and local championships. He was an incredible man and mentor with an amazing mathematical mind. Whether in coaching, construction, or simply life he taught many the right way and will be greatly remembered.
Preceding him in death are his father Garret and his brother Kenneth. He is survived by his wife Vicki, son Zane, daughter Timea and granddaughter Maxine all of New Mexico. His mother Rita, brother Garret Jr. and family of Loveland, Colorado. Sister Linda and family of Casper, Wyoming. Sister-in-law Lisa and family of Las Vegas, NV. As well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be private and an outdoor celebration of life event to be held in June.
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