Jack L. Stahl, age 82, was born in Lincoln, IL and passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM. Jack moved to Albuquerque in 1951, graduating from Highland High School in 1952 and the University of New Mexico in 1956. In 1956, Jack Stahl married Carol Townsend of Odessa, TX. He taught mathematics at Ernie Pyle Jr. High School from 1956-1959 and then entered the real estate business. In 1967 he was co-founder of Hooten-Stahl, Inc. and he founded The Jack Stahl Company in 1977. He was one of the first real estate instructors for New Mexico having taught at the University of NM Community College (1965-70); the Realtors Institute (1967-73) and an instructor at the University of Albuquerque in Real Estate Sales and Management in 1973. He’s a past Director, Treasurer and 2nd Vice President of the Albuquerque Board of Realtors and in 1974 served on the Legislative Committee for the National Association of Realtors. In 1972 he was awarded Realtor of the Year award from the Albuquerque Board of Realtors.
A very strong believer in community service, Jack Stahl throughout his extraordinary life had served as a lay member of the Judicial Selection Committee of the NM State Bar, a past Chairman of the Board of Heights General Hospital Foundation, a past member of the Executive Board of the Great Southwest Council of Boy Scouts of America, a past member of the New Mexico Amigos (New Mexico’s office Goodwill Ambassadors), a past member of the Region VI Advisory Council of the Small Business Administration, a past Chairman of the Albuquerque Fair Housing Advisory Board, a past Director of the Better Business Bureau of NM (serving as its President from 1973-74) and a past member of the Albuquerque Rotary Club. Jack served with the New Mexico Air National Guard at Kirtland Air Force Base. He was elected to the House of Representatives of the New Mexico Legislature in 1968. He was Chairman of the Bernalillo County Republican party 1971-72, and State Chairman of the NM Republican Party 1975-76. Jack was elected to the Senate of the New Mexico Legislature in 1980 and re-elected in 1984. He served as Chairman of the Corporations Committee and Chairman of the NM Mortgage Finance Authority Oversight Committee. In addition, he was a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Legislative Council. In 1981, he was a member of President Reagan’s Presidential Rank Review Board and in 1987 Jack was elected Lieutenant Governor for the State of New Mexico.
Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol; three daughters, Cheryl Willoughby (Danny), Nancy Dart (Greg) and Kellea Perron (Cameron); four grandsons, Aaron Willoughby, Jared Dart, Samuel Dart and Brent Perron; and two granddaughters, Ashlea Perron and Rachel Willoughby. He is also survived by numerous and very beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.
We want to express our thanks to Mike, Patricia, Bobby and Keith, who lovingly helped to care for Jack since his stroke.
Jack had a very generous heart and great sense of humor. He was an avid Red Sox fan and loved horse racing. Jack was a loving father, grandfather, friend and will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was a proud and longtime supporter of the New Mexico Boys Ranch and the work they do and would request that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in his memory to The Ranches, P.O. Box 9, Belen, NM 87002, Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo Del Norte NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122, or a charity of your choice.
Services will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017, 1:30 p.m., at Sandia Presbyterian Church.
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