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Rick Scott Mcconnell

August 8, 1962 — January 10, 2019

It is with much sorrow his family must announce the death of Rick Scott McConnell.  He was 56 years old, born in Spokane, WA on August 8, 1962 a current resident of Edgewood, New Mexico.  He was known as “Ricky”, “Ricky Roach”, and grew up in Albuquerque, NM.  He has lived everywhere and has done everything, jack of all trades.  From New Mexico, to Alaska and back to where he was born, Washington, to be near his mom’s family, he loved them all so much.  As they say, New Mexico is “The Land of Enchantment”, and he would settle there.    He was an adventurous soul, lived loud and proud, his heart always in the right place.  From a young age, it was clear to our father Rick did not want to hunt, he “did not want to hurt animals.”  He was always kind hearted, loved to paint, draw, play the drums, and guitar.  Our father bought him his first set of drums in 1973, he never stopped.  He did love to fish though, looked forward to coming to Alaska in the summers to fish off his dad’s boat.    Rick has always been a talented humorous individual, he questioned authority, a little too muchJ, he was independent, very clean and organized, and feared God.  They say fake it till you make it brings much success, Rick impressed you whether it was talking you into his idea or explaining why he was right, this takes a quick thinker, Rick was that more than most. And he always landed the job, worked hard, with pride, he was a Union man, Local # 104 Boilermaker out of Seattle, Washington and Local #495 Iron Worker out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  His talent with drawings, paintings, welding, steel work, musical instruments and skills in so many Trades, he always was willing to show and share.   On occasion pride was an issue, but Rick would come back stronger.  He went through more precarious events in his life than most would be able to handle, but he did it with a smirk. His losses never bound him down, he always pushed through with such strength.  He grew and eventually learned through every test he faced.  He followed the light, rather the turnaround back into the abyss of darkness.  He was truly a man who loved the teaching of Jesus Christ.   Rick is survived by his father, Austin Dwight McConnell, brothers Randy William Lemley of Seattle, WA, Robert Anthony McConnell of Aztec, NM, sisters Rhea Racha Hansel Baker of Farmington, NM and Tonja Rachell Julian McConnell of Anchorage, AK, and sister-in-law, Nada Jack McConnell of Aztec, NM.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Edna Yuteve McConnell, sister Robin Renee Walters and brother Dwight Todd McConnell.  He leaves behind many nieces and nephews, Denyse Michelle Rector, Joshua William Lemley, Shawn Joel Hansel, Jason Adam Lemley, Ryan Jeremiah Lemley, Rachell Renee Hansel, Austin Rogers McConnell, Brittnay Racha Walters, Robert Cory McConnell, and Shanija Yuteve Walters.  In addition, many great nieces and nephews.   
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