Gary Embler
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Obituary for Gary A. Embler

Gary A.  Embler

Gary Anders Embler, (age 59) passed away peacefully at home on November 12, 2010, after battling cancer for over 21 years. Son of the late Myron and Marion Embler, he was born and raised in the Newburgh, NY area. He began his architectural career in Ohio after earning his degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he met his partner-for-life, Elaine Spray. A resident of the Taos area since 1980, Gary was an active community member through his professional career as an architect and through his dedication to serving and improving educational opportunities for kids. Some of his activities include: Taos Tomorrow Committee Chairman, Taos Historic Preservation Commission member, Yes For Kids! Founding member, State Charter School Legislation advocate, NM Charter School Task Force member (Governor’s appointment), Taos Charter School Charter author, Friends of Taos Charter School founding member. He served on the Taos Charter School Governing Board, was elected to 2 terms on the Taos Municipal School Board, was a youth soccer and basketball coach, a baseball fan, a music critic, a family man, a loving husband and a wonderful father… Gary continues to be an inspiration to many.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, daughters, Katherine and Rebecca of Taos, NM, brother, Don (Lynne) of Lithia Springs, GA, sister, Susan of New Windsor, NY, brother-in-law, Elwin (Ivy) of Beavercreek, OH, brother-in-law, Carl of Colorado Springs, CO, niece, Kalee of Huntsville, AL and nephew, Damon (Brittany) of Laguna Nigel, CA., nieces Jennifer and Beth of Boston, MA.

A Celebration of Life was held on November 20, 2010, at Rivera Chapel in Taos, NM, with a reception following at the Taoseño Restaurant.(In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Taos Charter School, P.O. Box 3009, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557.

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