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Brinkman Randle III

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Brinkman (Brinkey) Randle III, 64, died suddenly on Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Roswell, New Mexico.

He was born on the 23rd of July, 1956, in Roswell, to Patricia Ann Robinson Randle and Brinkman Randle, Jr. He was named after his father and grandfather, who lived in Roswell as far back as 1910. He was the fourth child of six. Having three people in the family who shared a name, Brinkman was nicknamed “Brinkey” at an early age, and it stuck. Many of his life long friends and family still called him that.

Brinkman lived in Picacho as a child, also in Seven Rivers, Dexter and Roswell, New Mexico. He attended school in Artesia, Dexter, and Roswell, graduating from Goddard High School in 1974. He received a certificate of Conservation from the Getty Institute in the 1980’s.

Even as a child, Brinkman loved and appreciated art and the artist. He was articulate and well read. He was a hard worker, but he loved to laugh! He had a keen mind, remembering details of things that he learned and experienced, even until his last day. Even years after working with Marianne Stevens at the Wooden Horse Company as a teenager and young adult, he was able to recall details about almost any carousel animal that he worked on or transported. He travelled across the United States, east and west, north and south, hauling carousel horses and equipment back and forth from Roswell, even installing carousels for Ms. Stevens. He was involved in the restoration of the carousel animals that are on the Herschell Spillman Carousel at the Spring River Park here in Roswell that Stevens donated to the city in 1970. But his knowledge about any topic that came up in conversation made him a very interesting person.

Brinkman had a sustained involvement in the Arts in Roswell for more than 50 years. He was devoted to the Roswell Museum and Art Center and its Foundation, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and its Foundation, the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation, the Roswell Interarts Organization (RIO) and the former Tinnie Mercantile and Deli. His specialty was stewardship, organizing, fund raising, networking, volunteering behind the scenes, creating opportunities for display of art in Roswell, including in the Tinnie Mercantile and Deli where he worked for 26 years. Through the Deli, he became popular for catering Roswell events. People loved his unique food and especially his Brinkman Sandwich on the Deli menu. He created opportunities for people with disabilities and many teenagers to work, often providing them their first job. He supported 4-H and FFA livestock auctions. He was on the founding board of the Sidney Gutierrez Middle School. He was involved in the Pecos Valley Potters Guild and the Roswell Guild for the Santa Fe Opera. He helped organize the Chile Cheese Festival in Roswell, celebrating our New Mexico dairy industry and chile farming. He was an avid collector of artwork and religious icons. Residents of Roswell enjoyed displays of his collections in the Deli as well as in windows on Roswell’s Main Street.

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He helped create the Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum on North Richardson Avenue and launched the idea of the Soup ‘n Bowl fundraiser that was popular in Roswell.

In addition to his public activities, Brinkman was influential in the traditions of his family and was a dutiful uncle to his 12 nieces and nephews. He made an effort to help them accomplish their goals and celebrate their achievements. He supported their interests and endeavors by offering encouragement, optimism and assistance. He was thoughtful of his many friends and nurtured those relationships. He was quick to volunteer food for the sick or bereaved. If you were his friend, you were his friend for life.

Brinkman was preceded in death by his grandparents, B.G. and Florence Robinson and Nellie and Brinkman Randle, Sr., his parents, Patricia and Brinkman Randle, Jr., one brother, John Thomas Randle (Johnny) and his wife, Michel (Mike) and one nephew, Justin Cole Randle, all of Roswell.

His survivors are brothers David (Melissa) Randle of Roswell, Jimmy (Leah) Randle of Stephenville, Texas, and sisters Martha (Robert) Morehouse of Lubbock, Texas, and Susie (Larry) Grant of Roswell, and a foster brother, Fidencio Valadez of Roswell. His surviving nieces and nephews are Nathan Grassie, Rebecca Grassie Porte, Stephen Grassie, Elizabeth Grant, Christine Grant Ross, Emily Randle, Ben Randle, Jeremy Randle, Renee Randle Brock, Jennifer Randle Waltrip and Ellery Randle. He was grand-uncle to 17 nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, at 409 East College Boulevard, Roswell, on July 23, 2021, at 3p.m., with visitation beforehand with the family from 2-3p.m.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his name may be made to RIO, the Roswell Interarts Organization at P.O. Box 2271, Roswell, NM, 88202.