SKEEN, MIKELL "MIKE" LEE - We honor and celebrate the life of Mikell "Mike" Lee Skeen, son of Joe and Mary Helen Skeen, who met his Savior face-to-face on April 3rd, 2018.
Mikell was born on January 5, 1962. He grew up on the family ranch with his sister, learning the values of hard work, hard play, generosity and kindness. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He met his best friend and future wife, Gail Edwards in 1980. They were married in 1983 sharing 35 years of marriage.
Mike inherited a love of the land and its animals (except for coyotes) from his parents. He has managed the sheep and cattle family ranch full time since 1982. Like his dad, he also inherited a love of flying. He loved the solitude life in the rolling hills of the Sacramento Mountains. His Lord and Family meant everything to him. Mike was a long time member of the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Roswell Elks Lodge, NM Wool Growers, NM Cattle Growers and the NMMI Alumni Association. Mike greatly cherished his beloved Australian Sheppard dogs: Sox, Patches and Shep, all kinds of music, competitive shooting, boating, motorcycles and hunting, especially predator hunting.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother Jim.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Ann Edwards Skeen; son, Tyler Lee Skeen and wife, Sarah Lynn Martin Skeen; son, Clinton Santry Skeen and his love, Halee Dean; grandson, Lane Santry Skeen; sister, Mary Elisa "Lisa" Livingston and nephews, Richard Ross Livingston; Tristan Edwards, and Cooper Schramm; nieces, Samantha Shackelford, Andria Shackelford; mother-in-law, Dottie Edwards; sisters-in-law, Debbie Pompei and husband, Dave Pompei; Robin Shackelford and Donna Edwards. Many cousins on both sides of the family.
A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Grace Community Church in Roswell, New Mexico.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Assurance Home in Roswell, NM or to the charity of your choosing. Mike will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.