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Former mayor Steinborn dies


Las Cruces Bulletin

Jeff Steinborn summed up his dad, David, with a simple line: “He was a biggerthan- life guy.” David Steinborn, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 10 after a second bout with pancreatic cancer. A former mayor of Las Cruces in the 1980s, Steinborn was in Dallas – where he moved in 2008 – surrounded by family when he passed.

“We were all here with him,” said Jeff Steinborn, who represents District 35 in the New Mexico House of Representatives (See Page A20 for David Steinborn’s obituary.) A businessman – he ran a hotel and started a real estate company that still exists – Steinborn also served on boards of directors for a bank, a hospital and was very active in a number of organizations as well as with his Temple-Beth El congregation.

John Hummer, who along with his wife Amy operates Steinborn and Associates Real Estate in Las Cruces after they bought David Steinborn’s company, said he considered Steinborn a “dear friend and a mentor.”

“He has done so much for the city and state,” Hummer said.

Hummer first came to Las Cruces in 2000 to oversee the construction of MountainView Regional Medical Center. Once he met and got to know Steinborn, he asked his new friend to join the initial board of directors for the medical center. Steinborn did so and became chairman.

STEINBORN “Next to my father, he’s someone I’d always seek advice from,” Hummer said.

A native of Battle Creek, Mich., Steinborn also lived in Tucson, Ariz. and moved to southern New Mexico in 1963 when he bought a hotel in Las Cruces.

He served three terms as mayor, the last term ending in 1987. He was also on the U.S. Conference of Mayors Standing Energy Committee, the National League of Cities Standing Committee on Transportation, and the Teen Pregnancy Task Force. David served as Chairperson of the Las Cruces Energy Task Force Committee and as President of the Las Cruces City Housing Corporation. For 11 years, he was Chairperson of the Las Cruces Codes Enforcement Board of Appeals.

He also served as president of Temple Beth-El and was president of the Doña Ana County United Way, and he served four years as chairman of the local United Jewish Appeal. He was chair of the Mesilla Valley Hospice Capital Campaign.

Steinborn’s services were held at Sparkman-Hillcrest Cemetery in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 12 with burial after at Mount Zion Section.

Brook Stockberger may be reached at 680-1977 or brook@lascrucesbulletin. com.


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