Mike Currier passed in his sleep at his home in Carlsbad, NM early on the morning of August 9th following a short illness. He went to spend eternity with late wife, Linnie, on the date of her birthday.
Mike was born in Carlsbad on December 13, 1941 to Charles “Chili” Currier and Frances Cisco Currier while his father served as a civilian manager at the Post Exchange of the Army airfield in Carlsbad. Mike grew up in Artesia, NM after Chili moved the family in 1946 to take over the family business, Currier Abstract Company, that was established by Mike’s grandfather, George, in 1939. Mike graduated from Artesia High School in 1960 and has been an Artesia Bulldog (and state champion) ever since. Mike graduated from New Mexico Military Institute Junior College in Roswell and from the University of New Mexico. He was a member and president of the Sigma Chi fraternity at UNM. He always cherished the lifelong brotherhood that Bulldog football, NMMI, and Sigma Chi brought to his life.
Mike lived and worked in Albuquerque before he was hired by mentor and life-long friend Billy Vaughn at Dallas-based Lawyer’s Title Insurance Company as a regional representative. In 1970, he returned to Artesia to join his father in the family business. The family acquired Guaranty Title Company in Carlsbad in 1969, and Mike assumed management in 1978. After moving to Carlsbad, Mike met and married the love of his life, Linnie Davis, in 1986. They have one daughter, Missi.
Mike vigorously served the land title industry on the board of the New Mexico Land Title Association, including as its president from 1981-82. His grandfather, George, and father, Chili, preceded Mike as NMLTA presidents, making them the only family to have three generations elected to that office. Mike went on the serve many years on the board of the national organization, American Land and Title Association, moving through the leadership chairs until serving as president in 1994-95. During his time with the ALTA, Mike, Linnie and Missi enjoyed traveling all over the country to many title conventions to participate in their meetings and activities. Mike and Linnie made lifelong friendships through Mike’s work. He was incredibly proud of the members and staffs of ALTA and NMLTA and the employees of Guaranty Title and Currier Abstract. He loved his work with realtors, landmen, Eddy County staff, underwriters, attorneys, and many more who work diligently throughout the industry.
No matter whether he was traveling for work or fun, he always took his golf clubs with him and made time for a round or two. During his life, he proudly played at many of the historic courses in the USA and U.K. The most notable, of course, is the Riverside Country Club.
Many people will remember Mike because of his consistent outreach on birthdays and anniversaries and his expertise as a public speaker. He truly enjoyed celebrating others and being the master of ceremonies for numerous events and prided himself in being thoroughly prepared and fully in charge. His favorite public speaking engagements included working with nonprofits and events like the Carlsbad Community Foundation, Packs for Hunger, Night to Shine, Christmas Anonymous, Tree of Lights, and Assistance League of Carlsbad. He was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church, Rotary Club of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Carlsbad Department of Development, the Riverside Country Club, and a quiet and proud supporter of local individuals and charities.
Mike is survived by his daughter, Missi Currier and her partner, Matt Thompson of Carlsbad; his brother, Cliff G. Currier and his wife, Cheryl of Artesia; his nephew, Ben Currier, his wife, Margaret, and their son, Owen of Albuquerque; dear friends and family, and a multitude of box turtles who live happily in his backyard.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for Friday, September 15th at 1:30 pm at the First Methodist Church in Carlsbad, NM (207 Halagueno Street). Immediately following the service a celebration of Mike’s life (with Coors Original) will be held at the Riverside County Club (1700 W Orchard Lane).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a contribution to the Linnie Davis For the Love of Horses Scholarship, created in his beloved wife’s memory; the New Mexico Land Title Association Chili Currier Memorial Scholarship, created by Mike and the NM Land Title Association in honor of Mike’s father in care of the Carlsbad Community Foundation at 114 N. Canyon Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220; or to the Michael C. Currier 1962 JCG Scholarship at the NM Military Institute, 101 W. College Blvd., Roswell, NM 88201 or a charity of your choice.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.