Obituary: Christopher Alan Landt Dec. 24, 1966 – Aug. 14, 2023

CHRISTOPHER ALAN LANDT Dec. 24, 1966 – Aug. 14, 2023

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Christopher Alan Landt shares the news of his sudden passing Aug. 14, 2023 at the age of 56 in Las Cruces, NM.

Christopher was born on Christmas Eve in 1966 at Rapid City, South Dakota. At the age of 6 months, his family moved to California, then to Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1975. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1985 and then enrolled in NMSU. From a young age he displayed remarkable creativity including computer animation, photography, storytelling and other creative activities. He enjoyed many camping trips with his family.

Chris received his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989, and a master’s degree in business in 1997. Both degrees from New Mexico State University. During his college years he was involved with the school newspaper and student radio, using his skills as a photographer, graphic artist, and as a DJ (you may remember Chris Alan). Throughout his life, he enjoyed creative projects such as baking, creating and publishing a book of his grandfather’s stories about Slippery and Slider, rebuilding Porsches, restoring chiming clocks, and doing creative projects with his children.

Following his bachelor’s degree, Chris worked as a DJ for Magic 105 and KGRT radio. He also emceed many events, including remote controlled car races where he met his best friend, Wayne Ward. For the next 30 years, he and Wayne would spend Friday nights hanging out, working on cars, and cracking jokes. Everyone who knew Chris enjoyed his sense of humor!

Chris was the Director of Communications at SARA Systems, Inc in the early 1990’s, and then was a Systems Manager and Graphic Artist for Del Valle Printing and Graphics. In 1994, he began his 29-year career at New Mexico State University libraries as a Computer Systems Analyst. Chris also enjoyed his role as an assistant professor at Doña Ana Community College where he taught computer e-commerce and web design classes.

He is survived by his parents Myrna (Rivers) and Jeremy Landt of Santa Fe, sisters Deborah Kubicek (Jiri) of Los Alamos and Julie Esterl (Michael) of Evergreen, Colorado, his brother Matthew (Terrie Smith) of Round Rock, Texas, his former wife, Deborah Landt (Reiff), and their 2 children Melanie Landt and Bevan Landt who were the apple of his eyeand many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles,and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces at a later time.

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