Kevin McPartlon of Taos, New Mexico, and longtime resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, died in October at his home surrounded by his wife and children after a long illness. His warm smile, charismatic charm, and dapper style will be deeply missed by many. McPartlon was born on February 10, 1950, to Thomas James McPartlon and Barbara Elizabeth Bethka McPartlon in Scotia, New York. He moved to California in the 1960s, where his epic love story with Anna began at Humboldt State University.
McPartlon and his brother, Brian, founded McPartlon Roofing in San Francisco, California, a trade they’d learned from their father, and it became a thriving business. McPartlon was credited with innovations in roofing practices, products, and methods which have become commonplace today. The brothers’ business expanded to New Mexico and McPartlon later branched off to start Santa Fe Stucco and Roofing which his son, Francis, now runs.
McPartlon will be remembered for his genuine concern and understanding for the lives of others. He was dedicated to helping others in recovery and he leaves behind many grateful friends that he inspired and helped guide in the recovery community. McPartlon loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved fly-fishing and being in the mountains of Taos, especially when accompanied by his granddaughter, Hadley.
A small, private service was held in Taos shortly after his passing. His wish was to have his ashes spread in his beloved and wild Mattole River in Petrolia, California. He is survived by his wife, Anna Bunker; children, Paloma Collier, Alison McPartlon Van Nevel and Brian Van Nevel, Emily McPartlon and Henry Symons, Francis Conor McPartlon and Selina Martinez; siblings, Diane and Frank Berning, Brian McPartlon and Marcy Heller, and Timothy and Melissa McPartlon; and his beloved granddaughter, Hadley Van Nevel.
Donations in his name can be made to the Santa Fe Public Schools Adelante Program, which benefits children and youth who are experiencing homelessness in Santa Fe.