ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Game Commission Chairman Jim McClintic was remembered Monday as an avid outdoorsman who was dedicated to improving one of the state’s most well-known fisheries along the San Juan River.
Family members and state officials confirmed that McClintic died Feb. 15 after a short battle with cancer. He was 63. A private burial was held last week, and plans were announced for a Mass this Friday at John XXIII Catholic Community church in Albuquerque.
McClintic was appointed to the Game Commission in 2007. He was elected chairman two years later.
“Jim was an avid outdoorsman and a respected public servant. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement.
State Game and Fish Director Jim Lane called McClintic a friend and mentor, saying his direction and counsel will be deeply missed.
McClintic’s family said he spent many summers as a teenager working at Valle Grande and that he rode horses, fished and hunted in his spare time. He was at home in any pursuit related to nature, they said.
He was also involved in professional drag racing with his family and worked as a licensed contractor.
During his time on the Game Commission, McClintic oversaw the development of the San Juan Fish Habitat Enhancement Project in northwestern New Mexico. Home to some trophy-sized trout, the river is known as a hot spot for fly fishing.
McClintic, a lifetime member of New Mexico Trout, also served on the state Economic Development Commission during Gov. Garrey Carruthers’ administration and was the chairman of the Albuquerque Municipal Development Sustainable Enhancement Team. He also helped at the Albuquerque homeless shelter Joy Junction and supported high school booster clubs.
He is survived by his brother, John McClintic; sister-in-law Patricia McClintic; and nieces and nephews.