Heinz Duerkop. Photo courtesy of huecotanks.com
I must report with great sadness and anger the passing of Heinz Duerkop, long-time Hueco volunteer and icon of the Hueco front office. Heinz was killed by a cowardly asshole hit-and-run driver who ran him over from behind while Heinz was on his morning bike-ride near his home in East El Paso. As of August 23, his pond-scum killer has yet to be found. We need to catch this turd. Everyone is urged to do whatever possible to track down the killer. Anyone with information on the hit-and-run can call El Paso Police Communications at (915) 832-4400 or Crime Stoppers of El Paso at (915) 566-8477. Heinz will be sorely missed. He was 67, but I always thought he was in his late 50s.
IMPORTANT!! Please go to www.theheinzduerkopfund.com! Only if we all pull together can we catch Heinz' killer.
Memorial services for Heinz were held on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Mt. Carmel Funeral Home Chapel.
Hueco's North Mountain covered in winter afternoon light. Photo by Trina Ortega
The following is from his Obituary in the El Paso Times:
Heinz Duerkop, beloved husband, passed away suddenly Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the age of 67. He was born in Hannover, Germany, April 21, 1942. He was preceded in death by his parents Heinrich Duerkop and Marie Duerkop of Hannover, Germany. He is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Margot. Heinz was a member of the German Air Force, stationed in Fort Bliss, TX from 1991 to 1994 and retired in El Paso with the rank of Captain in April 1994. He enjoyed being with nature, hiking, cycling and learning about the plants and animals of the surrounding areas. He worked as a volunteer since 2000 in Hueco Tanks as a Tour Guide and was very popular due to his extensive knowledge and love for the history, plants and natural life of the Southwest. A million times I miss you, A million times I cry. If love alone could have saved you, You would have never died. In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still. In my heart you hold a place No other can fill.
A Memorial Service and German Military Honors was held on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Mt.Carmel Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: NPSNM, El Paso Native Plant Society P.O. Box 221036 El Paso, TX 79913