In Memory

Tim Van Hecke - Class Of 1969

Tim Van Hecke

Timothy David Van Hecke passed away peacefully, in his sleep on July 25th. He had suffered a lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was 70 years old.

Tim was born in Santa Fe to James F. Van Hecke and Maxine Parker Van Hecke.

He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1969. He participated in sports from Little League through college.

He attended Eastern New Mexico University, obtaining a B.S. degree with a double major in Journalism and Physical Education. He also obtained a M.S. in Secondary Education to become a teacher and coach.  He was on the ENMU baseball team.

He went on to coach and teach in New Mexico and Texas for forty years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ken.

Tim is survived by his daughter, Sha Marie Martinez (Chris), two grandsons, Zach and Zane; brothers Jim, Parker (Kim), Rick and sisters, Diane and Joyce. He had many nieces and nephews who loved him. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
6600 Palomas Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

We are respecting his wishes to be cremated and having a private family gathering to honor him.

As Coach Van Hecke would say, “FIGHT ON ICE!”

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08/09/21 05:51 PM #1    

Mark Summers (1965)

Tim was definetly one of the good guys.  His sense of humor was amazing.  He told me many stories about his coaching exploits.  My favorite was when he told a referee he had found the ref's lost cell phone.  The reason he knew it was the ref's phone was because it had 10 missed calls.  He will be greatly missed.

08/10/21 02:36 PM #2    

Marc Johnson (1969)

Timbo was a good man.  So sorry that he has died.


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