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Sad News - Passing of Mike Rudloff
By Shawn L Penman, PhD, CFM
Posted: 2023-03-17T16:03:42Z

MICHAL GENE RUDLOFF, 59, longtime Member of the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association (NMFMA) passed away Monday, January 30, 2023 at Mimbres Memorial Hospital.

Mike worked for the City of Deming from 1990 to 2007 and most recently was Self Help/ Rehab Director working with Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation where he served from 2007 to 2019. While working for the City of Deming, Michael became a Certified Floodplain Manager.  Mike joined the NMFMA Board in 2005 and served as the 5th Chair from 2005 to 2007. In 2006, Mike was a leader that help bring the 2006 Association of State Floodplain Manager Annual Conference to Albuquerque. This move provided New Mexico’s Floodplain Managers a chance to participate in the Nationwide Floodplain Managers Conference.

Mike was the person that was there for whoever needed help. At NMFMA Conferences he was the first to step forward to do what needed to be done to assure participants not only learned but also enjoyed themselves. He is remembered for keeping NMFMA members entertained at conference with his karaoke machine. He is also remembered as a terrible singer, but once again was there to keep everybody entertained.

He always had an interest in refurbishing houses and is remembered for his dedication to his work and willingness to help others in their time of need. He was an avid fan of the Detroit Lions and Deming Wildcats. He also was on the board of the Community Action Agency serving from 2014 to present.

Michal is survived by his wife Elisa Rudloff of the home; son Orlando Martinez (Erika) of Vista, CA; daughter Felicia Longoria (Cristobal) of Deming; brothers William Denney (Kathy), Louis Ray Goff both of Indiana; sister Julia Rudloff of New Castle, Indiana; step brothers and sisters Tina (Roland) Chaffee, Debbie (Jim) Tinsley and Tracy Hull; 5 grandchildren, Estrella, Orlando, Elianah, Mercedes and Amadeus.