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Alexander Chandler

April 27, 1959 — December 25, 2023

Alexander Scott Chandler, at age 64, died suddenly at his home in Placitas, NM on December 25, 2023. Scott was born in Baltimore, MD to William D and Barbara Chandler from the Washington, DC area. He is survived by Sharon Chandler, his wife of 35 years and beloved German Shepherd, Cheyenne. Scott had three siblings, Lynn Pivik, Chris Chandler and Kathy Chandler, several nieces and nephews and a world of special friends, colleagues and extended family. His death will leave a huge void to all that knew him.

Because of his father's business, Scott spent his early years abroad, graduating from the International School in Brussels, Belgium, followed by college in San Diego, CA.

Scott began his happy and exciting career, building habitat enclosures at zoos and aquariums all over the world. For 40 years, Scott managed and ran over 70 jobs in both the United States and overseas. His job took him to places such as France, Japan, Netherlands, Middle East, and Ireland. He immersed himself in the culture, history, art and local flair of each city or country where he worked. As a dedicated boss, he inspired his crews. Scott met Sharon in 1985 when he was building exhibits at the NM Natural History Museum. Many times, Sharon was able to join him and together they visited many unique and marvelous places, such as Cairo, Athens, Petra, Jerusalem, and Dublin. Along the way, he befriended many wonderful people with whom he remained in contact.

Scott was an avid reader. He was very interested in military history, particularly the Civil War, WWIl and Vietnam as well as crime stories. He had an extensive collection as well as knowledge of firearms and knives. He enjoyed shooting any chance he had. At home, he and Sharon played countless hours of horseshoes.

Scott had an exuberant personality. He was kind, thoughtful, generous, and fun. He was a great storyteller who always had a joke to tell. Scott was larger than life and his legacy will live on.

Funeral arrangements are being planned. Because Scott was an advocate for veterans and first responders, in lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to his most cherished causes: Wounded Warrior Project and Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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