Christopher P. (Chris) (Woogie) Teague, age 67, passed away unexpectantly in his home on November 21, 2022. Born December 18, 1954 in Albuquerque, son of Dr. Hubert and Mary Ann Teague who proceeded him in death.
His oldest brother Steve, always coming up with names, gave him the name of Woogie. As the youngest of five, Chris was often blamed for whatever went wrong with something. It had been “Woogied”. However, Woogie became a term of endearment for him used by family and close friends.
Chris was a lifelong resident of the Albuquerque area. While in high school, he attended TVI night school completing a machine tools certificate. He said it helped him understand machine drawings and was a good foundation for designing and understanding the way things are made and fit together. He graduated from Valley High School in 1973 and went on to briefly study art at UNM.
As a result of his studies at UNM, Chris decided to start his own jewelry company Woog’s Original Works. Around that same time, he learned how to do the lost-wax casting process and formed Canyon Castings with a partner, where they produced original sculptures out of gold, silver, and bronze. He was a very talented artist and designed many unusual pieces.
At the invitation from his Uncle Vincent Gleason, he decided to move to Pasadena, California and worked for his uncle at Incolay Studios of California. Chris said that his uncle taught him a lot about work ethic. After a couple of years, Chris moved back to Albuquerque and went to work for The Banes Co, which would result in a 43 year career in construction.
At The Banes Co, he had a number of mentors that took an interest in him and helped him develop his skill, knowledge, and experience in all phases of construction. He was the last employee to leave when the Banes Albuquerque operation was closed.
He and others joined to form Banes Southwest Inc in 1989. As their Vice President, he was a project manager, and supervised over 80 employees. In January 1998 he founded GarVin Construction, Inc specializing in metal building systems. He became a Varco Pruden builder in March of 1998, serving on VP’s Regional Advisory Builders board from 2009 through 2016. He was honored to win eight national Hall of Fame awards from VP, which are awarded to builders by VP on the basis of excellence in design, craftsmanship, and construction.
Since 2001, Chris was a proud member of Associated Builders and Contractors serving as a board member from 2013 until 2021 and in 2013 he was member of the year.
As a contractor, he was built on character, being known for doing quality work with integrity, and served as a design consultant for lots of architects and engineers for metal building systems. Chris felt blessed that he worked with his wife and sons every day in the family business.
Chris had a rich and full life; snow skiing, water skiing, boating, rebuilding automobiles, dirt bike racing, and having a good laugh.
Chris is survived by his wife of 31 years Devon Dow Teague; son Vincent Teague (fiancé Martina Trillo), son Garrett Teague, and daughter Melissa Loomis.
He is also survived by his siblings: Stephen Teague (girlfriend Holly Heiser) of Davis, CA, Cecelia Teague, Michael Teague, Kathleen Dennis (husband Robert) all of Albuquerque. Also survived by nieces and nephews: Kelly Teague (wife Stephanie) of Davis, Alexander Pappas of Denver, Anthony Pappas, Nicholas (wife Jena Pappas), Jennifer (husband Philip Stephens) and Stephanie Dennis (fiancé Kristopher Cox) all of Albuquerque. Many great nieces and nephews all from Albuquerque and Davis.
Chris had many life-long friends that he treasured.
He will be truly missed by his family, friends, and business associates.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 9, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery Chapel, 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
In lieu of flowers please donate to:
Good Shepherd Center (Serves the homeless and less fortunate)
PO Box 749
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Or for the betterment of the construction industry to:
Associated Builders & Contractors Apprenticeship Trust
2821 Broadway Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Daniels Family Funeral Services
3113 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110