J. Erick VanEckhoutte
Grand High Priest
Most Excellent Companion Erick VanEckhoutte was born in Antonito, Colorado and Raised in Flora Vista, New Mexico. After graduating from Aztec High School, he attended San Juan College; Majoring in Business Administration. He now resides in Farmington, New Mexico. He married his high school sweetheart Betty and recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. He has two beautiful daughters; Ericka and Athena; as well as three wonderful grandchildren; Alexander, Alice, and Keisto.
Most Excellent Companion VanEckhoutte toiled twenty-eight years in retail management before returning to school to complete EMS training. He has worked for Four Winds Recovery Center for the past eight years in several positions, and is now the Marketing Director and Safety Manager. He is once again returning to school to gain even more enlightenment; Majoring in Psychology to better serve the community.
Most Excellent Companion VanEckhoutte began his Masonic journey January 2010 when he was initiated into Animas Lodge #15; being raised to Sublime Degree of Master Mason April 2010 and installed as Worshipful Master in 2015; dedicating his year to his late Grandfather who was also a member of Animas #15. He is an active member/officer of: Animas Lodge #15, San Juan Lodge #25, Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine / San Juan Shrine Club - Ballut Abyad Temple, Scottish Rite / Knights of St. Andrews Order of the Thistle – Valley of Santa Fe, Farmington York Rite Bodies – Basin Chapter #19; Navajo Council #6; Shiprock Commandery #15, Order of the High Priesthood, Order of the Silver Trowel, Past Commanders Association, Knights of the York Cross of Honour – Priory #29, York Rite Sovereign College #145, Knight Masons – Enchantment Council #21, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests – Mount of Olives #13, Red Cross of Constantine – Saint Sophia Conclave, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis – New Mexico College, Order of the Eastern Star – Electa #13, DeMolay – James H. Gibson. Mast Excellent Companion VanEckhoutte is also an active member/officer of: Grand Lodge of New Mexico – Junior Grand Steward, Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New Mexico – Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters – Grand Marshal, and Grand Commandery - Grand Captain General. Most Excellent Companion VanEckhoutte has also been the recipient of the following honors/awards: Distinguished Service Award in Bronze, Cryptic Mason of the Year, and Knights Templar Cross of Honor.