OBITUARY

Andrew Bennett Krafsur

September 12, 1961April 25, 2019

Andrew Bennett Krafsur passed away on April 25, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Andy was born on September 12, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Southfield Lathrup High School in Michigan where he was named “Athlete of the Year” and ran on the cross country team. He graduated from Albion College in Michigan where he continued his life-long love and passion of running. Andy was a beloved camp counselor at Camp Tamarack where he shared his infectious positive attitude. Upon completing his graduation studies, Andy attended Wake Forest University School of Law, earning J.D. degree in 1986. Andy moved to El Paso after graduating joined the law firm of Mayfield and Perrenot where he focused on commercial litigation and bankruptcy law. He was appointed the Chapter 7 Trustee for the Western District of Texas. Andy prided himself in assisting others in the most challenging legal settings and found those experiences to be the most rewarding. His ability, creativity and generosity made him a respected member of the El Paso legal community. Andy married Holly Fields Krafsur of El Paso in 1993, and were husband and wife for nearly 26 years. He was a loving father to Alyssa, Alana and Neil Krafsur. Andy was an entrepreneur at heart. In 1994, he was a founding partner at the law firm of Krafsur, Gordon, Mott, Sanders and Miranda, P.C. In 2002, Andy became the founder and CEO of Spira Footwear where he worked for over 14 years. Andy enthusiastically promoted the shoe brand locally, nationally and internationally. Andy suffered from bipolar disorder, a mental health condition, and ultimately lost his courageous battle with the disease. His family and friends hope that his passing will serve to increase awareness and treatment options of this mental disease. Andy is survived by his wife Holly, children Alyssa, Alana and Neil Krafsur, mother Sandra Saks Krafsur, father Gerald Krafsur, and brothers David (Greta), Joel (Paige) and Rich (Dede) Krafsur and extended family. We will miss our good friend, father, husband, brother and son. Following the graveside service, a “Celebration of Life” gathering will be at 12 p.m. at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing at 1 Ardovinos Drive in Sunland Park NM. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Krafsur Fund for Mental Health at the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, 221 N. Kansas Street, Suite 1900, El Paso, Texas 79901.

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, May 3, 2019

Memories

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Bruce Kaminsky

May 7, 2019

Andy was a good shoe business friend and I enjoyed many lunches and dinners with him at shoe conventions. He always had a smile on his face and positive things to say. I will miss him and remember how the glass was always half full in his life. He loved his kids and spoke of them proudly to me many times. You were so proud of your son's hat creation and how retailers were ordering it! His wife made his life complete as he explained to me on many of our meals together.
Andy, I will miss our early morning runs and discussions about the shoe business, I never forget you! In fact, I wear your Spira shoe everyday. It does everything you said it would. You were a great promoter and creator. The athletic and walking shoe business was blessed to have Andy Krafsur!
God bless you Andy! Your friend, Bruce Kaminsky

Mark Barta

May 6, 2019

I went to law school with Andy. He was absolutely the most genuine, enthusiastic and caring person I have known. I know that sounds like a platitude, but it was absolutely true.

sandy smith

May 4, 2019

Andy was a college track and cross country teammate and a great supporter of women being allowed to run at a time we weren't very welcome. He always had a smile and encouraging word! Years passed and I heard from him intermittently but no matter how much time had passed, he was always kind and supportive and interested in your life. For his family, I hope the same memories currently bringing tears to your eyes will soon provide peace, and joy and great comfort. God speed Andy, we are all richer for having had you in our lives. And I do thank you.

Vanessa Cotchery

May 3, 2019

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. May time heal your sorrow and may peace replace your heartache.

Ms. Cotchery
El Paso High School

Maria Covington

May 3, 2019

My love to all of you.
Mrs. Covington

Jim Plummer

May 3, 2019

Holly, my family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mark Greenhill

May 2, 2019

Andy and I began working together, from the beginning and throughout his many years of
developing SPIRA shoes. He was an extremely creative and deep thinker. We developed a great friendship and enjoyed quality time together, spending many hours sharing ideas and brainstorming. We enjoyed a long friendship, getting together for business, and attending baseball and hockey games. Andy regularly shared his unique and interesting perspectives with me and I will forever miss our frequent conversations. Most of all, my heart and thoughts are with his children, as he always talked about how proud he was of them. And my deepest condolences to his family. I will always have great memories of Andy, and our many years of special friendship.

Mark Greenhill
Chicago

Charles Rose

May 2, 2019

It was my good fortune to teach Andy during his law school education at Wake Forest. I also enjoyed a nice visit with Andy recently in Winston Salem, He had an infectious upbeat way about him that was contagious. It was always uplifting to spend time with Andy. My sympathy to Andy's family and friends.

David VanderKooy

May 1, 2019

I certainly echo the comments already made. Andy was a friend and teammate at Albion College and continued our relationship throughout the years. Three traits especially come to mind. First, his huge smile and laugh. Andy liked to have fun and bring fun to those around him as well. We always laughed a lot. Second, Andy was always willing to help a friend in need any way he could. He was a very generous man. And finally, Andy was one heck of a fast runner. I remember the many battles between teammates and competitors on the track. Thank you Andy for your friendship. I share the sadness of this loss, but also have hope of Andy finally having peace and being in a better place.

Leif Clark

May 1, 2019

Andy started his practice around the same time that I was assigned to be the bankruptcy judge for El Paso. He was a star from the beginning. Farah Mfg. was one of his early successes, but it wasn’t the last, by far. Oddly, as amazing a lawyer and businessman as he was, I don’t know that he himself actually appreciated what an accomplished professional he actually was. He never cut corners, never asked favors, and never bragged. He just kept hitting homers. Even in the depths of his struggle against CBS, his first instinct was to think of others, to be their champion, and always — always — to raise up those around him. He was a man for a son or daughter to be proud of.

FROM THE FAMILY