RWB Daniel H. Sutcliffe, Grand Secretary of Masons in New Mexico
2012 – Current
Dan was born in Vaughn, NM and spent his formative years there learning some of life’s lessons as can only be provided by a small town. He left to attend college at New Mexico State University where he earned his BS degree with a major in Wildlife Management. He took a short break from school and worked as a substitute teacher in Belen, NM until his return to graduate school. He conducted research on the introduction of Ibex into suitable habitat in New Mexico receiving his MS degree from NMSU for this work in 1973.
Dan met the love of his life, Pamela, while in graduate school and they were married in 1973. Pamela was born and raised in Carlsbad, NM. They have two children. Daniel and his wife Melissa, son Liam and daughter Lillian live in Sierra Vista, AZ. Sarah and her husband Adam Longbotham and sons Austin and Jackson live in Albuquerque. Pamela returned to graduate school at UNM after raising their two children and earned her MS degree in Special Education for Gifted and has had a stellar career in education retiring from Albuquerque Public Schools in 2017.
Dan began work for the NM Department of Game and Fish in 1973, training in Roswell. He moved to Clovis as a District officer and after a couple years back to Roswell as a District Supervisor. While in Roswell he became the SE Area Game Manager for a short period before moving to Alamogordo where he conducted research on wild turkey populations. In 1982 Dan and his family moved to Santa Fe when he was promoted to Assistant Division Chief of the Game Management Division. In this position he oversaw department activities associated with management of the State Game Commission’s wildlife/waterfowl management areas, population surveys, harvest results and regulations for all game species. In 1984 he became the Division Chief and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1997. As Chief he oversaw and coordinated all activities associated with big game, small game and waterfowl management on a statewide basis. This included ensuring all management activities were coordinated with other state and federal agencies.
After retiring from his wildlife management career Dan began working in fun jobs. His first was as a coordinator for the Elderhostel Program at the College of Santa Fe in 1998. This program offered continuing education opportunities for senior citizens. After two years he became the Director of Security and Environmental Safety for the College. He served in this position until mid-2008 when he became the General Secretary of the Scottish Rite Valley of Santa Fe. He served in this capacity until his election as Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of New Mexico in 2012.
Dan became interested in Masonry while working with his daughter and wife in their Rainbow Assembly in Santa Fe. After several years of working with the Assembly and getting to know the Brethren he petitioned Montezuma Lodge No. 1 and was raised a Master Mason on January 18, 2002. He soon joined the officer line and was elected to serve as Worshipful Master in 2009. He served Grand Lodge as DDGL for District 2 in 2011. Dan joined Scottish Rite and became a 32ᵒ Scottish Rite Mason in May of 2002. He was active in the Order of the Thistle serving as Master in 2007. He served in the officer line for Chapter of Rose Croix and Lodge of Perfection and served as head of both bodies. He was invested a 32ᵒ KCCH in 2007 and coroneted a 33ᵒ IGH on September 17, 2011. Dan has also received the degrees of York Rite and is a member of the Santa Fe bodies. He is a member of the Santa Fe Conclave Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine. Dan and Pamela both joined Eastern Star in 2002 and have served in a number of offices and are Past Matron and Past Patron of Santa Fe Chapter #19. Both have been active in Grand Chapter serving in various positions.