M. Gregory de Rouen

June  21st, 1955 December  29th, 2023
Las Cruces, NM
M. Gregory de Rouen

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He  will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed yet in my flesh I will see God...
Job 19:26


M. Gregory de Rouen, affectionately known as Greg, passed away on December 29th, 2023 with his family beside him. He is survived by his wife Lisa, seven children, their spouses and seven grandchildren, as well as his sister and brother. He left an indelible mark on the world through his kindness, and unwavering commitment to helping others. Those who knew him will remember him by his legacy of love and service to others.

Greg was a man of faith who always put others before himself. His selfless nature was most evident in his open-door policy at home. Greg and his family welcomed numerous foster children over the years, providing a safe and loving environment for those in need. He believed that every child deserves a chance at a happy life and strived to ensure he could offer that to as many as possible.

His home became a sanctuary not only for foster children but also for friends, family, and even strangers who needed support or companionship. Greg was the father figure that many people, direct relatives and foster children alike, needed him to be. He had a gift for making everyone feel at home and included in his family.

Greg was a traditional man raised in a military family. This upbringing gave him a strictness and rigidness which taught each of his seven diverse children discipline and gave them the drive to succeed. They all live by a code and hold true to themselves and to their family.

In his later years he battled many illnesses often leaving him tired, sick and for a time, unable to walk. Despite this he remained ever present in his family’s lives attending basketball games, church, weddings and graduations. His children remember him as a father who taught life lessons through humor and real-world experiences. He was their protector, guide, and biggest supporter, especially in sports. His love and care extended beyond his immediate family, including many other families who continue to be lifelong friends with his children.

Greg's legacy is one of compassion, humility, and kindness. His impact on the lives of the foster children he cared for, his family, and his community is immeasurable. Greg will be deeply missed, but his spirit of generosity and love will continue to live on in the hearts of those who knew him.

Please join us at the New Covenant Fellowship Church on February 24, 2024 at 2pm to celebrate and commemorate his life.
Wear colorful clothing to celebrate his legacy!


Memory wall

Post your condolences or share your Memories.

February 23, 2024
Greg&Lisa we’re favorite neighbors when we moved to Las Cruces and developed a great friendship& lifelong impression on our children including them in many family activities! Carlos& Greg could talk through an entire birthday party & also pic of Joyelle’s graduation! He will always be in our hearts!!
Carlos&Joyce Sainz
February 16, 2024
I had the pleasure of working with Greg & Lisa in Treatment Foster Care from 2014-2018. As Parent Training Coordinator and a Treatment Coordinator, I got to see the passion and commitment they had for helping the children in their homes. Greg was a positive male role model for so many young boys that often never had one in their lives. During our monthly trainings he often brought comedic relief to sometimes challenging situations. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Lisa, all of their children, grandchildren and loved ones. May God give you comfort, peace & strength during this difficult time. God Bless. 🙏
Claudia Ocon
February 13, 2024
Mr de Rouen was one of the best men I have ever met. He was so kind. Always giving the best advice. Saying the best jokes. Always had a smile on his face. He always live on in my memory as Mr Waterelf. My condolences to his entire family.
Danica Miller
February 8, 2024

How do you place

“a memory”

to a mountain of a man?

In loss, the memories slip

without time enough to grasp

through my heart and mind and hands.


remains though

On his shoulders

my character was steeled

through the wide smile that showed clenched teeth

he taught me to stand with a tall back

to speak clearly

while looking a titan in the eyes.

Through his willingness

small favors, big favors, whatever is needed

exponentially compounded love distributed

to so many who never knew him

through new generations who understand

action holds the meaning between us all.

A watch complete

power exalted in posterity.
Charissa Callaway
February 7, 2024
Greg brought a zeal to our lives that will be forever remembered
Dennis Prochnow
February 7, 2024
Genuine authentic follower of Jesus. Loving Husband and strong father. Man of integrity and dear,dear friend.
A man that inspired ZEAL in the lives of others.
Dennis and Janet Prochnow
January 24, 2024
I always loved when Greg and the family would come to Texas, or I’d go to NM to see them. He always knew how to make me laugh and was also so sweet. I love you all so much! He will be missed.
Stacy Drones
January 23, 2024
I have so many memories of the three years that Erma and her beautiful family stayed at Aunt Cora.I was living with her at the time. Greg was the oldest. He was always smiling and many times I kept them.I fell in love with all of them.(Greg,Rickie Mark & Pam). I am not surprised Greg became such a loving kind man and helped so many.Greg left a legacy of love that Jesus lived.My heart and prayers go out to his wife kids and Pam & Mark.
Jesus Love You And I Do Too
Gayle Cormier Houck
Gayle Houck
January 22, 2024
Remembering Greg and the fun times we had when all the family came to Bmt for a visit. Remembering all the birthday celebrations and how Aunt Cora would make her homemade ice cream and invite all the cousins in the neighborhood. I thank God for the gift of love we received from each other. May God’s loving arms hold all your family close to His heart🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽
Carolyn Russell
January 21, 2024
When I first heard the concept of chosen family or framily it was not a foreign concept because of my Aunt and Uncle who have been in my life before I was born. They were the only adults I was allowed to call by their first names and because of that I rarely called them Aunt and Uncle even though it is the best way to describe them. My memories of Greg match his strong personality. The first story I have in my memory is when he was playing toss the baby just a little to much and I decided to spit up in his mouth (I don’t remember that one). My other memories are full ranging from how scared I was to get caught playing with makeup if the paddle was around to the countless movies and basketball games he dragged an entire troop of children too. There were many Sundays that us girls would convince the dads (the moms always said no) we should have a sleepover after church. The special treat of this for me was that I would get a ride home with Greg in the very early morning as he headed to work, I treasure those memories of our alone time. As I grew up I would often describe our relationship as the person that I knew I could call for help in any circumstance and he’d come get me. He might pull out the aforementioned paddle even when I was an adult but he’d be there if needed him. I know this is a normal part of life and that he is in a better place strong as can be with no gray hair but I am going to miss the security of having that phone call.
Micalah Garza
January 17, 2024
My sincere condolences to the family. Thank you for being there for us when we needed you all the most. I am forever grateful to you for being a father figure and mentor to the kids. I am so sorry how things were and that I didn't make it there to change it. May you rest in eternal peace. I will miss you dearly.
Rebecca Melon
January 17, 2024
We all miss him. He was a brother to me. I can just see him laughing and talking to Betty an the lot. Give her a hug for me now bro.
Gilbert Bishop
January 15, 2024
Please share your condolences and/or favorite memories of Greg, here. We will share these at the Memorial Service on February 24th, 2024.
Yeruwelle de Rouen

Family tree

Milton de Rouen
Irma (Anderson) de Rouen
Lisa (Jackson) de Rouen
Pamela de Rouen-Coffie
Marc de Rouen
Yeruwelle (de Rouen) McConnon
Vanyah de Rouen
Chandra (de Rouen) Meurer 
Trevor de Rouen 
Terrel de Rouen
Ric de Rouen
Alyssa (de Rouen) Layton
Kyra de Rouen
Pamela de Rouen-Coffie
Marc de Rouen
Ric de Rouen
Lisa (Jackson) de Rouen
Yeruwelle (de Rouen) McConnon
Vanyah de Rouen
Chandra (de Rouen) Meurer 
Trevor de Rouen 
Terrel de Rouen
Alyssa (de Rouen) Layton
Kyra de Rouen
M. de Rouen


Please join us to celebrate Greg's life. Wear colorful clothing to celebrate his legacy!

We will come together to remember and pay tribute to the wonderful person. While we mourn the loss, we also aim to cherish the moments shared and the joy brought into our lives. Your presence would mean a great deal to us during this time of remembrance and reflection.
New Covenant Fellowship
20 Holy Cross Rd, Mesilla Park, NM 88047
February 24, 2024 at 2:00pm

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