Former Clarkdale Police Chief Thomas Dean Wall dies at 50.
Former Clarkdale police chief and U.S. Army veteran Thomas Dean Wall died Sunday.
A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at the Jerome Elks Lodge in Clarkdale.
Mr. Wall was 50 years old.
His friends and colleagues remember him as a conscientious man dedicated to his community.
“You know the most wonderful thing about him professionally was Tom always had the best interest of Clarkdale at heart,” remembers Clarkdale Town Manager Gayle Mabery.
Mr. Wall served with the Clarkdale Police Department from 1982 until 1999.
Cottonwood Police Chief Pat Spence hired Mr. Wall. “Tom was really involved and good at his job. I could always depend on him. He was very dedicated and held the respect of those who worked under him.”
Mr. Wall was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Sac City, Iowa.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1975.
Mr. Wall was a member of the Jerome Lodge of Elks #1361 and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1449.
He also served as a volunteer fire fighter and donated his time for the annual Fourth of July barbecue in Clarkdale.
“Tom knew everyone in town,” said Mabery. “It was very important to him to have a relationship with the community.”
During his tenure at the Clarkdale Police Department, Mabery remembers Mr. Wall encouraging officers to be involved in the community by helping to build the town’s park and even hooking up coolers for residents before the heat of the summer.
His professional contributions to the community were remembered by Clarkdale Mayor Rennie Radoccia.
“Tom was a great man and great friend of mine,” said Radoccia. “He definitely strengthened and built the Clarkdale Police Department over the years. We have strong and dedicated men at the department and I credit a lot of that to Tom Wall.”
Mr. Wall also took time to enjoy the simple pleasures outside the town limits by traveling to Mexico. A dedicated family man, he especially enjoyed spending time with his family. His hobbies included golf and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Donna; two sons, Troy Vickers of Clarkdale and Bradley Wall of Tucson; a daughter-in-law, Anne Vickers; three daughters, Becky Vickers of Rimrock, Melanie Young of Tucson and Denise Vickers of Clarkdale; a son-in-law, Carl; three grandchildren, Branden and Jeremiah De Tar and Hope Tuma of Clarkdale; mother-in-law Louise Martin and father-in-law Harold Martin of Cottonwood.
“Tom had a wonderful sense of humor. He brought a lot of laughter to the things he did,” remembers Mabery. “He always kept us smiling.”
Memorial donations to help defray medical expenses may be sent to the Thomas Wall Memorial Fund, c/o County Bank, 1 E. Arizona 89A, Cottonwood, 86326; account #070016043.
Reta Rae McBain
Reta Rae McBain, the mother of William McBain of Camp Verde died May 12.
Mrs. McBain lived in Tennessee but was born in Casper, Wyo. April 4, 1940.
She was 60 years old.
Mrs. McBain was a former cashier for Circle K.
Survivors include LaWana Giovonnetti of Sacramento, Jane McBain of Las Vegas; a son, William McBain of Camp Verde; two sisters, Ruthann Roberts and Kim Rogers; three brothers, Tip, Tom and Pat Roberts and six grandchildren.
A memorial service was held May 22 in the Hepler Funeral Home chapel.
John William Veatch
Private family services were held for Lake Montezuma resident, John Veatch.
Mr. Veatch died May 18.
He was born Dec. 9, 1923 in Mitchell, S.D.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Veatch received his doctorate in education from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Washington.
He was a member of the Acacia Fraternity, the Elks and Unity Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Veatch of Lake Montezuma; a son, Dean Veatch of Washington and one grandchild.
Memorial donations may be sent to Northern Arizona Homecare (for patient care only) 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood 86326.