Thomas Earl Scanlan
Cottonwood resident Thomas Scanlan died June 17.
He was born Oct. 12, 1943 in Odebolt, Iowa.
Mr. Scanlan was 56 years old.
He was a project manager for Arizona Public Service Company where he was employed for 28 years.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Carol Kay Scanlan; two daughters, Geri Ann Rocha and Cindy Kay Wakefield of Cottonwood; two sons-in-law, Rick Rocha and Daniel Wakefield; a son, Chris Scanlan of Lake Havasu; eight grandchildren, Beth, Lyn and Christopher Scanlan, Tyler Buddy and Tanner Wakefield, and Michael and Matthew Rocha.
A memorial mass is scheduled June 23 at Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Father Bud Pelletier will officiate the service.
Kenneth George Merrifield
Private family services were held for Kenneth Merrifield of Lake Montezuma.
Mr. Merrifield died June 16.
He was born Nov. 21, 1928 in Holly, Colo.
While living in Colorado, Mr. Merrifield received his elementary and high school education. He was an award winning trumpet player and a National Honor Society Student.
Mr. Merrifield graduated from Ottawa University in Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and from Central Baptist Seminary with a master’s of divinity degree.
Mr. Merrifield served in churches in Kansas, Wyoming and Arizona. He was the director for Christian education for the Wyoming Baptist Convention.
Mr. Merrifield continued his education at Arizona State University where he received a master’s degree in sociology. He taught at Grand Canyon University, Scottsdale Community College and at A.S.U.
Mr. Merrifield later moved to Camp Verde and was the director of Rainbow Acres and a counselor at the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic.
He was a volunteer for the Forest Service.
Mr. Merrifield will be remembered for his concern for the environment, his advocacy for the stewardship of our natural resources, and his charm and wit.
Memorial donations may be sent to Northern Arizona Homecare, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood.
Jesse Douglas Evans
Jesse “Doug” Evans died June 13 in Camp Verde.
He was 65 years old.
Mr. Evans was born Jan. 8, 1935 in Loyall, Ky., the son of Jasper Roy Evans and Belva Johnson Evans.
Mr. Evans retired from the Paradise Valley School District.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Phoenix Elks Lodge #335.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Hazel; three sisters, Gertrude Jones, Carolyn Ball and Joyce Redd, and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Evans will be remembered as a special husband and son. He was a friend to all he met and was generous with his love, strength and laughter.
Dale Maxfield Phillips
Dale Phillips, a longtime resident of Black Canyon City died June 10 in Cottonwood.
Mr. Phillips was 78 years old.
A memorial service organized by the Lions Club was held June 18 in Black Canyon City. A family memorial is scheduled in August in Idaho.
Mr. Phillips was born Jan. 31, 1922 in Filer, Idaho on the family farm. His father William, was a school teacher and his mother, Lois a homemaker.
Following his high school graduation, Mr. Phillips served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Once discharged, he met and married his wife, Edna May Miller, in 1946. In 1957 the couple adopted their baby daughter, Patricia.
Mr. Phillips had a lifetime career with Gerber Baby Food Products until his retirement in 1979. During his career, the family resided in Idaho and Montana.
Mr. Phillips’ hobbies included woodworking and carpentry. His skill and artistry were demonstrated in finely crafted furniture, including grandfather clocks. He built three of the family’s homes and their first ski boat.
Mr. Phillips was an avid slalom water skier. His family’s fondest memories include camping, fishing and water skiing.
While in Montana he was active in the Kiwanis Club and following his retirement in Arizona he became a very committed member of the Lions Club. While a member of the Lions Club, Mr. Phillips was awarded the organization’s highest honor, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
While living in Black Canyon City he served on the water board and earned his real estate license.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Engler of Cottonwood; a son-in-law, Dan Engler; two grandsons, Jason and Ryan Bauch; two sisters, Nada Kimbrough of Idaho and Verda Wilson of Washington and his “second daughter,” Linda Montgomery of Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; five brothers, Wayne, Niran, Keith, Darrell, Virgil and a sister, Delpha.
Mr. Phillips will be remembered for his love of family and living a life based on truth and integrity.
He was loved by all who knew him and simply stated, “God broke the mold when he made this man.”
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club in Black Canyon City.