A Few Miscellaneous Biographies


It is with regret and profound sorrow that the children of Wallace E. MAARSINGH announce his passing on May 12, 2006. He will be deeply missed. He was born May 23, 1923 in Springfield, South Dakota, a small town of about 500 people. He became a citizen of the world and a member to the "greatest generation" during World War II when he flew B-17 bombers and was part of the post-war occupation of Japan. Upon returning to the states, he finished his Master's degree in Biological Science and began teaching at Dakota Wesleyan College in South Dakota. He eventually took his family to Chandler, Arizona where he was active in community affairs and taught in Chandler Jr. High and Chandler High School, eventually finishing his career at Mesa Community College, where he taught Anatomy & Physiology and other sciences. Dad was much loved by his children. He was a generous man with a wonderful sense of humor and an impressive array of talents. He could build his own house, paint lovely portraits and landscapes, play the guitar, carve intricate and beautiful birds and other animals out of wood, and play a mean game of cribbage and poker. He loved golf and other sports and as a younger man was a talented athlete. He cared deeply for his pets and was rewarded with total devotion from them. He had many interests and loved all that life had to offer, living it to the fullest. God bless you Dad. May your spirit find eternal peace and the companionship of all the little pets that you have loved and have loved you and gone before you. You will leave a hole in our lives and never be forgotten, so long as we have a breath left in us. Wally is survived by his five children: Daniel R. MAARSINGH of Tacoma, Washington, Bobby J. HUDSON of Gilbert, Arizona, Ronald D. MAARSINGH of Mesa, Arizona, Richard L. MAARSINGH of Mesa, Arizona and Randall L. MAARSINGH of Mesa, Arizona. Arrangements entrusted to Green Acres Mortuary, Scottsdale. The Arizona Republic on 5/18/2006.

MABEN, Clarice

Clarice Maben. Educator Clarice Maben dies at 90. She was born in Rotan, Texas on March 27, 1913, and moved to Arizona with her family about 1920. She went home to be with the Lord On April 30, 2003 in Phoenix. A graduate of Phoenix Union High School and Lamson Business College, she served in the WAVES (women's Navy) during World War II. Miss Maben was a founding member of the faculty, staff and student body (simultaneously) of Grand Canyon University, where, after attaining a higher degree at Baylor University, she taught history courses for over 25 years, and was named a Professor Emeritus. She was a founding member of Laveen Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities, including playing piano, directing the choir, and teaching Sunday School classes from 1939. Her other interests included gardening, and she was a founding member of the Sun Country Iris Society. After retirement from Grand Canyon, she became curator of the Arizona Southern Baptist Historical Society. Clarice is survived by her brother, Rev. Jack Maben of San Diego, California; 5 nieces and nephews, 29 great-nieces and nephews, and two more generations. plus numerous "adopted" daughters, students at Grand Canyon. A memorial celebration was held at Laveen Baptist Church, 5036 W. Dobbins Road, Laveen, Arizona. Published in the Arizona Republic from 5/8/2003.

MALEY-DURLACHER, Peggy A. (Margaret)

Peggy (Margaret) A. Maley-Durlacher, Administrative Law Judge with the MVD, passed away May 4, 2006. She is survived by her husband Dr. James V. DURLACHER. Memorial service was at Shenandoah Mill, 1391 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to Applied Kinesiology Research, 6405 Metcalf Ave. Suite 503, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66202. Meldrum Mortuary handled the arrangements. Published in The Arizona Republic on 5/9/2006.

MAYER, Jean Guettel

Jean Guettel Mayer, 84, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 23, 2006. Born on April 13, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Albert MAYER, a Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University. Jean raised two sons and then went back to school in her 40's, eventually receiving a Master of Counseling from Arizona State at the age of 54. Soon after that she was hired as the first Director of the Senior Adult Program at Phoenix College, serving from 1978 to 1992. She is survived by her sons Robert and his wife Cheryl, Richard and her grandson Nathan, her brother Phillip GUETTEL and her niece Susan ROBINSON. No services are planned. Published in The Arizona Republic on 5/28/2006.

MARRUFO, Mike Rev.

The Rev. Mike Marrufo, 65, of Avondale, a minister, died Aug. 2, 1998. He was born in Holtville, California, and was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Estella; sons, Angel Lois, Velez, Joseph and Barajas; sister, Ida Rodriguez; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services Assembly of God, 749 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix, with visitation at Valley West Funeral Chapel. The Arizona Republic 8/4/1998

MATTHEWS, Ralph Bernard

Ralph Bernard Matthews, 90, died Sunday, October 9, 2005, in Olympia, Washington, where he moved in 2001 to live near his daughter, Anne. Mr. Matthews was born December 2, 1914 in Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University, earned an MA at the University of Chicago, and attended graduate school in transportation economics at the University of California Berkeley. He was married to Florence Swift Matthews for 59 years, until her death in 1996. He served in the army in France during WWII and moved to Medford in 1949 to manage Evergreen Bus Lines. In the mid-1950's he became Transportation Supervisor for the Medford School District. After retiring in 1977, he was instrumental in founding the Southern Oregon Tennis Club. Mr. Matthews not only used a bicycle for transportation, he also, with his wife, bicycled throughout the Rogue Valley and in Holland, Portugal, Hungary, Prince Edward Island, New Zealand and Finland. Mr. Matthews donated more than 17 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. He was a member of St. Marks Epsicopal Church for over 50 years, where he was a lay reader. In addition to Anne (Clarence Gadley) of Olympia, WA, he is survived by a daughter, Sarah (Jetse Sprey) of Wiloughby Hills, OH, a son, Vince (Janet) of E. Lansing, MI, and two granddaughters, Natalie and Rose. Contribution in his memory may be made to Washington Elementary School, 610 S. Peach, Medford, OR, 97501. Arrangements: Mills and Mills, Olympia, WA and Parl at Siskiyou Funeral Service, Medford, OR. Published in the East Valley Tribune on 10/12/2005.

MATZ, Thomas E.

Thomas E. Matz became affiliated with Tucson Rock and Sand Company in 1946 and succeeded to the Presidency of the firm in 1963. When Tucson Rock and Sand Company was acquired by The Tanner Companies in 1972, he remained to assist in the management of the Tucson Division and in the development of the materials business in that area. He became a member of the Board of Directors of the Tanner Companies in 1972 and a Vice President in 1973. Mr. Matz was born February 8, 1917, is married and the father of five children. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors, Arizona Chapter, and a member of the Conquistador Club of Tucson. Mr. Matz retired in June, 1981, ** and died at the age of 81 on December 1, 1998. The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, AZ, December 6, 1998, p. 20A

McALISTER, Alberta Clark

Mrs. James B. (Alberta) McAlister, 4802 East Pinchot, Phoenix, Arizona, died suddenly Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the hospital there, where she had been taken shortly before. She became ill while at work. Mrs. McAlister was born near Holton, September 22, 1928 the daughter of Harry E. and Mae Clark, now of Phoenix, who survive. She was graduated from Rushville (IN) High School in 1947 and was married June 27, 1948 to James B. McAlister, who survives. The deceased lived in Rushville until moving with her family to Phoenix in August 1963. Also surviving with the parents and husband are two sons, James Larry, 3205 E. Diamond, and Gary Lynn, 3802 East 56th Drive, in Phoenix. Among survivors here are four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Eade (Marjorie) Fletcher, Mrs. Viola Pollitt, Mrs. Pat Lacy, Rushville and Mrs. Melvin (Maxine) Bradburn, R. 1, Knightstown (IN). Funeral service at the Green Acres Mortuary, North Hayden Road, in Phoenix. Burial will be there. Thursday, September 12, 1974, Indianapolis Star News

MC BROOM, Emma Gene

Emma Gene McBroom, 77, of Phoenix AZ, passed away March 29, 2000. Visitation Universal Memorial Center, 1100 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Service South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church, 2006 E. Broadway, Phoenix. The Arizona Republic 4/4/2000

MC BROOM, John Valentine

John Valentine McBroom, 68, of Glendale, a retired farmer, died June 6, 1998. He was born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas. Survivors include his wife, Betty Rae; daughter, Kathy HERNANDEZ; sons, Derrly, John and Terry; sisters, Audrey and Judy; brothers, Richard, Charles and Kenny; and nine grandchildren. Services Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Ave., Glendale. Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary. The Arizona Republic 6/9/1998


Elaine I. McClaskey, 63, of Phoenix, a food service director, died April 20, 1998. She was born in Pennsylvania. Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Egolf and June Bridegam; sons, Richard, Stephen and Michael; and brother, John P. Burns, Jr. Services are private. Contributions: American Cancer Society, Southwest Division Inc., Memorial Program, P.O. Box 5377, Phoenix, AZ 85010-5377, or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5669. Hansen Chapel. The Arizona Republic Friday, April 24, 1998


James R. McFatridge, 90, a residence of Albuquerque, died Tuesday December 26, 2006. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Linda McFatridge, of the family home; daughter, Kathy Wright of Albuquerque; his son, James Richard McFatridge, Jr. of Honolulu, HI; and daughter, Phyllis Barry of Loganville, GA; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Pastor McFatridge was a pioneer pastor and interim pastor serving and building churches in Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, and New Mexico. He served his country in WWII in the U.S. Army. Funeral Services were at Crestview Baptist Church, 301 Chama NE, with Pastor David Coleman officiating. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500 Albuquerque Journal Dec. 31, 2006.


Helen McGarraugh, 83, of Sun City, a homemaker, died Feb. 28, 1998. she was born in Wabasso, Minn. and was a member of the Sun City Rotary Club. Survivors include her daughters, Judith H. Atkins and Jeanne; sons, G. Patrick and John Michael; sisters, Rotha Mae Curliss, Mavis Lewis and Vera O'Connor; brothers, Kenneth and Harvey Leopold; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services Sunland Mortuary, 15826 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City. Contributions: American Heart Association, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe, AZ 85282. The Arizona Republic Friday, March 6, 1998


Margie I. McGlassion, 76, of Phoenix, a volunteer at Columbia Medical Hospital and Community Hospital Medical Center, died July 25, 1998. She was born in Spergeon, Missouri. Survivors include her daughter, Peggy Spangler; sister, Wanda Johnson; brother, James E. Hill; and two grandchildren. Services Valley Spring Church, 7420 W. Cactus Road, Suite B1, Peoria, with visitation an hour before services. Maryvale Mortuary. The Arizona Republic Thursday, July 30, 1998

MC GUIRE, James D.

James D. McGuire, 82, of Phoenix, a retired tavern owner, died July 27, 1998. He ws born in Clarence, Illinois, and was an Army Air Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife, Alice L.; daughters, Sandy Sulvin and Dorothy Strahl; son, Jerry Dale, stepdaughters, Nancy Payne and Janice Schank; stepsons, Ronald and Daniel Lloyd; brother, Richard; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Visitation A. L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuaries, 710 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix. Services at the mortuary. The Arizona Republic Thursday, July 30, 1998


1930 ~ 2005
LeRay L. McAllister , father, grandfather and friend, passed away 14 December 2005 at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center from complications related to cancer. He was 75 years old. LeRay was born on 10 April 1930 in Anaconda, Montana, the son and only child of Leland Graham and Mary Luella Gray McAllister. He was raised in Delta, Utah, attending primary and secondary schools there, graduating from Delta High School. He then continued his education at the Branch Agricultural College (now Southern Utah University) in Cedar City, Utah. Upon returning from a mission to Germany, LeRay served in the US Army during the Korean War. During this period of time he met and married LuJean Roper. Together they raised five children, Ann (Richard Herlin), Douglas (Lynnae), Bruce (Debbie), Marla (Jeff Bennion) and Eric (Suzanne). Continuing his education, LeRay studied at Brigham Young University and Arizona State University, ultimately securing, respectively, a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Accounting. LeRay became a professor of accounting at Brigham Young University in 1963 after teaching for two years at the College of Southern Utah. In 1966 he completed doctoral work at Arizona State University and returned to Brigham Young University where he worked until 1994. As a professor LeRay was highly respected by his peers and a student favorite, continually achieving the highest rankings possible in student reviews. LeRay was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many capacities and callings including, Sunday school teacher, bishop, high councilor, counselor in the stake presidency, and, most recently, as stake patriarch. In this final calling, one that gave him tremendous satisfaction and spiritual growth, he pronounced 802 blessings. One of LeRay's greatest joys arose from years of dedicated service as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America. He was especially involved in scout leader training with the Utah National Parks Council, serving on numerous Wood Badge staffs in various positions including course director. LeRay and his wife, LuJean, served as missionaries in the Church Genealogy Library, an activity that solidified a lifelong passion for genealogy and family history. He also served for years prior to this mission and thereafter as an ordinance worker in the Provo and Mount Timpanogos Temples. LeRay was a dedicated public servant, actively involved in the Republican Party in various capacities. In 1974 LeRay was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, serving for six terms, two of which were spent serving as Majority Leader. He then successfully ran for the State Senate, serving for three terms. In all, LeRay served for 24 years as a state legislator. Despite an extremely active life of professional and political service and enthusiastic involvement with his beloved avocations, including music, gardening, reading and bird watching, LeRay was quick to say that his greatest achievements and loves were his relationship with his wife, his family and his devotion to the Lord, Jesus Christ. LeRay is survived by his wife of 51 years, his five children and 23 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by two grandchildren. Friends and associates are invited to greet family members at a visitation Sunday, December 18, 2005, at the Sundberg Olpin Mortuary located at 495 South State Street, in Orem, Utah. Funeral services were Monday, December 19 at the Orem Cherry Hill Stake Center at 1700 South 400 East, Orem, Utah. Interment will be in the Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com. The (Salt Lake City, UT) Deseret News, December 17, 2005

McCREARY, Robert E.

Robert E. McCreary, a native Arizonan, passed away on Friday morning January 26, 2007 at the age of 75. Bob graduated from North High in Phoenix, and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. Following a three year stint in the army he returned to Phoenix a married man and two years later graduated from Arizona State University, Tempe. Shortly thereafter; Bob his sister Sue, and her husband Phil STOCKTON, joined their father's business, McCREARY and PEW Wholesale. Together they built a successful business selling jeans and western wear to many fine Western Wear retail stores throughout Arizona. Bob's five children joined the business and today it is still going strong. He loved his work and was at his desk the day before he died. In his leisure time, Bob could be found on the baseball and softball fields coaching his children. He loved hunting with his boys and never missed opening day of dove season. He also enjoyed golfing with his many friends. Bob is predeceased by his first wife of 37 years Bettie HARRISON of Phoenix; and survived by his second wife of 14 years Barbara. He has 2 daughters Laurie and Lisa; 3 sons Mike, Steve and Phil; two stepsons Tom and Peter; sister and brother-in-law Phil and Sue STOCKTON; 2 sons-in-law Scott and Andy; 3 daughters-in-law Kelly, Barb and RoxSand; 13 grandchildren Ryan, Tara, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Elizabeth, Robert, Christina, Madison, Nicholas, Bettie, Natalie, Charlie, Maxwell and 2 step grandchildren Tatiana and Theo. Memorial Services were held at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale.

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