Arizona Biographies


Brian Padberg, 65, born October 27, 1940 in Freeport, Ill. moved to Arizona at the age of 10. A longtime Resident of Phoenix, Brian attended both North High School, class of '58, and Arizona State University. Brian moved to Murrieta, CA. in 1982 and was considered one of the founding fathers in the community. His passion was in the civic arena. For two decades he had served on a number of community boards and on city commissions, helping shape the city. He was named Citizen Of The Year by the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce in 1999. Prior to owning a local Magazine and Video Studio in the Temecula/Murrieta area, Brian was the Director of Marketing and Communications for McDonalds Corporation. Padberg is survived by his wife, Joan Padberg; father, Albert A. Padberg of Prescott, AZ.; sisters Vicki Wendt of Dewey, AZ. and Patty Padberg of Coolige, AZ.; children Kevin Padberg of Provo, Utah; Keri Padberg of Las Vegas; Kori Klein and partner Lisa Steck of Arcadia; Kassen Klein and Theresa Klein of Murrieta; Kamber Klein-Rutz and Jerry Rutz of Murrieta; Aunt Delores and Uncle Jack McLaughlin of Arizona and Aunt Katy and Uncle Keith McLaughlin of California, and eight grandchildren. A service for Brian was held at Stout Family Funeral Home in Temecula. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Brian Padberg Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Musicians Workshop, 27315 Jefferson Ave., Suite J-231, Temecula, Ca. 92590 for information, call 951-678-2517. Published in The Arizona Republic on 11/30/2005.

PELLETIER, Dr. Harold W.

Dr. Harold W. Pelletier was born May 30, 1914 in Winner, South Dakota to Elmer George and Abigail PELLETIER and passed away in Dallas, Texas on January 3, 2007. Dr. Pelletier was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force, 1942-1949; he was also a member of the American Legion, Music Teachers National Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, 1950-1955, Phoenix College Symphony, Tempe Symphony, Madden-Ford Ensemble, and the Ernie Palmquist Big Band. He received his Ph.D in music from Arizona State University in 1962. Dr. Pelletier also taught public schools in Phoenix, at Loma Linda and Machan Elementary Schools. Preceded in death by his wife Mary PELLETIER. He is survived by his daughter Sho-mei PELLETIER and husband Dwight Shambley; two grandchildren Aaron Joshua Pelletier-Shambley (17), and Alexis Jessica Pelletier-Shambley (10); brother George "Bill" PELLETIER and wife Marie PELLETIER; and his sister Jo Ellen PELLETIER SCHALK. Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Hwy. Chapel, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, Texas 75225. Rev. Charlotte COYLE and Rev. Jan SULLIVAN. Any memorials may be made in Wally's name to the American Heart American Stroke Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75231. To leave a personal tribute to the family, please visit

POSTON, Charles Debrille, the "Father of Arizona"

Born in Hardin County, Kentucky, on April 20, 1825, and orphaned when he was just 12 years old, Charles Poston studied the law, married, fathered a child and settled down to the life of a practicing attorney. When he heard of gold discoveries in the west, he left his wife and daughter with relatives and set off for California. He took a job as chief clerk in the San Francisco custom house and soon found himself in the employ of an agent for the family of General Augustino de Iturbide, who had inherited a large grant of land in what they believed was the new territory, and they wanted it explored for its resources. Poston organized an expedition of 30 men, among whom was Christian Herman EHRENBERG. The party set sail for Sonora, Mexico, but their ship was blown off course and caught in unexpected heavy seas and dashed against the rocks. The men were barely able to reach land safely before the ship sank. Once in Mexico, they were greeted with hostility by the Mexicans, but eventually they were given free access to travel to the new territory. Although everyone searched diligently for the boundaries to the Iturbide land grant, they were never found and subsequently could not be established. Poston and Ehrenberg were convinced that this new land had enormous potential. When the group reached the Colorado River on the return trip to California, the only way to cross the river was by a ferryboat owned by Louis J. F. JAEGER. Because of hostile Indians in the area, there were risks involved in maintaining a ferry service, and JAEGER charged exceedingly high prices for passage. Poston refused to pay the price and instead talked his men into mapping out a city and selling city lots to pay their way across the river. Poston recorded the townsite and called it Colorado City.

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