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Dean C. Thorson

Dean C. Thorson, Camp Verde, died Jan. 29, 2001 at home. He was 72.

Mr. Thorson was born Nov. 14, 1928 on the farm of his parents Andrew and Martha Thorson, near Vincent, Iowa. He graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1946.

Mr. Thorson was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served four years during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged and returned to Fort Dodge where he met his wife Ila Vinnes and became a professional firefighter.

In 1965, Mr. Thorson moved his family to Phoenix. He retired from the Bureau of Reclamation in 1991 where he as a construction representative having worked many years on the Central Arizona Project water canal. He moved to Camp Verde in 1997.

Mr. Thorson was a lifetime member of VFW Post #1856 and of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Phoenix. He enjoyed working crosswords and was an avid sports enthusiast.

Mr. Thorson is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ila; daughter, Tamira Woodward; son-in-law, Tim Woodward; grandson, Andrew Dean, Camp Verde; sisters Hildred Schick and Fern Anderson of Pasadena, Calif. ,And several nieces and nephews. His brother, Arch Thorson, preceded him in death.

Memorial services for Mr. Thorson were held Feb. 1 at the First Baptist Church in Camp Verde.

Matthew Judson Crnkovich

Matthew J. Crnkovich, Tucson, died Jan. 29. He was 40.

Mr. Crnkovich was born Dec. 26, 1960 in Winslow. He had lived most of his life in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, and Tucson and had an appliance repair business.

Mr. Crnkovich is survived by his mother and step-father, Winifred and Curtiss Bohall; wife, Kathleen Poleywytewa Crnkovich; daughter, Jayleen and son Alvin; sister, Janya Ricca; brothers Anthony, Michael, and Andrew Crnkovich and many nieces and nephews.

His father, Kenneth Crnkovich, preceded him in death.

Services are being held in Tucson, with interment in Mayer. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Josephine Dempster Epperson

Josephine D. Epperson, Cottonwood, died Jan. 30. She was 84.

Ms. Epperson was born Jan. 9, 1917 in Knoxville, Tenn., to George and Frances (Seymour) Dempster. She moved to Arizona in 1997 from Tennessee. She attended church at Verde Valley Presbyterian Church.

Ms. Epperson is survived by her daughter, Samantha Hess, Clarkdale; son Duke Epperson, Mancos, Colo.; sister, Ann Gordon Smallman, Knoxville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations in Ms. Epperson’s memory may be made to the Jerome Elks Lodge #1361, PO Box 488, Clarkdale, AZ 86324. Arrangements were directed by Westcott Funeral Home.

Mary V. Padilla

Mary V. Padilla, Camp Verde, died Feb. 1. She was 69.

Ms. Padilla was born Nov. 26, 1931 in Flagstaff.

Ms. Padilla was a member of the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde.

Ms. Padilla is survived by husband, Paul D. Padilla; daughter Dorothy Bonsor, Flagstaff; son Paul L. Padilla Jr., Camp Verde; mother Julia Vallejos, Flagstaff; brother Samuel Clerry, Flagstaff and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Feb. 5, at 9:30 a.m. Funeral services begin at 10 a.m. at the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde.

Lt. Colonel Fredrick K. Bull

Lt. Colonel Fredrick K. Bull, Lake Wales, Fla. Died Jan. 25 in Cottonwood. He was 86.

Lt. Colonel Bull was born in Springfield, Mass., on April 2, 1914.

A career officer, Lt. Colonel Bull was a member of the United States Airforce serving his country from 1941 to 1961 in both WWII and the Korean War.

Lt. Colonel Bull is survived by his wife of 61-years, Margaret; three children, Jacquelyn Howey, Cottonwood, Judy Millard, Conifier, Colo., and Joy Lassman, Littleton, Colo.; son, Gerald Bull, Hoxie, Kan.; sister, Faith Archibald, Manchester, N.H., 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

While residing in Lake Wales, Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Bull attended the First United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be sent to the Care Center of Lake Wales.

Military funeral services will be held at a later time at the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo.

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