January 20, 2006

James "Bud" Purtymun

James Elvin "Bud" Purtymun, born Nov. 9, 1925, in Smelter City, Ariz., south of Old Town Cottonwood, died Jan. 16 2006, at the age of 80 at his home in Cottonwood.

He was the son of Jesse Elmer Purtymun and Margaret Elizabeth Thompson, who homesteaded in Oak Creek Canyon in the early 1900s. He attended first through eighth grade at Sedona School in a building halfway between the Thompson and Purtymun homesteads, where Brewer Road is now located.

He was a retired carpenter and in later years began writing and publishing. He was actively involved in the Cottonwood Chapter of the Old Time Fiddlers Association, the Road Runners Square Dance Club of Cottonwood, the Sedona Swingers Square Dance Club and the Sedona Historical Society. He lectured at many civic organizations on the history of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon and the Verde Valley. His many hobbies included hunting, fishing and hiking. His love of music inspired him to write many songs. He played a variety of instruments including the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion and harmonica.

He is survived by his daughter, Yvonne Arlene Purtymun of Peoria, four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be Jan. 21 in the Westcott Funeral Home at 10 a.m.

Any memorial donations can be donated to the American Cancer Society, 2724 E. Lakin Suite 9, Flagstaff AZ 86004 or to RTA Hospice, 70 Bell Rock Plaza, Sedona, AZ 86351-9066 or the Arizona Historical Society of Sedona, P O Box 10216, Sedona AZ 86339.

An on line guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com

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