Mr. Willie King passed on 10/15/20

Per McArthur Williams:

Sad news to announce about one of our original members of Desert Trails Golf Club. Mr. Willie King passed from a heart attack on 10/15/20. Please take a moment of silence and prayer for the King family.  Willie was roughly 90 years old.  The picture posted is from 9-10 years ago.


Mr. Willie King Jr. 92 of Tucson, AZ passed away during the evening of October 15, 2020. 


10:00 am - 11:00 am Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Bring's Broadway Chapel 6910 East Broadway Boulevard Tucson, Arizona, United States 

INTERMENT WITH MILITARY HONORS 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Wednesday, October 28, 2020 

Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery1500 South Buffalo Soldier Trail Sierra Vista, Arizona, United States  


Mark Neal - Passes Away at 68 - June 30, 2020

Former Arizona Wildcats WR, Salpointe Assistant Mark Neal, Known as “Governor,” Passes Away at 68

Longtime Salpointe Catholic assistant Al Alexander looks back at the Lancers’ state championship season of 2013, finishing at 14-0 overall, and realizes how much defensive line coach Mark Neal meant to their success.

“He was huge,” Alexander said. “He was one of the older guys on the staff who kept everybody level-headed. Every one of his kids on the defensive line went on to play in college.”

Neal, 68, passed away in his sleep last night from an apparent heart attack. He was a wide receiver at Arizona from 1970-73 who arrived in Tucson from San Fernando High School in the Oakland area.

Dr Charles Ford (1936 - November 2019)

Per McArthur Williams:

"I have a heavy today after learning that a very dear long time friend has passed. We always had a thing going when we played golf together going head to head. I also teased him about him being the only person to have a city park named after someone that's still above ground. Chuck, you will be greatly missed. R.I.P Chuck Ford".

Chuck Ford, the first and still only African American elected to the Tucson City Council, has died at age 83.

Ford, who served eight years on the council, mostly in the 1980s, died Nov. 1 of complications of Alzheimer’s disease at his home in North Las Vegas, Nevada, said Doris Ford, his wife of 43 years.

Ford, a Democrat, was also a vice mayor of the city at times during his tenure on the council. He sat on the council from late 1979 through 1987, representing Ward 4 on the southeast side.

He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic mayoral nomination in 1991, losing in the primary to another council member, the late George Miller.

Ford was an important force in developing parks on Tucson’s east side, obtaining substantial money for them, recalled Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild on Friday.

Lakeside Park at 8300 E. Stella Road was renamed Chuck Ford Lakeside Park in his honor after his retirement from the council in 1987.

That happened because Ford worked hard to save the park after its main feature — a dam — collapsed, Arizona Daily Star archives show.

“He was always a gentleman, always willing to help. He was never one to impose” his views on others, Rothschild said. “He always represented the city and his ward with dignity. He set an example for all of us as to how you should behave.”

A school principal, Ford retired from the Tucson Unified School District 21 years ago after working at that job at Richey, Reynolds, Duffy and Collier elementary schools, Doris Ford said.

“He loved children and school communities. That was his life,” said Doris Ford, who herself worked at various times as a juvenile court psychologist, an assistant University of Arizona vice president for academic affairs and affirmative action, and an assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at Pima Community College.

Besides his wife, Doris, Chuck Ford is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

A musical tribute to Ford will be held in Tucson from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2020, at Dunbar Pavillion, 325 W. Second Street.

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Cressworth C Lander (May 15, 1925 - February 7, 2015)

Cressworth C Lander - WW II - Veteran - Marine Corp- Gunnery Sergeant.- from Tucson AZ and one of Desert Trails own.  (Rest in Peace  Feb 7, 2014) was proudly wearing his Desert Trails Golf Club shirt during his interview on PBS a few few ago.


Major General Ernest "Ernie" James Harrell (1936 - 2015 )

Please join me in extending sincere condolences to the Harrell family for the passing of Ernie Harrell.  Ernie was an active member of Desert Trails until his health began to fail in 2006.  He was an excellent golfer and outstanding human being.  He will be missed.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd at Omni Tucson National.

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