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 - 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 )

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

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09.09 | 20:50

Thanks Rodric! We love to hear that. It seems it was a good time had by all. Appreciate you and see you next year if not sooner. Thanks!

09.09 | 19:33

Had a great time at this year's golf outing, look forward to next year's tournament. My hats off to the club and its leadership.

09.09 | 12:56

Hey Charles, thanks for coming out Arroyo Golf Club with family and friends! We were pleased to have you. See you next year!

09.09 | 12:43

Arroyo Golf Club family and friends had a great time
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