This page is dedicated to the Brothers that have been called to the Celestial Lodge above.
Jimmy Allen Deese - favorite joke-telling and guitar-playing member of the family - died in Phoenix on March 21, 2014. Jimmy was born in Little Rock, Ark. On August 10, 1951, but grew up in Arizona after moving here as a toddler. His parents, Mary Marjorie Deese (deceased) and Edger Louie Deese (deceased) quickly established family roots in our State when they owned/operated Deese Market near Scottsdale Road in the 1950s. Growing up with an entrepreneurial father gave Jimmy a can-do attitude and work ethic that carried him through life. As a student at William T. Machan Elementary School in the Creighton School District, Jimmy earned multiple perfect attendance awards. He also pursued the rigorous sport of figure skating, eventually earning an opportunity to train and compete in California during adolescence and young adulthood. When he returned to Phoenix, Jimmy married Joanne Cali. The couple had a daughter, Nicole Elizabeth, in 1972. Shortly after, the family moved to Tucson where Jimmy taught figure skating and assisted in the management of a local ice skating rink. In the late 1970s, Jimmy returned again to Phoenix where he joined the staff of a newly-opened skating facility called Ice Palace West. A few years later, he took a teaching position at the Capades rink at Metrocenter Mall. Jimmy hung up his skates in the 1980s to apply his personable and witty communication skills to hosting/bartending at Navarre's, a popular North Central Phoenix restaurant. In this role, Jimmy met several well-known people in Arizona's business, political and entertainment circles. After a successful career at Navarre's, Jimmy purchased a business enterprise from his father, and married fellow ice skater Heather Anne (McEvoy) Deese, his wife of 32 years who was at his side when he passed away. During their years together, Jimmy grew the family business, Bankers Recovery and Liquidation, into one of the largest companies in the Valley. In 1997, the couple adopted their Chinese-born daughter, Jamie Anne, who by the age of 4, was gliding across the ice in tiny skates. After becoming gravely ill in 2001, Jimmy traveled with his family to Florida where he received a liver transplant that saved his life, and blessed him with nearly 12 more meaningful years. More recently, he worked at a neighborhood Walgreens, and spent time at the Rhythm Room where he shared his passion for music with friends. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Heather Anne Deese and daughter Jamie Anne Deese; daughter Nicole Elizabeth Stevens and granddaughter Brighten Elizabeth Stevens; sister Judy Kessler and nieces Shannon Chase and Kelli Kessler; sister Jann and brother-in-law Tom of Glendale, and nephew Todd Alexander. A celebration of Jimmy's life with be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at First Christian Church, 6750 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021
The nearly 91-year life journey of Paul Herbert Clark, which began in Rockford, Illinois, on EasterSunday, April 1, 1923, came to a peaceful conclusion last Wednesday, March 19, at the Dobson Home hospice in Chandler, Arizona. By his side, as she has been for more than 69 years, was his high school sweetheart turned wife Marty. Together, Paul and Marty raised a family of four children, which eventually grew to include seven grandchildren. The only thing Paul loved as much as his family was his country, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. Of all the positions he held during his lifetime-which included electrician, salesman and computer programmer-he was most proud of his work as a Master Technical Sergeant for Marine Aircraft Group 23. An avid outdoorsman and amateur prospector, Paul felt most at home in nature, which is why he chose to live the last 30 years of his life surrounded by the beauty of the Arizona desert in the town of Wickenburg. Paul will be laid to rest with full military honors at Phoenix Memorial Park at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 24. In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by his daughter Paula Bonner of Gilbert, Arizona; and sons Terry Clark of Crofton, Maryland; Brian Clark of Hereford, Arizona; and Wes Clark of Lake Forest, California. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Paul may make a donation in his name to the military veterans' charitable organization of their choice.