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11/20/2013 10:11:00 AM
Who else will take up the community booster torch?

Prescott Valley has dozens of folks who work tirelessly for this community, just because they love it.

But the town will be hard pressed to fill the shoes of two of its premier supporters and public servants who passed away in the past month.

Former Prescott Valley councilwoman and vice mayor Fran Schumacher died on Oct. 23. Fellow former councilman Mike Flannery called Fran "a rare person." Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said Fran "always put the interests of the town first."

Before being elected to council, Fran served on committees to choose a town logo (which it still uses)and to develop Prescott Valley's General Plan, as well as five years with the Planning and Zoning Commission. Her tiny frame and big smile always were a welcome sight.

Veteran and veterans' advocate Clyde Kincaid died, appropriately, on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. He was a permanent fixture of the Mingus Mountain Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10227. He spent the bulk of his final years stumping for donations - through fundraisers, raffles, golf tournaments and what-have-you - to complete the long-awaited post home above Fain Park, which is nearly 40 years in the making. The VFW is so close to obtaining a certificate of occupancy, but yet so far away. Until that happens, the post cannot offer the wonderful building to its veterans or any other groups.

Clyde also promoted patriotism to community youth, receiving a standing ovation from them at a Salute to Veterans three days before his death.

Whether these two people chose public service work or it chose them is irrelevant. The point is, they served, giving of themselves willingly and without complaint. Will you take up their torch?

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