Obituaries

George Dudley McGonagill

George Dudley McGonagill, 49, of Ash Fork, died April 11, 2008.

He was born Jan. 31, 1959. As an infant Dudley arrived home to his new parents George and Diana in Winslow where he lived most of his life.

Dudley followed his father in a career as a conductor with Santa Fe Railroad. Physical injuries ended his Santa Fe career early in life. He owned multi businesses and became very active in the Elks Club in Winslow, holding many positions including Exalted Ruler. He volunteered to head up youth activities sharing his dedication to children and their futures. He was also an outdoor enthusiast enjoying hunting, fishing and boating with friends and a scuba diving trip. He was always ready; the same when the opportunity came to be a pilot.

Dudley in recent years relocated to make his home in Ash Fork to be near his mother and other family members and made new friends.  

Survivors include his mother Diana McGonagill; son Billy McGonagill (Rebecca); daughter Valerie Sparks (Cameron); eight grandchildren; and brother Doug Cotney.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Ash Fork Cemetery.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.

Donald A. Nard

Donald A. Nard, 77, long-time resident of Williams, passed away unexpectedly at Mesa General Hospital in Mesa on Sunday, April 6, 2008.

Don was born in Phoenix on April 28, 1930 to the late Jefferson and Lois Nard. Most of his life was spent as a northern Arizona resident. The family lived in Seligman while his father managed the K4 and Double O ranches for many years. The family also lived in Tolleson and Buckeye. Don especially enjoyed deer hunting with his father in the Seligman area.

Don attended school in Seligman and graduated from high school in 1948. He served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. General G.M. Randall. After his time in the military, Don attended two years of college at Flagstaff Normal School - now Northern Arizona University.

In 1952 Don went to work for the Arizona Department of Transportation, serving many years on a striping crew and as a field traffic engineer out of the Flagstaff yard and as maintenance crew and night boss out of the Williams yard. Don was proud of his role as it contributed to the safety of travelers on northern Arizona roadways. He retired from ADOT in 1983 to devote full-time to his first love - ranching.

Don was a familiar sight around Williams in his old truck on the way out to feed cattle and horses. He and his wife Nancy operated a well known horse business called Ragtime Morgans and sold horses all over the world. Cattle were his first love, however, and he was a rancher to the core, spending hours each day caring for his livestock. He was a man of few words, but those few words were pearls of wisdom. His dry sense of humor would catch people by surprise.

Don is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy; two daughters, Marjorie Nard, DVM of Chandler and Joanna Maestas of Williams; two sons, Mike Nard of Lake City, Colo. and Joe Nard of Little Rock, Ark.; two step-children, Beth Canedy of Cottonwood and Christopher Canedy of Cortez, Colo.; and three granddaughters, three grandsons and two step-grandsons. He also leaves his brother, Bill Nard of Williams.

Don is preceded in death by his older brother, Jefferson.

A memorial service for Don will be held Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 629 W. Grant Ave., in Williams, with Pastor Darron Kahn presiding. Following the services please join the family for a celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, Utah.

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