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Walter Don Nicoson

Walter Don Nicoson, 69, of Williams, died peacefully at his home with his wife near his side.

He was born on March 2, 1939 in Pekin, Ill. Mr. Nicoson served as a city of Phoenix motorcycle police officer from 1960-1964. During that time he was one of the motorcade officers to escort President John F. Kennedy during his visit to Phoenix.

He worked for the Xerox Corporation starting in 1964 as a technical specialist. Walt led a group of Xerox volunteers every Wednesday evening to build wheelchair ramps for many citizens in the community. In 1994, he retired from Xerox after 30 years of faithful service.  

He was an avid fisherman, hunter, wildlife lover, hiker, photographer, silversmith and painter. He enjoyed making people happy, always stopped to help motorists or anyone who needed a helping hand. His love of the outdoors and wildlife brought him to volunteer as a committee member of the Phoenix Chapter/RMEF and for the past seven years as a Habitat Partner and Founding Life member of the Arizona Elk Society.  

Other memberships include Arizona Deer Association, Arizona Antelope Foundation and the Arizona Desert Big Horn Sheep Society. He also participated as a volunteer for several years as a "Hugger" for the Special Olympic Kids, and he worked the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., while with Xerox.

For the past 20 years he turned his artistic talents to mostly art sculptures in steel. His work has graced the galleries in Sedona, Carefree and Scottsdale. He was commissioned to do life size metal sculptures for the Arizona Game and Fish as well as two subdivisions in the Phoenix area. He traveled throughout the West doing many art shows. He donated many pieces of his artwork to all the wildlife fundraising banquets and other fundraising events.  His work in his steel was brought alive with his special artistic talents.  

Walt and his wife Cookie moved to Williams in 2003 and he designed and orchestrated the building of their artistic home in the quiet mountains, just west of Williams.

Walt was a loving husband to his wife Cookie, for 39 years and he loved his family, grandkids and great-grandkids.  

Survivors include, his wife Cookie; sons, Brian Nicoson of Phoenix, Edward Nicoson of Washington and Colonel Gary (Beckie) Nicoson of Virginia; brothers, Everett Nicoson of Texas and Robert Nicoson of Phoenix; and nine grandkids and four great-grandkids.  

He is preceded in death by his parents William and Wilma Nicoson, his daughter Linda Nicoson and his aunt Mildred Tuley.

Cookie and her family would like to thank the RTA Hospice & Palliative Care of Flagstaff - especially, Laura, Caroline, Jen and Phil, who provide warmth, care and love to Walt during the past six weeks. They are very professional and quickly became a part of our family.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Arizona Elk Society, P.O. Box 190, Peoria, AZ 85380 or to the RTA Hospice & Palliative Care, 1000 N. Humphreys St., Ste. 200, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

No services will be held.

Please send condolences to the family at www.lozanos-flagstaffmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Lozano's Flagstaff Mortuary.

Tracy H. Dent

Tracy H. Dent, 87, of Williams, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2008.

Tracy was born April 4, 1920 near Clear Creek and grew up in Bellemont where his father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. After high school Tracy followed his heart and spent his life doing what he loved best - working cattle, riding good horses, and enjoying his family.

Tracy had the privilege of association with the finest of Arizona ranches; including the O RO, Babbitt's CO Bar, San Rafael, Three V's, Double O, Diamond A's and spent many years managing the Gila Bend Feed Yards. He also had the opportunity to run cattle in California and Oklahoma. One of his favorite things was watching and helping young cowboys grow and learn.

Tracy was humble man, wise, with a wonderful wit. He often said his greatest pride was his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Betty Fuller Dent; four children: Leon Dent (Linda) of Brigham City, Utah, Tad Dent (Gail) of Flagstaff, Margaret Borns (Fred) of Chandler, and Hulda Hime (Stan) of Scottsdale. He was further blessed with eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by son Tom Dent and four brothers Jack, Walter, George and Bruce.

Services were held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 in Williams at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Cowpunchers Crisis Fund, 28335 West 7UP Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ, 86305 or a charity of choice.

Condolences can be sent to the Dent family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com. Arrangements are being handled by Norvel Owen Mortuary of Flagstaff.

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