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Thomas Delos Kempton

Thomas Delos Kempton, 76, of Prescott Valley, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott.

He was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Ashurst, to Deloss Colvin and Mary Ora (Packer) Kempton.

Mr. Kempton married Betty on July 26, 1942, in Yuma. He was an airplane mechanic in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He worked for Sanner Construction Co. in Phoenix for 26 years as a heavy equipment operator, and retired in 1987.

Mr. Kempton enjoyed woodworking, gardening, camping and reading western novels. His family will remember him as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Surviving are his wife; daughters, Lona Lindsey of Pasadena, Calif., Shauna Chavez of Paradise Valley and Kathy Gailey of Phoenix; sisters, Marjorie Chesley of Prescott, Delores Belarde of Miami, Marilyn Thraen of Mesa and Karen Valenzuela of Tucson; brother, Garth of Eloy; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

His son, Thomas, preceded him in death in 1990.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7885 E. Long Look Drive, Prescott Valley. Services will follow at 10 a.m. at the church. Bishop Carl Livingston will officiate.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Memorial Gardens, Scottsdale.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hospice Fund, 500 Highway 89 North, Prescott, AZ 86313.

Sunrise Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Edward James D'Arcy

Edward James D'Arcy, 80, of Tucson, died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tucson.

He was born March 2, 1921, in Three Forks, Mont., to William and Mary (Keegan) D'Arcy.

Mr. D'Arcy married Carmen Clare in 1941. He served in the U.S. Air Force, where he became an advanced flying instructor on B17 bombers in Douglas. After the war the Air Force assigned him to Montana State College, where he received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1949.

While stationed at Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., he received a master's degree in aeronautical engineering.

Mr. D'Arcy, who attained the rank of lieutenant colonel, also served at Cape Canaveral, Fla., London, England, and Germany. He helped in preparations for the launch of the first Titan 111C, earned the rating as a senior jet pilot, and received the Air Force Commendation Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster) in 1965.

After receiving a medical discharge Mr. D'Arcy retired to Prescott, where he lived from 1967 to 1998.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Cathleen Benbow of Tucson; son, David of Townsend, Mont.; sister, Eileen Perry of Townsend, Mont.; and two grandchildren.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 12 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Townsend, Mont., followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Connors Funeral Home in Townsend, Mont., helped the family with arrangements.

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