When a plane crashed Saturday into the jagged slopes of Mount Kenya in east Africa, it seemed unimaginable that there would be a link to Prescott.
But, there is – a tragic one, indeed, that a Courier reporter writes about on Page 1 of today's Courier. The chartered plane was carrying three generations of the Brumley family, 12 people in all. One of the family members who died was William Love, 41, a Brumley son-in-law and son of the late Erskine Love, the founder of Printpack, Inc., a company that has distinguished itself worldwide.
Printpack, Inc., which produces packaging for food products, opened a plant more than 10 years ago in Prescott Valley. It was one of the first positive economic forces in the town, said Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director Lew Rees.
"It helped put Prescott Valley on the map as a location," he said. "Printpack is one of the top employers and a great community asset."
Printpack has been a powerful economic force in the area, and a good neighbor, as well, by doing its part in contributing to the betterment of the entire community. For years, its employees were major forces in the annual United Way campaign, to cite one example.
William Love was sales and marketing director and a familiar figure at the Prescott Valley Printpack operation. Dr. George W. Brumley, his wife, Jean, three of their children, spouses of their children and grandchildren died in the tragedy.
The Brumleys are an Atlanta, Ga., family. That city is surely in deep mourning over the loss of a family which had given so much to charities that supported inner-city schools, the arts and the poor.
Prescott Valley and Prescott share in the loss and bereavement.