In Passing

Jack E. Fix

Jack E. Fix of Goodyear, AZ passed away peacefully on May 7, 2018 at the age of 89. Jack was born in Oklahoma on February 10, 1929. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Paula, and four children, Bob (LeLana) Fix, Arizona City, AZ; Kathy Nace, Jacksonville, FL; Steve Fix, Denver, CO and Susan Fix-Wallschlaeger (Bill), Litchfield Park, AZ. Jack has six grandchildren, Danielle, Paul, Nichole, Sean, Gerard and Sarah. He is also survived by one sister, Vivian Grisom, Denver, CO. Jack lived a full life, serving in the United States Navy on a military warship from 1948-1953. After the Navy, Jack lived in Colorado where he was employed by the Bureau of Reclamation and the US Postal Service, retiring after 31 years. Retirement brought Jack and Paula to Arizona in 1993. Jack had a passion for golf, loved the outdoors and fishing and was a talented artist. He touched the lives of many and will be sorely missed. Arrangements made by David’s Desert Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation to The Wounded Warriors Project

Shirley D. Robinson

Shirley D. Robinson passed away on April 18, 2018. Shirley was born in Sioux City, Iowa. In 1951 she married and lived in Southern California where her three daughters were born – Sharyl Dawn, Debra Louise and Vicki Lynn. In 1972 she married Roy “Robby” Robinson. In 1986 they moved to Litchfield Park where she was an avid golfer and had three hole-in-ones. She served as president of the Wigwam Women’s Golf Association. In 1998, Shirley and Robby moved to PebbleCreek in Goodyear where she was active in PebbleCreek Players and ShowTime and performed in several productions. She served as secretary for ShowTime and treasurer, president and historian for PC Players. Her final performances were in On Golden Pond and The Game’s Afoot.

Shirley was a member of the Church at Litchfield Park where she served as a Deacon Liturgist, Treasurer for the Women’s Christian Service Fellowship and volunteered at the church office. During her business career she worked as bookkeeper and personnel director.

She is survived by her three daughters, sons-in-law Bill Perkett and Rich Tighe, both of Goodyear and Don Whitacre of California, two grandchildren – Dawn Marie Stoddard and Wade Whitacre and two great granddaughters Drew and Sadie Stoddard, all of El Cajon, California. Her husband preceded her in death in 2001. A memorial service was held on May 9, 2018 at the Church at Litchfield Park. Memorials may be made to The Church at Litchfield Park or the Arizona Humane Society.

LeRoy Stark

LeRoy Stark was born in Valley Springs, California on February 2, 1934 and passed away on May 4, 2018 at the Surprise Memory Care Facility in Suprise, Arizona. LeRoy was the beloved husband of Holly, who passed away on January 3, 2018. LeRoy and Holly were married in Billings, Montana on June 18, 1977 and were inseparable for the next forty years. LeRoy and Holly moved to PebbleCreek in 2003 and they were immediately immersed in numerous activities in the community. They belonged to the PebbleCreek Ballroom Dance Club, the bowling league and couples golf groups. They also regularly attended the Tuesday and later Wednesday karaoke gatherings at Eagle’s Nest. LeRoy and Holly did not go to karaoke to sing, but to socialize and bring a smile to everyone that met them. LeRoy and Holly were one of the most handsome couples that ever walked this earth and they never had a bad word to say about anyone. They loved to entertain and they had countless friends in the community.

LeRoy was a proud Marine Veteran and a true patriot. He served in the Philippines and the south Pacific during the Vietnam War. Over the years he attended and enjoyed going to his Marine reunions all over the country and reminiscing with his lifelong buddies. Anytime he met another Marine veteran, they would always exchange their Semper Fi motto. After his Marine service LeRoy bought and sold large and small businesses. He had some very interesting stories to tell about those days, but never disclosed any names nor tried to impress you with the money involved. LeRoy was a true gentleman with a great sense of humor as well as a scholar who enjoyed reading many books, especially about World War II. He also enjoyed the History Channel on television.

LeRoy loved to golf and belonged to a couple of golf groups that played outside of PebbleCreek. He was one of the original twelve members of the “Monday Fun” golf group, whose main purpose was to have fun and not be too serious. They didn’t allow any betting and played just nine holes at golf courses all over the West Valley and occasionally Scottsdale. The tenth hole was where they enjoyed getting to know one another, while having lunch and a drink. He was also a member of the “Bunker Busters”, a Tuesday group that plays primarily at the Palm Valley Golf Club. LeRoy was very well liked by both of these groups that loved and nurtured him as his health declined the past few years.

Jim Roberts, a golf friend of LeRoy, wrote a very nice poem about LeRoy and Holly:

LeRoy Stark is with us no more

And the community is poorer for it, for sure

He had a sharp wit and was full of grit

And he was just down to earth to the core

He loved to play golf, you know

No matter the course LeRoy would show

We rode the cart together no matter what the weather

And hunt for our golf balls where the cactus grow

LeRoy and Holly were a wonderful pair

Wherever they were, you wanted to be there

They had us for dinner one night which was such a delight

Holly cooked a wonderful meal we did share

LeRoy was the golf group’s elder statesman

He always approached the game with a plan

Step number one was to hit the son-of-gun

And when it went in the water, he’d call for a frogman

We are going to miss LeRoy and Holly for certain

They were the epitome of class until the final curtain

With both gone now, we must carry on somehow

But PebbleCreek is much poorer now that’s for certain

No services are planned for LeRoy but Holly’s sister Dona has asked that LeRoy’s ashes be sent to her in Colorado where she also has Holly’s remains. They will be together once more on earth and more importantly in Heaven as God’s new angels.