Cip was part of our lives as far back as I can remember as a child. He was a great family friend and was always there to help. When I was around 13 years old, he gave me my first job doing weeds around the community water well. When I started high school, I decided to raise a steer for an FFA project. I had no idea where to start, but Cip was always ranching and raising cattle. He also had tractors that my brothers and I were intrigued by. He ended up offering to mentor me and help me with this project. We worked together to hitch up is plow to his tractor and he came over and tilled a pasture for me. Later, he would advise me and helped me administer medication to my steer. I should mention that a couple years prior to all of this, he was kind enough to have me assist him in castrating and inoculating a new herd of calves he just received. I also remember that he had dogs he loved to drive around in the back of his pick up and our dogs would always chase them down the road when he would drive by. Cip was a leader in our community, and he was a kind giving person. I am grateful for the memories, tutelage, and mentorship he gave me and for the impact he had on all of our lives.
Cip was a good friend and neighbor to us all and we will really miss him and his humor and laughter. Remember him always being willing to jump in and lend a hand to our community in the Thunderbird Farms. We will miss him.
I moved to Arizona in 1980 to take a job at Sperry Flight. Cip was my first boss here. We got off to a slow start but once we got to know each other, we grew on each other and got along like good friends . It's hard to speak of my first years here in Arizona without thinking of Cip. He still comes up in fond conversation yet today. He will be missed. May God bless you Cip.
Sorry for your loss. Cip was one of my supervisors when I worked at Sperry. He was really a good guy.
To the family: I'm so sorry for your loss...Cip was a great guy. As Timekeeper for Sperry/Honeywell, I saw Cip on a daily basis for years and he always brightened up my hectic days. He also gave me some great gardening tips...he'll be missed by many.
Anna V., Phoenix