Andrews, Chester "Chet"
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84 of Scottsdale, AZ passed away on April 12, 2014. Born in Newburgh, NY, to Warren and Ethel Andrews, Chet was raised in the Peekskill area and proudly earned his civil engineering degree at Lehigh University. Chet was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy and served in the Seabees, working on construction projects in Newfoundland, Spain, Boston and Southern California. It was in California where he met Marlene, his wife of nearly 60 years. In 1957 Chet and Marlene moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to raise five children and remain longtime residents. Chet began a distinguished career at the Salt River Project (SRP). Upon retirement in 1989, Chet became involved with the Scottsdale Sertoma Club, and epitomized its motto, "Service to Mankind." While at SRP and after retirement, he helped host international delegations who came to Arizona to learn more about irrigation and water issues. He traveled to Timbuktu as part of a Tempe Sister Cities group, working there to improve the city's water system. Always a nature lover and outdoor enthusiast, Chet trained as a volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden and served on Scottsdale's Bike and Pedestrian Task Force. He joined the Phoenix Mountaineers, and helped build trails at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. As a lover of the desert, he became involved in Scottsdale's preservation movement, and will be remembered by many for his unassuming but dedicated leadership in the preservation of the McDowell Sonoran Mountains. For those who knew Chet, he will be remembered for his integrity, humility and kindness. He was a gracious and gentle man who was dedicated to his wife, his family and his community. Chet is survived by daughters, Mary and Julia; sons Garry and John; grandsons, Andrew and Carson, son-in-law Dan and daughter-in-law Linda. He was preceded in death by his wife Marlene, their son, Joe and his sister Gail Andrews. A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, May 3rd from 2-3:30pm, followed by a Memorial Service at 3:30pmat Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale. Following the Memorial Service, there will be an informal sunset gathering at the Chet Andrews Amphitheater, located at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to the Desert Southwest Chapter of the
, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy or Spring Farm CARES Animal and Nature Sanctuary.
7601 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 23, 2014