Favour, John M.
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of Prescott began a new journey in his passing on March 16, 2014. John was born to Alpheus H. Favour, an Arizona State Senator and prominent Prescott businessman, and Eva McLean Favour, a strong Scottish woman, on September 9, 1921. John was raised in Prescott in the family home on Mount Vernon Street when the community was youthful and vibrant with local mercantile, ranching, and mining ventures in the surrounding central Arizona. Upon graduating from Prescott High School John enrolled for undergraduate studies at Amherst University in Amherst Massachusetts. While a student at Amherst John married his high school sweetheart Betty Jean Ogg. His education was interrupted with the advent of WWII when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After serving his country, and upon his graduation from Amherst University in 1946, John attended and graduated from the University of Arizona Law College in 1949. John began his career as a civil attorney with the Prescott law firm of Favour & Quail where he practiced continuously until the turn of this century. John was a formidable opponent in every case he undertook, and he strove to dignify the legal profession with civility and compassion. John was a Fellow of the American Bar Association and served as president of the Arizona State Bar in 1964-1965. John and Betty raised their children, Mollie, Charles and Jock in the family home on Linden Road where John maintained residence until his death. John also resided in the port city of Manzanillo, Mexico for much of his adult life and cherished the culture, hospitality and simplicity of the Mexican people. John was a pillar of the community as one of the founders of Prescott College and a principal of Yavapai Title Company. John enjoyed many friendships during Prescott's simpler days when entertainment was found in informal gatherings such as neighborhood sing-alongs and socializing at the Pine Cone Inn and the Hassayampa Country Club. Throughout his life John cultivated and perfected diverse interests as an accomplished chef, a skilled wood craftsman and ever evolving bassist. John was an inveterate world traveler, and a connoisseur of literature, art, music and theatre. He was truly a man for all seasons. After Betty's passing in 2000 John enjoyed a long partnership with Cynthia Gardner, who along with his children, were at his side until he went on his new journey. In lieu of sending flowers or making charitable donations John would simply wish for his family and friends to pause and think fondly of him.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 27, 2014