Zeigler, John "Jack" Clifford
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77, passed away on September 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona surrounded by his family. He is survived by his sons; Murray Zeigler (Murene) of Tempe, Arizona, Bryan Zeigler (Paula) of Mesa Arizona; grandchildren Misty Rose (John), Micah Zeigler, Christopher Zeigler, Amanda Zeigler, Kimberly Zeigler and Jack Ames; and great grandchildren Micayla Linley and Mikenna Rose. John was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Bryant and daughter, Leslie Zeigler-Ames. A memorial service for John will be held Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. John was born in Phoenix on August 16th, 1935 to William and Mabel Zeigler. After joining the U.S. Marine Corps at age 18, John served as a tank commander in the Korean conflict. Later, John was part of the first contingent of Marines permanently assigned to protect U.S. Embassies and assigned to duty in Tehran, Iran. Throughout his life, John maintained a close relationship with the Marine Corps often serving as the "Senior" Marine at foreign posts. Following his discharge from the Marine Corps, John returned to Phoenix where he served as a police officer with the City of Phoenix. In 1967, John joined the U.S. Agency for International Development and spent four years in Vietnam as an advisor to the National Police Force. After Vietnam, John completed tours of duty in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Cameroon and Sudan as a police advisor, security expert and General Services Officer with USAID. In 1988, John married Cynthia Ann Bryant, a fellow Foreign Service Officer. Together with Cynthia, John continued to serve in a variety of positions including that of Executive Service Officer at posts in Lesotho, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Liberia and Jordan. John and Cynthia settled in Tempe after more than 42 years of stellar service each. Following retirement John did not slow down a bit. He continued to serve his community through volunteer service at the Hackett House on behalf of Tempe Sister Cities whose mission includes promoting knowledge and understanding between the peoples of America and other countries. John also volunteered at The Church of the Epiphany, Meals on Wheels and East Valley Adult Resources. He will be deeply missed by everyone. John's entire life was devoted to the safety and security of his family, friends and country. He worked tirelessly in the preservation, protection and promotion of the interests of the United States. As a soldier, police officer and international diplomat, John personified the best of what America has to offer.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 5, 2012