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Lloyd William Golder III

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Lloyd William Golder III passed away peacefully on February 23, 2013 at Sierra Madre surrounded by his wife and family. Lloyd was born in Chicago, IL. on October 24, 1925 to Lloyd W. Golder Jr. and Esther Barnes Golder (both deceased). He was also preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Hillman. Lloyd grew up in Oak Park, Il. Where he joined the Navy and graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in History. He taught school at Evanston High where he also coached wrestling and football. He was proud of the fact that his football team never lost a game. Lloyd moved his family to Tucson in 1957 because of the yearning of his mother to be in the cattle ranching business. In the early 60's they owned 11 ranches in Southern Arizona. Lloyd would tell stories about being a ranch hand at their ranch, Rancho Vistoso in NW Tucson where he lived with his first wife, Helen and their five children, Don, Prescott, AZ, John, Santa Cruz, CA, Mike, Colorado Springs, CO, Wendy Ducote (Richard) Tucson, Julie Krepp (Tucson). He purchased the Rail N Ranch (Golder Ranch) in 1961, which now is a community that is home to approximately 18,000 people. With his passion about education and keeping the children off the streets and involved, he made sure there was an elementary school and middle school within the community so students could be competitive in sports and after school activities. He also gave large donations to the YMCA and YWCA because he remembered in his youth going to the local Y to workout, swim and participate in activities that kept him off the streets of Chicago. In the early 70's, Lloyd met Vicki Cox (Golder) doing what he loved to do, which was buying and selling real estate. They have been married and conducting business together for almost 40 years. They have two sons, Victor (Lee) and Lloyd IV (Jillian). Lloyd's other passion was the health, safety and well-being of the citizens of our Golder Ranch community. He and Bob Murray formed the Golder Ranch Fire District and donated the first ambulance. The fire district now ranks as one of the top districts in the state. In addition to Lloyd's wife and children, he is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to give their heartfelt thanks to the loving caregivers at Sierra Madre, especially Sophia and Maria for the wonderful, loving care that was shown to all of us, as well as, the support of Casa de la Luz in the final months. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the YMCA or YWCA or give your annual gift to a local school. Services are private. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2013
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