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Fenn, Alward F. "Al"
passed away as a result of cancer on 2/22/09 at 89 years of age. He was a native of Arizona, spending his youth in Benson and Mesa. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii and survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the Marines, serving in the Mariannas and Iwo Jima. Fenn was the Athletic Director of Gila Valley Sports in Safford, was the editor of pioneer western newspapers to include The Copper Era, Deming Graphics and Headlight, Miami Silver Belt and owned The Phoenix Roundup and Arizona Sun papers. He is an author and writer. He promoted wrestling and boxing, was a manager and trainer and established amateur boxing in Arizona. He promoted AZ Golden Gloves and State Fair Copper Gloves since 1970. Since 1965, he provided a gym for kids to workout and recreation, never charging at the Phoenix Boys and Girls Center, producing many productive citizens. Fenn is survived by son Kim and wife Marianne Fenn, daughters Kelly Fenn, Kristy Horn, and Charlotte Huffine. He has 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Services will be held at the LDS Stake Center, 36th St. and Shea on 2/26/09 viewing at 10am and the service is at 11am. Another service will be in Benson on 2/27/09 at 10am for viewing and 11am for services. Burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, he asked that memorials be sent to the Phoenix Boys and Girls Center, 2116 W. Buckeye Rd, Phoenix, 85009 or Chase Bank acct#00563372
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 26, 2009
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