George Graham BELL

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BELL, George Graham 78, passed away peacefully at home on September 15, 2017 surrounded by family. A lifelong resident of Nogales, AZ, Mr. Bell gave his time and energy to his community. Born July 31, 1939, Mr. Bell grew up on the ZZ Cattle Company, a cattle ranch west of Nogales. He attended the University of Arizona in 1959, graduating in 1961 with a degree in electrical engineering. Shortly after graduating, he and wife, Juby moved to Redmond, Oregon to manage a cattle ranch in the Crooked River Gorge. There they grew wheat, mint and raised cattle. The couple returned to Nogales in 1970, starting Bell Electric, Inc.; an electrical contracting and design company. Bell Electric designed the electrical systems for many area homes and business, including the Stage Stop Motel in Patagonia, and the Americana hotel. He also designed and installed the defrost mechanism for the mirrors on the telescopes at the observatory on Mt Hopkins near Amado, AZ. He was an innovator who could fix anything. He had a large shop at the ranch in Nogales and delighted in teaching others the difference between the various tools and equipment and showing them how they worked. As a child, he and his brother created an entire underground house, complete with a fire place and separate rooms. Mr. Bell returned to ranching in the late 1980s, where, with family, he helped grow the ranch into an enterprise that continues to thrive today. He is remembered by a large extended family for multiple trips to Sonora, where he enjoyed snorkeling and fishing. He was also a private pilot, enjoying his Cessna 182 to travel to Sonora and just fly over the ranch. He instilled in his children for his love of the outdoors and his love for animals, especially his horses. He was a longtime member of the Santa Cruz County Planning and Zoning Commission for district two, spanning from 1990 to 2008. He was on the economic development foundation and served as a director for the Southern Arizona Cattlemen's Protective Association. He was also a member of the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association. His dedication to community service was a legacy he bestowed on his children and grandchildren. He believed in making the world around you a better place and was remembered for his generosity toward others. In the 1980s he informally adopted Troy Kyman, who grew up to build a successful family and a thriving communications business. He is survived by his wife, Juby Bell of 57 years. The two met at a Rainbow Girls dance in 1957 when Juby accidentally set his table on fire with a candle. He is also survived by children, Daniel Graham Bell (Roxanne) of Nogales and Jessica Bell Hinderstein (William) of Mount Vernon, WA and five grandchildren, Danielle Kaitlin Bell, Matthew Graham Bell and Aidan Graham Bell of Nogales, AZ  and Sarah Alexis Hinderstein and John Joseph Graham Hinderstein of Mount Vernon, WA. Also survived by brother, Tom Graham Bell (Charlotte) and nephews, Chris, Scott and Thomas and many grand-nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and June Bell and by Troy Kyman. Services will be on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 969 N. Country Club Drive, Nogales, AZ at 10:00 a.m. Gathering of family and friends to follow at the Bell ranch headquarters at 97 Old Ruby Road. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of George Graham Bell to: Arizona Cattle Industry Foundation General Scholarship Fund, Arizona Cattle Industry Foundation c/o Arizona Cattle Growers Association, 1401 N 24th Street, Suite 4 Phoenix, Arizona 85008.


Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 22, 2017
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