Jack Sheahan, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002. He was born July 6, 1924 in Evanston, Ill.
Mr. Sheahan joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 9th Armored Division for seven years.
After being wounded in Germany in 1945, Sheahan received the Purple Heart and was honored with membership in President Dwight Eisenhower's Society of the Remagen Bridge.
Sheahan had long careers in both law enforcement and sales, and served several years as head of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Sheahan played an important role in the creation and development of the Payson Veterans Memorial. Among his other patriotic projects, he was proud of the successful campaign he waged to have the large U.S. flag illuminated at the south end of town.
Sheahan is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Carolyn; son, Michael; grandchildren Peter, Andrea, Caitlin, Daniel, Cody and Kyle; one sister and many nieces and nephews.
A service was held Thursday morning. Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.