Max Charles Richards, of Young, died Feb. 1, 2003. He was born Feb. 5, 1938 in Tucson, and spent his childhood in Globe, graduating from Globe High School before going on to Arizona State University and New York University Law School.
Mr. Richards practiced law in Tucson for 27 years before retiring to Young in 1998.
He was a member of the Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission and past member of the Young Public Library Board.
While living in Tucson, Mr. Richards was a member of the Tucson Rotary Club, and on the board of directors of Tucson Youth Football, Arizona Youth Soccer Organization and Christ Church United Methodist.
While attending ASU, he served as student body vice president and student chairman of the Name Change Committee, which was instrumental in getting a statewide vote to determine the name change from college to university.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Young; three sons, Max C. Richards (Anna Marie Salas) of Tucson, William Richards (Janet) of Phoenix and Brian Richards of Kirkland, Wash.; two stepchildren, Barry Devenney (Stacey) of Seattle and Lauri Devenney of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; and sister, Katherine Haynes (John) of Nashville, Tenn.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the First Christian Church, 401 S. Broad Street in Globe.
Donations can be made to the Parsonage Fund of the First Christian Church.