E. P. "Skip" Sawyers


E. P. "Skip" Sawyers, 48, of Payson, died June 14, 2003. He was born April 17, 1955 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mr. Sawyers loved to travel, and lived in Australia for 10 years. He saw much of the world, traveling light and adopting local customs.

He owned Last Chance Liquors in Amarillo, Texas; worked for the Santa Fe Railroad starting on a track gang, then the welding shop, as a brakeman and finally conductor.

He finally found his calling in engineering. He became a member of Machinists Local Lodge 1255 in Amarillo.

Mr. Sawyers moved to Queensland, Australia and finally incorporated, forming Engineering International, Inc. importing expertise and machine parts to that country. He built many prototypes now in commercial production in both the U.S. and the Pacific Rim.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Sallee and Corky Williams of Tonto Basin; his companion, Gail of Payson; son, Eli; grandson, Paxton of Oklahoma City, Okla.; uncle, Haskell Beaver of Amarillo; aunt, Marion Parker Scott and cousin, Margaret Brittin, both of Davis, Okla.; cousin Jim Parker of Madison, Ala. and "adopted" son, Kaleb McGehee of Winslow.

No services will be held.

Donations can be made to the Rim Country Hospice Foundation, 107 E. Frontier, Payson, AZ 85541.

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