Edward O. Lydic

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Ed Lydic, 60, of Payson, Ariz., died in Payson Oct. 22, 2003 after a heart attack. He was born Jan. 17, 1943 in Phoenix, and lived most of his life in Arizona.

Mr. Lydic was retired from 35 years in the food brokerage business. He had recently come out of retirement and worked for Matlock Gas. He was known in the community for his fund-raising efforts and was commonly referred to as "Crazy Ed." He had lived in Payson since 1995, but weekended in Rim country for many years before that. He was known for his lively take on life and his devotion to family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; five children: Chris Taylor of Payson, Melissa Topper of Haymarket, Va., Jana Taylor-Riley of Phoenix; Jessica Lydic of Fairfax, Va.; Amy Watley of Seattle Wash.; his first wife, Mary Lydic Lippold; three grandchildren: Ashlea, Brett and Jack; two brothers, Harold and Clarence; and sister, Elnora Forgia.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 25 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Phoenix, where he was a member for more than 25 years. A second service was held Oct. 27 at Tonto Rancho located on the Tonto Fish Hatchery Road east of Payson.

Donations can be made to the High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona, Inc., HC 4 Box 14-D, Payson, AZ 85541. Mr. Lydic was a founder of this nonprofit organization.

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