Longtime Payson Emergency Room Director Dies

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Nicholas "Nick" Michael Cardis, M.D., 44, of Payson, died Nov. 8, 2005 after a long battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 29, 1960 in Hamilton, Ohio.

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Nicholas Cardis, M.D. was medical director of the emergency room and pre-hospital director at the Payson Regional Medical Center for more than eight years.

Dr. Cardis moved to Carefree in 1978 and to Payson in 1994. He was medical director of the emergency room and pre-hospital director at the Payson Regional Medical Center for more than eight years, from 1994 to 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Amy Cardis of Payson; daughters, Emily and Brianna Cardis of Payson; mother, Mary Cardis of Carefree; brother, Dean Cardis of Carefree; sister, Sofia Barnhart of Arizona; nephews, Dean and Ryan Barnhart, both of Montana; niece, Katelyn Barnhart also of Montana; in-laws, Sam and Sandy Mays of

Payson; sisters-in-law, Amber and Amanda Mays of Payson; nephew-in-law, Gavin Hatch of Payson; and many close friends and family. He will be missed.

His father, Michael N. Cardis, M.D., and his grandparents preceded him in death.

His wife Amy said he will be sorely missed by his family and a number of Rim Country friends. "He was extremely brilliant. He was very strong at work and at home. He was Greek and we always joked he was a true Greek man, with many of those funny characteristics portrayed in movies," she said.

"He had such a tough exterior, but once our girls were born, he became a much softer, loving person. He loved his daughters, Emily and Brianna, and me very much. He told us he loved us a hundred times everyday," Amy said.

Cardis' good friend, Jim Heskett, a nurse with Native American Air Ambulance Service said, "Nick was probably the smartest man I worked with. He could be in the middle of the busy emergency room with lots of activity and not miss a beat. He also had a wonderful sense of humor."

Heskett said Cardis spent a great deal of time with his family, and he also enjoyed woodworking, and tinkering with custom trucks.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity, 1414 N. Easy Street, Payson, with interment in W. J. Ward Memorial Cemetery, Brookings, Ore.

Donations may be made to RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541, or to Northern Gila Firefighter Association Local 4135, 400 W. Main St., Payson, AZ 85541.

An online guest book is available at www.messingerpayson.com.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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