John R. (Jack) Sloan, 84, died March 13, 2006 in Phoenix following a long illness.
A memorial service honoring Mr. Sloan, who was involved in the early development of Beaver Valley, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, beginning with a potluck lunch at the Beaver Valley firehouse, 911 W. Beaver Flat Rd.
Mr. Sloan was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and grew up in Primghar, Iowa.
In 1942, Sloan joined the Army Air Corps. Following basic training he served in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Primghar and married Ione Ensbach.
In 1953, the couple and their two children moved to Phoenix where he started an automobile rental business. Two years later he sold the business and began his career in real estate.
Mr. Sloan began working for Bob Healey and Associates in the 1960s and helped develop the plats for Beaver Valley's six units. He became a resident of the area 30 years ago.
Mr. Sloan kept meticulous records about Beaver Valley and its history and was a key source of information contained in the book "Beaver Valley Then and Now," which is available through the Beaver Valley Fire Department Auxiliary.
Mr. Sloan was preceded in death by his wife, Ione. He is survived by a sister, Sally Berbos of Fullerton, Calif., his daughter, Mary Ann, two sons, John and Mark, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The celebration of Sloan's life and his contributions to Beaver Valley will begin with a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. About 12:30 p.m., members of Sloan's family and many of his friends from Rim Country will share memories of early days in the community.
Donations in Mr. Sloan's name may be made to the Beaver Valley Fire Auxiliary.