John L. Siler
1945 - 2011
A Celebration of Life for John L. Siler will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 25 at the Payson High School Auditorium, with a potluck supper at the PHS cafeteria after the service.
There will be a graveside service at 9 a.m., Monday, June 27 at Valley View Cemetery in Coolidge.
Donations may be made to the John L. Siler Memorial Benefit (college scholarship fund) at any Wells Fargo Bank.
Mr. Siler passed away in his sleep Monday, May 23, 2011. He was born March 24, 1945 at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Calif.
After World War II, his parents moved back to Kentucky and then found their way west to Arizona when John and his brother Thomas were little. They lived in Coolidge, Marana and Tucson.
After Mr. Siler’s desire to join the military was halted by a fencing foil accident to an eye, he broadened his major to theater, speech, communications, journalism and English. He traveled with friends, taught for a year in Huntington Beach, Calif. and settled in Coolidge, where he married, adopted a little girl and started a drama club and Thespian Troupe. He was instrumental in getting the community to support the building of the Coolidge High School Auditorium.
After his first marriage ended, he met Kathy while working on a show in Tucson. They dated for two years, married and moved to Payson. After three years of teaching English, his “experimental afternoon drama classes” turned into a full theater program. Mr. Siler once again led community influence to build a high school auditorium, which is still the primary performance venue in Payson.
The Silers joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church where Mr. Siler first served as a deacon and then as an elder and recently as a Sabbath school Bible teacher.
He was preceded in death by his younger brothers, Robert (1995) and Thomas (2010); and his parents, Dallas and Dorothy, in 2000.
Mr. Siler is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy; loving daughter, Candice; five grandchildren; niece, Serene (Matthew) Shannon of Ohio; nephews, Dallas (LeAnn) Siler and Thomas Evan both of Chandler.
Mr. Siler was an influential person, positively affecting the lives of many people including many students over the years who gained insight and appreciation for their own abilities, writes his family.