James A. York
1920 - 2012
James A. (Jim) York was born in Los Angeles, Calif. on July 11, 1920 and raised on the family farm in Bard, Calif., just across the river from Yuma, Ariz. He died Dec. 9, 2012.
He attended school in Yuma and after graduating he attended college at San Jose State California.
World War II began and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the South Pacific on the USS Mob-jack.
After the war he worked in the business world from Philadelphia to Chicago to San Francisco. He loved Mexico and spent several years traveling throughout the country and met and made many lifelong friends. Mexico became the traditional family vacation destination.
He continued his education by earning his teaching certificate at Arizona State University and then his MBA. He then moved his family to Payson in August of 1957 to take a teaching position at the high school and retired from that position in 1983.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and sons, Bill Quick and Bucky McCutcheon.
He is survived by his children, Barbara Smith, Stephen Quick (Pam), Karen Leeds (Gary), Brian York (Nancy); 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Mr. York’s life will be held after the holidays and notice will be given at later date.