1951 - 2012
Jack Mecham, longtime Payson resident and owner of Wild About Hair, passed away March 4, 2012. Jack was born Nov. 21, 1951 in Long Beach, Calif.
In 1956, the family moved on to Jack’s beloved White Rock Ranch, where he developed a love of the outdoors and Arabian horses.
In 1960, Jack’s family moved to Tempe, where he graduated from Tempe High School in 1970 and later attended Arizona State University.
Jack was active in music and theater programs, and began performing professionally at age 16 — going on to perform with the L.A. Civic Light Opera. He later sang at Jackson Hole, Wyo. and as a member of the “Barnstormers” at the Windmill Theater in Scottsdale.
In 1981, after training to be a professional hairstylist, Jack moved to Payson where he opened his shop, Wild About Hair. He loved working with people and helping them look and feel better, and so much appreciated the loyalty and generosity of his clients, especially during his last few months.
His greatest love was for his daughter, Amber, son, Justin, and for Amber’s husband, Jeremy, and Justin’s fiancée, Sage Hallman.
His other great love was for his beautiful Dobermans. For years Jazzie, and later Dakota, were his constant loving companions.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Amber (Jeremy) Heairet, of Mesa; son, Justin (Sage) Hardy of Cave Creek; sister, Susan (Tom) Burns of Claremont, Calif.; three nephews; eight grandnieces and grandnephews.
He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
A memorial will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 11 at the Green Valley Park amphitheater in Payson. All are invited to share their memories of Jack and to bring their lawn chair and favorite dish to accompany the barbecue.
In celebration of Jack’s life, the family requests that people wear bright colors.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 777 W. Southern Ave., Suite 301, Bldg. C, Mesa, AZ 85201.