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Obituaries - April 5, 2017

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Betty Louise Scofield Drake

Betty Louise Scofield Drake, 78, of Goodyear died April 1, 2017, in Ogden, Utah, of natural causes.

Mrs. Drake was born Aug. 14, 1938, in Spokane, Wash., to Elizabeth Ann Kern and William Grant Scofield and was raised by Rachel Doyle Scofield Stephens in Oregon and Washington.

She married Leland Dean Drake on Aug. 30, 1957, in Skamania, Wash.

With her husband in the Air Force, they served at Larsen Air Force Base near Moses Lake, Wash., Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Knoster, Mo., and Luke Air Force Base.

She worked as a certified nurses aid and licensed practical nurse.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a Girl Scout leader.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland; and one daughter, Sennet.

She is survived by one daughter, Cindy Gollwitzer of North Pole, Alaska; one son, Doug of Layton, Utah; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services will be private in Layton, Utah, with interment at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Glendale.

Condolences may be left at


Juan Rodolfo Gutierrez

Juan Rodolfo Gutierrez, 38, of Avondale died March 17, 2017, in a vehicle accident in Maricopa County.

Mr. Gutierrez was born Jan. 28, 1979, in Phoenix.

He is survived by his wife, Leeanne Aguilar Gutierrez; one son, Tristan; his mother, Estella Gutierrez; one sister, Gloria Gutierrez; and three brothers, Robert Gutierrez, William Gutierrez and Joe Gutierrez.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. today at La Mision Jubilee Center, 11147 W. Buckeye Road, Avondale.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85392.


Daniel ‘Danny‘ Marquez

Daniel “Danny” Marquez, 64, of Kingman and formerly of Tolleson died March 19, 2017, in Las Vegas from a stroke.

Mr. Marquez was born March 11, 1953, in Phoenix to Jose G. Marquez and Maria Elena Solis.

He served in the U.S. Marines.

He worked at the True Value Hardware in Kingman.

He was preceded in death by three daughters.

He is survived by his wife, Ladonna Marquez of Kingman; one son, Juan Tito Marquez; three sisters, Tillie, Maryanne and Sylvia; four brothers, Pete, Vicho, Joe and Carlos; and four grandchildren.


Raoul ‘Mac’ McCoy

Raoul “Mac” McCoy, 83, of Goodyear died March 8, 2017, in Goodyear.

Mr. McCoy was born Oct. 7, 1933, in Urbana, Iowa, to Floyd and Lottie McCoy.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956.

He raised his family in Littleton, Colo.

He retired from banking after 25 years and moved to Arizona.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eileen McCoy; one son, Mike McCoy of Centennial, Colo.; three daughters, Jeni Fleck of Houston, Jodi VanBeurden of Fresno, Calif., and Kristi McCoy of Goodyear; and eight grandchildren.

Graveside services were at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at

Condolences may be left at


Ernest Passaro

Ernest Passaro, 86, of Litchfield Park and Rochester, N.Y., died March 10, 2017.

Mr. Passaro was born June 22, 1930.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Passaro.

He is survived by three daughters, Sharon Passaro, Mary Ellen Passaro and Elisa Passaro; one son, Ernest Passaro; one brother, Donald Passaro; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and interment were March 22 in Rochester, N.Y.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at or Sun Valley Animal Shelter at

Condolences may be left at


Paid Obituaries


Burt Freireich

Burt Freireich was a wordsmith, a journalist, an editor, editorial writer, columnist and publisher. Accuracy and precision in the written word were things he strived for and demanded. Burt died March 29. He would want you to say he died, not that he reached his last holy reward or met his maker. That’s what he always said of the obituary as a journalistic form. Burt accomplished much in his years as a writer and the co-owner and publisher of the Daily News-Sun in Sun City from 1960 to 1984.

Burt edited and wrote sports for the daily Phoenix Gazette in the 1950s. Burt owned the Westside Enterprise for a short time in Avondale, along with the Glendale News. He was chairman of the board of the West Valley View. Burt was president of the Arizona Newspapers Association in 1973, president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors in 1968-69, a Golden Dozen editorial award winner and, along with his wife, Ursula, ISWNE’s Cervi Award winner in 2008, an award given for lifetime achievement in journalism. Burt also was in charge of editorial critiques for a number of years for ISWNE.

What stood out in his mind in recent years was his time as a soldier in the 309th Infantry, 78th Division in Europe during World War II. Earlier in the war, he had guarded Italian prisoners of war at Papago Park outside of Phoenix. Burt was home on leave when the great prisoner escape happened prompting him to tell his mother that the whole place fell apart when he left. He volunteered to go overseas. Those memories were the last to leave him perhaps because they left such an impact on him. He experienced death of comrades and enemies and a concussion that ended his time on the battlefield at the Bridge at Remagen, Germany. He kept those memories bottled up until years later when a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News interviewed Burt and other members of the 78th Division for the story. Burt wrote about some of the men he served with for a Memorial Day column that was originally published in the News-Sun and is now reprinted every year in the West Valley View. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Burt was born in Oak Park, Ill., April 5, 1925. He was a graduate of the journalism school at the University of Illinois. He was a lifelong Cubs fan attending his first game at age 7 with his father. His father was a gambler, even betting on balls and strikes out in the bleacher seats. Other relatives, Big Chickie and Little Chickie, owned a cigar shop in Chicago that was a front for a bookie joint. One day, someone actually bought a cigar there and Burt was sure he was surprised when he lit it up what was such an old cigar.

Burt also loved thoroughbred race horses, betting on the ponies and even owning race horses.

He is survived by a son, Elliott (Marquita); granddaughters, Rachael and Marissa Freireich; daughter, Debbie Kipp; grandson, Jesse Kipp (Kendall); one great grandson, Seeley; brother, Stan; and sister, Betty. He was predeceased by his wife, Ursula, and his sister, Thelma Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 7, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Condolences may be left at
Contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s research.

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