Ed C Sawyer

Ed C Sawyer, 90, of Safford left us here on earth to be with his wife Angie. He passed away from a broken heart on Sunday, May 28, 2017 with his granddaughter Amy at his side. He was born December 11, 1926 in Glasgow, Montana to W.C. “Tom” & Alleen Robertson Sawyer.

His family moved to Willcox, AZ in 1927 where he spent his childhood. Later they moved to the Phoenix area where his mother and father taught school. He graduated from Mesa High School in 1944 after which he joined the U.S. Navy and honorably served for 2 years.

He moved back to Phoenix in 1947 where he met and married the love of his life, Angie Cercone. In 1958 the family moved to Bisbee where he established Copper City Electric. During this time, he was elected State Commander of the American Legion. In 1970, he moved to Safford and opened Industrial Electric Service, which he operated with his son Dennis until the present time.

He served for 12 years in the Arizona State House of Representatives. For 8 years he was in the State Senate where he was elected for one term as President. He was a life member of the Safford Elks Lodge and American Legion Post 32. For the past 10 years he has been helping Angie with her battle against Alzheimer’s until she lost the fight on January 30, 2017.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Angie, daughter-in-law Debbi, and grandson Jason.

He is survived by his daughter Bette (Al) Newman; sons, Tom (Cindy), Ed, Dennis and Greg, great grandson Cameron, 11 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

An 8:00 a.m. viewing will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 followed by the eulogy at 8:30 and the Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 311 S. Central Ave., Safford, AZ.

No flowers please. If interested in helping to keep Ed and Angie’s life lessons alive, please make your donation to Gila Valley Rotary Club for the Ed and Angie Sawyer Service Awards.

Arrangements are under the directions of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.