Edward Paul Hancock, 64, “slipped the surly bonds of earth,” on May 3, 2016. Son of Frank and Molly Hancock,
Ed was born in Yuma, Arizona. Ed’s family moved many times as his father’s job took them to California, Utah, Alaska, back to the Gila Valley and eventually to Morenci when Frank began working for the Phelps-Dodge copper mine.
Ed graduated from Morenci high school and worked as disc jockey for KCUZ in Clifton and later, for KATO, Safford. He worked for Phelps-Dodge/FMI copper mine where he was an Instrumentation Electrician, installing the new computer dispatch system on the haul trucks. After 32 years, he retired in 2007.
He married Lillian Christine Cord of Barstow, California in 1979.
Ed enjoyed reading westerns, building rockets, gold panning, fishing and hunting, being at the river or on the mountain camping out, and exploring the many trails near home on his quad. He was a hard worker. He was skilled at horseshoes and checkers and always enjoyed a challenging game of either. He was a fan of the NASA channel and watching the night sky.
He is survived by: his wife of 37 years, Chris; sons, John Edward, Brock Robert and Nicolas Paul; grandchildren, John, Jr., Tessa, Kaitlyn and Tristan; sister, Pam (Roger) Evans; brothers, John (Pam) Hancock and Calvin Hancock; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
At the end, Edward was at the river, enjoying God’s creation, and basking in the sports he loved.
Edward was buried on May 13, 2016, at the Duncan Cemetery where services were conducted. A memorial service followed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Clifton Chapel with Bishop Daniel McBride presiding.
Online condolences may be offered at www.viningfuneralhome.com Arrangements were entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.