Max John Green

Max John Green passed away on May 27, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona, where he had been hospitalized following an accident in Pima, Arizona, on April 22, 2016. He was struck by a van as he crossed the street with his wife in the crosswalk, sustaining numerous injuries. After five weeks of hospitalization and 4 major surgeries, he was allowed to leave his tired body behind.
Max was 85 years old but in excellent health prior to the accident. He was born to Geneva Annetta Mattice and Reece D. Green of Pima on March 18, 1931. He graduated from Pima High School and Eastern Arizona College. He was a farmer in the Safford area for twenty years and then had his own dental lab, Greenlab, for the next twenty years. Although retired for 23 years, he was still very active, caring for 250 pecan trees around his home and traveling extensively with his wife. He loved to spend time with his family.
He was active in the LDS church, held various church positions throughout his lifetime, faithfully fulfilled three missions, and was currently serving in the Branch Presidency at the Safford Care Center.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nathalene Carter Green, their five children and their respective spouses, Sharon & Robert McBride of Hereford, AZ, Diane & Boyce McBride of Safford, Carter & Glenna Green of Chandler, Gordon Green of Show Low, and Bryan and Valarie Green of Mesa. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, with two more on the way. He has one surviving sister, Louise Lytle of Centerville, Utah.
Max was preceded in death by one son, Mark John Green, and two grandsons, Brian & Braydon Green. Max was a dearly loved and admired patriarch of his family and will be greatly missed by those he leaves behind.
A viewing will be held on Friday, June 3rd from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Safford Stake Center, and again on Saturday, June 4th at 1:00 p.m. Services will be conducted on Saturday, June 4th at the Safford Stake Center. Internment services will be held at 6pm Saturday in the Pima Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at