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Gene Wright

The following obituary appeared in the Arizona Daily Star (January 27, 2008):

[Norman] Gene Wright was born on May 29,1931 in the Price farmhouse, Maude's Run, Rachel, West Virgjnia, near Mannington. He grew up in and around Mannington, graduated from Wellsburg High School, Wellsburg, West Virginia, and attended West Virginia University, where he received an undergraduate degree in Agriculture in 1953. He moved to Arizona in 1956, and earned a Master's Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona in 1958. Gene's 30 year career with the University of AZ began as research associate in the.College of Agriculture and later with Arid Land Studies. He also worked part time as a consultant for a mining company.

Gene was an active member of Christ Church United Methodist, was at one time on the board of trustees and during the last year he volunteered in their Community Food Bank Distribution Center. He also did volunteer work at the Pima Air Museum; he helped deliver mobile meals and served on the board of the Peter Howell Neighborhood Association; he was a lifetime member of Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; and he was an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, volunteering in various capacities for many years.

Gene enjoyed collecting minerals and also memorabilia and postcards related to mining and Mannington, West Virginia. He enjoyed cars (especially Corvettes), mining history, hunting on e-bay, football games, pecan pie, many friends, and finding garage sale treasures for his family.

Gene passed away at home on January 11, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Doris; his younger brother, Rodger ("Bucky"); beloved family; and cherished cats "Daisy" and "Kitty." He will be greatly missed by his family that loved him so, and his many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Bring's Broadway Chapel, 6910 East Broadway, Tucson, Arizona 85710 (520-296-7193). So that we may prepare a commemorative scrapbook, please share your thoughts or memories of Gene in the online Guestbook. In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Gene Wright may be made to Christ Church United Methodist, 655 North Craycroft Road, Tucson, Arizona 85711, or The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, 3727 East Blacklidge Drive, Tucson, Arizona 85716.
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