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Timothy J. Chapman, 1946-2006 - MtnVwPilot

Dec. 7th, 2006 11:26 pm Timothy J. Chapman, 1946-2006

Timothy J. Chapman, age 60, former resident of Kingman AZ and prominent local businessman there during the 1970's and 80's (when he was co-owner, with wife Diana, of Chapman's Country Corner) passed away at Hospice of the Valley in Goodyear AZ on Monday, December 4, 2006, following a brief battle with cancer.

Tim was born July 19, 1946, in Los Angeles, California, to the late Drs. James C. and Katheryne W. Chapman, and lived nearly all of his life in Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1967, and married Diana Patricia Beasley that same year. For a few years thereafter, they lived on and helped operate his parents' cattle ranch near Prescott AZ. In 1971, Tim and Diana and children Brent (born 1968) and Jody (born 1970) moved from the ranch to Kingman in order to open Chapman Feed and Supply. The business prospered, expanded to include western wear, and was renamed Chapman's Country Corner when it relocated to 4250 Stockton Hill Road in the late 70's. In the late 80's, Tim and Diana sold the business and relocated back to Prescott, and later to Glendale AZ, where Tim pursued a variety of businesses, most recently as a residential real estate agent working with Desert State Realty in Glendale. Tim and Diana were divorced in 2003, but remained good friends.

Throughout the 1970's and 80's in Kingman, Tim was active in community service. As a prominent local businessman, he often donated his time and energy to support youth groups including 4-H and the Future Farmers of America (FFA), as well as professional associations such as the state and local Cattlegrowers' Associations, the Chamber of Commerce, and various business groups. A licensed pilot, he flew with the Mohave County Sheriff's Air Search and Rescue Posse, a group he helped form. For several years, he served on the Mohave County Airport Board. He was a member of the Mohave County Sheriff's Mounted Posse, and helped organize their annual rodeo for several years. He was a championship horseman in college, competing in cutting and calf roping events throughout the Southwest; as an adult, he continued to participate actively in the local family team roping community, frequently spending weekends with his family traveling to events throughout the state to rope with both his extended family and many friends.

Tim is survived by his son, Brent Chapman of San Francisco, CA; his daughter, Jody Bartling, and her husband Rob and their daughter (Tim's granddaughter) Cameron of Chino Valley, AZ; his sister Susan Chapman of Prescott, AZ; and his former wife Diana Chapman of Chino Valley, AZ.

According to Tim's request, no public memorial services are planned, and his ashes will be scattered across his family's former cattle ranch, northwest of Prescott, in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his name to be made to Hospice of the Valley (1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656; www.hov.org), who greatly comforted both Tim and his family in his last days.

Tim, Jody, Cameron, Diana, and Rob; Christmas 2002

Tim, Susan, Cameron, and Brent; Christmas 2005

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Date:December 8th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
Dear Brent,

I am so sorry about your loss. What a fine life your father lived. I know that his goodness and humanity will shine through you and all who knew him, brightening those who you in turn know, through the remainder of human history.

James Salsman
Date:December 8th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
He was only 60 :-(

Date:December 8th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)

Thinking of you

I'm sorry for your loss. *hugs*
Date:December 8th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I take it you wrote this--I wrote both my mother's and my father's, and it was good to do. Thank you for painting a good portrait of your father.

Date:December 8th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Date:December 8th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
What a lovely tribute to your father. {{{hugs}}}
Date:December 9th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)

A good man

Allow me to augment this obituary with a personal observation regarding a man I never met: Tim Chapman raised a fine, caring, sensible, giving, intelligent son; a son who cared enough to be with his father and comfort him in his last days.

I am sorry he had to go so soon; I would have liked to have met him someday.
Date:December 9th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)

A good man (2)

Sorry, that "A good man" message was me. I screwed up and posted anonymously.
Date:December 9th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
Beautiful obit, Brent, and thanks for sharing it. Your father and I shared a birthday, and he wasn't all that many years ahead of me -- 60 is way too young. Hug.
Date:December 9th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)


This must truly suck for you, I'm sorry.

[*Wafting some caring thoughts your way*]


Date:February 27th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)

A Gentleman, Leader and Entrepreneur

I had the honor to work with Tim at Desert State Realty. Tim was a true leader! He always had awesome ideas, he lived with integrity. He was the model person of our company. He lived our company values: Teamwork, Integrity, Respect for Others, Have Fun, Client Centricity, Personal Accountability, Pursue Excellence and Community Involved. We were lucky to see his smiling face every day at Desert State. He was a Coach, Mentor and Friend.
Greg Drejza, Owner, Desert State Realty