John Thomas "Tommie" Cauthen passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at home surrounded by his wife and family. Born Jan. 5, 1928, to Tom and Hazel Cauthen in Clifton, Ariz., Tommie spent his childhood on the U-Diamond ranch before his family bought the XBar1 where he attended Hackberry and Kingman schools.
Home for the past 65 years has been in Ash Fork where he met and married his beloved wife. He was self-employed operating his heavy equipment on many Northern Arizona ranches, building roads, tanks, hauling material and always felt fortunate to work in God's country.
Tommie was preceded in death by his folks, Tom and Hazel; brothers, Dean and Clifford (Bud); sister, Lavetta and too recently his youngest grandson, Curtis Dale. Tommie is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Joyce of Ash Fork; his three children, Karen (John Lee) Schreiner of Kingman, John T. (Terry Ann) Cauthen of Ash Fork, and Beverly (Doc) Girl of Kingman; brother, Bailey K. Cauthen of Duncan, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Holli, Cliff, Kelli ,Tom, Jesse, David and Karri; and lastly, 17 loved great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Ash Fork School's Multi-Purpose Room.
Norvel Owens Mortuary, Flagstaff, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com.