Devine, Wilson to be honored for their roles
KINGMAN Local volunteer Loren Wilson and Andy Devine will both be honored Saturday for their roles in contributing to Kingman's heritage.
Wilson will be recognized for his long record and tireless enthusiasm with his work with the museums and other historical preservation efforts. Tad Devine, meanwhile, will accept an award honoring his father on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
A larger-than-life personality, Andy Devine has come to represent a tradition that has continued to grow with the generations holding close ties to their Kingman roots.
Aside from acknowledging a Kingman boy who later used his damaged larynx as an advantage to become the sidekick with the unmistakable voice in 400 movies, Andy Devine Days has come to personify the values and lifestyle that identify Kingman.
Wilson has contributed more than his share to help the community maintain its relevance in a historical context.
Wilson, a researcher who taught art and photography in Kingman for 35 years, has volunteered on and off for the Mohave Museum of History and Arts and the Route 66 museum since 1968. Wilson, who turned 80 this year, continues to guide groups on historical tours of Beale Springs and has served as a site steward for historical locations with the Bureau of Land Management.
He also helped organize and maintain the darkroom and library of more than 10,000 photos in the Mohave Museum, one of the largest in Arizona.
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Wilson has guided groups through the museums providing visitors with extensive knowledge about the history of Mohave County, and worked with other volunteers in setting up the Air Museum, in tribute of the Kingman Army Air Base, in an old Kingman Airport hanger.
Wilson continues to maintain active membership in the Arizona and Mohave County Archaeological Societies and the Genealogical Society in Mohave County.