Jim & Deb Yatzek named Morenci Citizens of the Year 7.04

Written by David Green.

How did you end up in Morenci?

Deb: I ended up in Morenci when my parents moved here from Pennsylvania. My dad came here for a job.

Jim: I moved to the Morenci area from Detroit when I was 12, in 1967.

How long have you lived here?

Deb: We moved here in 1969.

Jim: We’ve lived in town since 1980, and I lived in Medina through my school years.

List the top three things you like about Morenci?

Deb: I like Morenci because I know most people, and better yet, I like them. I like the fact that I can take a walk at midnight and feel safe. I think we have a great school system.

Jim: It’s size, it’s sense of community, and it’s people.

In what ways have you seen Morenci change over the years?

Deb: I guess I feel like Morenci hasn’t changed a lot over the years and that is what I love about it.

Jim: I think to some degree it reflects what society on a larger scale is experiencing—less continuity and stability in family life.

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