Former Morenci mayor Walt Teeter dies 8.13

Written by David Green.

The decision to build a hospital in Morenci to serve Waldron, Fayette, Lyons and the area led to Walt Teeter’s arrival here.

Teeter, his wife and three children moved to Morenci in 1961, beginning an era of community service spanning several decades.

Teeter died Aug. 6 at home following a lengthy illness.

Teeter was on hand to open the 25-bed facility in 1961 and oversee the 12-room addition in 1968 as the need for expansion arose.

In 1987, when no one was stepping forward to serve as Morenci mayor, Teeter agreed to serve if elected by write-in ballots and he garnered the most votes. After a two-year term, he hoped someone would step forward to serve, but no one did and he was elected by write-in votes again.

In 1993, Teeter was back in city hall when he was appointed a city council member.

Working with his wife, Mary, Teeter compiled records from Morenci’s two cemeteries and created a website for public access to the data.

His obituary is on page four of this week’s Observer.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
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  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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