Farewell time planned for Dave Baumgartner 2.11

Written by David Green.

An active member of the Morenci community will be leaving the area next week and friends are invited to stop by for a visit Friday night.

Dave Baumgartner has taken a new job with U.S. Marble, a Michigan-based company selling cultured marble for vanity tops, kitchen counters, etc.

Baumgartner will relocate in South Carolina as part of a territorial expansion for U.S. Marble. His wife, Penny, will join him later in the year.

The Baumgartners moved to Morenci in November 1991 and took over ownership of JC Party Store. They’ve served as co-chairs of the Morenci Town and Country Festival committee and continued to help with the annual event through last year.

Both have served as members of the Morenci Planning Commission and have remained active in the Morenci Athletic Boosters. Dave currently serves as treasurer.

Among other community service projects, the Baumgartners have helped decorate Wakefield Park in December and Dave has served as a trustee at the Morenci Eagles for several years.

Friends are invited to stop by at the Eagles Friday starting at 8 p.m. to wish Dave well in his new career.

“We certainly enjoyed this city and we made a lot of friends who will stay with us,” Dave said.

Leaving Morenci was a tough decision, he said, but they will soon be living much closer to their daughter, Jennifer, and her family.

“We’re really looking forward to it and we’d like to find another small town where we can make a contribution,” he said.

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