WILLCOX Favorite Sons/Daughters

 

The Favorite Son/Daughter Award has been presented during Rex Allen Days since it was started in 1986 by Greg LaFreniere, the publisher of the Arizona Range News at that time. The award is presented in the spirit of Rex Allen to someone who has left Willcox and made their mark elsewhere, but has never forgotten Willcox was home.  In 1996, the Northern Cochise Community Hospital added an "In-town" recipient, for someone who has made his or her mark here at home. In 2009, there was no longer a sponsor for the In-town recipient, and the Range News chose the best nominee overall. In 2012, there will once again be a sponsor for the In-town recipient, as well as the Range News for Out-of town recipient, so with enough nominees, there will be two honorees.

In-town favorite son/daughter award is given to a man or woman who meets two or more of the following qualifications:
  1. Was born in Willcox
  2. Graduated from the eighth grade in Willcox
  3. Attended school in Willcox for majority of elementary/high school
  4. Graduated from high school in Willcox
And:
  • Has consistently lived in Willcox
  • Is a Willcox supporter and promoter
  • Has made a difference in the lives of people in Willcox
  • Attained recognition outside of Willcox
The out-of-town favorite son/daughter award is given to a man or woman who meets the following qualifications:
  • Was born in Willcox, or
  • Spent the majority of his/her growing up years in Willcox
  • Attended or graduated from high school in Willcox
  • Considers Willcox his/her "hometown"
  • Is a Willcox supporter and promoter
  • Has made a difference in people's lives
  • Attained recognition in his/her life's occupation/location..


Willcox Favorite Sons or Daughters Recipients

In Town Recipient  
Out of Town Recipient 
Year of Induction 
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
Robbs, Sally Gordon
2010
Weaver, Jake
2009
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Hansen, Homer
2008
Nicholson, Betty Jo "Honey" Wear
Lee, Cindy Tenney
2007
Stark, Pat
2006
--
--
2005
Gonzales, Frank
2004
Arzberger, Gus
Browning, Eddie
2003
Bethel, Russ
Modica, Ann Huffman
2002
Bethel, Howard and Gwen
Keiller, Danny
2001
Bloise, Claudine
Grosh, George "Sonny"
2000
Bethel, Jonnie Belle
DiBiase, Ted 'Million Dollar Man'
1999
Jensen, Chris
Gordon, Carlton Jr.
1998
Clark, Ellen
Ramirez, Francisco
1997
Harris, Dave
Hurtado, Paul
1996
--
Riggs, Jonny B.
1995
--
Orozco, Rebecca Blanke
1994
--
Neal, Troy
1993
--
Bamrick, Mary Anne McHenry
1992
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Taylor, Shirley Jo Harris
1991
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Carrillo, Robert
1990
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Bliss, Robert "Bob"
1989
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Allen, Rex Sr
1988
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Clapp, Carl
1987
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Johnson, Marvin "Swede"
1986