of you and/or your members knew Bill Lunsford through his work with the Arizona
Subcontractors Assn, the Painting & Decorating Contractors Assn, the Contractors
Information Council of Arizona, the Registrar of Contractors Advisory Committee,
the Arizona Apprenticeship Advisory Council, his time lobbying the Legislature,
and/or in many other arenas.
Bill Lunsford passed away last Sunday after a 4+ year long battle with lung
cancer. His obituary, which will run the next two days in the Arizona Republic,
is attached. Feel free to distribute it to your members who might have
known/worked with him. Visitation is from 5-7pm on Thursday with services on
Friday at 10am. Both will be held at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N Hayden,
Scottsdale, AZ 85257.
I know Dad appreciated your friendship,
collegiality, advice & counsel over these many years and, on his behalf, I thank
OBITUARY FOR BILL LUNSFORD
On March 18, 2012, Kenneth W. “Bill” Lunsford went with the angels as his
guide to be with his beloved Barbara, wife of 61 years, who left this earth a
year and a week earlier. Besides dancing in heaven with Barbara, he will join
the waiting arms of his daughter, Kathleen Ann Lunsford, his parents, William
and Josephine Lunsford, sisters Willa Petko, Fay Spurgeon, and Patricia Ray, and
so many friends.
Bill will be greatly missed by his sons Jack Lunsford (Anna) of Phoenix, and
James Lunsford (Debbie) of Oak Park, Ill.; his granddaughters, Celena Quist of
Stillwater, Oklahoma; Amber Lunsford Botamer (Charles) of Phoenix, AZ; and
twins, Erin and Kelsey Lunsford (Phoenix); by his grandson, Ben (Oak Park); by
his great-grand twins, Jaxon and Charlize (Phoenix); and his nieces and nephews.
Bill was born October 6, 1930 in New Orleans, LA about a mile from what is now
the Superdome. After his father suffered like so many in the depression, Bill’s
family came to Phoenix in 1932. This was not the first time in Phoenix for
Bill’s parents though. Bill was very proud that his father had worked on the
railroad bridge from Phoenix to Tempe, that he had brought the first locomotive
to Phoenix for use by Southern Pacific RR, and that his parents had walked in
the original statehood parade in February, 1912. Bill first lived in an old army
tent on the outskirts of town around 12th Street & Pierce, but he spent most of
his years growing up at the South Mountain Trading Post, built by his father and
him just south of the entrance to the Park.
The spirit of his father and toughness of early life drove him to succeed. After
high school he began selling paint, later moving to journeyman painter, foreman,
superintendent, and painting/drywall contractor. During that time he was a
member of the Painters Local Union #86, became an instructor in special
coatings, was qualified as an expert hearing/trial witness, and was elected
President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Painting & Decorating Contractors of
America (PDCA). In 1968 he was asked to lead PDCA as its Executive Director,
leading to a 35 year career in association management. In 1974 Bill worked with
former state senator and now Pinal County Attorney Jim Walsh to pass the first
Arizona restrictions on lead-based paint.
In 1984 he founded the Arizona Chapter of the American Subcontractors
Association, becoming its chief executive as well. Later he founded and was
President of the Contractors Information Council of Arizona, a coalition of
fifteen contractor organizations that worked with the Arizona legislature for
better laws regarding the construction industry. Bill was appointed by three
different Arizona governors to the State Apprenticeship Advisory Council, and he
was a 20+ year member of the Arizona Registrar of Contractor’s Advisory
In 2010 he was awarded special recognition by the Registrar for his service, and
was acknowledged as “the historian and conscience” of the Registrar’s Office.
Bill worked tirelessly to establish scopes of practice for contractors and
subcontractors and for consistency and uniformity in building codes, and in many
cases he drafted the manuals and taught the courses.
Bill was asked to postpone his semi-retirement/consulting business when Bank One
Ball Park (Chase Field) was being constructed, serving as the owner/managers’
quality control engineer for the coatings/special coatings being applied to the
ballpark’s surfaces. He did similar work at Miller Park in Milwaukee. It was
truly the culmination of his career because health issues forced him to give up
his consulting business and forego the retirement plans he had with Barbara.
Bill’s awards are too numerous, but he was most proud of the Bill Lunsford
Scholarship Fund that Arizona PDCA established in 2000 with an initial endowment
raised of $50,000.
Bill held and practiced the highest ethical and work standards, and he taught
them to his children, grandchildren, and others well. He was a teacher,
innovator, entrepreneur, and leader, but most of all he was a great father,
grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Visitation will be held Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 5-7pm, at Green Acres
Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. A celebration of life will be held at
10:00am, Friday, March 23, 2012, at Green Acres with interment immediately
In lieu of flowers, family is asking that donations be made to the Bill Lunsford
Scholarship Fund (C/O PDCA, 8490 S. Power Rd #105 PMB 212; Gilbert, AZ 85297) or
to Hospice of the Valley (Fund Development, 1510 E. Flower St.; Phoenix, Arizona
85014). The family is so grateful for the Hospice team, especially Sue, Tanya,
and Anabel, for their wonderful care of Bill and the family in his remaining
days. Arrangements by Green Acres Mortuary. We love our Dad, Grampa, and PaPa.