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Community mourns the loss of former Carefree mayor


CAREFREE – Town of Carefree staff announced on April 7 that former Carefree mayor David Schwan passed away on April 6.

In the announcement, Carefree staff noted that David Schwan served the Town of Carefree and its residents tirelessly and unselfishly for twelve years. As his initial assignment, David served as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and later as a member of the Town Council and finally as the Mayor. He was appointed mayor by the Town Council in 2009 and was elected as mayor in 2011. David leaves behind a legacy of outstanding analytical thinking and warm personal relationships with the many people with which he dealt throughout Carefree. 

In February of 2015, David was diagnosed with ALS, causing his resignation from office. With characteristic modesty and concern for others, upon his resignation David wrote to the residents and Town Staff of Carefree: “…thank you to the citizens of Carefree! I have had the privilege of serving you for over 12 years on committees, Town Council and as mayor. It has been a privilege, an honor and a most rewarding experience. Please know that Carefree is in good hands with your Town Council and GREAT Staff. Take care and do well.”

David also served the North Valley community in numerous volunteer capacities: as a member of the President’s Circle of the Paradise Valley Community College, by working with the Voices of Youth program at Cactus Shadows High School, representing Carefree at the Northeast Valley Coalition Against Methamphetamine, and as a volunteer with the Foothills Caring Corps.

Mayor Schwan’s services will be held Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m., at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the ALS Association – Arizona Chapter, 360 E. Coronado Rd. Suite 140, Phoenix, AZ 85004.