COOLIDGE — John Bagnall, 64, died on June 18, 2022, after a three-year battle with cancer, which was fought bravely and fiercely.

Mr. Bagnall was born in Florence on Oct. 10, 1957, and was a son of Harry and Marilyn Bagnall. While he traveled extensively throughout the Southwest, he spent most of his life in his hometown of Coolidge. He was in the building trade and had his own framing company, Bagnall Construction. He built many houses throughout the Southwest and was known as a perfectionist and extremely hard worker. He was known to strongly “encourage” anybody who worked for him to be just as perfect and serious about building strong, outstanding structures.

Most of all, he was rich in the sense that he was a giver. He set an example for all to follow. He gave to his community in a variety of ways but was especially known for his devotion to veterans. He was an active member of the Coolidge Chapter of the Sons of the American Legion and served as its president for many years. He spearheaded the development of the historical room at the Coolidge American Legion, which “wowed” many of the veterans who visited with the memories contained in the room. He was also the “head” cook at the monthly American Legion spaghetti dinner. He was on the board and a founding member of the Pinal County Veterans Memorial Foundation.

He was active and an officer in the Coolidge Lions Club and would be found cooking scrambled eggs at the monthly fundraising breakfast at the Coolidge Airport. His service with the Lions Club also entailed community cleanups and scholarships for students at Coolidge High School. He was a huge supporter of Arizona sports teams: the Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Suns, Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils (only if not playing the Wildcats). He was a very happy person and could always be counted on for a good time. He would always light up a room full of people when he walked in, and when he left, he would do his “goodbye” tour and say a few words, shake hands or give people a hug.

His family was his life and in that regard he enjoyed a 38-year marriage to his love, Natalie, who survives him. He is also survived by whom he always called his beautiful daughter, Cassy; a son, Dale; four brothers, Tom, Dennis, Matt and Mark Bagnall; and three grandchildren.

Life celebration at noon on June 28 at the Coolidge American Legion. He sported and loved a Hawaiian shirt when he was relaxing, so put one on and come celebrate his life with family and friends.

Donations may be sent in his name to: Pinal County Veterans Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 11487, Casa Grande, AZ 85130, or Lions Camp Tatiyee, 5283 W. White Mountain Blvd., Lakeside, AZ 85929.


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