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Calder Chapman
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Calder Chapman, 87, of Williams and Seligman, Ariz. died on June 5, 2013. He was born in San Antonio Texas on January 24, 1926 to Jim and Eleanor Chapman.

He was raised and educated in San Antonio. In 1944, at the age of 18, Calder entered the U.S. Army. After initial training, he was assigned to the 319th Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division serving in Europe. Among his many decorations, Calder received a Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. He was discharged from the Army in 1946 and used his GI benefits to attend St. Mary's University. He graduated in 1950 with a BA in sociology.

Calder moved to Williams, Ariz. in 1979 and took an active role in civic affairs. He served for four years on the city council and was Williams' first popularly elected mayor. Calder truly loved Williams.

In 2009, Calder relocated to Seligman, Ariz. because the lower elevation improved some of his breathing problems. Calder was a long time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in both Williams and Seligman and was an active member of the Seligman Calvary Church.

Memorial services will take place in Williams July 11, First Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

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