Marion Lee McCann
July 25, 1930 to July 3, 2019
Lee McCann of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away quietly on Wednesday morning, July 3, 2019. He was born and raised on his parent’s farm in Clearfield, Iowa, with no electricity or running water. When Lee began eighth grade, his parents sent him and his older brother, Willis, to attend school in Creston. The two boys lived alone in a one-room apartment above the mortuary during the week and returned to the farm on weekends. Lee graduated from Creston High School in 1948 and from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1953. He served in the Navy from 1953-1955, stationed aboard the USS Hyman (DD-732). In 1956, Lee married Jean Ann Albright in Rockford, Illinois. They moved their family to Scottsdale in 1970, where they became active, lifelong members at Scottsdale United Methodist Church.
One of Lee’s proudest accomplishments was his work as a pharmacist. He owned his own pharmacy in both Rockford and Phoenix. He later worked as a pharmacist for Safeway and ExpressScripts. Lee enjoyed participating in dog shows with his Ridgebacks and wirehaired dachshund for many years. He also enjoyed computers, genealogy research, riding his bike, driving sports cars (fast) and arguing politics (strongly). He had a unique (often dark) sense of humor and loved to laugh. After his retirement at the age of 77, Lee volunteered for many years at the Justa Center, a shelter for homeless seniors in Phoenix, and at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
Lee will be fondly remembered by his children, Steve (Ann), Kevin and Mike (Jessica); grandchildren, Kristi (Keith), Michelle (David), Tobi and Jake; and great-grandchildren Raina, Avery, Jack and Paul. He is also survived by his loving nephews and nieces (Diane, David, Donna, Doug and Denise) and their families. Jean, his wife of 59 years, passed in 2016. Lee now joins her and our Lord in heaven.
A memorial service with reception immediately following will be held at 1 :00 pm on Thursday July 11, 2019 at Messinger Indian School Mortuary 7601 E Indian School Rd., Scottsdale , AZ, 85251