In conjunction with the 75th anniversary celebration of the Tucson Institute of Religion located on the University of Arizona campus, Ed Honea, the mayor of Marana, and Calvin Baker, the Superintendent of the Vail School District, and his wife Nancy Baker were honored and given the Family Values Award from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The awards were given at a devotional that took place at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 18th, at the Tucson Institute located at 1333 East 2nd Street.
The Family Values Award honors and recognizes the honorable efforts of upstanding community leaders, outside the church, who have made outstanding contributions to the family and who are striving to advance standards and family values throughout the Tucson region. Mayor Ed Honea received this award after he contacted state and community leaders and stood with concerned parents against Adult Business bill boards which had been placed within reading distance of Estes Elementary and Marana Middle School. Due to his efforts and the efforts of the concerned parents, the bill boards were removed.
Stephanie Ashcraft, one of the concerned moms, and Gilbert Davidson, town manager of Marana, wrote letters of recommendation for the mayor to receive this award. Stephanie wrote, “Over and over, Mayor Honea has expressed his desire to have Marana be a safe haven for family values and families.”“Over and over, Mayor Honea has expressed his desire to have Marana be a safe haven for family values and families.” Gilbert Davidson stated, “I have firsthand knowledge of his dedication and belief in this community and in particular the families who make up our great Town. Mayor Honea’s service to this community has made this a better place for families to live, do business, and recreate. He believes strongly in the value of a healthy community where it is safe and well-maintained.”
Biography Information for Bakers
Calvin and Nancy Baker have opened their home to over 50 young people in need of help. Some needed a temporary place to stay. Others came in desperate need of an accepting and secure refuge from the world. Two were formally adopted making 6 children for the Baker’s. They have 8 official grandchildren and another half dozen children of the ‘others’ who treat them as grandparents. Calvin has been an educator for over 40 years. He is currently the superintendent of the award winning Vail School District. In Calvin’s 25 years at Vail, the District has grown from 500 students in one school to 12,000 students in 17 schools. He has been honored with several state-wide leadership positions and awards. Nancy is also an educator and worked with correspondence students in the far northern reaches of Alaska when Cal and Nancy lived there. Since moving to Arizona, Nancy has focused on raising children, managing a busy home, enjoying grandmother activities, a senior pastor, a special education teacher, a student, and a marine. Calvin and Nancy are richly blessed by their community, their friends, their co-workers, and of course, their expanding family.
Biography Information for Mayor
Mayor Ed Honea is the third generation of a five-generation Marana family and has served on the town council on three different occasions, totaling more than 25 years. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Marana as a contractor for 29 years before retiring in 2007. The mayor is an outdoor enthusiast and avid hiker and can be found most days on one of the many trails that run throughout the Marana Community. He has two children and a step son and five grandchildren. His wife, Jan Lawson Honea, passed away after a battle with cancer in February. He is a member of Sanctuary Methodist Church.