Wayne Louis Ettenborough
Wayne Louis Ettenborough
  • July 8, 1944 - November 22, 2016
  • Arizona

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After a life of service to Christ, his family and his community, Wayne Louis Ettenborough of Tempe, Arizona, entered Heaven on November 22, 2016. He was 72 years old.

All are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday, December 3, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Tempe, 4525 S McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282.

Wayne will be missed by Linda, his wife of 51 years; children, Trevor (Kelly) and Bethany Ettenborough Cummins (Lance); beloved granddaughters, Jordan and Ivy; and sisters, Janet Roth and Linda Geraghty.

Wayne was born on July 8, 1944 to Craig and Ruth Ettenborough in Spokane, Washington, where he grew up. He graduated from Northwest Christian High School in 1962.

He and his school sweetheart, Linda Payne, married on August 28, 1965. He worked for U-Haul when he moved his family from Portland, Oregon, to Tempe, Arizona, in 1967, to be part of the growing company in Arizona. He was responsible for all federal and state tax functions for the United States and Canada by the time he left U-Haul in 1977.

He worked at Greyhound Food Management, Inc., Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and Arizona Public Service Co. before retiring in 2006. He was a certified public accountant who worked in several roles over the years in accounting, taxes, auditing, compliance and ethics, including Director of Internal Audit for Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. His significant contribution as a leader created financial integrity for the companies and an ethical work environment which put people first.

Wayne was a committed and exemplary employee, and he was committed to church leadership, growing God's kingdom and serving God's people both inside and outside of the church.

He was an elder and chairman of the Council of Elders at Bethany Community Church in Tempe, where he helped lead significant campus expansion. He also was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Tempe and Faith Evangelical Free Church.

His professional affiliations included the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he also served on its Industry Committee and its Accountancy Continuing Professional Education Committee; and the Ethics Officer Association. In 1988, he was a finalist for the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants' Public Service Award.

In the community, he served on the Board of Directors, including past president, for Christian Family Care Agency; Board of Directors for the Infant Care Resource Center; a member of the Tempe Sister City Organization; and the Tempe Community Council Board.

His work was instrumental in opening the Open Horizons nursery location at Bethany Community Church to provide quality child care and support to teen parents.

His volunteer work also helped return more than $2.4 million to low-income working individuals and families in Tempe and Guadalupe through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. But, he didn't just help with the tax returns. He provided education about saving the tax refunds to help with college tuition and home repairs with a heart to improve their lives.

After Jesus and his family, he loved sports, especially Arizona State University Sun Devil football and basketball, and his Miniature Schnauzers through the years: Effie, Scooter, Macy, Piper and Allie. He hiked the Grand Canyon, rim to rim, the Bright Angel Trail and Havasupai Trail. He also enjoyed traveling and surprised Linda with a trip to Hawaii for a wedding anniversary, and he took more than one fishing trip to Alaska.

In 1975, Wayne graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University after eight years of night school while working 60 hours a week to provide for his family. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. Wayne's father, Craig, always wanted his son to go to college, so when Wayne graduated, he sent his father a photocopy of his diploma. His dad framed the copy and hung it on the wall.

Wayne will be remembered as a man of integrity, faith and service who trusted Jesus as his personal Savior.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Christian Family Care in Wayne's name at: http://cfcare.org/donate/.