Tucson retiree was killed at the Giffords event, friends say

2011-01-08T20:26:00Z 2011-01-09T02:08:13Z Tucson retiree was killed at the Giffords event, friends sayBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 08, 2011 8:26 pm  • 

Tucson retiree Dorwan Stoddard was identified Saturday as one of the victims, according to his friends. His wife, Mavanell, was shot in the legs but is expected to recover. Both were taken to University Medical Center following Saturday’s shootings.

Mike Nowak, the couple’s minister at Mountain Avenue Church of Christ, said Dorwan Stoddard was “a terrific guy, a jack-of-all-trades.”

Stoddard performed maintenance work at the church; he and Mavanell — everybody calls her “Mavy” — spent their summers traveling. Friends said they visited all 50 states and 28 foreign countries during their trips.

The Stoddards were among the first to visit friend Frankie Williams  when she was recovering from hip surgery.

“They were in our house three days ago,” Williams said. “This is such a tragedy for us to think about our personal friends at the wrong place at the wrong time. They were hit by a gunman not because they were enemies of his, but because it was just one of those sad things.”

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