Scottsdale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Herbert "Herb" R. Drinkwater
28 August 1936 28 December 1997
Mayor of Scottsdale 1980-1996
"Serving the citizens of Scottsdale is the greatest job in the world."
"Mr. Scottsdale," Mayor Herb Drinkwater, served the citizens of Scottsdale 24 years, eight as City Councilman and 16 as Mayor. A one-man Chamber of Commerce; he never knew a stranger. He personified the city's "West's Most Western Town" image by dressing in Western suits, a bolo tie and cowboy boots. Everyone considered him a friend. One of Arizona's most popular politicians, he received a 96 percent approval. During his tenure, he transformed the city into an economic powerhouse with more jobs than workers.
In 1993, Scottsdale was "America's Most Livable City" by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which validated Mayor Drinkwater's vision that small town values could still exist and pull citizens together in a big city atmosphere.
His legacy includes Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Tournament Club and the All-Arabian Horse Show. Voters showed their support by approving a bond issue to build a new Scottsdale Stadium and expand
His heroism is well documented. He saved a life using the Heimlich maneuver, changed tires for strangers, helped a policeman subdue a suspect, administered life-saving CPR to a man struck by lightning, and prevented a bull from charging into a group of children at a Parada del Sol Rodeo.
In 1959, he married his high school sweetheart, Jackie. She taught sixth grade in the Scottsdale School District, while he was an assistant business manager. He later owned Drinkwater's in Sundown Plaza. Their two children, Jamie and Mark, continued the Drinkwater legacy as community and business leaders.
Scottsdale's patriarch, Man of the Year, and Man of the Century, was known for his steadfast faith, solid handshake, effervescent personality, spirit and love for this city and its citizens.
Location. 33° 29.561′ N, 111° 55.286′ W. Marker is in Scottsdale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Located between the Civic Center and the City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scottsdale AZ 85251, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Chaplain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct Scottsdale Grammar School / The Little Red Schoolhouse (about 700 feet away); Winfield Scott Memorial (about 700 feet away); Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1929 - U.S. Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1921 - Sterling Drug Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1921 - Farmers State Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Permanent Home of the "Beavers" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsdale.
Also see . . . Herbert Raymond Drinkwater at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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