In sadness, we share the news that Mr. John MacVean, the husband of Rev. Sharon MacVean, died on Monday, September 16, 2019.
John MacVean grew up near Watertown, NY and had fond memories of fishing in the St. Lawrence river. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and moved to Phoenix in 1966. He and Sharon met in Phoenix in 1967 and were married in June of 1968. He was an electronic engineer who worked for Honeywell and GE and was supportive of Sharon following her call and entering into ministry. He loved spending time in the outdoors especially hiking, canoeing and camping. John is survived by his wife, Sharon, 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Rev. Sharon MacVean is a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference. She was consecrated as a diaconal minister in 1996, was admitted on probation in 1998 and became an elder in full connection in 2001. She graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University and Arizona State University and the School of Theology at Claremont. Her service included: Phoenix: Cross in the Desert UMC; Mesa: First UMC; Mesa: Red Mountain UMC; and Phoenix: Sunrise UMC. Rev. MacVean retired in 2008.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:30 am at Cross in the Desert United Methodist Church, 12835 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Following the celebration, there will be a committal at 12:30 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. Following the committal, at 1:00 pm, there will be a luncheon at Cross in the Desert United Methodist Church.
Condolences can be sent to Rev. Sharon MacVean, 9840 North 29th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85028.
Memorial gifts may be given in memory of Mr. MacVean to:
Parent Partnership Program
8340 N. 49th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85302
Remembering God’s word for us, we give thanks to God who gives us the victory over death through Jesus Christ. With gratitude for the life of Mr. John MacVean, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.