Vincent Irving Coxon 96, of Oro Valley died peacefully in his sleep on June 19, 2012. He was a pioneer of the copper mining industry. He had previously lived more than 50 years in San Manuel, AZ. Vin was born in Tucson on February 3, 1916, the oldest of eight children. His early life was spent in Bowie, Phoenix, Willcox and Casa Grande. As a young man, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Vin worked as a surveyor for the AZ Highway Department before working in the mining industry at Castle Dome, Cananea (Mexico), Superior and finally at San Manuel where he worked for 33 years before retiring in 1981 as Chief Civil Engineer. Vin and his family moved from Superior to Red Hill in 1948 where he helped with the development of the San Manuel copper mining complex. In 1955 the family became some of the first residents of San Manuel. He was a registered land surveyor. Vin served a lengthy term on the Pinal County Planning and Zoning Commission. He served on the San Manuel - Mammoth School Board for 12 years and was active in the Masonic Lodge achieving the rank of 32nd Degree. He was a founding member and the first President of the San Manuel Golf Club which he helped to plan and build. He headed the committee that oversaw the design and construction of the Community Presbyterian Church in San Manuel. Additionally, Vin was an avid lapidarist and hunted, cut and faceted gemstones and made remarkable jewelry. Vin enjoyed traveling throughout the US as well as the world. Most of all he enjoyed his family and thrived as a brother, husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather. Vin married Helen Moore of Casa Grande in 1941. They were married for 69 years and had four children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She preceded him in death on September 7, 2010. In addition to his wife, Vin was preceded in death by his parents, William and Evalyn Loss Coxon; brothers, Zack, Nate, Ted and Quentin Coxon and a sister, Elizabeth Blee. He is survived by sister, Bertha Marjorie "Chuckles" Schettino; a brother, Frank Coxon; sons, Gary (Janet) Coxon and Jim (Robin) Coxon; daughters, Karen (Brad) Woodford and Judi White; seven grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mammoth/San Manuel Education Foundation, P.O. Box 406, San Manuel, AZ, 85631.