Former Fountain Hills mayor, civic leader Jerry Miles dies

Jun 2, 2021, 10:37 AM
Jerry Miles (Town of Fountain Hills Photo)...
Jerry Miles (Town of Fountain Hills Photo)
(Town of Fountain Hills Photo)

PHOENIX – Jerry Miles, former mayor of Fountain Hills and a champion of public art, died over the weekend, the town announced Tuesday. He was 84.

Miles and his wife, Jackie, bought a home in Fountain Hills in 1985 after he retired as an attorney in Southern California, and they became full-time residents of the northeast Valley town in 1990, according to a press release.

“There is so much Jerry Miles accomplished that will be spoken about in the coming days and weeks, but what immediately comes to mind is that Jerry embraced Fountain Hills as his hometown and left no doubt about his commitment to our community,” Mayor Ginny Dickey said in the release.

Miles was active in a variety of civic organizations and served as mayor from 1996 to 1998.

Jerry and Jackie Miles played a major role in Fountain Hills’ public art acquisitions, and the town’s collection was named “Milestones, an Odyssey Through Public Art” in their honor.

The Jerry Miles Sculpture Garden in Fountain Hills’ Centennial Circle was named after the former mayor in 2017.

Jerry Miles was inducted into the Lower Verde Valley Hall of Fame in 2005, and Jackie received the same honor two years later.

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Former Fountain Hills mayor, civic leader Jerry Miles dies