APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – The Central Arizona College family is mourning the loss of Pinal County Community College District Governing Board President Linda Yarrington who passed away on Sunday, May 5.
“This is an extremely difficult and emotional time for the Yarrington Family, the CAC Family, and the community that Linda served throughout her career,” Dr. Doris Helmich, CAC’s president and CEO, said. “Linda was an outstanding and caring human being who had a tremendous affinity for Central Arizona College and who always put the students first. Our condolences and thoughts go out to her husband, Jack, as well as her children and grandchildren.”
A vigil service will be held for Yarrington on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at St. George Catholic Church in Apache Junction, Ariz. The church is located at 300 E. 16th Avenue and the intersection of Winchester Road.
The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the CAC Foundation c/o The Linda Yarrington Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations may be sent to:
The Linda Yarrington Memorial Scholarship Fund
C/O The CAC Foundation
Central Arizona College
8470 N. Overfield Road
Coolidge, AZ 85128
Yarrington was unanimously elected as the new president of the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board in January. She had represented District 5, covering the greater Apache Junction and Gold Canyon areas, since her election to a six-year term in November 2008.
Yarrington resided in Pinal County for nearly two decades and had extensive experience guiding institutional operations for profit and non-profit organizations.
The retired director of community relations, planning and workforce development for Pinal Gila Behavioral Health, Yarrington served as a board member of the United Way of Pinal County and Eastern Arizona Health Education Center during her career. She volunteered her services to the Arizona Rural Health Association and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
Yarrington earned her associate degree in business from Mohave Community College before heading to Arizona State University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She earned her master’s degree in social work also from Arizona State University.
Central Arizona College will be working with the superintendent of public schools in Pinal County to identify a representative to complete Yarrington’s term that will end in 2014.
The election for the District 5 representative on the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board is scheduled for November 2014 with the six-year term beginning in January 2015.