Brother Paul Decker Enters Chapter Eternal

Brother Paul Wayne Decker, a building developer and 1962 graduate of the University of Arizona died May 24 after a long struggle with cancer in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 75.

Brother Decker was born March 24, 1940 in Indiana. He grew up in Yuma, attended the UA and pledged Sigma Chi in 1958. After college, Paul enlisted in the Army where he became a first lieutenant tank commander in the 102nd Armored and served in Germany.

He got his start building homes in Nebraska with his father Don. He had a passion for the environment and was working on his lifelong dream of developing a 2,500 acre eco-friendly, sustainable development in Prescott. He was the founder of the first Green Building Program in Scottsdale and built the first green house in Scottsdale.

He is survived by his daughter Robyn Loughlin, stepdaughter DeEtte, four grandchildren and "the love of his life," Julie Newcomb.

A celebration of Brother Decker’s life will be Friday, May 29, 2015 10 a.m. at Scottsdale Bible Church Hayden Chapel 7901 E. Shea Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to

All Honor to His Name.

Brother Gordon “Jiggs” Lent Enters Chapter Eternal

Brother J. Gordon “Jiggs” Lent, Beta Phi 1949, an international agricultural businessman,  died July 4, 2015, in Modesto, Calif., of cancer. He was 87.

He was born in Towanda, Pennsylvania on Dec. 30, 1927 and raised in Tucson. He excelled at sports and was a decorated athlete at Tucson High School. During elementary and high school, he and his brother Al raised turkeys, putting themselves through college with the proceeds from the business.

Brother Lent enrolled in the University of Arizona and pledged Sigma Chi in the fall 1945. He lettered in football and track as a freshman and was consul in his senior year. He and Brother Jack McDuff took a three-week road trip to Seattle to attend the Grand Chapter.

He was a member of Bobcats and the agricultural honorary Alpha Zeta his senior year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry and general agriculture. After graduation he earned a master’s degree in animal nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley.

He served in Korea with the U.S. Army in 1951-52. When he returned he worked for Arizona Feeds for 20 years in sales and management in Tucson and Phoenix. He also managed ranch projects in Hawaii for 16 years. He later joined Pacific Coast Farms, where he managed the agricultural portfolio for Hancock Insurance Co. until 1993 in Modesto. He served on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Winegrape Growers for 10 years.

When he retired at age 65 he co-founded the Lent-Burden Farming Co. that developed more than 12,000 acres of almond and walnut orchards and wine grape vineyards in central California. A licensed real estate agent, he was responsible for land acquisition, investor funding, banking relationships and industry relations. He also was a consultant in Kenya, Iran, Mexico and Venezuela.

Brother Lent was married to Diane Steinheimer for 45 years, and had five daughters. He was predeceased by his wife and daughter Sally Ho. He is survived by a sister Barbara Lovett, daughters Lia Lent, Lori Jackson, Jane Hinrichs and Stacy Lent and nine grandchildren.

A memorial was held July 9, 2015 in Modesto. A memorial is being planned for Tucson in the fall.

All Honor to His Name.


Steve Minarik Enters Chapter Eternal

Brother Steve Minarik, ’89, a high school coach and teacher, entered Chapter Eternal on July 27, 2015, after dying from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 48.

Brother Minarik was born and raised in Tucson and graduated from Santa Rita High School in 1984 where he played varsity baseball and trumpet in the marching band. He pledged Sigma Chi 1983. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education at the UA in 1989 and his master’s degree in education from NAU in 1997.

He taught and coached baseball in the Flowing Wells District, in South Korea at Taejon Christian International School and finished his career in Prescott Valley.

Brother Minarik’s greatest joys were his family, golf and baseball. His family noted that he had an  adventurous spirit, infectious sense of humor and positive outlook on life.

He is survived by his wife, Sheryl; sons, Carson and Garrett; and his mother, Mary Kay Bush.  A celebration of his life was Aug. 15,, 2015 in Tucson. Donations can be made to Alzheimer's research at Banner Health Foundation, 2025 E. Third St., #250, Phoenix, AZ, 85004. Please designate Alzheimer's Prevention Study Fund #121274.

All Honor to His Name.


Brother Steven Schuyler re-elected Grand Trustee

At the 80th grand chapter of Sigma Chi International Fraternity Steven Schuyler ’72 was re-elected to the Board of Grand Trustees and elected as the Trustee representative to the Executive Committee of Sigma Chi.

 Accordingly, he has recently resigned as President of the Sigma Chi Building Company and brother Chuck Colton will assume those duties. Brother Colton will advance the interests of the SCBC to new heights.

 Additionally, he has resigned as the President of the Tucson Alumni Chapter effective immediately as he cannot fill these roles and hold this position. We must find a replacement who can take the alumni chapter to new levels.

 Quoted Brother Schuyler, “I cannot begin to tell you the joy I have felt in representing my beloved Beta Phi Chapter in these positions over these many years. You brothers and the chapter mean and will continue to mean so much to me throughout my life. I now have the opportunity to utilize my talents to the best of my ability for the interest of the international fraternity. I do hope you all will support me in that endeavor.  I am very proud to be a Beta Phi Sig and a graduate of the University of Arizona. Wildcat for Life!! Wish me luck and look forward to seeing all of you in the very near future.


Welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year at University of Arizona

We were pleased to let our alumni brothers know we held Mission 365 for the undergraduate chapter which is held this last weekend (August 15, 2015). This is an award winning program of EX and teaches value based recruiting. Fortunately, our facilitator is newly elected Grand Tribune and M365 chairman Bob Wilson from Denver. Bob is the A team and the chapter will definitely benefit from his time proven presentation. We are in a fortunate situation where we have hordes of young men attending recruitment and it is worth every effort to learn how to recruit those men best able to get the most out of becoming a Sigma Chi and who will benefit the chapter in the years to come.

Also, if you have a note of recommendation you wish to send on behalf of a young man, please send it to the Chapter Advisor, Dan Heck, at It is a monumental task for the undergrads to manage the overwhelming numbers. This pledge class will be the first to be under the mandated 8 week program. The undergrad officers had a successful BLTW in Bowling Green and I know they are looking forward to a successful Fall 2015 semester. Watch this page for updates.