Kelly Creason: Creason deserved honor
It has come to my attention that the Creason Building no longer bears the surname of my late mother-in-law, Patricia Creason.
Pat Creason was a passionate advocate for Lake Havasu City in her role as a Councilwoman and past President of the Chamber of Commerce. As executive director of Interagency (1989-2003), she focused on helping the needy, especially those affected by domestic violence. She was the procurer of countless grants for InterAgency to be used to fund its programs. She was also the past president of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and was deeply involved in Crisis Line, United Way, and Mohave Mental Health. She also had many affiliations with local organizations such as Keep Havasu Clean and Beautiful, Soroptimist Club, and was a member of the Mohave County Foster Care review board. In 1992, she was honored an “Outstanding Victim Advocate.” She worked tirelessly, even on nights and weekends at home. I saw it firsthand. Jim Creason, her husband of 52 years at the time of her death, was a member of Rotary, and a recipient of their prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship. Their love for Lake Havasu was their motivation for countless hours of volunteer work.
When it was decided to name the building which housed Interagency as the Creason Building, the family could not have been more proud, as it was quite befitting for the city to recognize the decades of service Pat and Jim gave to Lake Havasu City, and to the organization which was Pat’s pride and joy, Interagency.
When a building is named for a person, it is for good reason. It indicates the person was instrumental in the creation of something good in the community. On the other hand, when that name is removed, it speaks to a certain lack of respect for the person for whom it was named. It should not matter that Interagency is no longer occupying the building. The contributions Pat (and Jim) made to Lake Havasu City speak volumes, and it was a sad and shameful day when the name was removed.