Perry Lewis Pullins passed away in his sleep – of natural causes – on Jan. 2, 2021.
Pullins was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son, friend, mentor, and a counselor. He was 93.
Perry was the first licensed therapist in Page, Arizona, and was instrumental in bringing behavioral health services to Page. Perry was the first to provide therapy services for the Page Unified School District and also provided therapy on the Native nations.
Perry became one of the founding members – and the first therapist – for what is now Encompass Health Services. Perry was also among the first residents of Greenehaven, Arizona, and until his death he was the longest living resident there.
Perry was born in Glendale, Arizona, to Albert and Doris Pullins in 1927. Perry was the youngest of two children and greatly loved and adored his older sister Barbara throughout her life and after her passing. In his youth, Perry was a remarkable athlete and as a high school quarter back, he led his team to a state championship.
When he turned 18 in 1945, Perry enlisted in the U.S. Marines and was honorably discharged after completing his active-duty term. Perry always noted playing football with Heisman trophy winner Les Horvath, a college football Hall of Fame inductee, as a highlight of his military service. Perry received both his bachelor’s and his master’s from Northern Arizona University and shortly thereafter began practicing therapy full time.
It is difficult to sum up 93 years, especially for a man as remarkable as Perry, who was often fond of saying “I have lived a full life.” Maybe it is best put by saying if you knew Perry then he had probably helped you out in some way.
Perry was the type of man that would give you the shirt off his back without a second thought or complaint. Perry believed in honor, integrity, doing what was right, and that a man’s word was his bond.
Perry exuded kindness, compassion, and had a great sense of humor. He touched and helped so many lives, leaving behind a lasting legacy demonstrating what kindness, empathy, and integrity can do to help the world and those around you.
Perry was fond of saying that he was “One lucky dude.” We are all so lucky to have had him. He is survived by his eight children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His family will be holding a celebration of life in his honor on Saturday, Jan. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. at this daughter’s home (339 Eagle Dr., Page, Arizona).
Perry’s family respectfully asks that if you have recently been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or have any symptoms of COVID-19 to please not attend the celebration of life in person.