Recently retired Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog was honored by the Prescott Valley Town Council when it renamed the former Civic Center Circle as Skoog Boulevard.
That occurred when councilmembers publicly introduced and then unanimously passed a motion to honor the popular 79-year-old community leader during his retirement dinner at the Prescott Valley Event Center, Nov. 11. Skoog and his wife Edna received a standing ovation when the motion passed in front of an audience of some 450 from the greater region.
Earlier that evening, several state, county and local community legislative and government leaders praised Skoog for his dedication and diplomacy in leading town government.
The Minnesota native had served on the Town Council as a member and later as mayor for a cumulative 26 years, more than half the time since Prescott Valley was first incorporated as a town. Skoog, his wife and their children had moved to Prescott Valley from Phoenix in 1982. He was first appointed to Town Council in 1984, and then re-elected. He was named mayor in 1993 and had been re-elected three more times.
When Prescott Valley Vice Mayor Lora Lee Nye presented him with the large street sign, “Skoog Blvd,” Skoog, with his typical modest smile and quiet voice said, “How could a guy ask for more. This is much more than I expected. I am way beyond surprised.” He thanked all those present, saying, “It’s people like you who make this community great.”
Possibly the biggest honor for Skoog was to have dozens of family members present. In all, he and his wife have nine children, 61 grandchildren, and 43 great-grandchildren. Those present stood in front of the stage to honor Skoog as a shower of rainbow confetti drifted over the platform party. They then led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Skoog, who turned 79 the next day.
Prescott Valley is now the largest incorporated community in Yavapai County, with a population approaching 46,000. It has an estimated population growth of 2.8 percent the past few years, according to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.