Dearl Rufus Hooten, 87, of Quartzite, Ariz., passed away due to a heart attack. He was born November 15, 1924, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Gussie and Mark Hooten.

Dearl married Mozell (Triplett) on January 19, 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946.

Dearl was a Gospel preacher and his passion was spreading the love of Christ. He loved visiting nursing homes and playing his guitar and singing to them. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at the Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinic, the Dom. Darold Hetsell will be officiating.