Remembering John Wintersteen: A Legacy of Service, Scouting, and Community Impact

In Memoriam: Chief John Wintersteen, a Dedicated Servant to Paradise Valley and Grand Canyon Council BSA

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of John Wintersteen in a tragic traffic collision last night. John Wintersteen served 30 years in the United States Marine Corps prior to honorably serving the Paradise Valley Police Department from 1995 to 2009. Former Chief Wintersteen made a lasting impact on the Paradise Valley Police Department and the Scouting community. Even in retirement, his selfless dedication to our community persisted. 

Chief Wintersteen’s commitment to the principles of Scouting, particularly the Scout Oath and Law, was evident throughout his life. Guided by the belief in doing a good turn daily, he lived out the Scout Oath and Law, becoming a shining example of the values that Scouters hold dear. 

After retiring from the Police Department, Chief Wintersteen continued to contribute to the betterment of our community. His role as an Executive Board Member for Grand Canyon Council BSA exemplified his dedication to fostering leadership and character development in young people. His impact extended beyond the Scouting world, as he took on roles as the Rotary Club Youth Services Vice Chair and Emerging Leaders Chair. 

Chief Wintersteen played a crucial role in organizing Paradise Valley’s Martin Luther King Day events for over two decades, leaving an indelible mark on the community. His passion for service and community engagement was truly commendable. 

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Chief Wintersteen’s family and the families of all those affected by this heartbreaking incident. May he rest in peace, and may his contributions to Paradise Valley and the Grand Canyon Council BSA be remembered and celebrated. 

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