Karl Wayne Stewart, 60, of San Tan Valley, Ariz., formerly of Silver City, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Dec. 18, 1951 in Longview, Texas to Clyde T. Stewart and Lenore Mesa. Karl graduated from Lordsburg High School and went to work for Kennecott Copper in 1970. He married Gale Smith in March, 1971 and they had three children. Karl worked for the mines as a Senior Chemist in the Assay Lab for 42 years in both New Mexico and Arizona. He was an Honorary Life member of the Silver City Elks Lodge #413 for 32 years. He was a past Exalted Ruler from the local lodge, a Past District Deputy GER and a Past State President of the New Mexico Elks Association. He was a member of the Whiskey Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. for 15 years and was active in various youth organizations and charities. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time outdoors. He especially loved being with his nine grandchildren, Rylie, Kaleb, Chloe, Treagen, Cole, Emma, Nick and Briana. He is survived by his loving wife, Gale Stewart of San Tan Valley; his mother, Leonora Stewart; one son, Michael C. Stewart (Jessica) of Morenci, Ariz.; two daughters, Rebecca Saiz (Ben) of Phoenix; Lisa M. Stewart of Las Cruces, N.M.; nine grandchildren; one sister, Joan Redford (Robert) of Rio Rancho, N.M.; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with the prayer vigil and holy rosary to begin at 7 p.m. with Deacon Bill Holguin reciting. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Rod Nichols officiating. The interment will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery. Pallbearers will be members of the Silver City Elks Lodge #413 and Joe Meza. In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to their favorite charity. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.