A Texas ebony tree was planted at Riverfront Park in Oro Valley in honor of Zev Cywan, who passed away in January. The tree dedication ceremony will be held at the park this Saturday at 10 a.m. Randy Metcalf/The Explorer

When Zev Cywan passed away on Jan. 17, Oro Valley mourned the loss of one of its most dedicated residents. They shared stories of his work to better the community and the positive impact he had on the people and projects he touched.

Now the town has a permanent, living memorial to Cywan. At 10 a.m. April 2, it will dedicate a tree planted in Cywan’s honor in the Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane, just south of the tennis courts.

Beneath the shade tree lies a plaque reading, “In memory of Zev Cywan. Thank you for your contribution to the quality of life in our beloved Oro Valley. Your friends and family 2011.”

The dedication also will allow friends to share their thoughts about Cywan, whose memorial service in January took place in California.

Cywan died earlier this year at the age of 71 after battling for several months with health problems, including pancreatitis. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and two stepdaughters.

Cywan was an active member of the community and a familiar face at most town council, board and commissions meetings. Few important issues were passed in town chambers without the input of Cywan after he and Marilyn moved to Oro Valley in 2005.

He briefly contemplated a run for local office but decided against it. Instead, he focused his efforts on helping the candidates he supported. In addition, he completed Oro Valley’s Citizen Planning Institute class, and in 2009, was appointed to the town’s Art Review Commission. He also served on the commission seated to study the town’s sign code.

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