For more than 60 years, Paul Messinger has devoted his time, energy, vision and historic perspective to Scottsdale and the area as a businessman and community leader. His passions include maintaining and promoting the city’s history, and chairing fundraising campaigns for the city’s most popular sculpture, “The Yearlings,” as well as “One With The Eagle” at the entrance to the Scottsdale Airpark. He regularly writes about the history of Scottsdale for the Scottsdale Republic, part of the daily newspaper The Arizona Republic. Through the years Messinger has been consistently involved in the community, both publicly and behind the scenes. Not a single-cause advocate, his interests range from good government to history to the environment.
After graduating from Scottsdale High in 1948, Paul attended Phoenix College and Arizona State University, graduating from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. Paul married Cora Ross, a Scottsdale High classmate in 1950. During the early years of their marriage, Paul continued his studies and completed an internship for mortuary licensing in Arizona and California. After eight years of working in mortuaries in Arizona and California, Paul and Cora platted the northwest three acres of his family’s ranch into Scottsdale’s first mortuary.