July 10, 2010
A Memorial Tribute
Jeff Furst -
St. Lucie County Property Appraiser (2001-2010)
FACM lost a good friend to the
organization when Jeff Furst, St. Lucie County Property
Appraiser, passed away from a stroke July 5th leaving behind
a long history of public service. He is remembered as
probably the smartest elected official in St. Lucie County,
a great property appraiser who had the interests of the
people first in his mind. He leaves behind his wife of 45
years, Delaine, an associate professor at Indian River State
College, two daughters, Stephanie Harmody and Dr. Christina
Narnvar of Sebastian. Our thoughts and prayers go out
to the family.
Bischel - Hendry County
FACM extends its sincere regrets that a
member of its own, Ralph Bischel, passed away on September
3, 2009. Mr. Bischel was the GIS Cadasdtral mapper for
Hendry County and was a very talented cadastral mapper who
virtually built the entire GIS parcel base for the county.
He was both a gifted mapper and a computer genius working on
both the original paper maps that he meticulously
constructed to the conversion of those maps to computer
format using GIS. He was a very unassuming person
whose contributions to mapping will be forever remembered in
Dean - DeSoto County
Mr. Michael Deen, De Soto County Property
Appraisers Office, Senior Mapper, passes away July 11, 2007 at the age
of 57. Mr. Dean worked many years for Professional Surveyor and Mapper,
Kermit Roan. He continued his career in the mapping profession when he
joined the DeSoto County Property Appraiser Office Mapping Department.
His professionalism, friendship and love are a great loss to his
coworkers, friends and family. He will be missed.
Dave Clifton - Volusia
Volusia County Loses
One of It’s Best
Dave Clifton was a Deeds Supervisor for the Property
Appraiser’s Office and had worked for Volusia County for 24 years. He
died on September 4, 2005 at the age of 56. Dave was a native and
lifetime resident of DeLand. He served in the US Army and National
Guard. Dave was very athletic; a current member of the YMCA
and a softball player with the Florida Half Century Amateur Softball
Association. He leaves behind his wife Sherry and daughter and
son, Emily and Nolan.
In the community, Dave was known as a man of his word and
a man of great knowledge of the lands of Volusia County. He was well
respected and faultlessly accurate. He had a great reputation for
interpreting legal descriptions, resolving conflicts, and finding map
By his co-workers, Dave was considered a fine leader with
a great sense of humor and a man with a wealth of knowledge. He was an
avid Seminole fan and had a lively rivalry in the office. He was loyal,
patient and sincere. He will be remembered by some of his favorite
sayings: “a map is only as good as the map maker”, “good job”, and
“goodnight, hey, thanks for coming”. He will be truly missed.
From Morgan B. Gilreath, Jr., Volusia
County Property Appraiser: "Dave Clifton filled "all the bills." He
was a devoted father and husband who doted on Nolan, his son, and Emily,
his daughter and talked of Sherry, his wife, as if they were still
dating. Outside of his family, Dave truly loved "mapping" and was
instrumental in our being where we are, technologically. He was a close
personal friend to many of us and he is missed by all."
Thomas - Pinellas County
On Tuesday, November 29, 2005 Erma
Thomas passed away. Erma was one of the " Founding Five" of FACM
and served as its first President for two terms, from 1987 to 1989.
Erma worked at the Pinellas County Property Appraiser's Office for over
30 years until her retirement in 1994. We are both proud and
grateful for her commitment and dedication to FACM and Cadastral
mapping. Our sympathy goes to her family and friends.