Queen Creek mourns the passing of former town council member Coletto

At 27, she was youngest to be elected to Queen Creek Town Council

Lisa Coletto died July 4, 2016, at her Queen Creek home. She was 44. Ms. Coletto served on the Queen Creek Town Council 2000-08. (Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)

Lisa Coletto died July 4, 2016, at her Queen Creek home. She was 44. Ms. Coletto served on the Queen Creek Town Council from 2000 to 2008. (Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)


The community lost a local leader with the passing of Lisa Coletto, 44, who died at her Queen Creek home on Monday, July 4. Ms. Coletto served on the Queen Creek Town Council for two terms, from 2000 to 2008.

Ms. Coletto was elected to the town council in 2000. At 27 years old, she was the youngest person to be elected to the town council in Queen Creek.

She served as vice mayor in 2003; and served on several municipal commissions and committees. These included the Planning and Zoning Commission, Parks and Trails and Open Space Committee, Fire Services Study Committee, Economic Development Committee, Budget Committee, Joint Facilities Use Committee with the town of Queen Creek and Queen Creek Unified School District, the Mayor’s Development Fee Working Group and the Financial Review Task Force.

“Lisa was an extremely passionate, and bright individual. I had the pleasure of serving with her on the planning and zoning commission, and then town council; she was truly committed to the success of this community,” said Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney.

Passionate about parks and recreation, Ms. Coletto was instrumental in the development of parks in Queen Creek, chairing the master plan committees for Desert Mountain Park, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre and the 2007 Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan.

Her service was not limited to the town of Queen Creek; she was chosen in 2004 by the American Council of Young Political Leaders as a delegate to Indonesia and Malaysia to learn about emerging democracies and returned with them to Indonesia in 2005 to participate in a Women in Politics symposium. She was named United Way Volunteer of the Year for Queen Creek in 1998, was one of the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2002 Top 40 business leaders under 40 years old, and graduated from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at JFK School of Government, Harvard University.

“The town was fortunate to have Lisa’s leadership for so many years. She was dedicated not only to this organization’s excellence, but also to this community. She had a passion for public service and her stewardship to our parks, and fire and medical departments are living reminders that will serve generations to come,” shared Queen Creek Town Manager John Kross.

In addition to serving the community, Ms. Coletto loved photography, traveling and animals. She is survived by her husband, mother, brother, grandmother and other family members.

Services have not yet been scheduled.

Editor’s note: Constance Halonen-Wilson is the public information officer for the town of Queen Creek.

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