Obituaries

Wildlife World Zoo
The founder of the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park near Litchfield Park has died. Zoo officials said in a news release that founder and owner Mickey Ollson died Sunday after a short battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.
Jan. 10, 2022
President Barack Obama talks with U.S.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Former U.S. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada died Tuesday at the age of 82.
Dec. 29, 2021
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Historians believe that obituaries were first published in ancient Rome and that they became a regular part of publications in the mid-1800s. The form has changed dramatically since then, but its purpose hasn’t — to inform the public about someone’s death
Dec. 28, 2021
Georgia Lord
Georgia Lord, mayor of Goodyear for the last decade, has died. The city of Goodyear confirmed Lord's death. In a statement, city officials said she died Sunday afternoon at her home surrounded by family. Lord had recently broken her hip in a fall. Her health declined after that.
Dec. 13, 2021
Joanne Shenandoah
The celebrated Native American singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah has died. She was 63. The Native American Music Awards & Association says on its website that Shenandoah died Monday night in Scottsdale after complications of abdominal bleeding.
Nov. 24, 2021
Bob Bondurant, a former champion race car driver and founder of a high-performance driving school that taught many A-list actors, has died at age 88.
Nov. 15, 2021
Jo-Carroll Dennison
Jo-Carroll Dennison’s time was marked with the experiences of an extraordinary life — a childhood spent performing for pennies and selling snake-oil miracle elixirs in her parent’s traveling medicine show, a reign as Miss America that was punctuated by defiance and as an actor who challenged the misogynistic Hollywood system during the industry's Golden Age.
Nov. 8, 2021
Grant Woods
Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods died at the age of 67 on Saturday. Woods served two terms as the state’s attorney general from 1991 to 1999, as well as chief of staff for former Sen. John McCain in the 1980s. His wife, Marlene Galan Woods, said he died unexpectedly.
Oct. 23, 2021
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Like many cities around the nation, Mesa held an event Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Former Mesa Fire Chief Dennis Compton spoke at the event.
Sep. 11, 2021
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A longtime leader of the Havasupai Tribe who fought to protect its resources by lobbying against mining around the Grand Canyon and snowmaking at an Arizona ski resort has died. Services for Rex Tilousi begin Friday with a traditional wake at the family’s home in the village of Supai.
Jun. 25, 2021
One of the three surviving Tuskegee Airmen in Arizona has died. Lt. Col. (retired) Robert Ashby was 95 years old.
One of the three surviving Tuskegee Airmen in Arizona has died. Lt. Col. (retired) Robert Ashby was 95 years old when he passed away on Friday, March 5 in his Sun City home.
Mar. 10, 2021
Pedro Gomez
Longtime ESPN baseball correspondent Pedro Gomez passed away unexpectedly at the age of 58. He died at home on Sunday. No cause of death was announced.
Feb. 9, 2021
Sonora’s arts community is mourning the death of one of its best known painters. His death was not related to COVID-19, according to a family member.
Feb. 2, 2021
Cavin Goode
As Phoenix’s second African American councilmember, Calvin C. Goode was elected 11 consecutive times. He served a record 22 years before retiring. Goode died Wednesday at the age of 93.
Dec. 25, 2020
Lawerence Zubia (right) and Mark Zubia
Known for his on-stage charisma, slicked back hair and ever-present shades, Lawrence Zubia, the frontman of famed Arizona band the Pistoleros, was the definition of cool in the 1990s. Zubia passed away on Saturday morning at age 56.
Dec. 21, 2020
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Juan Francisco “Don Paco” Loureiro, one of the founders of a longstanding migrant shelter in Nogales, Sonora, died earlier this month. He was 76.
Dec. 18, 2020
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The mother of U.S. Sen. John McCain, whose feisty personality became her son’s secret weapon during his 2008 presidential campaign, has died. Roberta Wright McCain was 108. A spokesperson for her daughter-in-law Cindy McCain says Roberta McCain died Monday. A cause of death was not immediately released.
Oct. 12, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.
Arizona Leaders Remember Justice Ginsburg
Sep. 18, 2020
Lute Olson University of Arizona
Lute Olson, who led the University of Arizona to its only basketball title, has died at the age of 85. The legendary figure left a permanent mark in Tucson as the most successful basketball coach in school history.
Aug. 27, 2020
Ronnie Lopez
Ronnie Lopez, a pillar of Democratic politics in the Phoenix area, has died at the age of 73. From serving under former Democratic Gov. Bruce Babbitt to running Chicanos Por La Causa, Lopez’s career and influence would span decades.
Aug. 24, 2020

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