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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
Jane Hull
Former Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull has died along with her husband, Terry Hull. Jane Hull was 84. Gov. Doug Ducey announced her death Friday on Twitter on Friday, saying “Hull dedicated 25 years to principled public service.” Jane Hull was Arizona’s secretary of state when she was elevated to the Governor’s Office following Fife Symington’s resignation in 1997. She was later elected to her own term and left office in 2003.
Did You Know: AZ Leads The Pack With Female Governors
Apr. 17, 2020
Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías
Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías died this morning. He had served on the Board of Supervisors since 2002.
Mar. 28, 2020
Dirk and Clive Cussler pose for photo
New York Times best-selling adventure novelist Clive Cussler died at his Paradise Valley home Monday. He was 88. Cussler wrote more than 20 best-selling books.
Feb. 27, 2020
USS Arizona
Donald Stratton manned an anti-aircraft gun during the attack. After escaping the Arizona and recovering from burns, he returned to the fleet for the duration of the war. In civilian life, Stratton worked as a diver in the oil industry.
Feb. 16, 2020
Dick Jacobs Original ASU Sparky the Sun Devil
The original Sparky is dead. Not the mascot itself, but the first person to put on the Sun Devil characectiture. His name is Dick Jacobs. He died Tuesday at the age of 91.
Jan. 31, 2020
Joe Vandever
One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died. Joe Vandever died Friday. He was 96. Joe Vandever enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps in Santa Fe in 1943. He served as a Code Talker during World War II in Guam, Okinawa, and the occupations of both Japan and China.
Jan. 31, 2020
La Parka
The Mexican professional wrestling world is mourning the death of Lucha Libre fighter La Parka, who was injured in October and passed away in his native Hermosillo this weekend. Jesús Alfonso Escoboza Huerta suffered a serious injury in October.
Jan. 13, 2020
Bill Bidwill
The owner of the Arizona Cardinals has died. Bill Bidwill was 88. He was the sole owner of the Cardinals since 1972. Bidwill’s father bought the team in 1932 when the team was known as the Chicago Cardinals. The team moved to St. Louis in 1960 and then in 1988 moved to Arizona.
Oct. 2, 2019
James Moeller
James Moeller, the author of a number of precedent-setting decisions of the Arizona Supreme Court, has died. Among his rulings is one that declared Arizona's 1988 voter-approved English-only amendment illegal because it violates federal constitutional rights.
Jul. 25, 2019
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Longtime Arizona businessman George Kalil has died. He was president of Kalil bottling, a company founded 70 years ago by his father and grandfather.
Jul. 12, 2019
Navajo Code Talkers
Another member of the legendary Navajo Code Talkers has died. New Mexico state Sen. John Pinto served more than four decades in the New Mexico State Senate. Members of the Arizona state Legislature remembered him on the Arizona House floor.
May. 24, 2019
Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet, has died at age 7. Her Arizona owners wrote on social media Friday that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and "passed away peacefully" Tuesday "in the arms of her mommy."
May. 17, 2019
Code Talkers
Fleming Begaye Sr. was one of more than 400 Navajos who served as Code Talkers during World War II. The men communicated during battles using some 600 Navajo words.
May. 13, 2019
Geraldine "Jerry" Emmett
Geraldine “Jerry" Emmett, a lively centenarian from Prescott who got to call the votes alongside Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, has passed away.
May. 2, 2019
Karl Eller
Karl Eller, well-known Arizona businessman and the namesake of the University of Arizona's business school, died at his Phoenix home on Saturday. He was 90.
Mar. 11, 2019
ed pastor
Former Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor died Tuesday night at the age of 75. Pastor served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 23 years before retiring in 2015.
Nov. 28, 2018
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Patricia Castro, the wife of former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro, died on Saturday. She passed away at the age of 94 due to kidney disease. Her husband died in 2015 at the age of 98. He served from 1975 to 1977 as Arizona governor.
Oct. 22, 2018

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